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Very Strong Brookeboro Power Past Belcoo U16s

Box Score

Jul. 14, 2016

U16 Section B: Brookeboro 2-23 v 0-7 Belcoo

Brookeboro were full value for their sizeable victory this evening however the O'Rahilly's produced a much improved hour from their last outing. Working harder as a unit they put it up to the hosts for 25mins before a scoring spurt coming to half time seen Brookeboro rattled in 1-4 to lead by twelve points at the interval.

Remarkably, scores were hard to come by for both teams in the early part of the game, 10minutes were on the clock and it was just 0-2 a piece.

Belcoo had applied some great pressure all over the field to prevent time, space and clear shooting opportunities while they had created a few good chances themselves, Shane Doherty though, firing two wides when well placed.

 Gerry Nolan, Fiachra McAloon & Ben McNulty force Brookeboro's Zechariah Kyle backwards

Brookeboro's full forward Martin Conwell would begin the scoring but Belcoo hit back in the 6th minute after Gerry Nolan and Emmett McGuinness combined well with the latter winning a free kick, Doherty found his range and converted this attempt. The hosts hit a free of their own before Lawrence McKeown got forward from wing back to split the posts after more good work from Gerry Nolan.

Brookeboro had their first goal opportunity but Mark Ferguson was to make a great block in defence, the hosts though did land two points with Belcoo cutting the deficit to the minimum when Conor McAloon fired over having been found by Nolan once again.

 Mark Ferguson comes forward with possession for Belcoo

During the first 20 plus minutes Belcoo were holding sway in the middle, Ciaran Flanagan in particular fielding some great balls and he was to the fore throughout the contest in midfield for the O’Rahilly’s.

Elsewhere Oisin Leonard, Conor McAloon and Lawrence McKeown were getting on the breakballs. In the full back line Patrick Martin, Matthew Mulvey and Dara Flanagan were all going well while up top Fiachra McAloon and Oisin O'Loughlin were having good battles with their opposite numbers. 

Brookeboro were to knock over five in a row though before Conor McAloon landed a free for 0-9 to 0-4 coming to half time. The hosts however finished the half well with a goal and four points having upped their intensity and workrate in all areas, 1-13 to 0-4. It could have been more but for a simply sublime save by Oran McCann as he somehow turned the ball around the post from a deft flick in the square.

 Oisin Leonard gets a hand in to knock the ball away from Rory Greene

In the second half, while Belcoo continued to work hard, they struggled to gain a real foothold in the tie to allow an overworked defence a breather. Eoin Barrett was introduced at half time and got stuck in around the breaks in midfield while Ciaran Flanagan continued to carry the game to the opposition.

Brookeboro though continued to clip over points as they pulled further clear before netting another goal. Belcoo had went 30 full minutes without a score before Conor McAloon pointed two close range free kicks. Dara Flanagan landed a good score of the outside of his boot from the right side while Shane Doherty was to hit the final score from near the sideline following a foul on Oisin O'Loughlin who slid across the wet surface and into the fence where he sustained a head injury.

 No way through for Lawrence McKeown as he meets two Brookeboro players

Up next Belcoo host Tempo next Thursday at 7.30pm.

Team (15 a side). Oran McCann, Dara Flanagan (0-1), Matthew Mulvey, Patrick Martin, Lawrence McKeown (0-1), Oisin Leonard, Mark Ferguson, Ciaran Flanagan, Conor McAloon (0-3), Oisin O'Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan, Ben McNulty, Shane Doherty (0-2), Fiachra McAloon. Sub. Eoin Barrett.




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