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Belcoo Secure One Point Derby Win
May. 2, 2012
Seniors: Belcoo 0-10 v 0-9 Devenish
Belcoo came out on the winning side of this keenly contested local derby as they collected their first points of the season with a narrow 1point victory over Devenish on a calm Wednesday evening in MacNean Park.
It was the visitors who began the brighter and had established a four point lead by the first quarter. A trademark run and long range score from Barry Mulrone opened the scoring while Brian Cox did likewise at the other end to tie the scores.
Devenish’s wing back Martin Doherty found himself through on goals but a smart save by James McGrath denied the Garrison man. Devenish dominated the next 10minutes as they fired over four straight points. Mulrone tapped over a close range free kick, John O’Flanagan added a free before he landed a long distance point from play. Young corner forward Ruairi Doherty was next to split the points with a well taken score to leave it 0-5 to 0-1 in Devenish’s favour.
In truth Devenish could have been further in front as Jason Love and Terry O’Flanagan squandered good opportunities with Belcoo’s defence were under constant pressure. The home side eventually settled and finished the half on top.
Jonathan Feeley tapped over a close range free after Shain Gallagher had been fouled while Stephen Maguire did likewise on the other side when Ian Corrigan was upended. Philip Leonard completed a neat move with a well taken score and Feeley levelled the game on the stroke of half time, 0-5 each at the interval.
Belcoo continued where they left off with Feeley landing a free from an acute angle while Philip Leonard was also on target early in the second period. The game was becoming end to end and Devenish introduced Chris O’Brien to give their forward line a boost. The Belcoo defence had taken control of that sector after a lacklustre start.
Points from Barry Mulrone and Terry O’Flanagan levelled matters before Stephen Maguire and Chris O’Brien traded points from play. Into the closing 10minutes and the sides were locked at 0-8 a piece. Every break ball was fiercely contested, both sets of defenders continued turning over possession as well as making some great blocks.
At this stage Devenish lost John O’Flanagan to a second yellow card but it was still hard to call a winner. Jonathan Feeley, who had an excellent second half, picked out Paul McGrath and the midfielder landed a left footed score to give Belcoo the lead 5minutes from time. Moments later Feeley was again the architect, this time setting up Brian Cox who arrowed a long range effort over the bar.
With Belcoo now leading 0-10 to 0-8, Devenish pressed forward but the Belcoo defence stood firm. Terry O’Flanagan flashed an effort at goal but the ball went over the bar and upon the restart referee Eugene McDonagh brought an end to proceedings. Belcoo had secured a win by the narrowest of margins.
This Sunday Belcoo have another home game against early pace setters Erne Gaels while Devenish play host to Roslea.
TEAMS: Belcoo: James McGrath, Ryan Dolan, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Eoin Leonard, Niall McGovern, James Stewart, Brian Cox (0-2), Paul McGrath (0-1), Stephen Nolan, Philip Leonard (0-2), Shain Gallagher, Jonathan Feeley (0-3), Stephen Maguire (0-2), Ian Corrigan. SUBS Used: Damian Holleran.
Devenish: Paul Murphy, John McNulty, Martin O’Brien, Vinny O’Brien, Martin Doherty, Paul O’Brien, Declan Rasdale, Jason Love, Barry Mulrone (0-3), Sean Treacy, John O’Flanagan (0-2), Terry O’Flanagan (0-2), Gavin Gallagher, Brendan Gallagher, Ruairi Doherty (0-1). SUBS Used: Chris O’Brien (0-1), Colm Burns, Kevin Ferguson.
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