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Jun 16, 2019 - Strong Finish As Senior Men See Off Brookeborough
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2: Belcoo 4-13 v 0-12 Brookeborough
Belcoo eventually got the better of Brookeborough in this Division 2 League Fixture, with 17 minutes to play the game was level, 1-8 to 0-11, the hosts though powered to victory overscoring the opposition 3-5 to 0-1.
It was nip and tuck up to that stage in the game, by the interval Belcoo held a 1-5 to 0-7 lead. The O’Rahilly’s scored within a minute, Brian Cox fisting a point after a full length move. The hosts would goal with their next meaningful attack, a racking Paul McGrath pass sent Matthew McAloon in for a goal but he was fouled for a penalty, James McGrath duly dispatched the kick.
Brookeborough settled and would hit three points before McAloon slotted a free kick for Belcoo having been fouled himself. The sides continued to trade points Paul McGrath hit the next two for his side, a free then a fine score from distance after Gerard McHugh had made a good burst upfield.
By the interval there was the minimum between them, Matthew McAloon had put Belcoo in front.
The second period took a long time to come to life, Belcoo were failing to get any cohesion going and struggled around the middle on the breaks. There was a half dozen stoppages for various injuries to players, Matthew McAloon stretchered off for Belcoo with an ankle injury.
Niall McGovern went on a marauding run down the right to kick an excellent point, the returning Ciaran Flaherty did likewise however Brookeborough had three points on the board to keep the game level at 1-7 to 0-10.
Paul McGrath pointed a free from distance but this effort was matched. It was from here the O’Rahilly’s found an extra gear. A great move between Ciaran Flaherty and Shane McCabe seen Belcoo awarded a second penalty. James McGrath again dispatched it to the net.
Conor McAloon stroked two frees, a fine one from the ground and a close range one. Ciaran Flaherty and Aaron Dolan added scores from play before a third goal arrived. Shane McCabe’s effort saved with Dolan on hand to knock the ball to the net. 3-12 to 0-11.
Brookeborough stemmed the flow momentarily with a score but Belcoo finished with a few more scores, Paul McGrath was long range after Gerard McHugh had down well again while a blistering counter attack seen Eoin Shiels run the length of the field before getting on possession close to the goals and he fed the ball across the goalmouth for Daryl Kelly to palm to the net.
Team: Gary Doherty, Michael McGourty, Niall McGovern (0-1), Eoin Shiels, Gerard McHugh, Niall Leonard, James McGrath (2-0), James McGourty, Christopher Leonard, Paul McGrath (0-4), Brian Cox (0-1), Conor McAloon (0-2), Matthew McAloon (0-2), Ciaran Flaherty (0-2), Daryl Kelly (1-0). Subs Aaron Dolan (1-1), Shane McCabe, Niall Cullen.
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Jun 16, 2019 - Good Second Half Sees Lisnaskea to Ladies Win
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2: Belcoo 2-7 v 5-10 Lisnaskea
Lisnaskea completed the league double over Belcoo Ladies this morning at MacNean Park however it was a much tighter affair and in truth missed chances in the first half came back to bite the hosts by the end.
Belcoo were the better team in the opening half, they made a really bright start to the fixture and by the 11th minute, they held a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. The first score came on 90seconds when Aoife Keaney, Aine Barrett and Kelly Connolly kept the ball well on the right side before Donna Feeley was fouled. Collette Rice popping over the free kick.
Lisnaskea would level the game in the 6th minute but a fine run, sidestep and finish from Aine Barrett seen her register an excellent point. Belcoo would pin back the visitors for the next five minutes and they added two scores. Stacey McCabe won a free and played a good one bounce pass into Donna Feeley who turned and fired over. A superbly timed tackle from Arlene Furey thwarted a Lisnaskea attack while it was the beginning of a Belcoo one, the ball carried downfield by Seana Feeley who fed it into Collette Rice for the score.
