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Seniors Dispatch Erne Gaels To Reach Semi Final
Aug. 18, 2013
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL: Belcoo 2-14 v 1-6 Erne Gaels
Belcoo confidently strode into the Fermanagh Senior Championship Semi Finals with a comprehensive 2-14 to 1-6 victory over Erne Gaels in Kinawley on Saturday evening. The O’Rahilly’s dominated the contest from start to finish but for a lacklustre 10minute spell at the beginning of the second period where Erne Gaels rallied to lead momentarily.
Erne Gaels won the toss and elected to play with the wind but it was Belcoo who would lead 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval. Some controlled and measured football from the O’Rahilly’s seen them eek out scoring opportunities and in truth they could have been more than six up by the break
. John Carrigan opening the scoring despite the best efforts of Barry McCann PIC: Tim Flaherty
John Carrigan set the ball rolling with a well taken effort from the left wing before Jonathan Feeley and Ciaran Flaherty added further points. Erne Gaels could only muster two free kicks during the course of the half, both clipped over by Seamus Ryder as an impressive rearguard action from Belcoo kept them at bay.
Stephen Maguire was next to find the target for Belcoo with Shain Gallagher clipping over from the right side and Feeley followed up with a free as the lead extended to four points.
Belcoo were in complete control at this stage, winning all the breaks and maintaining possession well. Paul McGrath broke from defense to slip Feeley in for a fisted point and by the half time whistle Declan Leonard got on the end of a crossfield ball to add another. 0-8 to 0-2
. Jonathan Feeley fisting a score for Belcoo coming to half time PIC: Tim Flaherty
Now with the wind in their backs Belcoo were in a commanding position but a rather nervous opening ten minutes seen Erne Gaels battle back to lead. The Belleek outfit rattled off 1-4 without reply as Seamus Ryder kicked two frees and Ryan Lyons also landed a superb free from the ground.
Thomas McCaffrey registered from play and by the midway stage in the half Damian Lyons capitalised on an Eoin Leonard error to bury a shot into the net and hoist his side into a 1-6 to 0-8 lead.
Belcoo’s response to going behind was empathic; they hit 2-6 over the remainder of the tie while Erne Gaels didn’t find another score. Goal number one came just seconds after Lyons had netted, a sweeping move through the heart of the Erne Gaels defence seen Brian Cox fire low into the left corner.
Brian Cox (left) celebrates his goal while others exchange pleasantaries PIC: Tim Flaherty
Within a minute Belcoo had a second goal, Flaherty and Feeley combined to allow Stephen Maguire to stroke home the loose ball and it was now 2-8 to 1-6.
Belcoo continued to press forward as their opponents challenge wavered. Cox would drill over a point before Maguire added another. Corner Back Gavin Leonard found himself an acre of room in the Belleek defence to point while substitute Philip Leonard also notched a point.
Again Belcoo had taken over around the breakball and with Shane McCabe dictating the game from the middle third his side continued to press forward. Feeley and Flaherty would account for the final two scores in what was a fine win for the O’Rahilly’s.
Not Getting Through: Thomas McCaffrey tries to break past the Belcoo defence late in the game PIC: Tim Flaherty
All over the pitch men in sky blue won their individual battles and having put back to back championship wins together they await the draw for the Semi Final.
Team: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Gavin Leonard (0-1), Declan Leonard (0-1), Eoin Leonard, Paul McGrath, Brian Cox (1-1), John Carrigan (0-1), Patrick Burns, Ciaran Flaherty (0-3), Shain Gallagher (0-1), Shane McCabe, Stephen Maguire (1-2), Jonathan Feeley (0-4). Subs Used: Barry McGovern, Ronan Ferguson, Philip Leonard (0-1), James Stewart.
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