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Tempo Win Entertaining U16 Affair

Box Score

Sep. 1, 2016

U16 Division 3: Tempo 3-19 v 3-9 Belcoo

Belcoo U16's produced a much improved performance from their Championship defeat on Tuesday as they put up a good showing against Tempo this evening in what was a keenly contested and entertaining affair.

In their meeting a few weeks ago Tempo ran up a big score but tonight Belcoo matched them right to the finish. The O'Rahilly's squandering three goal chances at the death before Tempo finished with 1-3 for a 10point success on a 3-19 to 3-9 scoreline.

 Ben McNulty & Conor Magee line up a shoulder as they contest a loose ball in the first half

Belcoo were impressive in the opening quarter as they held the upperhand in all sectors. Some good turnovers and accurate long balls into Lawrence McKeown was yielding scores. Having shot wide with their first two efforts at goal, Conor McAloon would raise the white flagon four minutes.

A minute later Belcoo tucked away their first goal, Shane Doherty's quickly taken free sent McKeown through, the Tempo keeper Stephen Cassidy deny the initial effort but McKeown poked the rebound to the net from an acute angle. He was to add a point from play before Oisin Jackson and Conor Magee landed scores at the other end for 1-2 to 0-2.

 Patrick Martin turning infield having won the ball in front during the first half  

Belcoo were defending well with Ben McNulty and Mark Ferguson forcing shots from their players wide while Dara Flanagan was out in front to win ball adn move it swiftly forward. Some good support play and better use of the ball was on show this evening from the O’Rahilly’s, a good pass from Flanagan into Marc Stewart yielded the next point as Stewart found McKeown for the score with 8minutes on the clock.

The game began to swing from one end of the field to the other. Niall Fee arrowing over the first of three excellent points in the half. Michael McPhilips followed up with another but Lawrence McKeown was to bag a second Belcoo goal. Oisin O'Loughlin robbed his opposite number on the left wing before offloading to Oisin Leonard who fed Conor McAloon and his pass sent McKeown in for the well taken three pointer.

 Conor McAloon looking forward as he brings the ball out of defence in the first half

McKeown would soon land a fine left footed effort after some patient play after Gerry Nolan had done well to keep the move alive before Ciaran Flanagan flicked the ball to McKeown for the score. 2-4 to 0-6 Belcoo led with ten to play in the half.

Shane Doherty was to add long distance free but Tempo were to finish the half on top.

Niall Fee added his other two points with Conor Magee clipping over a brace while the home side netted their first goal in a goalmouth scramble. Conor McAloon had the final say with a point but Tempo now led by one. 1-10 to 2-6.

 Shane Doherty looking up early in the second half

Tempo were to hit 1-2 soon after the restart to take a six point lead but Belcoo continued to battle hard. Emmett McGuinness made the first of two stunning blocks to deny a certain goal while Matthew Mulvey was having a better half on his tricky opponent.

Conor McAloon added two quick points from play, the second following a one-two near the sideline with Shane Doherty. It was back to four points and McGuinness made a full length block to deny another goal. Tempo settled for a point from the 45 however Belcoo were to rattle a third goal. A strong challenge by Lawrence McKeown on the Tempo goalkeeper went unpunished and McKeown netted, it was back to a three point game with 8minutes to play. 2-14 to 3-8.

  Tempo's Mark Graham taking the ball upfield in the second half

Tempo's Oisin Jackson stepped up to lead his side to the victory. The talented player hit two excellent points inside sixty seconds but Belcoo continued to take the game to the home side. Ciaran Flanagan squandered a goal chance when one on one, moments later Lawrence McKeown mis-kicked with just the goalkeeper to beat and Patrick Martin won possession well placed but the Tempo defence thwarted this third goal chance. If any of these changes had been taken it would surely have led to a tight finish.

It was Tempo though, who were more efficient in front of goal all night and they added 1-3 to seal the win with roving corner back Brendan Cassidy getting forward to score a neat point.

Oran McCann was to make a magnificent late save to deny Jackson with Dara Flanagan recovering to clear a ball off the goal line too as an entertaining contest came to its finish when Conor McAloon drilled over the final score for Belcoo having been setup by Eoin Barrett. 3-19 to 3-9.

Team. (15 a side) Oran McCann, Emmett McGuinness, Matthew Mulvey, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Mark Ferguson, Dara Flanagan, Ciaran Flanagan, Conor McAloon (0-5), Gerry Nolan, Shane Doherty (0-1), Oisin Leonard, Marc Stewart, Lawrence McKeown (3-3), Patrick Martin. Sub Eoin Barrett.




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