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U12's Finish Strongly To Beat The Gaels
Aug. 27, 2015
U12: Division 2: Enniskillen Gaels 'A' 0-5 v 2-15 Belcoo
Belcoo U12’s were to extend their unbeaten run to five games having seen off a challenge from Enniskillen Gaels ‘A’ on a very wet training field at Brewster Park this evening. The young O’Rahilly’s eventually shaking off the hosts in the third quarter as they finished strongly to win 2-15 to 0-5.
The difficult underfoot playing conditions yielded some scrappy spells at times but Belcoo would get to grips with things after half time and ran out good winners by the final whistle. They didn’t have things their own way though and had goalkeeper Jamie Ray to thank on a number of occasions in the first 30minutes, two fantastic stops denying two certain goals while clever punched clearances and some alert darts off his goal-line thwarted other dangerous moments.
The defending was impressive throughout from the visitors with Niamh McAloon and Patrick Martin excelling in the full back line while Aoife Keaney and Ciana McGrath were dispossessing their forwards and gathering break balls constantly around the middle.
Belcoo would begin brightly, Emmett McGuinness, who’d another great hour, landed a beautiful score from a difficult angle within a minute. The Gaels though would move forward and Jamie Ray would make the first of his point blank saves to deny Ross Bogue. Ray’s save and subsequent clearance to the right wing yielded the games opening goal. Belcoo cut through the Gaels with some slick interplay down the flank. Josh Killilea, Oisin O’Loughlin and Conor McKeown were all involved as the ball was quickly transferred from player to player before McKeown centred the ball for Gerry Nolan to cleverly fist to the net.
Emmett McGuinness would hit a second impressive score from the right wing while Josh Killilea clipped over a fine score. Gerry Nolan made two great blocks to keep the Gaels defence under pressure and Belcoo would add to their tally as a result, Killilea the markman's once more.
Ross Bogue would point a long range free for the Gaels who started to match their Belcoo counterparts. Quarter 1 had ended with Belcoo 1-4 to 0-1 to the good but the second quarter would prove to be a difficult 15minutes for the visiting O’Rahilly’s.
Josh Killilea had landed an early free but it was the Gael’s who starting winning the loose balls as Belcoo coughed up possession and gave away the ball at a regular rate. The hosts had fired over two points to cut the deficit while Jamie Ray once more came to the rescue with a great save in the 20th minute.
The sustained period of pressure from the Gaels was broken when Belcoo swept forward at pace and corner back Patrick Martin found himself on the end of a Conor McKeown ball to land a much needed point. Having weathered the surge from the Gaels and only conceded twice, Josh Killilea would tag on a point before the interval as Belcoo moved six clear, 1-7 (9) to 0-3.
A few stern words at half time seen a different Belcoo emerge much sharper, hungrier and determinded. From here to the finish the O’Rahilly’s worked harder and the scores began to flow. Josh Killilea was the first to fire over before captain for the day, Aoife Keaney ventured forward from wing back to point a great score. This lifted the visitors and Aine Barrett, who impressed following her introduction, did likewise having split the posts with a neat effort.
It wasn’t just the scoring that improved, Quarter 3 seen Emmett McGuinness make three blocks with O’Loughlin and Killilea also getting blocks in to prevent the Gaels moving forward. Gerry Nolan was next to wave the white flag before a second goal arrived, Killilea sidestepping defender and goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the unguarded goal as the Quarter ended with Belcoo now in control with a good lead, 2-11 (15) to 0-3.
In the final quarter there were impressive contributions from Eoin Corrigan and Sinead Barrett in attack while Eimear Magee did well at the back, pressurising her opposite number. The visitors continued to clip over some scores, Oisin O’Loughlin hitting one from an acute angle while Gerry Nolan slotted over another well taken point.
Jack Greene would finish a slick move with a driven score before Killilea notched the final Belcoo point. Over the closing 5minutes Enniskillen added a free and a point from Ross Bogue. Lorcan Leonard had relieved the excellent Jamie Ray of the goalkeeping duties in the Quarter and done well with his clearances.
All in all it was a tricky and challenge encounter which Belcoo managed to negotiate successfully. They will face a difficult trip to Lisnaskea this coming Tuesday 1st September. Bus leaving corner at 5.15pm.
Team: (11-a-side) Jamie Ray, Niamh McAloon, Patrick Martin (0-1), Aoife Keaney (0-1), Ciana McGrath, Oisin O’Loughlin (0-1), Emmett McGuinness (0-2), Gerry Nolan (1-2), Conor McKeown, Jack Greene (0-1), Josh Killilea (1-6). Subs Used: Aine Barrett (0-1), Eoin Corrigan, Sinead Barrett, Eimear Magee, Lorcan Leonard.
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