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Juniors Bounce Back With Big Win

Box Score

May. 24, 2015

JUNIORS: Belcoo 3-21 v 1-6 Derrylin

Belcoo juniors would bounce back from Friday’s defeat with a big win over Derrylin on Sunday afternoon. The O’Rahilly’s running riot in the second half with the wind in their backs to finish up 3-21 to 1-6 winners. Despite playing into a strong breeze in the first period Belcoo rallied late in the half to take a 1-8 to 1-4 lead into a second half that they completely dominated to run out handsome winners.

Belcoo would kick the first point of the day, Aaron Dolan the scoretaker following a neat one two with Jack O’Dolan after Emmet Scollan had fielded a kickout from Patrick Sweeney, it would be a first of ten points for Aaron Dolan during the course of the 60minutes.

  Aaron Dolan made a welcome return having missed Friday's defeat in Maguiresbridge, the centre forward kicking 10points in today's win over Derrylin, seven of which came from play. PIC: Tim Flaherty

Mark Shannon and Stephen Curry would point efforts before Jack O’Dolan levelled proceedings on 10minutes following some good work on the left wing by Brian Furey. Oisin Maguire would point a free for Derrylin before the visitors struck their only goal, a good crossfield ball from Ferghal Shannon released Stephen Power who fired high past Patrick Sweeney, 1-3 to 0-2 Derrylin led midway through the half.

The O’Connell’s had been wayward in front of goal while at the other end Belcoo built up patiently and were accurate with almost all attempts for scores as they registered just one wide in the half. Aaron Dolan would hit the net two scores, one from play and a free kick but Derrylin were still looking dangerous, Patrick Sweeney forced into a good save to keep out a powerful effort from Maguire.

It was during the closing seven minutes Belcoo took control of the tie, hitting 1-4 to move into the lead. Brian Furey began the scoring with a strong run and point, Aaron Dolan followed up with a free while Barry McGovern’s direct run and shot yielded another point for the hosts after Gerard Mellor’s pass sent him scampering forward. Derrrylin had mustered a response in this period from Mark Shannon but Belcoo would finish the half on top.

Brian Furey, Barry McGovern, Aaron Dolan and Furey again were all involved in a move that led to Belcoo first goal, Aidan Leonard the man to finish the attack from close range while Aaron Dolan knocked over his fifth of the half to give his side a four point lead at the interval.

From the throw up Belcoo broke forward and Aaron Dolan seen a shot at goal kept out by the feet of the goalkeeper, the hosts however would see Ronan Meehan point twice in the opening three minutes to extend their lead. Emmet Scollan and Aidan Leonard doing well to create the openings for Meehan to score.

Derrylin only managed two points in the second period, these came in the 36th and 38th minute through half time substitute Barry Murray. From here to the finish it was all Belcoo, the O’Rahilly’s hit 2-11 without reply.

Jack O’Dolan began the onslaught, Aaron Dolan swiftly followed with five more while Aidan Leonard also raised the white flag by the 50th minute. Emmet Scollan was next to fire over while the returning veteran Kevin McPartland quickly made his mark with a point.

Sweeney would make another great save at the other end to thwart a rare Derrylin attack but during the closing stages Belcoo didn’t let up and continued to take scores. Goal number two arrived five minutes from time and it was again Aidan Leonard who netted, Emmet Scollan delicately chipped the keeper but the effort came back of the bar to Leonard who scored. He followed up the goal with a good point while Barry McGovern ventured forward to land his second from centre back.

The final score was to be a goal, Daniel Ray finding the net in what proved to be a routine win for Belcoo. There was once again good performances in defence from Martin Corrigan and Brendan McPartland, Gerard Mellor went well around the middle with Aaron Dolan proving a handful in attack.

Team: (13 a side) Patrick Sweeney, Martin Corrigan, Niall Cullen, Aidan McGrath, Barry McGovern (0-2), Brendan McPartland, Gerard Mellor, Ronan Meehan (0-2), Brian Furey (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-10, 3f), Emmet Scollan (0-1), Jack O’Dolan (0-2), Aidan Leonard (2-2). Subs Used: Kevin McPartland (0-1), Daniel Ray (1-0).




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