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Senior Men Beaten By Roslea As Championship Status Hangs In The Balance
Sep. 9, 2018
Senior Championship Relegation Playoff Game: Roslea 2-9 v 1-9 Belcoo
report from the Fermanagh Club All Stars Facebook Page
A two goal blast in the second half was enough to ensure that Roslea will remain in the Senior Championship in 2019. Indeed at half time, it was Belcoo who were the happier as they led by a point and had enjoyed the better of the exchanges, but Peter McGinnity’s team are an experienced side who don’t do panic and once they struck for the goals, there only ever looked like one winner.
Brendan Sherlock opened the scoring with a classy point, soloing along with the ball on his right before stepping inside his man and curling over a lovely score on his left, a lesson to anyone to work on both feet. The lively Jonathan Feeley replied for Belcoo with two points, the second created by impressive tackling from the Belcoo side leading to a turnover which Feeley made good use of. Niall Cosgrove would respond with a score for Roslea and the game was taking shape as a close fought affair.
Paul McGrath would land a wonderful score from 45 yards to edge Belcoo back in front but Seamus Quigley quickly responded with a free to tie things up at 3 points apiece. Feeley would notch up another 2 points, one from a free to give Belcoo a 2 point lead before Niall Cosgrove landed a good score for the Shamrocks. Belcoo had shot stopper Gary Doherty to thank for denying Sherlock a goal just before half time but Roslea had fired a warning that they could breach the Belcoo backline.
Half time Belcoo 0-5 Roslea 0-4
Seamus Quigley would get the scoring underway in the second period to bring the teams level. Wing back Dean McDermott would break forward to drill a shot over the bar but that was the last time Belcoo would hold the lead in this game. A strong run by half back Niall Beggan forced the Belcoo defence to give away a foul and Seamus Quigley made no mistake with the resultant free.
The first goal of the day then arrived as a long ball into the square by Seamus Quigley was flicked home by his brother Sean. Belcoo had barely come to terms with that setback when a second goal had been gobbled up, Brendan Sherlock with the simplest of finishes after Doherty had done well to deny Shane McMahons goal attempt.
Keeper Gary Doherty would impressively convert a 45 to get the Belcoo effort back on track before Sherlock landed another good point for Roslea to increase the lead back to 6 points. Belcoo would get a much needed goal of their own in rather contentious fashion as Seamus Quigley was adjudged to have over-carried having thought he had made a mark in midfield. Quick thinking by Belcoo found Jonathan Feeley free and in on goal only to see his shot cannon back of the bar. Paul McGrath had followed up the attack and was on hand to gather up the rebound and bury it to the net to reduce the arrears to 2 with plenty of time remaining.
Sean Quigley would repel any hopes Belcoo had with a huge point from distance before brother Seamus landed an outstanding point from an acute angle to leave 4 in it and time almost up. Belcoo battled to the end and McGrath hooked over a point but it was Roslea’s victory at the final whistle with 3 to spare.
Belcoo Team: Gary Doherty (0-1), Ryan McGovern, Niall Leonard, Eoin Shiels, Gerard McHugh, Niall McGovern, Dean McDermott (0-1), Brian Cox, James McGourty, Paul McGrath (1-2), James McGrath, Barry McGovern, Niall Cullen, Jonathan Feeley (0-5), Aaron Dolan. Subs Used. Ryan Leonard, Christopher Leonard, Michael McGourty.
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