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Kinawley Power Past Belcoo U14s In Opening Game
Feb. 19, 2017
U14 Section A: Belcoo 2-3 v 3-24 Kinawley
Belcoo Under 14's shipped a heavy defeat in the opening Section A game against Kinawley on Sunday evening. This group of O'Rahilly's has moved up from the low sections over the past few years but a first taste of top tier football shows the amount of work still to be done.
Kinawley sealed the win early on, running in their 3 goals in the first 15minutes and by the interval they were to hold a 3-10 to 0-0 lead.
Jack Greene comes under pressure in the opening half
Things did improve for the O'Rahilly's in the second half as they registered a few scores and competed a bit better all over the field.
The opening half hour proved a steep learning curve, rattled by the strength, power and slicker Kinawley side, Belcoo struggled to gain a foothold in the contest and their overworked defence were being run ragged.
Daire Cleary, Paidi Drumm and Tiernan McKenna were heavily involved in the visitors best work as they pulled well clear but for some great saves by Jamie Ray in the Belcoo goals, things could have been a lot worse.
Emmett McGuinness brings the ball out of defence for Belcoo
Having regrouped and reshuffled at half time, Belcoo started brightly and were rewarded with a goal, Dara Flanagan's effort for a point, dropping under the crossbar.
Jack Greene was to point after a good move before he won a free on the left that dipped under the bar for a goal moments later.
Kinawley were restricted to a few points at sporadic spells with Daniel O'Connor going well at the back for the hosts. Some good blocks by Gerry Nolan and Emmett McGuinness denied other opportunities while Michael Burns and Josh Killilea were getting through a mountain of work as they brought Belcoo upfield on a number of occasions.
Emmett McGuinness would fire over two points having joined attacks late in the game but overall it was a tough day at the office for the O'Rahilly's. Training continues Monday & Wednesday from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (0-2), Dara Flanagan (1-0), Jack Greene (1-1), Oisin O'Loughlin, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Magee, Josh Killilea, Michael Burns, Lorcan Leonard, Sean Boylan, Eoin Corrigan.
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