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U15 Win High Scoring Affair In Ederney

Box Score

Apr. 12, 2018

U15 Division 2: Ederney 3-10 v 6-16 Belcoo

Belcoo Under 15 boys returned to winning ways after a thoroughly entertaining affair in Ederney this evening, the O’Rahilly’s victors on a 6-16 to 3-10 scoreline. 

It was end to end from the opening minutes. Some of the tackling, blocks and one to one, man on man battles across the field were fantastic to watch. Every player on both sides giving their all for the cause. 

 Emmett McGuinness breaks through a gap in tonight's victory

Belcoo opened the scoring with the first attack of the game, Cian White doing well in the corner to recycle the ball before it was worked to Oisin O’Loughlin on the edge of the D and he stroked the ball over the bar. Ederney though would hit the next four points of the game as Evan Corrigan knocked over two good points from play as well as a nice free while Ludaigh Donnelly hit the other. 

Ben McNulty, who is improving all the time turned over two good balls at the back while Dara Flanagan produced an excellent opening half hour at full back. Belcoo got to grips with their opponents and began to impose themselves. Emmett McGuinness drilled over a point before Flanagan turned over an Ederney attack, played the ball to McGuinness in the middle and he sent Patrick Martin through for a goal. 

Michael Burns popped over a point after great work down the left by Colum Higgins before Flanagan powered out from the defence and his long pass sent Patrick Martin in for a second goal. 0-4 to 2-3 with 15mins on the clock. 

 Eyes Firmly Fixed on the Ball: Gerry Nolan would turn this one over as Evan Corrigan strides forward

Gerry Nolan and Evan Corrigan had a serious battle around the middle of the field over the remainder of the contest. Hard but fair shoulders, great disciplined pressure was being applied and it was a Nolan surge forward and offload to McGuinness that seen the next point scored. 

Corrigan was to clip over two frees but Belcoo netted a third goal on 20minutes. Josh Killilea gathered a short kickout from Jamie Ray as Belcoo worked the ball to the net at the other end without an Ederney man touching it. Killilea found Flanagan who played a one two with Jack Greene before fisting the ball into Emmett McGuinness for a well taken goal.

Belcoo had pinned the hosts back as they struggled to get their kickouts to white jerseys. The same O’Rahilly’s pair combined for a point before Oisin O’Loughlin landed another from distance after a neat flowing move. Patrick Magee laid on a point for Dara Flanagan as the O’Rahilly’s finished the half on top. 

Flanagan was to register is sides fourth goal after a few one twos upfield before Josh Killilea and Conor McKeown kept things simple as they maintained possession, a period of patient Belcoo play ended with the ball being slipped to Oisin O’Loughlin who again split the posts from distance. Half time Ederney 0-6 v 4-7 Belcoo. 

 Eoin Corrigan evades a challenge as he takes his side upfield

The hosts made the better start to the second half hitting 1-1 to cut the deficit. Belcoo managed to regain a bit of control with Jack Greene, who had his best outing of the season, helping keep possession as they worked the ball from side to side before driving through for some scores. 

It took 9minutes for a first of the half though, Oisin O’Loughlin the man to point while the resulting kickout was intercepted by Conor McKeown who fed Emmett McGuinness to slot over. 

Belcoo were to enjoy their best spell of the game as they hit four more points in as many minutes having pressurised the home keepers kickouts. It could have been more than the procession of points, Patrick Martin rattled the crossbar after a great run down the right wing. McGuinness applied the finish on three of these occasions with Higgins, Greene and Nolan involved in the build up while Michael Burns hit the other. 

Ederney though came back into the game, 1-4 registered in a five minute spell, again a fine save from Jamie Ray kept out another certain goal while the crossbar also came to be rescue on two occasions for the visitors. Ben McNulty did well as did Dara Flanagan when exposed as some loose marking seen Ederney come forward in numbers to create these chances. 

 Oisin O'Loughlin slots over a good score in the second half  

Having awoken from a subdued spell, Michael Burns claimed a kickout and Belcoo worked the ball forward to Eoin Corrigan for an excellent score. Young Nathan McGovern had two goal chances, the first denied by the keeper while a recovering defender stopped the second effort a minute later. 

Ederney were to score a third goal to leave it 4-13 to 3-10 but Belcoo finished the final few minutes well. Emmett McGuinness kicking the score of the night from the left wing off this left foot before Conor McKeown slotted over a well taken point from distance. 

The last two scores were goals, McGuinness with the first before Gerry Nolan was rewarded for his fine hour with a well struck three pointer at the death. 

The victory sees Belcoo sit with two wins and two defeats at the half way stage. There is little room for error in the second half of the season bit it’s a challenge this group of players showed tonight they are up for.

Team (13 a side). Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan (1-1), Eoin Corrigan (0-1), Conor McKeown (0-1), Colum Higgins, Oisin O’Loughlin (0-4), Gerry Nolan (1-0), Josh Killilea, Emmett McGuinness (2-7), Michael Burns (0-2), Cian White, Patrick Martin (2-0). Subs Jack Greene, Sean Boylan, Patrick Magee, Nathan McGovern.




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