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GOALS SINK SENIORS
Aug. 1, 2012
SENIORS: Belcoo 0-15 v 3-10 St. Joseph's
Another defeat sees Belcoo slip further into the scrap for safety and with just two wins from their past eight games, things are looking bleak for the O'Rahillys. 6games remain, the first away to Erne Gaels Sunday, a massive game after tonight's defeat. Ederney on the other hand have been on a good run of late and sit joint top of the league with Lisnaskea and Roslea. It was 3 goals either side of half time which swung this game in there favour.
Belcoo had begun brightly but were struggling to turn possession into scores. By the 25th minute the home side held a 0-4 to 0-3 lead. Jonathan Feeley (2), Philip Leonard and Shane McCabe on target for Belcoo while Paul McCusker, Aaron Dennison and Martin McGrath had accounted for St. Joseph's scores.
Ciaran Flaherty and Martin McGrath contest a kickout in midfield (Pic Tim Flaherty)
The game turned in the visitors favour as they hit the net twice in two minutes. A break ball was picked up by Martin McGrath who strode forward, slipped the ball to Enda Ferris, the attackers initial effort was saved by the feet of James McGrath in the Belcoo goals but the rebound fell back to Ferris who prodded to the net from close range.
Moments later the Belcoo defence was carved open and Paul McCusker fired in his sides second goal. Belcoo did manage to salvage something in the closing minutes as Ciaran Flaherty knocked over two late points to leave his side trailing 2-3 to 0-6.
Upon the restart St. Joseph's again poured forward in numbers and after playing the ball through several different players hands, it came to Paul McCusker who banged home a third goal from close range. It was now double scores and although Belcoo battled bravely, the visitors where still fit to clip over points to keep their opponents at a distance.
Jonathan Feeley clipped over three points while Philip Leonard was also on target but the McCusker brothers, Paul and Declan had added to their sides tally while Enda Ferris kicked a long range free to leave it 3-6 to 0-10 at the midway stage of the second half.
Belcoo Goalkeeper James McGrath looks to set up another attack (Pic Tim Flaherty)
In the closing quarter points continued to be traded but Christopher Snow in the away goals did need to be on his toes to deny Shain Gallagher a goal for Belcoo. Emmet Scollan, Feeley, Gallagher, Aaron Dolan and Ciaran Flaherty accounted for Belcoo closing scores while Declan and Paul McCusker increased their tally for the evening.
In the end, Belcoo never got within touching distance of their opponents and the goal the craved never presented itself. A sloppy end to the first period and slow start to the second where they conceded three goals sunk them and with it went there hopes of securing the points from this league encounter.
Attention now turns to an important appointment on Sunday at 12.30pm in Belleek against Erne Gaels as the fight to retain their Division 1 status looks set to go down to the wire.
For more of Tim Flaherty's photo's on this game, click on the link http://freeteams.net/belcoo/gallery.html?gallery=11954
Team. James McGrath, Eoin Leonard, Niall Leonard, Emmet Scollan (0-1), Declan Leonard, Niall McGovern, James Stewart, Paul McGrath, Ciaran Flaherty (0-3), Shain Gallagher (0-1), Shane McCabe (0-1), Jonathan Feeley (0-6), Damian Holleran, Ian Corrigan, Philip Leonard (0-2). Subs Used: Aaron Dolan (0-1), Seimi Rafferty
LEAGUE TABLE AFTER TONIGHTS RESULTS
|Senior League Division 1 - as at 01/08/2012|
|P||W||D||L||F||A||PTS||Sunday 5th August @ 12.30pm|
|St. Joseph's||12||6||4||2||171||148||16||Erne Gaels||v||Belcoo|
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