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Match Report: Newtown 0-8 Belcoo 0-6

Box Score

Jul. 29, 2009

Newtownbutler 0-8 Belcoo 0-6

Image related to story 389430, see caption or article text Belcoo's Niall McGovern advances with the ball under pressure from Newtownbutler's Shane Leonard. (Impartial Reporter Photograph)

Another win hard fought win for Newtown as they edged out visiting Belcoo by a slim two point margin in a game which never reached any great heights.

The First Fermanagh's were to be deserving enough winners for they had led the contest for most of the hour though in the end they had to depend on two late scores to scramble themselves over the winning line.

They had led by two points at the break and held the advantage through the third quarter before they hit a rocky patch which saw Belcoo haul themselves back to level terms but in the end the slightly more assured home side were to squeeze out the win.

For Newtown, in a game which had both defences hold the upper hand overall, Eugene Maguire had a particularly sound game in the rearguard and further up the park for them, Colm Monaghan and Shane Leonard were best.

For Belcoo, who have lost practically all of their early season verve, their full back line comprised of James Stewart, Emmet Scallon and Ryan Leonard turned in a fine contribution but elsewhere it was a low key display, Paddy McGinley until he retired injured, perhaps the most consistent player for them with some threat coming from Ciaran Flaherty.

Five points for Newtown in the first half, a thirty minutes which had them in front from the outset. Scores coming from Shane Leonard, Colm Monaghan, Frank Mulligan and Sean Monaghan the latter moving up from half back to toss over his score.

Answering for Belcoo came two scores from Stephen Maguire plus one from Paddy McGinley.

The quality of the play didn't really improve much on the changeover though there was to be a reasonably tight finish. Ryan Carson knocked over a sixth point for Newtown but Belcoo managed to raise their game to some extent and they came back with a couple of points from Stephen Maguire and then a levelling score from Declan Leonard.

A draw a distinct possibility but the home side were able to put in a sturdy finish and they had two well struck points from Kevin Connolly and Brendan McBrien to clinch the win.





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