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Seniors Draw League Opener With Lisnaskea
Apr. 9, 2017
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: Belcoo 2-11 v 2-11 Lisnaskea
Belcoo had to make do with a drawn league opener for the second season running as they played out a 2-11 draw with Lisnaskea at MacNean Park this afternoon. The O'Rahilly's were four up coming to the finish but a late Lisnaskea rally seen the visitors take a share of the spoils as Niall Keenan fisted a late goal.
Following a tight opening quarter, Belcoo surged six clear coming to the interval but by half time three separated the sides. The O'Rahilly's remained on top playing some good football to keep Lisnaskea at arms length in the second half but over the closing five minutes the Emmett's mustered a rally, hitting a trio of points before plundering the game levelling goal. The final attack of the contest seen Paul McGrath strike the post from the right wing, the ball falling back into the hands of the Lisnaskea defence and with that, the final whistle blew for a drawn game.
It was nip and tuck early on as the two settled into the contest. Daniel Kille pointing for the visitors before Belcoo registered their first goal. Christopher Leonard, Paul McGrath and Aaron Dolan combined down the right before Ian Corrigan gathered possession close to goal and fired into the net through a crowded goalmouth.
Lisnaskea were to level matters with two points before Paul McGrath clipped over two frees after Matthew McAloon was upended and the goalkeeper was forced into an overcarry moments later. Mark Little and Daniel Kille tied proceedings but Belcoo had a profitable 10minutes to move six clear.
Substitute Niall Cullen pointed a fine effort from the right after some patient play between Dolan, McAloon and Dean McDermott. Dolan was then to point after a strong run by Paul McGrath while Gavin Leonard raced through a number of tackles, gained 50odd yards and slotted over a great point from the left.
Three clear and going well, Christopher Leonard was seeing plenty of the ball while James McGourty and Niall McGovern were on top in the middle sector. Belcoo were to work their second goal on 28minutes. Paul McGrath and Stephen Nolan raced down the right wing before McGrath cut infield and offloaded to Aaron Dolan who drilled low into the bottom right corner. 2-5 to 0-5.
Lisnaskea responded prior to the break, the visitors had the use of the wind and a long ball forward from Sean Keenan bounced in the Belcoo defence with Niall Keenan outjumping James McGrath to fist into the net. Half time 2-5 to 1-5.
Lisnaskea started well in the second half to get within a point before Belcoo again gained control of the contest. Some good football was again on show. Aaron Dolan and Paul McGrath landed great scores from play. Jonathan Feeley was immediately involved following his instruction, firing over an excellent score from the right wing.
A forward turnover allowed McGrath to knock over another free and Belcoo now looked good for the win 2-9 to 1-7 they led.
Lisnaskea weren't done though and they hit back with a Kille free and a superb 45 from Sean Keenan into a stiff breeze. Niall Cullen stepped forward for Belcoo to point after some more patient controlled possession while he added the score of the day from wide on the right to put five between them again.
Daniel Kille added from play and a free, the deficit cut to three and having turned a Belcoo attack over Lisnaskea salvaged a draw in the final minute, again, a high ball fisted in by Niall Keenan for a three pointer done the damage. 2-11 to 2-11 it would finish.
Team. James McGrath, Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Stephen Nolan, James Gillespie, Ryan Leonard, Dean McDermott, James McGourty, Niall McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Paul McGrath (0-4), Gavin Leonard (0-1), Matthew McAloon, Ian Corrigan (1-0), Aaron Dolan (1-2). Subs Used. Niall Cullen (0-3), Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Martin Corrigan.
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