Aine Barrett cuts out an Emily Prunty pass in the opening half
There was a lull in proceedings due to a head injury to a Lisnaskea and when the game restarted it was the visitors who gained control of the contest. In a 7minute spell of sustained pressure, Lisnaskea would rattle 1-5. Belcoo had been struggling to gain primary possession, Skea were making hay in front of the goal, five points were popped over before the goal arrived to push them into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.
Belcoo responded brilliantly well to the concession of the goal. Eimear Higgins was immense over the closing 5minutes of the half, cutting out and catching several balls around the middle third. Collette Rice would weave her in past four of five defenders before scoring a superb goal. Another Higgins turnover seen her set Kelly Connolly away, Connolly found Rice and she fired over a point to leave one between them.
Belcoo had three guilt edged chances for goals in the final few minutes of the half, Donna Feeley mis-hitting when unmarked 8yards out before drilling another good chance wide in a crowded goalmouth while Kelly Connolly struck a tame effort straight at the keeper when the net should have bulged.
The O’Rahilly’s did manage a point before the interval from Donna Feeley to leave the sides level 1-6 a piece at the break.
Joan Rice looks to get Belcoo moving forward in the second half
A fast start from Lisnaskea seen them hit 2-2. Belcoo though kept plugging away and the hard working Joan Rice, who was an outlet throughout, was rewarded for her efforts with a goal on 40minutes. 3-8 to 2-6 they now trailed.
It was to get feisty over the next period of time. Belcoo had a few half chances but moves were to breakdown. Lisnaskea were more efficient in their attack and another two goal blast in the 51st & 53rd minute killed the game.
Joan Rice did hit a point before the finish for Belcoo and they continued to work very hard over the closing stages. The 14 who turned up can be proud of the hour they put in for blue jersey.
Training Tuesday 6.45pm to 8pm.
Team (14 a side): Rachel O’Dolan, Sinead McCabe, Leona McNulty, Arlene Furey, Eimear Higgins, Crona Higgins, Seana Feeley, Stacey McCabe, Aine Barrett (0-1), Collette Rice (1-3), Kelly Connolly, Aoife Keaney, Joan Rice (1-1) Donna Feeley (0-2).
DIVISION 2 LEAGUE TABLE
Jun 13, 2019 - Belcoo Winners By The Minimum After Enthralling Encounter
U14 Girls Division 1: Belcoo 3-3 v 2-5 Knockninny
If you were in MacNean Park on Thursday evening you were treated to an epic encounter between two sides that poured everything they had into this Division 1 League game, Belcoo edging out Knockninny 3-3 to 2-5.
The win leaves Belcoo in pole position to qualify for the league final as this was their 3rd win in their 4 games to date and what a game it was.
From minute one it was action packed, the quality was high, the effort was unreal and the battles all over the field were outrageous as these two well matches sides went all it with all they had.
Belcoo made a fierce start, Eve Barrett flying down the right to fire in the first goal. A minute later Emilie McCallion was fouled on the left side, Sinead Barrett kicked a superb score into the strong breeze.
Scarlett O'Connor assesses her options before popping a kick pass into the forward line
These four points were soon wiped out as Knockninny settled and worked the ball in for four well taken scores to level matters with just 8minutes played.
Belcoo needed to get out and a clever kickout from Riona Keaney to Cara Gray seen them retain the ball and ease the pressure. Scarlett O’Connor was a pivotal figure once more at centre forward getting on several balls and playing great passes. Abbie McGovern was the recipient of several of these passes in the first half, McGovern showing really well in front, gathering possession and keeping it until help arrived.
Knockninny’s Lauren Hughes would make a powerful run downfield to thump in an excellent goal while Belcoo’s responded with a Sam Martin point after McCallion and McGovern did well in the right corner to retain and recycle possession.
The visitors had late chances for scores but good pressure was applied by Cara Gray and Niamh Cullen to deny them. Half time Belcoo 1-2 v 1-4 Knockninny.
Two points became five as Knockninny rattled the net 90seconds after the restart and Belcoo were a bit off form for a short spell as they struggle to take a few good chances to get on the scoreboard. The O’Rahilly’s were pinning back their opponents and eventually the pressure paid off, Abbie McGovern with a dipping shot that found its way into the net. 2-4 to 2-2 Knockninny ahead.
