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U12: PJ Treacy Memorial Tournament
Oct. 3, 2015
The curtain came down on the Under 12 season at a fiercely competitive PJ Treacy Memorial Tournament in Garrison on Saturday where Belcoo U12’s made it to the final before they suffered a narrow 3points defeat to Tyrone side, Beragh Red Knights.
The O’Rahilly’s were greeted with a nice message on their dressing room door from the hosts Devenish congratulating them on their Division 2 success before they were clapped onto to the field by Erne Gaels and Devenish, while they joined the line to clap out defending champion of this competition Beragh.
Games were 11 a side, 10minutes each way with the normal two touch rule and two points for a goal.
GAME 1: Belcoo 3-3 (9) v 0-3 (3) Erne Gaels
Belcoo were sharp in their opening contest against Erne Gaels which seen all 21 players used and they all made great contributions. In the early minutes Josh Killilea broke through to tap over the first point before an super move seen Killilea add another, Jamie Ray’s kickout was superbly fielded by Patrick Martin who turned and played a great ball into Conor McKeown who was showing well, McKeown offloaded to the on-rushing Killilea to split the posts.
McKeown would score a goal from close range while Jack Greene thumped in another after being put through. Aoife Keaney was brilliant at the back for Belcoo in this contest and although Erne Gaels mustered a response in the second half adding three points, Belcoo would continue to dominate. Killilea added his third point before Cian White’s crossfield ball was cleverly fisted to the net by Sean Boylan.
Lorcan Leonard would make a good save having replaced Jamie Ray in goals while Cara Gray, Ben McNulty and Sam Martin made telling contributions in defence when introduced. The Barrett sisters were lively linking play between defence and attack as Belcoo held out for a 6point win.
GAME 2: Belcoo 1-2 (4) v 1-4 (6) Beragh Red Knights
The second outing was played with alot more intensity against a strong Tyrone outfit, Belcoo though would dominate the first half but squandered good opportunities in front of goal. Patrick Martin hit a point within seconds of the throw in before he forced a smart save from the Beragh goalkeeper moments later. Other chances came and went with efforts shaving the post, Beragh were clinical and hit a point from their first real attack to leave it lone point each at half time.
The second half was fiercely contested, some great tackles and blocks from the O’Rahilly’s, Ciana McGrath and Colum Higgins doing well at the back with Oisin O’Loughlin and Dara Flanagan putting in a big shifts around the middle. Up front Josh Killilea was a threat with Eoin Corrigan putting himself about against physically stronger opponents.
Beragh would land two good points from distance before they got a soft goal, a handling error at the back, gifting them a goal. Belcoo’s response was immediate, a quickly taken kick out from Jamie Ray found Josh Killilea who worked the ball through the hands with Dara Flanagan before Killilea danced round the ‘keeper to score a goal. He would add a point but Beragh responded. Belcoo almost snatched a late draw when Cian White side stepped his marker and fired goalwards, the Beragh keeper though made a wonderful save as his side held on to win by 2points.
GAME 3: Belcoo 1-8 (10) v 0-2 (2) Devenish
Belcoo needed to win this game to make the final against Beragh and they did so, quite convincing. The previous loss spurred them on and they produced some excellent football during the 20minutes to run out handsome winners. Gerry Nolan was superb in this contest and ignited the Belcoo challenge with a quickfire 1-2. Patrick Martin and Killilea also added points in this period.
Defensively Niamh McAloon and Aoife Keaney were giving up nothing as Devenish failed to make inroads going forward. Belcoo would continue to control the tie with Josh Killilea adding three more points and Dara Flanagan popped up with one also. Again, the majority of the squad got game time and all done very well.
GAME 4: THE PJ TREACY MEMORIAL FINAL: Belcoo 0-4 (4) v 1-5 (7) Beragh Red Knights
This was another tough tussle. Belcoo never stopped working, pressing, hassling, tackling in the final and were very unlucky to come out the wrong side of the result. There was some fantastic displays, Aine Barrett excellent throughout while Conor McKeown excelled in what was a really physical affair. Oisin O’Loughlin remained a driving force in the middle with Dara Flanagan and Josh Killilea came in for some treatment from the Tyrone men, hauled down when running through on a number of occasions which frustrated all concerned.
Killilea would hit three of the four points while Dara Flanagan was also on target. Beragh though got themselves ahead and done everything they could to ensure Belcoo weren’t going to deny them from retaining the title they won 12months earlier.
All in all it has been a very positive season for our U12’s who gave everything throughout the year, worked tremendously hard and should be proud of their efforts and achievements.
Some snaps from today's competition:
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