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U12s End League Campaign With Good Win In Newtown
Oct. 9, 2017
U12 Division 2 : Newtownbutler 5-12(22) v 5-14 (24) Belcoo
The young O'Rahilly's got off to a good start in this encounter with Newtownbutler, having lost in the previous meeting between the two sides. Eoin Corrigan got the blues off the mark with a fine point from play followed quickly by a goal and a point from Michael Burns. The forward line of Thomas Parker and Rachel Nolan were battling hard for possession upfront as they spearheaded the Belcoo attack. The home side began to come into the game more at this point, breaking down-field only to shoot narrowly wide. This would prove a warning for what was to come next. The First Fermanagh's midfield duo were starting to get on top, scoring 1-2 from play. Belcoo responded with a good move up-field and with a smart exchange of passes from Eoin Corrigan and Michael Burns, the blues tagged another score. For the rest of the quarter, Belcoo found themselves under siege. Lorcan Leonard was working overtime in goals to keep the home side out. Cara Gray got in a great block to prevent a certain goal and the ball trickled out for a 45. Newtownbutler would score five points without reply before the end of play.
Belcoo began the second quarter with a well worked interchange between Scarlett O'Connor and Sinead Barrett which found Eoin Corrigan to fire to the back of the net. From here on it was the home side on top, firing 2-2 to leave it 2-3 to 3-8 at the end of the quarter, Belcoo managing a late point from the boot of Nathan McGovern. Good defensive work from Siofra McAloon and Cara Gray kept the home side from registering more on the scoreboard.
Patrick Magee pictured, returned to action at the weekend after a lengthy layoff with a broken wrist sustained back in early August.
Sam Martin won the throw-up to begin the third quarter, Michael Burns tapping over the first score from a free kick. Newtownbutler's midfield continued to cause problems for Belcoo and registered 1-3 in this period. Eve Barrett's introduction began to pay dividends and her shot at goal was tapped home by Michael Burns. Lorcan Leonard pulled off a great save to prevent a certain goal, the ball ricocheting over the bar for a point. A flurry of scores for the visitors in the last five minutes brought Belcoo back to three points down at the end of the quarter, having been nine points down at one stage. Two goals and a point for Michael Burns and two points for Eoin Corrigan with assistance from Eve Barrett and Sam Martin to set up the scores for the young O'Rahilly's.
The last quarter saw Belcoo at their best. The half back line of Nathan Carroll-Magee and Scarlett O'Connor were having a great game picking up loose ball and defending as if their lives depended on it. The Belcoo midfield had gained dominance and kept the ball in the opposition's half for nearly the full quarter. Attack after attack saw the O'Rahilly's draw level, with two points from Michael Burns from play and a free from Eoin Corrigan. There was a loud cheer from the bench of Patrick Magee, Riona Keaney, Eimear Gray, Lisa Lavery, Emilie McCallion, Aodhan Cullen and Kayce Sweeney as Michael Burns popped over a lovely point to put Belcoo one in front followed by a great score from Scarlett O'Connor to put two in it. The last five minutes saw the welcome return of Patrick Magee who missed most of the season through injury. The young player showed what a loss he was to the team all year with two great catches and good interplay with Eoin Corrigan which ended in a further point to push Belcoo further in front. The last score went to the home side as the game finished 5-14 to 5-12 in Belcoo's favour, a timely end of season win for the young O'Rahilly's.
Team: Lorcan Leonard, Cara Gray, Siofra McAloon, Scarlett O'Connor (0-1), Nathan Carroll-Magee, Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett, Michael Burns (4-7), Eoin Corrigan(1-5), Thomas Parker, Rachel Nolan, Nathan McGovern(0-1), Eve Barrett, Patrick Magee, Riona Keaney, Eimear Gray, Lisa Lavery, Emilie McCallion, Aodhan Cullen and Kayce Sweeney.
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