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Junior Reach Championship Decider
Jul. 24, 2013
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL: Belcoo 0-15 v 1-8 Coa
Belcoo may have been firm favourites to advance into the Junior B Championship Final but they were made work very hard for their victory by a Coa side that pushed them all the way. The O’Rahilly’s didn’t take the lead in the entire contest until the 47th minute but a profitable 10minute spell in front of goal seen them move clear and record a 4point success.
Coa made a dream start having being awarded a 3rd minute penalty which Lee McQuade fired past Aidan Leonard. A labouring Belcoo attack managed to muster three scoreable frees which Damian Holleran and Gary Maguire (2) duly slotted over to tie matters by the 10th minute.
Both sides struggled throughout the opening half to build momentum as sloppy play led to a string of turnovers however it was the O’Dwyers who were making the most of their attacking forays with Lee McQuade at the centre of all their best work while Belcoo final pass was preventing efforts at goal.
Midfielder Julian Carters, wing forward Christopher Hanna and McQuade had all landed scores by the 20minute mark with Belcoo's sole response coming from Seimi Rafferty who drilled over a point via the inside of the post.
Damian Holleran would reduce the deficit to one before Barry McGovern, who was again to have a fine game in defence, carried the ball the length of the pitch, dummied a would-be challenge and knocked over a great point to tie matters at 0-6 to 1-3.
Next came a golden chance to take the lead for the O’Rahilly’s, an infringement by a Coa defender seen Belcoo awarded a penalty, Gary Maguire however shot wide and by the interval McQuade was again to power past a number of tackles to give his side a 1-4 to 0-6 interval lead.
Belcoo's Gary Maguire who had mixed results in front of goal during Tuesday's Semi Final win over Coa, Maguire registered 0-4 but failed to convert a first half penalty. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Ian Corrigan had Belcoo on level terms within a minute of the throw in but just seconds later Hanna restored Coa’s narrow advantage. The tie continued to progress at one pace, neither side capable for sparking their game into life. Sixteen minutes passed and the white flag was raised on just two occasions, Gary Maguire hitting a free for Belcoo while Jason Farry pointed from 30yards for Coa.
Eventually this dreary encounter would shift up a gear. Belcoo began to play some slick football, quick interchanges and clinical finishing seen them hit six unanswered points in as many minutes to see off a stubborn Coa side.
Aaron Dolan began the charge with a right wing point to level before Philip Leonard arrowed over a fine score from distance to give his side the lead for the first time. Seimi Raffery added his second of the game before Ian Corrigan caught a high ball and swivelled free to add another. Holleran and Maguire were also on target with two frees and now the O’Rahilly’s held a 0-14 to 1-7 lead with just four minutes to play.
Lee McQuade registered a free for Coa but Holleran did likewise at the other end while Coa never threatened over the dying moments to salvage something from the tie. The only notably action the booking of substitute Jack O’Dolan who hadn’t been on the field ten seconds, it is in fact O’Dolan’s first booking of his career.
Again defensively Belcoo were soild over the course of the hour as the Coa full forward line struggled for primary possession with Martin Corrigan, James Stewart and the aforementioned Barry McGovern excelling.
Belcoo will face St. Pat’s in the Championship Final as the Donagh outfit overcame Aughadrumsee 3-5 to 1-10 in the other Semi Final.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Martin Corrigan, James Stewart, Barry McGovern (0-1), Dean McDermott, Philip Leonard (0-1), Shain Gallagher, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan, Aidan McGrath, Seimi Rafferty (0-2), Aaron Dolan (0-1), Gary Maguire (0-4), Ian Corrigan (0-2), Damian Holleran (0-4). Subs Used: Seamus Conlon, Jack O’Dolan, Daniel Ray.
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