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May 25, 2017 - U14 Girls Win Excellent Contest With Belnaleck
U14 Girls Division 2: Belcoo 4-4 v 3-5 Belnaleck
What a tussle this was as Belcoo U14 Girls overcame a strong Belnaleck side in a fantastic game of football at a sun-kissed MacNean Park this evening, the O'Rahilly's coming from behind to win 4-4 to 3-5.
The win was gained through sheer grit and determination from each & every girl in the Blue jersey. They battled and worked hard for every minute of the encounter on what was a savage warm evening.
Ciana McGrath who'd a fine game, brings Belcoo forward in the opening half
Belnaleck are a great side and it took a big performance from the home team to come out the right side of the result. The visitors had four points to their name at the interval. The strong running Shanna Cassidy on target with three of these, the latter two from placed balls while Moya Hill knocked over the other.
Belcoo were against the wind in this period but they had defended well. Eimear Magee had a fine finish to the first half, some strong tackles thwarting Belnaleck attacks while Siofra McAloon swooped down bravely to pick up loose balls and clear the danger.
Ciana McGrath had a fabulous match, driving upfield with possession, playing good passes, making blocks and timing tackles well. It was a good burst down the right that created the opening score for Belcoo, the ball into the forward line fastened onto by the fleet footed Eve Barrett who hit a fine point on 8minutes.
Scarlett O'Connor scampers forward in the attack that seen Belcoo score their first goal
Coming to half time it was 0-4 to 0-1 in Belnaleck's favour however Belcoo worked a game levelling goal the full length of the field. Sam Martin and Ciana McGrath combined to move the ball out of the defence. Scarlett O'Connor gained possession on the right and moved upfield. She found Aine Barrett who fed Cara Gray and she slipped a fist pass to Sinead Barrett, the winger drove in and found the net, a slick move well finished for a draw at half time. 1-1 to 0-4.
There were good first half showings again by Rhianne McGuinness at wing back, reading the ball well while Sam Martin was working well in midfield against the powerful Farrah McCloskey.
Eve Barrett in control as she runs away from her marker
Belnaleck hit two early goals at the start of the second half but Belcoo hit back, Sinead Barrett cutting in from the right, she fired a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out, Barrett followed her shot and outjumped some defenders to palm the ball into the net to cut the deficit to three.
Belnaleck though moved shifty upfield to point, 2-5 to 2-1 they led with 15minutes to play. Belcoo were continuing to do well, at the back Rachel Nolan and Ciara Nolan had been introduced and both were heavily involved in stopping and blocking more chances for the visitors to score. Goalkeeper Mikayla Maguire was alert on her line and was picking out blue jerseys with all kickouts.
Niamh McAloon has a fierce second half for her team at centre back, moving forward to help out while Aoife Keaney and Sinead Barrett relieved the pressure by carrying the ball up the field.
Further forward Eve Barrett and Scarlett O'Connor were causing all sorts of problem, driving forward, weaving their way in and out of tackles while both went close to scoring goals, the crossbar denying both while some great blocks by Belnaleck also denied Belcoo.
Undeterred the O'Rahilly's did find the net, a patient bit of play between Aine and Sinead Barrett seen the ball recycled to Aoife Keaney, her long ball into the danger zone was flicked to the net by Scarlett O'Connor. Belcoo followed up with a point from Sinead Barrett after a good kick pass from Sam Martin. Draw game, 8minutes to play. 3-2 to 2-5.
Niamh McAloon wins a foot race and takes Belcoo upfield again
Belnaleck were to go ahead once more having worked a good goal. Belcoo though battled back. It was end to end, fast and frantic. Aoife Keaney pointed a free kick five minutes from time after a strong run by Sinead Barrett seen her fouled.
Ten minute to play and Belcoo hit the front, Eve Barrett did fantastically well to duck and dive her way in towards the goal, her effort was blocked, Cara Gray though was on hand to find the back of the net, capping another hard working game from her.
Belcoo now a point up with time on their side. Belnaleck pressed forward, they were denied by Ciana McGrath, Rhianne McGuinness and Rachel Nolan before a great bit of play by Niamh McAloon seen her break up a promising attack. After a stoppage in play, Belcoo would then work the ball in for a scorable free. Ciana McGrath, Sinead Barrett and Cara Gray involved before Scarlett O'Connor was upended. Aine Barrett slotted the free for a two point lead.
