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SENIORS: Late Cassidy Goal Gives Derrygonnelly Victory

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Apr. 22, 2012

SENIORS: Derrygonnelly 2-10 v 1-9 Belcoo

A late goal from Derrygonnelly’s Declan Cassidy two minutes from time swung this Senior League opener in the home sides favour as they claimed a 4point victory. The sides were level several times in the second half but Cassidy’s goal proved the crucial score in the outcome of this fixture.

Belcoo started well and the first score of the game was to be a goal for the visitors. Following neat build up play down the left wing Ronan Ferguson picked out the on-rushing Philip Leonard who gathered possession and rifled the ball into the roof of the net from close range after just 4minutes.

An early injury seen Derrygonnelly introduce Anthony Maguire at wing forward and the sub made an immediate impact with two quick points from play. Ronan Ferguson responded with a fisted point following a strong run before Jonathan McGurn fired over from a placed ball to leave the score 1-1 to 0-3 midway through the half.

Derrygonnelly were awarded a penalty on 16minutes when Jonathan McGurn was put through on goals. The big full forward stepped up with the penalty kick from 11metres but Patrick Sweeney made a superb save low to his right to keep his side in front. This save sparked Belcoo into action and Paul McGrath landed a left footed score following a smart pass from James McGrath.

Christopher Ferguson tapped over a point for Derrygonnelly before a free flowing move the full length of the field ended with Jonathan Feeley finding Paul McGrath who turned and fired over from an acute angle. Philip Leonard kicked an excellent score from play late in the half to give his side a 3point interval lead, 1-4 to 0-4.

In the second period Jonathan McGurn was the main contributor to the Derrygonnelly scores, his place kicking was incredibly accurate and he landed two points within a few minutes of the restart to reduce the deficit to one. James McGrath responded with a point from play for Belcoo before there was a lengthy delay following a head injury to Belcoo’s Ryan Dolan who was having an excellent game.

Dolan was replaced and the game was restarted with a sideline ball for Derrygonnelly on their own 21yard line, the home side moved the ball swiftly down the left to Tiernan Daly who beat a few tackles before launching the ball into Jonathan McGurn, McGurn gathered the high ball, turned and found the net via a deflection off a Belcoo defender.

This goal gave Derrygonnelly the lead for the first time, 1-6 to 1-5. A Jonathan Feeley free level matters before McGurn and Feeley traded more points to leave the score 1-7 each after 50minutes. In a frantic closing period both sides were level on another two occasions. Firstly, Conal Jones pointed from the right wing before Feeley split the posts with a free for Belcoo. Minutes later Declan Cassidy knocked over a good point which was cancelled out by Gavin Leonard.

With only 2minutes remaining and the sides level Derrygonnelly struck goal number two. A quickly taken free on the right wing caught out the Belcoo defence and an unmarked Declan Cassidy gathered possession in front of goals and placed it past Sweeney. From the resulting restart the home side were awarded a free and McGurn again made no mistake with the dead ball. Referee Fergal Cleary blew the full time whistle and Derrygonnelly had recorded a  2-10 to 1-9 victory.

Belcoo will be disappointed not to have taken something from this game but it was an encouraging opener for the O’Rahillys. For the winners McGurn’s place kicking was a key factor in their success while Eamon McHugh had a solid hour at the back. For Belcoo Ryan McGovern performed well at corner back with Philip Leonard getting on a number of break balls throughout.

Team: Patrick Sweeney, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Stephen Nolan, Ryan Dolan, Eoin Leonard, Paul McGrath (0-2), James McGrath (0-1), Ian Corrigan, Philip Leonard (1-1), Declan Leonard, Shain Gallagher, Jonathan Feeley (0-3), Ronan Ferguson (0-1). SUBS: Gavin Leonard (0-1), Aidan Leonard, John Corrigan.




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