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Under 16's Lose At Home To Irvinestown

Box Score

Aug. 25, 2016

U16 Division 3: Belcoo 8-6 v 7-13 Irvinestown

Belcoo suffered defeat in their Under 16 opener this evening going down 7-13 to 8-6 against Irvinestown in a contest devoid of any real quality. Level with five to go it was the visitors to hit 1-1 to claim the points while Belcoo are left to rue an hour littered with unforced errors as well as squandering numerous quilt edged chances in front of goal.

Irvinestown had three goals on the board inside 8minutes as they waltzed through the Belcoo defence untouched. The visitors also notched a point before Belcoo opened their account 11minutes in when a goalmouth scramble seen Ciaran Flanagan poke the ball into the net.

Lawrence McKeown would net a goal and Conor McAloon struck a point before it was back down the other end with Sean Mahon hitting three points in a row.

By the interval Belcoo rallied back to four points down with McKeown scoring at the second attempt after a fine move down the right involving Ronan Maguire and Patrick Martin. Shane Doherty landed a great point from distance and Conor McAloon knocked over from close range for 4-4 to 3-3. Belcoo though, had missed three clear goal chances in the closing moments of the half.

Mark Ferguson had a fantastic half at full back for the home team, at times, doing the job of two or three men to win back ball, secure possession and driving upfield. Shane Doherty was getting on good ball at wing forward as he was found on a number of occasions by Oran McCann's long kickouts.

The opening 60seconds outlined how the remainder of the game would go. Little to no defending, hardly a tackle made or free given as Belcoo walked in for a goal from Conor McAloon, Irvinestown doing likewise within seconds at the other end. Back upfield came Belcoo for another Lawrence McKeown goal while Irvinestown moved back the other way to land a point. 5-5 to 5-3 Irvinestown's lead was down to two.

Remarkably their wasn't a score for near 10minutes as wayward shooting, fumbles when well placed, turnovers and stray passes took centre stage.

Sean Mahon was to knock over two more points before Lawrence McKeown rattled in two goals in a minute to give Belcoo a momentary lead. Irvinestown breaking forward for their 6th goal of the evening, Conor McKevlin thumping to the net. Now with 10 to play, Belcoo 7-3 (24) v 6-7 (25) Irvinestown.

Belcoo would tie proceedings from a left wing free by Shane Doherty and then Lawrence McKeown fired in his sixth goal of the evening via the inside of the post to hoist Belcoo three clear.

Again though, the lead didn't last long. Irvinestown countered to fire over three quick points via Mahan and Jay Maguire before they hit a goal with two minutes to play and an insurance point in added time for the victory.

Games are coming thick and fast now as Belcoo are out twice next week. On Tuesday they meet Maguiresbridge in the Championship, throw in is 7pm, no venue is known as yet. On Thursday they travel to Tempo for a 7pm throw in also.

Team (13 a side). Oran McCann, Oisin Leonard, Mark Ferguson, Oisin O'Loughlin, Matthew Mulvey, Eoin Barrett, Ciaran Flanagan (1-0), Ronan Maguire, Patrick Martin, Shane Doherty (0-2), Marc Stewart, Lawrence McKeown (6-0), Conor McAloon (1-4). Sub Ben McNulty.




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