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U12s Set Up League Final With St. Joseph's
Sep. 22, 2014
Belcoo U12s have made it through to the league final having overcome a wee fright in Brookeboro on Monday evening before a strong third quarter seen them secure a 6-20 to 4-5 victory. The young O'Rahilly's face an unbeaten St. Joseph's in the decider, a date, time and venue to be arranged by the County Board shortly.
|UNDER 12 - GO GAMES DIVISION 3|
Belcoo got off to a positive start and kicked nine points in the first 12minute quarter with their opponents just registering a late goal. Lawrence McKeown began brightly with two good scores from distance while the lively Josh Killilea added three points, the last two coming from free kicks. Emmet McGuinness would spark into life around the 10th minute mark firing over three quick points in a row, all from the right wing. The O'Rahilly's had dominated all sectors during this quarter and McKeown was to land another good point before the host hit the net near the end of the period. Jamie Ray was then forced into a late save to keep Belcoo ahead 0-9 to 1-0 as the hosts finished strong.
It was Brookeboro who started the second quarter in fantastic fashion and within 8minutes of the restart they have hit three goals and two points to lead 4-2 (10) to 0-9. Belcoo were struggling to get the ball back up the field but the visitors eventually broke forward and Josh Killilea jinked between defender and keeper to net for his side.
Having stemmed the tide Belcoo would finish the quarter well. Oran McCann plundered a goal while he would add two points in between a long range Lawrence McKeown effort. In the last play of the period Emmet McGuinness rifled a well hit shot into the roof of the next to leave his side 3-12 (18) ro 4-3 (11) having overcome a scare in the early part.
Quarter 3 seen Belcoo produce their best football of the season. As a team they used the ball very well and took the correct option on the ball more often than not. Dara Flanagan came to the fore during this period alongside Lawrence McKeown in midfield while Oisin O'Loughlin, Liam McAllister, Conor McKeown and Ciana McGrath all curtailed their players and kept Belcoo moving forward.
Flanagan was heavily involved in assisting the majority of scores and it was his ball into Oran McCann, who caught it well, turned sharply and drilled a shot to the net via the underside of the crossbar. Arlene Furey was introduced and she was to fire a low shot into the net having brushed aside a tackle while McCann, McGuinness and a fisted Flanagan score seen Belcoo pull well clear.
Brookeboro were now the side struggling to clear their line and Belcoo kept the pressure on. McCann would net a third of the game while McKeown, McGuinness and two fine Flanagan efforts have Belcoo in a unassailable lead by the end of the period having outscored their opponents in that 12minutes 3-7 to 0-1. Belcoo now leading overall 6-19 (31) to 4-4 (12).
The final quarter seen both sides cancel each other out as Belcoo had effectively sealed the game in Quarter 3. Colum Higgins making a first appearance for the team off the bench excelled in defence in the final quarter while Aine Barrett also impressed in the attack. Lawrence McKeown would fist a point in a quarter that just seen both sides register one point each.
Training continues on Thursday at 7pm.
Details of the Final will be posted on Weebly when known.
TEAM: Jamie Ray, Liam McAllister, Ciana McGrath, Oisin O'Loughlin, Conor McKeown, Lawrence McKeown (0-6), Dara Flanagan (0-3), Emmet McGuinness (1-5), Gerry Nolan, Oran McCann (3-3), Josh Killilea (1-3). Subs Used: Aine Barrett, Arlene Furey (1-0), Colum Higgins.
In the other fixture Belcoo produced a very strong performance and would run out comfortable winners. Patrick Martin done well again in goals with solid performances once more by Ben McNulty and Sean Boylan in defence. Colum Higgins and Daniel O'Connor produced plenty of energy from wing back while Jack Greene and Cian White continued to form a potent midfield partnership. Up front Eimear Magee and Ciatlin McAllister were among the scorers.
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