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U14 Girls Battle Back To Start Season With A Victory
May. 17, 2017
U14 GIRLS DIVISION 2: Belcoo 7-9 v 4-1 Newtownbutler
Belcoo Under 14 Girls made a winning start to their season at home to Newtownbutler this evening. The O'Rahilly girls battled back from conceding three early goals to lead by five at half time before producing a great second half display to run out handsome winners on a 7-9 to 4-1 scoreline.
Sinead Barrett, who drove at Newtown throughout, had raced in to open the scoring but the visitors had their best spell of the evening as they plundered a goal. The resulting kickout was gathered by Katie Chapman and she returned the ball to the net.
Belcoo did manage to gain possession through Sam Martin and move down the other end before Riona Keaney was fouled. Aoife Keaney knocked over the free. Newtown though had a strong kickout and worked possession downfield to register a quick goal and point. 3-1 to 0-2 they led.
Belcoo steadied the ship with Rhianne McGuinness making some neat interceptions while Siofra McAloon and Eimear began to win their battles. Further forward it was Aoife Keaney and the aforementioned Sinead Barrett who drove the hosts on.
Rhianne McGuinness wins the ball in front
The O'Rahilly's were to hit their first goal on 10minutes when Eve Barrett swooped on a break ball and solo'd confidently towards goal and found the top corner with a great strike.
Scarlett O'Connor gained possession next and sent Sinead Barrett in for a point with a good pass while Barrett then bundled the ball into the net after an almighty scramble in the penalty area. Belcoo were back in it, down by one at 3-1 to 2-3.
They were soon to level when Aoife Keaney powered in for a nice point from distance having gathered a crossfield kickpass from Ciana McGrath. Sinead Barrett followed suit after some magnificent work in defence by Rhianne McGuinness and captain for the night Cara Gray. The two girls thwarted a dangerous attack on the right before exchanging passes and releasing Barrett for the score.
Another sound bit of defensive work from Siofra McAloon in the right corner helped Belcoo turnover a Newtown attack on that side. Again McGuinness and Magee were on hand to help out while the hard working Sam Martin, who got through a mountain of work in midfield, helped move the ball upfield before Sinead Barrett gained the ball and raced in for a well taken goal.
Sinead Barrett turns for goal in the opening half
On the stroke of half time Aoife Keaney and Niamh McAloon worked the ball well down the right side and it yielded a fine score from Keaney. The O'Rahilly's had overcome a nervy opening to lead 3-6 to 3-1 at the interval.
In the second half the confidence grew in the hosts and they worked some fine moves. Clever positioning from Mikayla Maguire and Rhianne McGuinness cut out a few early attack from Newtown while Niamh McAloon began to dictate the game from centre back with some fine tackles and good use of possession when moving forward. Aoife Keaney remained an outlet while Scarlett O'Connor, Riona Keaney, Ciana McGrath and Eve Barrett all excelled in this second period.
Aoife Keaney takes Belcoo forward in the second half
Scarlett O'Connor had went close twice in the first half while she struck the post in the second half before her hard work got her a well deserved goal, a crisply struck shot finding the roof of the net after McGuinness had started the full length move.
Aoife Keaney was providing good assists with excellent forward passes, Ciana McGrath the beneficiary as she fired her first goal. McGrath was showing well and would soon register another after the Newtown keeper Elish Wilson had saved the initial effort.
A combination of Mikayla Maguire and goalkeeper Rachel Nolan denied Newtown at the other end while Ciara Nolan entered the fray for a first taste of competitive football.
Niamh McAloon offloads possession under pressure
Belcoo were moving the ball well from back to front, using the spaces and taking the right option. Scarlett O'Connor done well to add a great point while there was an excellent bit of play by Eve Barrett, who jumped a great height despite her petit stature to keep the ball in play and set up Cara Gray for a well taken goal as Gray fastened onto the ball and fired low beyond Wilson. It was 7-7 to 3-1 at this juncture.
The final five minutes seen Newtown have a decent spell. Blocks from Ciana McGrath and Rhianne McGuinness coupled with some good pressure kept Newtown at bay. The visitors though would hit a fourth goal.
Belcoo's response was to drive upfield with Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon. The ball was worked into the scoring zone and a good first touch, quick turn and fine shot from Ciana McGrath seen her split the posts.
The final score of the night came from Cara Gray who had put in a massive display in the middle of the park. All in all it was a great start to the campaign. Up next is an away game with Devenish on Monday and a home game with Belnaleck. See weebly for more details.
Team. Rachel Nolan, Siofra McAloon, Ciara Nolan, Mikayla Maguire, Niamh McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Cara Gray (1-1), Sinead Barrett (2-3), Aoife Keaney (0-3), Scarlett O'Connor (1-1), Eve Barrett (1-0), Ciana McGrath (2-1), Riona Keaney.
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