Eimear Gray prepares to tackle Molly Quinlan during Thursday's game
Belcoo hit another goal minutes later via Sinead Barrett who was covering every blade of grass on the new surface at the immaculate MacNean Park. The lead was only a momentary one as Knockninny pointed to level the game, 3-2 to 2-5 with 10minutes remaining.
The game reached fever pitch at this time, the tension had built, it was ding dust for every ball, turnovers were made, fingertips were got to balls to knock them away while some of the timing of the tackles was just superb, throw in a few blocks and some stout defending at both ends and scores just couldn’t be found.
Half chances had came and went, great chances had came and went, the next score was going to be crucial. With two minutes to play Sam Martin received a Scarlett O’Connor kick pass and drive downfield, threw three defenders and split the posts to a large roar from the home support. Belcoo one up. Time almost up.
Niamh Cullen was to turnover 3 attacks before the end showing great grit and determination. Eimear Gray went into overdrive, blocking, knock balls away, racing to win the dirty ball. Cara Gray was immense again robbing possession, Ciara McGuinness was strong and composed as she drove out with ball, Caitlyn Nolan applied good pressure and Siofra McAloon put an already battered and bruised body on the line to keep Knockninny at bay.
Eve Barrett looks forward as she breaks away from Ella Teague
The visitors had a sniff at a goal with the final attack, Riona Keaney though would gather possession run 25yards from her goals and ping a lovely ball down the line to Lily Mae McNulty to gather and with that the final whistle went. What a win.
McNulty, Eve Barrett and Scarlett O’Connor had got on a serious amount of ball around the middle third in the second half with Rachel Nolan showing better inside and unfortunate not to get a few scores.
Overall it was a titanic tussle and all involved will surely sleep well afterwards. With Hard Work There Are No Limits is the motto for these girls and they have earned everything they got as a result. A place in a Division 1 League Final is close, more work needs to be done to secure it.
Due to a school trip involving the P7s the Kinawley game is off on Monday. Next game is Thursday at 7.30pm at home to Lisnaskea. See weebly for training details.
Team (15 a side). Riona Keaney, Eimear Gray, Cara Gray, Niamh Cullen, Ciara McGuinness, Siofra McAloon, Caitlyn Nolan, Sam Martin (0-2), Sinead Barrett (1-1), Eve Barrett (1-0), Scarlett O’Connor, Lily Mae McNulty, Emilie McCallion, Rachel Nolan, Abbie McGovern (1-0).
Jun 10, 2019 - Under 14 Girls Win In Lisnaskea
U14 Division 1: Lisnaskea 4-1 v 6-11 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 14 Girls survived a second half scare from Lisnaskea to run out 6-11 to 4-1 winners by full time. With 15minutes to play just one separated the sides as the home team had cut Belcoo’s half time lead of 10point to the minimum with three quick goals doing the damage. The O’Rahilly’s eventually steadied themselves to finish with an unanswered 4-4 in the final 12minutes of the contest.
Belcoo began well, Ciara Parker operating at full forward hit a point inside 20seconds, Sam Martin having won the throw up, was then fouled as she moved forward. Her kickpass into Parker, who showed well out in front, seen her gather the ball, turn her player and drive in to pop the ball over the bar. Parker doubled her tally in the 2nd minute having worked hard to turnover the ball, she hit a great score from long range.
By the 7th minute it was 0-4 to no score. Two kickouts were won in a row by Sinead Barrett and Riona Keaney, they both returned the ball over the bar before the pair combined for Barrett to make it a five point game with a classy point on the run.
Eve Barrett had cut out some good ball in the defence with Cara Gray proving once more she’s a tough last line of the defence to get through. Scarlett O’Connor was showing superb hands at centre forward as the main outlet with Riona Keaney and Ciara McGuinness getting on loads of ball in this bright spell.
Belcoo worked the games first goal on 9minutes. Eve Barrett winning the ball on her own 45m line, she found Sam Martin before a slick passage of play between McGuinness and Keaney seen the latter find Ciara Parker and she made no mistake thumping the ball to the net from close range. 1-5 to 0-0.
