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Great Effort From Belcoo Girls But Strong Knockninny Side Come Out On Top

Box Score

Sep. 7, 2016

U13 Section A: Knockninny Gaels 2-6 v 0-2 Belcoo

Belcoo U13 Girls put it up to a physically bigger and stronger Knockninny Gaels side this evening in Derrylin in their penultimate league game as they went down 2-6 to 0-2. It's a busy few days for our young players as they are in action again tomorrow when they host Erne Gaels. 

This evening Belcoo did great work defensively to pressure and crowd out Knockninny forwards throughout the game. Rhianne McGuinness making two early blocks while Aine Barrett blocked another effort. Despite the best efforts of the Girls, the hosts would eventually make a breakthrough on 6minutes with a well taken goal.

 Riona Keaney drives past her opponent in tonights game

The Belcoo girls were working their socks off as they battled for possession, Sam Martin, Siofra McAloon and Eimear Magee were holding firm at the back with Aine Barrett, who was excellent throughout, driving the side forward from wing back with Sinead Barrett, Mikayla Maguire and Scarlett O'Connor all foraging for any scraps they could get. Belcoo rarely troubled the Knockninny goals in the first 20minute half, some uncharacteristic mistakes coupled with failure to gather the ball first time seen some half chances come and go while the home side picked off three well taken points at the other end.

Goalkeeper Cara Gray was to make a fantastic double save to deny a goal on 12minutes but in the final minute of the half, Knockninny hit a goal and point for a 2-4 to 0-0 interval lead.

 Aine Barrett, who had an excellent game takes Belcoo out of defence

Knockninny emerged in the second half and added two early points, Belcoo though would boss the closing 15minutes of the encounter as their handling improved, physically they began to throw themselves about more and were able to work some fine passages of play upfield into the oppositions half. Knockninny though were defending well and scores were hard to find. Scarlett O'Connor went close before Ciana McGrath opened Belcoo's account from a free kick.

Niamh McAloon was starting to influence proceedings with an all action showing. Aoife Keaney, Aine Barrett and McAloon working the ball well together through the hands as they made ground going forward for the O'Rahilly's who finished the game strongly.

 Ciana McGrath attempts to wriggle away from a challenge

The most of Belcoo's impressive play was coming down the right wing, Sam Martin powering out from the back with Sinead Barrett an outlet on the wing while further forward Riona Keaney was getting on plenty of ball, trying to charge through a crowded defence.

Aoife Keaney was to add Belcoo's second point via a free from distance while other openings were denied in a crowded goalmouth as the hosts stood firm. Belcoo had managed to win a number of Knockninny kickouts in a row, Eimear Magee, Sinead Barrett and Ciana McGrath gaining primary possession but with space tight, the scores didn't manage to come and while the second half finished tied at 0-2 a piece, Knockninny's strong opening half proved the difference in the end, 2-6 to 0-2 it finished.

Belcoo will rest up and recharge the batteries overnight as they have it all to do again tomorrow when they host Erne Gaels at 7pm. Players should be at the pitch for 6.30pm.

Team. (15 a side) Cara Gray, Siofra McAloon, Sam Martin, Rhianne McGuinness, Aine Barrett, Aoife Keaney (0-1), Eimear Magee, Ciana McGrath (0-1), Niamh McAloon, Sinead Barrett, Mikayla Maguire, Scarlett O'Connor, Eve Barrett, Rachel Nolan, Riona Keaney. Sub. Eimear Gray.




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