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Spirited U12s Battle Past Teemore In Great Contest
Sep. 10, 2015
U12 Division 2: Belcoo 4-10 (18) v 2-10 (14) Teemore
With hard work there are no limits has been the mantra of Belcoo Underage this season and it was certainly evident in MacNean Park tonight as Belcoo U12’s recorded a fantastic 4-10 to 2-10 win over Teemore. The young O’Rahilly’s were determined they’d come out the right side of the result and hassled, harried and blocked their way to a win which sets up a three way playoff between themselves, Teemore and Lisnaskea.
As usual the wind was a contributing factor in proceedings as scores were easier gained, Belcoo had it in Quarters 1 and 3 which seen them retain the lead throughout but they were hard pressed in the final quarter and produced a brilliant 15minutes of tackling to keep Teemore out.
Belcoo going through their pre-game stretches
In the early exchanges Emmett McGuinness and Liam McEnri would trade points before Patrick Martin hit a fine effort for the hosts. Belcoo would plunder two quick goals as Gerry Nolan and Dara Flanagan scrambled balls into the net while Teemore goalkeeper Callum McGrath made two stops to deny Flanagan and Josh Killilea from registering.
Teemore would add a second point through Aaron Lee before Dara Flanagan knocked over from close range to leave Belcoo 2-3 (7) to 0-2 ahead at the end of Quarter 1. It was tough going against a physical Teemore outfit but Belcoo were standing firm. The visitors had the better of the second quarter and they hit the an early goal from James Maguire but Josh Killilea responded at the other end with a point.
Jamie Ray would make a great save, tipping the ball around the post to keep out a goal however Teemore were fit to tag on three points in the lead up to half time, Aaron Lee, Ethan Prunty and Jack McCann on target. Half Time: Belcoo 2-4 (8) v 1-5 (7) Teemore.
Pre-game warm up
Belcoo produced their best football of the game in the third quarter, penning back the Shamrocks and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Dara Flanagan would fire over a fine point before captain for the day Josh Killilea, led by example, rifling two excellent goals to the net, the second a superb low shot into the bottom corner. Colum Higgins was going well picking up loose balls and making blocks with Gerry Nolan and Conor McKeown coming to the fore in the build up to the scores.
Teemore got forward to point three frees and almost hit the net however Jamie Ray was on hand to make the initial save with Niamh McAloon stopping the rebound on the goal-line. Belcoo would finish with a flourish as Eoin Corrigan clipped over a free and the midfield pairing of Dara Flanagan and Emmett McGuinness hit two wonderful points to leave the score at the end of Quarter 3: Belcoo 4-9 (17) v 1-8 (10).
Facing into a stiff breeze in the final quarter Belcoo really stepped up their game, Oisin O’Loughlin was brilliant at the back in this pivotal period. Niamh McAloon robbed ball time after time from Teemore forwards with Ciana McGrath and Colum Higgins winning possession and using it well as Belcoo mounted attacks from the defence.
Belcoo made a staggering 16 blocks during the hour, six of these coming in the last quarter, Emmett McGuinness the leading man with a eight in total, a trademark of the hard working midfielder. Up front Conor McKeown was proving a great outlet with Aoife Keaney introduced to the fold and she too seen plenty of ball as a link between defence and attack as she helped ease the pressure on the defence taking the ball into the Teemore half of the field.
Dara Flanagan had a great hour curtailing Teemore’s Jack McGann with Josh Killilea and Jack Quinlan having a tight tussle from start to finish.
Belcoo managed to keep Teemore at bay despite having a big wind helping the visitors. Two Aaron Lee points had Teemore within five but Dara Flanagan clipped over at the other end before a goal with the last kick of the ball seen four between the sides at the finish. Belcoo 4-10 (18) v 2-10 (14) Teemore.
The result means Belcoo, Teemore and Lisnaskea have all won 3 of their 4 games. A playoff will be required, details unknown at this time.
DIVISION 2 LEAGUE TABLE
|Devenish St Mary's||4||1||0||3||2|
|Enniskillen Gaels A||4||0||0||4||0|
Training continues Tuesday 15th September from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team (11-a-side): Jamie Ray, Niamh McAloon, Conor McKeown, Ciana McGrath, Colum Higgins, Oisin O’Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness (0-2), Aine Barrett, Patrick Martin (0-1), Gerry Nolan (1-0), Josh Killilea (2-2). Subs: Dara Flanagan (1-4), Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan (0-1), Aoife Keaney.
DEVELOPMENT GAME: Belcoo 3-8 (14) v 5-7 (17) Teemore
In the Development Game Belcoo played some great stuff for three quarters before a strong final flurry with the wind seen Teemore run out winners on a 5-7 (17) to 3-8 (14) scoreline.
In first quarter Belcoo were bright, Sean Boylan captain for the day, kicked all five of his sides scores. Teemore did manage to hit two goals and a point as the sides went in tied at the interval.
Against the wind in Quarter 2 Belcoo did well. Ben McNulty made a great block while Lorcan Leonard was impressing in goals with good saves and excellent kick outs. Sam Martin and Sinead Barrett were lively in attack with Cara Grey and Eimear Magee was doing well in defence.
Sean Boylan continued to perform well as he hit 1-1 in this period while Cara Grey also moved forward to score a well taken goal. Teemore managed two points but Belcoo held a three point lead, 2-6 (10) to 2-3 (7).
In Quarter 3 Belcoo had the wind again and would outscore Teemore 1-2 to 0-1. Cara Grey rattling the goal with Cian White and Sam Martin hitting the points to push the O'Rahilly's six points clear.
It was the final quarter were Belcoo struggled against the breeze, Teemore rattled in 3-3 with Belcoo failing to register as the visitors recorded a 5-7 (17) to 3-8 (14) win.
Team (8-a-side): Lorcan Leonard, Ben McNulty, Cara Gray (2-0), Eimear Magee, Cian White (0-1), Sean Boylan (1-6), Sinead Barrett, Sam Martin (0-1).
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