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Apr 23, 2018 - Savage Game Sees U16s Make It Three From Three

U16 Division 3: Ederney 4-12 v 7-13 Belcoo

Belcoo U16 Girls emerged victorious after an epic encounter in Ederney that seen the two sides who hadn't lost this season, battle it out over an excellent hour in which both sides led several times before being pegged back. The O’Rahilly’s came from six down in the second half with a strong surge to win on a 7-13 to 4-12 scoreline.

It truly was a fabulous game of football from two skilled sides, played at high tempo, every single ball was fiercely contested in this full-blooded encounter. The tone set from the opening minutes when Ederney broke through for a penalty. The drama commenced, Katie Teague rattled the underside of the bar with the kick, Mikayla Maguire gathered the ball and Belcoo broke the length of the field. Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon worked the ball upfield to Ciana McGrath who thumped in a great goal. Ederney’s Aine Walsh responded with two points before Belcoo netted a second goal. 

Sinead Barrett robbed an Ederney defender, fisted to the supported Scarlett O’Connor who picked a lovely pass to Cara Gray and she drilled low past the keeper. Ederney responded with this first goal, breaking through an open defence to net. It was end to end and it was only getting started. 

Belcoo squandered two goal chances as the ball slipped away from Cara Gray both times when well placed while Scarlett O’Connor rattled the crossbar with a fine strike. 

A third goal did arrive for Belcoo though. Rhianne McGuinness, who was first to every ball down her side at wing back, beat her player to the ball, drove forward, picked a great pass to Cara Gray and with Sinead Barrett sprinting past off the shoulder, Gray slipped her in and Barrett hit the net. Ederney would land a point, just 9minutes in the clock and it was 3-0 to 1-3, Belcoo holding the upper hand. 

The O’Rahilly’s continued to win the midfield battle with Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon claiming kickouts, Niamh Cullen got her hands on a break to win a free and Belcoo worked a fine team move, some six players involved before Aine Barrett tapped over from the left wing. Sinead Barrett followed up with a point moments later. 

It all changed, Ederney who had the wind advantage beginning to find holes in the visiting defence. 1-4 was registered in a five minute spell to see them open up a two point lead at 2-7 to 3-2. It may have been worse but for two great last ditch tackles by Eimear Magee to thwart efforts at goal. 

Belcoo got themselves together, Ciana McGrath who covered every blade of grass in tonight’s game, striding forward after a good interchange with Sam Martin and Sinead Barrett to point. Rhianne McGuinness and Aoife Keaney combined on the right to pick out Scarlett O’Connor for a well taken point while McGrath slotted another but two goals and a point at the end the half gave the home a six point cushion at the break. Half Time: Ederney 4-8 v 3-5 Belcoo. 

The second half was equally as mad, 16 more scores were added to the 20 in the first half hour. Ederney were first to register as they extended to a seven point lead. Ciana McGrath matched this score when Scarlett O’Connor did fierce well to retain the ball under pressure before recycling it. 

Belcoo re-gigged the side with three positional switches. Aoife Keaney moved to centre forward and immediately gained possession out on the right side and drove in from 40yards past three tackles to hit the roof of the net. Aine Barrett went to centre back and she picked up a mountain of ball around the middle sector, reading the play seriously well while Cara Gray went to wing back to curtail a lively forward for the duration of the contest. 

Keaney’s goal sparked Belcoo best spell, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness and Aine Barrett gained kickouts and played the ball to the fleet footed inside pair of Scarlett O’Connor and half time sub Eve Barrett who helped create the scores with Ciana McGrath, Aoife Keaney and Sinead Barrett to the fore as Belcoo drove at the home side. 

Two Sinead Barrett came from some excellent team play as the right option was taken at the right time, Ciana McGrath netted a goal from close range after Aoife Keaney powered down the right side again before Keaney accounted for a point herself. Scoreline with 8minutes to play read Belcoo 5-9 Ederney 4-10, just two between them. 

Belcoo continued on the front foot, a great solo run by wee Eve Barrett seen her fire narrowly wide but in the next attack, Ciana McGrath powered through after a long run and rattled the post with her shot for goal, the ball broke to Eve Barrett who netted this time. Sinead Barrett hit a fine pointed free from outside the D and Belcoo now sat six up. 

Ederney weren’t finished and they rallied, three points registered to half the deficit. Some good pressure from Cara Gray and Ciara Nolan stopped other dangerous attacks. 

Belcoo needed to get up the field and Aoife Keaney claimed a kickout from Mikayla Maguire, turned and feed Eve Barrett. She raced away from her player, fisted across to an unmarked Scarlett O’Connor and over the bar the ball went. 

