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Below Par Display Sees U16s Exit Championship

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Sep. 3, 2017

U16 Championship: Roslea 2-15 v 4-5 Belcoo

Our U16s picked a bad day to produce their poorest display of the season to date as they exited the Championship this evening. Despite the below par showing Belcoo found themselves five up going into the final quarter but again, they failed to score allowing Roslea to hit an unanswered 1-6 to run out deserving winners.

Goals had kept Belcoo in the contest to that juncture as they struggled to get any type of flow to their game. Basic errors were all too regular while Roslea were the hungrier side, first to the ball in nearly all areas of the field. Mark Ferguson and Daniel O’Connor performed really well as a back two despite coming under a whole load of pressure as Roslea attacked at will early on. Jamie Ray was a steady presence behind them while Oran McCann gave it everything he had around the middle of the field.

 Oisin O'Loughlin strides upfield for Belcoo in the opening half

Tomas McPhilips and Sean Lynam accounted for all 15 of Roslea’s points on the night. McPhilips deadly accurate from frees, kicking all five he attempted while adding three from play. Lynam’s driving runs caused bother all evening as he slotted over seven of which five were from play.

Both Roslea attackers had a point a piece on the board by the time Belcoo registered their opening score some 14minutes into the tie. Oran McCann’s long range free fisted to the net by Dara Flanagan. The O’Rahilly’s produced a rare good move down the right with Patrick Martin playing the ball into Oisin O’Loughlin who had been moved into the full forward line, he gathered and pointed well before he fired over a second from a Cormac McHugh pass.

 Mark Ferguson comes under pressure as he trys to take his side out in the first half

Roslea would level with a McPhilips goal on 20minutes before Oran McCann knocked over a free when Emmett McGuinness was upended. Roslea hit three in a row but Belcoo registered a second goal, again a long range free from McCann dropped in the square and Fiachra McAloon was first to the loose ball to fist into the net.

By the interval Roslea were ahead again as they knocked two late scores to lead 1-7 to 2-3. The Shamrocks started the second period with two points before Belcoo had what was their best spell of the game, 2-2 in a six minute blast.

Emmett McGuinness burst in from the left flank and slipped the ball to Oisin O’Loughlin who fired a low crisp shot into the bottom corner. Dara Flanagan would point from play while Oran McCann clipped over another free kick before Cormac McHugh drilled the ball to the net on 44minutes for 4-5 to 1-9 lead.

 Eamon Lynam takes his side forward in their Championship win over Belcoo

Belcoo were fortunate to be in the position they were at this stage having failed to really fire. The comeback always looked on and Roslea continued to tag on points at will. Five on the spin levelled the game before they bundled the ball to the net with five minutes to go to move into the lead. Another point was enough to secure their passage to the Quarter Final.

Its back to league action for Belcoo on Thursday. Both themselves and Ederney have two wins from two. The winner of this game will put themselves in a great position to make the league final. Bus leaving 5.45pm. Throw in is 7pm.

Team (13 a side): Jamie Ray, Mark Ferguson, Daniel O’Connor, Oisin O’Loughlin (1-2), Matthew Mulvey, Oisin Leonard, Cormac McHugh (1-0), Oran McCann (0-2), Emmett McGuinness, Patrick Martin, Conor McKeown, Dara Flanagan (1-1), Fiachra McAloon (1-0). Subs Used: Gerry Nolan, Lawrence McKeown, Ben McNulty, Marc Stewart.

 

 

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