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Match Report: Enniskillen Gaels 0-13 Belcoo 1-10

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Jun. 25, 2009

MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

ENNISKILLEN GAELS 0-13 BELCOO 1-10

Image related to story 38960, see caption or article text Belcoo's Niall Cullen wins possession.

Minor Football Championship Final; Enniskillen and Belcoo minors must do it all again after the sides drew at Kinawley last Friday night in the championship decider.

An entertaining clash saw both teams give it their all and in the end both deserve another bite at the cherry.

However, it was Enniskillen who looked as if they were set to claim the title as they edged four points clear through a point from half back Conor McAleer with five minutes to go but Belcoo finished the strongly with full forward Eunan Mulally bringing them right back into contention with a goal four minutes from time before midfielder Niall Cullen thumped over a fine point to level matters.

And Belcoo then had a chance at the death to snatch victory but Johnny Feely"s "45 failed to find the target leaving the teams having to meet again this Friday evening at the same venue to decide the destination of the minor title.

The first half saw the sides level on no fewer than six occasions as they traded score for score. It was Belcoo who made the livelier start with key forward Johnny Feely firing over the first point of the game. Feely was a threat throughout and was the game"s top scorer with six points and will be a player that Enniskillen will be fully aware of going into Friday night"s replay.

The Gaels responded to this with a point from Sean Corrigan before Feely put Belcoo back in front with a converted free.

Enniskillen"s centre half forward Paul Mullan saw a shot at goal pushed onto the crossbar by Belcoo goalkeeper Paddy Sweeney after seven minutes although Corrigan, who showed wonderful accuracy from placed balls, levelled with his second point of the game and first from a free.

Again Belcoo edged their way back into the lead with Paul Duffy clipping over the bar after being teed up by Feely but once more Enniskillen got back on level terms, corner forward Liam Lindsay this time the scorer.

Feely and Corrigan swapped points from frees to make it 0-04 apiece at the midway stage of the half, and the contest was to continue in the same vein through to half time.

Paul Duffy landed his second point of the tie only for Kirk West to respond for the Gaels, following good work from McAleer, and when Corrigan lofted over a free it put Enniskillen ahead for the first time in the game, 0-06 to 0-05.

An excellent point from Feely though restored parity but in the final minute of the half Chris Sheridan knocked over to give Enniskillen a narrow advantage at the break, 0-07 to 0-06.

No team was really able to take a firm grip on the game in the first half and when Feely rattled over a free from distance to equalise it looked as if the second half was going to take the same pattern as the first.

However, with Richard O"Callaghan starting to become more prominent at midfield and Mullan a growing influence in attack Enniskillen went on to bang over four unanswered points to put a sizeable gap between the sides for the first time.

Sheridan converted a free and Corrigan then did the same to make it 0-09 to 0-07 before Lindsay helped himself a couple of points from play as the Gaels took control.

Feely pulled a point back from a free for Belcoo, their first point in 14 minutes, before Mullan notched one from play to make it 0-12 to 0-08.

Paddy Burns kept Belcoo in touch with a monster effort from a free kick on the left hand side line but it looked all set to be Enniskillen"s night when McAleer got on the end of a terrific move to clip over the bar.

There was to be another twist to this final though as Mulally picked up the break from a long ball that caught out the Enniskillen defence and blasted past Kieran Leonard in the Gaels goals to suddenly bring Belcoo back to within a point, 0-13 to 1-09.

Niall Cullen then drove forward from midfield to fire over the equaliser and with neither side able to find a winner another exciting contest looks in store this Friday night.

 

TAKEN FROM THE IMPARTIAL REPORTER

 

 

 

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