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Jul 19, 2020 - Ladies Off To Flyer With One Point Win
SENIOR LADIES DIVISION 2: Belcoo 6-8 v 2-19 Lisnaskea
While the mood was a sombre one for Sunday morning 10am throw in our Senior Ladies made sure they gave it their all-in memory of a friend and neighbour to many. When the game itself got going it was an excellent affair from the outset, it ebbed and flowed, some fine scores were taken, great pressure applied, mighty bits of defending done at a windswept MacNean Park.
The O’Rahilly’s had the stiff breeze in their backs in the opening half and began the contest with the opening two scores. Sinead Barrett did well down the left side before popping the ball into Donna Feeley who sprinted in the from wing and cleverly fisted a point. From the next play, Eimear Higgins claimed possession, slipped the ball off to the on-rushing Sinead Barrett who in turn fisted through to Elaine Maguire who dispatched the ball to the net.
Lisnaskea would work their first attack of note and it was a slick one as they made several neat passes before former County Star Caroline (Little) Kerins drove in for a goal. Belcoo returned to the other end with Aine Barrett driving forward, she was surrounded 20yards out and recycled to sister Sinead who split the posts.
The visitors second score was to be a second goal, this time Sharon (Little) Murphy was on the end of the attack to net a three pointer. Laoise Clarke followed up with a point before Belcoo retook the lead on 10minutes. Crona Higgins did well to win back possession, her ball to Elaine Maguire was well taken and with Sam Martin off the shoulder on the run, Maguire slipped her in, and she drilled low to the net. 2-2 to 2-1 the O’Rahilly’s led.
Two Lisnaskea points in the next 5minutes gave them the advantage once again as the two sides continued to battle for every ball. Belcoo had a goal chance with Mikayla Maguire but goalkeeper Aine Martin made a good save, Sam Martin drew the boot on the rebound and it flew over the bar to level things again. Skea would hit four in a row in a dominant spell before Belcoo finished the half in excellent fashion.
The O’Rahilly’s would register 3-4 over the closing 7minutes of the half. A superb flowing move involving Sinead Barrett, Elaine Maguire, Seana Feeley and Eimear Higgins ended with Maguire getting on the ball again and firing to the net. Maguire would then win a free she converted herself.
As Lisnaskea threatened at the other end, Lisa Stewart turned over the ball, Leona McNulty then picked out Eimear Higgins in the middle and she swiftly transferred the ball forward to Elaine Maguire, again Sam Martin was supporting, Maguire slipped her in and Martin found the net again.
Break balls had been something the O’Rahilly’s were struggling to get their hands on, but Sinead Barrett snapped up a loose one from the kickout, she found Donna Feeley who rifled an unstoppable shot to the net on the run. Another break ball from the next play seen Michelle Cullen secure possession, she combined with Elaine Maguire before Feeley got on the ball and pointed.
Belcoo were on a roll as the half ended, Elaine Maguire firing over two more points as the hosts held a 5-7 to 2-7 lead.
The O’Rahilly’s got a great fillip in the opening attack of the second half as a great crossfield ball from Elaine Maguire found Donna Feeley and she thumped the ball to the net. 12points the margin but playing with the breeze now, Lisnaskea began to chip away at the points. Caroline Kerins was accurate from several placed balls while scores were added from play. Belcoo had struggled to gain a foothold in the contest and with 5minutes remaining there was just the minimum between them. 6-7 to 2-18.
Belcoo’s joint captain and goalkeeper Kelly Connolly sustained a broken nose in a goalmouth scramble as Lisa Stewart swooped to gather the loose ball crossing the goal line. Connolly was forced off and replaced by Niamh McAloon with Belcoo holding the narrowest of leads. Aoife Keaney came to the fore defensively in the closing stages, thwarting attacks and carrying the ball out of the defence. Belcoo were working extremely hard to hold on to their lead, the game now being played at a serious speed and intensity. Michelle Cullen, Stacey McCabe, Leona McNulty and Crona Higgins got hands in to knock balls away from their opponents as both sides made some great turnovers. Lisnaskea though would level from a free kick.
