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Strong Irvinestown Side Power Away In Second Half

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Apr. 4, 2018

U15 Division 2: Irvinestown 7-8 v 0-4 Belcoo

It proved a one sided affair by the finish as a physically strong Irvinestown ran away with the contest in the second half but Belcoo were well in it up to the interval. 

It was a grittier and more workmanlike display after Saturdays poor showing but it was hard going against a much bigger, stronger and fitter outfit. That being said, the wee breaks just didn’t go for the sky blues this evening in the opening period where they trailed by seven when in fact they could well have been leading themselves. 

 Eoin Corrigan holds firm under pressure

Irvinestown did hit the opening point from the throw in having won a 20metre free, Mark McQuaid converted but Belcoo should have had a goal moments later. Gerry Nolan claimed the kickout and fed Michael Burns who slipped Emmett McGuinness through one on one, he fired straight at keeper Jamie Timlin, a goal would have been a great fulip to start the contest. 

Belcoo were coping well against their much bigger opponents in all areas in the early exchanges. Ben McNulty making two smart turnovers in defence with Patrick Martin and Eoin Corrigan reading things well in unfamiliar defensive positions. 

Oisin O’Loughlin had a fantastic hour in the middle of the field working tirelessly and he was at the hub of Belcoo’s best moves going forward while standing firm, both stripping and disposing Irvinestown players throughout. 

 A strong Oisin O'Loughlin tackle sees the ball pop out

It was a great cross field O’Loughlin pass that found Emmett McGuinness for the first Belcoo score on 10minutes to tie matters at a point each. Belcoo took the lead soon after when Gerry Nolan was upended on the run. McGuinness knocking over the free kick. The O’Rahilly’s were on top and were to squander another goal chance, Josh Killilea the supplier and as Emmett McGuinness rounded the goalkeeper the ball squirmed from his grasp and trickle agonisingly wide as he slid after it looking to turn it into an empty net. 

Belcoo should have had two goals by this stage but 16th and 18th minute goals by the home side turned the game on its head. Jamie Ray was to make a fine save during the first goal, the rebound falling straight to an Irvinestown forward while the O’Rahilly fell asleep for the second as a wayward shot that seemed to be heading for a kickout stopped short of the end line on the wet surface, the hosts reacting quicker to gather and work in for a goal. 

The O’Rahilly’s responded with a long range free from Oisin O’Loughlin for 2-1 to 0-3 on 22minutes but the hosts were getting to grips with things as the half ended. Jamie Ray making another fine save, the rebound once more fell for the home team, a third goal registered. Some good defending from Colum Higgins cut out another dangerous attack while at the other end, McGuinness and O’Loughlin fired wide from open play. Half time 3-1 to 0-3 in Irvinestown’s favour. 

 Ben McNulty and Eoin Corrigan work hard to keep possession

Belcoo held the hosts for 5minutes in the second period before the floodgates opened. 2-4 in a ten minute spell ended any faint hopes for the sky blues. 5-5 to 0-3 midway through the half. 

Belcoo continued gamely, Josh Killilea was getting on a lot of possession, working well with Oisin O’Loughlin while Colum Higgins, Patrick Martin and Michael Burns seen a fair bit of possession. Jack Greene had his best spell in the closing quarter. The visitors registered just a sole point in the half, Emmett McGuinness from a free. 

With two defeats in three, it looks unlikely they will be in the shake up for league final places but their is five more games to play and continued improvement will be looked for as the side build on the better application and effort on show this evening. Next Training Tuesday at 6.45pm.  

Team (15 a side) Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Patrick Martin, Sean Boylan, Colum Higgins, Conor McKeown, Eoin Corrigan, Gerry Nolan, Oisin O’Loughlin (0-1), Josh Killilea, Emmett McGuinness (0-3), Patrick Magee, Michael Burns, Cian White, Jack Greene. Sub. Nathan McGovern. 

 

 

 

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