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Devenish Win Tight U12 Derby Encounter
Aug. 9, 2017
U12 Section B: Devenish 5-13 v 3-12 Belcoo
This derby fixture in Garrison turned out to be a highly entertaining contest with the home team edging through by five points in the final quarter. Devenish opened the scoring when they split the posts in the second minute. This was followed by a prolific period from the O’Rahilly’s with Michael Burns finding the back of the net followed by two points from the boot of Eoin Corrigan. Sam Martin had a terrific game in mid-field with a work-rate that proved consistent for the entire match. From this point though Devenish rallied and scored 1-4 without reply, finishing the first quarter with a 3 point lead.
Riona Keaney had a good hour in defence for Belcoo
The second quarter started with the home side scoring a well worked goal before Michael Burns found the net for the sky blues with the left foot following some good work by Nathan Carroll-Magee. Nathan McGovern was working hard to recover long balls into the forward line and was rewarded with a good point. Thomas Parker was unlucky not to find the net with a low drilled shot which was blocked at point blank range from the home keeper. There was only a point between the sides Devenish leading 2-7 to 2-6 at the end of the second quarter.
In the last couple of matches the third quarter has been the most disappointing for the young O'Rahilly's, but in this game they were determined not to let the game slip from their grasp so easily and played some of their best football, helped by some fine saves from Lorcan Leonard in goals. Riona Keaney and Rachel Nolan were a reliable force in the back line displaying many battles for the ball with Kayce Sweeney doing well when introduced to the field. Sinead Barrett was winning plenty of ball in the half back line with some well worked moves ending in points scored by Michael Burns, Eve Barrett and Sam Martin. The quarter finished level at 2-9 a-piece, but for some good saves and errant shooting from Belcoo they should have gone into the last quarter with a few points to spare.
The last quarter saw the home side start strongly with two unanswered points. The O’Rahillys were tiring at this point and the fresh legs of Rhys Ray, Lisa Lavery and Emilie McCallion were introduced, these younger team members eager to prove themselves on the pitch. Michael Burns clipped another over the bar from a 45. After winning the kickout, Belcoo worked the ball for Rhys Ray to put a powerful shot in the back of the net, the visitors now ahead 3-10(16) to 2-11(15) with 10 minutes to play. However, Devenish rallied again managing to score 3-2 and with time getting short the two points from Michael Burns which followed were not enough to recover. Despite the defeat, this was a much improved performance for the young O’Rahilly’s.
Team: Lorcan Leonard, Rachel Nolan, Riona Keaney, Nathan Carroll-Magee, Sinead Barrett, Sam Martin(0-1), Michael Burns(2-7), Nathan McGovern(0-2), Eoin Corrigan(0-2), Thomas Parker, Eve Barrett(0-1). Subs- Lisa Lavery, Emilie McCallion, Kayce Sweeney, Rhys Ray(1-0)
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