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U14s Lose Out In Brookeboro

Box Score

Mar. 21, 2015

U14's: Brookeboro 8-8 v 3-8 Belcoo

Belcoo U14’s produced another battling performance in which they played some of their best football to date this season however they were giving away a distinct height advantage in every sector of the field which Brookeboro made the most from as the hosts recorded an 8-8 to 3-8 win.

Belcoo had to defend deep early on but having held Brookeboro scoreless in the first five minutes, they broke forward, Oisin O’Loughlin picking out Lawrence McKeown with a great pass, he in turn found Gerry Nolan and Nolan pointed for the visitors.

Brookeboro responded with two identical goals, high balls into the square were punched into the net by six-foot midfielder Paddy Moane. There was little the Belcoo defence could to prevent either score.

The young O’Rahilly’s got themselves back into the contest with Gerry Nolan, who began the game very brightly, Nolan registered a goal after good tackling from Josh Killilea turned over possession, Nolan squeezing the ball past Patrick Goodwin in the Brookeboro goals before he then landed a point to leave it 2-0 to 1-2 after 15minutes.

Belcoo continued on the front foot and Josh Killilea would land a fantastic long range point before a full length sweeping move seen Marc Stewart drill over a point to give Belcoo the lead.

From here to half time Brookeboro penned Belcoo back in their half, a long drive from Zechariah Kyle dipped under Jamie Ray’s crossbar while Paddy Moane fisted his third goal of the day from another high ball. Points were added during this good spell by Moane (2) and Tim McCaffrey although Belcoo had a few forays forward, two efforts rebounding to safety off the post while goalkeeper Patrick Goodwin was alert to prevent a other goal chances, Brookeboro went in leading 4-3 to 1-4 at half time.

Brookeboro would hit two more goals upon the resumption of the game, again it was high balls causing Belcoo bother, Tim McCaffrey with both from distance, the shots dropping under the crossbar once more giving Belcoo substitute Patrick Martin little chance of keeping them out.

Belcoo to their credit continued to battle well, with the exception of the goals, Belcoo had done well to limit any clear cut chances. Conor McKeown and Sean Boylan had fine games in the corner back spot with Dara Flanagan again cutting out a lot of ball. Oisin O’Loughlin’s distribution from defence was the platform to several of his sides best moves while Matthew Mulvey and Emmett McGuinness got stuck in turning over possession.

Mark Ferguson was tackling and working hard alongside Oisin Leonard and it was Leonard who added Belcoo next point, a fine effort from an acute angle. Jack Greene was introduced to the attack and he would register Belcoo’s second goal of the day, jinking infield and firing into the corner.

Lawrence McKeown would add the next score as Belcoo’s mini revival continued, the score now 6-4 to 2-6. Brookeboro though power forward once more and some excellent long range points were tagged on before Moane flicked another ball into the net.

Gerry Nolan was unlucky not to add to Belcoo’s goal tally at the other end while Patrick Goodwin made two good saves from Lawrence McKeown and Josh Killilea to keep out certain goals.

Josh Killilea would clip over a point as did Oran McCann before Killilea registered the final score, a very well taken goal after a strong run.

It was another very good competitive game for the O’Rahilly’s who continue to work tirelessly for one another.

Training continues on Monday at 7pm.

Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan, Sean Boylan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Matthew Mulvey, Emmett McGuinness, Mark Ferguson, Oisin Leonard (0-1), Cian White, Oran McCann (0-1), Gerry Nolan (1-2), Josh Killilea (1-2), Marc Stewart (0-1), Lawrence McKeown (0-1). Subs Used: Patrick Martin, Jack Greene (1-0), Ben McNulty.




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