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U14's Win Tough & Tight Opener

Box Score

Feb. 27, 2016

U14 Section B: Belcoo 4-5 v 3-6 Kinawley

Belcoo Under 14’s got their season off to a winning start after a fantastic contest with Kinawley on Saturday afternoon, the young O’Rahilly’s working tremendously hard for the full hour to secure a deserved two point win on a 4-5 to 3-6 scoreline.

This was a full blooded encounter as both sides give it their all throughout. In the early exchanges Belcoo were a touch wayward in front of goal while Kinawley hit two good points at the other end. Belcoo registered their first score when Eoin Corrigan had done well before he was hauled down for a penalty. A confidently struck effort from Oran McCann found the net.

Kinawley responded through the tricky corner forward Paidi Drumm to level the contest however the home side would net a second time, a flowing move between Eoin Corrigan, Gerry Nolan, Jack Greene, Josh Killilea and Oran McCann ended with Cian White finishing to the net.

  Conor McKeown turning away from his opposite number as Belcoo mount another attack.

It was end to end at this juncture and Kinawley responded with their first goal to leave it 2-0 to 1-3 midway through the half. Back down the field came Belcoo to rattle in a third goal, Josh Killilea on target this time while Kinawley nearly hit back immediately however a super save from Jamie Ray kept his side in front.

There was some great defending by Belcoo's Dara Flanagan, Patrick Martin and Conor McKeown coming to half time while Jack Greene, Gerry Nolan and Eoin Corrigan continued to show well for ball up front.

  Dara Flanagan stands his forward up in what was a good battle throughout the contest.

Oran McCann would tap over a free kick before Emmett McGuinness made a couple of trademark blocks to turnover the ball for Belcoo as the half ended with the hosts 3-1 to 1-3 ahead.

The second half picked up where the first finished, some real good battles all over the field and Belcoo begun well, Lawrence McKeown drilling over an excellent point from distance. Another good passage of play from Patrick Martin, Dara Flanagan and Lawrence McKeown seen Oran McCann thump over another fine point. 3-3 to 1-3.

   Jack Greene and Josh Killillea (10) apply pressure as Kinawley look to come out of defence

Lawrence McKeown would then cut in from the right to fire high into the net with McCann again clipping over a point but Kinawley would begin to apply pressure at the other end. Some good defending again by Flanagan and Conor McKeown kept the visitors at bay. Sean Boylan was trying hard to curtail the lively Drumm at this stage while the O'Rahilly's continued to work tirelessly.

Jamie Ray remained solid under pressure while his kickouts continued to find teammates, Oran McCann fielding some great high balls around the middle. Kinawley hit back with a well taken goal by Oisin McKenna and a good Daire O'Reilly point to cut the deficit to six at 4-4 to 2-4.

Into the final ten minutes and another goal from Kinawley tightened the contest once more. Belcoo however continued to work the ball well and carved out an opening for Josh Killilea to knock over a good point.

  Emmett McGuinness makes a break down the right with Oran McCann & Cian White getting alongside in support.

Lawrence McKeown came to the fore in this period to relieve pressure breaking at pace from the defence with McGuinness and Killilea remaining good outlets. It was backs to the wall in the final minutes, Kinawley rattled over two late points but some resolute defending seen Belcoo hold on for a two point success.

Training continues on Monday and Wednesday's from 7pm to 8.15pm. Belcoo have the bye this coming weekend. More pictures of this game are in the Photo Gallery section on the left.

Team (13 a side) Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan, Patrick Martin, Lawrence McKeown (1-1), Conor McKeown, Emmett McGuinness, Oran McCann (1-3), Cian White (1-0), Gerry Nolan, Josh Killilea (1-1), Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan.. Sean Boylan.




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