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Devenish Fightback to Defeat Seniors
Jun. 7, 2014
SENIORS: BELCOO 1-8 v 3-9 DEVENISH
Belcoo slipped further down the table on Friday night as they suffered a fourth league defeat of the season against neighbours Devenish. The O'Rahilly's are on a poor run with no win in five having made a good start to the campaign in April and on Friday they also made a stunnning start, firing in 1-4 in the opening 7minutes before Devenish pegged their way back in the tie, aided by three second half goals to seal a 3-9 to 1-8 victory.
Belcoo made a blistering start as Paul McGrath landed a left foted score within two minutes. Declan Leonard gathered the next kickout before feeding Ciaran Flaherty who pointed from distance before the hosts struck their goal.
Another kickout was plucked by Brian Cox on this occasion, he strode forward slipping Flaherty in on goal and he fired past Thomas Treacy. Belcoo continued to dominate these early exchanges, good build up play from McGrath and Jonathan Feeley seen Seamus Conlon point with the left boot and when Ciaran Flaherty added another it was 1-4 to no score with just 7minutes on the clock.
Terry O'Flanagan would register a free to get Devenish on the scoreboard and Chris O'Brien did likewise moments later from another dead ball. Belcoo were still holding the upperhand but some wayward shooting and a tighter visiting defence stopped the early momentum.
Within 60second of each other midway through the half both sides almost registered goals. Brian Cox and Paul McGrath combined to release Niall Leonard at midfield, the defender galloped towards goal unchallenged, however his effort at goal from inside 20yards went narrowly wide. Devenish broke forward having won the next breakball and Ruairi Maguire raced through on goal, his dipping shot striking the bar and bouncing back out to a Belcoo defender.
The closing moments of the half seen Martin O'Brien drill over while Ciaran Flaherty registered Belcoo first score in some time before Chris O'Brien pointed the last score of the half to leave Belcoo holding a 1-5 to 0-4 having had the wind in their favour throughout the half.
Again Belcoo started the half fast, Jonathan Feeley and Declan Leonard accounting for two early points to send the hosts six points to the good. It was as good as it got for Belcoo as Devenish began to take control. Martin O'Brien ignited the fightback with a sensational long range strike for goal, a powerful 30yard shot arrowing into the top corner beyond a despairing dive by Aidan Leonard.
Chris O'Brien (2) and a fine point from the right wing by Barry Mulrone had levelled the game at 1-7 a piece with 8minutes remaining. The next score was to be a second Devenish goal. A shot by Darren Brady dropped into the penalty area, Martin Doherty broke the ball to Chris O'Brien who was sandwiched by the Leonard twins and referee Gerard McLaughlin awarded a penalty kick. O'Brien would dust himself down and tuck the ball into the corner.
Darren Brady would add a quick point and having struggled to get anything going forward in the entire half Belcoo looked a beaten side. Ciaran Flaherty did register a late free but Devenish had time to add another 1-1 to their tally. Goalkeeper Thomas Treacy came for to kick a 50m free, the ball was dropping short before it was flicked into the net by Chris O'Brien while Jason Love drilled over the final score of the contest.
Belcoo face Newtown at home on Sunday at 3.30pm.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Declan Leonard (0-1), Niall McGovern, Barry McGovern, Seamus Conlon (0-1), John Carrigan, Aaron Dolan, Ciaran Flaherty (1-4), Ian Corrigan, Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Brian Cox, Paul McGrath (0-1). Subs Used: Matthew McAloon, James Gillespie.
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