That was how it would finish. Belcoo two points to the good on a 4-4 to 3-5 scoreline after an excellent encounter between two very good teams. The win means Belcoo have three wins from three games in the Division.
The girls will climb Cuilagh on Monday morning before they are in action that evening against Maguiresbridge which will see the league reach the halfway stage.
Team. Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon, Ciana McGrath, Cara Gray (1-0), Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett (2-1), Aoife Keaney (0-1), Scarlett O'Connor (1-0, Eve Barrett (0-1), Aine Barrett (0-1). Subs Ciara Nolan, Rachel Nolan, Eimear Gray.
May 25, 2017 - Upcoming Fixtures
Thursday 25th May at 7pm: U14 Girls Home to Belnaleck.
May 24, 2017 - U14 Boys Final
The Under 14 Boys Division 2 League Final has been fixed for this coming Saturday, 27th May in Derrylin at 6.30pm. Belcoo will meet Teemore in the decider, the two teams have drawn the last two meetings between one another with Teemore winning the Feile na nOg Final after extra time. It promises to be another close encounter on Saturday evening.
We wish Paul, Emmet and the players all the very best as they look to create a bit of history. The club has never secured a Division 1 or 2 U14 League Title in the past, this group of players has their chance to do so on Saturday against Teemore.
May 22, 2017 - U14 Girls Make It Two Wins From Two In Low Scoring Affair
U14 Girls Division 2: Devenish 1-1 v 0-6 Belcoo
Belcoo U14 Girls made it two wins from two in this low scoring affair in Garrison this evening, victors on a 0-6 to 1-1 scoreline.. It was hard work but it was a deserved victory. The young O'Rahilly's held the majority of the possession all night but didn't put it on the scoreboard meaning Devenish were always in with a chance of winning.
Devenish won the U13 final between the sides last year and this was always going to be a tough encounter but to the Belcoo Girls credit they were up for the challenge from the first whistle. Some of the younger P6 & P7 girls had superb games.
Sinead Barrett carried the ball away from the Devenish defence
Belcoo were to hit the opening score in the second minute, working a great move down the right side. The Keaney sisters Aoife and Riona combining with Sinead Barrett who raced away, fed Ciana McGrath who slipped the ball to Scarlett O'Connor for what was a very well taken point.
O'Connor was extremely lively throughout the opening half getting on plenty of ball while corner forwards Riona Keaney and Eve Barrett were extremely busy. A free on 8minutes was quickly taken by Sinead Barrett to Eve Barrett for a point. Sinead then went close with a goal effort on 10minutes but it went wide however it had been a great start by the visitors.
Defensively Rhianne McGuinness was going really well again, blocking and reading the game excellently she fastened onto a number of loose balls from clearances and kickouts with Siofra McAloon and Niamh McAloon double teaming some Devenish forwards to turnover the ball.
Riona Keaney out in front to claim possession
A strong surge upfield by captain Aine Barrett seen her fouled 25metres from goal and Aoife Keaney did the necessary, splitting the posts with the free kick. Cara Gray and Sam Martin continued to get through a mountain of work in the middle sector while a fantastically timed tackle by Eimear Magee coming to half time denied a certain strike at goal.
By half time, Belcoo were four points to the good, another powerful run by Sinead Barrett seen her cut open the home defence and find Aoife Keaney who applied the finish. The O'Rahilly's had a number of other chances in the half but they broke down when entering the scoring zone. Half Time. Devenish 0-0 v 0-4 Belcoo.
Belcoo lost the impressive Rhianne McGuinness to a wrist injury on the stroke of half time and had to shuffle things around. Devenish were always going to have a spell of pressure and it came early in the half as they penned Belcoo back.
Eve Barrett evades her defender as she move in on goal
Some more good defending from Aine Barrett, Rachel Nolan and goalkeeper Mikayla Maguire had kept out Devenish until midway through the half they registered their goal. 1-0 to 0-4.
It was tight and tense and Devenish would level matters with five minutes to play. Belcoo though who hadn't scored in the half worked the ball downfield. Niamh McAloon was strong at the back to break out, she gave possession to Cara Gray who in turn found Sam Martin 40metres from goal, she drove at her player, side stepped her and thumped over an exceptional point to put her side back in the lead.
