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Minors Well Beaten In Championship Final
Jul. 25, 2014
MINOR B CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: Irvinestown 8-15 v 1-9 Belcoo
Belcoo minors suffered a heavy defeat in the Minor B Championship Final at Maguiresbridge on Thursday evening, going down 8-15 to 1-9 in the end. Irvinestown were the better side but the concession of a large number of soft goals didn't help the O'Rahilly's cause while the final score didn't tell the whole tale. A very young Belcoo side were competitive for 45minutes in this game however during the last quarter Irvinestown took control and hit an unanswered 4-6 to run out handsome winners.
The winners made the early running and led 1-3 to no score with just 4minutes on the clock. Paul Wallace was completely unmarked 20yards from goal and confidently dispatched a shot past Andrew Ferguson while Conor McQuaid, Ryan Keane and Oliver Hughes all added points.
Belcoo enjoyed a good 10minute spell with James Gillespie hitting two points and Gary Doherty adding a fine long distance effort after some great work by Eoin Shiels in defence. Matthew McAloon had a one one one chance but the Irvinestown netminder TJ McMulkin beat away the drive and Colm Furey put the rebound wide.
By the midway stage Belcoo had clawed there way back into the game having stemmed what was a rampant Irvinestown forward line in the early minutes. 1-4 to 0-3 at this juncture. With the half drawing to a close, Irvinestown netted a fortunate second goal, an effort for a point hit the post and dropped kindly to an unmarked Conor McQuaid to tap into the unguarded goal.
From the next kick out Steafan Allen won possession, drove through the defence and found the net with a well taken shot. It was a disastrous few minutes for Belcoo but to their credit they responded well. Matthew McAloon fired over a 26th minute point from a free before James Gillespie registered Belcoo's only three pointer. A long sideline kick from Gary Doherty was gathered by Daire Keaney, he in turn fed Gillespie who cut in from the left and found the far corner of the net. McAloon would land another point to cut the deficit to seven but the O'Rahilly's good work was undone when a tame effort from distance for a point bounced over goalkeeper Ferguson's shoulder and into the net. Half time 4-6 to 1-5.
Irvinestown emerged in the second half and knocked over three quick points before Belcoo would camp in their opponents half some 10minutes, having got on top in the middle sector. Aaron McTiernan was winning breaks and creating attacks which yielded scores, the majority from frees, a Irvinestown hauled down Belcoo as they went looking goals. James Gillespie with the first free while Matthew McAloon added two more.
Some half chances at goals yielded nothing and despite their period of pressure they made no dent in the Irvinestown lead. The winners looked like getting goals every time they went forward and during the final quarter they did so
Michael Doherty would land Belcoo's final point in the 44th minute to leave the score at 4-9 to 1-9. What in sued was a goal feast as Belcoo's challenge faded. On two occasions high balls from Paul Wallace dropped in over Ferguson's head for goals while a misplaced kick from defender Jonathan Stewart went straight to Ryan Keane who ran in another goal past Ferguson while Michael Mahon also netted.
Points were added by Oliver Hughes, Sean McMulkin, Don Kelly, Conor McQuaid and Dillan McDonagh as Irinestown finished in style running out deserving winners. For Belcoo James McAloon tried hard in defence while Eoin Shiels, Gary Doherty, Matthew McAloon and James Gillespie did likewise.
TEAM: Andrew Ferguson, James McAloon, Jonathan Stewart, Ger McHugh, Eoin Shiels, Aaron McTiernan, Michael McGourty, Gary Doherty (0-1), Matthew McAloon (0-4, 3f), Michael Doherty (0-1), Colm Furey, Daire Keaney, James Gillespie (1-3, 1f).
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