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Late Carrigan Point Seals Draw with St. Pat's
Jun. 29, 2014
SENIORS: Belcoo 3-8 v 1-14 St. Pat's
A well taken late point from John Carrigan was enough to see Belcoo snatch a draw with St. Pat’s, 3-8 to 1-14. In what was a difficult weekend off the field for the area, Belcoo showed great character and endeavour throughout to share the spoils here.
The game was switched to Blacklion on Sunday afternoon with the O’Rahilly’s facility within an ear shot of one of the families who had suffered a tragedy. The contest got underway after an impeccably observed minute silence and it was Belcoo who begun brighter.
Some good interchanges and swift forward moves were let down by stray final passes and despite a dominant five minutes, a Jonathan Feeley free kick was all the sky blues had to show for their efforts. St. Pat’s opened their account from goalkeeper Michael McGrade who kicked a forty-five while Gary Maguire and Pat Cadden would add points soon after while James McGrath made an excellent save to deny Brian McDermott from registering a goal.
It would be Belcoo who hit the net first though, midway through the half, a technical infringement by a St. Pat’s defender inside the six yard box led to a penalty. Goalkeeper James McGrath came forward but was denied by his opposite number McGrade, Ciaran Flaherty however was the most alert player on the field and he found the net from the rebound soccer style.
Buoyed by the goal Belcoo added the next score from Philip Leonard but Brian McDermott and Eamon Maguire were both posing a big threat at the other end as they both landed points.
As the half approached its conclusion, Aaron Dolan gathered a loose ball close to goal and fired over while John Carrigan, who replaced the injured Seamus Conlon, pointed for the hosts but on the stroke of half time Pat Cadden plundered a goal for Donagh, a high ball was taken by Brian McDermott before he slipped it to Cadden to fire into the net giving the visitors a 1-5 to 1-4 interval lead.
Ciaran Flaherty would point following a patient 30second built up from the throw up to tie matters and from here to the finish the game ebbed and flowed from one end to the other. Flaherty would grab a second goal following an incisive move which seen Brian Cox’s accurate kick pass find Jonathan Feely who laid the ball off to Flaherty allowing him to drive in at goal and power a low shot into the corner.
St. Pat’s though would respond well and outscore Belcoo four to one in the next ten minutes to leave the sides level 2-6 to 1-9. McDermott, Maguire and Cadden among the points while Niall McGovern registered for Belcoo from the right side.
McGovern would turn provider for Paul McGrath who got in behind the St. Pat’s defence and slid the ball into the corner past McGrade for his sides third goal. The three point lead established following the goal wasn’t long being wiped out as St. Pat’s hit another purple patch landing three scores in quick succession, substitute Jason Cadden among the scores.
With the contest drawing to its finish Ryan Leonard and Declan Leonard worked a good move down the right allowing the latter to split the post but St. Pat’s would return up the other end to level through Eamon Maguire before Pat Cadden registered an injury time free.
Belcoo were given one last attack and it was from this foray forward that the ball was worked to John Carrigan on the left and the midfield floated over a magnificent leveller on the run to tie the game.
It is a fortnight before the Seniors return to action, they will face Roslea in Belcoo on 13th July.
TEAM: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Christopher Leonard, Eoin Leonard, Declan Leonard (0-1), Brian Cox, Seamus Conlon, Paul McGrath (1-0), Ciaran Flaherty (2-1), Niall McGovern (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Philip Leonard (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-1). Subs Used: John Carrigan (0-2), James Stewart, Kieran Leonard, Shane McCabe and Barry McGovern.
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