Eve Barrett kicked one of her own from distance soon after while a surging run from midfield by Sam Martin seen he set up Sinead Barrett for a point as Belcoo finished the game in fine fashion. 

The icing on the cake, a goal in added time by the hardworking Scarlett O’Connor to give her side a 7-13 to 4-12. Up next is training Wednesday night with Irvinestown coming to Belcoo on Monday night. 

Team (13 a side) Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Aoife Keaney (1-1), Niamh Cullen, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Sinead Barrett (1-5), Aine Barrett (0-1), Ciana McGrath (2-3), Scarlett O’Connor (1-2), Cara Gray (1-0). Subs used Eve Barrett (1-1), Ciara Nolan. 

Apr 23, 2018 - Fixtures (Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th April)

This Weeks Games:

  • Monday 23rd April - 6.45pm: U16 Girls Away to Ederney, bus leaving 5.30pm.
  • Wednesday 25th April - 7pm: Senior Men Away to Aughadrumsee.
  • Thursday 26th April - 7pm: U12s Away to Coa, bus leaving 5.50pm.
  • Friday 27th April - 6.30pm: U15 Boys Away to Lisnaskea, bus leaving 5.15pm.



Apr 23, 2018 - Club Notes


Saturday morning coaching for all other Primary School children continues from 11am to 12pm.

Our Under 12s competed at the Kinawley Blitz last weekend. A good time was had by all, competitive fixtures are due out this week, see weebly for more details. Training continues tomorrow, Tuesday 24th April 6.30pm to 7.45pm. They begin their league with an away game in Coa on Thursday 26th April, throw in 7pm, bus leaving 5.50pm.

Our Under 16 Girls made it two wins from two with a 7-9 to 2-2 win in Lisnaskea last week. Tonight, Monday 23rd April they travel to Ederney for a 6.45pm throw in. Bus leaving 5.30pm. They will train Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Our Under 15 Boys are back in league action this Friday evening, 27th April, when they travel to Lisnaskea, throw in 6.30pm. Bus leaving 5.15pm. Next session is tomorrow, Tuesday 24th April from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Our Under 14 Girls took part in the Feile na nOg on Saturday in Derrygonnelly, details on club website. Kinawley will represent Fermanagh in the National Feile later this year as a result, we wish them well.

Our Minor Boys recorded a 3-5 to 2-6 win in Tempo last Tuesday. They have a bye this week before a home game with St. Gerards on Wednesday 9th May.


It was a mixed weekend on the field for our adult. The Senior men lost in Teemore on Friday 0-20 to 0-13 but they would win away in Maguiresbridge on Sunday 3-11 to 2-12. They are in action on Wednesday 25th April, throw in away in Aughadrumsee at 7pm.

The Reserves suffered a first defeat of the season in Newtownbutler on Saturday evening going down 2-14 to 2-8.

Our Senior Ladies capped off the weekends action with a good 9-8 to 2-4 victory in Maguiresbridge to make it two wins from two in the 11 a side league.


As a club, we recognise Health & Well-being as being an integral part of gaelic games and as such we as the Healthy Club Committee have decided to provide a health information evening for our playing members including senior, junior, minor, ladies and underage secondary school children from under 14 up. The talks delivered will be age-specific. This evening is integral to your commitment and training with the club and your attendance is expected.

The event will take place in the LCC centre on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7pm. You will benefit from hearing from health care professionals on a range of health related topics with a particular reference to sport. Those attending will be entered into a draw for a variety of prizes on the night. If you have any queries, please contact Damien McHugh on 07866837474 or email chair.hwc.fermanagh@gaa.ie.

Club O’Raghallaigh subscriptions are being taken, we hit the 50th member mark on Sunday evening. This is a new and exclusive club that not only strengthens and builds for our club’s future but allows you as a member to benefit from joining. You will receive a Club O’Raghallaigh Jacket, 4 weekly lotto’s, free admission to home games, 10% reduction on club merchandise, club badge, car sticker, entry into Monthly Draw of 2 x £50 for Members and Draw for 2 single All Ireland Final Tickets plus some other benefits as the year progresses all for the £20 monthly subscription. Welcome Packs and more details can be found on club website via the Club O’Raghallaigh link or by contacting any committee member.

There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot on Monday 16th April. Letters drawn were F, J, M, Q, T. Lucky Dips went to Denise O'Loughlin, Natasha Tracey, Tony McGourty & Patsy Leonard. Next weeks Jackpot is for £3,500.

The Club held it’s Annual Golf Classic in Blacklion Golf Course on Saturday, we congratulate the winning team and thank all those who played, sponsored and helped in any way.

The club extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Kate Gaffney, Corrala, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. Who passed away last week. May she rest in peace.

