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Strong Showing From U13 Girls As They Beat Erne Gaels

Box Score

Sep. 8, 2016

Belcoo U13 Girls finished their league campaign with a good win over Erne Gaels this evening as they ran out 1-9 to 0-3 winners. The O'Rahilly's showed no signs of tiredness following last nights exertions as they bossed the majority of this tie, putting together some great passages of play while in defence, they were terrific again.

 Back Row (L-R): Sam Martin, Eimear Magee, Mikayla Maguire, Ciana McGrath, Niamh McAloon, Aine Barrett, Cara Gray, Aoife Keaney... Front Row (L-R): Eimear Gray, Rhianne McGuinness, Rachel Nolan, Siofra McAloon, Sinead Barrett, Eve Barrett, Scarlett O'Connor, Riona Keaney.

The hosts began on the front foot with Niamh McAloon and Aoife Keaney on top in midfield alongwith Aine Barrett marauding forward from wing back. Just 90seconds had elapsed when Belcoo struck what turned out to be the only goal of the game. Niamh McAloon thundering in a shot from close range. 

Sam Martin was to have a fantastic game, winning ball out in front, taking her touches and finding blue jerseys on the wings. Scarlett O'Connor was showing brilliantly well as was Sinead Barrett and those two combined on 7minutes for Barrett to strike over a neat point. Two minutes later Eve Barrett received the ball from Rachel Nolan and cleverly jinked past a defender to register an excellent point. Erne Gaels were to hit back with a free kick but Belcoo were still on top.

 Rhianne McGuinness win possession in defence during the first half

The O'Rahilly's worked the ball well from back to front, Mikayla Maguire picking out her teammates from kickouts with Rhianne McGuinness, Cara Gray and Eimear Magee steady presences at the back. As the ball was transferred into the forward line, it was here chances came and went, some stout defending from Belleek's Aoife O'Reilly in particular denied several efforts at goal while Belcoo struggled to split the posts in the wee goals. Half time Belcoo 1-2 v 0-1 Erne Gaels.

 Scarlett O'Connor first to one of many loose balls she picked up this evening 

In the second period Belcoo were much more clinical in front of goal, the ball was worked well upfield, space was left in front of the goals and seven points were tagged on.

The first of these was an excellent piece of play from Aine Barrett and Aoife Keaney who made several one-two fist passes to move past challengers before Barrett drilled over.

From the kickout Scarlett O'Connor found Sinead Barrett who moved forward to score while Ciana McGrath was next to point, cleverly fisting over the bar from close range.

 Sinead Barrett points for Belcoo early in the second half

Erne Gaels were to notch their second free but at the other end the introduction of Riona Keaney and Siofra McAloon aided the attack. Both sharp to loose balls while using possession well. Rhianne McGuinness and Niamh McAloon worked well down the right wing before the ball found its way infield for Aoife Keaney to point. Keaney followed up with a fine long range effort from play with 5minutes to play.

Belcoo were going well at this stage, Eimear Gray got on some ball while Sinead Barrett, Aine Barrett and Aoife Keaney continued to carry the game to the visitors.

Ciana McGrath was to hit the final point for Belcoo while a late free from Erne Gaels seen the contest finish. 1-9 to 0-3.

The Semi Final & Final Blitz is due to be played this Saturday, 10th September with Belcoo as a possible venue. Details will be posted as soon as known.

Team. (13 a side) Mikayla Maguire, Sam Martin, Rhianne McGuinness, Aine Barrett (0-1), Cara Gray, Eimear Magee, Aoife Keaney (0-2), Niamh McAloon (1-0), Sinead Barrett (0-2), Ciana McGrath (0-3), Scarlett O'Connor, Eve Barrett (0-1), Rachel Nolan. Subs. Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Gray.




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