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Seniors Left To Rue Disappointing First Half
Jun. 6, 2015
SENIORS: Tempo 0-11 v 0-10 Belcoo
Belcoo Seniors would rue a disappointing showing in the first half of this league encounter away to Tempo as they slipped to a second defeat of the season, again by a single point. The O’Rahilly’s had a stiff breeze in their favour in the opening half but could only muster two points as Tempo managed a half dozen against the wind to hold a four point interval lead.
The O’Rahilly’s though battled back bravely in the second period, playing some great football but having got to within a point on three different occasions they couldn’t conjure an equaliser as Tempo held on to win 0-11 to 0-10.
The hosts would register the first five points of the game having retained possession well to carve out openings, midfielder Declan Owens joining the attack to register twice with Niall McElroy, Damien Kelly and PJ Rogers also contributing.
Belcoo never managed to get going, some basic errors, handling, passing and shooting were all astray during the first 30minutes. They did eventually raise the white flag with Declan Leonard pointing after Paul McGrath had robbed Adrian Meehan of possession while Ciaran Flaherty knocked over a free.
The O’Rahilly’s almost had a goal coming to the break but for a quite sublime save from Tempo goalkeeper Matthew Jackson, Flaherty’s long range free dropping into the square where James McGrath flicked on and Jackson, with lighting quick reactions clawed the ball out of the top corner before getting up to block Emmet Scollan's rebound effort.
In truth the O’Rahilly’s were well below par, despite having a fair share of possession the end product wasn’t there while Tempo’s tactic of keeping possession and waiting patiently for gaps to appear in the Belcoo defence had worked very well for the home side who added a sixth point from Conor Foy before the interval.
Belcoo emerged a different team in the second half, Niall McCusker would add the first score to move Tempo five clear but Belcoo would go on to dominate the next period of play as they began to mount a real challenge. Christopher Leonard and Niall McGovern took over the middle sector and laid the foundation for the fightback.
Aaron Dolan and Gavin Leonard hit good scores from the right wing after the ball was worked quickly down that channel, Ciaran Flaherty at the heart of Belcoo’s push forward. Dolan would hit two more, the first from an acute angle after Barry McGovern ventured upfield while the second was a fine long range score having gathered possession on the right to leave just one between the sides at 0-7 to 0-6.
Tempo were on the ropes but their first foray forward in some time yielded a point from play as full back Aidan Breen got upfield to split the posts but Paul McGrath would respond at the other end after Declan Leonard had done well to create the opening. Still one between the sides with twelve minutes to play.
Conor Foy was next to find the target, the Tempo corner back getting on the end of a sweeping move before substitute Brian Jackson clipped over a good score when given time and space as the lead opened up again, 0-10 to 0-7.
Belcoo once more took control Aaron Dolan would point a free before while Niall McElroy thumped over a long range free to make it a three point game again. The visitors had a goal chance, Emmet Scollan creating an opening for Dolan who snatched at the effort from the 14yard line as it went well wide.
Brian Cox and Paul McGrath would link up well down the left as they carried the ball forward before McGrath pointed to leave two between the sides at 0-11 to 0-9. Goal chance number three of the day came next as Belcoo cut open the Tempo defence, Declan Leonard the man on the end of the move, his shot grasing the bottom of the post as it went wide with 4minutes to play.
There was still time for another point from a close range free by Dolan but Belcoo failed to get within shooting distance over the final 90seconds of the game and it was Tempo who emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins.
The O’Rahilly’s were excellent during the second period as they came out on top in all their individual battles, unfortunately a lacklustre and error ridden opening half left them with just too much to do.
Another 3 week break in games in anticipated as Fermanagh prepare to face Monaghan in the Ulster Championship Semi Final.
Team: Daniel Ray, Ryan Leonard, James Stewart, Ryan McGovern, Barry McGovern, Brian Cox, Gavin Leonard (0-1), Christopher Leonard, Niall McGovern, Emmet Scollan, Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), Paul McGrath (0-2), Declan Leonard (0-1), James McGrath, Aaron Dolan (0-5). Subs Used: John Carrigan, Matthew McAloon.
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