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Magnificent Comeback Win Books League Final Place
Apr. 21, 2016
U14's Division 3: Aughadrumsee 2-9 v 3-13 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 14's booked their place in the league final with a stunning second half display in Aughadrumsee. The O'Rahilly's had trailed throughout but powered to the finish having drew level with seven minutes remaining. In all sectors of the field Belcoo were willing to work hard and hungry to overturn the eight point deficit they faced early in the second half.
During the opening half the two sides were quite evenly matched, early points were traded between Aidan Durnian and Jack Greene before Aughadrumsee rattled in 1-2 as centre back Christopher Flanagan raced forward for two good points while Daniel Crudden got free to bury the ball into the net.
Belcoo were to respond, Patrick Martin was brave in a 50/50 tackle resulting in a throw up ball, Oran McCann knocked down the ball and Lawrence McKeown would drive in and find the bottom corner for 1-3 to 1-1 on 14minutes.
Eoin Corrigan showing well to gather possession for Belcoo
The Aughadrumsee keeper would deny McKeown a second goal while at the other end a superb save from Jamie Ray kept out Conrad Strain. There was some excellent pressure and blocks made by the visitors. Throughout the hour Gerry Nolan continued to get a well timed hand in to dispossess his opponent. Oisin O'Loughlin was excelling at full back with a strong and commanding display while Patrick Martin was providing a super outlet for Jamie Ray's kickouts.
Going forward Sean Boylan and Marc Stewart were showing for ball and working hard. Jack Greene had struck the post and Lawrence McKeown had hit the crossbar. Aughadrumsee managed to be more clinical in front of goal and added three points, Strain (2) and Crudden to push five clear.
In the closing stages of the opening half Oran McCann pointed a free and McKeown landed from play however the hosts also registered two more to leave it 1-8 to 1-3 in Aughadrumsee's favour at the interval.
Gerry Nolan swoopes to collect another break ball around the middle
The home side would add a second goal to move eight points to the good two minutes into the second half. From here to the finish though, Belcoo produced some superb football.
Swift forward moves, well taken scores, turnovers, blocks and a great work ethic helped see them through to victory.
Josh Killilea started the ball rolling with a neat point having been introduced to the fray. Lawrence McKeown followed suit before he rattled the net for the second time. Dara Flanagan, who was having an excellent game, broke the ball in midfield, Cian White and Killilea combined to allow McKeown to run in and finish from close range past James Faux. It was now 2-8 to 2-5 Belcoo trailed with 37minutes on the clock.
The scoring dried up for a period as both sides tightened up defensively. Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan and Emmett McGuinness cut out several Aughadrumsee attacks while around the middle Cian White and Gerry Nolan continued pick up break balls to keep the momentum with the visitors.
Sean Boylan turns away from his marker
Belcoo though would be next to hit the target, Jack Greene feeding Oran McCann to point from the right. Lawrence McKeown and Josh Killilea added points to tie the game but Aughadrumsee would once more take the lead, hitting their sole point of the half.
The O'Rahillys were in determined mood and with 53minutes played, Lawrence McKeown launched over an outrageous effort from near the right sideline some 35yards from goal to level the contest at 2-9 a piece.
Lawrence McKeown drives Belcoo forward during this evening intriguing encounter
The equaliser spurred on Belcoo who hit a flurry of scores in the final few minutes. Eoin Corrigan knocked over a fine effort for a point before a great crossfield ball by McKeown sent Corrigan in on goal, there was only one outcome as the move unfolded, Corrigan duly dispatching a fierce shot into the roof of the net.
Belcoo finished with three more great points from play by Lawrence McKeown as a magnificent second half seen them record a 3-13 to 2-9 victory.
Belcoo will face St. Pats in the league final, a date is to be arranged. Training continues on Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team. Jamie Ray, Conor McKeown, Oisin O'Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness, Dara Flanagan, Patrick Martin, Lawrence McKeown (2-7), Gerry Nolan, Jack Greene (0-1), Oran McCann (0-2), Cian White, Sean Boylan, Marc Stewart, Eoin Corrigan (1-1). Sub used Josh Killilea (0-2). Thomas Parker.
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