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U17s Off To A Flier In High Scoring Win

Box Score

Jul. 18, 2018

U17 Division 3: Brookeboro 4-5 v 6-21 Belcoo

The Under 17 Boys got off to a flying start in Brookeboro this evening as they recorded a 6-21 to 4-5 victory playing some great football. It was an all round team display with hard work from each man as they won all sectors of the field. Passages of simple football cut the home defence wide open at times as a clinical O’Rahilly’s side hit some superb scores.  

The hosts would open the scoring with a point and looked lively in the first few minutes before the returning Daniel O’Connor and the ever improving Ben McNulty stopped their man getting any real touches of the ball after this. 

Lawrence McKeown holds on tight to possession in the opening half

The O’Rahilly’s took 3minutes to open their account. The midfield pairing of Oisin O’Loughlin and Oran McCann bossed that area throughout, the pair combined with Lawrence McKeown who set marauding wing back Emmett McGuinness up for the opening score. O’Loughlin was to claim the next kickout and play a long diagonal ball into Josh Killilea who fed the supporting Cian White, he offloaded to McGuinness and Belcoo had the lead.

White had a good hour and he claimed the next kickout, fed Lawrence McKeown and he pointed from distance before McKeown ran in for a 6th minute goal after good work from O’Loughlin in the middle again. Brookeboro would respond with a goal of their own but Belcoo would dominate the remainder of the half as they clicked into gear, hitting some well worked scores. 

Lawrence McKeown knocked over two good points off both feet either side of Oran McCann slotting over having worked a short 45 with Cian White. Belcoo illustrated how simple the game of football is with a 12th minute goal. Jamie Ray’s long kick to the middle of the field was marked by Oisin O’Loughlin, he turned and sprayed a one bounce pass into Josh Killilea, O’Loughlin followed his pass to take the ball back from Killilea, he popped a fist pass through to the overlapping Patrick Martin who smartly finished to the net. 2-6 to 1-1 at this juncture.

Ben McNulty comes out of defence following a turnover

Brookeboro would hit a point but another simple score was registered by Belcoo, Ray’s kickout claimed by McKeown this time in midfield, he sent Patrick Martin scampering away with a racking pass for a well taken point. Emmett McGuinness would create a point for McKeown before the wing back chipped the keeper for a third Belcoo goal. It was all Belcoo at this stage, O’Loughlin snapped onto a break, fed Killilea who breezed past his man for a first point of the night. 

Coming to half time Brookeboro ventured forward but they were met twice with superb blocks by Ben McNulty and Gerry Nolan. Elsewhere Conor McKeown was brave to a break ball that set his side up for their next score, brother Lawrence the score taker before he netted a great goal, powering through and finding the top left corner. Cian White would claim another kickout coming to half time to set McKeown up for a point while Killilea created a score for Oisin O’Loughlin before the interval. Half time 4-12 to 1-3. 

Oisin O'Loughlin powers forward in the second half

Some points were added early in the half, McKeown (3) and Martin (2) before a period of sloppy play for 10minutes allowed Brookeboro back into with two goals before the ship was steadied. Daniel O’Connor sharply onto a ball he’s no right to win and gain a free. Belcoo worked the ball upfield from the free, Oran McCann, Gerry Nolan and Oisin O’Loughlin involved before Emmett McGuinness netted. 

O’Loughlin followed up with a free after Nolan was fouled while the Brookeboro keeper came from his goals, miss-hit his clearance under pressure from Jack Greene, the ball came to McGuinness who lobbed the keeper from 35yards as he ran back to his goals. 

In the latter stages, two more Patrick Martin points and one from Josh Killilea rounded off the scoring on a good night for the sky blues. Training continues Sunday at 2pm before a home game on Wednesday with Ederney, throw in 7.30pm. 

Team (13 a side). Jamie Ray, Daniel O’Connor, Ben McNulty, Emmett McGuinness (3-2), Gerry Nolan, Conor McKeown, Oran McCann (0-1), Oisin O’Loughlin (0-2), Cian White, Lawrence McKeown (2-9), Patrick Martin (1-5), Josh Killilea (0-2), Jack Greene.  




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