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Great Game In Driving Rain
Oct. 4, 2017
U13 Girls: Belcoo 1-7 v 2-2 Enniskillen Gaels
Belcoo U13 Girls had a great game with Enniskillen Gaels amid the heavy rain at MacNean Park this evening where they came out 1-7 to 2-2 victors. There was great signs of improvement from Monday’s game in Teemore. The girls taking on board a few pointers as they made good use of the football and the spaces to work some excellent opportunities which they converted.
Despite Belcoo seeing more of the ball in the opening five minutes it was Enniskillen who found the target with a goal and point to take an early lead. Sam Martin had a great chance for an early goal for Belcoo but a fine save from the Gaels keeper denied her, Mikayla Maguire on the rebound was also thwarted by the visiting net minder.
There was some good defending and reading of dangerous balls by Cara Gray and Ciara McGuinness in the full back line while Rhianne McGuinness and Siofra McAloon on the wings made good use of the ball, finding their respective wing forwards down the channels.
The O’Rahilly’s opened their account on 8minutes after a good move through the hands. Scarlett O’Connor, Sam Martin, Lisa Lavery, Eve Barrett and Scarlett again involved as they create the opening for Sinead Barrett to drill over.
Eimear Magee made a great turnover before finding Niamh McAloon who moved upfield, Sam Martin then found herself in possession to land a good score. Ciara Nolan was switched into the forward line and did a fine job, finding space and using possession well. She forced a defender into a mistake which seen Eve Barrett swoop in to collect the ball and pop over another point. 1-1 to 0-3.
By half time, Belcoo had themselves ahead thanks in a large part to Riona Keaney in goals, she made an excellent save to deny Enniskillen a goal. There was some important interception from Rachel Nolan, Cara Gray and the McGuinness sisters before the interval as well.
The busy Scarlett O’Connor fastened onto a clearance from Siofra McAloon on the right, she brought the ball forward and slipped it to Mikayla Maguire for the point. Maguire would follow with a goal moments later after more good work Ciara Nolan which seen Belcoo 1-4 to 1-1 up at the interval.
Riona Keaney (pictured) continues to do well in goals for the Under 13 Girls side
The second period was again a tight battle, Enniskillen notched an early score but Belcoo had some strong showings from Cara Gray, Eimear Magee, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon and Sinead Barrett around the middle third with the forward line showing great movement, the finishing the only thing that let them down on occasions.
Sam and Scarlett worked a clever bit of play between them to setup Eve Barrett for a well taken point before Ciara Nolan capped a super display with a lovely point.
Enniskillen would hit back with a goal while Caitlyn Nolan was introduced for her first ever game early in the second period. She aided the defence which was going well, Cara Gray and Eimear Magee driving them forward, the O’Rahilly’s defenders all first to a lot of balls coming their way while the movement remained good further forward. Eimear Gray showed great hands to catch the ball and turn 15yards from goal but her well struck effort for a score went narrowly wide.
There was plenty of options for the player in possession this evening, Sinead Barrett and Sam Martin combining well for a neat Scarlett O’Connor score with seven minutes to play. It turned out to be the last of what was a good contest in the driving rain. The girls secretly loved the conditions.
Training continues Monday at 7pm as we await details of our next fixture.
Team (15 a side) Riona Keaney, Ciara McGuinness, Cara Gray, Ciara Nolan (0-1), Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee, Siofra McAloon, Niamh McAloon, Sam Martin (0-1), Sinead Barrett (0-1), Rachel Nolan, Scarlett O’Connor (0-1), Eve Barrett (0-2), Mikayla Maguire (1-1), Lisa Lavery. Subs Eimear Gray, Caitlyn Nolan
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