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Goal With Last Kick Gives Coa Victory

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Apr. 8, 2018

SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2: Belcoo 0-15 v 3-7 Coa

A goal four minutes into stoppage time in a crowded goalmouth seen Coa register the three pointer to claim a one point victory in the Senior League opener at MacNean Park this afternoon.

Belcoo had rallied magnificently well after a desperately poor opening half hour. Coa 2-3 to 0-4 up at the interval.  Belcoo though were to outscore the visitors 9points to one by the 52nd minute to hold a 0-13 to 2-4 lead, playing some great football. With the end in sight, they failed to add a few more scores when well placed, Coa would edge their way back into the tie with pointed frees but Belcoo had matched these efforts. A late 14metre from Cathal Beacom left two between the sides before the dramatic goal with the last kick of the game sealed the win for the O’Dwyers as the ball bounced around inside the home 14yard box for what seemed like an eternity before finding its way through the crowded goalmouth and into the net.

The opening half was a poor affair, little to no pressure applied on either side as a quite error ridden game seen both sides give away plenty of possession. Coa had three points on the board by the mid way stage in the half with Jonathan Feeley slotting over a free for Belcoo. Feeley would hit a first from play but Coa netted their first goal as a sideline ball from Cathal Beacom was punched to the net by Leon Carters.

Jonathan Feeley and Brian Cox had added Belcoo points but a second goal coming to half time seen the visitors go in at the break five points ahead.

Belcoo emerged much brighter in the second half and soon got the scoreboard ticking. Some good interplay and a dominate midfield display seen them claim most breakballs as they penned back Coa for the third quarter of the contest.

Scores began to roll at a regular rate, two Feeley frees were either side of a well taken Dean McDermott point from play on the right. Brian Cox launched over a long ranger from play with Philip Leonard, Conor McAloon and Ciaran Flanagan all splitting the posts while Jonathan Feeley kicked two fine scores from either side of the field of the right and left boots from play. Coa had managed to muster one score in their bombardment but Belcoo now found themselves 0-13 to 2-4 up.

There was a scoreless five minute period before Ciaran Flanagan flicked over another point after a long ball by Paul McGrath however Coa began to come back into the game, adding two from play but Aaron Dolan slotted over at the other end for 0-15 to 2-6 with time up.

The visitors then finished with what was a frenetic and exciting finale for those in attendances. Belcoo will be kicking themselves having squandered some good chances and coughed up possession very cheaply in the end as Coa tapped over a free from 14metres then struck their goal with the final play of the game. 3-7 to 0-15, they returned home winners.

Team. James McGrath, Brendan McPartland, Ryan McGovern, Shane McAloon, Gerard McHugh, Aaron Dolan (0-1), Eoin Shiels, Brian Cox (0-2), Niall McGovern, Dean McDermott (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (0-7), Ciaran Flanagan (0-2), Conor McAloon (0-1), Philip Leonard (0-1), Paul McGrath. Subs Barry McGovern, Michael McGourty.