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Féile Day 2

Jun. 24, 2017

GIRLS TOP GROUP TO REACH FEILE 'CUP' SEMI FINAL

Belcoo 1-2 v 0-1 Scotland

Belcoo 3-1 v 2-0 Newtownbutler

John Bosco (Co. Down) 2-2 v 0-0 Belcoo

Our Girls began the day with a great win over our Scottish visitors to record a 1-2 to 0-1 win which was borne out of sheer hard work. From goalkeeper Mikayla Maguire outwards their was tremendous effort, blocks, hassling and tackles put in to deny the visiting Scottlish Girls any time and space. Moving forward Sam Martin and Scarlett O'Connor drove Belcoo upfield. They won a free which Aoife Keaney tapped over while some great work by Eimear Gray and Ciara Nolan resulted in another free. Keaney's ball was gathered close to goal by Ciana McGrath and she duly slotted into the net from close range for a 1-1 to 0-0 half time lead.

  

Scotland were to pull a point back early in the second half but Aoife Keaney would land another free. It was a real battle from their to the finish. Belcoo again defending superbly, led by Niamh McAloon, Aine Barrett and Ciana McGrath they thwarted several attacks before breaking out with Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin and Aoife Keaney taking the ball upfield. Ciara Nolan showed really well inside with Riona Keaney.
Special mention to goalkeeper Mikayla Maguire who swept up several dangerous moments with a calmness as he gathered possession and found sky blue jerseys.


The trip was then made to Lissan for a game with Newtownbutler. 3-1 to 2-0 it would finish. The five goals all came about in similar fashion as the swirling wind seen shots for points dip under the bar.

 Siofra McAloon gathers a high bouncing ball v Newtown

The girls were tiring after the earlier excursion but they still managed to make it four wins from four. Scarlett O'Connor was to bang in all three goals with Mikayla Maguire slotting over a well taken point.

 Some Parents on the Sidelines enjoying the two games in Lissan

The final outing of another busy day seen John Bosco of Newry beat our girls 2-2 to no score. The girls were out on their feet but never stopped working. Rhianne McGuinness put in a fierce display against a really strong opponent.

GIRLS DIVISION 6A - FINAL TABLE

Pos. Team P W D L Pts
1. Belcoo O`Rahilly's 5 4 0 1 8
2. Scotland 5 3 1 1 7
3. St John Bosco GAC 5 3 1 1 7
4. London 5 2 2 1 6
5. Shannon Gaels 5 0 1 4 1
6. Newtownbutler
5 0 1 4 1

Having qualified at the top of the Group, Belcoo Girls will compete in the Feile Cup Semi Final where they play Kildare side Balyna. Bus leaving to go to Brookeboro at 10.15am. Throw in is 12pm

 

BOYS REACH FIELE 'SHIELD' SEMI FINAL AFTER TWO TREMENDOUS GAMES

Belcoo 1-6 v 0-2 Wolfe Tones (Armagh)

Belcoo 1-10 v 1-3 Drumgoon (Cavan - Shield Quarter Final)

The Boys produced some of their best football of the season today as they recorded two great wins that sets up a Semi Final with Laragh United from Cavan tomorrow. The day started with a win over visiting Wolfe Tones 1-6 to 0-2 before they moved onto the knockout stages where they beat Drumgoon (Cavan) 1-10 to 1-3.

Our Boys were in determined mood from the outset today and really upped their performances after poor showings yesterday. Oisin O’Loughlin driving forward from wing back to arrow over an early point against the Wolfe Tones while another slick passage of play seen Patrick Martin split the posts.

 Daniel O'Connor breaks a tackle v Wolfe Tones

The O’Rahilly’s were shifting the ball well and continued to create openings. Oisin O’Loughlin again powered forward down the right to fist over from an acute angle. Defensively sound, Belcoo had good showings from Conor McKeown, Ben McNulty and Daniel O’Connor. Emmett McGuinness & Josh Killilea continued to put in massive shifts for the team with Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin and Jack Greene seeing plenty of the ball.

Coming to half time Patrick Martin landed another fine effort from distance while the all important goal arrived in the final minute. Daniel O’Connor cut the Wolfe Tones defence open with a splendid pass to send Patrick Martin through on goal, goalkeeper Rhys Lawlor made the save but Michael Burns coolly tucked the rebound away.

 Oisin O'Loughlin powers upfield v Wolfe Tones

In the second half Belcoo were playing against the breeze but stood firm. Michael Burns and Patrick Martin landing frees while Wolfe Tones only mustered two points in response. Again there was some savage work done defensively by Emmett McGuinness, Gerry Nolan and Conor McKeown.

 The Boys meet National Féile President Martin Skelly after their contest with Wolfe Tones

The win seen Belcoo finish 3rd in their group which meant a Shield Quarter Final with Drumgoon of Cavan.

BOYS DIVISION 6A - FINAL TABLE

 

Pos. Team P W D L Pts
1. Graiguecullen GAA 3 3 0 0 6
2. Kinawley Brian Borus 3 1 1 1 3
3. Belcoo O`Rahilly's 3 1 0 2 2
4. Wolfe Tones 3 0 1 2 1

 

SHIELD QUARTER FINAL

Belcoo began really well and worked a wonderful goal early on. Ben McNulty turned over the ball which was then worked perfectly upfield before Jack Greene got possession and thumped to the roof of the net. Michael Burns followed up with a good score from the right wing, Josh Killiea doing likewise as Belcoo found a nice rhythm. Drumgoon would hit back with a point but Belcoo remained on the front foot.

 Eoin Corrigan looking forward v Drumgoon

Oisin O’Loughlin, Eoin Corrigan and Killilea combined in a neat move that seen Burns point again while a short free between Killilea and O’Loughlin seen the latter point. By the interval it was 1-5 to 0-1 as Eoin Corrigan reacted quickest when the ball hit the bar to gather and score.

Again playing into the wind Belcoo defended stoutly, Conor McKeown stripping his man of possession on several occasions with Daniel O’Connor and Josh Killilea fastening onto loose balls. Up front Patrick Magee and Cian White showed well as Belcoo tried to make inroads going forward. Michael Burns pointed a free before Emmett McGuinness got forward to score.

 Josh Killilea carries the O'Rahilly's upfield v Drumgoon

Drumgoon were to net late on but Gerry Nolan broke a few tackles as he launched over a fine point and other points at the death from Killilea and Corrigan sealed the win.

The Boys will face Laragh United of Cavan in Cloghan, Co. Monaghan at 10.30am tomorrow morning. Bus will leave at 8.15am from the Football Pitch.

 

 

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