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Minors Make It Four In A Row

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Apr. 5, 2017

MINOR SECTION C: Belcoo 6-15 v 3-4 Enniskillen Gaels B

Belcoo minors hosted their final game in Section C on Monday evening against Enniskillen B. Belcoo were dealt a cruel blow before throw-in with their influential midfield star Eoin Shiels ruled out due to injury. This was going to be a major test without their key leader. News got worst with Dermot Burns who had just returned from injury again ruled out with back problems. The improving Fiachra McAloon was also unavailable for this encounter.

 Pre Game Picture of the Minor Squad v Enniskillen Gaels (by John Flanagan)

The game started with Belcoo winning the throw-in and running at the Enniskillen defence with Lawrence McKeown breaking forward and converting an excellent long range score. Belcoo didn’t really settle well in the early stages and were obviously finding things more difficult without Eoin Shiels and it took some magnificent defensive work from Ronan Maguire to keep Belcoo’s noses in front.

Belcoo began to settle and took control of the game. Young Matthew Mulvey was given a sweeping role and how well he delivered with undoubtedly his best performance of the year. Oran McCann was playing his part and started many of the Belcoo moves with his brilliant well placed kick outs. The defensive pairing of Oisin Leonard and James McAloon were sniffing out any danger on the Belcoo goal. Belcoo soon converted a number of scores without reply. The busy Ciaran Flanagan scored a point from an acute angle and from the kick out Conor McAloon fielded the ball and ran forward to score from long range. Gerard McHugh put in a great tackle to gain timely possession when Enniskillen looked to be on a dangerous attack. Belcoo missed a few easy opportunities but kept driving forwarded and were rewarded with further points coming from Shane Doherty, Michael McGourty, Conor McAloon and half back Gerard McHugh. It Looked that busy Luka Gribbin had scored a point put it was waved wide by the umpire.

 Matthew Mulvey takes the ball forward during the opening half (by John Flanagan)

Belcoo by now were playing well and appeared to be content to take their points. The Belcoo half back line of the speedy Ronan Maguire, the excellent McKeown and the vastly improved Gerard McHugh completely on top in that sector. Enniskillen attacks were few and far between and Belcoo pressed on with further scores from Michael McGourty (2).  Colm Furey was in on goal but an excellent save from the Enniskillen keeper denied the disappointed Belcoo forward. However, from the next attack Furey made no mistake and scored a point and from the resulting kick out Furey again collected the ball and smartly played it to C McAloon who found the goal machine Mark Ferguson and he made no mistake in hitting the back of the net from close range. Nevertheless, Enniskillen finished the half better with an encouraging goal and a point. The half time score Belcoo 1.11 Enniskillen B 1.02.

Belcoo were quickly out of the blocks from the second half throw-in with Conor McAloon collecting the ball at midfield and playing a cross field ball to Doherty who coolly converted the point from distance. Belcoo were awarded a penalty when Mark Ferguson was brought down in the area and captain Michael McGourty scored from the penalty spot. Colm Furey scored another point before Ronan Maguire tenaciously won a ball in his own penalty area and sprinted 60 metres before hand passing to Usna MacErlane for his first action of the evening and his attempt on goal just went agonisingly wide.

 Minor Captain Michael McGourty gains possession at the back for Belcoo (by John Flanagan)

Enniskillen scored another goal on 45 minutes from a rare Gaels attack. The excellent Belcoo centre half back Lawrence McKeown once again didn’t put a foot wrong all game and soon after won a ball in the half back line and drove forward to split the posts with another long range point. Belcoo were now cruising and when the big midfielder Ciaran Flanagan fielded a ball despite pressure from the Gaels midfielders he looked up and spotted C McAloon on a run, McAloon took the ball and volleyed an unstoppable shot for another Belcoo goal. Flanagan turned from provider to scorer with goal Belcoo goal. Another long sideline ball from McAloon found his county under 17 colleague Flanagan and he finished superbly for another goal. On a night when the Belcoo goalkeeper wasn’t as busy as normal young McCann was alert and pulled off another fine save when a goal looked a certainty for Enniskillen. Mark Ferguson scored another goal before the end but it was Enniskillen that scored the last goal and 2 points of the game. Belcoo lost the talented Shane Doherty to a knee injury late on but are hopeful that he will be available for the league stage.

 Ronan Maguire breaks from defence as Belcoo move forward once more (by John Flanagan)

A fourth win in a row for Belcoo and they will be happy enough with their second place finish in the section. They again will be pleased with the performances of all the young O’Rahillys. The management team were content with the overall performance of the team and were obviously pleased that their new players Luka Gribbin and MacErlane got more game time and valuable experience. The team captain Michael McGourty was very pleased and said the team had exceeded the targets set for the section but he was keen to point out that difficult games lay ahead and further big performance would be required. Ciaran Corrigan, the Enniskillen B Manager congratulated Belcoo on the victory and advised how impressed he had been with the brand of football played by the Belcoo side. He wished the young O’Rahillys well in the league stages.

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, Usna MacErlane and Ronan Maguire.

MINOR SECTION C

 

 Pos

Team

P

W

L

D

F

A

Pts

1

Irvinestown

4

4

0

0

100

37

8

2

Belcoo

5

4

1

0

136

86

8

3

St Patrick's

5

3

2

0

94

97

6

4

Erne Gaels

4

1

3

0

97

110

2

5

Enniskillen Gaels

4

1

3

0

53

120

2

6

Newtownbutler

4

0

4

0

66

96

0

 

 

 

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