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Welcome Win For Seniors
Sep. 3, 2014
SENIORS: Belcoo 0-14 v 2-7 St. Joseph's
With there backs against the wall Belcoo came out fighting in this revised fixture against St. Joseph’s in Brewster Park on Wednesday night. The O’Rahilly’s produced a performance of sheer hunger, desire, guts and determination to eek out a one point victory over their opponents on a 0-14 to 2-7 scoreline.
The victory has secured Belcoo’s top flight status for another year but they need to win in St. Pat’s on Saturday to ensure they will feature in the Senior Championship next season. The side who finish 8th in Division 1 must play Intermediate Championship Football in 2015. Belcoo currently sit seventh, one point ahead of Erne Gaels who face an already relegated Teemore in Belleek and would be expected to pick up another 2points. Its in Belcoo’s hands, a win in Donagh and they play for the New York Gold Cup in 2015.
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Wednesday’s win over St. Joseph’s was hard fought. Little separated the sides from the first minute to the last and with ten minutes played they were level. The O’Rahilly’s good work undone by the concession of a goal as it was 0-4 to 1-1. Ciaran Flaherty and Jonathan Feeley among the early scoretakers with James McGrath providing some good balls to the inside forwards.
By the twenty minute Belcoo have kicked four more points. Feeley and Flaherty again the main marksmen while Aaron Dennison lofted one over from distance for opposition, who seen Paul McCusker on target from frees as Belcoo held a narrow lead 0-8 to 1-4.
Martin McGrath would register a second Ederney goal five minutes from the interval and Feeley’s late score left it 2-4 to 0-9 at the interval.
Belcoo would dominate possession for the majority of the second period although hey found scores hard to come by. Feeley and Dennison exchanged early efforts before Declan McCuskers effort from the left wing left his side two clear with 18minutes to play.
Feely would register two quick free kicks to restore parity as the game entered the last quarter. Still Belcoo were retaining possession but finding it hard to breakdown a packed defence as Ederney had 13 men behind the ball.
A 45 from Feeley gave Belcoo the lead for the first time in the half but Darren McCusker hoisted over agood point from play and it was level once more entering the final 5minutes.
Aaron Dolan would conjure up what proved to be the winning score with 4 minutes remaining. A tidy effort from outside the 21 after a flowing move. Whilst Ederney tried to push forward they were met by the excellent Niall Leonard and James Stewart who held the upperhand on their men throughout the second period.
It was left to referee James Lewis to blow time on proceedings and with it signal an end to Newtownbutler’s time in the Division. The First Fermanagh’s relegated as a result of this fixture.
Team: Daniel Ray, James Stewart, Niall Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Niall Cullen, Declan Leonard, Barry McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Brian Cox, Aaron Dolan, Ciaran Flaherty, James McGrath, Jonathan Feeley, Philip Leonard, Matthew McAloon. Sub Used: Damien Holleran
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