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U14s Lose Out In Entertaining Encounter

Box Score

Apr. 30, 2015

U14's: Belcoo 6-5 v 8-6 St. Pats

This was a fantastic Under 14 tussle in MacNean Park between the young O’Rahilly’s and St. Pats on what was a glorious Thursday evening. It was end to end stuff throughout, fast and frantic at times as the two sides completed their round of Sectional Fixtures. The tie was in the balance until the finish as Belcoo laid siege on the St.Pat’s goalmouth before the visitors broke for a final goal to secure the win.

It was St. Pat’s who opened the scoring through Dara Foster but Belcoo were the better side during the first 20minutes. Cian White would find the net in the third minute with a neat swivel inside the penalty area. Minutes later the O’Rahilly’s worked an excellent move down the right, Josh Killilea and Matthew Mulvey working well before the latter shifted the ball to the on-rushing Lawrence McKeown and he drove a fine effort into the bottom corner.

St. Pat’s would register a point from play but Josh Killilea would kick a fine score from the right wing to leave it 2-1 to 0-2 in Belcoo’s favour.

The hosts would concede a sloppy goal having failed to clear their lines but they would hit back with another goal of their own. Mark Ferguson and Gerry Nolan working extremely hard to turnover possession before a ball across the goalmouth was finished by Emmett McGuinness as Belcoo moved five points clear.

St. Pat’s though would have the better of the closing ten minutes in the half as they hit three goals and a point before the break. Eimhan Curran with the first goal while Patrick Curran hit a free before Dara Foster was unmarked to tap in a close range goal.

Belcoo managed to muster a response with Oran McCann registering a free from the left as the half ended Belcoo 3-2, St. Pat’s 4-3.

McCann would kick a great point from play upon the resumption but St. Pat’s would score a fortunate goal, a free for a point dropping under the crossbar. Down the other end went Belcoo and Oran McCann found the net after a strong run from midfielder Matthew Mulvey to leave just a goal between the sides, 5-3 to 4-3 the visitors led.

Pat’s would camp in the Belcoo half for 5minutes and chalked up a quick 1-3 to move nine clear. Belcoo though would once again battle back. Oran McCann knocking over a free before Lawrence McKeown fired in his second goal after a neat exchange with Josh Killilea and Fiachra McAloon down the right wing, it was now 6-6 to 5-4 in St. Pat’s favour with 8minutes to play.

Eimhan Curran would hit a goal for St. Pat’s as they broke forward but Belcoo again returned to the other end and registered 1-1. McCann from a placed ball before Fiachra McAloon's dipping shot nestled into the top corner to leave just four between the sides, 7-6 to 6-5.

Belcoo kept the pressure on in what was a frantic finale, St. Pat’s had brought back a number players to crowd out the defence, despite a few half chances at goal, the hosts couldn’t find the net to cut the deficit and with the final move of the game St Pat’s broke forward to register another goal leaving the final score, Belcoo 6-5 v 8-6 St. Pat’s.

There was some excellent displays during the tie from the O’Rahilly’s, Mark Ferguson worked extremely hard in midfield ably assisted by Matthew Mulvey while at the back, Colum Higgins remained solid throughout with Oisin Leonard curtailing the Pat’s full forward well. Up front Fiachra McAloon was a lively presence while Cian White and Josh Killilea continued to work hard. Oran McCann impressed during the second half also accounting for the bulk of the sides scores.

With the Sections complete, Divisional Fixtures will be released in due course. Training continues on Monday 4th May from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Oisin Leonard, Colum Higgins, Dara Flanagan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Lawrence McKeown (2-0), Mark Ferguson, Matthew Mulvey, Josh Killilea (0-1), Emmett McGuinness (1-0), Fiachra McAloon (1-0), Cian White (1-0), Oran McCann (1-4), Gerry Nolan. Subs Used: Jack Greene.




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