Apr 22, 2018 - Senior Ladies Make It Two From Two

Ladies Division 3: Maguiresbridge 2-4 v 9-8 Belcoo

Belcoo Ladies made it two from two with a 9-8 to 2-4 victory in Maguiresbridge amid monsoon conditions at times. The game was blown up a bit early due to injury to a home player, we wish her a speedy recovery. The O’Rahilly’s had began slowly but by the interval they had powered away from the hosts playing some great football as they took a firm grip of the contest. 

 Collette Rice plays a forward pass in this evenings victory

The visitors had the ball in the net within 60seconds as good interplay between Crona Higgins and Donna Feeley created an opening for Linda McGovern who thumped in an excellent goal. McGovern was to slot over a point following a good interception in defence by Rachel O’Dolan but the tide turned as the home team got up the field and registered two goals and a point for 2-1 to 1-1 with just 7minutes on the clock. 

Belcoo began to find their rhythm after the concession of these quick scores. Michelle Cullen fielding a great high ball from a Courtney Ray kickout. The ball was worked to Seana Feeley who carried it 30yards before slipping in sister Donna for a neat point. 

A good turnover by Seana Feeley paved the way for Linda McGovern to hit her second goal and give her side the lead at 2-2 to 2-1. From this juncture, the O’Rahilly’s began to dominate all areas of the field. 

 Seana Feeley in full flight with Michelle Cullen supporting

Donna Feeley claimed the next kickout, feed Collette Rice who advance towards goal and found the top right corner. Donna Feeley and Linda McGovern added points with Rice netting another well taken goal after a quickly taken free from McGovern. 4-4 to 2-1 by the midway stage in the half. 

Belcoo were well on top but in sporadic Maguiresbridge attacks, Leona McNulty and Rachel O’Dolan came out with possession, using it well to set up the next attack. Aoife Keaney at wing back went on a long run to slot over a point while great work by Michelle Cullen created a goal for Collette Rice. Rice was to hit her fourth, again a sublime finish on 21minutes after the two Feeley’s and Emma McNulty had kept the ball well in the lead up to the three pointer. 

 Crona Higgins moves out of the defence with possession

Donna Feeley fired in a quick 1-1, the point coming following strong defensive play by Leona McNulty before Cullen carried downfield and through a number of tackles. Linda McGovern finished another goal but over the closing few moments of the first half Aoife Keaney was sin-bined. Maguiresbridge added a point and had a few more chances for scores. Courtney Ray denied a goal with McNulty and O’Dolan standing firm. Half time. 8-6 to 2-2 in Belcoo’s favour.

The second period was cut short due to a serious injury to a Maguiresbridge player. Before the accidental collision Seana Feeley had registered a goal after a long run while Linda McGovern slotted over a free with Donna Feeley also pointing. 

Team (11 a side). Courtney Ray, Leona McNulty, Rachel O’Dolan, Michelle Cullen, Aoife Keaney (0-1), Crona Higgins, Collette Rice (4-0), Seana Feeley (1-0), Donna Feeley (1-4), Linda McGovern (3-3), Emma McNulty. Subs Tara Feeley and Kira McGovern. 


Apr 22, 2018 - Recap - U12 Blitz

The sun shone for the under 12s first outing of the season when they travelled to Kinawley on Saturday to play the group stage of the league in a blitz. A young and inexperienced side found themselves punching above their weight as they played four games facing opposition from stronger Kinawley, Derrylin, Bellanaleck and Enniskillen sides.

 U12 Squad at the Blitz in Kinawley 

Despite this there was hard work all round from the young O’Rahilly’s who showed steady improvement with each game. There were some fine individual performances with scores produced by Michael Burns, Rhys Ray, Matthew Whitmore, Nathan McGovern and Lisa Lavery while Ciara Parker , Jack O’Connor and Caireann McGrath saw plenty of ball linking passages of play. 

 Eyes on the prize as Cairenn McGrath looks to make a tackle 

Emilie McCallion, Lily-Mae McNulty and Megan Maguire were lively in attack along with Daithi McAloon  and Conor Whitmore in support.  Finn Maes made an excellent debut as a midfielder and Serena McKeown, Shay Killilea and Kayce Sweeney got stuck in and applied pressure in defence with the ever reliable Aodhan Cullen in goals. Overall they played with great spirit which was encouraging…. Just need to keep up the skills practice boys and girls!

Training continues Tuesday 24th April from 6.30pm to 7.45pm

 Nathan McGovern drives away from his Derrylin opponent 


Apr 21, 2018 - Recap - U14 Girls Feile

Belcoo U14 Girls were to compete at the Fermanagh Feile in Derrygonnelly on a glorious Saturday afternoon but it would be Kinawley who advance to represent the County at National Level.

