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Two From Two for Under 12s
Jul. 30, 2016
U12 Section B: Belcoo 1-9 (11) v 0-6 Irvinestown
Belcoo would always have just enough in hand to keep Irvinestown at bay in this low scoring u12 affair, the O'Rahilly's recording a 1-9 to 0-6 victory on a windy but warm afternoon at MacNean Park. A solid hour was produced by the home side as they made it two from two in Section B.
The opening exchanges of this cagey contest seen both defences doing well. Conor McKeown in particular at full back put in an excellent shift reading the play well and coming out with possession time and time again. Ably assisted by Niamh McAloon who once more produced a commanding and powerful display.
Conor McKeown brings possession out of the defence
There was seven minutes on the clock when the white flag was raised for the first time. Sinead Barrett, Jack Greene and Michael Burns combined before Greene slipped the ball over the bar.
Michael Burns quickly followed up with a pointed free having won the foul himself but Irvinestown responded while Mikayla Maguire went close with a fisted effort at goal.
The visitors tied proceedings at 0-2 each from a Conor O'Hanlon free but by the end of Quarter 1 Belcoo had a 0-3 to 0-2 lead. Sinead Barrett turned over her opponent before finding Michael Burns to slot over.
A determind Niamh McAloon drives out with the ball
In Quarter 2 it was again tough to find scores early on. Rhianne McGuinness had been introduced to the defence and was getting stuck in with Eimear Magee and Nathan Carroll Magee added to the attack. Ten minutes of this period had elapsed without a score before four scores were hit in the final five minutes.
Daniel O'Connor strode forward from wing back and played a great pass to Sean Boylan who fisted it onto Nathan Carroll Magee for a well taken point on 25mins. From the kickout Sinead Barrett gained possession and fed Jack Greene for a point.
Irvinestown's lively wing back Oisin Swift was to respond while a great double block from Conor McKeown then Rhianne McGuinness kept out two drilled shots at goal while Belcoo went up the other end and had the final say, Greene knocking over a free. The O’Rahilly’s though needed an excellent Jamie Ray save with the last play to keep the score 0-6 to 0-3 at half time.
Sinead Barrett turns away from Oisin Swift in the 2nd Quarter
In Quarter 3 things remained tight, neither side created many clear openings to score. Belcoo shuffled the deck again, Jamie Ray moving from goals to midfield where he did very well with Lorcan Leonard operating between the sticks and he was to find teammates with several great kickouts.
Sam Martin slipped seamlessly into the defence, winning ball and keeping it simple while Sinead Barrett was getting through a mountain of work trying to curtail Oisin Swift.
Just a sole score each was registered in this 15minute period. Conor McKeown and Sean Boylan combined to allow Jamie Ray to score but a well struck 45 by Conor O'Hanlon left it 0-7 to 0-4.
Sean Boylan wheels away as Belcoo go on the attack in Quarter 3
In the final quarter Irvinestown rallied, midfielder Eoghan Swift drove his side forward although Belcoo hit the first score through Jamie Ray to move four clear. The visitors cut the deficit to two with points, firstly from Swift before a super free from wide on the right by O'Hanlon.
It was end to end stuff during the final five minutes as Belcoo led by two, 0-8 to 0-6. The O'Rahillys though finished strong. Niamh McAloon, Conor McKeown and Sam Martin were strong at the back with Michael Burns getting on more ball in the dying minutes while Sean Boylan and Mikayla Maguire kept pressure on the Irvinestown defenders. Jack Greene was to point for Belcoo before he broke clear to net the games only goal two minutes from time.
Daniel O'Connor keeps moving forward as two Irvinestown player close in
Irvinestown had a goal chance of their own at the death by Lorcan Leonard made a great save with his feet to ensure his side didn't concede a goal. In the end Belcoo were five point victors on a 1-9 to 0-6 scoreline and thoroughly deserved it after a good battling hour.
Team. Jamie Ray (0-2), Cara Gray, Conor McKeown, Niamh McAloon, Daniel O'Connor, Michael Burns (0-2), Jack Greene (1-4), Sinead Barrett, Mikayla Maguire, Lorcan Leonard, Sean Boylan. Subs. Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee, Nathan Carroll Magee (0-1), Sam Martin.
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