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Seniors Beat Kildress By Four In Garvaghey
Feb. 27, 2015
Ulster League Group E: Kildress Wolf Tones 0-10 v 1-11 Belcoo O'Rahilly's
Belcoo produced a rousing second half display to come from behind and record a second victory of their Ulster League campaign. The O’Rahilly’s travelled to Tyrone’s Garvaghey Complex for their encounter with Kildress on a synthetic 3G pitch and secured a 1-11 to 0-10 win.
The game was played with a tricky crossfield gale which was favouring Belcoo to a degree in the first period but it would be Kildress who held sway at the interval, leading 0-5 to 0-4. Both sides traded early points, Kildress registering from a free while Belcoo’s patient build up seen Gavin Leonard play a one two with Paul McGrath before firing over the bar.
Kildress were on top for most of the half, stifling the Belcoo middle and attacking sectors with their robust tackles and high pressing, Belcoo relying on the deadly accurate Jonathan Feeley from frees to keep the scoreboard ticking, Feeley hit all three of Belcoo’s points from placed balls before the interval after powerful runs from Brian Cox, Barry McGovern and James McGrath had drawn fouls.
KIldress had managed a few scores from play as well as frees as they took a narrow lead into the break.
Upon the resumption Belcoo really upped their game, Brian Cox came to the fore around the middle, winning possession on several occasions as his side took control and had an extremely profitable spell.
Half time substitute Eoin Leonard made an immediate impact, latching onto a Paul McGrath pass to kick a fine score from the right wing. The O’Rahilly’s would win possession from the kick out and worked another good move down the right where Feeley found Christopher Leonard, his effort at a point caught in the swirling wind and deceived the Kildress goalkeeper as it dropped under the crossbar for a goal.
Belcoo continued to drive forward following the three pointer, Ryan Leonard made a surging run having gathered a break ball before offloading to Feeley who split the posts with a right footed score while James McGrath was a willing runner who gained plenty of possession as Belcoo continued to carve out openings.
Barry McGovern was next to race past a few defenders before being upended, Feeley tapping over the free as Belcoo had hit 1-3 without reply from the interval.
Kildress did get themselves back into the tie with two points but the Belcoo defence was remaining solid as they held a 1-7 to 0-7 lead. Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard and Declan Leonard coming out with possession ahead of their opposite numbers frequently.
The sides traded points from here, Feeley with both Belcoo scores, a fisted point and another well hit free kick in tough conditions to leave it 1-9 to 0-9.
There was 12minutes remaining when Shane McCabe entered the fray in an unfamiliar wing back role, his first act was to burst forward and kick a good point but Kildress were still a threat and Aidan Leonard in the Belcoo goals was to make a good with his body, deflecting a goalbound effort over the bar.
As time ticked down Feeley knocked over another free kick while Kildress mustered a late point but Belcoo had stepped it up in the second half to see off a lively Kildress side and returned from their trip Tyrone with a four point win.
Next up is a home game on Sunday at 11am against Donegal side Naomh Colmcille.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Declan Leonard, Gavin Leonard (0-1), Ronan Meehan, Brian Cox, Christopher Leonard (1-0), James McGrath, Paul McGrath, Barry McGovern, Aidan McGrath, Jonathan Feeley (0-8, 6f), Gary Maguire. Subs used: Eoin Leonard (0-1), Niall Cullen, Shane McCabe (0-1).
ULSTER LEAGUE GROUP E TABLE
Should teams finish on the same points it goes to head to head. As Owen Roes beat Belcoo, they will advance:
For Belcoo to win the group, they must beat Naomh Colmcille in Belcoo on Sunday at 11am and hope Drum can either win or draw against Owen Roes
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