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Ederney Claim Deserved U17 Victory

Box Score

Jul. 25, 2018

U17 Division 3: Belcoo 1-14 v 2-15 Ederney

A late flurry of points seen Ederney claim a deserved victory in Belcoo this evening. In truth, had it not been for the brilliance of the home goalkeeper Jamie Ray, this could well have been a tidy hammering, Ray making 5 one on one saves in the first half and two more in the second. Thanks to the heroics of their keeper, Belcoo actually led for large parts of the contest but it was a very lacklustre and disjointed display. The home side were a shadow of the slick outfit that beat Brookeboro in last weeks league opener. No hunger, drive or support play, the man on the ball had little to no options while the visitors cut through all too often and easy as they worked the ball through the hands to create their chances. 

The O’Rahilly’s had begun middling well with three points on the board before Ederney scored, two Lawrence McKeown points either side of a well struck Oran McCann free kick from the deck. A point was followed by a goal, Ray making the save from the initial shot but the rebound fell to a forward reacting quicker than any defender to give his side the lead. Lawrence McKeown though would slot over a free to tie matters on 14mins at 0-4 to 1-1. 

A scoreless period followed, Belcoo failing with the last pass or just making the wrong decision entirely when they were working into the scoring zone while Jamie Ray was beginning to make save after save as the visitors waltzed in for their chances. 

Ederney would kick a point but Belcoo responded with what was their best few minutes of the night. Josh Killilea showing good hands inside to gather and swing over a point. Killilea read the keepers kickout, he claimed possession hit another point while a good bit of play between Cian White and Killilea seen Dara Flanagan register a point. 

The visitors responded but Lawrence McKeown raced 60yards down the field to thunder in what proved to be the O’Rahilly’s only goal of the game while he clipped over a free coming to half time to give his side a 1-8 to 1-3 interval lead. 

The lead wasn’t long disappearing, Ederney hit 1-3 in six minutes at the start of the second half, the goal summed up Belcoo’s evening, sound asleep for a quickly taken free that was drilled into the bottom corner. Amid the Ederney spell of scores Lawrence McKeown had managed to score at the other end so with 36minutes on the clock it was now a draw game 1-9 to 2-6. 

Belcoo looked to have straightened themselves up, three points in as many minutes, all McKeown strikes had them on top again, however, they wouldn’t score for the next 14minutes as Ederney took over. The visitors edging themselves in front by the bare minimum during this spell as they knocked over four points. Josh Killilea levelled matters with 7minutes to play, Belcoo 1-13 v 2-10 Ederney. 

It was from here that the hungrier visiting side kicked on, four in a row was registered once more, again Ray saved a goal effort. For the second game running Belcoo didn’t finish the hour with the full complement of players, another bad habit that needs rectified, they did plunder a late point to put three between them but Ederney were to work the ball downfield again and land what was the last score of the evening for a 2-15 to 1-14 success. 

Team (12 a side) Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan (0-1), Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan, Conor McKeown, Oran McCann (0-1), Patrick Martin, Cian White, Lawrence McKeown (1-9), Josh Killilea (0-3), Jack Greene.   




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