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Encouraging Outing Despite Scoreline for U16's

Box Score

Jun. 30, 2016

U16 Section B: Devenish 10-17 v 6-6 Belcoo

Belcoo U16’s suffered a defeat in their opening fixture tonight in Garrison against a strong Devenish side but there were plenty of positives to take from the contest. A number of these Belcoo players hadn’t played football for twelve months and whilst a little bit rusty they worked hard, had some great passages of play and battled away to the end.

The O’Rahilly’s had to play Lawrence McKeown in goals following a foot injury at home yesterday evening, the lack of mobility curtailed what he could do as Devenish ran in 10 goals by the finish. The hosts opening with a route 1 ball which found the net before Caolan Feeley tagged on a point.

Belcoo’s first real venture into the Devenish half yielded a score as Dermot Burns and Dara Flanagan worked the ball well down the right to Fiachra McAloon who was fouled, Shane Doherty applied the finish from the resulting free kick.

 Dermot Burns carries the ball out of defence in the first half

Devenish though would hit 3-3 in a five minute period to pull away however Belcoo continued to work hard, Oisin Leonard was doing well on the lively Odhran Flanagan with the O’Rahilly’s Dara Flanagan impressing at wing back while further forward Oisin O’Loughlin was showing well with Ciaran Flanagan, Dermot Burns and Conor McAloon all seeing plenty of ball in the middle sector.

A quickly taken free seen Mark Ferguson fouled and Conor McAloon tapped over the placed ball. While Devenish who were finding it harder to score, they did tag on two points after a baron 8minute spell. Belcoo hit back with a first goal as a good move seen Conor McAloon jink past a defender and fire to the net with the aid of a deflection.

Moments later Shane Doherty latched onto a through ball from Dara Flanagan to drill low into the left corner. Coming to half time Devenish added 1-2 having penned back the visitors to hold a 5-9 to 2-2 interval lead.

 Dara Flanagan knocks the ball down the right wing in the second half

Upon the resumption Belcoo found the net, Oisin Leonard breaking from the defence to play a few one-two’s before knocking the ball into Shane Doherty to gather and fire into the net. Devenish though responded with another scoring spurt, 2-3 was hit on this occasion.

Belcoo were asked for a performance prior to the game, regardless of the result and they continued to show signs they were clicking into gear. The forwards began to turn over the Devenish defenders on a number of occasions, Fiachra McAloon, Mark Ferguson and Oran McCann all winning back possession as their side enjoyed a bright spell. Conor McAloon added a fine point following tenuous tackling from Fiachra McAloon before he netted a fortunate goal, the home goalkeeper fumbling a high ball into the net behind him.

 Fiachra McAloon takes a tumble as he secures possession

Matthew Mulvey was starting to grow into the game with Gerry Nolan blocking some efforts at goal while substitute Ben McNulty did well to help out Dermot Burns when his options were limited in a number of instances.

Ciaran Flanagan was working tirelessly winning kickout’s at both ends of the field but it was a great catch from Shane Doherty that provided Flanagan with his point, Doherty fielding a kickout before offloading to Flanagan who landed a magnificent effort from just inside the 45metre line. Ciaran Flanagan followed up his point with a well taken goal after some great pressure once more by corner forward Fiachra McAloon.

 Eye of a needle: Oisin O'Loughlin gathers possession before being fouled

Whilst Devenish continued to tack on scores at the other end, Belcoo were enjoying themselves, moving the ball around well and some great hands in a crowded area from Oisin O’Loughlin seen a free kick awarded 20m from goal, Conor McAloon drilled high into the roof of the net before Belcoo finished the scoring at the death when Dara Flanagan popped up with a neat score from wing back to cap a fine individual display.

Overall it was an encouraging outing despite the scoreline, Belcoo have a number of players to come back from holidays and they will play Derrylin in Belcoo next Thursday at 7.30pm.

Team (13 a side): Lawrence McKeown, Gerry Nolan, Oisin Leonard, Dara Flanagan (0-1), Dermot Burns, Matthew Mulvey, Conor McAloon (3-3), Ciaran Flanagan (1-1), Oisin O’Loughlin, Shane Doherty (2-1), Mark Ferguson, Fiachra McAloon, Oran McCann. Subs Used: Ben McNulty, Eoin Barrett.





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