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Harps Power To Victory In Second Half
May. 29, 2016
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: Belcoo 1-8 v 1-15 Derrygonnelly
League Champions Derrygonnelly would power to a 1-15 to 1-8 victory over Belcoo at the MacNean venue on Sunday afternoon following a strong second half showing where they ran through the home side who had made a good fist of it in the first period, just one separating the sides at the interval. Its a seventh consecutive league success for the Harps while Belcoo have just two wins from eight outings with the halfway point in the league approaching.
The home side competed well for long periods, particularly throughout the first 30minutes with the interval scoreline reading 0-6 to 0-5 in the Harps favour. In the second period however the home side failed to maintain their performance levels while the Harps kicking into overdrive with some free running and options aplenty for the man in possession as they clipped over scores at a steady pace to put the game beyond a wilting O’Rahilly’s challenge.
Shane McGullion gathers possession under pressure from Ryan McGovern
Belcoo had begun the contest brightly with two excellent long range points from Shain Gallagher and Ciaran Flaherty before the lively Leigh Jones found a pocket of space to turn and land his sides opener. Paul Ward tagged on a free kick to tie proceedings as they game found a good flow.
Defensively both sides were doing well, winning and turning over possession as forwards looked to create openings. Ciaran Flaherty would gather a Philip Leonard pass to split the posts from distance while Shain Gallagher burst through the visiting defence to add a close range point, Gallagher had previously done something similar but drilled a shot at goal across the goalmouth.
Derrygonnelly though would find themselves two ahead coming to the interval, Ward knocking over from deadballs but it was Belcoo’s Paul McGrath who pointed the final score of the half to leave just one between the sides at the interval.
Shain Gallagher attempts to pass Kevin Cassidy in the second half
The second period was where Derrygonnelly really pressed on. Some incisive play cut through the gaps left by the O’Rahilly’s and points were knocked over as the Harps pulled away. A wonderful save from James McGrath, clawing the ball out of the top corner denied the Harps an early goal but the Jones and McGuillion brothers all contributed to points in the first 20minutes of the second half before a swift break forward ended with Stephen McGullion thumping the ball into the roof of the net. It was insurance if any was needed that the visitors were taking the victory with 7minutes to play.
Belcoo second half struggle for scores and any penetrating football seen just three points kicked in sporadic intervals. Ryan Leonard registering the pick of the scores as the defender joined the attack to arrow over from long range via the outside of the boot. A rare goal from wing back Ryan McGovern with the last kick of the contest left a final score of 1-15 to 1-8.
Ryan Jones advances with possession during the second period
Up next Belcoo go to Maguiresbridge on Friday evening as they look to return to winning ways following two consecutive defeats which has seen them slip down the table.
Team: James McGrath, Gavin Leonard, Declan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern (1-0), Ryan Leonard (0-1), Aidan Leonard, Christopher Leonard, Paul McGrath (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-1), Philip Leonard (0-1), Shain Gallagher (0-2), Matthew McAloon, Ciaran Flaherty (0-2), Ian Corrigan. Subs Used: Dean McDermott, Niall Cullen, James Gillespie.
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1
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