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Goals Ensure Belcoo U14s Record Narrow Win

Box Score

Mar. 18, 2017

U14 Section A: Lisnaskea 2-9 v 5-2 Belcoo

Goals won the game this week for Belcoo U14s as they held on to beat Lisnaskea by two points. The O'Rahilly's were to hit three of their goals in the first 13minutes but having been second best in most sectors of the field they were lucky to end up the victors, a Patrick Magee goal, ten minutes from time proving the winning score. 

The O'Rahilly's best spell turned out to be the opening quarter of the contest. A bright start had been made as they worked a good goal on 2 minutes, a few neat fist passes in the build up allowed Michael Burns to release Patrick Martin drive a shot to the net. 

 Conor McKeown who was the top performer in Blue on the day advancing forward

Lisnaskea hit back with a goal and point to lead for the only time in the hour before Belcoo worked their best score of the entire game on 12minutes. Conor McKeown, who took home the jersey for his performance, turned the ball over in the left corner back area and delivered a clever pass to Gerry Nolan, the ball moved through the hands of Cian White, Eoin Corrigan and Josh Killilea as Belcoo went the length of the field in possession before Michael Burns got onto the final pass and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. 

15seconds later he had another, Josh Killilea won the kickout and fed Burns who this time fired into the top corner. 3-0 to 1-1 Belcoo ahead with 13minutes on the clock. 

 Michael Burns wriggles away from his man in the first half

It was as good as it got for the visitors as Lisnaskea took over. Kai McGolderick and Ethan McCaffrey added points as Belcoo's defence came under a constant spell of pressure. Lisnaskea were streaming forward with waves of attacks, Belcoo failing to lay a hand on them in what was a really flat and weary showing from several of the boys in blue.

Coming to half time Belcoo managed to muster a point from Patrick Martin after receiving a free kick from Killilea but it was all Lisnaskea at this stage. First to every ball they continued to pin back Belcoo and two points from Cian Hanna and Ryan McAdam left just two between them at the break although a few wayward efforts from the home side could have seen them lead had they converted them. Half time: Lisnaskea 1-5 v 3-1 Belcoo.

It was a lethargic half from Belcoo who emerged with a tad more life and aggression in their play but they failed to register a score and the game soon returned to the first half pattern. The home side would tie proceedings with a brace of points from full forward Ethan McCaffrey. 

  Ben McNulty tidies up at the back as Belcoo look to get upfield again

A fortunate goal gave Belcoo the lead again on 40minutes, Patrick Martin's ball into the forward line from 40 plus yards managed to bounce over the goalkeeper who'd misjudged the flight of the ball and it trickled over the line. 

Lisnaskea pressed forward again as the Belcoo defence came under more pressure. Ben McNulty did really well with Conor McKeown on the left side to dispossess and turnover balls from their opposite numbers with Daniel O’Connor not giving his man an inch on the other side of the field while Emmett McGuinness and Oisin O'Loughlin made telling blocks to deny shots. 

The visitors managed to hold Lisnaskea scoreless for 12minutes and in a rare attack of their own they fired in a fifth goal. Jack Greene, Gerry Nolan and Michael Burns combining down the left with Burns playing a wonderful pass into Patrick Magee and the young forward cut onto his left foot and confidently drilled in what proved to be the telling score for his side. 

Lisnaskea were to come straight down the field to score a goal of their own, Jamie Ray making a good save with his feet from the initial effort but Conor Northern reacted quickest to net. Game back in the melting pot with three in it 5-1 to 2-7 and 8minutes to play. 

 Oisin O'Loughlin head up, looking for a pass out of the defence

Again, McKeown stood strong to win ball and relieve the pressure with well distributed passes. Emmet McGuinness, Ben McNulty and Sean Boylan all making decisive tackles while Eoin Corrigan was proving a good outlet. 

Lisnaskea edged their way to within a point as McCaffrey again landed a fine score from play before tapping over a free kick. 

In added time Belcoo broke, Emmett McGuinness, who hadn't managed to break upfield all game, made a powerful burst when it was required, he was involved on several occasions in the move before Eoin Corrigan gained possession and split the posts with a well taken and much deserved score for the wing forward. 

Lisnaskea had time to muster another attack and they earned a free kick on the 14metre line. Belcoo filled the goal line and it was goalkeeper Jamie Ray that beat the well driven shot from McCaffrey away with Daniel O'Connor clearing upfield as Belcoo held out to win by two.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm. Next game is scheduled for Thursday 30th March at home to Newtownbutler. 

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




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