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U14 Boys Win Challenge Game
Feb. 15, 2017
Belcoo Under 14s had a good outing in a challenge game at the Garrison venue on Wednesday night under lights. It was a really positive opening to the season for the O'Rahilly's who begin Section A at home to Kinawley on Sunday at 4pm.
The sky blues were without the two Patrick's (Martin & Magee) as well as Daniel O’Connor but the 14 available players all put in strong showings. Remarkably 10 of the 13 outfielders used, managed to register a score in the 4-12 to 0-5 win.
The O'Rahilly's worked the ball well throughout with overlapping support runners, well timed tackles, blocks and some very slick passages off play. All very encouraging signs for the forthcoming tests.
In defence Ben McNulty produced a magnificent hour which earned him the jersey on the night, first half in particular, himself and Conor McKeown thwarted several promising attacks.
It was Devenish who opened the scoring from a pointed free but Belcoo responded in kind when Cian White was upended, Josh Killilea slotted over the free. Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan and Killilea were all involved as Dara Flanagan arrived late to the attack to fire over with Michael Burns pouncing on a loose ball moments later to open his account also.
A super bit of one-two football between Burns and Jack Greene on 12minutes down the right wing seen the pair exchange passes three times before a pass infield to energetic Gerry Nolan seen him fouled, he fired over the free for a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.
Nolan claimed his first 'mark' of the season, winning a clean kickout between the 45's which evolved into the first real sight at goal, Sean Boylan firing goalwards, the keeper beat the ball away to the wing where Eoin Corrigan gathered and recycled for Burns to slot over.
Emmett McGuinness eventually found his range after a few misguided attempts at a point, he split the posts on 17minutes before Devenish broke downfield. Some wonderful defending on two occasions by Ben McNulty seen him turnover the Devenish attack and send Belcoo upfield once more..
Dara Flanagan was beginning to impose himself on the game, heavily involved in a number of great attacking waves as Killilea, O'Loughlin, Greene and Nolan all broke forward at pace.
Killilea's pinpoint cross field ball into the arms of Eoin Corrigan yielded a fine point while Devenish's Adam Gallagher raised the white flag on the stroke of half time for 0-7 to 0-2.
Frees from Cian and Fionan O'Brien either side of a Michael Burns point left four between the sides early in the second half but Belcoo were to kick on from here.
Dara Flanagan bursting upfield to score the games opening goal after some simple one-twos with teammates. Jack Greene had been moved into the forwards and having squandered his first two attempts for a goal in a matter of minutes, it was third time lucky as he fired to the net.
Burns and Greene added points before Lorcan Leonard got among the scores. Oisin O'Loughlin the provider moments after making a great goal save at the other end, he joined the attack to fist the ball across the goalmouth for Leonard to fist into the net.
Conor McKeown was to fire over a point having been pushed into an advanced role while O'Loughlin finished the scoring with a low drilled shot at the end of the contest.
It was a positive night for the O'Rahilly's who have been working hard the past 4 weeks. Players are asked to be at the pitch for 3.15pm on Sunday for a 4pm throw in.
Team (13 a side) Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown (0-1), Emmett McGuinness (0-1), Dara Flanagan (1-1), Jack Greene (1-1), Oisin O'Loughlin (1-0), Gerry Nolan (0-1), Cian White, Josh Killilea (0-1), Michael Burns (0-5), Sean Boylan, Eoin Corrigan (0-1).. Lorcan Leonard (1-0).
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