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SENIOR SEMI FINAL : Belcoo 0-7 Devenish 2-9

Box Score

Nov. 6, 2010

Devenish have advanced to the Senior League Division 1 Final following an 8 point victory over Belcoo in slippery conditions under the lights in Brewster Park on Friday night.

In truth the game was alot tighter than the final scoreline suggests. Belcoo dominanted the opening period but only led by two points at the interval. Again Belcoo edged the possession stakes in the second half however a more clinical Devenish side managed to knock over scores and also hit the net twice to secure their passage into the final.

It was Terry O'Flanagan who opened the scoring for Devenish after 4minutes but from this point Belcoo took control. Their defense were out in front, their midfield was winning possession and their forwards had the beating of their men. It did take 7minutes for Belcoo to register but a long ball found Gavin Leonard who made no mistake when shooting over from 18yards.

The break balls where been won by Belcoo at this stage and as the forwards got into scorable positions the Devenish defence had to foul and it was Kieran Leonard who profitted with two close range free kicks. Leonard was on the scoresheet for a third time in the half after an excellent run and finish from an acute angle.

Terry O'Flanagan knock over his second free while a well struck placed ball from Ciarán Flaherty increased Belcoo's advantage to three as they led 0-5 to 0-2. Midfielder Brian Cox strode forward and kicked from long distance but this was to be Belcoo's last score for some 30minutes. Devenish closed out the half with two quickfire points, Kevin Ferguson skipped in across the endline and fired over a good score while Gerard Love also tapped over when well placed.

Half Time Belcoo 0-6 Devenish 0-4 and Belcoo would feel that for all their dominance they should really have been further ahead.

Belcoo started the second half brighter but a series of bad wides from scorable poisitions in the opening 10minutes meant the game was still up for grabs. Devenish's Terry O'Flanagan tapped over a free while Joe O'Brien beat a few men and fisted over to draw the sides level at 0-6 each.

The next score was a Devnish goal, from Belcoo perspective it should have been avoided. Stephen Maguire and Brian Cox jumped for a loose ball 20yards from their own goals but as niether collected it, a Devenish player flicked it into the path of Chris O'Brien who was unmarked 8yards from goal and he made no mistake rifling the ball into the bottom corner.

With Devenish now in the driving seat and Belcoo somewhat deflated by the goal, Paul Coyle kicked the score of the match from the left wing to increase the Garrison mens lead. Devenish then went on to find the net for a second time moments later, a crossfield ball into the square wasn't dealt with by the Belcoo defense as Paul O'Brien nipped in between Sean McNulty and James McGrath to apply the simplist of taps ins to the loose ball, this goal left the scoreline Devenish 2-7 Belcoo 0-6.

The breaks Belcoo collected in the opening half were now been won by Devenish as they sensed they had this game wrapped up. Chris O'Brien added a free before Niall Leonard registered Belcoo's only score of the half. O'Brien had the freedom of Brewster Park to run 60yards and tap over his next score when he reached the 13.

With the game now effectively over Belcoo had four 45's and freekicks in and around the Devenish goal but with the goalmouth full Belcoo couldn't find a goal which at that stage would only have been a consolation. Devenish held on and won 2-9 to 0-7, they will now face the winner of Sunday's game between Roslea and Lisnaske. Belcoo must now reflect on what might have been after their season had ended.

TEAM: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall McGovern, Emmet Scollan, Declan Leonard, Sean McNulty, Ryan Dolan, Brian Cox (0-1), Stephen Maguire, Paul McGrath, Ciarán Flaherty (0-1), Kieran Leonard (0-3), Gavin Leonard (0-1), Ronan Ferguson, Niall Leonard (0-1). SUBS Jonathan Feeley and Seamus Conlon




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