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U14s League Finishes
May. 20, 2015
U14s: Belcoo 1-4 v 5-7 Newtownbutler
Belcoo U14’s completed their league programme with a 5-7 to 1-4 defeat at home to Newtownbutler on Wednesday evening. After a tight opening half the game got away from the O’Rahilly’s in the third quarter as the visitors pushed on to record the win and book their place in the league final.
Newtown would register the first goal of the contest in the fifth minute but Belcoo almost responded in kind, a long Lawrence McKeown punt forward, hooked off the goal-line by a recovering defender after a misjudgement by the goalkeeper.
The visitors would be awarded a penalty with their next foray forward, Jamie Ray would however make a stunning stop, low to his left to push the ball away, this was a fourth penalty save from five faced this season by Ray, a staggering statistic.
Jamie Ray who impressed again tonight in goals, the young keeper made a fourth penalty save from five faced this term. PIC: Donnie Phair
Belcoo would work the ball well up the field and hit a first score of the day, Josh Killilea on target with a fine point from distance. The O’Rahilly’s would remain on the attack and having carved open the Newtown defence Fiachra McAloon was put through, the visiting goalkeeper making a fantastic low save to push the ball out for a 45 which Belcoo worked a point from, Oran McCann firing over to leave it 1-0 to 0-2 midway through the half.
For the remainder defences were on top, hard working midfielder Mark Ferguson done well to block a goal chance while Jamie Ray was impressing under the high ball. Oisin Leonard, Dara Flanagan and Oisin O’Loughlin forced their opposite numbers to overcarry on a number of occasion while in attack, wing forwards Josh Killilea and Cian White where providing a great outlet for their side. Emmett McGuinness at centre forward made three fierce blocks before the interval to stop clearances but Belcoo failed to add to their tally in front of goal.
Oisin O'Loughlin breaking out of defence for Belcoo. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Newtown on the other hand would register four points, two good efforts from play and two other from frees but the tie was delicately poised at the interval, 1-4 to 0-2.
Upon the restart Newtown got a goal from an uncharacteristic slip by Ray between the posts. Whilst Belcoo continued to work hard to get back into the game, Newtown managed to keep them at arms length as they added another 1-2 to their tally during a profitable period.
Mark Ferguson driving Belcoo forward early in the second half. PIC: Tim Flaherty
Belcoo began to gain control of the fixture during the final quarter, with 15minutes to play they were awarded a penalty kick, Lawrence McKeown failed to convert, dragging the spot kick narrowly wide. It wouldn’t deter the young O’Rahilly’s who penned back Newtown for some 10minutes, the hosts seen Oran McCann point two frees while Lawrence McKeown’s ball into the area deceived everyone to leave it 4-6 to 1-4.
Belcoo would fail to find the target again although chances were created with some strong running and neat interplay, unfortunately for the hosts the shooting didn’t match the build up while at the other end Newtown hit a late 1-1 to book their place in the final. It was another good competitive fixture for the O’Rahilly’s who have carried themselves well throughout a difficult campaign.
Gerry Nolan holds onto possession midway through the second half. PIC: Tim Flaherty
With the league now over, the Championship will be played at the end of the month. Training continues on Monday at 7pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Oisin Leonard, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Lawrence McKeown (1-0), Mark Ferguson, Matthew Mulvey, Josh Killilea (0-1), Emmett McGuinness, Cian White, Oran McCann (0-3), Marc Stewart, Fiachra McAloon. Subs Used: Sean Boylan, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin, Jack Greene.
Should Newtownbutler beat St. Pat's in the final league fixture on Saturday. There will be a three way playoff to see who meets Newtownbutler in the League Final.
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