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Juniors Lose At Home To St.Pat's
Jun. 30, 2013
ERNE CUP DIVISION 2: Belcoo 0-10 v 2-8 St. Pat's
Belcoo's faint hopes of returning to Erne Cup Division 1 ended on Sunday afternoon with a 2-8 to 0-10 home defeat to league leaders St. Pat's. A much more economically Donagh outfit made better use of their chances to secure the four point win although the scoreline somewhat flatters the winners as their second goal came with the last kick of the contest some 5minutes into added time.
Belcoo will wonder how they hadn't built up a substantial lead by the interval. The hosts were playing with a stiff breeze in their back and having had 70% of possession throughout the half they managed to register just 7points which had them two points to the good at the break.
Damian Holleran was first to register after just 2minutes, Ronan Meehan found Philip Leonard who swiftly transferred possession to Holleran to knock over the bar. Ian Corrigan put Ronan Meehan through to land from close range before Patrick Burns kicked a free as Belcoo moved into a three point lead on 7minutes.
Belcoo were on top with Burns, Gerard Mellor and Ronan Meehan winning the middle sector of the field but from nothing St. Pat's plundered a goal. It was the visitors first attack of note in the eleventh minute and after a break down the right wing Hugh O'Reilly rattled a great strike into the net via the underside of the crossbar.
Patrick Burns replied immediately tapping over a 14m free when Aidan McGrath was taken down but by the midway stage St. Pat's had tied the contest again, Shain Gallagher coughed up possession in midfield and Shaun Montgomery raced forward to land a fine long range point, 0-4 to 1-1.
Belcoo took command of the contest over the final 10minutes, the full back line of Barry McGovern, Shane McAloon and James Stewart continued to win possession and start attacks however at the other end their side struggled to turn several good chances into scores.
Ian Corrigan managed to raise the white flag with a superb 45m before Aaron Dolan finished a neat move. A series of wides in-sued before St. Pat's registered their next score in a rare foray forward against the wind, Hugh O'Reilly on target while Eugene Cadden somehow fired wide moments later going for goal. On the stroke of half time Philip Leonard clipped over a free which gave his side a 0-7 to 1-2 advantage at the interval.
The second period was only 30seconds old when the visitors halved the deficit, Jamie Treacy's powerful run through the middle ended with a good point. It was a sign of things to come from Treacy, who, alongside midfield partner John Paul O'Reilly began to become central figures for their side.
O'Reilly's effort at a point was charged down by Barry McGovern moments later but the resulting 45 was landed by Shaun Montgomery. Jamie Treacy notched his second of the half before wing back Mark O'Reilly whacked over a monster point from some 50yards.
St. Pat's were now firmly in the ascendancy having fired in four unanswered points to lead 1-6 to 0-7 by the 42nd minute. Belcoo still remained in the contest however but again, similar to the first half decision making with ball in hand led to turnovers. Aaron Dolan did manage a point after good work from Ian Corrigan while Patrick Burns tied things again with a free kick in the 45th minute.
The visitors would regain the lead with Michael McGrade before they were awarded a penalty for a sliding tackle by Ronan Meehan. McGrade stepped up and drilled his penalty to his left but Aidan Leonard in the Belcoo goals made an excellent full length diving save to kept his side in the contest. Belcoo swiftly transferred the ball up the field where Patrick Burns again landed a free.
Four minutes after the penalty save, Aidan Leonard was again called upon to produce a wonderful save as Brian McDermott got in behind the defence and the score remained 0-10 to 1-7. Over the next five minutes neither side could register a score and with three minutes to play Philip Leonard was sent off for a second booking.
Despite today's defeat, Belcoo's Junior Goalkeeper Aidan Leonard had a fine hour between the sticks with two great second half saves, including one from the penalty spot when the game remained up for grabs. PIC: Tim Flaherty
St. Pat's had Shaun Montgomery to thank for putting them in front again with a free before Belcoo missed a glorious goal chance as Aaron Dolan was denied by a recovering defender. The visitors were also reduced to 14men late on but despite the levelling of players on the field Belcoo failed to convert some good pressure into a point that would have tied the game, Aidan McGrath pulling the best chance wide from the right wing.
Having kept out the home side Donagh broke forward in numbers deep into added time and managed to seal the tie with a well taken goal.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Barry McGovern, Shane McAloon, James Stewart, Shain Gallagher, Eoin Leonard, Dean McDermott, Gerard Mellor, Patrick Burns (0-4, all frees), Aidan McGrath, Ronan Meehan (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-2), Damian Holleran (0-1), Ian Corrigan (0-1, 45), Philip Leonard (0-1, free). Subs Used: Daniel Ray.
OTHER DIVISION 2 RESULTS:
LEAGUE TABLE AFTER THE ABOVE GAMES:
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