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Hardworking U14's See Off Devenish Challenge
Apr. 18, 2016
Under 14 Division 3: Belcoo 6-9 v 3-4 Devenish
Belcoo Under 14's would come through a tough battle with Devenish to record a 6-9 to 3-4 victory in their divisional opener this evening. The young O'Rahilly's played the final 22minutes a man down but the red card seemed to galvanise the rest of the players who put in a massive shift over the remainder of the contest to see out the victory.
These two sides had met a number of weeks ago with Devenish eeking out a one point success but it was Belcoo who had begun well here with Eoin Corrigan registering an early goal after a fine exchange of passes involving Dara Flanagan, Oran McCann and Lawrence McKeown. Corrigan dipping effort beating the visiting goalkeeper.
Cian O'Brien was to hit a point for Devenish but Belcoo were to control possession and keep the ball very well playing into a stiff breeze. Some good movement and excellent kick passes ensured Belcoo kept moving forward and creating openings.
Jack Greene turns away from trouble to keep possession for Belcoo in the first half
Lawrence McKeown would arrow over a magnificent point with the outside of his boot from long range before Marc Stewart's clever flick to a McKeown effort found the back of the net for 2-1 to 0-1 by the 15th minute. Josh Killilea and Eoin Corrigan were combining well down the left side with Oran McCann spreading play very well as Lawrence McKeown and Gerry Nolan were dominating the middle sector.
Oran McCann gathered a McKeown 45 and pointed from an acute angle however Cian O'Brien, who would end the contest with all of Devenish's scores, clipped over two more points from close range.
Emmett McGuinness breaks from the defence in the first period
Belcoo hit back with a 25th minute goal by Lawrence McKeown but the final score of the half was to be a three pointer by the lively Devenish corner forward O'Brien to leave it 3-2 to 1-4 in Belcoo's favour. He almost added another in the final attack but for a good block by Oisin O'Loughlin.
With the wind in their backs Belcoo burst from the blocks, Lawrence McKeown hitting a point within 30seconds before powering through to rattle a goal. O'Brien responded with a Devenish goal and Belcoo were reduced to 14 as Lawrence McKeown received two yellow cards in a matter of seconds with the score at 4-3 to 2-4.
Lawrence McKeown breaking forward early in the second half to fire over a score
The remaining players really upped their game and worked tremendously hard to counter the loss of their captain. Oisin O'Loughlin fielding a high ball under the crossbar, Jack Greene and Patrick Martin came to the fore in defence with Dara Flanagan and Emmett McGuinness producing their best football of the day in the closing quarter. Gerry Nolan continued to work tirelessly alongside Killilea and Cian White who continued to show well for possession.
Oran McCann stepped forward in the scoring stakes, having had a good game to that point he begun to fire over some excellent points from distance. Two from McCann were followed up with a fine solo run and finish by Josh Killiea and Belcoo pushed into a 4-6 to 2-4 advantage.
Oran McCann slots over a neat point from play late in the second half
Cian O'Brien continued to be a thorn in Belcoo's side and he hit a third goal after good work by Patrick McTiernan. It would be Belcoo though who finished the stronger. Oran McCann adding two points while Gerry Nolan clipped over an excellent score having broke the tackle. Nolan would then register a goal and Belcoo finished the contest with the best move of the night.
Dara Flanagan did superbly well in defence before shifting the ball downfield, Cian White, Jack Greene and Conor McKeown were all involved in an excellent one touch move which seen Eoin Corrigan find the bottom corner.
Belcoo travel to Aughadrumsee on Thursday evening, bus leaves at 4.45pm as they look to book a place in the league final.
Team: Jamie Ray, Sean Boylan, Oisin O'Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness, Patrick Martin, Dara Flanagan, Jack Greene, Lawrence McKeown (2-2), Gerry Nolan (1-1), Josh Killilea (0-1), Oran McCann (0-5), Cian White, Conor McKeown, Marc Stewart (1-0), Eoin Corrigan (2-0). Subs used. Ben McNulty, Thomas Parker.
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