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Late Points Secure Draw With Erne Gaels
May. 1, 2015
SENIORS: Belcoo 1-13 v 2-10 Erne Gaels
Two late points from substitute Aaron Dolan secured a deserved draw for Belcoo at home to Erne Gaels. The hosts raced into an early lead before being pegged back close to half time, Erne Gaels had the better of things early in the second period but Belcoo battled back well over the closing ten minutes to seal a share of the spoils.
By the 20minute mark Belcoo had a 1-6 to 0-3 advantage having dominated the opening exchanges. Ciaran Flaherty had the host off the mark early with a score from distance. A neat exchanges of passes in a flowing move finished with Christopher Leonard hitting a left footed score while Barry McCann drilled over the opener from play for the visitors.
Ciaran Flaherty taking a keen hold of Ryan Lyons: Pic Tim Flaherty
Belcoo’s next score would be a goal, Jonathan Feeley gaining possession near the sideline before shrugging off his marker, cutting in towards goal and firing low into the bottom corner. Barry McCann would respond with a fine point from the ground on the left wing having missed a simpler one moments earlier.
Feeley would knock over a free on the right for Belcoo before McCann struck another sublime effort off the ground from all of 50yards. Paul McGrath was next to land a free from out on the left wing before a great run and finish seen Declan Leonard raise the white flag for the O'Rahilly's.
Ciaran Flaherty would ping over a 45 as Belcoo moved six clear but from here to the interval Erne Gaels began to turn the tide. Ronan Cox would register a few close range frees but Belcoo carved out another goal chance, Paul McGrath feeding Flaherty however a good save from Stephen Ryder seen Erne Gaels sweep forward and register a point at the other end.
Seamus Ryder fisting in Erne Gaels opening goal. Pic Tim Flaherty
A goal would follow for the visitors as Damian Lyons done well to keep the ball in play before knocking it across the square from Seamus Ryder to fist to the net as the sides were now level 1-6 a piece. The McGrath brothers James and Paul would hit points from play in the dying moments of the half to see Belcoo hold a 1-8 to 1-6 interval lead.
Into the second half and this game continued to ebb and flow from one end to the other. Ryan Lyons and Gavin Leonard exchanging early points but it was the visitors who had begun a bit sharper. Barry McCann and Seamus Ryder adding points before Ronan Cox netted a second goal for his side. A long ball into Seamus Ryder was flicked into the path of Cox who side-stepped Aidan Leonard to score.
Belcoo would respond well as they went about getting themselves back into the tie. Defensive they began to turnover the visitors, Shane McCabe, Niall McGovern, Ryan Leonard and Gavin Leonard all doing well on a number of occasions. Paul McGrath would knock over a free before a driving run from Flaherty seen another score, 2-9 to 1-11 with 5minutes to play.
Paul McGrath retaining possession as Ryan Lyons gives chase. Pic Tim Flaherty
Seamus Ryder would kick a good score from the left wing but Aaron Dolan would secure the draw with two late points, the first a 13metre free before a scramble in the goal mouth seen the forward react the quickest to snap up possession and score what was the equaliser with the final act of the game.
Belcoo travel to Ederney on Sunday for a 3.30pm throw in.
Team: Aidan Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Barry McGovern, Shane McCabe, Gavin Leonard (0-1), Christopher Leonard (0-1), Niall McGovern, Ciaran Flaherty (0-3), Brian Cox, Paul McGrath (0-3), Declan Leonard (0-1), James McGrath (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (1-1). Subs Used: John Carrigan, Aaron Dolan (0-2).
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