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Enjoyable U14 Feile na nOg Blitz
May. 7, 2016
Belcoo Under 14’s brought an end to their season with four great games at today’s Feile na nOg Blitz in Aughadrumsee where they recorded two wins and suffered two narrow defeats at a wet and windswept venue, the O’Rahilly’s competed well, enjoyed themselves and had plenty of craic along the way.
Matches were 8minutes a half with unlimited touches and Belcoo had 16 players with them for the Blitz.
Game 1: v Aughadrumsee: Won 1-2 to 0-2: The opening game was with the hosts who’d just ten players, so a 10-a-side fixture in sued on the full pitch. It was hard work covering so much space but Belcoo began well as Oran McCann pointed inside two minutes. Josh Killilea would strike the crossbar before he did point in the fifth minute.
Defensively Belcoo had curtailed the hosts well in the first period and early in the second half they would net a goal. Lawrence McKeown carrying the ball forward before offloading to Cian White to thunder a well struck shot to the net.
Belcoo would use fifteen players in this contest with Aughadrumsee striking two late points as the O’Rahilly’s began with a 1-2 to 0-2 victory.
Jack Greene hunts down his opposite number in the Aughadrumsee game
Game 2: v Ederney: 15 a side: Lost 1-1 to 0-2: Belcoo held the upperhand for the most part in the first half but failed to capitalise on their possession. Lawrence McKeown knocking over a point however Ederney were to hit the net with their first real attack.
Again, there was some great work done in difficult conditions as they rain pelted down. Josh Killilea was outstanding throughout the day and continued to carry the game to the opponents here. Gerry Nolan pressed hard all over the field with Oisin O’Loughlin and Dara Flanagan standing firm in defence.
Oran McCann would hit a second Belcoo point while Ederney replied in kind. In the closing stages Belcoo had chances to grab a winner, some good flowing moves just fell apart at the finish with a misplaced pass or good tackle from the opposition who held out to win 1-1 to 0-2.
Josh Killilea carries the ball at the Ederney defence
Game 3: Newtownbutler: 15 a side: Lost 2-3 to 2-0: This was a great contest from start to finish, played at a higher tempo than the two previous games. Colum Higgins was excelling in defence with Ben McNulty battling hard and Conor McKeown beginning to impress coming forward from wing back.
Oran McCann was now operating in midfield working well with Gerry Nolan and showing great hands in the difficult conditions with Emmett McGuinness, Lawrence McKeown and Josh Killilea continuing to bring game to Newtown. Thomas Parker and Sean Boylan also doing well.
Lawrence McKeown would bang in a goal, Newtown though hit 1-2 by the interval. Newtown, who have played at a higher level all season, would knock over an early second half point and Belcoo seen the woodwork deny them again. Josh Killilea’s cleverly chip over the goalkeeper struck the bar and bounced to safety. Newtown countered to hit the net however Belcoo responded immediately with Lawrence McKeown powering through the defence to slot the ball past the keeper.
Belcoo once more came close to taking something from this game Jack Greene doing well down the right creating an opening for Emmett McGuinness, the shot went wide of the post as the referee blew full time. Newtown winners on a 2-3 to 2-0 scoreline.
Colum Higgins & Gerry Nolan put a stop to a Newtown attack
Game 4: Maguiresbridge: 11 a side: Won 5-1 to 4-2: This was a ding dong affair as again the wide open spaces of the big field seen defences under serious pressure to oncoming forwards.
Belcoo shuffled the deck a bit with Lawrence McKeown, Oisin O’Loughlin and Conor McKeown all operating in the forward line. Dara Flanagan and Jack Greene took up roles in the full back line with Oran McCann still partnering the tireless worker, Gerry Nolan in the middle.
It was end to end, Jamie Ray was to make three telling saves as Maguiresbridge began well but failed to score. Lawrence McKeown was to have five great goal chances in the first 8minute period, he took three of these. Oisin O’Loughlin the provider of the final ball on two occasions while Colum Higgins did well turnover the ball and pick out McKeown for a guilt edged missed chance, drilling straight at the goalkeeper when one on one. This happened again soon after.
Maguiresbridge did eventually find the target but Belcoo held a three goals to one goal lead at half time.
With the wind in their backs Maguiresbridge quickly levelled up with two goals. Belcoo though responded with Dara Flanagan, Oran McCann and Josh Killilea combining to send Lawrence McKeown through on goal to score a fourth.
Belcoo followed up with a neat move and Conor McKeown would add a point. Back came Maguiresbridge, registering a goal and two points to lead 4-2 to 4-1 with just seconds remaining.
Belcoo carved out a final attack and sliced through the defence before working the ball to Lawrence McKeown to fire into the net. This was a first defeat of the day for Maguiresbridge. Belcoo completing their fixtures with a 5-1 to 4-2 win.
Oisin O'Loughlin sends the ball into Lawrence McKeown for a first half goal v Maguiresbridge
Squad: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O’Loughlin, Conor McKeown, Emmett McGuinness, Dara Flanagan, Colum Higgins, Lawrence McKeown, Gerry Nolan, Josh Killielea, Oran McCann, Cian White, Jack Greene, Sean Boylan, Eoin Corrigan, Thomas Parker.
Chance missed leaves Paul McGrath with his hands on his head while Father & Son John and Dara Flanagan enjoy a tea break between games.
Management team watch with interest
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