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Seniors Make It Back To Back Wins
May. 17, 2012
SENIORS: St. Joseph's 0-9 v 2-8 Belcoo
Belcoo recorded a second away victory in four days as they beat Ederney on Wednesday evening and in doing so inflicted a first defeat of the season to St. Joseph’s. The visitors produced a strong second half showing to come from two points down at the interval to pick up a 2-8 to 0-9 victory.
St. Joseph’s had their best period of the game in the opening quarter as they knocked over 4points in a row. The home side were quickly into their stride as a flat Belcoo side struggled to get up to the pace of the game. Enda Ferris fired over a good point from play before he clipped over a close range free kick. Darren McCusker landed two more points from frees for Ederney as they took a commanding lead.
Belcoo had to wait 14minutes to open their account, wing back Eoin Leonard splitting the posts with a good score from play. Break balls around the middle began falling to Belcoo men and they had a period of sustained pressure before Jonathan Feeley landed from distance. Paul McGrath reduced the deficit to one with a long range placed ball before McGrath levelled matters with a neat score from play.
Over the closing few minutes St. Joseph’s managed to break forward with Chris Snow showing up well, the rangy attacker won a free which Ferris converted before he fisted a score from an acute angle to push his side 0-6 to 0-4 ahead. On the blow of half time Philip Leonard, Paul McGrath and Stephen Nolan all combined in an excellent move through the Ederney rearguard, the ball found its way to Ian Corrigan 12yards from goal but the full forwards left foot shot struck the outside of the post with the keeper well beaten.
On the resumption Snow pointed to move Ederney three clear before Paul McGrath kicked another long range free. Belcoo were beginning to dominant the middle third and their defence was well on top. Having turned over and Ederney attack the ball was quickly played to Shain Gallagher on the right wing, the forward carried the ball all of 40yards before been upended in the penalty area. Referee Paul Campbell awarded a penalty and Paul McGrath coolly tucked the ball into the corner to give Belcoo the lead for the first time, 1-5 to 0-7.
A Shain Gallagher point was sandwiched between two Darren McCusker frees to leave the sides level at 1-6 to 0-9 midway through the half. St. Joseph’s were then reduced to 14men as John Irvine received a straight red card and Belcoo soon took the lead again. Substitute Shane McCabe fired over a magnificent left footed score from near the sideline before Belcoo got a fortunate second goal. A Ryan Dolan shot for a point dropped in around the square and under pressure from Ian Corrigan and Stephen Maguire the home netminder fumbled the ball into his own net.
Ederney were then reduced to 13men as Aaron Denison was dismissed and Jonathan Feeley added an insurance point from a free as Belcoo comfortably retained possession over the closing moments to run out winners by 5points.
For the winners Niall Leonard was again on form at full back while Paul McGrath and Brian Cox came out on top in midfield. Ian Corrigan again impressed in the full forward line but it in truth the entire team ended up winning their individual battles after a shaky start. For St. Joseph’s Chris Snow was involved in most of their good work in the opening period whilst Niall Maguire was lively throughout.
TEAM: Belcoo: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Gavin Leonard, Eoin Leonard (0-1), Niall McGovern, Ryan Dolan, Paul McGrath (1-3), Brian Cox, Ryan McGovern, Philip Leonard, Shain Gallagher (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (0-2), Ian Corrigan, Stephen Nolan. SUBS: Stephen Maguire, Shane McCabe (0-1).
The League takes a break now until Wednesday 6th June. See Current League Standings below:
|SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1 - as at 17/05/2012|
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