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Ray Keeps Teemore Out For First U14 Win

Box Score

Mar. 11, 2017

U14 Section A: Belcoo 6-3 v 0-7 Teemore

Some say goals win games but today it's definitely a case of Goalkeepers win games as Jamie Ray produced a sensational display between the sticks to deny eight certain goals with some top class saves. Teemore's talisman Jack McGann bore down on goal time after time but Ray was equal to every effort as he wasn't to be beaten in the 6-3 to 0-7 victory. 

 Jamie Ray who starred with a string of super saves in today's contest

Belcoo had played some great football in the opening half and held a comfortable lead at the interval however a lacklustre second period seen Teemore rally as they powered through from midfield with McGann at the forefront. Jamie Ray’s saves keeping the O'Rahilly's ahead before a late flurry by the hosts added gloss to the final scoreline. 

Following an even opening ten minutes to the contest Dara Flanagan raised the white flag for the games first score. Belcoo were to register their first goal two minutes later.

The excellent Oisin O'Loughlin setting the side on the way with a fine ball out to the lively Cian White on the right wing. White fed Gerry Nolan who sent Flanagan clear to drive home the first goal.

Emmett McGuinness was on top of his game for the full hour with a no nonsense, all action display of hunger and hard work. The centre half back produced blocks, tackles and fine distribution of the football throughout, an early point capped a superb display, he joined the attack and angled over a stunning score from the right wing on 13minutes.

 Emmett McGuinness driving Belcoo forward during the opening half

 Belcoo were to net a second goal a minute later in what was their best move of the tie. O'Loughlin again began the move with a good pass to Jack Greene on the left wing, Greene beat his man before drilling a pass down the line to Dara Flanagan, his turn and crossfield pass put the on-rushing Patrick Martin through on goal and he duly rifled the ball into the net. 2-2 to 0-0. 

The O'Rahilly's were doing well defensively in the opening quarter, Daniel O'Connor strong in the tackle winning back ball while on the other side Michael Burns was providing a good outlet for kickouts. 

Jack McGann was to be denied by Ray for a first time on 18minutes although the rangy midfielder did clip over three points. Another save from Ray and a clearance from O’Loughlin kept the goals out while down the other end Belcoo netted two more of their own.

Jack Greene sliding home from close range while Lorcan Leonard was quickest to react when Patrick Martin’s attempt for a point had hit the post, Leonard pounced to prod into the net. Half time 4-2 to 0-3. 

 Jack McGann who was Teemore's talisman throughout the game

Belcoo failed to get into any rhythm in the second half and for a long spell it became a game of McGann v Ray as the Teemore player became the dominant outfield player with his strong surging runs. Again he had to settle for points as all goal bound efforts were repelled. A number of these were strong powerful shots that Ray beat away or turned around the post for 45’s.

Conor McKeown had a fine second half for Belcoo coming out with several key possessions while Emmett McGuinness stood firm making blocks and O'Loughlin remained a strong presence at the back, his ability to find Belcoo players while clearing the ball taking pressure off the defence. 

Sean Boylan did well to win a loose ball while Daniel O'Connor continued to make good use of the football as a link player offloading to Josh Killilea, Cian White, Jack Greene and Michael Burns to carry possession upfield but in general it was a trying half for the blues. 

 Josh Killilea takes on Ethan Prunty

Late on Belcoo did work some slick passages of play from defence to attack which were to yield scoring opportunities. These weren't taken at the time but before the finish, Belcoo did hit another 2-1 in the final five minutes to run out handsome winners. 

Dara Flanagan hit a goal and point after good work from Gerry Nolan on the right while Lorcan Leonard and Jack Greene combined to put Eoin Corrigan through for the final goal. 6-3 to 0-7. 

Training continues Tuesday and Thursday next week from 7pm to 8.30pm. 

Team (15 a side) Jamie Ray, Sean Boylan, Oisin O'Loughlin, Conor McKeown, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (0-1), Michael Burns, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (1-0), Jack Greene (1-0), Josh Killilea, Cian White, Dara Flanagan (2-2), Lorcan Leonard (1-0), Patrick Magee. Sub. Eoin Corrigan (1-0) 




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