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Feisty Affair Ends Level
Apr. 10, 2016
Senior League Division 1: Belcoo 0-7 v 0-7 Tempo
The Seniors league is back with a bang as this opening fixture with Tempo had everything from controversial scores, to missed sitters, a big melee, three red cards and when it all ended, the sides finished tied, 0-7 a piece.
With the standard blowing gale at the MacNean venue going across the field it was difficult conditions to play football in and ultimately led to a tough, tight and feisty affair.
Stephen Nolan carries possession forward in the opening half
Scores were very hard to come by over the course of the hour but it was Belcoo, playing into the stiff breeze in the opening half who begun well. Some patient build up play involving Ciaran Flaherty, Ryan McGovern and Aaron Dolan seen Philip Leonard open the scoring before he doubled his sides advantage from a placed ball when Paul McGrath was fouled close to goal.
Tempo would tie the contest by the midway stage with Niall McElroy clipping over a free and Liam Donohoe firing over a good point from play. Both defences were doing well to turnover possession time after time with some disciplined tackling. James Stewart was getting on plenty of ball coming out of defence for Belcoo with Shain Gallagher and Ciaran Flaherty heavily involved in the opening period.
Tempo would manage to tack on two more points coming to half time. McElroy again from a free before Aidan Breen did well down the left, cutting infield to point with his left foot.
Belcoo had the final say of the half as again, some patient build up play yielded a score, Aaron Dolan finding the target with a well struck effort to leave it Belcoo 0-3 v 0-4 Tempo at half time.
Aaron Dolan firing over the last score of the first half
The opening 15minutes of the second half didn't see a score at either end as the contest become very fractured. A large melee broke out on the dugout side of the field involving nearly every player, sub and officials. The end result was red cards to one player on each side, Philip Leonard and Conor Foy receiving their marching orders. Moments later Belcoo lost a second player as Christopher Leonard, who was booked in the first half, picked up a black card to make a red leaving Belcoo with 13men to finish.
Barry McGovern assessing his options during today's encounter
Aaron Dolan would tap over a close range free to tie matters at 0-4 all but it was Tempo with the numerical advantage that made a strong surge towards the finish line. Niall McElroy knocked over a free to put the visitors ahead again however Belcoo would miss a quilt edged goal chance. A powerful run from Flaherty drew the keeper from his goals, the ball broke loose to Matthew McAloon with the goals at his mercy, he fired a shot directly at a recovering defender on the goal line.
Ronan McCaffrey, who was the free man for Tempo, strode forward from defence to land two excellent points, one off either foot to move Tempo 0-7 to 0-4 with a few minutes to play.
Belcoo showed great character to battle back, Barry McGovern was seeing plenty of ball in the second period and continued to do so in the closing stages. Ciaran Flaherty arrowed over a good point from the left before Aaron Dolan did likewise from a free kick.
The final score was hotly disputed, Belcoo had worked the ball well downfield to Ciaran Flaherty, his effort from the left wing seen the two umpires signal different outcomes. After much deliberation Fergal Cleary awarded the point to Belcoo, there was only seconds of football remaining and the contested ended level, 0-7 a piece.
Team. James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Brendan McPartland, Stephen Nolan, James Stewart, Shain Gallagher, Barry McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Paul McGrath, Ciaran Flaherty (0-2), Ryan McGovern, Matthew McAloon, Philip Leonard (0-2), Aaron Dolan (0-3).
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