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Junior Semi Final Needs Replay
Jul. 23, 2014
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL: Belcoo 1-11 v 1-11 St. Joseph's
There was late drama in Garrison on Tuesday evening as Belcoo and St. Joseph's both registered 1-11 in this Championship Semi Final and they will have to do it all over again to see who meets Aughadrumsee in the decider.
Few would have forseen such a tight finish when Belcoo raced into six-nil lead with just 13minutes played. The O'Rahilly's though would fail to wave the white flag for the next 33minutes, despite this baron spell, St. Joseph's still hadn't tied the fixture, 46minutes on the clock in a low quality affair and Belcoo still held the lead 0-6 to 0-5.
From here to the finish the game ebbed and flowed like a proper Championship tie should. Ederney, without ever sparking into life had the game within their grasps thanks to a fortunate goal but Belcoo's Matthew McAloon fisted one at the other end with a minute of normal time to play but an injury time free from St. Joseph's brought an end to the tie with the game level.
During Belcoo's blistering start Damien Holleran had two points on the board in as many minutes. Gerard Mellor, who dominated around the middle early on, set Declan Leonard away on 5minutes to add a third Belcoo score from distance.
It was all Belcoo as Ian Corrigan and Martin Corrigan combined to allow Ronan Meehan to point for four nil. Ederney hadn't crossed the halfway line in the first 10minutes but Jack O'Dolan had to be alert to deny a goal chance when Barry McGovern's loose pass in defence almost gifted a goal to the opposition. From O'Dolan's save, Belcoo broke the length of the field where Aaron Dolan fisted a good point and Philip Leonard had registered a free kick as Belcoo reached a half dozen points.
The game was haulted on 13minutes for an ankle injury to Martin Corrigan, who had been seeing a lot of possession for Belcoo in an advanced roll, Corrigan was unable to continue and Belcoo failed to hit the same heights over the remainder of the game.
Darren McCusker got St. Joseph's opener on 15minute and by the interval his side had added three more while Belcoo's sporadic attacks yielded nothing. HT Belcoo up 0-6 to 0-4.
The first effort at goal in the second period came from Ederney as they cut open the Belcoo defence but O'Dolan made a fine save with his feet. The north Fermanagh men would cut the deficit to one when Darren McCusker tapped over from 20yards.
What in sued was another 10minutes of scoreless football, James Stewart, who was the standout player on the field continued to deny, dispossess and cut off anything the Ederney attackers threw his direction while Barry McGovern and first half sub Brian Furey also aided Stewart as Ederney were seeing more of the ball in the attacking third of the field.
From nowhere Belcoo found their scoring touch. Having waited 33minutes for a score they knocked over three good points in 90seconds to push 0-9 to 0-5 ahead. Gary Maguire ended the drought while Brian Furey burst forward and arrowed over a fine effort as did Aaron Dolan from the next kick out.
St. Joseph's though would find their feet in front of goal and responded with 1-2 to lead for the first time. Two points had halved the deficit before a hopeful ball into the penalty area decieved O'Dolan dropping under the cross for a three pointer.
8minutes to play, Ederney now in front 1-7 to 0-9 although Gary Maguire knocked over a free to tie the game and Matthew McAloon fired Belcoo in front again with 5minutes to play. Darren McCusker and two wonderful points from a second half substitute looked to have sealed the deal for Ederney, two up with two minutes remaining.
Belcoo though conjured a goal, a tame Gary Maguire free dropped into the area and was flicked into the corner of the net by the alert McAloon putting his side one up again. St. Joseph's however did level with a late free bringing an end to a hectic final 10minutes.
The two side will meet again next week, a time, date and venue to be arranged.
TEAM: Jack O'Dolan, Martin Corrigan, James Stewart, Barry McGovern, Aidan McGrath, Padraig Higgins, Niall Cullen, Declan Leonard (0-1), Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan (0-1), Ian Corrigan, Aaron Dolan (0-2), Gary Maguire (0-2), Philip Leonard (0-1), Damien Holleran (0-2). Subs: Brian Furey (0-1), Matthew McAloon (1-1), James Gillespie, Aidan Leonard.
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