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U-21 into League Final

Box Score

Jan. 20, 2010

Understrength Belcoo in hard pressed victory


Belcoo were very much the pre match favourites for this semi final but they came into the tie with a much depleted side on view and this duly led to a tight contest, the winners being pushed all the way by a committed St Patricks team.

In the end Belcoo squeezed out the victory but over game's final ten minutes it was a nip and tuck affair. St Patricks who had trailed for most of the preceding fifty minutes had managed to build up a head of steam in the final quarter to drag themselves from six points adrift down to a single point in arrears.

The chance for the Donagh team to score an upset was on the cards but Belcoo succeeded in fending off the determined St Patricks challenge and they popped over the final two points of the match to secure their final ticket.

Absent for Belcoo were key figures such as Brian Cox, James McGrath, Niall McGovern and Jonathan Feely but after they had conceded the opening score, Michael Montgomery on the mark for St Patricks, it was the home side who stepped up to the mark.

They duly picked off a series of points, Ciaran Conlon, Ronan Ferguson and Gavin Leonard on song for them and with the interval approaching they had eased their way six points clear.

But in the run up to the break they became a shade unhinged and St Patricks narrowed the deficit with a late flurry, scores coming for them from Joe Flanagan and Sean Daly to leave a deficit of three points for the resumption.

Belcoo were to regain what had been a fairly commanding position in the early minutes of the second half when they crafted out a goal. Full back James Stewart was instrumental in creating the score, as he made an adventurous push forward, the ball then fed on to Ciaran Conlon who duly offloaded to Eunan Mullally and the alert forward finished off.

It should have been a score to give Belcoo a comfortable run in to the final whistle but instead they were to find themselves once again being pegged back by a resolute opposition. St Patricks had their resolve boosted by a goal from Paul Cadden, this after a Belcoo attack had been intercepted and the counter raid found the home side's defence scattered.

That score reduced the gap to three points and further St Patricks pressure produced two more points to make it a tense one point tussle. But that was to be as good as it got for the chasing side, Belcoo upped their game enough to swing over decisive points from Ronan Ferguson and Shane Gallagher.

For the hardpressed winners, full back Stewart had a fine match overall with Ciaran Conlon best up front. For St Patricks, Patrick Quayle, Conor O'Neill and Paul Cosgrove, the latter coming in late in the hour to boost the rally, were the top players on the day.






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