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U16's Record Win Over Coa
Jul. 20, 2017
U16 Section C: Belcoo 5-17 v 1-4 Coa
The rain pelted down at MacNean Park this evening as Belcoo beat Coa in their Under 16 encounter. The O'Rahilly's handsome winners by the finish despite a lacklustre first period that seen several unforced errors and wayward shots at goal. A much improved and workmanlike second half seen the hosts shift the ball more fluidly in all areas, taking the right options as they cut open the visitors for some fine scores.
The hardworking Cormac McHugh races away for his goal in the second half
Belcoo got off to a great start with Patrick Martin finding the net as his shot dipped under the bar. Oran McCann and Lawrence McKeown pointed by the 10th minute but even at this stage the hosts had fired several bad wides.
Coa were to hit their sole point of the half but Belcoo remained on top. Cormac McHugh, Matthew Mulvey and Patrick Martin were securing good ball in the middle sector while Oisin Leonard was driving upfield from defence and Fiachra McAloon was showing well inside. Belcoo began to find their feet with McKeown and McCann both knocking over two more points each.
Cormac McHugh, Gerry Nolan and Conor McKeown combined to set up McCann for his next score while Mark Ferguson did well to create an opening for Lawrence McKeown.
Coa come forward but Conor McKeown and Mark Ferguson move in for a turnover
Goal chances came and went but some much slicker play coming towards the interval allowed Belcoo to rattle off a number of quick points. McKeown the chief marksman with McCann showing great hands to claim a few marks.
Before the interval Fiachra McAloon finished a fine move down the right with a point from range while McKeown drilled over from close range. Half time Belcoo 1-12 to 0-1 ahead.
A triple substitution at half time seen McKeown, McAloon and Martin replaced by Ben McNulty, Josh Killilea and Jack Greene. The latter two combined within a minute for Greene to point while they worked a goal for Greene moments later as he drilled low to the left corner.
Gerry Nolan and Cormac McHugh won some clean kickouts as Belcoo remained on the front foot, Marc Stewart was introduced and was denied a goal by a good save by the Coa 'keeper. There were holes appearing in a tiring Coa defence and Gerry Nolan confidently raced through and fired low into the net.
Josh Killilea pings the ball into his forwards as Belcoo seek a score
Nolan followed up with a great point from play before Cormac McHugh sprinted 60yards down the centre before drilling a crisp left footed shot to the net. Josh Killilea was seeing plenty of the ball since his introduction and having assisted several scores he slotted over a point himself. Marc Stewart was next to split the posts while at the back Belcoo were working hard.
Mark Ferguson, Matthew Mulvey, Ben McNulty and Oisin Leonard continued to turnover ball and move forward while anything dropping short was taken by Jamie Ray, who was forced into two saves. Conor McKeown though had to take the ball off the goal line when Jamie Ray was beaten while Gerry Nolan and Mulvey showed their hunger with some great blocks. Coa were to score and penalty and tag on a few points but another Gerry Nolan run and goal had Belcoo easing to victory.
Cormac McHugh hit the point of the night from all of 40metres before Ben McNulty was denied a goal by the Coa 'keeper. Marc Stewart completed the scoring with a late point as Belcoo finished 5-18 to 1-4 winners.
Training continues Monday at 7pm. Next game is away in Roslea on Thursday.
Team (11 a side) Jamie Ray, Matthew Mulvey, Mark Ferguson, Oisin Leonard, Conor McKeown, Cormac McHugh (1-1), Patrick Martin (1-0), Gerry Nolan (2-1), Lawrence McKeown (0-7), Oran McCann (0-4), Fiachra McAloon (0-1). Subs Ben McNulty, Josh Killilea (0-1), Jack Greene (1-1), Marc Stewart (0-2).
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