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Under 14's Start With Good Win In Ederney
Apr. 27, 2017
U14 Division 2: Ederney 0-9 v 4-7 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 14's got their Division 2 campaign off to a winning start with a 4-7 to 0-9 victory in Ederney this evening in what was a very good contest. The O'Rahilly's defence in particular put in a tremendous hour as they executed some excellently timed tackles, blocks and forced several turnovers.
Gerry Nolan takes his side forward during Thursday's win in Ederney
There were many great displays on show as the visitors battled gamely for everything while working some well taken scores. The game took a while to spark into life but the impressive Dara Flanagan had angled over a good point in the second minute to start the scoring.
Ederney had a good kickout system in place which took time to suss out, Michael Burns though read the routine on 8minutes and returned the ball to the net via the underside of the crossbar. Burns then struck the post with another effort for goal having been released by Eoin Corrigan but the ball ricocheted to safety off the upright.
Ederney were pushing forward but they were constantly repelled as they failed to break past the half back line. Daniel O'Connor edged his team-mates on the night for the best performance as he continues to excel at wing back. Time after time, the tackle was superbly timed to win back possession while he offered himself up going forward. Conor McKeown deputising at centre back for the injured Emmett McGuinness was outstanding with the busy Josh Killilea on the wing at the heart of the play throughout, creating attacks whilst sweeping and making blocks to stop Ederney going the other way.
Daniel O'Connor in the clear having slipped through the grasp of three Ederney men
Michael Burns and Dara Flanagan had clipped over two good points by the 20minute mark for a six point advantage before two wonderful blocks in sixty seconds from Gerry Nolan denied certain scores. Nolan got through a mountain of work and added another few blocks by full time while his pressure, work rate and effort was of a high standard as he turned in his best hour of the season so far.
Emmett McGuinness was fit to play corner forward and registered a point before Ederney got themselves off the mark coming to the interval with two frees from Evan Corrigan for a half time score of 1-4 to 0-2 in Belcoo's favour.
Belcoo were holding the upperhand and continued to defend well when asked. Ben McNulty had a fine second half having with Oisin O'Loughlin continuing to distribute the ball well while venturing upfield to provide support.
Conor McKeown looks upfield as he carries the ball out of defence
Dara Flanagan drove through the middle from the throw in to point but Ederney had a wonderful goal chance at the other end. Jamie Ray though made a great save, Ederney followed up the rebound and Daniel O'Connor stopped the ball on the line, the rebound again fell to an Ederney man but this time Ben McNulty blocked and claimed possession to clear the danger.
What followed a minute later was a Belcoo goal, Michael Burns intercepted a pass on the left wing, he sent Dara Flanagan driving forward and his pass into Patrick Martin seen him thump into the net. Belcoo followed up with a third goal, Dara Flanagan flicking the ball to the net after Eoin Corrigan did well on the right to move Belcoo 3-5 to 0-3 ahead.
Patrick Magee had done well when introduced with 20minutes to play, winning ball out in front and making a good block. The O'Rahilly's were going well and Dara Flanagan slotted over from a free and from play to extend their advantage. Sean Boylan had a sight at goal but fired his effort across the goalmouth before Ederney would turn the game their way as they hit six points in a row at the other end.
The hosts prevented Belcoo getting out for a good seven or eight minutes, Evan Corrigan hit five of his sides half dozen points while they also hit the post on two occasions and Dara Flanagan was required to make a fine save on the goal line when Jamie Ray was beaten. Had any of these goal opportunities been taken it would have set up a frantic final few minutes.
Josh Killilea would restore some order having gained possession from a kickout, he found the free running Michael Burns who in turn picked out Oisin O'Loughlin, his effort dropped into the danger zone where Gerry Nolan gathered and thumped the ball into the roof of the net for a goal to cap a fine display.
The O'Rahilly's came under a bit of pressure late on but again the tigerish play from O'Connor and McKeown prevented clean strikes at goal. Overall it was a very good display from the O'Rahilly's who go to Teemore on Saturday for a 4pm throw in. Bus leaving 2.45pm from the Cottage Meadow.
Team (13 a side). Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Daniel O'Connor, Conor McKeown, Josh Killilea, Gerry Nolan (1-0), Dara Flanagan (1-5), Michael Burns (1-1), Sean Boylan, Eoin Corrigan, Patrick Martin (1-0), Emmett McGuinness (0-1). Sub. Patrick Magee.
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