Lisnaskea would respond with a goal as they cut through the Belcoo defence. Moments later they almost had another but Cara Gray was again strong at full back. There was a great bit of play by Scarlett O’Connor to set Riona Keaney up for a well taken point while Sam Martin added an excellent score from an acute angle after Abbie McGovern recycled the ball to her.
By the interval it was 2-7 to 1-0. Riona Keaney netting having turned the ball over. Belcoo had make some good blocks during this half, Sinead Barrett with two while Scarlett O’Connor managed one.
Siofra McAloon breaks out of the defence to set Belcoo on the way forward once more
Lisnaskea made a great start to the second half with an early goal, Belcoo struggled to get out, Lisa Lavery’s kickouts were ok but the breaks were being gathered by a hungrier Lisnaskea outfit, they rattled a second goal of the half and a point while some great work by Eimear Gray denied another strike for a goal. Belcoo were reeling at this juncture but Caitlyn Nolan got on the ball at wing back and knocked it down the line to Eve Barrett, this created an opening for Sam Martin to take possession and cut in field and slot over a fine point.
Lisnaskea returned downfield for another goal, 2-8 to 4-1, just the one point between them. Lily Mae McNulty and Emilie McCallion entered the fray and made huge impacts, the two of them got on a load of ball at a time Belcoo really needed it. The visitors required a score and they got it from there midfield dynamo Sinead Barrett who kicked into overdrive as she powered downfield and through the Lisnaskea defence to drive the ball into the roof of the net.
Barrett’s midfield partner Sam Martin jinked her way forward for a goal and Belcoo had regained control having shuffled the deck defensively too with Ciara Parker and Ciara McGuinness dropping back into more natural positions. Scarlett O’Connor was next to find the net with a long range effort nestling in the corner before Siofra McAloon burst upfield and slipped the ball to Scarlett O’Connor who embarked on a solo run from outside the 45metre line and finished it with excellent point.
Emilie McCallion make a break towards the Skea goals in the 2nd half
Belcoo hit a sixth and final goal 8minutes from time when Scarlett O’Connor and Emilie McCallion combined down the right, McCallion fed a neat fist pass into Lily Mae McNulty who somehow squeezed between three defenders and found Abbie McGovern who made no mistake rattling the net. Rachel Nolan brought a good save from the Lisnaskea goalkeeper moments later after McNulty had again created the opening. Ella McGovern entered the fray and she got on several balls making very good use of it, Eve Barrett the beneficiary while a foul on Emilie McCallion seen Sinead Barrett tap over the free.
There was time near the end for Serena McKeown to get a sighting of goal after Ella McGovern had slipped her in but a good bit of defending denied McKeown. Megan Maguire was quickly out in front to claim a ball and find Scarlett O’Connor as Belcoo broke down field once more while Casey Nolan got her first taste of competitive football late on.
In tonights other game Kinawley and Knockninny both registered 3-3 in their drawn game. Should Belcoo beat Knockninny they’ll almost certainly contest the league final. Thursday’s match is at 7.30pm in Belcoo, players to be at the pitch for 6.50pm.
Team: (15 a side): Lisa Lavery, Niamh Cullen, Cara Gray, Eimear Gray, Eve Barrett (0-1), Siofra McAloon, Caitlyn Nolan, Sam Martin (1-2), Sinead Barrett (1-3), Rachel Nolan, Scarlett O’Connor (1-1), Ciara McGuinness, Abbie McGovern (1-0), Ciara Parker (1-2), Riona Keaney (1-2). Subs, Lily Mae McNulty, Emilie McCallion, Ella McGovern, Megan Maguire, Serena McKeown, Casey Nolan.
Jun 10, 2019 - Club Notes
Saturday morning training continues from 11.45am to 12.45pm.
The Under 10.5’s went down to Enniskillen Gaels on Friday night. There next outing is at the Derrygonnelly Blitz on Saturday 22nd June.
