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Seniors Record Important League Win
Aug. 27, 2013
SENIOR LEAGUE: Belcoo 0-14 v 0-9 St. Joseph's
Belcoo have moved out of the relegation places for the first time this season following a much needed 0-14 to 0-9 victory over St. Joseph’s on Tuesday evening. The O’Rahilly’s led by double scores at the interval with the aid of a slight breeze, 0-10 to 0-5 and done enough to keep their opponents from getting within striking distance during the second period to run out deserving winners.
Christopher Snow opened the scoring for the visitors from a close range free before Belcoo took command of the contest and racked up seven scores in a row. Stephen Maguire was first to raise the white flag before Jonathan Feeley cut in along the end line to knock over the next. Feeley was again on target from close range while Shain Gallagher broke forward from defence to land a fine score.
The hosts cut through the Ederney backline and should have registered a goal however Feeley shot rebounded to safety off the crossbar when in one on one. He would tag on the next score from a 14yard free while Ronan Ferguson pointed from distance and Stephen Maguire whacked over a free some 50metres out.
The O’Rahilly’s had dictated proceeding to this point as they were on top around the middle and gathering the break balls. Ederney had went some 20minutes without a score until Paul McCusker knocked over a free after Martin McGrath was fouled. Belcoo hit back, again it was a long range free from Stephen Maguire and moments later Shain Gallagher burst forward to land another neat score which gave his side an eight point advantage coming to half time.
Stephen Maguire who top scored for the O'Rahilly's with 7points this evening. Four of which came from open play as his side picked up vital league points. PIC: Tim Flaherty
St. Joseph’s would get things going prior to the interval and three late scores had just five between the sides at the break. Stephen McElrone pointed from the left wing while McCusker was again on target from a free kick and Niall Maguire shot for goal was tipped over the crossbar by Aidan Leonard in the Belcoo goals. 0-10 to 0-5 Belcoo led at the break.
St. Joseph’s begun the half with wides from Declan Deazley and Martin McGrath before Michael McAleer got the scoreboard moving again. Paul McCusker added the next score with a good point from play but Belcoo would begin to control the tie again as they kept possession extremely well.
Patience build up play from the hosts eventually released Brain Cox who was hauled down close to goal and Stephen Maguire popped over the resulting free. Maguire would then land another fine effort against the breeze from open play for 0-12 to 0-7 midway through the second half.
Paul McCusker was Ederney’s main scoring threat and with Enda Ferris and Christopher Snow unsuccessful with frees from distance McCusker would close the gap to four points with another point.
St. Joseph's Paul McCusker spearheading another attack for his side during the Tuesday's game. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Shane McCabe had been introduced to the fray early in the second half and having helped his side control the majority of possession he knocked over a great point from the right wing late on.
Stephen Maguire had rolled back the years and would land a final point from play to end the game with seven points although the two points for the win matter more to him and his side as it lifts them from the relegation places with one game remaining.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Barry McGovern, Niall Leonard, Shain Gallagher (0-2), Paul McGrath, Eoin Leonard, Declan Leonard, John Carrigan, Brian Cox, Aaron Dolan, Ronan Ferguson (0-1), Seimi Rafferty, Jonathan Feeley (0-3, 1f), Stephen Maguire (0-7, 3f), Philip Leonard. Subs Used: Shane McCabe (0-1), James Stewart, Gerard Mellor.
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