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JUNIORS EXTEND WINNING RUN TO FIVE
Jun. 18, 2011
JUNIORS: Tempo 1-6 v 1-11 Belcoo
The Belcoo Juniors continued their fine run of form as they beat Tempo by 5 points on Saturday evening. This is a fifth straight victory for Belcoo and it sees them remain in second position as Derrygonnelly managed to beat Teemore 0-10 to 1-6.
The opening minutes of this game proved to be the most entertaining as both sides hit the net within 90seconds of the start. From the throw in Gerard Mellor broke the ball to Ryan Dolan, Dolan and Kevin McPartland played a quick one two before Eoin Leonard received the ball and arrowed it into Jonathan Feeley in the corner, Feeley fed Damian Holleran who transferred to Patrick Burns and after Burns’ initial goal bound shot was blocked he was on hand to fist into the Tempo net.
From the resultant kickout the ball was worked to wing back Shain Gallagher and off he went on one of his runs, having got to 30yards out Gallagher fired over. Tempo responded with a goal of their own after they picked up the break ball from the next kickout. Niall McCusker broke forward and slipped the ball into corner forward Stephen Colgan who bore down on goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Patrick Sweeney to leave it 1-1 to 1-0 with less than 2minutes played.
Patrick Burns knocked over a third minute free kick before the bright start to the game faded. It took seven minutes for another score to be registered and it came via a Brian Jackson free kick for the home side. Ryan Dolan was forced off through injury and Sean McNulty replaced him. McNulty along with the hard working Gerard Mellor were dominating the midfield and with Kevin McPartland and Eoin Leonard getting on plenty of ball Belcoo began to take complete command.
Even with the majority of possession Belcoo were still struggling to get things going up front, Damian Holleran was showing well but the Tempo defense were proving a tough nut to crack. It took another strong run and score from wing back Shain Gallagher to get the visitors score board ticking in the 16th minute. Full forward Jonathan Feeley added a point in the 18th minute while Patrick Burns knocked over a free two minutes before half time to leave it 1-5 to 1-1 at the break. Tempo had failed to score from the 10th minute and James Stewart was in particularly good form at corner back for Belcoo.
Upon the restart Tempo hit two quick points; John Packenham and Stephen Colgan were both on target before Damian Holleran finished a well worked move for Belcoo in the 9th minute of the half to extend their lead to three.
Brian Jackson was on target for Tempo before a strong Patrick Burns run seen the half forward split the posts from out on the right wing. Jackson responded to the Burns score with a close range free kick but Shain Gallagher strode forward and landed his third score of the day to leave it Belcoo 1-8 Tempo 1-5 with 15minutes remaining.
After a five minute spell without a score, Shain Gallagher and Aaron Dolan added points for Belcoo while PJ Rogers hit what was to be Tempo’s final score. Belcoo had the chance to register a second goal in the dying minutes after Aidan McGrath slipped Aaron Dolan in on goal but Stephen Jackson made a smart save with his feet to deny the young attacker. Patrick Burns knocked over a late free to finish with a personal tally of 1-4 as Belcoo registered a 1-11 to 1-6 win.
TEAM: Patrick Sweeney, Michael Leonard, Shane McAloon, James Stewart, Shain Gallagher (0-4), Eoin Leonard, Niall Cullen, Ryan Dolan, Gerard Mellor, Damian Holleran (0-1), Kevin McPartland, Patrick Burns (1-4), Aidan McGrath, Jonathan Feeley (0-1), Aaron Dolan (0-1). SUBS: Sean McNulty, Stephen Nolan, Ian Corrigan and Martin Corrigan.
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