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U14 Girls Book Place In League Final After Another Narrow Win
Jun. 8, 2017
U14 Girls Division 2: Belcoo 2-4 v 2-2 Devenish
Belcoo U14 Girls booked their place in the Division 2 League Final with a few games to spare after another tight battle with Devenish amid monsoon conditions at MacNean Park this evening. Once more it was a low scoring affair, the O'Rahilly's having got themselves ahead were hanging on at the death as they eked out a narrow 2-4 to 2-2 victory. The result sees Belcoo maintain their great season to date, six wins from six, three of these by a two point margin.
Scarlett O'Connor breaks forward for Belcoo
Belcoo were to start brightly, Sam Martin in midfield had a tremendous game as she got on plenty of ball and used it well while working hard to win it back when Devenish had it. She was heavily involved from the outset linking the play with Rhianne McGuinness, Aoife Keaney and Cara Gray supporting off the shoulder.
The hosts were to open the scoring on 4minutes when Eve Barrett gained possession on the left and slipped it to Aine Barrett who seen her effort for a point dip under the bar.
Their was some great driving runs from Aoife Keaney, Aine Barrett and Sinead Barrett from Belcoo however Devenish were growing into the game and had some strong ball carriers break upfield. Rhianne McGuinness, Ciara Nolan and Eimear Magee prevented some dangerous attacks while Siofra McAloon was required to scoop the ball away from the goal-line before being fouled.
Sam Martin who had a great game moves forward supported by Cara Gray
It was Belcoo who registered the next game, one of the games best moves was worked the length of the field before Sinead Barrett was taken down for a penalty. Aoife Keaney confidently fired the penalty into the corner.
Keaney was to follow up with a free kick shortly afterwards but Devenish's Chantelle Timoney was to see a shot for a point drop into the net at the other end. Belcoo keeper Mikayla Maguire was then forced to keep out two more Devenish efforts at goal as her side held a 2-1 to 1-0 half time lead.
Niamh McAloon gathers a loose ball to easy some pressure on the Belcoo goals
As the rain continued to batter down in the second period, the contest tightened as Devenish began to pen the O'Rahilly's into their own half. Mikayla Maguire's goalmouth was seeing plenty of active while Aine Barrett, Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon tried to relive the pressure.
It was Belcoo hit the first score the second half, Devenish coughed up the call coming out from the back and Sinead Barrett knocked over for her side. Belcoo followed up with a pointed free from Aoife Keaney for 2-3 to 1-0 but Devenish would hold the upperhand for the next 10minutes.
The visitors were awarded a penalty. Hannah Murphy's well struck shot went over the bar before she landed a monster point from play to cut the deficit to four points at 2-3 to 1-2.
Aine Barrett sidesteps Hannah Murphy late in the game
Belcoo would break out, Scarlett O'Connor going back to win a kickout and she began move involving Sinead & Eve Barrett before getting involved again to slip Cara Gray through, Gray was fouled as she went to shoot. Aoife Keaney tapping over the close range free.
Devenish were to go straight down the field to work a good goal which set up a frantic final three minutes. The belcoo defence stood firm, Siofra McAloon latched onto a loose ball and hung on tight to gain a free kick while a superbly timed tackle from Eimear Magee knocked the ball away from a Devenish player closing in for a strike at goal. A late Hail Mary ball in from a 45 came to nothing as Belcoo held out for the victory.
They have secured a place in the division 2 final with two games to play. They travel to the Lakeland Forum to play Belnaleck on Monday before hosting Maguiresbridge on Thursday. Belnaleck look the likely final opponents at this stage.
Team (15 a side) Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Ciara Nolan, Ciana McGrath, Niamh McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness, Cara Gray, Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett (0-1), Aine Barrett (1-0), Scarlett O'Connor, Eve Barrett, Aoife Keaney (1-3), Riona Keaney.
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