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Excellent Contest Kickstarts U10 Season
May. 9, 2016
U10 League: Belcoo 2-18 (38) v 0-16 (32) Ederney
Belcoo u10s would see off Ederney in an extremely competitive league opener this evening, running out winners 2-18 (38) to 0-16 (32). This competition is run by Derrygonnelly Harps with points counting for two and goals just the one, a great way to encourage kids to take their points for the future.
The young O'Rahillys held the upper hand from the start but were never comfortable as Ederney continued to clip over some excellent points in the match which consists of two 25minute halves.
Sam Martin and Siofra McAloon exchange passes
The two sides traded early points with Michael Burns and Micheal McAllister on target for the home side. Shay Deasley was to have an excellent 50minutes for the visitors and he would knock over twice early on for his side.
Scarlett O'Connor did well in defence to turnover the ball and find Micheal McAllister for another point while Eoin Corrigan and Michael Burns combined for the latter to move Belcoo 0-4 to 0-2 ahead by the 7th minute.
Belcoo were having a good spell in front of goal, McAllister registered a fine score from distance before Nathan McGovern drilled to the net. Michael Burns and Eoin Corrigan tagged on points while there was some great work done in the middle sector by Sam Martin and Eve Barrett foraging for ball.
Nathan McGovern looking forward at his options
Ederney began to have a good spell coming to half time and would kick four well taken points in quick succession to bring the score to 1-7 to 0-6 however a late flurry from the hosts as Micheal McAllister banging in a second goal with Michael Burns clipping over seen them lead 2-8 (18) to 0-6 (12) at the interval.
An equally competitive second period would see the sides share 20 points. Belcoo though would defend well with Nathan Carroll Magee an assured presence between the sticks, quickly off his line snuff out attacks on occasion. Siofra McAloon had a fine second half, bravely fastening onto loose balls and driving out of defence with Sam Martin doing likewise along side her.
Thomas Parker and Riona Keaney put themselves about when introduced to the fold with Patrick Magee and Rachel Nolan getting on more possession in this period too.
Michael Burns fastens onto a loose ball with Eve Barrett in support
Michael Burns, Eoin Corrigan and Micheal McAllister all knocked over points but it was Ederney who cut the deficit hitting five points in as many minutes, four of these coming in a row to leave just two between the sides, 2-11 (24) to 0-11 (22).
Belcoo had failed to register for 8minutes before Michael Burns popped up with two good points in a row but again Ederney battled back, Shay Deazley kicking three good scores with McAllister responding to leave it 2-14 to 0-14 with just five minutes to play.
The game remained end to end, Ederney couldn’t kick a point which would have got them level as Belcoo pressured their shots at goal. At the other end Eoin Corrigan hit the target but Ederney responded in kind.
Eoin Corrigan attempts to stop an Ederney player coming forward
The O'Rahillys produced a good finish in the final few minutes, moving the ball swiftly forward, Micheal McAllister slotted over from close range before Patrick Magee kicked a great left footed point from distance having gathered a fine pass from Sam Martin.
In the dying seconds McAllister hit another with Ederney landing the final score of an absorbing game.
This Friday the O'Rahilly's go to Brewster Park to face Enniskillen Gaels for a 7.30pm throw in. Bus leaving at 6.30pm, bring £2, mouthguard, gloves, belcoo shorts & socks.
More pictures available in the Photo Gallery on the left
Team. Nathan Carroll Magee, Siofra McAloon, Scarlett O'Connor, Eve Barrett, Patrick Magee (0-1), Michael Burns (0-7), Sam Martin, Nathan McGovern (1-0), Eoin Corrigan (0-3), Micheal McAllister (1-7), Rachel Nolan, Thomas Parker, Riona Keaney.