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Fantastic Under 12 Game Ends Level

Box Score

Sep. 11, 2016

Under 12 Division 1: Derrygonnelly 4-11 v 4-11 Belcoo

What a fantastic contest in Derrygonnelly on Sunday morning as the O'Rahilly's and Harps played out a draw in their Under 12 game, both sides registering 4-11. At no stage did either side pull clear as the lead changed hands a number of times over the hour. 

Belcoo had to record the last three points in the final two minutes to salvage a draw however it was a deserved outcome after an enthralling battle that seen both sides give everything they had.

 Colum Higgins takes Belcoo forward

There was a tricky crossfield wind to negotiate throughout and scores were hard to find in a tight first quarter. Cian White hit an early goal for Belcoo after good work by Sinead Barrett and Jack Greene in the build up but there was 10minutes on the clock by the time the next score was registered.

Derrygonnelly's lively half forward Rory Joe Duffy the marksman while the Harps added two more before the interval. Patrick Duffy and Aidan Duffy on target while Josh Killilea landed a free for Belcoo to leave it level. 0-3 to 1-1 (3) at the end of Quarter 1.

 Cara Gray powers out from the defence with possession

The home side struck a goal within a minute of the restart, Jarleth Flanagan firing past substitute keeper Lorcan Leonard. Odhran Harbison followed up with a well taken point before Belcoo returned to the other end to register a goal. Josh Killilea threading a great ball through the Harps defence into Eoin Corrigan who placed the ball into the top left corner.

As it swung from end to end Harbison netted, his effort for point dropped over the head of Lorcan Leonard for a two pointer on 22minutes. 2-4 to 2-1 the Harps now led.

Belcoo were to have the better of the closing stages of this quarter, some good work by Sam Martin and Conor McKeown in defence seen the O'Rahilly's remain on the front foot, Colum Higgins was using the ball well with Killilea driving the visitors on from midfield. Killilea would hit three points for Belcoo during this spell, the second of these an excellent piece of team play from back to forward, Conor McKeown, Jamie Ray and Jack Greene all involved down the left before the latter found Killilea for the score. Michael Burns was also on target for Belcoo while Harbison pointed at the other end for the Harps to ensure they held a one point half time lead. 2-6 to 2-5.

 Ravo Dzols pressured by Sinead Barrett

Early in Quarter 3 Eoin Corrigan had a great goal chance but was denied by the home keeper Luke Smyton. There was some strong play at the back by the Harps girls Ciara Leonard and Emily Cassidy who both came out in front time and time again to win ball while showing great hands under the high ball on occasions. Scores were hard to find with dominate defences at this juncture but Rory Joe Duffy edged his side further ahead before Harbison slotted over on 38minutes for a three point cushion.

What followed looked like a defining moment, Eoghan Hoy making a fantastic block to deny a Belcoo goal, Derrygonnelly broke the length of the field where the excellent Harbison rattled the net for a five point advantage. 3-8 (14) v 2-5 (9).

 Conor McKeown out in front to secure possession

Belcoo needed a response quickly to pull themselves back into it and they did so within sixty seconds, a great move upfield seen Cian White come in along the byline and fist the ball across goal where Michael Burns rose highest at the back post to palm into the net. Sean Boylan added a point from the right wing moments later and it was back to a two point game by the end of Quarter 3. Harps ahead 3-8 to 3-6.

From the throw up Belcoo gained possession, Jack Greene feeding Eoin Corrigan who thumped in an excellent goal, draw game. Belcoo held the upperhand for a number of minutes here but squandered chance after chance, hitting five wides as they were shooting into the tricky breeze that was blowing at it’s strongest all game.

 A great leap from Josh Killilea sees him break the ball away from his opponent

The Harps relieved the pressure, won a free and tapped it over. With the excitement building and game entering the final few minutes, it continued to ebb and flow, Michael Burns tied it up again with a point from play. Josh Killilea then put the visitors ahead from a free but Derrygonnelly made a burst for the winners enclosure.

The home side rattled 1-2 in 90seconds. Rory Joe Duffy and Patrick Duffy with the points while a goalmouth scramble yielded the goal, the ball being poked in from close range. 4-11 to 4-8 with three minutes remaining. Belcoo though never stopped and they worked one of the best scores of the game as Colum Higgins bent his back to win the free in the mix of another scramble. He was up quick to take the free and the ball was swiftly worked forward, Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan and Cian White all involved in the slick exchange down the left wing before Michael Burns notched the point.

 Michael Burns attempting to win back the play for Belcoo

As the game ticked into added time, Michael Burns broke through for goal, the Harps keeper Smyton pushing the shot over the bar with a great save. Belcoo however were to win the next kickout with Jamie Ray firing over the bar and during the final minute, with neither side managing to find a score to win it the game ended tie 4-11 a piece with all involved happy, neither group deserved to lose it.

Team. (11 a side). Jamie Ray (0-1), Cara Gray, Conor McKeown, Daniel O'Connor, Niamh McAloon, Josh Killilea (0-5), Michael Burns (1-4), Sean Boylan (0-1), Sinead Barrett, Cian White (1-0), Mikayla Maguire. Subs. Lorcan Leonard, Sam Martin, Eimear Magee, Eoin Corrigan (2-0), Colum Higgins.



Development Game: Derrygonnelly 5-9 (19) v 3-15 (21) Belcoo 

A closely fought Development game seen Belcoo just edge out the home side by two points at the finish. Three periods were played and each one of them seen very little between the two teams.

In Period 1 played into a strong breeze with Eve Barrett in goals for the visitors making one or two good blocks. In front of her were the hardworking pair of Siofra McAloon and Riona Keaney who did well to force Derrygonnelly back downfield while Scarlett O’Connor and Nathan McGovern accounted for the scores as the period finished up Derrygonnelly 3-2 (8) to 0-6 Belcoo.

 Scarlett O'Connor striding forward before taking a score in the Development Game

In Period 2 Nathan McGovern went into goals and he was to make a number of good saves to prevent the Harps from moving further ahead while his long accurate kickouts provided Belcoo with a decent platform to build on going forward. Again Siofra McAloon and Riona Keaney did well to thwart their opposition while supporting teammates in attack alongwith Eimear Gray who made a number of good dispossession against taller and stronger players.

Scarlett O’Connor was having a brilliant game carrying the ball forward and slotting over some neat points while Rachel Nolan and Patrick Magee worked tirelessly in the middle sector. Eve Barrett now operating in the forward line chipped in with scores as well as O’Connor while the sides drawing this period 1-4 to 2-2 for a overall score 4-6 (14) v 2-8 (12), the Harps still holding sway.

Nathan McGovern clears his lines in the second period

In the Final period Patrick Magee was switched into goals with Nathan McGovern moving to midfield while the back became the forwards and vice versa from the previous period. Patrick was to make some great kick outs from Patrick while Nathan McGovern and Scarlett O’Connor were constantly on the move, providing good balls to the inside forwards. Both Riona Keaney and Siofra McAloon were showing well and would register scores alongwith Scarlett O’Connor and Nathan McGovern.

Belcoo had done well to curtail the Derrygonnelly attacking threat in the final period, which paved the way for the turnaround in this game. Eve Barrett in particular doing well to snuff out the home side which enabled Belcoo to record a narrow win against a much bigger Derrygonnelly side.

Development Team: Eve Barrett, Siofra McAloon, Nathan McGovern, Riona Keaney, Eimear Gray, Rachel Nolan, Patrick Magee, Scarlett O'Connor.



Siofra McAloon coming out from the back with Riona Keaney supporting




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