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U15 Boys Lose To Irvinestown
May. 13, 2018
U15 Division 2: Belcoo 1-4 v 6-7 Irvinestown
Belcoo Under 15s suffered a 6-7 to 1-4 defeat at home to an Irvinestown side that have now won all 7 league games. It was a low scoring and tight affair for about 40minutes, Belcoo having defended well in that time but had little going forward to give an overworked backline a breather.
Irvinestown were reduced to 14men in the first half also but despite the numerical advantage Belcoo continued to give away possession unnecessarily. Colum Higgins was the standout performer for the home team, he never stopping running and looking for the ball, he turned over several attacks and carried the ball forward for his side. He’ll be badly missed Wednesday in the final league fixture with Ederney as Belcoo try and force a playoff for a place in the Final.
Josh Killilea also had a fine hour, never giving up the ghost while Gerry Nolan made a multitude of superbly timed tackles, particularly in the opening half, operating at centre half back this afternoon. A few others should take note, that’s how to tackle.
Jamie Ray made a stunning save 60seconds into the encounter. There had been some good play between Higgins, Killilea and Michael Burns to move Belcoo upfield at times before it all broke down. Ben McNulty and Conor McKeown were doing rightly to curtail their players as Irvinestown came forward in waves. 1-3 was all they’d mustered by the 25th minute when they were reduced to 14men for a second booking.
Belcoo eventually raised a white flag, working two points in the 28th & 29th minutes of the half, Emmett McGuinness and Gerry Nolan the scorers but a desperately poor goal was conceded with the last play of the half to give Irvinestown a 2-3 to 0-2 half time lead.
Irvinestown, despite being reduced in numbers would net a goal on 36minutes. Belcoo responded with their only one of the game, Ben McNulty made an excellent turnover in the defence, Conor McKeown & Josh Killilea were involved before Emmett McGuinness drove the ball to the net. McGuinness added a point for 3-3 to 1-3 on 40minutes.
Belcoo would however continue in their error ridden ways, giving away possession cheaply but with very few making runs to provide options, the ball carrier had no other option at times than just kick the ball away. Frustrating for all concerned.
The visitors were gifted a goal and took over in general around the middle as they kicked three points in a five minute spell to seal the deal. Another incredibly soft goal followed as the game petered to its conclusion. Michael Burns landing a consolation point for his side three minutes from the end.
Belcoo host Ederney on Wednesday needing a win to get level on points with Lisnaskea. Should Lisnaskea get a draw or a win against Irvinestown on Wednesday, it won't matter what Belcoo do. See table below. Belcoo players to be at the pitch for 7pm Wednesday.
Team Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan, Colum Higgins, Conor McKeown, Gerry Nolan (0-1), Josh Killilea, Oisin O’Loughlin, Patrick Martin, Jack Greene, Emmett McGuinness (1-2), Eoin Corrigan, Michael Burns (0-1), Cian White, Patrick Magee. Sub Nathan McGovern.
U15 Division 2 League
|Irvinestown St Molaises||7||7||0||0||14|
|Ederney St Joseph's||7||2||1||4||5|
|Aghadrumsee St McCartans||8||1||1||6||3|
Last Round of Games - Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm.
Belcoo v Ederney and Lisnaskea v Irvinestown
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