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Harps By A Point In Cracking U14 Encounter
Mar. 1, 2017
U14 Section A: Derrygonnelly 3-10 v 4-6 Belcoo
What a game of football this was as Derrygonnelly and Belcoo U14s went toe to toe for an hour in a pulsating contest at the Harps venue. The sides were level several times however it was the home side who were to end winners by a single point 3-10 to 4-6.
The O'Rahilly's to a man were fantastic, showing tremendous work rate and character throughout whilst working some excellent moves and making numerous blocks.
Belcoo began well and opened the scoring from a Josh Killilea free after Dara Flanagan was fouled. Flanagan, who was playing at corner forward would fire in a goal on 5minutes after good work from Emmett McGuinness in the build up.
The Harps almost hit back with a goal but Conor Gallagher's driven shot was beaten away by Jamie Ray in the visiting goals.
Well struck points from Connor McGovern and Rory Joe Duffy halved the deficit before Killilea arrowed over after the lively Flanagan was felled again. 1-2 to 0-2 with 10minutes played.
Ben McNulty did well in defence to win possession as the Harps pressed forward, a good one two with Oisin O'Loughlin seen Belcoo on the attack once more down the right with McGuinness, Michael Burns and Jack Greene involved before Killilea fired over.
It was back to two points soon after with Odhran Harrison and Connor McGovern landing two fine scores from play while a good Oisin O'Loughlin block forced a 45.
Daniel O'Connor was flying at wing back, heavily involved down that side linking the play and snapping up plenty of loose possession. O'Connor and Conor McKeown combined to thwart a dangerous Harps attack and set their side away again.
Belcoo would fire in their second goal on 24 minutes after Killilea and Patrick Martin set up Dara Flanagan to drill into the bottom corner. It was end to end stuff, Derrygonnelly broke downfield, a stunning Emmett McGuinness block denied a goal, Belcoo secured the loose ball and worked a perfect move the full length of the field where Jack Greene got on the end of it to land a well hit point.
The half ended with a late point each, Patrick Martin on target for Belcoo applying a neat finish after Lorcan Leonard and Eoin Corrigan were involved in the build up. 2-5 to 0-5 at half time.
Derrygonnnelly emerged a different animal in the second half and had a magnificent 8minutes as they rattled in 2-3 to move three clear. Connor McGovern the chief scoretaker as he took control of the middle sector.
Belcoo to their credit showed real grit and determination to battle back. Three blocks from Gerry Nolan, strong defending from Oisin O'Loughlin, great pressure from Emmett McGuinness and some superb work from Michael Burns, Cian White, Josh Killilea and Eoin Corrigan down the right wing seen the visitors turn the game back in their favour. The O'Rahilly's fired in a goal from Patrick Martin on 40minutes. Draw game. 2-8 to 3-5.
McGovern fired the Harps ahead again but Patrick Martin responded with a massive point from play to level once more. 14minutes to play.
There wasn't a score for 12minutes in what was a fiercely committed and competitive spell in the game. Both sides working tirelessly on the heavy surface to do their best for their respective sides.
Just two minutes to go Connor McGovern arrowed over another fine score. Belcoo though weren't done and responded with a superb goal by Eoin Corrigan who found the top corner after some fierce battling to win back possession by a number of players.
It wasn't to be the O'Rahilly's night as Derrygonnelly mustered a goal of their own as the clock struck 60minutes. McGovern again on target thundering in a well struck shot on the run into the roof of the net. Belcoo has two chances at the death to either level or won it but good pressure and defending denied a clear strike at goal.
It was a superb advertisement for underage football and one where every player should be proud of their performances.
Training continues Monday for one hour, 7pm to 8pm before returning to normal on Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm.
Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O’Loughlin, Conor McKeown, Daniel O’Connor, Emmett McGuinness, Michael Burns, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (1-2), Cian White, Josh Killilea (0-3), Jack Greene (0-1), Dara Flanagan (2-0), Lorcan Leonard, Eoin Corrigan (1-0).
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