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U14 Boys Book Place In League Final

Box Score

May. 11, 2017

U14 DIVISION 2: Belcoo 2-15 v 1-12 Ederney

Belcoo Under 14's have booked their place in the Division 2 League Final with two games to spare. The O'Rahilly's though, did it the hard way having established a good interval lead, they never hit the same heights in the second period as Ederney came back to ensure the outcome remained in the melting pot to the very end. 

 Cian White who got on alot of ball this evening for the O'Rahilly's

Belcoo made a fantastic start, five points on the board inside the opening five minutes with some excellent free flowing football. From the throw up Patrick Martin gained possession and offloaded to Emmett McGuinness, he found Dara Flanagan for a well taken point. 

Belcoo had worked on the Ederney kickout since their previous meeting and the visitors couldn't get out in the early stages. Jack Greene and Patrick Martin combined moments later to feed Michael Burns who slotted over from the right wing. Cian White gained a break ball from the next kickout and slipped possession to Martin who assisted his third score of the evening for Flanagan to point. 

Another kickout was gathered by a blue jersey and Michael Burns raced in to clip over while Josh Killilea knocked over a free kick. 

It was a frenetic opening and in all the Belcoo attacking, Ederney did register from their first attack. The lively Darragh Donnelly scoring from play and with that, the visitors began to grow into the tie. Another point soon followed as the pace of the game settled. 

 Emmett McGuinness drives his team on during this evenings encounter

Belcoo went off the boil for 15minutes. Losing possession in the tackle in most areas while and the lack of a good first touch control seen several moves break down in the forward line. An uncharacteristic fumble by Killilea when he looked like registering the opening goal seen the chance go a begging. 

It was Ederney who got goal number one of the night as they moved upfield with spare and unmarked men before a cracking drive found the top left corner. Draw game 1-2 to 0-5. The visitors were to edge themselves in front for the only time in the match when Evan Corrigan pointed. 

Belcoo woke again, driven on by centre back Emmett McGuinness they worked a good move down the left and in towards goal before a foot block seen a penalty awarded. Josh Killilea stroked the ball to the net, 1-5 to 1-3 on 20minutes.

A wonderfully crafted point on 26minute from Belcoo sparked a flurry of late scores in the half. Jamie Ray's kickout was caught brilliantly by Michael Burns, he passed to Daniel O'Connor who duked past his man before slipping the ball into Patrick Martin. A neat first time ball into Josh Killilea was gathered and quickly transitioned to Cian White who applied the finish. 

 Patrick Martin, who got through a lot of work, lines up a forward pass

White again was to gain possession from the following kickout and pass to Killilea who in turn found Michael Burns who split the posts. The O'Rahilly's were motoring now, some patient play on the right yielded another well struck point from Dara Flanagan. 

Patrick Martin was to pluck and fire over a fantastic effort from long range before he drilled over a point with the last kick of the ball. A half dozen points in a four minute spell had the home team 1-11 to 1-3 ahead. Among the points, Dara Flanagan cracked a shot against the joint of bar and post going for goal. 

Belcoo though, never got going right in the second half. One or two great moves ended with scores but it was a grinding half. Ederney banged over three early ones to cut the deficit to five while Belcoo squandered some good openings.

Michael Burns eventually got Belcoo on the scoreboard 7minutes into the half after Cian White had again won the kickout. 

Jamie Ray was forced into a good save to keep out a goal while the home defence were coming under a bit more pressure. Conor McKeown deputising at fullback for the unavailable Oisin O'Loughlin had a commanding second half with Ben McNulty and Colum Higgins coming out with good ball at times. Daniel O’Connor did a fine job having been switched to curtail Daragh Gallagher towards the end of the first half with Sean Boylan sticking it to his man throughout. Jack Greene was trying hard further upfield with Patrick Martin going well around the middle sector.

 Josh Killilea having brushed past his marker, plots his next move

Ederney had got themselves back to within three at 1-12 to 1-9 but Belcoo were to take a few chances and keep them at arms length. Emmett McGuinness drove upfield to rifle over a fine score. Dara Flanagan finished with a point after a strong burst and one two with White. Ederney were to pull a point back but the decision goal was somewhat fortunate. Eoin Corrigan was going for a point from 21 yards and the ball just dropped in under the crossbar despite the best efforts of Calvin Brown. 

Buoyed by the goal, Belcoo carved out their best move of the game, a superb bit of one touch football the length of the field ended when Cian White slotted over for what was their last score 2minutes from time. 

The final two minutes were played inside the Belcoo 21yard line. Bodies on the line, balls blocked, pressure applied, goal line clearance by Killilea as Ederney went all out for goals. They failed to get one and it was job done for Belcoo. 2-15 to 1-12. 

With Teemore recoding a 5-4 to 3-8 win over Lisnaskea it means Belcoo are definitely in the Division 2 final. The O'Rahilly's are away to Lisnaskea next Thursday evening. Weekend off, training again Tuesday at 7pm for one hour. 

Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown, Sean Boylan, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (0-1), Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (0-2), Michael Burns (0-5), Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan (1-0), Cian White (0-2), Dara Flanagan (0-4), Josh Killilea (1-1).

 Talk about blanket defence - Last minute free kick - No way through


  P W D L Pts
Belcoo 4 3 1 0 7
Teemore 4 2 1 1 5
Lisnaskea 5 2 0 3 4
Ederney 5 1 0 4 2

FIXTURES: Thursday 18th May at 7pm - Lisnaskea v Belcoo  :  Ederney v Teemore




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