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Kinawley Edge Competitive U12 Contest
Sep. 3, 2016
U12 Division 1: Belcoo 5-10 v 6-14 Kinawley
Belcoo and Kinawley served up a great Under 12 Division 1 League opener at MacNean Park on Saturday afternoon. A three goal blast from the visitors in the final quarter seen them take the spoils on a 6-14 to 5-10.
The contest was a bit of a slow burner as the first two quarters Kinawley were holding Belcoo at arms length before a rousing third quarter full of real grit, determination and intensity from the home side seen just one point separate the sides going into the deciding period. Kinawley though upped their game with a strong finish to win by 6points.
Josh Killilea powering forward in the 1st Quarter
In the early exchanges Belcoo were first to register as Sean Boylan and Josh Killilea both hit points in the 4th minute. Kinawley's response was via two goals, the first a well worked score neatly finished while the second was a drilled shot across goal that ricocheted off Niamh McAloon and into the net.
Belcoo steadied themselves with two frees from Josh Killilea who had a tremendous hour, working tirelessly up and down the field throughout. Killilea was to take a certain Kinawley goal off the line sliding across the ground to clear on 11minutes.
Jamie Ray was called upon to make a double save before Paudie McKenna had the final say of quarter 1 when he pointed to leave it 2-1 to 0-4.
Tiarnan McKenna gathers possession with Cara Gray closing in
Kinawley had the wind advantage in quarter 2 where they outscored Belcoo 1-6 to 1-1. The visitors were winning primary possession as Belcoo struggle to get the ball out of the defence. Mikayla Maguire was to register the first point of the half however Kinawley knocked over three points and hit their goal before substitute Michael Burns netted for Belcoo following good work from Killilea and Ray. Kinawley though ended the period with three unanswered points for a 3-7 to 1-5 half time lead.
It was Quarter 3 where Belcoo produced their best football of the day. Cian White, another who worked hard and was the main attacking outlet throughout, was to bang in two excellent goals. The first provided by Killilea while the second was following a great high catch close to goal before swivelling well to finish.
The home side were well on top and now Kinawley were struggling to clear their lines. Josh Killilea was to account for the remaining Belcoo points and he knocked over four during this dominant spell.
Cian White holds tight as two Kinawley players apply pressure
Killilea came in for some rough treatment during this section of the tie but others around him started to get more aggressive. Conor McKeown was strong in and out of possession, winning races to loose balls with Niamh McAloon and Sam Martin standing big in defence and working hard. Sinead Barrett was seeing more ball and used it well while Jack Greene had his most effective quarter. The period ended with Kinawley holding a one point advantage 3-10 to 3-9.
Belcoo hit the front at the beginning of the final quarter, Killilea tied matters with a pointed free before an arrowed pass from him cut open the Kinawley defence and Cian White confidently netted, Belcoo now two up, 4-10 to 3-10.
Niamh McAloon escapes the clutches of an opponent
Kinawley though were to blitz Belcoo with three goals in as many minutes to take control of the game. Points followed as the visitors powered to victory. Belcoo conjured a late goal as Michael Burns rounded the goalkeeper for a final score as it ended 6-14 to 5-10.
Team. Jamie Ray, Cara Gray, Niamh McAloon, Conor McKeown, Daniel O'Connor, Josh Killilea (0-8), Jack Greene, Sinead Barrett, Mikayla Maguire (0-1), Sean Boylan (0-1), Cian White (3-0). Subs Sam Martin, Michael Burns (2-0), Eimear Magee, Lorcan Leonard, Eoin Corrigan.
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