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Donagh Edge Great U14 Contest
Mar. 25, 2016
SECTION B: St. Pat's 4-7 v 2-7 Belcoo
A battling Belcoo Under 14 side narrowly lost out to St. Pats in another great encounter in what has been an extremely tight and competitive Section B. The hosts securing a 4-7 to 2-7 win.
Belcoo though worked tirelessly throughout and had enough of the ball over the course of the tie to take something from the game. The effort of the Belcoo players couldn't be faulted however as they blocked, hassled and pressured their opponents but they just came up a bit short in the end.
St. Pat's made a blistering start, hitting 2-2 inside 7minutes. Eimhan Curran, one of the sharpest attackers in the county helping himself to 2-1 with Patrick Treacy hitting a good point from play. Belcoo though would get to grips with the St. Pat's attack after a few alterations to the defence and came into the game. Playing against a strong breeze Belcoo worked a fine move to open their account. Sean Boylan and Gerry Nolan shifting the ball very well down the left wing before Josh Killilea fired over.
Josh Killilea surveys his attacking options during the first half in Donagh
Belcoo would register their first goal midway through the half, again it was a fine forward move started by the impressive Oisin O'Loughlin. Oran McCann and Eoin Corrigan were involved before Killilea got through and dinked the goalkeeper to cut the deficit to four.
Ruairi Bannon and Oran McCann traded points for 2-3 to 1-2 by the 20th minute and Belcoo were now winning most of their battles. Some great first touch control from Cian White and Gerry Nolan kept possession for their side while Jack Greene was using the ball well down the right, combining with Killilea on numerous occasions.
Colum Higgins, on his return from his magnificent 7th placing at the Irish Dancing World Championship, slipped seamlessly into the defence.
A superb bit of pressure by Ben McNulty, along with Cian White forced a turnover and Gerry Nolan danced past a defender to fire over to leave three between the sides on 24minutes.
Ben McNulty and Oran McCann forcing a turnover in the first half
St. Pats broke downfield with Curran on the left, the ball was worked into Ryan McElroy however a brilliant last ditch block by O'Loughlin denied the forward.
Over the closing three minutes of the first half, St. Pats made a telling push forward, hitting 1-3 to undo the great work from the O'Rahillys. With the wind in there backs, Bannon, Curran and Paddy Treacy all popped over points with Curran netting a well struck effort. Half time. St. Pats 3-6 v 1-3 Belcoo.
The O'Rahillys started the second period well and Josh Killilea quickly added to his tally with a good point from out on the right. Oran McCann followed up with a fine long distance score from play.
No Way Through: Belcoo Pressure Keeps St. Pat's At Bay
The contest would then see both defences hold sway for a good ten minute period. Pressured shots went wide at both ends with Higgins, Greene, Boylan and O'Loughlin continuing to do well. Jamie Ray was called on to make a good save with his feet before a poor pass in midfield by Belcoo seen Pat's counter, Eimhan Curran netting his fourth goal of the night. 4-6 to 1-5 with ten to play.
Belcoo though would rally, Josh Killilea finished a flowing move with a top corner goal, Conor McKeown brought a good save from the keeper following his introduction. The 45 was worked for a score by Lawrence McKeown and all of a sudden a ten point deficit was cut to six.
Sean Boylan holds on tight as Belcoo come out of defence once more
Belcoo remained on the front foot to the finish, Killilea attempt to dink the keeper for a second time went for a point while the O'Rahilly's hit a few wides in a row. The hosts managed to counter for a point to put six between the sides again and while Belcoo pressed hard over the closing stages they couldn't muster the goals required to take something from the game.
What they can take from this game is pride in their performance. Each man made an exceptional effort for the cause and they worked their hardest.
Training continues on Monday at 7pm, the last game in the Section is against Belleek on Thursday evening in Belcoo at 6.30pm.
Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Colum Higgins, Jack Greene, Lawrence McKeown (0-1), Sean Boylan, Emmett McGuinness, Patrick Martin, Josh Killilea (2-3), Gerry Nolan (0-1), Cian White, Eoin Corrigan, Marc Stewart, Oran McCann (0-2). Subs Conor McKeown and Thomas Parker.
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