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MATCH REPORT : Devenish 1-9 Belcoo 1-7

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Oct. 20, 2009

DEVENISH .......................... 1-9

BELCOO .............................. 1-7

 

A crunch game here for these North-West rivals, both coming into the game with semi-final ambitions. Devenish were in the stronger position but they still needed to take a point from the game to clinch the last four slot.

In the end, the Blues collected both and the defeat ruled Belcoo out of contention.

It has thus, in the end, been a disappointing season for Belcoo. They had set out their stall in no uncertain fashion over the initial stages of the league and they made the running with a confident string of results. But from the midway juncture, they have been much too erratic and in the end this inconsistency cost them their place in the top four.

But the Belcoo team put up a feisty struggle here and after they had settled themselves from a rather indifferent start, they hauled themselves back into the game in a forceful manner.

So much so that at the break they had pushed themselves out into a two point lead, a goal on the stroke of the interval a terrific boost for them. It should have provided the impetus to go on and win the game but instead the second half was to be dominated by Devenish and Belcoo were to manage just a solitary second half score.

Devenish deserving winners in the end and again they were to have a sturdy display turned in by their defence, which was underpinned by central figures Martin O'Brien at full back and Barry Mulrone at centre back.

Shaun Burns was another important figure for them as he delivered a strong effort at centre half forward and Joe O'Brien was an alert and nimble forward.

For Belcoo, Brian Cox worked hard around the middle of the park with Paul McGrath and Ciaran Flaherty having their moments also but in the end the Belcoo effort just came up a trifle short of what was required on the day.

Brian Cox notched the opening score for Belcoo but they then stumbled and it was Devenish who stepped forward with a good burst of scoring that sprinted them into a decent lead. Key score here was their goal, which arrived close to the end of the first quarter, Terry O'Flanagan finding himself inside the Belcoo defence and he finished off easily.

In this productive spell, Devenish were to have points from John O'Flanagan, Shaun Burns and Chris O'Brien leaving them in a good position but in the lead up to the break things went awry for them as Belcoo mounted a revival.

Points from Paul McGrath and Stephen Maguire brought them back within range and on the stroke of the interval, they jumped into the lead with a Ronan Ferguson goal to put them two clear.

But they resumed the second half in limp fashion and it was Devenish who took command, a quick point from Shaun Burns followed up by a levelling score from a John O'Flanagan free.

Belcoo now were struggling and they slipped in arrears when Joe O'Brien popped over two scores for Devenish. Belcoo did carve out a couple of opportunities but they had lost their scoring touch and, in fact, they were to have just one point over what was a disappointing second half, Stephen Maguire on the mark five minutes from time.

Still, it was never a done deal as the gap between the sides remained slim and Devenish with their narrow lead were always vulnerable to a snap Belcoo goal. No real sign of that popping up, however, and they had secured their semi-final slot avoiding the anxiety of a play-off scenario.

Referee: Eugene McDonagh, St Joseph's.

TAKEN FROM FERMANAGH HERALD 20/10/09

 

 

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