The Under 14 Girls went down 4-5 to 1-4 to Kinawley last week in the Division 1 league. They play Lisnaskea tonight, Monday, bus leaving 6.20pm. Bring £3 & Mouthguards. They are in action again on Thursday when they host Knockninny at 7.30pm, players to be at the pitch for 6.50pm.
Under 13 Boys training continues on Wednesday from 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the football pitch. All boys born 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 are asked to attend.
Training for P4-P6 Girls continues on Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm at the football pitch as they prepare for an all-Girls Under 10.5 blitz in Derrygonnelly on 29th June.
The Senior Men return to action this Sunday with a home game against Brookeborough, throw in 1pm. Training Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm.
The Reserve Men recorded a 6-13 to 3-9 win over Lisnaskea on Friday. They travel to Brewster Park this Saturday to play Enniskillen, throw in 6.30pm. Training Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm.
The Senior Ladies return to action this Sunday with a home league game against Lisnaskea, throw in 6pm, players to be at the pitch for 5.20pm. Training Tuesday 6.45pm.
The Football Pitch as MacNean Park has reopened following essential maintenance work over the last 6weeks. The Club would like to thank St. Columban’s Primary School and Shannon Gaels for the use of their facilities for training whilst the field was out of action and to Kinawley GAA where the Senior Men played a home league fixture.
There was no winner of the club lotto Jackpot on Monday 3rd June. Letters drawn were A, C, G, O, V. Lucky Dips went to Gerry Gray, Frances Rasdale, Bernie Doherty and Dan Barry. Two monthly £50's went to John Tracey (Florencecourt) and Francis Hugh McGourty. Next draw is for a Jackpot of £2,500.
Jun 9, 2019 - MacNean Park Reopened
MacNean Park official reopened on Friday night (7th June) after a number of weeks following essential maintenance work to the Main Pitch & Training Field by Prunty Contracts. The Under 10.5's hosted Enniskillen in the Derrygonnelly tournament before the Reserve Men recorded a 6-13 to 3-9 victory over Lisnaskea in their league fixture.
We thank St. Columban's Primary School and Shannon Gaels for the use of their facilities to train in recent weeks and to Kinawley GAA who allowed our Senior Men to play a home fixture against Belnaleck on their pitch.
Jun 3, 2019 - Club Notes
P1 – P7 Training returns this Saturday from 11.45am to 12.45pm.
The Under 10.5 side suffered a narrow loss to Belnaleck on Friday night, they host Enniskillen this Friday at 7.30pm.
The Under 13 Boys training for the new season commences on Wednesday 5th June at 7.15pm at the Football Pitch. All players born 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 are encouraged to attend.
Under 14 Girls had a good win against Knockninny last week 1-9 to 1-3. They face a very strong Kinawley side, tonight, Monday, throw in 7.30pm. Players to be at the pitch for 6.50pm. Training continues Wednesday at the football field from 7pm to 8.15pm ahead of another League game next Monday in Lisnaskea.
Under 15 & Under 17 Boys training continues as normal this week.
The Reserves Men failed to field last Friday night. They are due to due to host Lisnaskea this Saturday at 8pm.
The Senior Men returned to winning ways as they beat league leaders Newtownbutler 2-12 to 1-10 in Newtown on Saturday evening. They host Coa this coming Friday, throw in 7.30pm.
Best of Luck to James McGrath, Gary Doherty and Shane McCabe who are involved with the Fermanagh Senior Men’s team playing Monaghan in the All Ireland Qualifier this Sunday in Clones at 1.45pm.
Continued best wishes to Eoin Shiels and Gerard McHugh who are on the Fermanagh U20 panel who are playing league games at present as well as Josh Killilea and Jamie Ray who are with the Fermanagh U15 side.
Sinead Barrett, Cara Gray and Sam Martin were with the Girls Under 14 side all year, their season drew to its conclusion last weekend.
There was no winner of the club lotto Jackpot on Monday 27th May. Letters drawn were B, G, I, J, O. Lucky Dips went to Niall Leonard, James McGrath (Senior), Ken Ferguson and Carmel Magee. Next draw is on Monday 3rd June for £2,450.
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