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U12s Impress In Win Over Devenish
Aug. 8, 2015
U12 Section B: Belcoo 1-20 v 0-9 Devenish
Belcoo U12’s completed their sectional programme with their 100% win record in tact as they overcame Devenish 1-20 to 0-9 in what was another excellent display from the young O’Rahilly’s. Once more things were tight for long periods but a fine scoring spurt during quarter 2 opened a gap which the home side would extend before the finish.
There were some magnificent displays from the winners over the course of the hour as they won their individual battles and worked tirelessly for one another with great commitment and determination while there were some super scores taken throughout also.
|Go Games U12 Section B|
|3||Devenish St Mary's||4||2||0||2||66||56||4|
|5||Erne Gaels Belleek||4||0||0||4||22||60||0|
The opening score arrived in the third minute, Jack Greene, who was lively in the early exchanges, was fouled and Josh Killilea would pop over the free kick. Captain for the day Gerry Nolan was inspired throughout and he would win possession and fire over a fine point to double Belcoo’s advantage.
Emmett McGuinness picked out Josh Killilea with a good pass on 5minutes and he added another for three quick points in a row. Devenish got their first of the day when Cian O’Brien knocked over from distance but the Belcoo defence was doing well. Ciana McGrath and Colum Higgins alert to twart danger in the half back line while Niamh McAloon and Sean Boylan were controlling the full back line.
By the end of Quarter 1 both sides had added another point a piece, Josh Killilea hitting the Belcoo score with Adam Gallagher on target for the visitors. Quarter 1: Belcoo 0-4 to 0-2.
Quarter 2 was where the O’Rahilly’s made their move although the first few minutes seen Devenish get within a point with frees from Cian O’Brien and Ciaran Sweeney while Gerry Nolan had kept Belcoo ahead at 0-5 to 0-4. From here to the end of the Quarter Belcoo were dominant as they penned Devenish into their own half and went on to outscore their opponents 1-7 to 0-1 during a brilliant ten minute spell.
Josh Killilea came to the fore during this time as he hit 1-4 of his sides tally. Oisin O’Loughlin was in command of the middle sector with Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan and Josh Killilea all making blocks which prevented Devenish getting up the field.
Killilea hit three quick points, the third was after a great darting run which created space to arrow over a superb point from well out the field. Conor McKeown was showing very well for ball inside and he was picked out by Killilea before turning to split the posts. Cian White had been introduced and he linked up well with Killilea who added another before Colum Higgins turned over possession, found Nolan, who’s great catch opened up a scoring chance and he duly obliged with a fine point.
Devenish did manage to venture forward and land a free from Malachy O’Flanagan but Conor McKeown would respond with his second well taken point. With just moments to go to half time Belcoo netted the games only goal. A fantastic through ball from Oisin O’Loughlin was well gathered by Josh Killilea who confidently tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Half Time: Belcoo 1-12 v 0-5 Devenish.
In Quarter 3 Devenish staged a fight back as they began to work the Belcoo defence hard. Aoife Keaney was to come out with some good possession while Niamh McAloon was getting hands in to knock balls away and Jamie Ray once again was a commanding presence in the small square as he turned away a number of dangerous balls into the area.
While the O’Rahilly’s were standing firm, Devenish managed to force three 45’s, all of which were scored, Fionan O’Brien with two while Cian O’Brien added the other. Belcoo though were fit to turn things around and relieve the pressure on the defence with a great move down the right wing. Ciana McGrath, Cian White and Josh Killilea were all involved before the ball was slipped to Gerry Nolan who once again added a fine point. 1-13 to 0-8 with 38minutes played.
Belcoo would finished this quarter on top, Colum Higgins again reading the game well, snapped up break balls around the middle sector as he started attacks once more and the hosts started chipping over points.
A fine turnover by Killilea allowed him to race through on a goal, an intelligent fist over the crossbar the correct decision and moments later a good move down the right with Oisin O’Loughlin and Conor McKeown allowed Cian White to knock over a neat point from the wing.
Gerry Nolan was continuing to enjoy himself and added his fifth point from play before Conor McKeown was hauled down by the Devenish goalkeeper Conal Maguire, Killilea clipped over the close range free which ensured Belcoo secured a five point to four win in this quarter and moved into an overall lead of 1-17 to 0-9.
In the final quarter both sides made a raft of changes and it were the Belcoo’s additions that ensured they met a number of pre match targets. Eoin Corrigan was immediately into the action, O’Loughlin with a defence splitting kick pass carving out the opening for Corrigan to point.
Aine and Sinead Barrett worked hard and combined well to assist Killilea for another point while Ben McNulty and Eimear Magee did well, the latter forcing an overcarry toward the end of tie. The final score of the day went to the hard working Emmett McGuinness who again made a half dozen blocks on his own.
It was another great showing from all concerned. We await details of Divisional Fixtures now the sections have finished. Training continues Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team (11 a side): Jamie Ray, Niamh McAloon, Sean Boylan, Ciana McGrath, Colum Higgins, Oisin O’Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness (0-1), Gerry Nolan (0-5), Conor McKeown (0-2), Jack Greene, Josh Killilea (1-10). Subs Used: Cian White (0-1), Aoife Keaney, Eoin Corrigan (0-1), Aine Barrett, Sinead Barrett, Eimear Magee, Ben McNulty.
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