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St Pat's Beat Belcoo in Junior Championship Final
Aug. 7, 2013
RESERVE B CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: St. Pat's 1-15 v 1-9 Belcoo
St. Pat's claimed the Reserve B Championship title in fine style on Tuesday evening in Derrylin after a sluggish start. Belcoo had sprinted into a five point lead by the tenth minute mark but from here to the finish the Donagh men dominated the encounter to lead by one at the interval before finishing up six point winners in the end.
All Belcoo's best work came during a strong opening quarter before their opponents took a firm grip on proceedings. Early frees were traded by Damien Holleran and Michael McGrade before Aaron Dolan landed a good score from play and Gary Maguire seen a effort at goal pushed over the crossbar by goalkeeper Conor Martin.
The St. Pat's keeper however was unable to prevent the next score as Ian Corrigan fisted to the net having got under a high ball from Aaron Dolan to direct it into the corner and with just 9minutes played Belcoo held a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
The response from St. Pat's was impressive as they hit the next six scores. Michael McGrade, who didn't miss a thing all night, knocked over a free before wing forward Kevin Curran took centre stage. Curran would glide in from the left wing and kick three excellent points in seven minutes with fellow forward Barry Little also chipping in with a score as their side moved 0-7 to 1-3 ahead coming to half time.
Belcoo had introduced Jonathan Feeley, Patrick Burns and Eoin Leonard to the fold before the break and Feeley would halt the run of St. Pat's scores as he tied the game with a neat score from play but by the break Kevin Curran had hit his fourth point of the half and St. Pat's were one to the good, 0-8 to 1-4.
Early in the second period Michael McGrade confidently fired over a point from play and a deadball but Gary Maguire would jink in from the left to land a Belcoo score.
A pivotal moment came in the 39th minute as a high ball into the Belcoo penalty area seen Barry McGovern and Michael McGrade contest it. As the ball dropped what looked like a clear push on McGovern was overlooked by the referee and as McGrade snapped up the loose ball he was bundled over by a few Belcoo players and the referee awarded a penalty. McGrade dispatched the resulting spot kick low into the corner beyond Aidan Leonard and now St. Pat's had a 1-10 to 1-5 lead.
Belcoo managed to cut the lead to three as Patrick Burns hit two good frees while Aidan Leonard was forced to make a great stop at the other end as St. Pat's looked to seal the tie. Into the final quarter and with just three separating the sides, Belcoo failed to convert some good chances and were punished by a much more clinical St. Pat's side. McGrade pinged over a 45 while Ryan Kelly and Barry Little increased the lead.
Philip Leonard would drill over a point six minutes from time but it was goals his side needed. Burns would point from close range as the game entered added time and the final score of the day was one of the best, Michael McGrade, who finished with 1-6 to his name, curled a wonderful effort off the ground from the wing some 40yards out over the bar.
For the winners McGrade was one of their top performers while Kevin Curran's impressive haul of five points from play also proved a telling factor along-with the strong pairing of Jamie Treacy and Rian Daly who held sway in the middle of the field for long periods.
Shain Gallagher was one of Belcoo's best performers on a night when the O'Rahilly's failed to produce their previous championship form PIC: Tim Flaherty
Team: Aidan Leonard, Barry McGovern, James Stewart, Martin Corrigan, Philip Leonard (0-1), Shain Gallagher, Dean McDermott, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan, Aidan McGrath, Seimi Rafferty, Aaron Dolan (0-1), Gary Maguire (0-2), Ian Corrigan (1-0), Damien Holleran (0-1, 1f). Subs Used: Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Patrick Burns (0-3, 2f), Eoin Leonard, Declan Leonard.
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