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Great Challenge With Lisnaskea Sets U14 Boys Up For Féile
Jun. 17, 2017
U14 Challenge: Lisnaskea 1-10 v 5-14 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 14 Boys travelled to Lisnaskea early this morning for a great challenge game in what was their last workout before next Friday's Féile na nÓg. It was an excellent contest with nothing between the sides after 45minutes but Belcoo finished strongly in the closing quarter scoring five goals to run out 5-14 to 1-10 winners.
Belcoo settled well and hit three early points as Patrick Martin drilled over the first after a turnover. The second was a free after a full-length move, goalkeeper Jamie Ray advanced out to the 40yard line before feeding Daniel O'Connor, the ball was worked well through the hands by Patrick Martin, Gerry Nolan and Michael Burns before the latter was fouled. Josh Killilea slotting the free while an excellent pass from Gerry Nolan into Michael Burns seen the youngster tag on a third score.
Jamie Ray saves a 14th minute penalty from Tommy Connolly
Lisnaskea grew into the game, lively wing forward Tommy Connolly tapped over a free before he found time and space to catch, turn and fire in a well taken goal on 8mins to give his side the lead.
The O'Rahilly's would tie proceedings after a good passing move. Oisin O'Loughlin, Cian White and Michael Burns involved as Patrick Martin volleyed over. Gerry Nolan and Cian Hanna were to have another great tussle in the middle of the field. It was a good run by Hanna that yielded a penalty kick for the home side.
Jamie Ray though made an excellent save, diving to his left to push Connolly's effort away. Lisnaskea would work two points and almost had a second goal however a stunning block by Gerry Nolan keptp the score at 1-3 to 0-4 coming to half time.
Belcoo though shuffled a few players about and would finish the half on top. Lisnaskea goalkeeper Ethan McCaffrey saved well from Burns but Cian White followed up with a point. Oisin O'Loughlin's quick free sent Emmett McGuinness in for a neat point. Oggie Kelly would split the posts at the other end but from the kickout Belcoo worked another.
Belcoo working the ball upfield during the first half
Oisin O'Loughlin claimed a 'mark', he found Josh Killilea who in turn popped the ball off to the supporting Emmett McGuinness who slipped it to Patrick Martin driving off his left shoulder and Martin fired over from distance. A great move to level matters.
Belcoo would hold a one point lead at the break as O'Connor, O'Loughlin and Killilea worked the ball down the right for Michael Burns who registered from an acute angle. Belcoo 0-8 to 1-4 up at the interval.
Lisnaskea would outscore Belcoo 0-4 to 0-1 in the first ten minutes of the second half and things could have been worse for the O'Rahilly's as Justin McDade drove down the centre but another super save from Jamie Ray kept out the well struck effort.
Daniel O'Connor, who’d been switched on to the lively Tommy Connolly after 20mins was to do this job fantastically well, the young Skea forward was much quieter under the watchful eye of O’Connor. Conor McKeown came more into the tie while Ben McNulty stepped up his game in the second half to help stem the flow of Lisnaskea scores.
Jack Greene gets the better of his man to turn and move his side forward
Oisin O'Loughlin was switched into the forward line and the first Belcoo point of the half on 38mins came from a break ball by him as Jack Greene reacted to the loose ball quickest to fire over. Greene atoning for a quilt edged miss moments earlier after Killilea had cut open the home defence.
It was 1-8 to 0-9 at this juncture but Belcoo were starting to find their stride. Killilea, Emmett McGuinness and Eoin Corrigan all seeing plenty of the ball as they began to pin the hosts in. Michael Burns popped over a great point from the right side before the O'Rahilly's fired in four goals in a devastating 8minutes spell.
Josh Killilea winning a kickout and driving in, a one two with Corrigan was played before Killilea netted a sublime goal, low and hard with the outside of the boot into the bottom left corner. 1-10 to 1-8 they now led for the first time since the interval.
Michael Burns claimed the next kickout, he found O'Loughlin who fed the marauding Emmett McGuinness and he too pinged a great shot low into the left corner. Belcoo were keeping the pressure on. Daniel O'Connor winning a log punt upfield. He and Conor McKeown worked the ball well before McKeown played it down the right channel to Jack Greene, Greene turned and found Michael Burns who drew a man to him before fisting it over his head to Emmett McGuinness who found the top corner of the net capping a great move.
Daniel O'Connor evades a tackle as he sets up Belcoo final goal for Patrick Martin
All of a sudden Belcoo were well ahead and full of confidence as they shifted the ball about. Ethan McCaffrey, who could do nothing about the first three goals, was to make an excellent double save to deny O'Loughlin and Burns as Belcoo kept the pressure on.
O'Loughlin though would fist the ball across the goals for McGuinness to palm in what was his third goal in 7minutes. 4-10 to 1-8.
Lisnaskea kept plugging away and another good save by Jamie Ray ensured Belcoo remained on top. The keeper had a fine morning all told. Lisnaskea would clip over two more points but Belcoo continued to keep the scoreboard ticking at the other end. Eoin Corrigan, Patrick Martin, Josh Killilea and Oisin O'Loughlin all slotting over well taken points before Patrick Martin raced in after Daniel O'Connor had evaded two tackles and put him through on goal with a good kickpass, Martin coolly rolling the ball into the corner for what was the final score.
Big thanks to Lisnaskea for the challenge, it was a great workout for both sides ahead of their Feile games next weekend. We wish Lisnaskea well in the competition. Last training session for our boys will be Tuesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team (13 a side) Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (3-1), Oisin O'Loughlin (0-1), Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (1-4), Michael Burns (0-3), Jack Greene (0-1), Eoin Corrigan (0-1), Josh Killilea (1-2), Cian White (0-1).
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