Just minutes to go and Skea looked dangerous again but McAloon was off her line sharply to deny Caroline Kerins. Belcoo worked the ball the length of the field, an Aoife Keaney free on the Belcoo 20yard line found Sinead Barrett and down the right wing they went, Stephaine Maguire, Elaine Maguire, Aine Barrett, Donna Feeley, Seana Feeley, Eimear Higgins all got touches before a free was awarded 30yards from goal. This was half a chance, into a tough wind, Elaine Maguire steadied, took aim and slotted the ball over the black spot. Belcoo were 1up with time for one more play.
A long kickout from the Skea keeper sent the visitors marauding downfield, it was the only real time in the game the Belcoo defence was cut wide open and the goal to win it was on, as the attacker raced through, Niamh McAloon stepped forward and made a tremendous save, she retained the ball and with the clearance the referee blew for full time. A dramatic end to an enthralling contest, Belcoo had hung on for a one point win, 6-8 (26) v 2-19 (25).
Up next the Seniors travel to Brewster Park on Sunday for a 10am throw in against Enniskillen Gaels. Before that though a number of these players will be in action for the Minors on Thursday night as they begin their league in Tempo at 7pm.
Team: (15 a side): Kelly Connolly, Aoife Keaney, Leona McNulty, Lisa Stewart, Crona Higgins, Michelle Cullen, Stacey McCabe, Eimear Higgins, Seana Feeley, Aine Barrett, Sinead Barrett (0-1), Sam Martin (2-1), Donna Feeley (2-2), Elaine Maguire (2-4), Mikayla Maguire. Subs Used: Stephanie Maguire, Niamh McAloon. Unused: Cara Gray, Ciara Nolan, Niamh Cullen.
Jul 19, 2020 - U14 Girls Begin With A Win
Our Under 14 Girls got their season off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon with a 2-27 to 2-4 victory over Erne Gaels.
It was a slow start for the O’Rahilly’s who eventually got going coming to half time and they continued to hold the upper hand during a much improved second half display.
Erne Gaels recorded half of their final tally in the opening 5minutes of the contest. Belcoo took their time to warm to the task, the excellent Emilie McCallion first to fire in a score on 6minutes with a goal. Ciara Parker soon added two points to level matters, one of which was made by the roving Siofra McAloon who played a number of one two’s up the field before finding Parker for the score.
The hosts gained a good foothold in the tie at this juncture, Eimear Gray was impressive at centre back with Lily-Mae McNulty and Megan Maguire going well in defence. Emilie McCallion knocked over her first point while Eve Barrett strode in from the wing to fist a score.
Erne Gaels would record a second goal but Belcoo finished the half with five points. Riona Keaney, Ciara Parker (2), Emilie McCallion and Scarlett O’Connor all on target as the half time score read Belcoo 1-9 v 2-2 Erne Gaels.
Belcoo were much improved in the second period, Erne Gaels did hit the first score but from here to the finish Belcoo held sway. Cairenn McGrath, Lily-Mae McNulty and Emilie McCallion worked well together down the left side on several occasions in the half to create scoring opportunities. Scarlett O’Connor won a large number of kickouts which kept the visitors pinned back, allowing Belcoo to knock over some more points. Abbie McGovern, Ciara Parker, Scarlett O’Connor and Rachel Nolan all split the posts early in the half.
An overworked Erne Gaels defence were struggling to cope with the waves of Belcoo attacks but to their credit they kept working hard. They have some very young but game wee players who’ll no doubt go far in the future.
Rachel Nolan netted a goal midway through the half as scores continued to flow, Ciara Parker registered either side of an Abbie McGovern point while Riona Keaney and Eve Barrett finished off good moves with scores. Nolan and Parker slotted another point each before exiting the fray, substitutes Ella McGovern and Zoe Lavery were quickly into the thick of the action getting their hands of plenty of the ball.
