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Box Score

May. 28, 2011

JUNIORS: Belcoo 3-5 v 1-10 Devenish

After a very subdued opening half of football this game sprung to life 11minutes into the second period when Belcoo fired two goals in the space of 45seconds to catapult them into the lead. From here to the finish there was a real cut to the game and it felt more like a local derby game as Belcoo held off a spirited Devenish fightback.

In what was a bright opening to the game Darren Brady knocked over for Devenish in the second minute. Belcoo’s opening score was to be a goal, Ryan Dolan fed Aidan McGrath down the right wing and after exchanging passes with Jonathan Feeley, McGrath fired into the corner of the net past the onrushing Devenish goalkeeper Thomas Treacy.

This goal was to be cancelled out within a minute when Patrick Sweeney making his debut in the Belcoo goals, was to drop a routine catch at the feet of Eunan O’Flanagan who had the simplest of tap-ins.  Shain Gallagher got himself on the score sheet with a point from the right wing after some strong running to leave it 1-1 each after just 8minutes.

Unfortunately the rest of the half was extremely poor, Belcoo looked disinterested while Devenish struggled to take their scores when well placed. Sean Treacy, Paul Coyle, Barry Carty and Darren Brady were among the points as Devenish opening up a 1-5 to 1-1 lead.

Having struggled to make any progress up the field for a good 15minutes Gerard Mellor caught a great kickout and set up a flowing move which led to Aidan McGrath been fouled and Jonathan Feely made no mistake from the resulting free kick. Half Time Belcoo 1-2 Devenish 1-5.

Aidan McGrath pointed early in the second half after good work from Aaron Dolan, Jonathan Feeley pointed a long range placed ball before Belcoo were to find the net twice in the space of a minute which ultimately won them the game.

The first was somewhat fortunate as a mix up in the Devenish defense allow Aidan Leonard to prod home from close range. From the resulting kickout Gerard Mellor again rose the highest to take the ball clean and Shain Gallagher busting forward from wing back broke a few tackles before he spilled the ball. As the ball went to ground he drew the boot on it and it went beyond the despairing dive of Treacy in the Devenish nets.

Now leading 3-4 to 1-5, Belcoo looked in control but Devenish began to fight back and having collected a number of break balls they started feeding good ball into their forwards and substitutes Brendan Gallagher and Rory Maguire who both kicked points to reduce the deficit. Darren Brady and a Darren Maguire free seen Belcoo’s lead cut to just one point.

Jonathan Feeley registered Belcoo only score in the last quarter of the game with three minutes remaining and in the closing moments Devenish could only muster one point however with the last kick of the game veteran Paul Coyle attempted to score from a sideline ball, his effort grazed the post.

Belcoo managed to secure a 3-5 to 1-10 win without ever playing well. Eoin Leonard co-ordinated the defense well and got on plenty of the ball while Shane McAloon was solid at full back. Gerard Mellor again excelled in midfield while Aidan McGrath and Aaron Dolan showed well up front.

All involved with Belcoo would like to wish Devenish’s Eoghan Maguire a speedy recovery from what looks like a very serious injury.

Team: Patrick Sweeney, Martin Corrigan, Shane McAloon, James Stewart, Shain Gallagher (1-1), Eoin Leonard, Niall Cullen, Ryan Dolan, Gerard Mellor, Aidan McGrath (1-1), Ian Corrigan, Stephen Nolan, Aaron Dolan, Jonathan Feeley (0-3), Aidan Leonard. SUBS: Eunan Mullally




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