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Fiesty Affair Ends In Draw
May. 17, 2015
SENIORS: Belcoo 1-7 v 1-7 Derrygonnelly
Belcoo would come from 7 points down to secure a draw against Derrygonnelly in what can only be described as a full blooded encounter. The first half in particular seen very little football played, thankfully a football match broke out in the second period.
It was all blood and thunder stuff in the opening half culminating in a large melee on 15minutes. For what it's worth, it was a Belcoo free and remained a Belcoo free after 5mins of royal rumble wrestling in the middle of the field.
Pictures tell the tale here - PICS: Tim Flahery
Time to mention the game itself, Derrygonnelly had a strong breeze in their favour in the first half, Belcoo only mustered two points against it, Jonathan Feely fisting a point after a strong run and James McGrath drilling over after patient build up play.
The Harps opened with a 'Hail Mary' sideline ball from Conal Jones close to the dugouts finding the target, the big midfielder was to go and be heavily involved with his sides best work on the night.
Roving corner forward Leigh Jones had made a bright start, he would kick two frees before pointing from play while Paul Ward notched a free from a central position.
Stephen Jones comes under pressure from Ciaran Flaherty and Niall McGovern PIC: Tim Flaherty
These were sporadic scores during a stop start opening half, the Harps 0-5 to 0-2 to the good on 25minutes. Belcoo pretty pleased to have curtailed the harps at this juncture but before the interval the visitors hit 1-1 to move seven clear by the break.
A sweeping move seen Michael Jones ghost in behind the Belcoo defence before a good pass sent him through one on one to slide the ball through Daniel Ray's legs while Conal Jones pointed another booming drive from near the sideline in open play on this occasion.
The Harps going in to flashing lights and beeping horns from their supporters with a 1-6 to 0-2 lead.
The second half seen less stoppages and more football, Belcoo never reached the heights of their previous game with Ederney, in truth they never really cut Derrygonnelly open but they did produce 30mins of sheer guts, determination and showed a willingness not to be beaten.
Declan Leonard pressures Garvin McGinley in the second half PIC: Tim Flaherty
The hosts slowly worked themselves back into the game, Jonathan Feeley getting the first score but Paul Ward hit what proved to be Derrygonnelly only point in the second half.
Belcoo registered their goal on 40minutes, a high ball into the square beaten down by James McGrath for Paul McGrath to poke into the net past Dermot Feely.
The next notable incident came a few minutes later, Declan Leonard cutting out a cross field ball to run through on goal, he shifted the ball to Feeley on his right and he was met with a thunderous shot by Eamon McHugh, McHugh received a second yellow for the high tackle, Feeley taking a few minutes to come round before tapping over the 15metre free.
In the final 10minutes Belcoo continued on the front foot, Declan Leonard landed a huge score from distance, Ciaran Flaherty landing and equally impressive point moments later.
Ryan Leonard making a strong run down the right in second period PIC: Tim Flaherty
The equaliser arrived after a good passage of play seen the ball worked to Shane McCabe, he beat two tackles and fired for goal, Dermot Feeley making a great save to push the ball over the crossbar to tie the contest at 1-7 each.
In the closing minute Paul McGrath and Jonathan McGurn missed frees for their respective side that would have nicked the two points. A draw probably a fair result at the end of an absorbing affair.
Team. Daniel Ray, Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Shane McCabe (0-1), Barry McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Niall McGovern, John Carrigan, Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), Paul McGrath (1-0), James McGrath (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (0-3), Declan Leonard (0-1). Subs used. Aaron Dolan
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