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Stoppage Time Point Gives Erne Gaels Victory
May. 22, 2016
Senior Division 1: Erne Gaels 1-11 v 1-10 Belcoo
An injury time Gregory McGloin point was the difference as Erne Gaels and Belcoo played out a tight Division 1 encounter at the Belleek venue on Sunday afternoon. Level on numerous occasions across the hour there was little to separate the sides, the hosts though, finding themselves ahead 1-11 to 1-10 when the referee blew full time.
It was a case of what might have been for the O’Rahilly’s who were the architects of their own downfall to a degree although the man in black had an unusually poor 60minutes.
The visitors began brightly and registered from the throw in, Barry McGovern finding Matthew McAloon who was brought down, Philip Leonard slotted over the placed ball. Ciaran Flaherty would tack on a point from play while both sides seen men black carded for separate incidents at either end of the field.
Philip Leonard and Shain Gallagher chase after Gregory McGloin in the first half
Erne Gaels would open their account from the foul on their player, Luke Ryder stroking the ball between the posts before Shane Rooney levelled matters. Aaron Dolan would point a free for Belcoo after Flaherty had been dragged down, no black card on this occasion and Christopher Leonard slotted over from a central position following a good move down the right wing.
Luke Ryder would land a point before wing back Tommy McCaffrey ghosted down the left wing and was slipped through on goal, a well hit low shot found the bottom corner. Belcoo though responded immediately, Matthew McAloon offloading to Ian Corrigan to fire in from 10yards.
Philip Leonard slotted over another free but by half time it was a draw game. Rooney and Ryder on target to leave it 1-5 to 1-5.
Shane Rooney lining up a shot during today's contest
Belcoo were to miss two early chances before Luke Ryder and Mark Lyons points pushed the home side ahead by two. Again the visitors restored parity via Philip Leonard and then Aaron Dolan, who elected to go for a point following an incivise move involving Paul McGrath and Ciaran Flaherty to cut open the Erne Gaels defensive leading Dolan through on goal.
It was end to end in what was a wide open contest at this stage, 1-7 each with ten to play. The home side managed to find the next score, centre back Jack McCann on the end of the move this time but Ian Corrigan soon levelled proceedings again with a smart turn and point.
Brian Mullan would again give the home side the lead with 7minutes to play and Luke Ryder furthered the advantage with a close range free after some descent from the O’Rahilly’s brought a difficult free into a guaranteed point.
Christopher Leonard carries the ball forward for the O'Rahilly's
A determinded Belcoo battled back, Declan Leonard joined the attack and fired over from distance while Philip Leonard kicked a free after Shain Gallagher had been fouled to level matters as the game hit the 60minute mark, 1-10 to 1-10.
Belcoo were to cough up possession in the middle sector and Erne Gaels broke forward at pace for McGloin to hit what proved to be the winner. Belcoo had possession inside the Erne Gaels 20m line when the game was halted by the referee, much to the dismay of the visiting players and supporters.
Up next is a home fixture with Derrygonnelly on Sunday at 1pm.
Team: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Declan Leonard (0-1), Gavin Leonard, Paul McGrath, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Barry McGovern, Christopher Leonard (0-1), Shain Gallagher, Philip Leonard (0-4), Dean McDermott, Matthew McAloon, Ciaran Flaherty (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-2). Subs Used: Ian Corrigan (1-1), Gary Doherty.
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