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Poor Showing Sees Juniors Lose In Maguiresbridge

Box Score

May. 22, 2015

JUNIORS: Maguiresbridge 1-12 v 1-6 Belcoo

A poor showing from the Juniors brought a halt to a four game unbeaten run as they limped to a 1-12 to 1-6 defeat in Maguiresbridge. 

That being said the O'Rahilly's missed three guilt edged goal chances among a raft of other wayward efforts in an error ridden encounter. Going into the contest without their chief scoretakers in Aaron Dolan, Philip Leonard, Gary Doherty and Gary Maguire it was in front of goal the visitors struggled throughout.

It took 6 minutes for either side to open the scoring, Kieran Conlon doing well to win possession before raising the white flag. The sides were to share the next four points, Sean Porteous and Emmett Rice on target for the hosts while Declan Leonard hit two good frees for Belcoo. 

Maguiresbridge would fire three consecutive wides before wing back Dwayne Rice cut through the Belcoo defence to level matters at 0-3 each with 19minutes played. There would be just one more score before the interval, Mark Gavin on target for the hosts but Belcoo has a great goal chance coming to the break, Kieran Conlon releasing Jack O’Dolan who hit the side netting when well placed.

Maguiresbridge started the second period brightly and Mark Gavin would land two points from play within four minutes to leave it a double score game, the ‘Bridge 0-6 to 0-3 ahead. Belcoo’s first meaningful chance was seven minutes into the half, some good work by Emmet Scollan and Ian Corrigan created a one on one opportunity for Kieran Conlon shot straight at goalkeeper Tarlach Russell.

It took 10minutes for Belcoo to open their account in this half, a great run by Declan Leonard cutting through the defence before he fired over the bar. A spell of pressure seen Belcoo record six efforts at goal that failed to yield a score before they did indeed hit the target.

Once more it was a driving run from Declan Leonard that carved out the opening, he would slip the ball into Dean McDermott to fire into the net and send Belcoo into the lead at 1-4 to 0-6.

The hosts responded immediately as Dwayne Rice pointed before Emmett Rice got on the end a sweeping move to thunder a shot past Patrick Sweeney. The goalscorer quickly added a point and from leading by one, Belcoo now trailed by four. Niall Cullen would cut the deficit to three following good work from Emmett Scollan, Barry McGovern and Declan Leonard in what slick piece of counter attacking play.

From here to the finish Belcoo lost there way, Barry Flanagan, Stephen Reihill and Mark Gavin all registering for the hosts with Dean McDermott knocking over for Belcoo. Daniel Ray would have a great goal chance at a time it was badly needed but a defender kept the effort out with the ‘keeper beaten.

Mark Gavin and Emmett Rice would have the final say for the ‘Bridge on an evening very few O’Rahilly’s played to the standards set in recent week. Brendan McPartland done well in defence while James Stewart excelled after his late arrival.

Up next is a home game on Sunday at 12noon against Derrylin.

Team: Patrick Sweeney, Mark Corrigan, Niall Cullen (0-1), Brendan McPartland, Aidan McGrath, Barry McGovern, Brian Furey, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan, Aidan Leonard, Declan Leonard (0-3), Emmet Scollan, Kieran Conlon (0-1), Ian Corrigan, Jack O’Dolan. Subs Used: Dean McDermott (1-1), Daniel Ray, James Stewart.




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