Seven up for clin­i­cal Bel­lur­gan

The Argus - - SPORT -


ROCK had the temer­ity to take an early lead which they suf­fered for with the un­der-12 premier di­vi­sion lead­ers re-act­ing fast and with clin­i­cal ef­fi­ciency. None more so than in fin­ish­ing that was the glar­ing dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides.

For Rock had plenty of pos­ses­sion and in the at­tack­ing zone but they failed to cap­i­tal­ize , par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half when they had count­less scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to put at least a lot more re­spectable gloss on the score­line. Ad­mit­tedly some of that could be put down to con­sid­er­able mis­for­tune.

Plus they gave the lead­ers not a lit­tle help­ing hand -not that they needed it with tal­ents like Sean O’Hare, Milo Veale and Cian McKenna to name a few, and had a most re­li­able goal­keeper in Dan Fer­gu­son.

De­fen­sively Rock couldn’t be happy with the man­ner they con­ceded all of the Bel­lur­gan’s first four goals which left them with a moun­tain to climb at the break af­ter a tonic start. Alex O’Kane turned in Cor­mac Broe’s cor­ner kick to put Rock ahead af­ter five min­utes.

But O’Hare had al­ready hinted at the dan­ger he posed with only the fine re-ac­tion of Conal Duffy pre­vent­ing him scor­ing be­fore that.

Goal­keeper Ryan McCutcheon then was forced into an ex­cel­lent save to pre­vent him equal­iz­ing but he em­phat­i­cally put the home side on terms when he broke clear. Shouts by Rock for off­side were ig­nored by the ref­eree as he shot to the cor­ner of the net.

Shay Neary was un­for­tu­nate then as O’Hare’s cor­ner kick de­flected off him into the Rock net to make it 2-1 for the home side af­ter 16 min­utes.

That lead was in­creased ten min­utes later when an­other long ball eluded the Rock de­fence and Milo Veale was left fac­ing the ad­vanc­ing McCutcheon.

The ball bounced up kindly and he coolly lifted it over the goal­keeper into the empty net.

Bel­lur­gan had a let-off be­fore that when their goal­keeper Dan Fer­gu­son struck the ball off Rock’s Jamie Sor­aghan and it rolled wide of an open goal.

Two min­utes from the break Michael O’Shaugh­nessy per­fectly timed his jump at the back post to pow­er­fully met O’Hare’s cor­ner kick from the right to send the ball into the far top cor­ner of the net.

O’Hare ended any doubt about the des­ti­na­tion of the points when only a minute into the sec­ond half he pounced as the ball broke in the Rock penalty box and in as flash dis­patched it to the net.

Rock with Cian Spaight a con­struc­tive force through­out, made a lot of the at­tack­ing play, but didn’t en­joy any luck in front of goal In con­trast Bel­lur­gan were sharp and clin­i­cal when it came to fin­ish­ing.

Rock’s O’Kane who dis­played some de­light­ful trick­ery was de­nied by a fine save by Fer­gu­son, one of sev­eral by the home goal­keeper.

Then the ball bob­bled about the home goal­mouth and Ben McKe­own looked like he had to score when it fell be­fore him in front of the goalline.

A pow­er­ful Spaight free kick was de­flected onto the bar by Milo Veala, and the frus­tra­tion for Rock grew as when they thought the ball had crossed the home goal line Bel­lur­gan swiftly and lethally coun­ter­at­tacked.

Jack Long gave the ball to Cian McKenna in space on half way and he raced clear to slot home Bel­lur­gan’s sixth goal.

Rock con­tin­ued to seek an­other elu­sive score, with Spaight hav­ing a free tipped over the cross­bar, and an­other great ef­fort dealt in sim­i­lar man­ner by the goal­keeper.

In be­tween McKenna showed the way to fin­ish again, win­ning pos­ses­sion in the box and rolling the ball into space to smash it into the top cor­ner.

BEL­LUR­GAN: Dan Fer­gu­son, Sean Hol­land, An­drew McAr­dle, Michael O’Shaugh­nessy, Em­met Duffy, Sean O’Hare, Jack Long, Caolan Mur­phy, Cian McKenna, Milo Veale, Conal Shields, Josh Cond­lon, Dulta O’Neill.

ROCK: Ryan McCutcheon, Jake Lo­gan, Conal Duffy, Jamie Sor­aghan, Shay Neary, Cian Spaight, Cor­mac Broe, Liam McQuil­lan, Alex O’Kane, Harry O’Reilly, Cil­lian Lynch, Cil­lian Car­roll, Ben McKe­own, Micah Mu­sonda. Bel­lur­gan Utd 4 Rock Celtic 1; Muirhev­namor 2 Rock Celtic 1; Bel­lur­gan Utd 2 Glen­muir Utd 0; Quay Celtic 4 Sham­rocks 6

Glen­muir Celtic 1 Ardee Celtic 4; Dromin Juv 2 Bel­lur­gan Celtic 2

Glen­muir Ath­letic 1 Bay Utd 6; Blayney Acad Yel­low 2 Bel­lur­gan Ath­letic 0

Wal­shestown 2 Blayney Acad 2; Muirhev­namor 1 Quay Celtic 2; Glen­muir Utd 0 Bel­lur­gan Utd 4

Glen­muir Celtic 4 Quay Olympic 0

Sham­rocks Celtic 2 Bay Utd 0; Muirhev­namor Celtic 1 Bel­lur­gan Ath­letic 4

Ardee Celtic 4 Bay Utd 0; Bel­lur­gan Utd 0 Rock Celtic 3

Sham­rocks 5 Rockville 0 Bel­lur­gan Celtic 0 Rock Celtic 2 FIXTURES

Sham­rocks v Rock Celtic, Bellew Park 7.30 Wednes­day 05 De­cem­ber

Quay Celtic v Ardee Celtic, Clancy Pk 7.30

Bay Utd v Redeemer, Bellew Park 7.30

Rock Celtic v Sham­rocks, Sandy Lane 11.00

Sham­rocks Celtic v Bel­lur­gan Ath­letic, Fa­tima 11.00

Rock Celtic v Quay Ath­letic, Sandy Lane 12.30; Sham­rocks v Bel­lur­gan Utd, Fa­tima 12.30; St Do­minic’s v Ardee Celtic, Fri­ary Field 12.30 Rock Celtic v Muirhev­namor, Sandy Lane 11.00

Dromin Juv v Blayney Acad Blue, Dromin 11.00

Blayney Acad Yel­low v Bay Utd, Beech Hill 11.00

Bel­lur­gan Utd v Quay Celtic, Bel­lur­gan 12.30 U16 Di­vi­sion 1

Bel­lur­gan Celtic v St Do­minic’s, Bel­lur­gan 2.00;


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Shea Neary makes a break up the left wing for Rock Celtic against Muirhev­namór.

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