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U14's Edged Out By Devenish in Feile
Mar. 7, 2015
U14 Feile na nOg: Devenish 6-4 v 5-2 Belcoo
Belcoo would suffer a narrow defeat in their U14 Feile na nOg contest against Devenish going down 6-4 to 5-2. The young O’Rahilly’s twice rallied from behind in the second half in what was another terrific display of hardwork, togetherness and determination.
A late flurry of activity near the end of the tie seen Josh Killilea and Oran McCann fire in goals to bring the sides level with nine minutes remaining. Devenish though would register 1-2 before Gerry Nolan netted for Belcoo to leave just two points between the sides with three minutes to play. Belcoo though couldn’t muster a winner and with the last act of the game an Odhran Flanagan goal for Devenish secured a 5point win.
In the first half Odhran Flanagan scored a goal for Devenish early on but Belcoo responded with a goal of their own, Lawrence McKeown’s long ball seen Josh Killilea beat the advancing goalkeeper before chipping it over his head and into the goals.
Emmett McGuinness would have an excellent hour at wing back for Belcoo, he made five blocks during the first 30minutes and one of these led to a turnover which yielded a free kick, Oran McCann knocking over the placed kick before Lawrence McKeown found the target with a left footed score.
Odhran Flanagan was Devenish’s main threat and with full rules in the Feile na nOg competition, the big midfielder was able to power towards goal, hammering in his second while Conor McKeown done well to deny another moments later.
Belcoo had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the first half and would go in at the break in front as Mark Ferguson reacted quickest to prod the ball into the bottom corner of the net after Oran McCann knocked down a sideline ball from Lawrence McKeown. HT: Belcoo 2-2 v 2-0 Devenish.
Odhran Flanagan would come to the fore once more in the second half, Belcoo had curtailed and crowded out Flanagan on a number of occasions in that half but he was still managing to break loose on a few occasions and registered a score each time. Another two goals and a point the midfield account for all of Devenish’s 4-1 by the midway stage of the second half.Nelson Kyle came off the bench to add a point with his first act but Belcoo would battle back.
Dara Flanagan, Matthew Mulvey and Oisin O’Loughlin all came to the fore making a number of interceptions and turnovers while Emmett McGuinness remained heavily involved in his sides best work.
Belcoo hit a profitable period midway through the half and two quick goals got them back level. Josh Killilea firing to the net when an Oran McCann shot rebounded off the post while McCann fisted a goal after a surging run from Lawrence McKeown brought the sides level 4-2 to 4-2.
The game was in the balance for five minutes before Patrick McTiernan found the net for Devenish having been sent through on goal, Flanagan would add two points to make it a five point game with just minutes to play.
Belcoo though continued to press hard and were rewarded when Gerry Nolan gathered possession and fired a great shot into the bottom corner from 15yards to leave just 2points between the sides but the goal the O’Rahilly’s needed wasn’t to arrive and Odhran Flanagan finished the scoring with another powerful run and shot.
It is another case of nearly but not quite yet for the young O’Rahilly’s who are working extremely hard for one another. Training continues Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan, Sean Boylan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Matthew Mulvey, Emmett McGuinness, Lawrence McKeown (0-1), Oisin Leonard, Gerry Nolan (1-0), Mark Ferguson (1-0), Fiachra McAloon, Josh Killilea (2-0), Oran McCann (1-1), Cian White. Sub Used: Jack Greene.
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