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Narrow Playoff Defeat For Battling U10's

Box Score

Jun. 11, 2016

U10 PLAYOFF: Tempo 0-14 (28) v 1-11 (23) Belcoo

Belcoo played out an exciting playoff match against Tempo this evening in an even enough affair which could have swung either way at the end. A bit of confusion with the score line in injury time left the Blues thinking they had done enough but unfortunately it was not to be.

Tempo had won the previous encounter by a twenty point margin so the young O’Rahilly’s knew they had an uphill battle on their hands, but they knuckled down right from the start and let Tempo know they would have to work hard for their victory tonight.

Tempo opened the scoring from a free kick given against Sam Martin for a double hop of the ball. Belcoo answered this with a free from Eoin Corrigan, who was carrying a foot injury into the contest. Both sides traded scores with attacks swinging end to end unfortunately Belcoo’s shooting seemed to desert them at this juncture and their wide count mounted. Tempo would score seven points in this period proving ultimately to be the winning of the game. The half time score line reading 0-10 (20) to 0-2 (4).

This was not a true reflection of the game however, for had Belcoo converted a quarter of the chances that they had missed at this stage they would certainly have come out on top in this encounter.


Eve Barrett gathers possession on the left while Michael Burns looks forward on the right.

Nathan Carroll Magee was excellent in goals sweeping all before him as he turned defence into attack. The back line of Siofra McAloon, Sam Martin and Scarlett O’Connor wore the Belcoo colours with pride and defended as if their lives depended on it.

Rachel Nolan and Patrick Magee worked like Trojans in midfield recycling ball for Eoin Corrigan and Michael Burns to carry forward in attack. Eve Barrett, Nathan McGovern and Riona Keaney were in fine form terrorising the Tempo defence up front.

The second half saw a few changes in personal with Miceal McAllister replacing Rachel Nolan and Thomas Parker for Riona Keaney. This half belonged to the young O Rahilly’s and Michael Burns especially with a powerful second half display where he scored a personal tally of 1-6. But it really must be said that the collective team display was a joy to watch as the baby blues gave their all for each other.

Tempo were to leave with the victory but not without getting the fright of their lives in the dying minutes of the game. Belcoo were to run out of time but not out of heart as they came up short by 5points on a 0-14 (28) to 1-11 (23) scoreline.

Next Saturday, the Derrygonnelly Blitz will finish what has been an excellent U10 season.




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