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U15s Edge League Opener
Mar. 24, 2018
U15 Division 2: Belcoo 2-4 v 0-9 Lisnaskea
Our Under 15s made a winning start to their season in Division 2 as they rallied late to claim a one point win over Lisnaskea on a 2-4 to 0-9 scoreline. It was a somewhat subdued encounter which sparked into life 17minutes from the end with Skea holding a 0-8 to 0-3 lead, Belcoo’s Patrick Martin netted after a mazy run, the number of steps taken, questionable. From that point in the contest to the final whistle it was real hustle and bustle from both sides. Some strong challenges were given and taken but it was a well worked three pass goal that gave Belcoo the lead with 10minutes remaining.
Jamie Ray’s long kick out was fielded high by Oisin O’Loughlin in midfield, he took his two touches before a long kick pass sent Emmet McGuinness through on goal and he duly applied a fantastic finish from the left wing.
McGuinness added a point from a free kick soon after but the score of the day from Lisnaskea’s Ethan McCaffrey, having jinked both ways with solo’s on both feet before swinging over a long range effort of the left foot meant one separated them with 5minutes to play.
Those minutes didn’t yield a score though, the industrious Gerry Nolan was denied a goal after a smart save from the visiting keeper while at the other end a good block by Ben McNulty and solid defensive effort over the closing stages from Dara Flanagan, Josh Killilea and Oisin O’Loughlin ensured Belcoo returned winners with one point to spare.
Cian White turns his man in the opening half
The game took its time to find a rhythm, Emmet McGuinness excelled in the opening half at wing back, he was onto several loose balls and carried the ball at the Skea rearguard, striking the bar with a dipping effort at goal after being fed in by Eoin Corrigan.
It took 9minutes for a score to be registered. Patrick Magee who had an excellent hour, keeping things simple, showing well and winning ball in front. He gathered a kick pass from Patrick Martin, turned well and split the posts. It transpired to be the only Belcoo score in the half.
Wayward efforts, shots dropping short and silly passes in the final third broke down a lot of good opportunities. Cian White continued to show well upfront, securing ball and shipping it to runners, both Dara Flanagan and Patrick Martin squandered goal chances, Flanagan’s thundered back out the field having smacked the bar while Martin screwed an effort wide.
Josh Killilea moves forward with Ryan Hicks taking a firm hold of the jersey
Jamie Ray was to make two good saves in the opening half with Emmett McGuinness making two good blocks. Lisnaskea though were going well and they had worked several good moves, Kian Hanna (2), Damian Og Kelly and Justin McDade on target with McDade making several eye-catching fetches around the middle of field during the opening half hour. 0-4 to 0-1 at the interval the visitors led.
Kai McGolderick strode forward and pinged a fine score within 60seconds of the restart but Belcoo captain Gerry Nolan responded with a well taken point for his side. Ogie Kelly and Emmet McGuinness traded points before Justin McDade landed two more to put his side five up, 0-8 to 0-3 with 43minutes played.
Emmett McGuinness driving his side forward during Belcoo's 1point win
Belcoo had their best spell after this with Patrick Martin kickstarting the comeback with his goal and he was to the fore in the final period. It was a stuttering start to the season but by the end Belcoo, who had just the bare 15, held on to edge out a narrow win.
Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 6.45pm. They travel to Aughadrumsee next Saturday for a 2pm throw in.
Team: Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown, Sean Boylan, Josh Killilea, Oisin O’Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness (1-2), Gerry Nolan (0-1), Patrick Martin (1-0), Dara Flanagan, Eoin Corrigan, Patrick Magee (0-1), Cian White, Michael Burns.
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