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U14's Lose To Strong Erne Gaels Side
Mar. 14, 2015
U14s: Belcoo 0-2 v 5-11 Erne Gaels
Despite the final score in this Section B encounter the Belcoo defence had a reasonable game and overall its an outing the young O’Rahilly’s will have taken a lot from as these tough competitive games in this Section will stand them in good stead for futures years. Winning handsomely in Section C would not benefit this current crop of hardworking players at all.
The majority of this Under 14 side are eligible to play Under 12 later in the season and it is here their current efforts will reap rewards. On Saturday they once again came up against a much physically stronger Erne Gaels side who have won all their previous outings in league and Feile na nOg.
The visitors had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half but Belcoo defended very well for long periods. Dara Flanagan was a commanding presence at full back while corner backs Conor McKeown and Sean Boylan stuck to their tasks well. Oisin O’Loughlin at wing back was proving a great outlet for his side whilst also having to curtail the talented Dan McCann. Matthew Mulvey and Emmett McGuinness battled hard for possession with Mark Ferguson and Oisin Leonard putting in big shifts against taller and stronger players in midfield.
The young O’Rahilly’s kept Erne Gaels at bay for 7minutes before they netted a close range goal. Moments later Belleek were awarded a penalty but Jamie Ray made a fantastic full length dive to his left to turn Padraig Johnston’s effort around the post. The resulting 45 did yield a point as Paidi Love latched onto to loose ball to fire over.
Over the next fifteen minutes Belcoo continued to defend well, keeping Belleek to just two points, Johnston and Dan McCann on target. Going forward Belcoo had little sight of the Erne Gaels goals, the wind keeping the O’Rahilly’s penned into their own half.
A late flurry of scores in the closing 5minutes of the half seen Erne Gaels double their advantage from six to twelve. Johnston, McCann and Kelm Aogan on target with points before Aogan scored an absolutely stunning goal with the last kick of the half, a fierce strike from an acute angle finding the top corner to leave it 2-6 to 0-0 at the interval.
Belcoo were more of a threat going forward in the second half although Erne Gaels continued to work the Belcoo defence very hard. Again the O’Rahilly’s stood firm for long periods but the goals and points were clipped over at a regular intervals. Lee Heron coming into the tie a bit more at full forward for the visitors while Kelm Aogan and Padraig Johnston continued to perform well.
Belcoo would raise the white flag on 42 minutes, Josh Killilea with a good point from distance. Colum Higgins was now in the Belcoo defence and he helped twart a number of attacks alongside Oisin O’Loughlin and Dara Flanagan at the back.
It was a tough day for the Belcoo forwards who seen a limited supply of the ball, their best work was done tracking and tackling back after their opposite numbers. The game seen Marc Stewart make his first start for Belcoo at full forward while Cian White, Gerry Nolan, Fiachra McAloon and Oran McCann all tried and worked hard to get things going forward.
The injured Lawrence McKeown came on as a substitute late in the game and kicked Belcoo’s other point on a day where the O’Rahilly’s put on a brave battling display but ultimately succumbed to a very big, strong and technically more efficient Erne Gaels outfit.
The players have been given Monday night off, Training continues Wednesday at 7pm. It is expected Belcoo will travel to Brookeboro on Saturday in the revised League fixture which was postponed in February.
Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan, Sean Boylan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Matthew Mulvey, Emmett McGuinness, Mark Ferguson, Oisin Leonard, Fiachra McAloon, Oran McCann, Gerry Nolan, Josh Killilea (0-1), Marc Stewart, Cian White. Subs Used: Patrick Martin, Colum Higgins, Lawrence McKeown (0-1).
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