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Match Report: Belcoo 0-12 Devenish 1-6

Box Score

Jul. 16, 2009

Belcoo 0-12 Devenish 1-06

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Belcoo's Paul McGrath and Devenish's Barry Carty contest the high ball as Devenish's Barry Mulrone (left) awaits to pick up a breaking ball for Devenish during their defeat Belcoo

In this Manor House SFL Division One clash Devenish went into this local derby match as league leaders but it was a much hungrier and very youthful Belcoo side who were triumphant on Sunday afternoon. Belcoo were without eleven of their regular starters and gave senior debuts to no fewer than five of their minor championship winning team. But the O"Rahilly"s showed great composure throughout and capitalised on some of Devenish"s missed opportunities.

The opening exchanges of this game saw Devenish kick a number of wides while Belcoo surged ahead hitting five points without reply. Johnny Feely was first to register a point and this was added to by Stephen Maguire (free) before wing half back Paddy McGinley added a third.

Maguire tagged on another two points for Belcoo before Devenish hit the target. Paul O"Brien opened the scoring for the Garrison men and with 20 minutes played, Devenish got a much needed goal. Chris O"Brien got on the end of a high ball played into the danger area and he expertly palmed the ball into the back of the net. Belcoo responded with a pointed free from their talisman Maguire before the break to leave the half time score 0-06 to 1-01 in favour of the home side.

Belcoo"s momentum continued into the second half and they opened up a four point lead.

Maguire was again to the fore with one point from play and one from a free. Devenish did hit back with scores from Chris O"Brien (free) and wing half back Anthony McGuinness to reduce the deficit. Chris O"Brien brought Devenish to within a point of Belcoo and had a goal chance of his own. Despite the best efforts of O"Brien and indeed Niall Cullen who was making his debut and hit a point, Belcoo finished the game the stronger side.

Points from Stephen Maguire sealed the win for his side and the experienced marksman can be thoroughly satisfied with his contribution of eight points. Belcoo manager John McPartland will take great encouragement from his teams win and with Niall Cullen, James Stewart, Paul Duffy, Paddy Burns and Johnny Feely, all of whom featured on this year"s minor team, making significant contributions, there will be more to be taken from this match than just two valuable league points






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