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U12's Go Down By One Point In Lisnaskea
Sep. 1, 2015
U12 Division 2: Lisnaskea 2-9 (13) v 3-6 (12) Belcoo
Belcoo U12s would surrender their unbeaten record with an agonising one point defeat after a great battle in Lisnaskea on Tuesday evening, going down on a 2-9 (13) to 3-6 (12) scoreline. It was a night the young O'Rahilly's failed to fire in front of goal but their commitment, work ethic and effort was first class once more.
Numerous chances were created in the closing minutes to land an equaliser but pressured kicks in a crowded and compact Lisnaskea defence ensured shots failed to find the target as the gallant effort to level the contest fell short.
In the first quarter Belcoo began brightly and worked two good points early on. Oisin O'Loughlin picking out Aine Barrett with a pass from a 45 before she fired over while a sideline ball from O'Loughlin to Josh Killilea yielded another point.
Belcoo would squander goal chances with O'Loughlin firing wide and Gerry Nolan hitting the side netting before Lisnaskea worked themselves into the game and two good points levelled proceedings before the hosts hit their first goal, a loose ball in the penalty area driven into the net. Belcoo would hit the final score of the quarter from Josh Killilea to leave it 1-2 (4) to 0-3.
The hosts would extend their lead at the restart before Belcoo tied the game with their first goal, Aine Barrett doing well to win back possession before the ball fell for Josh Killilea to drill into the net. It was end to end stuff, Ciana McGrath was superb at the back throughout for Belcoo, turning over possession and using it affectively time after time. Patrick Martin had made a bright opening while Niamh McAloon and Aoife Keaney were doing well on tricky opponents.
Lisnakea though would continue to take their chances and added a goal and point before half time, Belcoo failed to deal with a high ball and a sharp forward reacted quickest to fist to the net. The visitors would a missed guilt edged goal chance when Gerry Nolan won possession off the goalkeeper but skued his shot wide, moments later however he would add a great point to leave three between them at half time, 2-5 (9) to 1-4 (6).
A reshuffle at the break seen Belcoo emerge sharper at the start of the 3rd quarter as they enjoyed their best spell of the contest penning back the home side. Two minutes after the restart a well worked move down the right seen Gerry Nolan switch the play with a great kick pass putting Oisin O’Loughlin through to fire in a goal.
Belcoo would soon rattle the net again, both substitutes Dara Flanagan and Eoin Corrigan combining for the latter to thump a great shot into the top corner as Belcoo hit the front 3-4 (10) to 2-5 (9). Over the remainder of the quarter the tie ebbed and flowed once more, both sets of defences doing well to curtail their opposite numbers. Lisnaskea had managed to clip over two points with another substitute Jack Greene landing from the right wing for Belcoo to leave the match tied at 11 each by the end of Quarter 3.
In the final quarter, Belcoo would miss three early efforts at points before Lisnaskea ventured forward and took the lead once more. Again Belcoo battled back, worked a few opportunities but the finish was lacking. With six minutes to play Lisnaskea popped over a free to go two clear after a fine save from Jamie Ray had kept out a goal. Dara Flanagan landed a point to cut the deficit to the minimum immediately and it set up a frantic final five minutes.
The O’Rahilly’s pressed hard, penning the home side back, Niamh McAloon made several important tackles while Josh Killilea and Emmett McGuinness continued to work tireless to win back possession. Half chances came and went for the visitors who couldn’t muster an equaliser their efforts deserved.
U12 DIVISION 2:
|Devenish St Mary's||2||0||0||2||0|
|Enniskillen Gaels A||2||0||0||2||0|
Saturday 5th September: Devenish v Belcoo.... Lisnaskea v Enniskillen A.
Tuesday 8th September: Belcoo v Teemore.... Devenish v Enniskillen A.
Training continues on Thursday evening from 7pm to 8.15pm. Belcoo must now beat Devenish on Saturday at 3.30pm and Teemore next Tuesday night to force a 3-Way playoff.
Team: Jamie Ray, Niamh McAloon, Patrick Martin, Aoife Keaney, Ciana McGrath, Oisin O’Loughlin (1-0), Emmett McGuinness, Aine Barrett (0-1), Conor McKeown, Gerry Nolan (0-1), Josh Killilea (1-2). Subs Used: Eoin Corrigan (1-0), Dara Flanagan (0-1), Jack Greene (0-1).
In the Development Game Belcoo completed dominated Lisnaskea during the first Quarter, holding a 5-6 to 0-1 lead. The game was halted early due to the complete one-sided affair not benefiting anyone.
Team: Lorcan Leonard, Sean Boylan, Ben McNulty, Dara Flanagan, Jack Greene, Sinead Barrett and Eoin Corrigan.
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