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Devenish Edge U14 Contest By One Point
Mar. 16, 2016
Section B: Devenish 4-8 v 4-7 Belcoo
A thrilling Under 14 contest this evening ended with a Devenish victory on a 4-8 to 4-7 scoreline at the Garrison venue as the home side rallied to edge out the O'Rahilly's.
The visitors travelled without three players due to illness however they made a blistering start as Lawrence McKeown had the ball in the net with just 37seconds on the clock. A few chances were missed to further their score before Devenish took a firm grip on the contest to fire in 1-4 by the midway stage of the half.
Before they got on the scoreboard however Jamie Ray would make a sensational save from James Campbell low to his right turning the ball around the post with a strong hand. Patrick McTiernan would register a Devenish goal from close range before adding two good points as did Campbell, his second a free from the right wing.
Belcoo Goalkeeper Jamie Ray who made a stunning early save in this contest.
Belcoo began to turn the tide in their favour over the final 10minutes of the half. Jack Greene, who excelled at wing back in this fixture, cut out a Devenish pass before working the ball through the hands of Josh Killilea and Marc Stewart for Dara Flanagan to hit a well placed goal.
Lawrence McKeown would win the next kickout and return the ball between the posts for a magnificent point from distance, Oran McCann followed up with a point before Devenish broke for Campbell to land another good score to tie the game at 1-5 to 2-2.
With the last attack of the half, Belcoo plundered another goal, Ben McNulty did well on the left to get his side moving forward down that side, once more Marc Stewart was involved in the build up before Lawrence McKeown gathered possession and hit the net again. Half time Devenish 1-5 v 3-2 Belcoo.
The O'Rahillys were quick out of the traps in the second period with Lawrence McKeown landing a superb score from wide on the right. Although they were on top the visitors struggled to add to their tally. Dara Flanagan and Cian White were turning ball around the middle, Jack Greene was going well at wing back and Conor McKeown was impressive from centre half back.
The scores would come in Belcoo best period of the contest as Flanagan knocked over a point. A well worked move involving Josh Killilea and Flanagan ended with Marc Stewart drilling in a wonderful goal via the underside of the crossbar.
Belcoo were in full flight at this stage and added more points as Cian White jinked infield to fire over and Lawrence McKeown again struck from distance.
During Belcoo dominant period Devenish had broke forward to register 1-1 with Cian O'Brien netting and McTiernan hitting the point.
With 42minutes played Belcoo held a 4-6 to 2-6 lead. The O'Rahilly's wouldn't score until the final seconds and Devenish rallied.
Patrick McTiernan plundered two goals to tie the contest with Dara Stewart and James Campbell hitting a free. The O'Rahillys had countered during this spell, Oran McCann seeing a goal bound effort saved by the feet of the Devenish keeper with other chances squandered with misplaced passes when things were looking promising.
At the death, Josh Killilea was hauled down. Oran McCann went for goal from the 14yard free but fired over the bar as the contest ended 4-8 to 4-7.
There was some good performances from the O'Rahilly's who couldn't be faulted for their efforts throughout the game. Up next Belcoo host Brookeboro on Saturday at 3pm. Players are asked to be at the pitch for 2.15pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Jack Greene, Conor McKeown, Sean Boylan, Lawrence McKeown (2-3), Dara Flanagan (1-1), Josh Killilea, Oran McCann (0-2), Cian White (0-1), Eoin Corrigan, Marc Stewart (1-0).
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