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U12s Win Division 2 League
Sep. 19, 2015
U12 Division 2 League: Belcoo 3-11 (17) v 3-4 (10) Teemore
Belcoo U12s would crown a great season with a hard working display in the Division 2 League Final against Teemore as they secured the title on a 3-11 to 3-4 scoreline. A profitable third quarter the catalyst for the victory in what was another tough battle against the Shamrocks.
Back Row (L-R) Conor McKeown, Cian White, Ben McNulty, Oisin O'Loughlin, Patrick Martin, Dara Flanagan, Colum Higgins, Aoife Keaney, Aine Barrett, Ciana McGrath, Niamh McAloon, Sam Martin, Daniel O'Connor.
Front Row (L-R) Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan, Josk Killilea, Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan, Jamie Ray, Eimear Magee, Sinead Barrett, Cara Gray, Sean Boylan, Lorcan Leonard.
Belcoo got off to a flyer with Josh Killilea netting a goal during the first attack of the contest before Dara Flanagan quickly followed up with a point from play. The game was evenly balanced during the remainder of the quarter as both defences on show were impressing.
The O’Rahilly’s captain Oisin O’Loughlin was marshalling the defence well, coming out with possession on several occasions while Niamh McAloon excelled throughout, again making timely interventions and clearing the ball to teammates. Tigerish play from Colum Higgins and Ciana McGrath in the half back line continued to thwart Teemore who managed a sole point in Quarter 1, Jack McGann registering from a free kick but Belcoo took a three point cushion the first break when Dara Flanagan popped over his second point from play. Quarter 1: Belcoo 1-2 (4) v 0-1 Teemore.
Again, the second quarter was tight, Patrick Martin seen goalkeeper Callum McGrath make a good save early on before Conor McKeown pounced on a loose ball to fire in Belcoo’s second goal of the day. There was some great blocks in this spell, Oisin O’Loughlin, Colum Higgins and Emmett McGuinness all denying the opposition.
In the best move of the contest Belcoo broke forward at pace from defence, Josh Killilea and Emmet McGuinness played a number of one two’s through the hands before McGuinness unleashed an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner.
Teemore however responded well and fired in a quick 1-2. Liam McEnri hitting a well taken goal with Jack McGann clipping over two well taken scores to cut the deficit to three however Belcoo nearly netted another goal, Jack Greene doing fierce well to burst past a few challenges before bringing a good save from the Teemore stopper. His side though would land another score as Emmett McGuinness hit a point for Belcoo with the final act of the half. Quarter 2: Belcoo 3-3 (9) v 1-3 (5) Teemore.
Quarter 3 was where Belcoo opened up a gap and pushed on for the victory. Some sharp play, great workrate and well taken scores seen the O’Rahilly’s hit six points without reply in this period. Dara Flanagan and Josh Killilea on target early before Eoin Corrigan entered the fray and made another telling contribution, like he has done all season.
Corrigan would hit two frees, the second from long range with great confidence while Emmett McGuinness split the posts from well out the field also. Again defensively Belcoo were curtailing Teemore well, Jamie Ray sweeping up and organising well at the back with Niamh McAloon continuing to impress mopping up possession. Colum Higgins continued to battle for every ball and further forward Conor McKeown and Gerry Nolan were proving great outlets.
Josh Killilea would find the target as a great quarter for Belcoo seen them push ten clear. Quarter 3: Belcoo 3-9 (15) v 1-3 (5) Teemore.
Belcoo would keep Teemore at arms length in the final Quarter, again good work around the middle from McGuinness and Flanagan seen the O’Rahilly’s maintain possession. Aoife Keaney and Aine Barrett were battling well to gain possession following their introduction and it was Belcoo who added the first score of this period. Ciana McGrath with a great and offload to Eoin Corrigan who was bundled over for a free which he took and scored having dusted himself down.
Teemore made a late rally, another well taken goal was driven in with Jack McGann adding a free. Ben McNulty went in bravely for Belcoo and suffered a hefty knock while Gerry Nolan, Ciana McGrath and Emmett McGuinness made some excellent blocks during this period. Underterred the O’Rahilly’s drove forward with Killilea on target once more. Teemore though had the final says as they netted a third goal, Jamie Ray and Ciana McGrath got themselves in a muddle as the ball found it’s way into the net.
It wouldn’t matter though as Belcoo had done enough to get over the line on a 3-11 to 3-4 scoreline and in doing so secured the Division 2 League title with Oisin O’Loughlin collected from Deirdre Donnelly at full time.
The young O’Rahilly’s can be proud of themselves for the effort they have put into this campaign, everyone has featured at some conjunction and played a key part in this success season. Well done to management and coaches, Paul McGrath, Sharon McGrath, Aisling McAloon, Lucia Barrett and Phil Corrigan for their work throughout the year.
TEAM: Jamie Ray, Oisin O’Loughlin, Niamh McAloon, Ciana McGrath, Colum Higgins, Dara Flanagan (0-3), Emmett McGuinness (1-2), Gerry Nolan, Conor McKeown (1-0), Patrick Martin, Josh Killilea (1-3). Squad: Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan (0-3), Aoife Keaney, Aine Barrett, Ben McNulty, Sean Boylan, Cian White, Sinead Barrett, Eimear Magee, Sam Martin, Lorcan Leonard, Cara Gray and Daniel O’Connor.
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