Ederney 1-08 Belcoo 1-08 It’s two draws out of two for Peter Clarke’s Belcoo side as they and Ederney had to settle for a share of the spoils on Saturday evening.
In an end to end encounter, Ederney edged in front with three minutes to go through a Chris Snow free but Paul McGrath swung over a levelling for Belcoo as they followed up last week’s draw against Lisnaskea with another against Ederney.
And Clarke is pleased with the start his side have made to the season.
“We’re a work in progress and it’s about building belief and confidence within the group so it’s good to have a couple of points on the board at this stage. We’ll just be taking it one game at a time, we have Roslea this week and we’ll be looking to take something from that game,” said Clarke.
Ederney had started their season with a win over Devenish and manager Mickey Cassidy felt that a point apiece was a fair outcome on Saturday.
“It could have gone either way but I thought that a draw was fair. We’ve got points on the board from our first two games and that’s important,” he said.
Next up is a meeting with champions Derrygonnelly and Cassidy expects it to be a massive test for his side.
“They are the league and championship double winners from last year and they are the team that everybody has to beat so it will be a tough game,” he added.
There was little dividing the sides during the opening period of the game and by the midway stage of the first half it was the away side who held a slender one point advantage, 0-03 to 0-02.
Johnny Feeley knocked over two points for Belcoo during this period, including one from play, while Ian Corrigan was also on the scoresheet for the O’Rahillys while the Ederney scores came from a Snow ‘45 and a point from play from Mark McCauley.
Ederney then had the chance to get their noses in front when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Niall Leonard on Conor Magee. Snow stepped up to hit the spot kick but his effort was superbly saved by James McGrath in the Belcoo goal and the O’Rahillys broke down the other end with Eoin Shiels feeding Feeley and he fired to the back of the net to make it 1-03 to 0-02.
The home side though were to respond late on the half with a goal of their own as the experienced Marty McGrath burst on to a ball and powered a shot to the back of the net from close range to close the gap back to a single point.
Belcoo however had the last say of the half as Aaron Dolan slotted over a point to leave them two points to the good at half time, 1-04 to 1-02.
Ederney enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the early part of the second half as they rattled over four points in a row to move two ahead. Paul McCusker, Chris Snow, Conor Magee and Declan Deazley all landed points for the home outfit during this spell to put them into a 1-06 to 1-04 lead.
Back came Belcoo though and Dolan and Feeley tagged on scores to tie the game at 1-06 apiece although Ederney answered with a pointed free from Paul McCusker to make it 1-07 to 1-06 in the home side’s favour.
Substitute Philip Leonard converted a free for Belcoo to once again level up proceedings before Snow again edged Ederney back in front. However, a long range free from Paul McGrath ensured Belcoo would return home with a point.