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Boxing Day Title Retained
Dec. 27, 2013
On Boxing Day in Blacklion Belcoo retained the Joe Maguire Memorial Cup following a three point win over Shannon Gaels in what proved to be an absorbing contest.
Team before throw in.. Jersey numbers meant nothing.. Missing Seamus Conlon who arrived seconds before the beginning. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Belcoo, who had players in unfamiliar positions during this Charity encounter raced into a four point lead with Niall Leonard and Ryan Leonard kicking the first two scores, both of whom were lined out in forward positons. Jonathan Feeley and James McGrath, making a rare cameo outfield also landed points.
Shannon Gaels struggled in the early parts to breakthrough the Belcoo defence PIC: Tony Griffin
James McGrath fires over a first half point. PIC: Tony Griffin
It took Shannon Gaels some fifteen minute to get among the scores before Nevan O'Donnell pointed from a free kick and the hosts would tie the game at four points each by the 25th minute.
Jack O'Dolan in the Belcoo goals was forced into two great saves during this dominant period by the Gaels but Belcoo would counter before the interval and Niall Leonard would neatly tuck the ball into the bottom corner for 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.
Niall Leonard netting the Belcoo goal before the break. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Upon the restart Belcoo's Shain Gallagher added a point before Kieran Leonard and then Jonathan Feeley clipped over a few placed balls which O'Donnell matched at the other end. Feeley would then register a fine point from play to extend his sides lead to six points at 1-9 to 0-6.
Christopher Leonard returned to action after a year in Austrialia.. here he is showing us his trusted left boot still works PIC: Tony Griffin
Looking comfortable Belcoo suffered a lapse in concentration at the back allowing the hosts to net two quick goals from Daniel O'Hara and Ollie Nolan to tie the contest again.
Three Wise Men deep in their own thoughts as Shannon Gaels fightback PIC: Tony Griffin
This dramatic few minutes brought the crowd to life and setup a grandstand finale. Kieran Leonard and Nevin O'Donnell traded points from Paul McGrath raced down the field to put Belcoo ahead again. James McGrath followed up with a long range point while Feeley tapped over a free kick after being brought down as he sped in from the right wing.
O'Donnell did manage to register a free while O'Hara hit the crossbar going for goal but Belcoo had enough in hand when Feeley again popped over a deadball to secure a three point win. 1-14 to 2-8.
Jonathan Feeley racing away from his marker before being haul down to land a late free PIC: Tony Griffin
Belcoo Team: Jack O'Dolan, Gavin Leonard, Eoin Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Niall McGovern, Shain Gallagher, Seamus Conlon, Paul McGrath, Niall Leonard, Patrick Burns, Kieran Leonard, James McGrath, Jonathan Feeley, Ryan Leonard.
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