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Box Score

Aug. 13, 2011

SENIORS: Enniskillen Gaels 2-12 v 3-13 Belcoo

Belcoo secured an important victory on Friday night against bottom of the table Enniskillen Gaels in a game which yielded 5 goals and 25points. Both sets of forwards were on top from the early stages as this proved to be an entertaining encounter. The Belcoo forward line will be particularly pleased as all six starting forwards scored and the teams total of 3-13 all came from play.

Jonathan Feeley who was deployed at Centre Half Forward was the first to find the target on 2minutes but Colm Bradley landed a good score for the Gaels immediately. Paul McGrath then swung over a point from distance while Shane McCabe jinked past his marker to slot over from an acute angle. Bradley was to land a close range free before Belcoo hit the net for the first time.

A well worked move down the right seen Shane McCabe collect the ball in the corner, his ball into the danger area was met by the fist of Stephen Maguire and the ball ended in the net. Ronan Ferguson quickly added a point and Belcoo were to hit the net again in what was an excellent opening quarter for the visitors.

Again it was a high ball into the goalmouth that led to some indecisive defending and Paul McGrath was on hand to collect, turn and fire the loose ball into the top corner from 14yards past Chris Breen in the Gaels goals. Belcoo now led 2-4 to 0-2 but the Gaels enjoyed their best spell of the opening half over the next few minutes. Daniel Keenan landed 45 from the left side and Bradley knocked over a free from the right.

A sweeping Gaels move in the 23rd minute seen Colm Bradley upended by Ryan Leonard in the penalty area and referee Enda McBrien had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Bradley dusted himself down and found the net via the inside of the left hand post. At 2-4 to 1-4 it was very much game on and Belcoo goalkeeper Aidan Leonard was forced to make an excellent stop with his feet as Enniskillen went in search of an equalising goal. 

Belcoo regrouped and in their next meaningful attack an attempted point from Feeley dropped short only for Stephen Maguire to again fist the ball into the net past Breen. Feeley and Swift traded points from play as Belcoo went in at half time leading 3-5 to 1-5.

Enniskillen failed to convert a few early chances of points and Brendan Rogers fired a goal attempt wide also but it was Belcoo’s Ronan Ferguson who registered the first score of the half some 5minutes after the interval. The Gaels then had there best spell of the game and they would hit 1-2 without reply to reduce the deficit to just two points. Neil Cox got on the end of a good move to fist to the net while Conor McAleer pushed forward and kicked two great scores from play.

Stephen Maguire landed a good score for Belcoo but further scores from Colm Bradley and Richard O’Callaghan seen just one point between the sides with 15minutes remaining. Enniskillen 2-9 Belcoo 3-7.

It was end to end action over the closing quarter and Belcoo’s Paul McGrath landed a long range point before Shane McCabe drove over to put three between the sides. Aidan Leonard was again called upon in a goalmouth scramble but a misplaced short kickout led to an Enniskillen point.

As the game became very stretched towards the end Belcoo managed to sweep up the field on a number of occasions and knock over some good scores. Feeley, John Carrigan, substitute Philip Leonard and Feeley again all on target from play while the Gaels response came from Bradley and Daniel Keenan.

Belcoo ended as 3-13 to 2-12 winners and they now face a fortnight break before the league restarts. They will however look with interest on Sunday’s results to see how things lie. They will more than likely need to win 3 of their remaining 5 games to survive and by doing this they could well sneak into the top 4. It is that tight this year.

TEAM: Aidan Leonard, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, James Stewart, Stephen Nolan, Ryan Dolan, Gavin Leonard, Brian Cox, Niall McGovern, Paul McGrath (1-2), Jonathan Feeley (0-4), Ronan Ferguson (0-2), John Carrigan (0-1), Stephen Maguire (2-1), Shane McCabe (0-2). SUB Used: Philip Leonard (0-1).




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