The score lifted the O'Rahilly's who finished strongly. Riona Keaney and Eve Barrett did excellent work down the right side, the ball went across the face of the goal where Scarlett O'Connor recovered it and fired it over the bar for a two point cushion as the clock ticked into added time.
Sam Martin on her way to what was the score of the game to put Belcoo ahead with four minutes to play
Devenish made a big push at the finish but Ciana McGrath and Aine Barrett came up with good turnovers before moving the ball forward to safety while Ciara Nolan got an important hand in to prevent another attack. Belcoo had done enough to win, 0-6 to 1-1. It was a tough and draining game but one the sky blues deserved to win for the effort and work they put into it.
Up next is Belnaleck in Belcoo on Thursday evening. Players to be at the pitch for 6.20pm, throw in is 7pm.
Team. Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Rachel Nolan, Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon, Aine Barrett, Cara Gray, Sam Martin (0-1), Sinead Barrett, Aoife Keaney (0-2), Scarlett O'Connor (0-2), Eve Barrett (0-1), Ciana McGrath, Riona Keaney. Subs Ciara Nolan, Eimear Gray.
May 22, 2017 - Club Notes
Saturday morning P1 to P6 training returns from 10.30am to 11.45am.
The Under 10’s played Competitive and Development matches against Devenish last Friday. Training continues Wednesday from 7pm to 8.30pm for P5 & P6’s. On Friday 26th May they travel to Derrygonnelly for a 7.30pm throw in. P4 welcome, should be two games. Bus leaving 6.20pm.
Our Under 14’s Boys recorded a 3-12 to 1-2 win over Lisnaskea last Thursday. They will contest the Division 2 League Final this weekend against Teemore. Details of date, time and venue are still unknown when going to press. See club website or weebly later in the week. Best of Luck to Paul, Emmet and the players for the Final.
Our Under 14 Girls began their Division 2 league campaign last Wednesday night with a 7-9 to 4-1 victory over Newtownbutler. They travel to Devenish tonight, Monday, for a 7pm throw in. Bus leaving 6.10pm. The Girls play again on Thursday, 25th May, they are home to Belnaleck, throw in 7pm. Players to be at the pitch for 6.20pm.
Our U14 Boys & Girls are doing a sponsored Climb of Cuilagh on Monday 29th May. Everyone welcome.
The Reserves made it six wins in a row on Friday evening when they beat Ederney 1-12 to 0-7. This Friday they host leaders Irvinestown in Belcoo, throw in 8pm.
The Seniors returned to action on Sunday and drew with Erne Gaels on a 2-13 to 4-7 scoreline. This Sunday at 1pm they travel to Irvinestown.
Huge thanks once again to Stiofan Mullally of the Dugout Bar for his continued sponsorship towards the club. Stiofan is now in his fourth season as our main sponsor and he is pictured here with his daughter Casey being presented with a framed jersey of the New Senior Kit alongside Chairman Bernard Feeley, Vice Chairman Ken McPartland, Secretary Tom White, Senior Captain Niall McGovern and Senior Vice Captain Paul McGrath ahead of Sunday's drawn game with Erne Gaels.
Tickets are on sale for the ‘Empty The Tank’ Draw which will take place on the Centenary weekend. First Prize is a ride on Lawn Mower. Tickets £10 and available from all committee members.
We are on the look out for old paper cuttings, programmes, jerseys or memorabilia of any kind for our upcoming Centenary Celebration. If you have anything, please bring it along so we can get it digitalised this Sunday, 28th May at 7pm in the LCC Centre.
IRISH LANGUAGE COLLECTION
The club will be holding an Irish Language Collection at both Holywell & Mullaghdun Masses this coming weekend. All support appreciated.
There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot on Monday 15th May. Letters drawn were K, L, O, W, Y. Lucky Dips went to Nora Parker, Luke McGinley, J.P. McGovern and Frances Rasdale. Next weeks Jackpot is for £6,950.
May 21, 2017 - Last Gasp Goal Gives Seniors Deserved Draw
Senior League Division 1: Belcoo 2-13 v 4-7 Erne Gaels
The Seniors rallied from six down in the last five minutes to claim a draw at home to Erne Gaels this afternoon. Paul McGrath plundered a goal with the last attack of the contest as the O'Rahilly's ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a third draw of the campaign.