They saved their best for last with a 5-6 to 0-1 win over the hosts but earlier defeats to Enniskillen Gaels, 3-1 to 0-2 and Kinawley 5-4 to 0-0 seen them exit the competition. 

 Niamh McAloon in action against Kinawley

In the opening game against a physically strong and tall Enniskillen side Belcoo worked the first scoring opportunity, a good flowing move ended with Mikayla Maguire moving in one on one with the keeper but her shot was directly at the keeper. Enniskillen were to work the ball downfield for a well taken goal.

It was a laboured first half but Niamh Cullen, Rhianne McGuinness and Siofra McAloon were going well. Enniskillen had tagged on a point while the O’Rahilly’s registered two wides and dropped two more into the keepers hands. 

The second half seen a bit more improvement but with Enniskillen registering two more goals the game was up. Sinead Barrett would slot over two second half points for her side.

 Scarlett O'Connor drives past a challenge from Eimear Keaney of Enniskillen

Onto Kinawley and it was a much better display, more intensity and hunger showed by the O’Rahilly’s. Kinawley, in full forward Keelan Murphy possess a superb footballer and she would end up with a big score for herself in this tie, banging in all but one score. 

Belcoo were trying hard with captain Niamh McAloon driving the side on from midfielder. McGuinness and Eimear Magee were to the fore in the defensive while up top, scores were hard to come by. It was 1-2 to no score at the interval before Kinawley pressed on for a comfortable win in the second half. Belcoo again had chances for scores, a strong run by Sam Martin created a good opening for Rachel Nolan who fired wide.

 Mikayla Maguire claims a good ball against Derrygonnelly

In the final contest Belcoo had re-gigged things, Cara Gray now operating in the forward line made some great bursts through and was rewarded with a goal on 4 minutes. By then Scarlett O’Connor had clipped over a fine score while Sinead Barrett also slotted over after Abbie McGovern had done well. 

Ciara Nolan came out with a good ball down the left to create the next score for Sinead Barrett who pointed before she was to add another goal. At the interval it was 1-4 to no score, Eve Barrett getting time and space to run through and clip over a neat score. 

Sinead Barrett registered an early goal in the second half, Scarlett O’Connor clipped over another nice point while good pressure from a number of our forwards forced the keeper to carry the ball over the line for a goal. 

Ciara McGuinness and Eimear Magee combined for the latter to finish with her right foot while Magee later added a point and Sinead Barrett netted the final score.

Overall, good experience was gained and a look at sides who will be met later in the year at U14 level were viewed. There were steady showing across the three games by Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh Cullen and Niamh McAloon. 

Next outing is for the Under 16 Girls away in Ederney on Monday evening. Bus leaving 5.30pm.

Team. Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Cara Gray (1-0), Ciara McGuinness, Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee (1-1), Niamh Cullen, Niamh McAloon, Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett (2-4), Rachel Nolan, Ciara Nolan, Eve Barrett (0-1), Mikayla Maguire, Scarlett O’Connor (0-2), Abbie McGovern, Eimear Gray.  


Apr 20, 2018 - Health Information Evening - Thursday 3rd May at 7pm

As a club, we recognise Health & Well-being as being an integral part of gaelic games and as such we as the Healthy Club Committee have decided to provide a health information evening for our playing members including senior, junior, minor, ladies and underage secondary school children from under 14 up. The talks delivered will be age-specific. This evening is integral to your commitment and training with the club and your attendance is expected.

The event will take place in the LCC centre on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7pm. You will benefit from hearing from health care professionals on a range of health related topics with a particular reference to sport.

Those attending will be entered into a draw for a variety of prizes on the night. If you have any queries, please contact Damien McHugh on 07866837474 or email chair.hwc.fermanagh@gaa.ie.

Upcoming Games
Senior Men

Wednesday, Apr 25th
7:15 PM
in Aughadrumsee

Senior Ladies

Enniskillen Gaels (11 a side)
Friday, Apr 27th
7:15 PM
in Belcoo

Reserves Men

Wednesday, May 2nd
7:30 PM
in Belcoo

Minor Boys

St. Gerard's
Wednesday, May 9th
7:30 PM
in Belcoo

U17 Boys
No upcoming games...

U16 Girls

Monday, Apr 30th
6:45 PM
in Belcoo

U15 Boys

Friday, Apr 27th
6:30 PM
in Lisnaskea

U14 Boys Feile
No upcoming games...

U14 Girls
No upcoming games...

U13 Girls
No upcoming games...

U13 Boys
No upcoming games...

U12 Mixed

Thursday, Apr 26th
7:00 PM
in Coa

U10 Mixed
No upcoming games...