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Senior Men Continue Winning Run

Box Score

Jul. 14, 2018

Senior League Division 2: Coa 1-13 v 2-18 Belcoo

The Senior Men made it six wins on the spin with a 2-18 to 1-13 success in Coa on Friday evening. The O’Rahilly’s avenging an opening day defeat to the O’Dwyers as they took charge of this contest in the second quarter. It’s good points to get in the race for the top 4 considering half the team will miss next weekends double header.

It was nip and tuck early doors, Belcoo three-one to the good inside 8minutes, Aaron Dolan with two either side of a Jonathan Feeley score. Unfortunately Feeley’s day was a short one, a calf injury that looks quite serious forcing him to off with cousin Conor McAloon entering the fray.

Eoin Donnelly and Lee McQuade had two in the board for the hosts as the sides continued to trade scores. Donnelly’s point was almost a goal but for a fine save by former goalkeeper James McGrath, now playing outfield, who somehow turned the ball over the bar with keeper Gary Doherty beaten. Coa had another goal chance, Doherty though made the save on this occasion.

By the 15th minute it was 0-6 to 0-5 in Belcoo’s favour, Ryan Leonard went on a fine run from corner back to play a few one twos and fire over. Aaron Dolan smartly fisted the ball over the bar coming in from the right wing while James McGrath landed an excellent score from long range. Wing back Luke McQuade had got forward to slot a neat point for the home side with Lee McQuade also finding the target. 

Belcoo took a grip of the contest at this juncture, Niall McGovern, Brian Cox and James McGourty doing well in the middle third with Paul McGrath keeping things moving at centre half back.
Paul McGrath would point a free on the left before brother James hit a second long range effort with Aaron Dolan and Conor McAloon clipped over good efforts for a 0-10 to 0-5 scoreline.

As half time approached Lee McQuade popped over a close range free before Belcoo bagged their first goal. A good move down the left with Eoin Shiels and Barry McGovern seen the ball working into the middle for Paul McGrath who broke through, fisted to Niall Cullen who fisted the ball to the net. Half time Coa 0-6 v 1-10 Belcoo.

Upon by restart, after a sloppy three or four minutes Belcoo effectively killed the tie as they hit a second goal. Again a fluid move down the left seen Gerard McHugh play the ball infield to Aaron Dolan who duly applied the three point finish. It was now a ten point game.

For 15 minutes points continued to flow at regular intervals. Dean McDermott (2), James McGourty, Gerard McHugh, Conor McAloon and Aaron Dolan all registered for the O’Rahilly’s while Julian Carters and Lee McQuade kept the scoreboard ticking for Coa. By the 50th minute it was 2-16 to 1-9. Darren McQuade rattling 1-1 in a 60second spell and it was back to a ten point game.

Coa applied some great pressure as they won a lot of the Belcoo restarts, some poor wides would cost them closing the deficit enough to give them a sniff at a late comeback. They would hit three points by the finish, Lee McQuade with two frees and a sideline ball however Aaron Dolan and Paul McGrath rounded off the win for the visitors with the final two scores of the game.

Team. Gary Doherty, Ryan Leonard (0-1), Niall Leonard, Eoin Shiels, Barry McGovern, Paul McGrath (0-2), Dean McDermott (0-2), James McGrath (0-2), James McGourty (0-1), Gerard McHugh (0-1), Niall McGovern, Niall Cullen (1-0), Aaron Dolan (1-6), Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Brian Cox. Subs. Conor McAloon (0-2), Gary Maguire. 


Team P W D L Pts
Teemore 13 10 2 1 22
Belnaleck  13 10 2 1 22
Enniskillen Gaels 13 9 1 3 19
Belcoo  13 9 0 4 18
Newtownbutler 13 6 2 5 14
Derrylin  13 6 0 7 12
Aghadrumsee 13 5 1 7 11
Brookeborough  13 3 0 10 6
Maguiresbridge 13 2 0 11 4
Coa  13 1 0 12 2




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