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Successful Feile for U14 Boys As They Qualify For Finals

Box Score

Apr. 19, 2017

Three wins and one loss in tonight's Feile sees our U14 Boys through to Saturdays finals. The O'Rahilly's can be proud of their evenings work, over the course of the four 20minute matches they played some good football and battled gamely throughout. 

 Tonights U14 Feile Panel.

Back Row (L-R) Emmett McGuinness, Cian White, Oisin O'Loughlin, Dara Flanagan, Ben McNulty, Gerry Nolan, Conor McKeown.

Front Row (L-R) Daniel O'Connor, Jamie Ray, Josh Killilea, Jack Greene, Michael Burns, Eoin Corrigan, Sean Boylan, Patrick Magee.

Game 1: Derrygonnelly

In the opening contest they met Derrygonnelly who would go on to win all their matches. Belcoo though, produced an excellent opening half to lead 0-1 to 0-0 at half time. Josh Killilea arrowing over a 4th minute free kick following an excellent full length move. Oisin O'Loughlin stepping out from the back to take a Killilea pass with Emmett McGuinness moving forward to find Dara Flanagan who was fouled. 

Ben McNulty had done really well in defence to deny Derrygonnelly a shot coming to half time while Gerry Nolan and Daniel O'Connor made blocks to stop shots. 

Derrygonnelly had a bright start to the second period and after clipping over a free, Odhran Harbison netted a goal having gathered a miscued kickout from Jamie Ray. Conor McGovern knocked over a fine score from play but Belcoo finished on top. 

Josh Killilea and Oisin O'Loughlin worked a short free for Killilea to point. The wing back added another moments later to leave two between them. Derrygonnelly though snuffed out the last attack as Belcoo went for goal. The Harps victors on a 1-2 to 0-3 scoreline

 Josh Killilea takes Belcoo forward in the opening game with Derrygonnelly


Game 2: Erne Gaels

In game two Belcoo recovered from a slow start, Erne Gaels scoring an excellent goal in the opening minute. Following the strike, Emmett McGuinness was to take the game by the scruff of the neck and power Belcoo upfield. The centre back driving in a well hit left footed goal. From the kickout he won possession, played a one two with Eoin Corrigan and split the posts to give his side the lead. 

Belcoo took control at this juncture. Josh Killilea fed the overlapping Daniel O'Connor who picked out Dara Flanagan with a great pass. Flanagan rifled over the point. 

Gerry Nolan was aggressive and hungrier for a 50/50 ball, he won it, ran down the centre and kicked a great point. The O'Rahilly's made it four in a row with Eoin Corrigan slotting over after Michael Burns and McGuinness combined well. 1-4 to 1-0. 

In the second half the pace of the game dropped, as back to back games began to have an affect. Erne Gaels would hit an early point but Belcoo regained control again on 17minutes. Eoin Corrigan added a point before Patrick Magee netted a superb goal, a slick exchange of passes cut open the Belleek defence, Michael Burns played a great kickpass to Daniel O'Connor on the left, he slipped the ball into Eoin Corrigan who offloaded to Magee who found the top left corner. 

Belcoo followed up with a final score. Oisin O'Loughlin driving to net after a shot from Corrigan was blocked down. Full time. Belcoo winners 3-5 to 1-1. 

 Sean Boylan rounds his man to clear his lines v Erne Gaels


Game 3: Devenish

The third game was played in near darkness on the bottom field and it was a tight affair against Devenish.  Belcoo were behind for more than ten minutes, having opened the scoring in the first minute when Patrick Magee won a kickout and released Jack Greene to point, Devenish went down the field and hit a goal on 4mins. Belcoo weren't up to the pace of the tie but Devenish failed to add to their tally when on top. 

By half time Belcoo were back to within one, Dara Flanagan scoring from close range. 1-0 to 0-2. Belcoo took their time draw level, 15minutes were on the clock when Josh Killilea pointed from the left after Gerry Nolan's excellent crossfield kick pass. 

With four minutes to play Patrick Magee sent Belcoo into the lead with a well taken point. Conor McKeown had gathered the kickout and fed Flanagan who played the right pass at the right time to Magee for the score. 0-4 to 1-0. 

Defensively Emmett McGuinness and Josh Killilea turned over good ball in the closing moments, Oisin O'Loughlin got upfield and angled over a superb score from distance for a two point cushion. With the final play of the game, Jack Greene rattled the net but the final score didn't reflect how close this tie was. Belcoo 1-5 to 1-0 Devenish. 

 Eoin Corrigan secured possession in the Devenish game


Game 4: Belnaleck

In the final contest of the night, under the lights of the top field, Belcoo recorded a 5-3 to 0-2 win over Belnaleck. The O'Rahilly's though disappointed in the first period, over complicating things and doing a lot more things wrong than right. They led 2-1 to 0-1 at half time, Dara Flanagan with both goals while Michael Burns had registered the point. 

Stern words were spoken at half time and the O'Rahilly's responded. An improved attitude and effort brought about better football as they produced some slick play to carve open the Belnaleck defence. Flanagan was to net a third goal before Michael Burns clipped over a neat point. 

Josh Killilea powered down the right to net a goal with Michael Burns adding a further 1-1 before the finish to see Belcoo to three wins and a loss on the night. 

 Daniel O'Connor swooping in with a well timed tackle to win back the ball v Belnaleck

Over all it was a taste of what is to come in the All Ireland Feile in June time and having qualified for the Finals on Saturday, they get another chance to test themselves in this format. Details of arrangements, times, venue etc will be published as soon as they are known.

Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin (1-1), Sean Boylan, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (1-1), Josh Killilea (1-4), Gerry Nolan (0-1), Dara Flanagan (3-2), Conor McKeown, Cian White, Jack Greene (1-1), Michael Burns (1-3), Patrick Magee (1-1), Eoin Corrigan (0-2). 

Wednesday 19th April - Results:

Derrygonnelly 1-2 v 0-3 Belcoo

Belcoo 3-5 v 1-2 Erne Gaels

Belcoo 1-5 v 1-0 Devenish

Belcoo 5-3 v 0-2 Belnaleck




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