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Minors Lose Heavily To St.Pat's
Mar. 11, 2012
St. Pat’s 5-22 v 4-3 Belcoo
Belcoo Minors suffered their first defeat of the season as St. Pats strolled to a comfortable 22 point victory over the visitors. Belcoo’s lacklustre performance saw them fall behind 1-11 to 1-0 at the interval. Another poor showing from Belcoo in the second half, as well as clinical finishing by the St. Pats forward line, left the result in no doubt as Donagh ran out easy winners.
St. Pats made an explosive start to the game with Brian McDermott and Kevin Curran tagging on the points. There was to be no response from Belcoo, as St. Pats raced to a comfortable 1-06 lead midway through the half. St. Pats were dominating the midfield area, with Mark Corrigan and Ryan Doherty unable to disrupt the host’s momentum.
Despite a Philip Leonard goal five minutes from the interval, further points from McDermott gave the home side a commanding half time lead.
The second half showed no signs of St. Pats resting on their laurels, with Colin Logan again dominating the midfield area, Donagh continued to kick long range points. A goal by Brian McDermott was cancelled out by an own goal from a St. Pat’s defender, yet further scores from the hosts did little to help Belcoo’s cause.
A point by Belcoo’s Dean McDermott and another Leonard goal served only to keep the score line down, as Donagh dominated proceedings with rather easy finishes by the influential Brian McDermott. Midway through the second half the scoreboard read 4-17 to 3-1 as Belcoo’s dismal performance went from bad to worse.
The Donagh side continued to run riot as they strolled through Belcoo’s backline. More scores were to follow from St. Pats, yet Philip Leonard did manage to get his third goal of the game and a further point to improve his scoring tally for the day. Despite hard work from Aaron Dolan and Aaron Leonard in the forward line, Belcoo’s scoring chances remained a rarity.
With ten minutes to play, Belcoo goalkeeper Paddy Sweeney pulled off a sublime save to deny St. Pats a 6th goal, yet this contest was never in doubt. Neat interplay by Eoin Gallagher and Aaron Dolan almost resulted in a 5th Belcoo but it would only have been a consolation as St. Pats’ desire to rack up a high score meant that more points were to follow in the closing stages of the game.
Although Belcoo were missing regular starters Ronan Meehan and Anthony Mulvey, it was clear from early on that it was going to be a tough day. The hosts dominated play from first minute to last, as Belcoo were unable to respond. The final score of 5-22 to 4-3 a deserved tally for the home side.
Let’s hope such a heavy defeat will act as a wakeup call for the Belcoo side. If they are to have any chance of making the aspired top 4 position, then serious hard work will be needed for their upcoming games against Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Gaels.
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