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Minors Ease Past St. Pat's
Mar. 31, 2017
MINOR SECTION C: Belcoo 7-16 v 2-2 St. Pats
Going into this game it was St. Pats that sat proudly on top of the table with the young O’Rahillys in third spot. This was expected to be a very close encounter. However, St Pats were depleted with their 2 key players sustaining injuries in recent weeks so both teams fielded 11-a-Side with neither side at full strength with the consistent Ronan Maguire unavailable for Belcoo.
The game started with Belcoo running at the St Pats defence with Gerard McHugh and Conor McAloon combining to put Shane Doherty through for a point. An excellent ball fielded out of the air by Ciaran Flanagan started another attack and the same player coolly converted another point.
Belcoo as they did in all other matches began squandering opportunities with shooting from difficult angles and bad misses both for goals and points. Belcoo started poorly in all other games and this game was no exception. Belcoo were blocked down going forward on a couple of occasions to the frustration of the management and St Patricks grew in confidence. St Pats started a sweeping moved and found the Belcoo half back line exposed and they converted a goal to take the lead on 10 minutes.
A few moments later it would have got worst but for the defensive brilliance of James McAloon, Oisin Leonard, Lawrence McKeown and Conor McAloon. A confidence growing St. Pats got in on goal again but Oran McCann in the Belcoo goals saved the day with an excellent stop. Nevertheless, Belcoo employed a sweeper system and after that took complete control of the game with Shiels, C McAloon, McKeown, Flanagan, and McHugh starting attack after attack. Once again the midfield pairing of Flanagan and the lightening quick Shiels took control of that sector. Belcoo’s first half goals were supplied by Ciaran Flanagan, Shane Doherty, Mark Ferguson (scored at least one goal in every match this season so far) & Gerard McHugh. T
he first half points were converted by Doherty, Flanagan, Ferguson, McHugh, McGourty and McKeown. At half time this game was over as a contest as Belcoo held the advantage 6.08 to 1.01.
Belcoo made 6 changes during the second half but this made no real difference to the final score. Colm Furey scored Belcoo’s only second half goal while Flanagan, McGourty, C McAloon, Doherty, McKeown and full back James McAloon (celebrated) scoring the points. Usna MacErlane got game time in nets for Belcoo and pulled off a very good save. However, St Pats got 1.01 during the second half. The final score was Belcoo 7.16 St. Pats 2.02.
While Belcoo Management and players can take great heart in their 3 wins in a row they will be well aware that more difficult assignments lie ahead. Belcoo have made steady progress with Oran McCann developing into an excellent goalkeeper with Usna MacErlane also progressing well. James McAloon, Oisin Leonard and the very consistent Lawrence McKeown very good defensively. McHugh, Shiels, C McAloon and Flanagan creating plenty of attacks with varying play. Up front Doherty, Ferguson, Furey and captain McGourty usually very accurate in front of goals.
Belcoo will also be happy with the progress of young Fiachra McAloon, Luka Gribbin, Ronan Maguire and the versatile Matthew Mulvey. Belcoo will need to be more organised and pay greater attention to positioning during the business end of the league but are keen to point out the great togetherness, spirit and confidence cemented within the squad.
Belcoo welcomed back Dermot Burns from a lenghty injury on Monday night and look forward to having him fit again for the upcoming games in the next few months.
Belcoo are now 2nd in Second C and look forward to their final section game at home to Enniskillen B on Monday at 6.45pm.
The Belcoo Panel Oran McCann, Oisin Leonard, James McAloon, Gerard McHugh, Lawrence McKeown, Matthew Mulvey, Eoin Shiels, Ciaran Flanagan, Colm Furey, Shane Doherty, Conor McAloon, Mark Ferguson, Michael McGourty, Luka Gribbin, Dermot Burns, Fiachra McAloon and Usna MacErlane.
MINOR SECTION C
|Irvinestown St Molaises||3||3||0||0||77||18||6|
|St Patrick's Donagh||5||3||2||0||94||97||6|
|Erne Gaels Belleek||3||1||2||0||78||87||2|
|Enniskillen Gaels GAA||3||1||2||0||40||87||2|
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