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U16s Battle Back To Beat Tempo
Sep. 6, 2015
DIVISION 3: Belcoo 4-15 v 5-7 Tempo
Belcoo U16’s opened their league campaign with a good win over Tempo on Sunday morning as they came from five points down at the interval to win by five. The O’Rahilly’s were actually nine down with 40minutes played before they produced a ten minute scoring spurt in the second half which yielded 3-4 and swung the tie in their favour resulting in an excellent victory.
Tempo were impressive in the opening half, Lorcan McStravick at the hub of his sides best work as the visitors held a 2-5 to 0-6 lead. Belcoo had done well for the most part although they were to squander some excellent scoring chances and should have been closer at the break.
The two sides traded points early on with McStravick and Shane Doherty pointing for their sides before Tempo rattled a first goal. Two points were added before Conor McAloon registered having collected an excellent ball from the hard working Ger McHugh to leave it 1-3 to 0-2 with 15minutes played.
Belcoo cut the deficit after Conor McAloon stood up the Tempo goalkeeper forcing him into an error, Shane Doherty driving the loose ball over the bar. Eoin Shields strode forward from midfield to land a well taken score but Tempo would hit the net for a second time at the other end. The visitors clipped over two more points while Conor McAloon and Michael McGourty slotted over for the hosts before half time.
Lorcan McStravick in possession as Eoin Shiels moves in to apply pressure
Tempo were to register 1-1 inside three minutes of the restart to push into a nine point lead at 3-6 to 0-6. Belcoo though began to turn the tide, Shane Doherty landed two points from play before a fantastic ten minute spell seen the O’Rahilly’s take over.
Defensive the O’Rahilly’s were on top in this spell, James McAloon and Lawrence McKeown coming out with numerous balls while Dermot Burns and Ronan Maguire excelled in the half back line. In the middle third Belcoo were collecting all the break balls, Ger McHugh, Ciaran Flanagan and Eoin Shiels keeping the pressure on while Shane Doherty was proving a great outlet in the full forward line.
A burst through the middle from Ciaran Flanagan seen the rangy forward bundled to the ground in the penalty area. Shane Doherty confidently dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner. Moments later Conor McAloon’s long range effort dipped under the crossbar for a goal before Ciaran Flanagan registered a point and it was now level 2-9 to 3-6.
Belcoo wouldn’t let up and a long ball from Michael McGourty dipped under the bar for goal number three while Conor McAloon followed up with a good point. Eoin Shiels would point a wonderful effort on his left foot before Ger McHugh got forward to clip over a neat score. Belcoo now had a firm grip on proceedings, leading 3-12 to 3-6 with 10minutes to play.
Lawrence McKeown clears the ball in the second half
Lorcan McStravick would break forward to halt the Belcoo momentum and he rattled a fourth Tempo goal. Belcoo did responded with a point, Mark Ferguson doing magnificently to win back possession and finding Ciaran Flanagan for the score. Tempo were looking goals and they were to register another to leave just one point between the sides, 3-13 to 5-6 with five minutes remaining.
Belcoo were to work their best score of the day as Lawrence McKeown’s crossfield ball found Ciaran Flanagan, Ronan Maguire was breaking down the left to support, Flanagan shifted the ball to Maguire who inturn slipped it to Ger McHugh, McHugh centred to Ciaran Flanagan who’d continued his run and he drilled low into the net.
Tempo came straight down the other end and defender James McAloon made a vital block inside the wee square to deny a goal. Belcoo broke upfield once more, Ger McHugh adding a good point after Colm Furey had done well before McStravick and Flanagan exchanged points in the dying seconds as Belcoo seen out the win on a 4-15 to 5-7.
The two sides meet on Wednesday in the Championship. A venue still to be corfirmed.
Team (13-a-side): Cormac McHugh, James McAloon, Lawrence McKeown, Dermot Burns, Ronan Maguire, Matthew Mulvey, Eoin Shiels (0-1), Ger McHugh (0-2), Michael McGourty (1-1), Colm Furey, Mark Ferguson, Shane Doherty (1-4), Conor McAloon (1-3). Subs: Ciaran Flanagan (1-3), Oran McCann.
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