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U14s Complete League With Five Wins From Five
Apr. 5, 2014
U14s: Erne Gaels 4-5 v 6-19 Belcoo
Belcoo completed their Sectional League with maximum points as they came good in the second half to inflict a first defeat of the season on Erne Gaels as they ran out 6-19 to 4-5 winners.
The young O'Rahilly's struggled throughout the first half as the basic skills were poorly executed but despite a somewhat sluggish 30minutes the visitors still held an interval lead, 2-7 to 1-5. Ronan Maguire was the standout player on the field during the first half for Belcoo, sweeping up endless breakball and distributing possession well from centre half back.
STANDINGS after Saturday 5th April Fixtures:
The games opening score took 4minutes to arrive as Ciaran Flanagan slotted over from the right side. A sweeping forward move seen Dermot Burns crash a goalbound effort against the crossbar before Erne Gaels countered to open their account with a point from Oran Gallagher.
Dermot Burns landed two fine points from play for Belcoo but a Caolin McCaffrey point and a goal from Kelm Aogan gave the hosts a 1-2 to 0-3 lead on 12minutes.
Belcoo however would hit back as Burns drilled over a point via the top of the crossbar before Shane Doherty drilled high into the roof of the net having driven in from the left wing. It would be a quickfire double goal strike from Belcoo as Ciaran Flanagan found himself in the right place to turn and plunder a goal from close range to give Belcoo a double score lead, 2-4 to 1-2.
As a competitive opening half drew to a close Kelm Aogan and Oran Gallagher had points for Belleek sandwiched by a long range effort from Shane Doherty. The hardworking Ciaran Flanagan powered in two late points while Kelm Aogan split the post at the other end to leave it 2-7 to 1-5 at the break.
Belcoo began the second period much better, playing more measured football and within five minutes of the restart they had added 1-3 to their tally. Dermot Burns running in two good points while Shane Doherty registered another great goal and Fiachra McAloon pointed.
The visitors had cut out their mistakes from the first half and we now dominated proceedings. Shane Doherty popped over point but Brian Ryder's powerful shot at goal was too strong for Cormac McHugh, who could only push it into the roof of the net. Belcoo though, hit back with a goal and point from Dermot Burns as they opened up a 13point lead at 4-12 to 2-5 by the midpoint in the half.
Ciaran Flanagan slotted over another fine point to extend his sides lead but the hosts, to their credit, continued to battle and two goals in a minute from Ryder and James O'Shea rattled Belcoo as their lead was cut to eight. Another Ryder effort at goal was kept out and scrambled to safety before the visitors managed to counter up the field with Burns again the scorer.
Having weathered a few mad minutes in defence, Belcoo took charge of the tie in the final ten minutes to run in an unanswered 2-5. Conor McAloon, Dermot Burns (2) and Ciaran Flanagan had all landed points before Oran McCann slid the ball into the net. Ciaran Flanagan cleverly fisted another goal before Damian McElgunn completed the scoring with a good left wing point to seal a solid second half for Belcoo.
For the winners, there were improved performances all round in the second half with a number of players stepping up to the mark when the game tightened with 15minutes to play.
Training continues on Monday at 7pm.
TEAM (15 a side): Cormac McHugh, Oisin O'Loughlin, Oisin McGrath, Emmet McGuinness, Lawrence McKeown, Ronan Maguire, Matthew Mulvey, Dermot Burns (1-9), Ciaran Flanagan (2-5), Shane Doherty (2-2), Conor McAloon (0-1), Damian McElgunn (0-1), Dara Flanagan, Oran McCann (1-0), Fiachra McAloon (0-1). Subs Used: Mark Ferguson.
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