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MATCH REPORT: Enniskillen Gaels 0-8 Belcoo 1-11
Oct. 15, 2009
Gaels drop into the bottom two
Ryan McCluskey and Neil Cox move in to stop Belcoo's Brian Cox as the Gaels slumped to another defeat at Brewster Park.
Enniskillen's relegation fears are in danger of becoming reality as they dropped into the bottom two with only one game remaining following Sunday's defeat to Belcoo at Brewster Park.
The Gaels have been hovering perilously above the drop zone in recent times and their defeat coupled with Ederney's narrow one point win over Roslea's sees them entering this Sunday's final league game against Teemore knowing that they must win and hope that other results go their way if they are to escape the drop to Division Two.
Belcoo's win though keeps alive their league aspirations and a victory over Devenish next week would assures them of a play off for a top four spot.
The winning of Sunday's game came due to a good start and good finish from the O'Rahilly's with the side racing into a 1-03 to 0-01 lead inside the opening 12 minutes before the Gaels clawed their way back to leave a point between them with eight minutes to go.
It was Belcoo though who finished the stronger of the two and five unanswered points in the final stages saw them secure the points.
Enniskillen had knocked over the first point of the encounter when Colm Bradley capitalised on good work from Ryan McCluskey to clip over.
It was Belcoo though who dominated the opening quarter with centre half forward Ciaran Flaherty driving over a good point to get them up and running, and with nine minutes played they got in for the game's only goal. Niall McGovern made a surging run on the right and drove a shot at goal and although Chris Breen made the save the ball fell kindly to Gavin Leonard who had the simple task of tapping it into the unguarded net.
Stephen Maguire then broke the ball down for Paul McGrath to tap over and Flaherty was allowed to run straight through the heart of the Enniskillen defence to make it 1-03 to 0-01.
A couple of further chances were then wasted by a rampant Belcoo but with Enniskillen dropping Neil Cox into a sweeper role in front of his full back line and Ryan McCluskey moving into a defensive position from midfield the home side tightened up drastically while Pio Fitzpatrick helped them gain a footing at midfield.
Bradley banged over a terrific point from the left and Aidan McCarron lofted over a fine long range point while Rory Rafferty blazed wide of James McGrath's goal as the Gaels started to battle their way back into contention.
However, Belcoo had the last say of the half with Paul McGrath converting a '45 to give his side a four point advantage at the break.
The Gaels continued to enjoy the bulk of the possession at the start of the second half and, although they struggled to make headway at times against the Belcoo defence, the home side did begin to eat into the deficit as Aidan McCarron, Richie O'Callaghan and Ronan McCabe rattled over points to leave one between them, 1-04 to 0-06.
Two quick fire points though from Stephen Maguire as the game entered the final quarter finally settled Belcoo down in the half although Enniskillen stayed in touch with Bradley lobbing the ball over the bar.
McCarron then tapped over a free to once again leave the minimum between the sides while Enniskillen were unlucky not to have been awarded a close in free after Conor Kelly appeared to have been pushed over the endline.
A wide ball though was given and Belcoo managed to move the ball right down the field for Maguire to notch another score as they restored their two point advantage.
And with Enniskillen forced to push on Belcoo started to find gaps at the back with the O'Rahillys hitting four points in injury time to make certain of the victory.
Johnny Feely, Gavin Leonard, Niall McGovern and Flaherty all registered for Belcoo in the final moments to leave six between the sides at the conclusion.
REPORT TAKEN FROM IMPARTIAL REPORTER 15/10/09
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