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Positive U14 Display Despite Defeat To Belnaleck
Apr. 11, 2015
U14 Section B: Belcoo 4-3 v 8-12 Belnaleck
There were plenty of positives to draw from another encouraging display by our very young U14 side on Saturday evening. The O'Rahilly's competed well throughout but Belnaleck always held the upper hand and pulled away during the closing ten minutes, a late flurry of scores seen a wide margin of victory in the end for the visitors.
Belcoo played some of their best football to date, shifting the ball well, moving quickly up the field but it was in front of goals they struggled, squandering a number of good opportunities in the first half in particular. Once again the defence was solid, a couple of soft goals in the first half however undoing what had been a good opening 30minutes.
The early exchanges seen the two sides trade points as Darragh McBrien and Emmett McGuinness were on target for their teams. A tame effort at goal crept through Jamie Ray's legs to boost Belnaleck while Ronan McGurn and Darragh McBrien knocked over points to leave it 1-3 to 0-1 with 12minutes played.
Belcoo would dominate the next 10minutes but they couldn't score. Gerry Nolan and Josh Killilea were both denied by goalkeeper Conal Sweeney while other effort for points went wide. Loose final passes seen chances go a begging but it's encouraging to see the side create these openings.
Having eventually broken downfield Belnaleck would add 1-4 in a matter of minutes. Ronan McGurn netting a goal as Oisin Monaghan hit three points and Darragh McBrien once more clipped over a good score.
Belcoo would muster two goals in response, Oran McCann's free dropped short, Emmett McGuinness fisting to the net. McCann would see another free drop into the net seconds later as it was now 2-7 to 2-1.
With the final act of the half a poor lockout from Ray was fired into the net by Darragh Donaghy and despite some good football Belcoo trailed by 9points at the break.
Mark Ferguson was having a fine game in the middle of the field for Belcoo while Oisin O'Loughlin was again winning his battle and finding team mates with some excellent passing out of defence. Cian White and Fiachra McAloon were working tirelessly in the wing forward positions and they would continue to do so in the second half.
Belnaleck would knock over early points from McBrien and Donaghy but Belcoo had another good spell of pressure. Oran McCann registered a goal while Josh Killilea kicked two good points from the right wing to make it 3-9 to 3-3.
Belcoo missed a penalty during this spell, Oran McCann dragging his effort wide. Belnaleck responded as Oisin Monaghan would charge through to score a goal and points were added by McBrien before Josh Killilea thumped in another goal for Belcoo.
It was 4-11 to 4-3 with ten minutes to play, from here to the finish Belnaleck kicked on to register an unanswered 4-1 sealing the victory.
Belcoo continue training on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm ahead of a trip to Tempo next Saturday evening.
Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Matthew Mulvey, Emmett McGuinness (1-1), Mark Ferguson, Lawrence McKeown, Fiachra McAloon, Oran McCann (2-0), Cian White, Josh Killilea (1-2), Marc Stewart, Gerry Nolan. Subs Used: Patrick Martin, Sean Boylan.
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