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U16s Begin Division With A Win
Aug. 24, 2017
U16 Division 4: Coa 1-7 v 4-11 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 16s began the Divisions with a win in damp and soggy surroundings at Coa where they came away 4-11 to 1-7 victors. It was a hard slog with underfoot conditions difficult for all concerned.
Oisin O'Loughlin who had his best hour of the season takes Belcoo upfield in the first half
Early on, there were several scoring chances squandered before the hosts registered their only goal when Jamie Ray made his only handling error of the night allowing the ball to slip over his head into the net. The response from keeper was a great one, some excellent kickouts and a number of smart saves and good hands under high balls afterwards kept his side in control.
Lawrence McKeown was once more the talisman hitting 4-7 of his sides tally over the hour. Jack Greene put in a tremendous shift despite straying from his wing back position as he dodged upfield time and time again, covering a serious amount of ground during the 60minutes. He created the first goal and point for McKeown. The goal, a wonderfully passed effort into the top right corner.
Lawrence McKeown knocks over one of his points early on
Fiachra McAloon was fouled on 11minutes and Oran McCann slotted the free from the right side before a good turnover by Daniel O’Connor in defence seen him and Matthew Mulvey work a one-two into the middle sector before team captain Oisin Leonard joined and found McKeown for another point.
Leonard, who led by example throughout and has done so all season, was then to ping over a well drilled score of his own before McKeown clipped two more, Mulvey the provider having won a kickout, while Oisin O’Loughlin who had his best outing of the season did well in the build up to the other.
Mark Ferguson put in another good shift in the defence as he improves game on game, pushing upfield and supplying the forward line which seen the hardworking Josh Killilea get on alot of ball in the closing quarter of the first period.
Coa were to register a free but Lawrence McKeown fired in two goals in a minute to hoist Belcoo into a good lead by half time, 3-7 to 1-2. A cracking move for the first of these goals, Jamie Ray picked out Oran McCann with the kickout, Josh Killilea gained possession moved forward and slipped it to Dara Flanagan who go to the endline and drove the ball across the goalmouth for McKeown to poke in. From the resulting kickout, Marc Stewart claimed possession and sent Lawrence McKeown in for another goal with a good kickpass.
Josh Killilea sizes up his man before selling a dummy to move past him
The second half was a struggle all round for any cohesive play by the O’Rahilly’s as Coa rattled off five good points. Belcoo had 1-4 on the board but failed to score in the final 16minutes of the contest. Dara Flanagan and an Oran McCann free either side of McKeown’s goal and few points.
Oisin O’Loughlin had a powerful second half doing things incredibly simply, securing a number of Jamie Ray’s kickouts and making good use of the ball to fellow team-mates. Defensively the side was sound with O’Connor, Mulvey, Ferguson and Leonard all winning their battles while Killilea and Greene ran the legs of themselves. Further forward, there is plenty still to be done as all too often, the ball came back downfield too quickly although with six players on holidays or unavailable it was a good victory and decent start to the league in difficult playing conditions.
Training continues on Monday at 7pm. Up next is Aughadrumsee who beat Belcoo in the first game of the campaign back in early July by 16points. They meet in MacNean Park on Thursday evening.
Team (13 a side): Jamie Ray, Daniel O’Connor, Mark Ferguson, Jack Greene, Oisin Leonard (0-1), Oisin O’Loughlin, Oran McCann (0-2), Matthew Mulvey, Josh Killilea, Dara Flanagan (0-1), Fiachra McAloon, Lawrence McKeown (4-7), Marc Stewart.
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