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Knockninny Take Spoils In Good U13 Encounter
Oct. 2, 2017
U13 Girls Section A: Knockninny Gaels 0-8 v 0-2 Belcoo
Knockninny were to record an 0-8 to 0-2 victory in this evenings u13 Girls encounter in Teemore. It was a high quality affair despite difficult underfoot conditions and a torrential downpour for the entirety of the second half.
Belcoo played really well and battled gamely against a physically stronger side. Four late points in the final five minutes flattered the hosts to a degree but they were worthy winners on the night.
Rhianne McGuinness evades a tackle
The O’Rahilly’s though continue to improve and gain experience, the younger two in particular are coming on well, Ciara McGuinness doing some great work in defence with Lisa Lavery keeping it simple in the attack as she slipped a number of neat hand passes to the chest of teammates supporting her.
Early on Sam Martin made a fine block while Eimear Magee who had a solid outing at Centre Back made a vital interception having read the passage of play well. Riona Keaney’s kickouts continued to find her teammates, Cara Gray making good runs to get free with Sam Martin and Siofra McAloon at wing back also gaining primary possession from the restarts.
Cara Gray takes on her opponent as she breaks from defence
Ciara Nolan is another growing in confidence week by week and she had a great game bursting out from the back and taking her touches before making some good passes while Scarlett O’Connor was constantly on the move proving the main outlet for the defence with clever runs into the spaces in the forward line.
Knockninny would hit points in the 4th and 7th minute while Belcoo had chances of their own, the last pass letting them down on occasions while a strong Knockninny defence were winning most of their battles and proving a tough nut to crack.
The hosts clipped two more points in a minute midway through the first half but Belcoo finished the half on top. A good five minutes of pressure yielded a point from Sinead Barrett as the pinned back Knockninny.
Niamh McAloon holds off a Knockninny challenge in midfield
Niamh McAloon and Rhianne McGuinness were turning over ball in the mid sector and winning the breaks with Rachel Nolan and Eve Barrett foraging for ball inside. Belcoo shifted the ball well through the hands but were off target with efforts from Mikayla Maguire and Sam Martin going narrowly wide while a Sinead Barrett free also just missed the target. Half time 0-4 to 0-1.
As the ball was about to be thrown in for the start of the second half, the heavens opened, despite the testing conditions both sides continued to work hard and some of the tackling and disposing of opponents on display was excellent. Their wasn’t a score at all until 7minutes from the end and it was the point of the night as Belcoo worked a good move in midfield before shifting the ball to Scarlett O’Connor coming at pace, she squeezed between two tacklers and drilled a shot over the bar for 0-4 to 0-2.
Eimear Magee out in front to take Belcoo on the attack once more
Knockninny had freshened things up with four substitutes and they would finish with a flurry. Four quick-fire points were scored in the closing moments however their was a great save from Riona Keaney coming towards the end to keep another clean sheet while Cara Gray also cleared up a dangerous situation with some good play but Knockninny were well worth their success in the end.
Belcoo host Enniskillen Gaels in Wednesday evening. Players to be at the pitch for 5.40pm for a 6pm throw in due to fading light. We should know more by Wednesday as to what happens in the divisions.
Team (15 a side). Riona Keaney, Ciara McGuinness, Cara Gray, Ciara Nolan, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Sinead Barrett (0-1), Mikayla Maguire, Scarlett O’Connor (0-1), Eve Barrett, Rachel Nolan, Lisa Lavery.
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