Erne Gaels Continue Their Winning Start
May. 6, 2012
SENIORS: Belcoo 0-10 v 2-10 Erne Gaels
Erne Gaels maintained their 100% winning start to the 2012 Division 1 Fermanagh Football League as they picked up a third straight victory in Belcoo on Sunday. Some strong running from the visitors pulled apart the Belcoo defense in the second half allowing them to register 2-7 as they secured a 6point victory.
A low scoring first period seen the sides share 6points as Jonathan Feeley, Stephen Maguire and Philip Leonard all registered for Belcoo with Barry McCann, Mark Lyons and Thomas McCaffrey on target for Erne Gaels.
Belcoo had plenty of possession in the opening period but struggled to get the ball into the scoring zone as the Erne Gaels defence forced them to shoot from out wide, at difficult angles.
Upon the resumption Belcoo produced their best move of the game with Jonathan Feeley and Shain Gallagher interchanging passes before the latter sent Stephen Nolan through on goals but the wing forward shot wide. Barry McCann and Stephen Maguire traded two scores each within the opening 5minutes before Erne Gaels hit their first goal.
Having moved the ball swiftly up the field, Thomas McCaffrey found himself in behind the Belcoo defence, the attacker fisted the ball across the square to Ryan Lyons however James McGrath made a fine save low to left, unfortunately for the ‘keeper the ball rebounded into the path of the on-rushing Mark Lyons who finished soccer style to the net.
Erne Gaels increased their advantage when Thomas McCaffrey landed a great score from the right wing before Barry McCann knocked over a fine placed ball to open up a 1-7 to 0-5 lead. Belcoo responded with scores from Paul McGrath and Shane McCabe but Erne Gaels continued to press forward at will and Brian Mullan hit two close range points from play.
With time running down a Jonathan Feeley hit two frees and Ronan Ferguson also added a point for the home side while Brian Mullan pointed for Erne Gaels to leave the score 1-10 to 0-10.
Referee Martin Higgins signaled their was only 1minute of stoppage time was to be played, Belcoo needed possession from the restart but it was Erne Gaels who gathered the breaking ball and strode forward. A comedy of errors in the Belcoo rearguard left Ryan Lyons with the simplest of finishes to complete the victory.
Erne Gaels have begun the season strongly whilst this was Belcoo second defeat in their opening three games.
TEAM: James McGrath, Ryan Leonard, Niall Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Eoin Leonard, Niall McGovern, Ryan Dolan, Paul McGrath (0-1), Brian Cox, Stephen Nolan, Philip Leonard (0-1), Shain Gallagher, Ian Corrigan, Stephen Maguire (0-3), Jonathan Feeley (0-3). Subs: Shane McCabe (0-1), Ronan Ferguson (0-1), Gavin Leonard.
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