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Great Team Display Sees Belcoo U14 Win
May. 7, 2017
U14 Division 2: Belcoo 3-11 v 0-6 Lisnaskea
Belcoo Under 14's produced an all round good team performance in their most complete display of the season to date as they overcame a good Lisnaskea side at the sun drenched MacNean Park on Saturday afternoon, the home team winners on a 3-11 to 0-6 scoreline.
Pre game picture
Belcoo had the wind in the favour in the opening half but it was Lisnaskea who began brightly. The visitors though registered five early wides playing into the tricky wind before Justin McDade got them on the scoreboard with a point.
The hosts levelled matters on 7minutes when Eoin Corrigan won possession on the left sideline and played a good ball down to Josh Killilea, his simple one-two with Dara Flanagan allowed Killilea to slot over a neat score.
Belcoo worked a clever move to create a goal chance for Patrick Martin but a last ditch tackle denied a clean strike at goal. The same player would hit the bar moments later but again the Lisnaskea defence reacted to clear the danger.
Josh Killilea would tap over a free after Flanagan was fouled while Emmett McGuinness added a well hit point following good work by Gerry Nolan in the middle of the field.
Gerry Nolan had another fine hour in the middle of the field for the O'Rahilly's
The O'Rahilly's netted their first goal on 14minutes, a strong surge upfield from Oisin O'Loughlin began the move and his accurate crossfield pass into Dara Flanagan was taken first time, Flanagan played a one two with Cian White and banged the ball into the bottom corner for 1-3 to 0-1. Lisnaskea though had been moving the ball well and causing plenty of problems at the other end, three more wayward efforts undone them while blocks from Oisin O'Loughlin and Colum Higgins thwarted efforts. Fionn McBarron would hit two points from play for the visitors but Belcoo were to find a second goal.
A short 45 from O'Loughlin into Killilea, a slipped pass to McGuinness who's attempt for a point was well kept in by Cian White, Flanagan was first to the loose ball and found the net for a six point lead.
Belcoo were going well with Patrick Martin having his best game alongside the excellent Gerry Nolan while Eoin Corrigan was making good runs with defenders Daniel O'Connor and Conor McKeown getting more involved.
Jack Greene was introduced to the defence and his first involvement was to begin a move for a point at the other end. Greene sniffed out the danger and found Patrick Martin in space, Martin advanced forward, found Killilea who's first touch was good and his quick transfer to Dara Flanagan seen the forward point. Killilea was to add a free before Gerry Nolan stole possession magnificently well on his own 45 and picked out Patrick Martin who in turn fed Eoin Corrigan, his ball released McGuinness for a neat point. 2-6 to 0-3 at the break.
Josh Killilea carries the ball into the Lisnaskea half during the 2nd period
The second half saw both sides defend well, forcing turnovers and giving up little in the way of scoring chances. It took 9minutes for a score to be registered, Oisin O'Loughlin again, driving upfield to link with Michael Burns, the young attacker played a one two with Patrick Martin before scoring a point.
Gerry Nolan was to claim the kickout before being fouled and Killilea did the necessary from 25yards. Superbly struck long range points from Cian Hanna and Justin McDade for Lisnaskea left it at 2-8 to 0-5 when Jamie Ray was then forced to make a wonderful double save to deny a goal. Both were saves of the highest quality at an important time in the fixture.
Ben McNulty continued to do well at corner back with Higgins, Greene and McKeown pushing up the field more. A great pass down the left from McKeown released Eoin Corrigan who struck the post, Michael Burns nipped in to get the rebound and pointed.
Eoin Corrigan drives in for a well earned point late in the game
Corrigan capped a hard working hour with a well taken point before O'Loughlin and Flanagan combined to set up Michael Burns for a goal. Patrick Martin was at the end of a sweeping move moments later to angle over a fine score, again, capping an impressive hour while Lisnaskea notched their sixth late on.
Overall it was a very good team performance from O'Rahilly's who worked hard and are starting to make more and more correct decisions on the ball, playing the right pass at the right time to their teammates. Up next is Ederney, in Belcoo on Thursday evening at 7pm. Training continues Tuesday for one hour, 7pm to 8pm.
Team (15 a side). Jamie Ray, Colum Higgins, Oisin O'Loughlin, Ben McNulty, Daniel O'Connor, Conor McKeown, Sean Boylan, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (0-1), Michael Burns (1-2), Emmett McGuinness (0-2), Eoin Corrigan (0-1), Cian White, Dara Flanagan (2-1), Josh Killilea (0-4). Subs Jack Greene, Patrick Magee.
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