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Minors Into Championship Semi Final After Good Win Over Devenish
Jul. 6, 2017
Minor 'B' Championship Quarter Final: Belcoo 2-15 v 1-11 Devenish
Belcoo Minors booked their place in the Championship Semi Final following a good hour in Derrygonnelly as they beat neighbours Devenish on a 2-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The O’Rahilly’s held the upperhand throughout what was a highly competitive encounter which seen both goalkeepers make some fine saves while several excellent long range points were taken.
Conor McAloon brings Belcoo forward in the first half - Pic Dara Flanagan
Belcoo were first to score in this game and it was the impressive Conor McAloon who raised the white flag on 4minutes. McAloon was to dictate the play throughout the first half, heavily involved in all his sides best work and he was to assist the excellent Lawrence McKeown for his first score of the night on 6minutes.
Devenish would half the deficit with their opening score but Belcoo were beginning to find their stride. Oisin Leonard broke from the defence and fed McKeown who in turn switched the play to Eoin Shiels for a neat point while a superb interception from Gerard McHugh seen him supply Eoin Shiels with a pass for another well taken point as Belcoo moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead by the 10th minute.
Defensively Belcoo were doing well to curtail some lively Devenish attackers. Ronan Maguire, James McAloon and Michael McGourty denying their opposite numbers time and space whilst turning over several dangerous looking situations. Shane Doherty was getting through alot of work in the middle sector, reading the game well he cut out several passes however the O’Rahilly’s were wasteful in front of goals for a period, shooting a number of wides when well placed.
Devenish goalkeeper Caolan Feeley was to make a wonderful double save to keep Belcoo out as theymhad worked a great attack and Feeley first thwarted a powerful drive from Conor McAloon before getting up to deny Gerard McHugh’s rebound. Belcoo would return a point from their foray forward as McAloon slotted over while two frees at the other end left it 0-5 to 0-3 on 20minutes in the O’Rahilly’s favour.
Ciaran Flanagan was winning or breaking all kickouts around the middle from Oran McCann. On 22minutes Flanagan caught the ball clean and drove forward from the halfway line to crack an effort against the post, Conor McAloon was on hand to apply the point after Usna MacErlane had retrieved the loose ball.
Ciaran Flanagan rises to win a kickout - Pic Dara Flanagan
Devenish had got themselves back to within one with two quick scores but Belcoo had a fantastic end to the half. Gerard McHugh and Conor McAloon raced forward at pace before slipping the ball onto Ciaran Flanagan who netted with a well taken goal. From the kickout Lawrence McKeown fastened onto the break and fed Shane Doherty for a fine score from long range. 1-7 to 0-6.
There was time with the last attack for Devenish to create a great goal chance, Odhran Flanagan wriggling free but he was denied at point blank range by a magnificent save from Oran McCann in the Belcoo goal, turning the ball around the post for a 45 which came to nothing and it left Belcoo four to the good at half time.
Upon the resumption Belcoo struck a second goal, ‘keeper Feeley making a great save initially but the ball ricocheted into the net off a recovering defender. It hoisted Belcoo into a promising position and from here they never looked like losing.
Over the remaining half hour Lawrence McKeown advanced from wing back to strike three simply sublime efforts from long distance, Gerard McHugh and Shane Doherty slotted points while Conor McAloon also raised the white flag following good play by Luca Gribben.
The contest was still all blood and thunder as there was several good and fair shoulders both given and taken by the two teams. Devenish were to plunder a well taken goal to make in 2-11 to 1-8 at one particular juncture in the tie but Belcoo were to keep them at arms length in the second half to run out 2-15 to 1-11 winners by full time.
Pre game huddle
Overall it was a fine all round team display with all players making significantly positive contributions to the victory as they look forward to a Championship Semi Final with Tempo on Tuesday 11th July at 7pm in a venue to be confirmed.
Team (13 a side) : Oran McCann, James McAloon, Oisin Leonard, Ronan Maguire, Michael McGourty, Lawrence McKeown, Eoin Shiels, Conor McAloon, Mark Ferguson, Shane Doherty, Usna MacElrane, Gerard McHugh, Ciaran Flanagan. Fiachra McAloon, Luca Gribben.
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