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Important Win For Seniors In Maguiresbridge
Jun. 3, 2016
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: Maguiresbridge 1-10 v 4-12 Belcoo
Belcoo clicked into gear in Friday evenings Senior league game in Maguiresbridge to record a much needed win on a 4-12 to 1-10 scoreline. The O'Rahilly's made a blistering start on a seriously hot evening as they registered 2-2 inside eight minutes. Matthew McAloon hitting the opening goal after good work by Paul McGrath and Ian Corrigan while Niall Leonard strode forward from centre back to knock over a good point.
Another fluent Belcoo attack with Declan Leonard finding Paul McGrath who in turn kicked the ball inside to Matthew McAloon, he slipped in Aaron Dolan for a thunderous finish into the roof of the net and Philip Leonard clipped over a free for an early eight point advantage.
Maguiresbridge had really struggle to contain the visitors in a sluggish opening before they managed to muster a response with two frees. Sean Corrigan and Matthew Teague on target.
The pace of the contest dropped a notch as the tie became more even. Philip Leonard would again add a free from the right with Matthew McAloon clipping over from play having gathered another ball out in front.
Maguiresbridge were rather subdued on the night as a whole but were awarded a somewhat soft penalty on 20minutes, Sean Corrigan duly dispatched high into the right corner to leave it a double score game, Belcoo ahead 2-4 to 1-2.
The goal livened the hosts for a short spell, Belcoo though defended will, restricting the damage to just one point conceded. Coming to half time Paul McGrath took a short kickout for the O’Rahilly’s, galloped the length of the field, slipped Matthew McAloon in for close range point and Belcoo in the next attack they struck another goal. Ian Corrigan doing well to gather possession and send Aaron Dolan through, he flicked the ball across the goalmouth to McAloon for a handy finish. A late free from the home side left Belcoo 3-5 to 1-4 up at the interval.
Aaron Dolan hit two quick points from play upon the resumption for Belcoo but Maguiresbridge were to enjoy their best spell of the tie over the next 10minutes. Stephen Rehill registered from play while frees from Corrigan and Teague cut the deficit to five, 3-7 to 1-8.
Belcoo turned the tide in their favour again with Christopher Leonard and Barry McGovern going well around the middle and the visitors would hit a first point in a long period when Aaron Dolan fed Paul McGrath for a good left footed point.
From here to the finish, Belcoo bossed the reminder of the game. Niall Leonard got forward from defence once more to land a neat score before a tame Philip Leonard shot made its way to the net from 25yards.
The goal sucked any remaining fight out of the hosts. Aaron Dolan knocked over two more frees while Paul McGrath finished the scoring with a good point after Ryan McGovern had sent him away on the right.
McGrath retuned the favour to McGovern moments later putting him in one on one, the wing back couldn't register a goal for the second game running, the home netminder denying McGovern with a smart save.
Overall it was a great team display, defensively solid throughout, the Leonard quartet, Stephen Nolan and Ryan McGovern kept the home side relatively quiet for the hour.
Going forward Belcoo really found their flow this evening, showing well, winning ball and clinically finishing their attacks. It was an important two points going into a wee break for the upcoming County Quarter Final with Donegal.
Team: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Declan Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Stephen Nolan, Niall Leonard (0-2), Ryan McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Barry McGovern, Shain Gallagher, Paul McGrath (0-2), Philip Leonard (1-2), Aaron Dolan (1-3), Ian Corrigan, Matthew McAloon (2-3). Subs used - Aidan Leonard, Dean McDermott, Gary Doherty.
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