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U14 Girls Make It Two Wins From Two In Low Scoring Affair
May. 22, 2017
U14 Girls Division 2: Devenish 1-1 v 0-6 Belcoo
Belcoo U14 Girls made it two wins from two in this low scoring affair in Garrison this evening, victors on a 0-6 to 1-1 scoreline.. It was hard work but it was a deserved victory. The young O'Rahilly's held the majority of the possession all night but didn't put it on the scoreboard meaning Devenish were always in with a chance of winning.
Devenish won the U13 final between the sides last year and this was always going to be a tough encounter but to the Belcoo Girls credit they were up for the challenge from the first whistle. Some of the younger P6 & P7 girls had superb games.
Sinead Barrett carried the ball away from the Devenish defence
Belcoo were to hit the opening score in the second minute, working a great move down the right side. The Keaney sisters Aoife and Riona combining with Sinead Barrett who raced away, fed Ciana McGrath who slipped the ball to Scarlett O'Connor for what was a very well taken point.
O'Connor was extremely lively throughout the opening half getting on plenty of ball while corner forwards Riona Keaney and Eve Barrett were extremely busy. A free on 8minutes was quickly taken by Sinead Barrett to Eve Barrett for a point. Sinead then went close with a goal effort on 10minutes but it went wide however it had been a great start by the visitors.
Defensively Rhianne McGuinness was going really well again, blocking and reading the game excellently she fastened onto a number of loose balls from clearances and kickouts with Siofra McAloon and Niamh McAloon double teaming some Devenish forwards to turnover the ball.
Riona Keaney out in front to claim possession
A strong surge upfield by captain Aine Barrett seen her fouled 25metres from goal and Aoife Keaney did the necessary, splitting the posts with the free kick. Cara Gray and Sam Martin continued to get through a mountain of work in the middle sector while a fantastically timed tackle by Eimear Magee coming to half time denied a certain strike at goal.
By half time, Belcoo were four points to the good, another powerful run by Sinead Barrett seen her cut open the home defence and find Aoife Keaney who applied the finish. The O'Rahilly's had a number of other chances in the half but they broke down when entering the scoring zone. Half Time. Devenish 0-0 v 0-4 Belcoo.
Belcoo lost the impressive Rhianne McGuinness to a wrist injury on the stroke of half time and had to shuffle things around. Devenish were always going to have a spell of pressure and it came early in the half as they penned Belcoo back.
Eve Barrett evades her defender as she move in on goal
Some more good defending from Aine Barrett, Rachel Nolan and goalkeeper Mikayla Maguire had kept out Devenish until midway through the half they registered their goal. 1-0 to 0-4.
It was tight and tense and Devenish would level matters with five minutes to play. Belcoo though who hadn't scored in the half worked the ball downfield. Niamh McAloon was strong at the back to break out, she gave possession to Cara Gray who in turn found Sam Martin 40metres from goal, she drove at her player, side stepped her and thumped over an exceptional point to put her side back in the lead.
The score lifted the O'Rahilly's who finished strongly. Riona Keaney and Eve Barrett did excellent work down the right side, the ball went across the face of the goal where Scarlett O'Connor recovered it and fired it over the bar for a two point cushion as the clock ticked into added time.
Sam Martin on her way to what was the score of the game to put Belcoo ahead with four minutes to play
Devenish made a big push at the finish but Ciana McGrath and Aine Barrett came up with good turnovers before moving the ball forward to safety while Ciara Nolan got an important hand in to prevent another attack. Belcoo had done enough to win, 0-6 to 1-1. It was a tough and draining game but one the sky blues deserved to win for the effort and work they put into it.
Up next is Belnaleck in Belcoo on Thursday evening. Players to be at the pitch for 6.20pm, throw in is 7pm.
Team. Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Rachel Nolan, Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon, Aine Barrett, Cara Gray, Sam Martin (0-1), Sinead Barrett, Aoife Keaney (0-2), Scarlett O'Connor (0-2), Eve Barrett (0-1), Ciana McGrath, Riona Keaney. Subs Ciara Nolan, Eimear Gray.
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