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Seniors Good Work Undone By Three Goal Blast
Aug. 9, 2015
SENIORS: Belcoo 0-11 v 3-7 Roslea
Belcoo Seniors good work in their fixture with Roslea was undone in a seven minute spell midway through the second half as the visiting Shamrocks hit three goals to effectively seal the win. Belcoo had held the upperhand to this point and led by three before the Quigley brothers three goal blast, substitute Seamus with two before Sean got in on the act leaving Belcoo too much to do over the closing ten minutes.
The O’Rahilly’s were to dominate the opening half and held a 0-7 to 0-3 interval lead. Three quick points in as many minutes from the throw in had the hosts on the right track. Matthew McAloon with a fine opener from a difficult angle on the left wing before Ciaran Flaherty burst forward to slot over a well taken point. Paul McGrath was next on the mark having clipped over a good point after a slick move involving James McGrath and Brian Cox.
Sean Quigley would land a free from the deck some 50yards from goal but Belcoo were still in control as Brian Cox and Matthew McAloon were showing well and winning frees inside. Paul McGrath would land two pointed frees, the second from an acute angle on the left wing as Belcoo pushed further clear. Points from Brendan Sherlock and Sean Quigley cut the deficit to three at 0-5 to 0-2 but Belcoo ended the half on top.
Matthew McAloon with a great effort after some good work by Aaron Dolan, Niall McGovern and Declan Leonard on the right before McAloon almost netted a goal, his deft effort eluded Sean Boyle in the Roslea goals but clipped the top of the crossbar and went over to ensure Belcoo went in 0-7 to 0-3 to the good at half time.
In the early part of the second half both sides traded points. Brendan Sherlock and Sean Quigley on target for the visitors while Paul McGrath and Matthew McAloon added Belcoo points.
The hosts were still holding sway and created a number of opportunities to further their lead however these were squandered and by the midpoint in the half the score was 0-9 to 0-6 in Belcoo’s favour. At the other end Daniel Ray had made a stunning save, pulling a quickly taken free from Sean Quigley out of the top corner.
Next came the defining few minutes of the tie, Niall McGovern turned over possession and fed Paul McGrath who in turn put Matthew McAloon through on goal, McAloon appeared to be hauled down in the penalty area, the ball spilled to Brian Cox who could only find the sidenetting. It looked a nailed on penalty for McAloon but nothing was given.
Seamus Quigley entered the fray at this juncture and his first act was to palm the ball into the net after Sean had gathered a long ball into the area. Draw game 0-9 to 1-6. In Roslea’s next meaningful attack another long ball was hoisted into the penalty area, Seamus Quigley rose highest, gathered and planted the ball into the top left corner of the net.
With Belcoo on the ropes they coughed up possession in defence seconds later and this time Seamus fed Sean who walked the ball into the net. 0-9 to 3-6, the nine point swing in a matter of minutes leaving the Shamrocks six clear.
Over the closing eight minutes Belcoo would press hard to close the gap but only managed two scores, Brian Cox registering from play while Aaron Dolan knocked over a 45. Sean Quigley would hit a late point for the visitors who had managed to muster the victory despite being second best for large parts of this encounter.
Up next Belcoo host St. Pat’s on Friday evening and go to Devenish on Sunday afternoon.
Team: Daniel Ray, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Gavin Leonard, Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), James Stewart, Niall McGovern, John Carrigan, Aaron Dolan (0-1), Paul McGrath (0-4), Declan Leonard, James McGrath, Brian Cox (0-1), Matthew McAloon (0-4).
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