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Senior Retain Division 1 Status
Oct. 9, 2016
Senior Division 1 Relegation Playoff: Belcoo 0-14 v 0-12 Devenish
The Seniors secured their Division 1 status with a rousing second half display to beat neighbours Devenish 0-14 to 0-12 this afternoon in Derrygonnelly. As always, the O'Rahilly's took the hard road, reduced to 14men within 10minutes they were to trail by four at the interval, 0-7 to 0-3. The second half though was as good a 30minutes as the side produced all year, some excellent, pressure, tackles and turnovers along with movement from the inside line yielded frees and scores which seen the game tied for the first time at 0-10 each with 8minutes to play.
Belcoo had the momentum, primary possession was secured in the middle sector and the scores were popped over, three in a row pushed them clear, a late rally from Devenish seen them get within one before Belcoo secured the win with the final attack meaning Devenish must now face Maguiresbridge in the Relegation decider.
Things didn't look good early on for Belcoo, Devenish had started well as Barry Mulrone knocked over a trio of frees before Christopher Leonard picked up two yellow cards for the O'Rahilly's. Mulrone landed another from a free as by the 15th minutes it was 0-4 to no score in Garrison's favour while they also had an extra man.
Niall McGovern powers past Barry Mulrone
Belcoo were to steady the ship, substitute Philip Leonard arrowing over two well struck placed balls. Mulrone was on target again while John McNulty landed what was the only point from play in the first half. Philip Leonard and John O'Flanagan trading frees for the 0-7 to 0-3 half score.
Upon the resumption James McGrath was to make a fine save low to his left to deny McNulty a goal, the resulting 45 was stroked over by Jason Love for a five point advantage.
Belcoo though were to up the ante, working harder, wanting possession and moving it more quickly they began to get joy. Aaron Dolan and Paul McGrath were showing well inside and winning frees, Ciaran Flaherty, Niall Leonard, James Stewart and Declan Leonard were delivering great long passes while defensively Belcoo had stopped Devenish from making any inroads.
Aaron Dolan (3) and Philip Leonard were on form from frees to cut the deficit to one at 0-8 to 0-7. Devenish managed to keep themselves ahead when Mulrone again notched from a dead ball. Dolan was to finish a fine flowing move with a mighty point off the right foot. Back to a one point game.
Aaron Dolan gaining possession ahead of Marty O'Brien
Again, Devenish eked out a score for 0-10 to 0-8 but Belcoo would hit the next five points. Niall McGovern came to the fore around the middle, fielding two excellent clean balls from kickouts. In and around him Stephen Nolan, Barry McGovern, James Stewart and Ryan McGovern were latching onto the breaks while further back, the Leonard contingent were first to the ball, keeping Belcoo moving forward.
Dolan slotted two more places efforts to tie matters at ten each. Paul McGrath would nudge Belcoo ahead for the first time fisting a high ball over the bar. Philip Leonard added a free from wide on the right wing before McGrath launched over a left footed effort from distance having gathered a good ball from Flaherty.
Three down with a few minutes to play. Devenish gave it one last blast to salvage something. Jason Love fisting a point while a Terry O'Flanagan shot for goal was turned over the bar by McGrath.
With the final kick out, Belcoo gained possession and broke forward in a wave before Aaron Dolan drove over from close range to seal the win and a place in the top division again next year. It was a massive shift the 14 O'Rahilly's throughout the second half as they fought and battled for everything. It brings to an end another year. We thank the players and management for their time and efforts throughout the season.
Team. James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Declan Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Stephen Nolan, Christopher Leonard, Niall McGovern, Niall Cullen, Ciaran Flaherty, James Stewart, Matthew McAloon, Aaron Dolan (0-6), Paul McGrath (0-2). Subs. Philip Leonard (0-6), Barry McGovern.
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