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Heartbreak For U14 Girls Who Lose Playoff By Single Point
Aug. 3, 2016
U14 Girls League Final Playoff: Tempo 1-4 v 1-3 Belcoo
It's a tough one to take. Our Under 14 Girls battled tremendously hard throughout and if truth be told they deserved more than what they got on the night. A single point was all that separated the two sides in this League Final Playoff game at the Tempo venue.
The young O'Rahilly girls bossed the entirety of the second half but struggled to apply the finishing touches to moves while the little breaks of the ball just wouldn't go their way as Tempo held out to win by one.
The home side has the better of the opening exchanges and had registered two points inside two minutes. Belcoo though began to settle into the contest. Working hard to keep Tempo at bay they began to move the ball well from back to front.
Sinead Barrett drives past her marker as Belcoo move forward in the first half
Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Aoife Keaney and Arlene Furey seeing plenty of the ball while Scarlett O'Connor was excelling around the middle showing well with Sinead Barrett and using possession well.
A neat pass from O'Connor set Ciana McGrath away for a first point to half the deficit. A few other half chances came and went in a crowded goalmouth as Tempo kept the pressure on Belcoo as they moved forward.
The O'Rahilly's were defending well from the front as great pressure was being applied by Rachel Nolan, Aine Barrett and Sinead Barrett while at the back Cara Gray made a timely interception with Lana Shiels and Siofra McAloon winning ball out in front.
Niamh McAloon competes for a loose ball with her opposite number
Cadhla Bogue was to register two late free kicks as Tempo went in 0-4 to 0-1 in front at half time. From the restart Belcoo upped their game, turning over the ball time and time again they were on the front foot throughout. Eve Barrett had an early goal chance but a defender got a hand in as she was striking the ball while a few wide were registered.
Tempo were struggling to get out of their half as Ciana McGrath, Arlene Furey and Sinead Barrett were all winning kickouts. Aoife Keaney was linking play well while Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon ensured Tempo were stopped when trying to break forward.
Ciana McGrath landed a point three minutes into the half but some good blocks by Tempo denied Aine Barrett and Arlene Furey clear strikes at goal to cut the lead further.
With 8minutes to go Arlene Furey drilled over after the ball was recycled to her following some good patient build up play to leave the minimum between them.
Tempo conjured up a breakaway and while the missed their initial shot, the resulting kickout yielded their goal as Ursula Fee won the ball and drove it back past Mikayla Maguire with just 4 minutes to play.
Belcoo though kept the heads up and within 60seconds they had the ball in the net at the other end. Several players were involved as they swept forward before Aoife Keaney struck the crossbar and Ciana McGrath bundled the ball over the line from close range. 1-4 to 1-3 it would end though as over the closing 3minutes Belcoo couldn't add a score to level or win the tie.
It was a tough blow having gave so much in the game but big strides have been made by this group in their first venture into Girls football. All but two are available for next year and with the U13 league getting underway on Monday night, they'll dust themselves down and go again.
Team. Mikayla Maguire, Lana Shiels, Cara Gray, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Siofra McAloon, Ciana McGrath (1-2), Arlene Furey (0-1), Sinead Barrett, Aoife Keaney, Rachel Nolan, Scarlett O'Connor, Aine Barrett. Subs. Eve Barrett, Riona Keaney.
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