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'Bridge Fight Back For U16 Victory

Box Score

Sep. 15, 2016

U16 Division 3: Belcoo 4-9 v 2-20 Maguiresbridge

Maguiresbridge rallied from 10points down early in the second half to secure a five point win over Belcoo Under 16's this evening as the O'Rahilly's Jekyll and Hyde performances continue following this 2-20 (26) to 4-9 (21) defeat.

Belcoo were on form in the opening half hour, keeping it simple, moving the ball swiftly with support runners and correct options taken. By the interval they held a 4-5 to 0-8 lead and looked set to pick up a first win of the year.

The second period seen the visitors completely dominate as their hunger and hard work brought them back into the contest before they powered past a wilting challenge from the home side.

Maguiresbridge had played for the hour and rightly recorded the win by the end, what Belcoo had done in the first 30minutes was they matched their opponents and won the majority of their battles while making good use of the ball when they had it. Unfortunately they were unable to sustain it and ultimately were caught as a blistering 11minutes spell from the 39th to 50th minute seen Maguiresbridge bang in 2-8.

In the first half Belcoo were quickly out of the blocks, Lawrence McKeown hitting two good points inside the opening 90seconds. Luca McCusker would account for 7 of the his sides 8 points in the first half and he had landed his first score before Oisin Leonard rattled Belcoo's opening goal on 4minutes after Ciaran Flanagan, Conor McAloon and Lawrence McKeown had cut open the 'Bridge defence.

 Dara Flanagan breaks from the defence in the first half

A 6th minute goal followed, Shane Doherty's sideline ball over the top sent Conor McAloon in for a goal while another clever point was added by Ciaran Flanagan following a foul on Fiachra McAloon which was taken quickly by Conor McAloon into McKeown who provided the final pass to Flanagan. 2-2 to 0-2 with 8minutes played.

The visitors began to grow into the tie as Anthony McElroy pointed and McCusker clipped two points from play. Belcoo responded with a patience piece of play that seen Ronan Maguire point.

By the 20th minute it was 2-4 to 0-7 with Belcoo in control of proceeding and playing their best football of the season. Oisin Leonard was to miss a guilt edged goal chance before Belcoo would net a third goal.

Gerry Nolan turned over the ball and won a free kick, Ronan Maguire took the kick 40metres from goal into Fiachra McAloon who turned and picked out the on-rushing Conor McAloon to soccer the ball to the net.

Lawrence McKeown would land a monster point of the outside of the boot from distance before he fisted the ball to the net after a Shane Doherty shot was pushed into the air by the goalkeeper Sean Trimble. Half time 4-5 to 0-8.

 Lawrence McKeown fists Belcoo's fourth goal to the net

Lawrence McKeown was to kick a left footed point upon the restart to push Belcoo ten clear. It took 17minutes before the home team scored again. In truth, it took that length to turn a ball in midfield and get up the pitch.

Maguiresbridge took over. Caolan Duffy won several balls around the middle section and was involved in everything. All breaks were gathered by the hungrier red and black jerseys. Luca McCusker netted on 39minutes as the belief rose within the away side. The Duffy twins Caolan and Ciaran fired over points with Caolan rattling a second goal. Darra McPhilips came to the fore, two quick points and three more from Caolan Duffy had the game now in their favour. 2-16 to 4-6.

 Shane Doherty tries to break free from his marker

Ciaran Flanagan and Lawrence McKeown were to point, McKeown clipping the bar and going over from a drilled goal attempt. McPhilips matched these efforts at the other end to keep four between them while in the final five minutes Maguiresbridge hit two more while McKeown landed another for the O'Rahilly's. 2-20 to 4-8 it finished.

For Belcoo, everyone had a great opening half, few could say the same about the second. Patrick Martin tried hard when introduced while Emmett McGuinness, Oisin O'Loughlin and Matthew Mulvey never gave up the fight.

Team. (13 a side) Oran McCann, Mark Ferguson, Oisin O'Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness, Conor McAloon (2-0), Dara Flanagan, Ciaran Flanagan (0-2), Ronan Maguire (0-1), Gerry Nolan, Shane Doherty, Oisin Leonard (1-0), Lawrence McKeown (1-6), Fiachra McAloon. Subs used. Matthew Mulvey, Patrick Martin, Ben McNulty, Eoin Barrett and Marc Stewart.




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