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14man Belcoo Hold On For Win

Box Score

Mar. 20, 2016

U14 SECTION B: Belcoo 3-10 v 4-6 Brookeboro

Belcoo Under 14’s had to work extra hard to secure a victory in this tough tie with Brookeboro having been reduced to 14players coming to half time. A resolute, determined and spirited second half effort seen the young O’Rahilly’s hold off the Brookeboro rally to record a single point victory on a 3-10 to 4-6 scoreline.

Having lost by a point in midweek to Devenish, this was another really competitive encounter for the O’Rahilly’s which will stand them in good stead down the line. The hosts made a strong opening to the match but despite working the ball well, they couldn’t conjure a score.

Lawrence McKeown and Eoin Corrigan brought the ball forward to Oran McCann who fired narrowly wide. Having turned over the next kickout Dara Flanagan was fouled, the free however dropped short and Brookeboro countered well but great work from Oisin O’Loughlin and Jack Greene seen Belcoo clear the danger.

It was end to end early on, a good turnover from Gerry Nolan seen Jack Greene and Lawrence McKeown work the ball forward, the white flag was raised for the first time when the move ended with Marc Stewart slipped the ball through to Josh Killilea to fire over.

Killilea would hit the net after a sweeping move, Emmett McGuinness and Dara Flanagan played a neat one two before shifting the ball into Lawrence McKeown who in turn fed Eoin Corrigan and he laid on the goal chance which Killilea confidently tucked away.

 Josh Killilea (pictured) produced an excellent hour having returned from injury this week

Brookeboro got themselves on the scoreboard through Josh McCaffrey on 10 minutes but Belcoo hit back immediately, Conor McKeown doing well to get his hand in to win the ball back before Emmett McGuinness drove forward to find Josh Killilea and he split the posts. From the next kickout Lawrence McKeown drove over a point to leave it 1-3 to 0-1 by the midway stage of the opening half.

Defensively Belcoo were doing well, Sean Boylan was coming out on top in a good battle with his opposite number but Brookeboro did add a point. Belcoo though would add a second goal, Emmett McGuinness and Marc Stewart doing well before Eoin Corrigan drove the ball into the net.

Over the closing part of the first half there was some great pressure from Ben McNulty, Cian White and Emmett McGuinness to force an overcarry and having broke forward Eoin Corrigan clipped over a good point. Gerry Nolan was next to produce a fine tackle which paved the way to an Oran McCann point. McCann was starting to become increasing more involved around the middle of the field and landed another good score from play. Belcoo had pushed themselves into a 2-6 to 0-2 lead but Brookeboro’s Ruairi Mulligan would land a point before Thomas Kearns rattled in his sides first goal.

Following the concession of the Brookeboro goal, Dara Flanagan was red carded for a second bookable offence as the half drew to its close with Belcoo holding a 2-6 to 1-3 lead.

With a man less it was backs to the wall for Belcoo during a tough second period, Brookeboro managed to pin back the hosts for long periods and began to close the deficit, some fine defending and excellent goalkeeping by Jamie Ray enabled Belcoo to remain ahead.

Brookeboro would rattle an early goal however a great save by Jamie Ray moments later ignited a Belcoo attack which ended with the O’Rahilly’s registering a goal of their own. Cian White providing the assist for Killilea to hit his second three pointer of the game. Belcoo won the next two kickouts and had two good Lawrence McKeown efforts at goal kept out.  

Brookeboro began to pressure the home goals once more, Jamie Ray again made a fine save with Oisin O’Loughlin blocking the next attack before the visitors settled for a point. It was all Brookeboro at this stage with the extra man advantage beginning to tell. A foul by Jamie Ray resulted in a penalty which was dispatched to the net to leave the game at 3-6 to 3-4 in Belcoo’s favour.

A nasty clash of heads occurred before play resumed and it was Belcoo who restarted brightly, Josh Killilea (2) and Lawrence McKeown hit good points from play to open up a five point margin however with the contest swinging from end to end, Brookeboro rattled in 1-2 to level the tie.

In the dying seconds Oran McCann registered what proved to be the winning point as the hard working O’Rahilly’s secured the victory.

It was a great victory in the circumstances for the O'Rahilly's who showed bundles of character to win the game. Training continues on Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O’Loughlin, Sean Boylan, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan, Jack Greene, Emmett McGuinness, Lawrence McKeown (0-2), Josh Killilea (2-4), Gerry Nolan, Cian White, Eoin Corrigan (1-1), Marc Stewart, Oran McCann (0-3). Sub Thomas Parker.


U14 Section B - 2016  
  P W D L Pts   F A Diff
St Patrick's Donagh 4 3 0 1 6   150 88 62
Kinawley Brian Borus 4 3 0 1 6   117 62 55
St Joseph's, Ederney
3 2 0 1 4   55 54 1
Belcoo O`Rahilly's 4 2 0 2 4   65 75 -10
Devenish St Mary's
4 2 0 2 4   74 85 -11
5 1 0 4 2   53 111 -58
Erne Gaels
2 0 0 2 0   11 50 -39






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