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Belcoo Edge Great U13 Girls Opener
Sep. 4, 2017
U13 Girls Section A: Belcoo 0-6 v 1-2 Devenish
What a fabulous opening game to the Under 13 Girls season this evening between two very skilled and hard working sides. Belcoo emerging winners on a 0-6 to 1-2 scoreline against Devenish.
It was an extremely competitive affair from the outset as the two groups of girls put everything they had into it during the 40minute contest. There was fierce battles going on all over the field.
U13 Girls Team that beat Devenish tonight
Belcoo again built their victory on a solid defence. Riona Keaney making a first start in goals was exceptional. Her kickouts were accurate throughout and she was to make a brilliant save close to half time.
Ciara Nolan and Siofra McAloon were excellent as a last line of defence. Strong in the tackle and out in front to gain possession while using it well when they broke past their opponents. The half back line of Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon and Eimear Magee were strong as ever. Some brilliant blocks were made by the trio who all showed up well and ventured forward to lend a hand when they could.
Siofra McAloon strides out from the back with the ball
Going forward Sam Martin and Cara Gray got through a lot of work, Sam getting on plenty of ball while Sinead Barrett was everywhere, working tirelessly to win back ball and carry it forward. Scarlett O'Connor and Mikayla Maguire were lively and got on plenty of ball with Eve Barrett and Rachel Nolan moving well inside against bigger opponents.
The two substitutes Abbie McGovern and Lisa Lavery playing their first all girls game added great value to the side when introduced. Both linked the attacking play well showing great hands to secure possession first time whilst worked hard to tackle and pressurise Devenish players.
Eimear Magee moves upfield in the first period
The game seen its first score on 5 minutes when Rhianne McGuinness and Mikayla Maguire combined on the right to set up Sinead Barrett for a well taken point. Eve Barrett followed up with a pointed free when Cara Gray was fouled in front of goal while Mikayla Maguire launched over a fine effort on 15minutes.
Devenish were defending well and seeing plenty of the ball with Chantelle Timoney and Hannah Murphy bringing them upfield too. Ellie Coyle would open their account on 18minutes to leave it 0-3 to 0-1 at the interval.
Devenish were to cut the deficit to one when Coyle fired over within a minute of the restart. There were a few scrambled around the goalmouth as Devenish carried the ball into crowded area when points from distance was the better option.
Sinead Barrett sizes up a tackle on Devenish's Ellie Coyle
Belcoo weathered the storm well and having broke upfield Rachel Nolan was upended wide on the right side. Eve Barrett angled over a wonderful free kick while in the next attack a shot by Mikayla Maguire hit the crossbar and broke to Scarlett O'Connor who rounded her player and kicked a great score. 0-5 to 0-2 with 10mins to play.
Some more good defending thwarted a few dangerous Devenish attacks before Sinead Barrett drilled over a point having won back possession with a well timed tackle.
In the final minute Devenish rattled their goal as Coyle drove in and thumped the ball to the net and while they had two more attacks they couldn't register score to tie proceedings. Belcoo holding out for the win.
Training continues on Wednesday from 6.45pm to 8pm. Next game is home to Kinawley, next Monday at 7pm.
Team (13 a side). Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Ciara Nolan, Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh McAloon, Eimear Magee, Sam Martin, Cara Gray, Sinead Barrett (0-2), Rachel Nolan, Scarlett O'Connor (0-1), Eve Barrett (0-2), Mikayla Maguire (0-1). Subs Abbie McGovern and Lisa Lavery
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