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Battling Belcoo Claim Second Win
May. 14, 2012
SENIORS: Newtownbutler 1-5 v 1-7 Belcoo
Belcoo produced a battling display to come away from Newtownbutler with a two point victory on Sunday afternoon. The game was played in a difficult setting with a gale force wind and slippery underfoot conditions not making for the prettiest of football.
Newtown played with the elements in their favour in the opening period but in truth they were very wasteful. Belcoo on the other hand defended well and when they broke forward they rounded off their attacks with scores. At the interval the visitors led 0-5 to 0-2 however a bright start by the home side in the second half seen them overturn a 3point deficit into a 2point lead.
Newtown began the game on the front foot but it took them 7minutes to eventually open the scoring after they had missed a number of chances, Niall Mohan split the posts. Belcoo responded with a well taken score from wing back Eoin Leonard before Jonathan Feeley knocked over a free on the right side.
Belcoo dominated for the next 10minutes and Ronan Ferguson fisted a point while Jonathan Feeley carried possession 60yards before clipping over a neat score to give Belcoo a 0-4 to 0-1 advantage after 22minutes. Shane Leonard landed a Newtown score but Ronan Ferguson hit the final score of the half as Belcoo went in at the break three points to the good.
This lead however was quickly wiped out within two minutes of the restart. Kevin Connolly pointed two close range free kicks which were sandwiched between a Paul Donegan goal. Donegan had been introduced as a half time substitute and the corner forward found himself through on goal with his first possession and he tucked the ball into the corner past James McGrath.
The home side now held a 1-4 to 0-5 lead and Belcoo were reeling from a slow start. The game became very scrappy and error ridden over the next quarter and there was no more scores until the 20th minute of the half when Jonathan Feeley fired over a magnificent score from distance to reduce the deficit to one.
Connolly landed a score from play to extend Newtown lead before Belcoo struck their crucial score in the 53rd minute. Brian Cox launched a high ball into the square, Paul McGrath broke the ball into the path of Ian Corrigan who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner from close range.
Substitute Damien Holleran kicked a long range point from play for Belcoo moments later to give his side a 1-7 to 1-5 lead and the visitors defended well over the closing few minutes as Newtown went in search of scores.
In the end Belcoo had done enough to secure a vital two points in this extremely competitive league. The full back line of Ryan, Niall and Gavin Leonard stood firm throughout for Belcoo while Brian Cox got through a lot of work in midfield. For Newtown Kevin Connolly was their standout performer taking a number of clean catches and driving his team forward. Paul Johnston was also to the fore for the home side.
TEAM: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Ryan Dolan, Niall McGovern, Eoin Leonard (0-1), Brian Cox, Paul McGrath, Stephen Nolan, Philip Leonard, Shain Gallagher, Ronan Ferguson (0-2), Ian Corrigan (1-0), Jonathan Feeley (0-3). SUB Damian Holleran (0-1)
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