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Seniors Progress To Intermediate Final
Sep. 10, 2017
INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL: Belcoo 2-14 v 2-10 Maguiresbridge
Belcoo booked their place in the Intermediate Final for the first time since they last won it in 2006 after a tight and tense game with Maguiresbridge in Tempo last night. The O’Rahilly’s four point victors following a good second half display, 2-14 to 2-10.
The game was tied on a number of occasions over the course of the hour but Belcoo made a telling burst from the 40th to 50th minute to open a six point cushion although Maguiresbridge did strike back with a three pointer, Belcoo kept their cool to secure their passage into the decider.
Jonathan Feeley drives towards goal in the opening half
The O’Rahilly’s made a blistering start, three points on the board inside 5minutes. Paul McGrath, Ryan McGovern and Jonathan Feeley all on target from play. The good work though was undone as Maguiresbridge worked a well taken goal, Niall Carson giving Gary Doherty no chance, firing into the corner.
The Bridge were to add two placed balls but Belcoo were to retake the lead when a ball into the square from Jonathan Feeley was fisted to the net by Paul McGrath. The sides were level again moments later as Gary Doherty was forced to make a fine save, turning the ball over the bar for a point.
There were some great battles going on in the middle sector, teams having more joy of the opposition kickouts as everyball was fiercely contested. It was championship football for sure. The sides continued to trade points, Jonathan Feeley adding two for his side, the second of these an outrageous effort from wide on the left side. Sean Corrigan slotted two frees at the other end before the game entered the final few moments of the half. Paul McGrath putting Belcoo ahead from a free but it was a draw game at the interval. Stephen Reihill landing a fine score from long range with the last action of the half. 1-6 a piece at the break.
James McGrath evades the clutches of Ryan Hyde
By the 40th minute it was still level, now 1-8 each. James McGrath had angled over a fine effort with the outside of the boot while Feeley clipped a free. Maguiresbridge again added two frees but Belcoo were to dominate for the next ten minutes. A high ball into the square by Aaron Dolan seen goalkeeper and defender toss Paul McGrath for a penalty kick. James McGrath duly found the net with a clean strike into the bottom corner.
This second goal lifted Belcoo, Brian Cox took control around the middle and the O’Rahilly’s were first to every break, loose ball and with the confidence up, they pressed on. Jonathan Feeley and Paul McGrath kicked good points from play while Feeley tapped over a close range free as well. All of a sudden it was 2-11 to 1-8.
Belcoo will be disappointed with the goal they then conceded having coughed up possession close to their own goal, Maguiresbridge found the net for a three point game again. Unterdettered the O’Rahilly’s remained cool and picked off scores. Jonathan Feeley and substitute Matthew McAloon on target while the ‘Bridge hit two at the other end it was Paul McGrath who had the final say, racing in to fist a point following a pass from Shane McCabe. 2-14 to 2-10.
Eoin Shiels pressures Ciaran Corrigan in the closing stages of Saturday Nights Semi Final
All over the field the O’Rahilly’s had solid showings from the Leonard's & McGovern's at the back, through Cox, Nolan & Shiels in the middle sector to the McGrath’s and Feeley in the attack. Young Gerard McHugh contributed very well as the first sub used while McAloon, Conlon and McCabe all added value to the side when introduced.
The result sees both our Reserves & Senior sides compete in their respective Championship Finals over the next two weekends. Best of luck to the all players and management.
Team: Gary Doherty, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern (0-1), Gavin Leonard, Niall McGovern, Eoin Shiels, Brian Cox, Christopher Leonard, James McGrath (1-1), Barry McGovern, Stephen Nolan, Aaron Dolan, Jonathan Feeley (0-7), Paul McGrath (1-4). Subs: Gerard McHugh, Matthew McAloon (0-1), Seamus Conlon, Shane McCabe.
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