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Newtown Edge Close U12 Encounter
Aug. 2, 2017
U12 Section B: Newtownbutler 7-13 v 7-8 Belcoo
Our under 12s made the long journey to Newtownbutler on Tuesday evening to play their 3rd sectional game bit it was the home side who edged another tight contest to secure a 5point victory by full time.
The young O Rahilly’s had a good start to the game with a number of early chances which again they failed to turn into scores while Newtown were first to register a score with a well worked point. Belcoo responded with a leveler from Michael Burns. The home side again took the lead with another point before Patrick Magee found the back of the net and added another point for good measure to help Belcoo into a 1-2 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
In the the next quarter Belcoo got another goal from the boot of Michael Burns but Newtown rallied with a flurry of scores adding 1-3 without reply. Scarlett O’Connor had moved to the forward line and was rewarded with a goal and a point for her hard work followed by another fine strike from Eoin Corrigan to bring the Belcoo back ahead at half time on a 4-3 (11) v 2-5 (9) scoreline.
Scarlett O'Connor had a fine game in Newtown as she returns to full fitness after a foot injury
From here things started to go wrong for the young blues as tired legs began to show. Newtown began to gain the upper hand at midfield and would finish the quarter four points to the good, 4-10 to 4-6, the highlight of this quarter for the visitors was Sam Martin’s long range effort sailing over the bar.
The visitors defence of Siofra McAloon, Cara Gray, Nathan Carroll Magee and Rachel Nolan were working overtime to keep Newtown at bay, and but for some brilliant saves from Lorcan Leonard in goals the final score would have been a lot higher.
Sam Martin and Michael Burns worked tirelessly in midfield helped out by Sinead Barrett, Eoin Corrigan and Nathan McGovern. It was a clammy evening were no ball was easily won. In the forward line Thomas Parker and Patrick Magee fought hard to get the upper hand but the match would finish 7-13 to 7-8 in Newtown’s favour after a flurry of goals for both teams in the last quarter, the pick of which was Scarlett O’Connor’s rasper from distance.
Training continues on Thursday from 7pm to 8.15pm while the U12's have a home fixture at 4pm on Saturday evening against Derrylin. Players to be at the pitch for 3.30pm
Development Game: Newtownbutler 8-8 (24) v 5-8 (18) Belcoo
Meanwhile, our under 12 development team played a lively, action-packed 9-aside match against their Newtownbutler opponents, again the hosts narrow winners after an entertaining affair.
It was Rhys Ray who opened the scoring with a goal following a well worked move involving Riona Keaney and Lisa Lavery. The home team equalised but this was answered by Kayce Sweeney when he pointed after being fed by Eimear Gray who made an fine interception in the half back line.
Newtownbutler put the next three points on the scoreboard but Belcoo narrowed the difference by two, both from the boot of Riona Keaney who was excellent throughout the game. It continued end to end in the 2nd quarter with Rhys Ray and Keaney splitting the posts to add to their tally.
Emilie McCallion worked tirelessly on the field covering plenty of ground quickly with Eimear Gray having a great day in defence and Pauric McHugh making his debut for the young O’Rahilly’s in the full back line. A goal and three points were added to the home side’s score leaving them 2-7 to 1-5 ahead at the end of the quarter.
Goalkeeper Aodhan Cullen made a number of super saves in Newtownbutler during the Development fixture
The third and final quarter was the busiest on the scoreboard with another point from Kayce Sweeney and two more from Riona Keaney. We managed to find the back of the net four times, another fine goal from Rhys Ray and Riona Keaney and two from Eve Barrett.
Despite good teamwork from the visitors, the home side managed to hold the upper hand by scoring five more goals. However, the excellent Aodhan Cullen managed to deflect at least twice as many along with his powerful kickouts proving to be a strong presence in the goal.