Scarlett O’Connor powered her way down the centre for a fine score while McNulty and McCallion combined for the latter to slot over a nice point. McCallion was on the scoresheet moments later as substitute Casey Nolan slipped her in for another score. Eve Barrett was to ping over a fine score from distance before Ella McGovern capped a good second half performance by her team with a well taken point.
The O’Rahilly’s travel to Garrison on Monday evening for a 7pm throw in. Players to be venue for 6.30pm.
Team (14 a side): Siofra McAloon, Cairenn McGrath, Lisa Lavery, Megan Maguire, Lily Mae McNulty, Eimear Gray, Caitlyn Nolan, Scarlett O’Connor (0-3), Riona Keaney (0-2), Emilie McCallion (1-4). Eve Barrett (0-4), Ciara Parker (0-9), Abbie McGovern (0-2), Rachel Nolan (1-2). Subs: Orlaith McAloon, Ella McGovern (0-1), Zoe Lavery, Casey Nolan, Evie Savage, Kayla McGrath.
Jul 18, 2020 - U13 Boys Lose Opener By 1point
U13 Boys Division 4: Belcoo 3-8 v 4-6 Erne Gaels
Our Under 13 Boys were edged out in a really tight contest this morning. The game was level on several occasions but by the final whistle it was the Erne Gaels boys who held the advantage by a single point. It was a great contest from start to finish and some excellent scores were taken. Belcoo’s Dara Nolan registered twice in the early stages either side of a well struck point from Charlie McCabe.
The O’Rahilly’s first goal would arrive next as Lucas Connolly and Charlie McCabe combined to set up Dara Nolan and he confidently fired to the net. Coming to half time the hosts hit a second goal. Jaden Connolly done well in the build up, Rian Kennedy fastened onto the ball and drilled a shot against the upright with Shea Feeley reacting quickest to knock the ball to the net.
Half time: Belcoo 2-3 v 2-3 Erne Gaels
The sides once again traded scores in the second period. Ross Corrigan was first to fire over for the O’Rahilly’s before Jaden Connolly registered two well taken points from distance. Belcoo’s only goal of the half come midway through it, Killian Maguire finding the net with a well struck effort following good build up play by Dara Nolan and Jaden Connolly. Erne Gaels had good spell to edge into the lead but Belcoo continued to battle well.
Jaden Connolly cut the deficit to two points before Dara Nolan put the minimum between them with a few minutes to play. Unfortunately for our very young O’Rahilly’s, they couldn’t find a levelling score as Erne Gaels defended well to hang on for a 4-6 to 3-8 victory. There was a very good performance from Jaden Connolly throughout and he was well supported by Jack O’Connor, Rian Kennedy and Aodan Cullen.
Jul 15, 2020 - FOOTBALL SET TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND
Club Football looks set to return this weekend and we have 4 teams in Action.
Best of Luck to all players and managers as they begin their respective campaigns.
Feb 14, 2020 - Week 4 Selections - LMS 2020
Week 4 Selections for Last Man Standing where 61 entrants remain in the running for the £500 prize - Fixtures are on the weekend of 22nd/23rd February
Feb 14, 2020 - U19 Boys League
Our Under 19 Boys begin their Division 3 League campaign this coming Sunday at 1pm in Aughadrumsee. The O'Rahilly's will meet Derrylin & Ederney in this League also. Its a very young Belcoo side but they are a talented wee group. We wish them well for the season ahead.
Sunday 16th February at 1pm - Away to Aughadrumsee
Sunday 23rd February at 1pm - Home to Derrylin
Sunday 8th March at 1pm - Away to Ederney
Feb 5, 2020 - Week 3 Selections - LMS 2020
There are just 106 left in Last Man Standing following the first two weeks of the Competition. Below are the remaining entrants Week 3 Selections.
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