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More Final Heartbreak As Teemore Win In Extra Time
May. 27, 2017
U14 DIVISION 2 LEAGUE FINAL
A tight game was expected and it surely was delivered as for the third time this season these two teams were level at full time. Teemore though would emerge victors once more in extra time. Belcoo will rue a wasteful second half of normal time when they had complete control of the encounter for long periods but failed to register any scores. To their credit when the game looked gone, they rallied, showing their character, six down with just minutes to play, they plundering two goals to force extra time.
Playing into the breeze in the first period of extra time Belcoo registered three points to hold the lead. Six seconds from the restart though, Teemore had wiped out that lead with a route 1 type goal. A dubious penalty gave them the upperhand and from that juncture they didn't look back. Adding another goal and two point to secure the League Title on a 5-13 to 5-5 scoreline.
Our U14 League Finalists before the game
The whole game started badly for the O'Rahilly's as the Shamrocks had 2-2 on the board inside 5minutes. Jack McGann and Jack Quinlan with the points while a high ball in around the edge of the square found its way to the net and McGann powered through for another moments later.
Belcoo steadied themselves. Daniel O'Connor and Colum Higgins were gaining possession from kickouts while Eoin Corrigan and Cian White were showing well down the left side.
Emmett McGuinness was superb throughout and an excellent passage of play worked its way to Dara Flanagan who netted on 6minutes. Flanagan was going well inside and the O'Rahilly's were shifting the ball nicely. Gerry Nolan and Josh Killilea were interlinking well as they moved the ball upfield to create a goal chance for Michael Burns who tucked it away. 2-2 to 2-0 after 12minutes.
Daniel O'Connor claimed possession under pressure
It was an all action affair and Teemore slotted three points in quick succession to move give clear. McGann on target twice while Cian Murchy slotted over. Belcoo were working hard, Colum Higgins, Josh Killilea, Gerry Nolan and McGuinness all winning back possession and seeing plenty of the ball.
Belcoo would finish the half strongly. A great sweeping move down the left side of the field seen Emmett McGuinness do well to win back the ball. He played a number of one-two’s with Josh Killilea near the sideline before moving forward to find Dara Flanagan, he slipped the ball across to Michael Burns who was denied by a save, the rebound fell to Jack Greene and he too was denied by a timely block.
On be blocking front, Emmett McGuinness must have made a dozen over the course of the game, Daniel O'Connor, Colum Higgins and Gerry Nolan also thwarting clearances and shots.
Belcoo had the final say in the first half. Again, they produced a great flowing move down the right, Conor McKeown done well initially before the ball was worked into Dara Flanagan and he rattled the net. 2-5 to 3-0 at the interval.
Emmett McGuinness swoops on a loose ball with two Teemore men closing in
Teemore started brightly against the wind and pushed four clear with two points from Liam McEnri. Belcoo though took control of the game. They pinned Teemore back for a good 15minute spell, the problem was they failed to score. Goals were seeked when points were the better option. An overcrowded area in front of the goals seen Belcoo turned over all too often as chances came and went.
Michael Burns would eventually raise the white flag, the young forward had a great goal chance moments later after a good move, he struck the post and Teemore cleared their lines. Upfield they went and for all Belcoo's pressure, Teemore hit two points in 60 seconds to go five clear. 2-9 to 3-1 with 10minutes to play.
Josh Killilea breaks past Jack Quinlan to bring his side forward
Josh Killilea and Jack McGann traded scores and it stayed that way until two minutes from time. Belcoo plundered a goal, Dara Flanagan and Eoin Corrigan combining on the right, the ball broke in the goalmouth and Cian White drew the boot to find the net.
Teemore though managed to work the ball upfield again for a point as the clock struck 60minutes. Belcoo needed a goal to level and they got it, Dara Flanagan the scorer as his rather hopeful shot evaded the grasp of keeper Jason McGovern. Full time 2-11 to 5-2.
Gerry Nolan relives the pressure as he play the ball upfield
The first period of extra time seen Belcoo produce their best football of the day. Great pressure, blocks, turnovers and clinical finishing seen them clip over three great points. Patrick Martin with two and Dara Flanagan the other. Teemore had their chance to level, a penalty kick struck the crossbar and was cleared by the Belcoo defence.
The second period of extra time was all Teemore, the goal 6 seconds into the half tied matters. A dubious penalty call in the third minute sunk the O'Rahillys, McGann dispatching it to the net for a three point cushion. Belcoo couldn't get out over the closing five minutes, another goal and two points left Teemore well ahead as they claimed the league time.
Belcoo again can be extremely proud of their efforts, they left it all on the field. Tirelessly working throughout the 80minutes of a pulsating encounter but ultimately and unfortunately they came up short once again.
The two sides will meet next Saturday at 4pm in the Championship Quarter Final back at the Derrylin venue.
Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Colum Higgins, Daniel O'Connor, Conor McKeown, Josh Killilea (0-1), Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (0-2), Michael Burns (1-1), Emmett McGuinness, Eoin Corrigan, Cian White (1-0), Dara Flanagan (3-1), Jack Greene. Subs Sean Boylan, Patrick Magee.
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