The draw was the least the hosts deserved as they put a lot into the tie. More hunger, desire, grit and determination was on show in their new kit once again kindly sponsored by Stiofan Mullally of the Dugout in Blacklion.
It was a strange game at times, played in tricky conditions as the swirling crossfield wind caused a bit of havoc. Erne Gaels failing to covert a half dozen first half frees.
Belcoo had begun well, Matthew McAloon was fouled in the left sideline, Paul McGrath knocking over the free from an acute angle. The hosts were moving the ball well and the McGrath brothers, James and Paul combined to slip the on-running Jonathan Feeley the ball and he fired over a fine point from play on the left side.
A barnstorming run from wing back Ryan Leonard seen him drill over a good point while Paul McGrath took a Niall McGovern pass and raced through for a left footed score. 0-4 to no score, twelve minutes played.
Wing Back Ryan Leonard got forward to land four fine scores during the hour Pic Tim Flaherty
Erne Gaels were to impose themselves a bit more in the game but were growing more frustrated by the minute with their missed opportunities. Oisin Kelm eventually raised the white flag midway through the half. The visitors went on to have a good spell but only had one point to show for it through Michael Og McGarrigle while Belcoo broke to good effect, Matthew McAloon notching an excellent score on the run down the left.
The visitors though would register a goal after moving through the Belcoo defence, Oisin Kelm the man to drill into the roof of the net beyond Jack O'Dolan. 1-3 to 0-5.
Belcoo though finished the half in the lead as Ryan Leonard again drove down the wing to fire over a great point while Paul McGrath arrowed over another free from near the sideline. Half time 0-7 to 1-3.
Dean McDermott takes Belcoo forward in the second half Pic Tim Flaherty
The second half was full of scores, five goals were recorded to go with ten more points in what was a high scoring affair. The order in what way things happened is a bit sketchy.
Seamus Ryder and Tommy McCaffrey entered the fray at the interval. Ryder slotted two early frees with Paul McGrath levelling things from a place ball.
Erne Gaels would hit their first of three second half goal, Keeper Jack O'Dolan had done well under a high ball but a stray fist pass coming out with the ball gave Erne Gaels possession back and they worked a goal after an almighty bit of blocking and hacking in the Belcoo goalmouth. 2-5 to 0-8.
The hosts got themselves back into it, Dean McDermott scoring from close range before he did really well to turnover an attack and set Belcoo on their way to a first goal. McDermott found Matthew McAloon who in turn slipped Jonathan Feeley in and he confidently rounded the keeper for a goal. Belcoo back ahead by point.
Jonathan Feeley rounds Stephen Ryder to score Belcoo's first goal. Pic Tim Flaherty
Erne Gaels though registered another goal, a long ball for a point dropped under O'Dolan's crossbar for a three pointer while Tommy McCaffrey knocked over a free kick.
Paul McGrath pointed for Belcoo but Seamus Ryder was to cut in from the left and fire in a fourth goal as the visitors looked destined for the points, six up with five minutes to play. 4-7 to 1-10.
Belcoo were in no mood to take nothing from this game though and they produced a string of points at the death to bring it to a one score game. James McGrath angled over a 45 while Ryan Leonard swung over a fine point from the right wing. Leonard then went close to a goal as Belcoo worked a good move through the hands, his shot grazed the crossbar to leave three between them.
The last gasp goal came from a Hail Mary by Niall McGovern which broke for Aaron Dolan, his scooped effort hit the crossbar with Paul McGrath reacting quickest to volley into the net. Belcoo were to claim the kickout but the final whistle was blown for a third draw of the season.
Team. Jack O'Dolan, Ryan McGovern, Christopher Leonard, Martin Corrigan, Ryan Leonard (0-4), Niall McGovern, Gavin Leonard, James McGrath (0-1), Dean McDermott (0-1), Aaron Dolan, Jonathan Feeley (1-1), Stephen Nolan, Niall Leonard, Paul McGrath (1-5), Matthew McAloon (0-1). Subs. Niall Cullen, Ian Corrigan.
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1
U14 Division 2: Lisnaskea 1-2 v 3-12 Belcoo
Belcoo U14's completed their league fixtures with a 3-12 to 1-2 victory in Lisnaskea this evening. The O'Rahilly's will meet Teemore in the League Final on the weekend of 27/28th May, details to be confirmed.
