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Newtown Win Entertaining U14 Contest
Mar. 25, 2017
U14 Section A: Belcoo 2-7 v 5-12 Newtownbutler
Belcoo Under 14's produced a spirited and determined display against Newtownbutler on a glorious Saturday evening at MacNean Park but the impressive and unbeaten visitors took the spoils on a 5-12 to 2-7 scoreline.
It was a fantastic contest from start to finish as both sides threw everything into it. The Belcoo defence putting some great pressure on their opponents in the early stages forcing them to screw some efforts at goal wide of the target.
Visiting full forward Sean Conlon got the games opening point but Belcoo levelled things with a sweeping move which started from a Jamie Ray goal kick. Cian White and Patrick Magee were involved as the O'Rahilly's secured a sideline inside the Newtown half, Josh Killilea's crossfield kick finding Dara Flanagan who slotted over.
Gerry Nolan was to get great hands in to turnover possession early on while an all action display from Emmett McGuinness at centre back set the standard the rest followed. His pressure, blocks and good use of the ball helped the O'Rahilly's stem the steady wave of attacks from the visitors who had Diarmuid King, Caolan Swift and Joseph Clancy seeing plenty of ball.
Conor McKeown and Ben McNulty apply pressure during the opening half
Adam McDonald slotted a free but Belcoo responded with Dara Flanagan clipping over his second of the game. Newtown would soon find their first goal, an uncharacteristic mistake by Jamie Ray gifted the opening three pointer while McDonald and Conlon added points.
Midway through the half Belcoo struck their first goal when a well worked move seen Eoin Corrigan fouled for a penalty. Josh Killilea duly fired to the net. 15minutes gone, Newtown in the lead 1-4 to 1-2.
Newtown were on the front foot from here to the end of the half however some resolute defending and hard work kept the pressure on all efforts for scores. Daniel O'Connor, Oisin O'Loughlin and Ben McNulty grew into the game making telling interceptions while Jamie Ray made a smart save from a close range fisted effort and another save with his feet to keep out goals.
Gerry Nolan gets a hand across Diarmuid King to knock the ball away
The visitors seen Joseph Clancy add two points while Sean Conlon did net their second goal when an effort for a point struck the post and fell kindly for the rangy forward. He was to add a point but Belcoo had the final say with a fine move down the left ended with Dara Flanagan pointing which seen the half finish. Belcoo 1-3 v 2-7 Newtownbutler.
The visitors had seen a player sent off coming to half time but added an early goal from a high ball into the danger area and a point moments later to move 11 clear.
Belcoo kept the heads up and continued to work hard, both in defence and attack, as they went about getting themselves back into the tie. The O’Rahilly’s had a great 10minute spell that yielded a goal and two points while other opportunities came and went.
Josh Killilea out in front to claim possession
A powerful move through the heart of the Newtown defence carved out the goal. Oisin O'Loughlin, Dara Flanagan and Patrick Martin involved in the move. Martin's shot at goal was well saved by goalkeeper Jack McKenna but Flanagan was on hand to fire in the rebound.
The forwards were working hard to stop the defenders getting out, Patrick Magee, Michael Burns and Eoin Corrigan battling well and Belcoo soon added their points. A 45 from Josh Killilea picked out the advancing Emmett down the left, he cut infield to shoot over while Oisin O'Loughlin got on the end of another sweeping move to split the posts. 3-9 to 2-5 with 15mins to play.
Newtown were to straighten themselves up again and broke to kill any thoughts of a fight back with a quick fire goal and two points, Diarmuid King slotting over a great score from distance with Adam McDonald coolly slotting a breaking ball to the net. Cian White was to take another goalbound shot off the line.
The hosts finished with two Patrick Martin points, Jack Greene and Conor McKeown doing well to bring the ball forward for the two sccores while Newtown added a fifth goal, Conlon fisting a high ball to the net to end what was an enjoyable affair.
All in all it was a positive showing from the O'Rahilly's against a very slick Newtownbutler side whose general sharpness and superb first touch control of the football was very impressive.
Training continues Tuesday at 7pm while Belcoo travel to Derrylin for the last game of Section A on Thursday evening. Bus leaving 5.20pm.
Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin (0-1), Jack Greene, Conor McKeown, Emmett McGuinness (0-1), Daniel O'Connor, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (0-2), Cian White, Josh Killilea (1-0), Eoin Corrigan, Dara Flanagan (1-3), Michael Burns, Patrick Magee. Sub. Lorcan Leonard.
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