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Juniors Win In Ederney
Apr. 20, 2014
JUNIORS: St. Joseph's 0-9 v 1-9 Belcoo
Belcoo Juniors did enough to win and no more on a sweltering hot Sunday morning in Ederney as they recorded a 1-9 to 0-9 victory.
The Division Two contest failed to spark into any life in what was a low key affair but the O'Rahilly's managed to pull away midway through the second period before keeping their opponents at arms length for the remainder.
Belcoo Juniors prematch huddle v St. Joseph's
In the opening 15minutes both sides could only muster one point a piece with Ciaran McNabb on target for St. Joseph's while Kieran Conlon accounted for the Belcoo point, a good score from the left wing.
The visitors though had a number of opportunities to extend their tally. Aaron Dolan drove forward from wing back and slipped Ian Corrigan through on goal but Corrigan saw his shot well saved by Conor Maguire. Wides followed from James Gillespie, Matthew McAloon and Philip Leonard while at the other end a timely tackle from the excellent James Stewart denied Enda Ferris a shot at goal.
The scoreboard would eventually begin to tick again when a good ball from Kieran Conlon picked out Aidan McGrath who tapped over and it would be McGrath again who landed the next score following another surging run forward from Dolan.
Ciaran McNabb would hit Ederney's first score in some 20 minutes before Ryan Morris, Niall Maguire and Donal Gormley all pointed during their side's best spell as the half drew to a close. The last score however would come from a Gary Maguire free kick as the half ended with the hosts 0-5 to 0-4 to the good.
Belcoo would introduce Ryan McGovern and Eoin Leonard in the second half to the defence and both played pivotal roles in scuppering Ederney attacks while starting Belcoo attacks throughout the second half.
A good break ball was gathered by Eoin Leonard four minutes into the half and he in turn released Niall Cullen down the middle, to land a fine point. Aaron Dolan, who performed well in an unfamilar defensive role in the first half, was now operating in attack and he would fire over a neat point from the right side to give Belcoo a 0-6 to 0-5 lead seven minutes into the half.
Liam Maguire would respond for St. Joseph's before Philip Leonard sparked into life for five minutes, knocking in 1-2 which hoisted Belcoo into a strong position. Leonard's first point was a fine effort from the left wing but Niall Maguire would tie proceedings again with a point for seven all.
Belcoo would string together a flowing forward move with Eoin Leonard and second half substitute Stephen Nolan to the fore with the latter finding Philip Leonard for his second point. Moments later another turnover in defence saw Ryan McGovern, Eoin Leonard and Matthew McAloon all involved in the counter attack which ended with Philip Leonard thundering a shot into the corner.
McAloon followed up with a close range point and with 10 minutes remaining Belcoo now led 1-9 to 0-7.
Whilst the O'Rahilly's never scored in the closing stages, their defence stood firm with Shane McAloon, James Stewart and Ryan McGovern in the full back line keeping the Ederney attack at bay. Mark Kelly and Niall Maguire would both land late scores but a goal was what the hosts required and they failed to carve out a clear opening.
TEAM: Jack O'Dolan, Martin Corrigan, James Stewart, Shane McAloon, James Gillespie, Niall Cullen (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-1), Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan, Aidan McGrath (0-2), Ian Corrigan, Matthew McAloon (0-1), Kieran Conlon (0-1), Philip Leonard (1-2), Gary Maguire (0-1, 1f).
Subs Used: Ryan McGovern, Eoin Leonard, Damian Holleran, Stephen Nolan, Dean McDermott and Mark Nugent.
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