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Minor League Div 4 Semi Final

posted 19 May 2013, 14:48 by Unknown user

Duleek-Bellewstown reach Minor League Division 4 Final

DuleekBellewstown 4-14 Ballivor 3-9

A strong final quarter saw Duleek-Bellewstown minors reach the Division 4 final, where they will face St Peter’s Dunboyne, when they overcame a gallant Ballivor side in an entertaining match played in Duleek on Saturday evening

The lead changed numerous times throughout the game with little more than a score between the sides until that final quarter.  Duleek-Bellewstown were first out of the blocks with the opening 3 points from Shane Crosby, James Burke, and Darren Heeney. Ballivor immediately hit back and scored  1-2  between the 6th and 8th minutes, the goal coming from a neat flick by their centre forward . Duleek-Bellewstown responded in the 11th minutes with a goal from Stephen Moore following some good work from the midfield.  The teams then traded points with Shane Townley pointing a long range score from about 40 yards before the Ballivor centerfield outpaced the Duleek Bellewstown defence to fire an unstoppable shot to the net.  Shane Townley then pointed another long range effort in the run up to the interval where another 2 points were shared to leave Ballivor leading at the interval 2-5 to 1-5.

Ballivor opened up the second half with a point straight from the throw in. Following a Matthew Brannigan point in the sixth minute, Darren Heeney  came to the fore with 1-1 in the space of a minute, first popping over a point and then capitalised on a mistake from the resulting kick out to score a goal and put Duleek-Bellewstown in front for the second time in the game. Ballivor, to their credit, came back and pointed quickly to restore parity. Play was tense for the next 5 minutes and Ballivor appeared to be gaining the upper hand when their excellent Number 9 again outpaced the home defence to crack another goal.

At that stage it was looking like Ballivor were going to overturn their defeat in the league stages but in the next 5 minutes the complexion of the tie changed again.  Darren Heeney immediately responded with a point from a difficult angle. Then Stephen Lynch raiding down the right hand side scored a goal from a tight angle ; This was followed by two long range frees from Shane Townley and a delightful point from James Burke following a break through the centre to put a 5 point difference between the sides with 5 minutes remaining.  

Ballivor continued to press the home defence searching for a goal but could only manage two points. Up front Darren Heeney was continuing to cause problems for the Ballivor rear-guard, and from a defence splitting long ball from Stephen Lynch, was taken down in the large square. From the resultant penalty Shane Crosby stepped up and goaled by sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick. This was followed by another Townley long range point and the scoring was completed when Stephen Lynch pointed with the last kick of the game to leave the final score Duleek-Bellewstown 4-14 Ballivor 3-9.

This was a very entertaining, competitive and enjoyable match, while the final score slightly flattered the home team it was their ability to keep calm under pressure, and to continually do the simple things along with that final quarter surge that saw them win out. In defence the home team were best served by the half back line of Lynch, Cooney and Gogarty, At midfield  the surging runs of Shane Crosby and the long range scoring and defensive work of Shane Townley kept Ballivor at bay, while upfront Darren Heeney  and James Burke kept their opponents on their toes.

Duleek -Bellewstown

D Moore, K Brannigan, P Walsh, S Lynch(1-1) R Cooney C Gogarty,  S Townley(0-5) S Crosby(1-0) J Burke (0-1) D Heeney(1-5) O Morris  S Moore (1-1) G Reilly. Subs J Fitzpatrick for O Morris, M Brannigan(0-1) for G Reilly.