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Ulster U21 Semi Final: Belcoo 1-3 Burren 4-13
Feb. 13, 2011
Belcoo exited the Thomas Devlin Motors Ulster 21 Club Championship on Sunday in Creggan, Co. Antrim following a heavy defeat at the hands of Down Champions Burren.
From the opening exchanges it was clear to see Belcoo were up against quality opposition, this Burren side are the current holders of the Ulster Title and they sent out a message in this game that they don't want to relinguish their crown.
David O'Hare opening the scoring for the champions within 60seconds and within few more seconds some strong running from Eamonn Toner seen the Down man hauled to the ground in the penalty area and Sean Murdock was given the responsibility of dispatching the penalty past Aidan Leonard in the Belcoo goals.
A somewhat shell-shocked Belcoo were struggling to come to terms with their opposite numbers but free kicks from Jonathan Feeley in the 6th and 12th minutes had reduced the deficit to two points however Burren were to find the net for a second time when Shay McArdle wriggled away from a Belcoo defender and found the bottom corner of the net. Eamon Tonner and Sean Murdock added points as Burren regained control.
Paul Duffy did manage to find the net for Belcoo as the first half drew to a close but more scores from Toner, O'Hare and Tommy O'Farell meant the Down Champions took a 2-7 to 1-2 lead into the break.
Unfortunately for Belcoo the second 30minutes started similar to the first. Burren were awarded another penalty and again Murdock fired beyond Leonard. Two quickfire points were followed by another goal and Burren had built up a massive lead. Burren continued to pick off scores as Belcoo's challenge subsided.
Patrick Burns managed to register Belcoo sole second half score with an excellent point but in the end Burren were good value for their 4-13 to 1-3 victory.
Ryan McGovern and Paul Duffy worked hard throughout but the physically stronger Down outfit proved too much for Belcoo on the day. Belcoo must now turn their attention to a league fixture with Tempo on Friday 18th February in Lissan at 7.30pm. A victory here will almost secure their place in the League Final where Aughdrumsee are awaiting the winner of Section 2.
Photograph's of the Belcoo v Burren game can be viewed by clicking on the following link http://www.kickhamscreggangac.com/gallery/images/?id=182