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U14 Girls Register First Win

Box Score

Jun. 16, 2016

Section B: Devenish 1-1 v 1-3 Belcoo

Belcoo U14 Girls would win a low scoring affair in Garrison on Thursday evening in what was a stop start encounter, the young O'Rahilly's seeing out the victory on a 1-3 to 1-1 scoreline.

The visitors made hard work of it in the second half having dominated large portions of the contest they failed to turn their possession into scores with a number of errant attempts at goal as well as some sloppy passing and poor decision making on the ball.

Having failed to put the game to bed, Belcoo were nearly made to pay for it, Devenish rallied late on and had a few chances to snatch the victory as they finished the game on top with the Belcoo defence working overtime to hang on to the win.

 Sam Martin takes the ball out of the defence in the first half  

Devenish began the contest with the wind advantage and had the ball in the net within 3minutes. A sluggish start from the visitors seen Devenish create a few more chances, fortunately they failed to convert, Mikayla Maguire in goals clearing the danger well while good pressure further out the field from Siofra McAloon in particular kept Devenish from scoring.

Belcoo's Arlene Furey put in a big shift all night around the middle and relieved pressure with some good forward runs, Aoife Keaney was showing well with Sinead & Aine Barrett seeing plenty of ball as the O’Rahilly’s looked to get going forward.

It took 15 minutes for Belcoo to score and it was to be a levelling three pointer. Furey again doing well down the right to find Ciana McGrath close to goals, she was near the end line so turned and smartly laid the ball off to Aine Barrett in a better position to score a goal.


Left) Aine Barrett latches onto a loose ball while Right) Siofra McAloon moves out from the back with possession

Belcoo were working hard to close down their opponents, Scarlett O'Connor, Sam Martin, Lana Shiels, Sinead Barrett and Cara Gray all battling to win back the ball. Coming to half time Belcoo worked a neat move upfield, Arlene Furey and Aine Barrett involved before Aoife Keaney pointed from distance to give Belcoo the lead 1-1 to 1-0 at half time.

From the start of the second half Belcoo held sway, Sinead Barrett was magnificent throughout this half, she was alert to the Devenish kickouts and secured primary possession time after time. Her teammates though couldn't convert the numerous chances which came their way in this spell of pressure. Sinead Barrett herself adding the only score at this time.

 Scarlett O'Connor gets to grips with Hannah Murphy as Arlene Furey closes in

Ciana McGrath was going very well in the middle, a number of great runs off the ball weren't picked up by teammates. Belcoo's decision making was disappointing for large parts of the half in the attacking part of the field, players in better positions overlooked all too often.

A goalmouth scramble would yield another point following a shot against the bar by Aine Barrett with Ciana McGrath hitting the post from the rebound before Barrett did split the posts.

It would be Belcoo's last score, 15 minutes of pressure and just two scores had been registered. Devenish's first meaningful attack seen them point a close range free to reduce the deficit to two points.

The score gave the hosts belief they could take something from the contest and they had their best spell of the match, penning Belcoo back to the final whistle. The visitors were nervy at the end, latch ditch blocks by Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon and Ciana McGrath were well timed while Arlene Furey drove out of the defence with some strong burst and Sinead Barrett remained a excellent outlet to take the pressure off the defence ensuring Belcoo held out for a slender victory.

It's a first win for this group and whilst they could and should have endured a more comfortable final few minutes, they will hopefully learn for this encounter going forward.

Team. Mikayla Maguire, Cara Gray, Lana Shiels, Siofra McAloon, Niamh McAloon, Sam Martin, Ciana McGrath, Arlene Furey, Sinead Barrett (0-1), Aoife Keaney (0-1), Scarlett O'Connor, Rachel Nolan, Aine Barrett (1-1). Subs. Rhianne McGuinness, Eve Barrett, Riona Keaney.




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