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Minors Maintain 100% Winning Start to Season
Mar. 4, 2012
Maguiresbridge 0-7 v 1-10 Belcoo
Belcoo minors made it three wins from three games thanks to an impressive opening 30minutes in Maguiresbridge on Sunday afternoon. The visitors led 1-9 to 0-1 at the interval having put together some excellent free flowing moves but the second half showing left a lot to be desired as they struggled throughout and could only muster one point.
Belcoo made a notable start with Philip Leonard and Ronan Meehan on target in the opening 5minutes. Aaron Dolan fired over a 45 in the 6th minute before the same player finished a fine solo run with a neat point.
Matthew McAloon, Anthony Mulvey and Daniel Ray were heavily involved around the middle sector while the defence had turned over possession a number of times while pressurising Maguiresbridge into kicking some bad wides. There was a lengthy delay as Belcoo’s Ronan Meehan was taken to hospital for stitches to a head wound.
Upon the resumption Belcoo took a firm hold of proceedings with a 16th minute goal. A racking cross-field Aaron Dolan free was volleyed to the net by Philip Leonard with Turlach Russell having little chance of stopping it in the ‘Bridge goals. Philip Leonard then added a point having collected a great pass from Mulvey to push Belcoo into a 1-5 to 0-0 lead.
A 24th minute Dwayne Rice free kick got the home side on the scoreboard for the first time however Belcoo continued to produce some good moves which resulted in two more Aaron Dolan points while Philip Leonard and a long range Daniel Ray score moved their side 11points in front at the break.
Maguiresbridge signaled their intent for the second half with a Ciaran Corrigan score straight from the throw in. What in sued was a dominant display from the home side as Belcoo lost their shape and began losing all the battles they had won in the first period.
Daryl Rice tagged on his sides 3rd point of the afternoon before Philip Leonard and Dwayne Rice received second yellow cards at different intervals during a scrappy 10minute spell.
Maguiresbridge hit four more points in as many minutes as Niall Carson (3) and Matthew Martin fired over to reduce Belcoo lead to just five, 1-9 to 0-7. The game now entered the final 5minutes and Maguiresbridge needed a goal or two. It was still the home side who was playing the whole football as Belcoo’s appalling half continued.
A strong run and shot from Niall Carson brought a save from Patrick Sweeney while defender John Scott made a magnificent block to deny Daryl Rice a certain goal. This scare ignited something in Belcoo who produced a rare second half attack which ended with Matthew McAloon been fouled in front of goals. Aaron Dolan tapped over the resulting free from 14yards for what was Belcoo’s only score of the half.
In the end Belcoo finished up winning by 6points however an inept second half showing from the winners will cause concern among their ranks. Next week Belcoo travel to St. Pat’s for a 12noon throw in.
Teams: Patrick Sweeney, Brian Furey, Dylan Stewart, Derek Furey, Anthony Mulvey, Eoin Gallagher, John Scott, Daniel Ray (0-1), Mark Corrigan, Ronan Meehan (0-1), Dean McDermott, Matthew McAloon, Aaron Dolan (0-5), Philip Leonard (1-3), Aaron Leonard. Subs Used: Anthony Ferguson, Jack O’Dolan, Ryan Doherty.
Maguiresbridge: Turlach Russell, Barrie Duffy, Patrick Hyde, Patrick Gavin, Dairmuid Russel, Conor Durnian, Ciaran Corrigan (0-1), Niall Carson (0-3), Dwayne Rice (0-1), Sean Porteous, Matthew Martin (0-1), Ronan Markey, Daryl Rice (0-1), Andrew McCrea, Daniel McElavey.
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