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Spirited Under 14s Lose Out In League Final
May. 4, 2016
U14 Division 3 Final: St. Pat's 7-11 v 5-7 Belcoo
A spirited Belcoo went down to St. Pats in a pulsating U14 final in Derrylin this evening. It was end to end throughout with the two sides registering in scoring spurts and it was St. Pats who had the final say running out winners on a 7-11 to 5-7 scoreline.
Back Row (L-R) Marc Stewart, Dara Flanagan, Oran McCann, Lawrence McKeown, Jamie Ray, Oisin O'Loughlin, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown.
Front Row (L-R) Thomas Parker, Gerry Nolan, Jack Greene, Cian White, Patrick Martin, Sean Boylan, Josh Killilea, Emmett McGuinness, Eoin Corrigan.
The O'Rahilly's made a fantastic start to the final with three goals inside five minutes. Two Oran McCann frees dipping under the bar while Lawrence McKeown finished a good move with a goal.
St. Pat's took 7minutes to get their main player Eimhan Curran on the ball and he raced in to fire two goals in response to Belcoo's opening burst. St. Pats playing with the wind in their favour kept Belcoo back and would go on to hit another 2-5 by the 20th minute.
Ruairi Bannon and Curran netting goals and both players also hit two points a piece in this period while Dara Foster tapped over a close range free. Jamie Ray was to make two fine saves at this time with some last ditch defending from Oisin O’Loughlin and Dara Flanagan keeping out further scores. Lawrence McKeown would knock over for Belcoo after a slick exchange upfield with Jack Greene as St. Pats led 4-5 to 3-1 with ten minutes to play in the half.
Oisin O'Loughlin drives out from defence with possession for the O'Rahilly's.
Belcoo would retake control coming to half time. Gerry Nolan and Patrick Martin helping turn possession around the middle, Lawrence McKeown was powering forward with Marc Stewart pressing hard to win ball back in the full forward line. Cian White and Josh Killilea were foraging for ball as their side had another good spell.
The young O'Rahilly's would hit four good points coming to half time. Lawrence McKeown driving over from distance with Josh Killilea landing two great points after the forwards had turned over the St Pat’s defence. Eimhan Curran and Ciaran Fitzpatrick for Donagh but Lawrence McKeown hit the final point to leave it 4-7 to 3-5 at the interval.
Emmett McGuinness takes Belcoo forward
Belcoo again began brightly and burst from the blocks as Lawrence McKeown drove forward from the throw up to fire a powerful effort to the net. Oran McCann was excellent under the high ball as the St. Pats keeper was having trouble finding his team-mates with Belcoo touch tight from restarts.
McCann would field another great ball and feed McKeown to rattle the net once more as Belcoo continuing on the front foot. Again, Gerry Nolan and Emmett McGuinness alongwith Josh Killilea were pouncing any loose balls. Belcoo though would squander some good opportunities in this spell of pressure which could have seen them kick on into a notable lead.
Jack Greene was brave to win a loose ball and find McKeown who pointed from distance as Belcoo held the lead on 5-7 to 4-5 with 42minutes on the clock.
Conor McKeown eyeing up a pass following a turnover.
Pats would eventually break down the field and Curran fired into the net before Dara Martin did likewise after Curran’s driven shot was well beaten away by Jamie Ray. Curran clipped over three points soon after to reassert their advantage, 6-8 to 5-7 with ten to play.
While Belcoo continued to battle, some curious decisions and lack of decisions at times meant they remained under pressure. Emmet McGuinness and Conor McKeown were working tirelessly at the back with Ben McNulty throwing himself into it when introduced. Dara Flanagan had tried hard to curtail the excellent Curran for St. Pats, taking some heavy blows in the process.
Dara Flanagan trying to restrain the impressive St. Pat's Captain Eimhan Curran.
Curran though would close the game with a goal and four to send St. Pats away the victors 7-11 to 5-7.
Belcoo can be extremely proud of their efforts not just in this tie but throughout the season. They have come a long way in the past four months as hey continue to learn and develop their skills.
Team: Jamie Ray, Sean Boylan, Oisin O'Loughlin, Conor McKeown, Emmett McGuinness, Dara Flanagan, Patrick Martin, Lawrence McKeown (3-5), Gerry Nolan, Jack Greene, Oran McCann (2-0), Cian White, Josh Killilea (0-2), Marc Stewart, Eoin Corrigan. Subs. Ben McNulty, Thomas Parker.