Tonight's fixture never really sparked into life. Belcoo were defensively very good, the six backs keeping Lisnaskea at bay, forcing shots under pressure while Colum Higgins in particular had a fantastic hour, out in front to claim possession, breaking forward and making good use of the ball.
It was further forward the visitors struggled. A host of guilt edged chances were squandered, here’s hoping all will click in the upcoming League decider. In saying that, some of the scores were well worked and well taken. Michael Burns the leading light with clever runs and a good first touch seeing him create and pop over some excellent scores.
Colum Higgins who had a excellent game breaks out from the defence in the first half
Belcoo were to open their account on 2minutes when Emmett McGuinness drove upfield playing a one two with Josh Killilea before Dara Flanagan took the pass and was fouled. Killilea slotted the free.
Patrick Martin and Jack Greene combined well but Michael Burns fired wide moments later. The young forward made no mistake with the next effort. He split the posts after blocking the goalkeepers clearance. Blocking was an area targeted before the game, Daniel O'Connor, Burns and McGuinness all made blocks inside the opening 10minutes.
Burns had a half chance for goal after more good work from Greene while a great move down the right with O'Connor, McGuinness, Gerry Nolan and Killilea ended with a good point by Burns.
Head up, Emmett McGuinness plots his pass
Lisnaskea, like they had done in Belcoo a few weeks ago, missed some good chances for points early on. Belcoo in fairness pressured all their kicks. A short Lisnaskea free kick would see the hosts hit the net, the ball dropping under the bar to level it up. 1-0 to 0-3.
Belcoo's response was to go the length of the field and get their first goal. Colum Higgins took the kickout from Jamie Ray, he played a one two with Cian White before a good kickpass was gathered by Dara Flanagan who in turn picked out Michael Burns and he advanced on goal before chipping the keeper.
Patrick Martin was to claim the kickout and return the ball over the black spot while other chances came and went. Dara Flanagan will wonder how he managed to find the side netting with the goal at his mercy.
Cian White does well to claim possession under some pressure
Ben McNulty made a fine catch close to his own nets to prevent a goal and he put in a good shift throughout, getting hands in to break ball away from his man before picking up the loose balls. Oisin O'Loughlin had a quiet night as he curtailed his mans involvement in the game, doing well when the ball came his way while Conor McKeown advanced forward at the right times to help out. Half Time: Lisnaskea 1-0 v 1-5 Belcoo.
Belcoo netted early in the second half. Gerry Nolan, who put in another big effort in midfield driving upfield to find Josh Killilea and his shot dipped beneath the crossbar for a three pointer. Michael Burns slotted another point while Sean Boylan fed Jack Greene for a fine score.
Oggie Kelly responded for Lisnaskea but Belcoo were now pulling away. Jamie Ray did claw the ball out of the top corner with Colum Higgins clearing the danger.
Patrick Martin angled over two great points from distance as Belcoo started to move the ball much better in the forward line. Burns added another from play before Emmett McGuinness got on the end of a flowing move and drilled in a fantastic goal for 3-10 to 1-1.
The hard working Josh Killilea takes on Ryan Hicks
Ethan McCaffrey was to fire over for the hosts who continued to battle away. Cian Hanna in the middle of the field working hard while Ryan Hicks and Marcus O'Hara gave it everything.
Belcoo missed three goal chances, Michael Burns hitting the bar from close range, Sean Boylan followed up the rebound and with the goals open, he too struck the crossbar. Oisin O'Loughlin also registered a wide from close range having beaten the goalkeeper to the loose ball.
Michael Burns and Conor McKeown hit late points for Belcoo who look ahead to a final with Teemore, whom they have had tight battles with this year. Teemore claimed the Division 2 Feile crown against Belcoo after a few periods of extra time while the league fixture was a draw between the side. Training continues Tuesday 23rd May at 7pm. League Final will be on the weekend of 27th/28th, date, time and venue to be arranged.
Team. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Colum Higgins, Daniel O'Connor, Emmett McGuinness (1-0), Conor McKeown (0-1), Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin (0-3), Michael Burns (1-6), Jack Greene (0-1), Eoin Corrigan, Josh Killilea (1-1), Dara Flanagan, Cian White.. Sean Boylan.
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