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U14 Girls Into League Final After Great Tussle With Lisnaskea

Box Score

Jul. 26, 2016

U14 Girls: Belcoo 2-6 v 2-1 Lisnaskea

Belcoo U14 Girls have booked their place in the league final after a really tough contest with Lisnaskea this evening, level with three minutes to play a late 1-2 burst from Ciana McGrath seen Belcoo come out the right side on a 2-6 to 2-1 scoreline.

This though was an all round team display, defensively the O'Rahilly's were first class from start to finish, pressure and turnovers galore, winning balls they had no right to win and driving upfield. Despite having plenty of possession in the first half Belcoo trailed by one at the interval 1-0 to 0-2.

 Scarlett O'Connor, head up looking for options as she drives out from the defence in the first half

Lisnaskea were to hit their goal in the 4th minute but despite the setback Belcoo continued to battle away and Eve Barrett was to drive in for a nice point in the seventh minute. Some strong running from Sinead Barrett, Aoife Keaney, Arlene Furey and Aine Barrett had created half chances however some stout defending from the visitors prevented clean strikes at goal.

For Belcoo, Lana Shiels and Cara Gray were holding a steady full back line at the other end of the field while Siofra McAloon and Scarlett O'Connor were getting hands in to win back possession and then using the ball well coming from defence. Niamh McAloon had a fantastic game in general and won back the ball time and time again, forcing her opponent backwards as well as into overcarrying the football.

Sinead Barrett would power towards goal before being fouled allowing Ciana McGrath to knock over the free as the half ended with Lisnaskea one to the good.

 Ciana McGrath breaks through a crowded area in the first half  

Belcoo would emerge in the second half and tied proceedings within a minute as Arlene Furey drove over a good score. The O'Rahilly's then hit their first goal as Ciana McGrath gathered possession close to goal and thumped it into the net. Other opportunities presented themselves in this good spell but again, good pressure from Lisnaskea and the odd handling error by the O’Rahilly’s seen the chance go a begging.

It was end to end stuff from here to the finish, there was excellent pressure and tackling on both sides as every ball was fiercely contested and fought for. Lisnaskea would hit their second goal to level things with 13minutes to play. Belcoo had come under a bit of pressure but Lana Shiels was having a fine game, strong in the tackle and distributing the ball well while Aoife Keaney, now operating at centre back was keeping those around her on their toes while winning and using the ball well moving forward. Keaney, Furey and the McAloon sisters were great outlets from Mikayla Maguire's intelligent kickouts as she continued to pick out "the girls in blue".

 Cara Gray out in front to win the ball before offloading to a teammate

With ten to play Ciana McGrath drilled over a point after good work by Aine Barrett who showed well in the forward line all night. Lisnaskea though would hit the post before they did indeed level matters once more with three minutes remaining as their impressive midfielder got free to clip over a nice point.

The full blooded, determined and non-stop work ethic of the young O'Rahilly's though would see them through in the end. Sinead Barrett drove forward before Eve Barrett slipped Ciana McGrath in for a point.

 Arlene Furey lands a point early in the second half

Belcoo would win the next kickout and Roina Keaney seen a shot for goal blocked before they would get a goal in the final minute. Scarlett O'Connor doing brilliantly well to step round her opponent and snap up the loose before playing it forward to Ciana McGrath to bang into the net. Moments later McGrath landed a point to secure the win. Belcoo will meet Tempo in the final, more details will be released in the coming days.

This is a great achievement for the side who just formed four months ago, their time, effort and willingness to learn and improve has been rewarded with a place in the showpiece final. Something they should all be very proud off.

Team. Mikayla Maguire, Lana Shiels, Cara Gray, Scarlett O'Connor, Niamh McAloon, Siofra McAloon, Ciana McGrath (2-4), Arlene Furey (0-1), Sinead Barrett, Aoife Keaney, Eve Barrett, Riona Keaney, Aine Barrett. Rachel Nolan.




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