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Belcoo Just About Hang On For Important Victory
Aug. 21, 2016
Senior League Division 1: Belcoo 2-13 v 2-12 Maguiresbridge
The supporters got their money's worth in MacNean Park on Sunday afternoon as Belcoo and Maguiresbridge served up and thrilling finale. If you were a Belcoo blue, your blood pressure was rising as the O'Rahilly's almost let slip a nine point lead due to a late ‘Bridge rally during the closing quarter to get within a point by the finish. 2-13 to 2-12 Belcoo held on for a first win in seven outings and it was a timely one at that as they finished above the visitors giving themselves two chances to avoid relegation in the upcoming playoffs. Belcoo will meet Devenish, Maguiresbridge will meet Tempo.
In the earlier exchanges the Belcoo quickly moved into the lead. Paul McGrath landed a left footed effort from the left wing after a quickly taken free by Ciaran Flaherty however Daniel Teague matched that effort at the other end.
Belcoo would register goal number one on 5minutes as Ian Corrigan and Paul McGrath combined for the latter to slip Niall Cullen in to fire low into the corner. McGrath would add two frees with Daniel Teague knocking over two from play while Sean Corrigan tagged on a free to leave Belcoo 1-3 to 0-4 up by the midway stage of the half.
Jonathan Feeley would point a free after Ian Corrigan was fouled on the left before Belcoo worked a neat move to record a penalty. Declan Leonard done well to win the break ball before Christopher Leonard fed Niall Cullen who was brought down. Jonathan Feeley penalty kick struck the butt of the post before being cleared upfield.
Maguiresbridge would add two more points before the interval from Matthew Teague and a Corrigan free however Belcoo finished on top hitting three late scores from Ciaran Flaherty, Niall Cullen and James Stewart, the last a collectors item from defender Stewart who arrowed it over via the outside of the boot after a slick passing move. Half Time. Belcoo 1-7 v 0-6 Maguiresbridge.
As the rain began to fall in the second half Belcoo were again sharp from the blocks. Ciaran Flaherty cutting infield to knock over a point before Paul McGrath carried the ball from inside is own half and slotted it past the 'Bridge goalkeeper.
The O'Rahilly's were now on a roll and both Flaherty and McGrath added points from play with Sean Corrigan's free the sole response. Belcoo now up by nine points at 2-11 to 0-8 and looking comfortable.
What in sued from here to the finish came from nowhere, Belcoo got sloppy, struggled to win possession and get out of their half while Maguiresbridge kicking into another gear. A goal ignited the visitors before more frees from Corrigan cut the deficit to four. 2-11 to 1-10. Belcoo managed to muster a response with points from Paul McGrath and Barry McGovern but Maguiresbridge had their tails up and kept driving forward.
James McGrath was to make two good saves to deny goals before a second goal was registered by Ciaran Corrigan, 2-13 to 2-10 with minutes to play. Amongst the frantic final quarter the hosts almost added goals themselves, Niall Leonard slipping having been put through by McGovern while Dean McDermott cracked a shot against the crossbar.
Belcoo were fit to deny goal chances at the other end in the dying moments, Corrigan though, clipping over two more frees to leave the minimum between them however Belcoo would win the next kickout and get forward to end the game in the Bridge half of the field.
- Belcoo meet Devenish – the winner will remain in Division 1
- Maguriesbridge play Tempo – the loser will be relegated
- The loser of Belcoo v Devenish plays winner of Maguiresbridge v Tempo – loser of this is the second team relegated.
That’s all for another day though as it’s likely the Championship will be run off in it’s entirety before the Relegation Playoff’s take place. Belcoo play their Intermediate Championship Quarter Final against Lisnaskea, next Sunday 28th August at 7pm in Tempo.
Team: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, James Stewart (0-1), Gavin Leonard, Declan Leonard, Barry McGovern (0-1), Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Christopher Leonard, Dean McDermott, Paul McGrath (1-5), Niall Cullen (1-1), Ian Corrigan, Ciaran Flaherty (0-4), Jonathan Feeley (0-1). Sub used Aidan Leonard.
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