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Replay Required After Junior Championship Draw

Box Score

Sep. 3, 2016

Reserve 'B' Championship: Belcoo 2-13 v 2-13 Kinawley

Belcoo and Kinawley both rattled 2-13 in this Junior Championship tie at Derrygonnelly on Saturday evening. The replay is scheduled for this coming Tuesday evening at 6.45pm.

It was a case of a missed opportunity for the O’Rahilly’s who lost twice to Kinawley in the league this season. Belcoo had trailed at the interval but Dean McDermott rattled 1-4 to send Belcoo three clear with 12minutes to play. Kinawley were to lose Aaron O’Reilly to a straight red at this juncture, despite the numerical advantage and holding a three point lead, Belcoo lost their shape and allowed Kinawley to kick the final three points to draw the game.

Philip Leonard had a great first half and he twice fired over inside the opening 90seconds but Kinawley captialised on a poor Patrick Sweeney kick out to bag their first goal, Shea Keenan the scorer. Belcoo’s response was immediate, Aidan Leonard getting the final touch to a loose ball to register a goal for his side on 4minutes.

 Dean McDermott closes in on Gabriel McHugh   

The Brian Boru’s had an extremely pacy inside line and would soon begin to fire, Shea Keenan (2), Kevin Martin and Sean Crudden (2) all split the posts by the midway stage in the half, Belcoo’s sole response a Gary Doherty point from play to leave it 1-5 to 1-3.

Philip Leonard was back on the scoresheet after good work from Dean McDermott while Gary Doherty tie proceedings with another point from play. Both sets of forwards were enjoying themselves as scores continued to come at a regular rate. Kinawley’s Kevin Martin netted a second goal, again, Belcoo will rue a poor kickout as part of the problem while Aaron O’Reilly added a point.


Ian Corrigan plays the ball forward while Aidan McGrath secures possession under pressure

Back came Belcoo again, Matthew McAloon was fouled, Philip Leonard pointed from distance. A well worked score followed, Martin Corrigan doing brilliant at the back to win possession, Aidan Leonard and Ian Corrigan were involved before Niall McGovern drilled over. Philip Leonard was on fire and hit two from play within sixty seconds to a draw game again, 2-6 to 1-9 on 27minutes.

By the interval Kinawley had themselves two clear, three late points were hit via Sean Crudden, Philip McTaggary and Aaron O’Reilly with Dean McDermott responding following good play by Aaidan McGrath. Half time: Kinawley 2-9 v 1-10 Belcoo..

While scores had come thick at fast during the opening half, they were much harder found as both defences tightened while weather conditions worsened. Dean McDermott did kick two early ones for Belcoo, the second a super effort from distance after Gerard Mellor and Aidan McGrath combined. Level again.

 A minor handbag incident coming towards the end

13 scoreless minutes in sued as neither side could make a breakthrough. Eventually Marty Corrigan drove upfield, offloaded to the inform McDermott, who pointed from the right wing. Within a minute Kinawley found their first score of a half, some 16minuntes old as wing back Philip McTeggart slotted over.

Belcoo though were to hit their second goal, McDermott finding the roof the Kinawley net, 2-13 to 2-10 the O’Rahilly’s led. The Kinawley corner forward O’Reilly seen red for a high tackle but as so often is the case, the 14men raised their game. Belcoo lost their shape completely, too many dropping back to crowd the defence, however no option upfield or outlet meant Kinawley kept the pressure on and over the closing 12minutes they picked off three points to tie. Shea Keenan, Bernard McGovern and Sean Crudden the scores ensuring another day was required.

Team: Patrick Sweeney, Brendan McPartland, Seimi Rafferty, Martin Corrigan, James Gillespie, Niall Cullen, Aidan Leonard (1-0), Gerard Mellor, Niall McGovern (0-1), Dean McDermott (1-4), Ian Corrigan, Gary Doherty (0-2), Matthew McAloon, Philip Leonard (0-6), Aidan McGrath. Subs Daire Keaney, Kevin Maguire.




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