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Derrylin Fend Off Second Half Challenge From Belcoo
Mar. 30, 2017
U14 Section A: Derrylin 1-15 v 4-4 Belcoo
Belcoo U14's produced a rousing second half display to push Derrylin all the way in this final Section A encounter, the hosts though secured a two point win on a 1-15 to 4-4 scoreline. Belcoo though can be proud of their nights work, particularly in the second half where they showed plenty more aggression, hunger and desire in all areas to put it up to the home side.
Defensively from start to finish the six backs and goalkeeper excelled. Captain for the evening Ben McNulty had his best game of the year, other corner back Sean Boylan did likewise, forcing a number of over carries with Oisin O'Loughlin solid as ever between them.
The half back line had a great hour, Josh Killilea in an unfamiliar wing back role was magnificent from the outset with the combative Emmett McGuinness in the middle and Daniel O'Connor the other side, continuing to grow in confidence and have more influence on games with his excellent use of the football and well timed tackles.
The game started well for Belcoo, they carved out two goal chances in the first five minutes. Josh Killilea, Eoin Corrigan, Michael Burns and Patrick Magee involved before Patrick Martin drilled straight at goalkeeper Brian Lunney. Moments later Dara Flanagan released Eoin Corrigan who also seen keeper Lunney make the save.
Derrylin were the bigger and stronger side physically and they lofted over some fine scores from long range as centre forward Josh Smith and centre back Michal Prusakiewicz both registered three in the opening half while Patrick Martin notched the Belcoo score after good work by Michael Burns.
The Belcoo defence were doing really well to force all shots to come whilst under pressure and a number of wides were hit by the home team. Blocks from O'Loughlin, McGuinness and the hard working Gerry Nolan coupled with strong, calm defending from McNulty and O'Connor helped keep Belcoo close to their opposition at the interval as the visiting forward line had struggled to retain the ball at the other end of the field. Half time Derrylin 0-6 v 0-1 Belcoo.
Patrick Magee puts Cian Prior under pressure in the first half
Stern words were uttered at the interval and the O'Rahilly's emerged with a renewed hunger. The belief and confidence began to grow as they competed much better for every ball. Derrylin had notched two more points from midfielders Cahir Leonard and Padraig Owens to move seven clear but Belcoo were to fire in goal number one on 34minutes.
Dara Flanagan now operating at full forward gained possession, showing great hands to take a Killilea pass, he turned, beat his man and drilled in a crisp shot to the net. He was to lay on the pass 60seconds later for Michael Burns to arrow over a fine point from the left wing and Belcoo were now back in business, 0-8 to 1-2.
Josh Killilea, Gerry Nolan, Emmett McGuinness and Daniel O'Connor were all seeing plenty of possession as Belcoo now had a foothold in the tie. That being said, the O'Rahilly's needed their ever reliable goalkeeper Jamie Ray to make a good save from Josh Smith.
Smith was to point soon after but Belcoo rallied to level by the 43rd minute. Michael Burns free into Dara Flanagan was gathered and pointed before the equalising goal was the score of the night.
Killilea chased his man and executed a sublime near hand tackle to dispossess his opponent, he had won back possession and played a great kick pass infield to Gerry Nolan, Nolan turned and pinged a 30yard pass into Patrick Martin on the 45m line, he advanced before drawing a man to him as he slipped a fist pass over the oncoming defender to Dara Flanagan and he duly dispatched a great drive into the roof of the net. Draw game: 0-9 to 2-3.
Josh Killilea breaks forward in the second half
It was nip and tuck for a few minutes, Cian White and Patrick Magee doing well on the right but Derrylin had tightened defensive and mounted a game winning scoring spurt.
1-5 was struck in a three minute spell as they secured primary possession and all break ball in that profitable periodl. The goal ignited the charge, midfielder Padraig Owens fielding a superb high ball before swivelling to drill into the net from close range. Owens, Smith, Oisin Cassidy (2) and Cahir Leonard all accounted for the points that followed.
Belcoo got their shape back and some excellent work from Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin and Daniel O'Connor on the right side for the O'Rahilly's had them on the front foot again.
Oisin O'Loughlin gets to grips with Josh Smith during the second half
Up the field they moved with Jack Greene and Michael Burns before Dara Flanagan fired in his third goal. Within a minute Belcoo has landed another. A great bit of play from Eoin Corrigan and Burns created a chance for Gerry Nolan who burst through off the shoulder at pace to break a tackle and plant the ball into the top right corner. Back to a two point game at 1-14 to 4-3 with 9minutes to play.
It was all blood and thunder from here to the finish as both sides went at it, some excellent defending, pressure, blocks and interceptions were made before Belcoo got to within one, Patrick Martin pointing with three minute to go.
It was to be Derrylin's night though, a surging run from wing back Conaill Boyle capping a good game for the defender as Derrylin recorded the win with two points to spare.
It was a good showing from the O'Rahilly's who competed much better during the second period and no doubt another contest that will stand to boys as they continue to improve and progress further down the line. Training continues 7pm Tuesday and Thursday next week as we await details of the Divisions.
Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Sean Boylan, Josh Killilea, Emmett McGuinness, Daniel O'Connor, Gerry Nolan (1-0), Dara Flanagan (3-1), Michael Burns (0-1), Cian White, Jack Greene, Patrick Magee, Patrick Martin (0-2), Eoin Corrigan.
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