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Féile Day 3
Jun. 25, 2017
DAY 3 RECAP
BOYS SHIELD SEMI FINAL: Laragh United (Cavan) 2-7 v 1-5 Belcoo.
GIRLS CUP SEMI FINAL: Balyna (Kildare) 4-6 v 0-1 Belcoo.
It’s an achievement in itself getting to the Sunday of the Féile and our Boys & Girls can hold their heads extremely high as they served up one hell of a weekend despite today’s Semi Final defeats, they left it all on the field as they always do.
The Boys were on the road this morning from 8.30am as they travelled to Cloghan in Monaghan to face Laragh United from Cavan where they went down to a 2-7 to 1-5 defeat.
The U14 Boys arriving in Cloghan ahead of their Quarter Final Tie
Belcoo made a bright opening to the contest with Patrick Martin driving upfield from the throw in and finding Josh Killilea who fired over a point. Killilea would then turn provider for Oisin O’Loughlin to double our advantage however a third minute goal by Laragh gave them the lead.
Proceedings were tied when O’Loughlin launched over a fine score from distance. It was tight for a period before Laragh rattled off a quick 1-3 against the breeze as Belcoo struggled to turn the ball. Josh Killilea was to notch another point but by half time we trailed 2-4 to 0-4.
Josh Killilea comes under intense pressure from two Laragh players
Belcoo were to boss the opening 8minutes of the second half working the ball upfield into promising positions, some very peculiar decisions and other none decisions from the whistler didn’t help matters however the O’Rahilly’s continued to battle away and would register 1-1.
Patrick Martin kicking a great score from the right wing after good work by Michael Burns and Eoin Corrigan down that side. The goal was scored when Patrick Magee reacted sharply to a break off Cian White to prod in from close range.
Patrick Magee nets the Belcoo goal early in the second half
Belcoo were on top and seen a Michael Burns effort strike the crossbar before Laragh got back downfield to register a point to leave three between them. It was to stay like this until added time before Laragh tagged on two late scores.
Well done to our lads on a fantastic weekend, with just the bare 15 our lads had to play every minute of every game. They are a credit to themselves and their families. Jamie Ray, Ben McNulty, Conor McKeown, Sean Boylan, Oisin O’Loughlin, Emmett McGuinness, Daniel O’Connor, Gerry Nolan, Patrick Martin, Michael Burns, Jack Greene, Eoin Corrigan, Patrick Magee, Cian White, Josh Killilea.
The Girls made the journey to Brookeboro at 10.15am to face Balyna from Co. Kildare in the Cup Semi Final. They were to come up against an excellent outfit. Strong in all departments they had too much for our Girls as they ran out winners on a 4-6 to 0-1 scoreline.
Ciana McGrath offloads the ball to Aine Barrett in the Semi Final
Our Girls never stopped pressuring, hassling and closing down their stronger opponents on the day. They were the walking wounded by the finish with several of our Girls taking heavy knocks. They continued to battle to the very end and were rewarded when Aoife Keaney pointed near the finish in what was a tough assignment against a powerful Kildare side.
Aoife Keaney breaks out from the back as she comes under pressure
The Girls can be extremely proud of their three days work which seen them play 6 games, top their group and record 4 victories. They too are a credit to themselves and their families. Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Niamh McAloon, Eimear Magee, Rhianne McGuinness, Aine Barrett, Sam Martin, Cara Gray, Ciana McGrath, Aoife Keaney, Scarlett O’Connor, Riona Keaney, Ciara Nolan, Rachel Nolan, Eimear Gray.
Congratulations to our visiting boys team Wolfe Tones who secured the All Ireland Division 6A Shield Title today. Them and Scotland were a credit to their clubs and we enjoyed having them in Belcoo, great links and friendships have been forged.
THANK YOU to all our helpers – coaches, parents, umpires, linespersons, tuck shop keepers, field co-ordinator, stewarts, bus drivers, committee and anyone who helped in any way shape for form in getting the club sorted for what was a wonderful weekend to have been a part off. O’Rahilly’s abú.
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