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U12s Make Winning Start To Season In Garrison

Box Score

Jul. 23, 2016

U12 Section B: Devenish 0-11 v 10-18 (38) Belcoo

Belcoo U12's began their season with a 10-18 to 0-11 win in Garrison on Saturday afternoon. The young O'Rahilly's were full value for the win after a relatively slow start they grew into the game before running out handsome winners by the final whistle.

All round, there was solid displays, some good team play and scores taken while a strong defensive unit kept Devenish at bay.

 Cian O'Brien has a fist full of Michael Burns' shirt as the Belcoo man retains the ball

The hosts though would knock over the first three points of the contest with Eifin Doherty and Lanty Feeley among the points before Belcoo opened their account on 7 minutes through Josh Killilea.

The O'Rahilly's kicked on from here with Cian White registering two in less than a minute, well taken efforts of both the right and left foot. Jack Greene was to fire in his first goal before White once more split the posts.

Belcoo were going well at the back, the ever reliable Jamie Ray sweeping up in the goals with Conor McKeown reading the game well and Cara Gray giving her man no time and space to get involved. Niamh McAloon was strong and powerful driving out with possession while Daniel O'Connor was doing a fine man to man job on the dangerous Cian O'Brien.

 Josh Killilea brings Belcoo forward once more

Sean Boylan was to chip in with a point as did Josh Killilea before Devenish ended a 15minute spell without a score from a free kick to leave it 1-6 (8) to 0-4 by the 20th minute.

Belcoo were to hit a purple patch coming to half time though to take control of the tie, points were added by Cian White (2), Josh Killilea (2) and Jack Greene with Greene netting two goals in a minute on the stroke of half time.

Devenish had mustered two points but they almost had two goals as well. A wonderful clearance from Daniel O'Connor denied a certain goal on 22minutes while Conor McKeown cleared another when Jamie Ray was beaten on 28minutes. Half time Devenish 0-6 (6) v 3-11 (17).

 Niamh McAloon powers past her opponent as Belcoo continue moving forward

Devenish would knock over the first score of the second half but it was a half Belcoo once more controlled. Eoin Corrigan and Michael Burns were introduced at the interval and both made good contributions. Corrigan quickly setting up Sinead Barrett for a well taken point.

Cian White and Michael Burns added points before a Burns shot was beaten away by the Devenish keeper for Eoin Corrigan to kick into the net. The hosts replied with sporadic points as Belcoo kept on the front foot. Sinead Barrett landed another neat point before breaking through to thump in a goal.

Conor McKeown came forward and a crossfield pass to Mikayla Maguire allowed her to set up Michael Burns for a 6th Belcoo goal. The visitors were on the goal trail again with Eoin Corrigan adding another after a block by Michael Burns and good final pass from Cian White.

 Jack Greene evades a tackle as he brings the ball into the Devenish half

Josh Killilea was to stride forward and net two super goals, the first finding the top corner while the second was a delicately chipped soccer effort over Eifin Doherty, the goalkeeper at the time. Burns, White and Corrigan all added points before Lorcan Leonard fisted the final goal of the game.

Defensively the O'Rahillys had remained solid, Eimear Magee slipping seamlessly into the backline in the second period and winning her battle while Niamh McAloon had a strong hour in defence with Conor McKeown and Daniel O'Connor.

Jamie Ray, Cara Gray, Conor McKeown, Niamh McAloon, Daniel O'Connor, Josh Killilea (2-4), Jack Greene (3-1), Sinead Barrett (1-2), Cian White (0-7) Sean Boylan (0-1), Lorcan Leonard (1-0). Subs. Michael Burns (1-2), Eoin Corrigan (2-1), Mikayla Maguire, Eimear Magee.


Development Game: Devenish 6-9 (21) v 4-5 (13) Belcoo.

In the development game which was fiercely contested there was little between the sides for the most part. Level at the interval Devenish were to hit three scoring spurts during the second half to clinch the win.

The hosts begun with two points before Nathan McGovern netted to square up proceedings. Scores continued to be traded as Patrick Magee slotted over for Belcoo with Eve Barrett netting a goal after a good forward run. Riona Keaney and Magee would both strike the woodwork before Devenish levelled the contest at 0-5 to 2-1 (5).

 Eve Barrett dukes past a tackle near the sideline

Belcoo had done well to keep the hosts to just five scores. Siofra McAloon working tirelessly from start to finish at the back with Scarlett O'Connor throwing herself into tackles. Sam Martin was to have a fine hour at the back and having moved into goals for a period in the second half she was to make a superb double save to deny a goal.

Devenish were quickly out of the blocks to hit 3-1 in the early part of the new half. Riona Keaney responded with a well taken point after the hardworking Rachel Nolan did well to create the opening. Belcoo had settled and a good block by Sam Martin allowed the visitors to break forward with Eve Barrett firing in another goal to make it 3-6 (12) to 3-2 (8).

 Riona Keaney breaks free as she moves into the attacking third of the field

Devenish though were to have another burst; 2-2 in a matter of minutes pushing them ten clear. Belcoo though are a resilient bunch and they hit back with a goal from Eve Barrett as well as good points from Patrick Magee and Riona Keaney.

In the end Devenish had the final say with a late 1-1 however this game will stand the O'Rahilly's in good stead going forward.

Team. Nathan McGovern (1-0), Siofra McAloon, Scarlett O'Connor, Sam Martin, Rachel Nolan, Patrick Magee (0-3), Eve Barrett (3-0), Riona Keaney (0-2).

Training continues for all on Tuesday & Thursday from 7pm to 8.15pm while the U14 Girls play Lisnaskea on Monday at 7pm, Girls are asked to be at the pitch for 6.30pm




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