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U16's Lose Opening Fixture to Second Half Goal Blitz

Box Score

Jul. 17, 2017

U16 Section C: Aughadrumsee 8-12 v 2-15 Belcoo

Our U16's suffered an opening defeat as Aughadrumsee went goal crazy in the second half. The O'Rahilly's had led 2-10 to 2-8 at the interval but six second half goals seen the home team to a handsome win by the finish, 8-12 to 2-15. 

 Enda McCabe holds off Oisin Leonard during this evenings game

With the hosts having just 12, it was 12 a side and it was clear from the off it was going to be a shootout. The first six attacks yielded six scores. Three points each. Lawrence McKeown with two, the second after great bit of play by Cormac McHugh while Oran McCann slotted a free when Fiachra McAloon was fouled. 

Belcoo retook the lead on 9mins when a short 45 between McKeown and Patrick Martin seen McKeown point. Again Aughadrumsee tied proceedings as it remained an end to end encounter. 

Josh Killilea would slot a free after being fouled himself while some tigerish play from Fiachra McAloon won back possession allowing Lawrence McKeown to arrow over another point. Cormac McHugh was to hit a superb point from out on the right side but Aughadrumsee tied things at 0-7 each. Oisin Leonard was going well in defence for Belcoo and had a great hour while Gerry Nolan and Conor McKeown grew into the contest coming to half time. Belcoo were seeing a right bit of the ball but decision making on the ball and sloppy passes seen opportunities come and go.

 Lawrence McKeown breaks forward for Belcoo in the opening half

In saying that, Belcoo worked a great move for their first goal on 21minutes. Jamie Ray found Cormac McHugh with his kickout, he in turn fed Patrick Martin who played Fiachra McAloon in one on one and he found the net via the underside of the bar. 

Aughadrumsee responded immediately with a goal of their own before Daniel O'Connor entered the fray as a substitute and make a fantastic impact as Cormac McHugh underwent blister repairs on the sideline. 

O'Connor's first touch seen him cut in onto his right foot and ping over a fine point. He then combined with Josh Killilea for Killilea to point. Again Aughadrumsee pulled a point back but Belcoo were to register their second goal on 28minutes, Killilea this time got in behind the defence and fed Daniel O'Connor who netted from close range. Unfortunately, O’Connor had to be withdrawn at half time through injury. Lawrence McKeown tagged on a point but with the last attack of the half Aughadrumsee banged in another goal. 2-10 to 2-8 to Belcoo at the interval. 

 Josh Killilea takes the ball under pressure

An early 1-1 hoisted the hosts into the lead, Josh Killilea was to score a great point from the right wing for Belcoo. Aughadrumsee though hit a purple patch and banged in three goals in as many minutes to move well clear 6-9 to 2-11. 

Belcoo kept plugging away and McKeown hit two more points while Patrick Martin and Cormac McHugh both capped good hours with neat scores. 

There was good showing from a number of the younger lads with Conor McKeown going very well in the second period while Gerry Nolan made an excellent block to deny a point. Jamie Ray had little chance with the goals but did make two fine saves in the second half and both Cormac McHugh and Oisin Leonard got through a mountain of work. The Under 16s host Coa on Thursday evening. Players to be at the pitch for 6.50pm, throw in 7.30pm. 

(12 a side) Jamie Ray, Matthew Mulvey, Oisin Leonard, Gerry Nolan, Mark Ferguson, Cormac McHugh (0-2), Patrick Martin (0-1), Lawrence McKeown (0-7), Oran McCann (0-1), Conor McKeown, Josh Killilea (0-3), Fiachra McAloon (1-0). Subs Daniel O'Connor (1-1), Jack Greene, Ben McNulty. 




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