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U14s Exit Championship

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Jun. 3, 2017

U14 'A' Championship Quarter Final: Teemore 2-9 v 3-4 Belcoo

Belcoo U14's exited the championship at the hands of Teemore in another close encounter this afternoon. The Shamrocks two points to the good at full time as the O'Rahilly's late rally saw them come up just shy. 

Belcoo though, played brilliantly for large parts of the tie and will again feel they probably left this game behind them. Having shuffled players into different positions after last weeks League Final defeat whilst missing Cian White and Dara Flanagan, the bare 15 in blue gave it their all.

 Eoin Corrigan plays a clever ball over the top to Michael Burns during the first half

 Daniel O'Connor at full back did a tremendous job on Cian Murphy despite taking a bit of abuse off the ball by the forward. O'Connor winning the first six balls that came in their direction. He was first to the ball, got hands in and broke it away while joining up with team mates to move the ball forward. 

Ben McNulty had his best outing of the season, cutting out some dangerous attacks while linking up the play with good kick passes out of defence. Colum Higgins, Emmett McGuinness and Conor McKeown were their usual busy selves while Oisin O'Loughlin warmed to the task at wing back as the first half progressed. 

Eoin Corrigan has a fine game at wing forward showing well for ball while Jack Greene was to produce his best hour of the year getting on a serious amount of ball and using it very well. 

 Teemore's Jack McGann fires over as Patrick Martin attempts to make a block

The game was tight early doors, the aforementioned O'Connor and McKeown making blocks while Emmett McGuinness stopped Jack McGann in his tracks on two occasions. Patrick Martin was more involved, forcing McGann to do some defensive work as several keenly contested duels were going on in various sections of the field.

With twenty minutes on the clock it was just one point a piece. Jack McCann had knocked over a seventh minute free while Josh Killilea struck the post from a Belcoo free. The O'Rahilly's score coming on 9minutes when a great move down the right seem Jack Greene involved a number of times before the ball was shifted to Michael Burns for the score. 

Things started to become a bit more open coming to half time. Jack McGann clipped over a point but Belcoo matched that with one of their own. Emmett McGuinness powering upfield before picking out Patrick Magee with a great pass, Magee clipping the crossbar with a driven effort from close range to tie the game again. Teemore though would have their first of two 5minutes spells that catapulted them into the strong lead. Jack McGann hitting another 1-2 to account for all of his sides first half scores. 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval. Colum Higgins had got himself forward coming to half time and fired narrowly wide going for goal. 

 Oisin O'Loughlin maintains control of possession as two Teemore players close in

The second spell of Teemore dominance in the first 5mins of the second half seen them hit another 1-2 to move ten points clear. Like last week they registered a goal from the throw in. McGann's ball into Murphy was gathered and dispatched to the net. Aaron Lee and McGann followed up with points. 

To be fair, the ten point advantage flattered Teemore at this juncture, Belcoo continued to battle and work hard. The O'Rahilly's were awarded a penalty on 37minutes. Teemore put their full back into goal and he made the save from Josh Killilea.  

Jack Greene got the scoreboard ticking a minute later with a superb score from a tight angle. Belcoo continued to apply pressure and a goal arrived with 14minutes to play. Oisin O'Loughlin and Colum Higgins worked the ball down the left side before Higgins found Michael Burns who ran in and banged the ball into the roof of the net. 2-6 to 1-3. 

Teemore would gain the next kickout and work the ball downfield for two points, Murphy the marksman from a free and play. Josh Killilea replied with a long range free but again the kickout was gathered by McGann and his side moved down for another point. Ethan Prunty this time splitting the posts with an excellent effort. 2-9 to 1-4. 

 Jack Greene wheels away from Jack Quinlan's grasp in the second half

Belcoo had moved Oisin O'Loughlin to full forward and they went the aerial route. A break ball was fastened onto and a foot block by a Teemore defender gave the O'Rahilly's another penalty. Again the full back swapped with the regular goalkeeper but Oisin O'Loughlin confidently dispatched it high into the top corner. 

Belcoo kept the pressure on, Patrick Martin, Jack Greene, Josh Killilea, Emmett McGuinness and Conor McKeown all turned over good ball while Gerry Nolan gained primary possession from kickouts. A big ball into the square from Patrick Martin was turned in by O'Loughlin for another goal to set up a grandstand finale. 

Belcoo had one last chance for a goal, the ball into the square on this occasion evaded everyone and with it came the final whistle. Another gallant effort without the rewards at the end. 

The side can again be proud of the shift they put in. They have the week off before returning to training on Tuesday 13th June to prepare for the upcoming Feile na nOg weekend which runs from 23-25th June. 

Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Daniel O'Connor, Colum Higgins, Oisin O'Loughlin (2-0), Emmett McGuinness, Conor McKeown, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin, Eoin Corrigan, Jack Greene (0-1), Sean Boylan, Patrick Magee (0-1), Josh Killilea (0-1), Michael Burns (1-1).

 

 

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