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Reserves Held In Season Opener
Mar. 24, 2018
ERNE CUP DIVISION 2: Maguiresbridge 1-14 v 2-11 Belcoo
Belcoo Reserves let a two point lead slip deep into added time as Maguiresbridge salvaged a draw from the first Reserve game of the season after a 2-11 to 1-14 game.
Aaron Dolan drives upfield during this evenings drawn encounter
It was a fixture that never seen the O’Rahilly’s trail, early scores from Dean McDermott, Matthew McAloon and Niall Cullen had the visitors three up inside five minutes. The strong running Aaron Dolan involved in the build up to the latter two score but the hosts were to tag two frees before Belcoo rattled the first of their two goals.
There was 11minutes on the clock when Belcoo carved out their well worked goal, Aaron Dolan’s diagonal ball into Gary Maguire was well taken, he offloaded to the on-rushing Ciaran Flanagan who thumped the ball into the roof of the net. 1-3 to 0-2.
A period of 10 scoreless minutes followed but Belcoo were holding the upperhand, Brendan McPartland and Shane McAloon on the two wings were providing a strong half back line that Maguiresbridge failed to break past, Ronan Meehan had fielded some good ball in the middle sector with Matthew McAloon heavily involved in the attack.
Niall Cullen moves through the middle third
A surging Dolan run down right wing yielded a point before Matthew McAloon arrowed over after a similar surge on 26minutes from the opposite side. Shane McAloon was next to hit the target from a difficult angle to cap a fine first half for himself however it was the home side who finished with a late flurry, a point from play and then an incredibly soft goal left it Maguiresbridge 1-4 v 1-6 Belcoo at the interval.
It was soon a draw game, six minutes had elapsed in the second period and the hosts had outscored Belcoo three to one, the O’Rahilly point from Matthew McAloon. Points were then traded with Matthew McAloon and Aaron Dolan on target while a great goal line clearance from James McGourty redirected the ball onto the post before Anthony Kerrigan and Martin Corrigan got it away to safety, 1-9 each it sat with 13minutes to play.
Belcoo would bang in the score of the night as Barry McGovern strode upfield at pace having been introduced as a half time subsititute. McGovern angled an unstoppable drive into the top left corner from 20yards, Matthew McAloon followed up with a pointed free to move the O’Rahilly’s four clear.
Ciaran Flanagan fends off his man
Back came Maguiresbridge with three on the spin while Jack O’Dolan made a great save with his feet to deny a goal. Gary Maguire halted 10minutes without a score on the stroke of 60minutes to see Belcoo side two up, 2-11 to 1-12.
Points in the fourth and fifth minute of stoppage time salvaged a draw for the hosts, some indiscipline undoing Belcoo as the levelling score was a free, initially 50metres from goal but brought in to around 35metres. A share of the points had to be settled for.
Team: Jack O’Dolan, Anthony Kerrigan, Gerard Mellor, Martin Corrigan, Brendan McPartland, Aaron Dolan (0-2), Shane McAloon (0-1), Ciaran Flanagan (1-0), Dean McDermott (0-1), Ronan Meehan, Matthew McAloon (0-5), James McGourty, Niall Cullen (0-1), Gary Maguire (0-1), Daire Keaney. Subs Used Barry McGovern (1-0), Declan Leonard, Ian Corrigan, Philip Leonard.