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Gusty Display From U16's But Newtown Take The Points

Box Score

Aug. 9, 2016

U16 Section B: Belcoo 2-10 v 5-8 Newtownbutler

Belcoo U16s completed their sections with a hard fought game againstNewtownbutler this evening and it was the visitors who left MacNean Park with a 5-8 to 2-10 victory.

This was a tough physical affair from the outset with the standard gale blowing across the field. The wind was partially helping the O'Rahilly's in the first period and they would find themselves three points up at the break, although they should have been further ahead having squandered good chances, fired bad wides and struck the upright.

The second half seen some good chances created but two smart saves from Newtown's Kian O'Dowd and a three goal blast by full forward Jordan Warren swong things in the visitors favour and they went on to win by seven at the finish.

 Oisin O'Loughlin knocks the ball forward as a Newtown player attempts to make a block

Newtown's Joseph Clancy fired over the opening score before Warren added a second. Belcoo took 8minutes to register but it was to be a goal. Ciaran Flanagan started and finished the move which involved Dermot Burns and Lawrence McKeown. He almost had a second two minutes later but the keeper denied him.

Daniel McLoughlin would add a point to tie the contest but Belcoo would strike a second goal on 12minutes as Lawrence McKeown thumped the ball to the net having gathered an excellent one bounce pass from defender Emmett McGuinness.

Dermot Burns would hit a point and when Ciaran Flanagan won the next kickout, Lawrence McKeown fired over a fine left footed effort to move Belcoo 2-2 to 0-3 ahead on 16minutes. 

 Lawrence McKeown looks to pass Declan Wilson in the first half

Defensively Belcoo were doing a sterling job, Dara Flanagan and Emmett McGuinness reading play well to cut out forward passes while Mark Ferguson was battling away against his man as Oisin Leonard nipped in front to win ball and Oisin O'Loughlin was securing possession and finding blue jerseys with good kick passes.

Newtown were to go 11minutes without a score. The score they did register to end the drought would be a goal as they broke the length of the field following a Belcoo attempt which dropped into the hands of keeper. The slick exchange upfield ended in Belcoo's net and Sean McDermott followed up with a quick point.

Belcoo though had the final say as Dermot Burns floated a point over from the right wing to leave his side 2-4 to 1-4 ahead at the interval.

Ciaran Flanagan is man-handled as he looks to break away from the opposition

The intensity in the tackle increased during the second period, hard hits taken and given while Newtown began with a trio of goals between the 35th and 39th minute.

Belcoo had managed two points from Lawrence McKeown by the 40minute mark but Newtown now held the upperhand on a 4-5 to 2-6 score.

McKeown was to clip over another point to cut the deficit to four before he had a great goal chance, an attempted chip didn't come off as O'Dowd stood big between the sticks.


Dara Flanagan & Shane Doherty drive Belcoo forward in the second half

Diarmuid King and Daniel McLoughlin would add points for the visitors at the other end before a fifth goal secured the points.

Belcoo continued to battle, Matthew Mulvey and Ciaran Flanagan got through a mountain of work in midfield with Oisin O'Loughlin done a great job on Jordan Warren when switched to full back, keeping the full forward scoreless in the last 20minutes. Emmett McGuinness produced another all action display as he returns to form while Lawrence McKeown accounted for the final three scores of the game, all points, as the contest ended 5-8 to 2-10.

 Another scramble for a loose ball about to insue

There is a break now until the Divisions are sorted. This gritty performance will stand to the O'Rahilly's who have worked much harder during the last three outings as they build towards the divisional games.

Team. Oran McCann, Emmett McGuinness, Oisin Leonard, Oisin O'Loughlin, Dara Flanagan, Mark Ferguson, Ciaran Flanagan (1-0), Matthew Mulvey, Gerry Nolan, Dermot Burns (0-2), Lawrence McKeown (1-7), Fiachra McAloon, Shane Doherty (0-1). Subs. Eoin Barrett, Marc Stewart.




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