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Dramatic Conclusion Sees Maguiresbridge Snatch Draw
May. 12, 2014
U14s: Belcoo 4-6 v 1-15 Maguiresbridge
The spirit, effort and endeavor of the U14s couldn't be faulted but a late late point deprived Belcoo of their playoff place as Maguiresbridge struck a point with the last kick of the ball to snatch a draw on a score of 4-6 to 1-15.
As the clock hit the 60minute mark Belcoo held a one point lead but Maguiresbridge tied the contest before Belcoo worked a move the length of the field allowing Conor McAloon to land a point which looked to have sealed the victory. Maguiresbridge though were given one last opportunity to attack and they managed to register a point with the last kick of the game to bring a dramatic contest to its conclusion. The draw for Belcoo, not enough to advance any further in the competition.
Belcoo played into a stiff breeze but would land the opening score from Oran McCann within 40seconds. Maguiresbridge however, conjured up their only goal in the second minute, the full forward firing an unstoppable shot into the corner. The visitors went on to add two points before Conor McAloon added a point for Belcoo.
The hosts almost hit the net themselves when a long ball into the square was fisted goalwards by Ciaran Flanagan but the crossbar kept out the effort and Maguiresbridge cleared their lines. It was the 'Bridge who held the upperhand, aided by the elements as they kicked a total of eight points prior to the interval. Belcoo though would bang in goals from Conor McAloon and Shane Doherty to keep themselves within touching distance while Ciaran Flanagan drilled over a point from close range, 1-8 to 2-3 at half time.
Trailing by two the deficit was extended to four before Belcoo's midfielder Dermot Burns received a harsh black card just 7minutes into the second period. The decision seemed to galvanise the hosts who fought back with a goal from Conor McAloon before the Maguiresbridge goalkeeper made a superb save to deny Ciaran Flanagan in a one on one situation.
McAloon and Doherty would add points although these efforts were cancelled out by Maguiresbridge scores and with 12minutes remaining their was just one between the sides 1-12 to 3-5 the visitors still leading.
Defensively Belcoo remained solid with stand-in goalkeeper Dara Flanagan making a few notably catches while the six defenders, Oisin O'Loughlin, Oisin McGrath, Emmet McGuinness and half back line of Matthew Mulvey, Ronan Maguire and Lawrence McKeown excelled.
With eight minutes remaining, Ciaran Flanagan began to take control around the middle and it was his good work created an opening for Conor McAloon to net another goal which hoisted Belcoo into the lead. 4-5 to 1-13.
Belcoo would squander some good attacks to add to their lead and ultimately it would cost them. Maguiresbridge landed the equaliser on the stroke of full time before McAloon and Gerry Nolan combined to allow McAloon to point what looked like a winner before Maguiresbridge hit the last score with the last kick to book their place in the Final against Irvinestown.
Belcoo were clearly disappointed not to have secured the win but they will need to pick themselves up for the upcoming Championship where they face Aughadrumsee. Training will continue next Monday evening at 7pm.
Team: Dara Flanagan, Oisin O'Loughlin, Oisin McGrath, Emmet McGuinness, Matthew Mulvey, Ronan Maguire, Lawrence McKeown, Dermot Burns, Ciaran Flanagan, Fiachra McAloon, Conor McAloon, Damian McElgunn, Oran McCann, Shane Doherty, Mark Ferguson. Subs Used: Oisin Leonard, Gerry Nolan, Cormac McHugh.
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