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U16s Get The Better Of Ederney

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Aug. 3, 2017

Under 16 Section C: Belcoo 3-10 v 2-6 Ederney

Belcoo recorded a 3-10 to 2-6 victory in this low key Under 16 affair at MacNean Park on Thursday evening. Just one separated them at the interval, the hosts 1-5 to 1-4 up before a bright opening to the second half pushed them into a lead they never looked like relinquishing.

 Pre game huddle

The visitors had travelled with 12 players so it was tough going for the two sides on the big field with plenty of space and ground to cover. It took 8minutes for a score to be taken, Ederney’s Michael Moss the scorer as his shot at goal brought a good save from Jamie Ray, who tipped the effort over the bar.

It was a laboured performance from the hosts who sleepwalked their way through the opening quarter. Thankfully Emmett McGuinness and Lawrence McKeown were wide awake to drive the team on. Daniel O’Connor and Conor McKeown showed really well and offloaded simple passes to team-mates while Oisin Leonard was impressive again at centre back.

The hosts registered their first score on 12minutes and it was to be their best one of the night. Having won a free kick in the defence, 30metres from their own goals, Lawrence McKeown took the free and found Gerry Nolan in the middle and he slipped the ball off to Oran McCann, he played a 30yard kick pass into the right channel for wing forward Oisin O’Loughlin to gather, O’Loughlin fed the ball into Conor McKeown in the corner and McKeown’s crossfield ball to the on-rushing Emmett McGuinness was collected and drilled into the net.

 Emmett McGuinness had a great game at wing back where he creeped forward to bang in goals in both halves

Ederney hit back with a point but Lawrence McKeown arrowed over two great points before the visitors struck another. 20minutes on the clock, 1-2 to 0-3 the O’Rahilly’s led. A good move down the right with Patrick Martin and Oisin Leonard seen Lawrence McKeown fired over a fabulous left footed effort but Ederney were to respond again. Belcoo were having plenty of the ball in the attacking third of the field but it was breaking down all too often, some decent defending the cause on occasion but more often a loose pass undid the hosts.

Lawrence McKeown was causing all sorts of problem and having claimed a kickout he drove in to drill over another point before a good move down the left allowed Emmett McGuinness to register a point. McKeown again involved having picked out Daniel O’Connor who again, won possession in front and slipped it to Oran McCann coming off the shoulder before McGuinness took over and split the posts.

The last score of the half was to be an Ederney goal as an overload on the left created the chance which was well taken by Evan Carrigan to leave the minimum between them at the break. Belcoo livened up in the second period. Matthew Mulvey had a great half, winning several turnovers in defence while Gerry Nolan, now switched to defence, did likewise. Mark Ferguson showed well for ball in the attack with Oran McCann, Oisin Leonard, Emmett McGuinness and Patrick Martin working hard in the middle sector.

 Lawrence McKeown was deadly accurate this evening, hitting some fine scores in this win over Ederney

Ederney were held scoreless for the first 18minutes of the half, in that time Belcoo had pushed into a 3-8 to 1-4 lead. Lawrence McKeown continued to score well taken points while Emmett McGuinness drove in for his second goal on 34minutes. Oran McCann slotted a close range free before Lawrence McKeown thumped in his sides 3rd goal. Patrick Martin the provider with a good ball down the right wing, McKeown cut infield and found the top left corner with a thunderous shot.

Jamie Ray continued to sweep up a number of over hit Ederney passes and move upfield before using it well, McGuinness and Nolan got some blocks in while Conor McKeown never stopped running all evening. Marc Stewart, Ben McNulty and Jack Greene entered the fray and all got touches straight away.

Ederney continued to battle, Dara McKenna, James Devenney and the Donnelly brothers working hard for their side and they were to tag on two points before they walked through the Belcoo defence for a  goal to pull it back to 3-8 to 2-6. Belcoo though upped it in the last few minutes. Lawrence McKeown angling over another two good points from play before the end as the home side seen out the game to win by seven.

Training continues Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm. Next game currently scheduled for Tuesday 15th August but with the Festival we are looking to bring it forward a few days.

Team: (12 a side): Jamie Ray, Matthew Mulvey, Mark Ferguson, Oisin Leonard, Emmett McGuinness (2-1), Lawrence McKeown (1-8), Patrick Martin, Gerry Nolan, Oran McCann (0-1), Oisin O’Loughlin, Daniel O’Connor, Conor McKeown. Subs Ben McNulty, Marc Stewart, Jack Greene.

 

 

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