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U12 Season Concludes At Garrison Tournament
Oct. 15, 2017
U12 PJ Treacy Memorial Tournament 14/10/17
The under 12s travelled to Garrison on Saturday morning to defend their title of PJ Treacy Memorial title secured in 2016. However, this time they were to finish in third place following four very competitive games with Erne Gaels, Devenish and Beragh. Despite this, it was a very enjoyable morning, a well organised event with excellent hospitality from the hosts, Devenish.
Game 1: Belcoo 0-5 (5) v 2-3 (7) Erne Gaels
Belcoo held the upper hand until the final minutes of this game but were unlucky to concede a late goal for Erne Gaels to win out. Belleek opened the scoring with a point which was answered by four points for Belcoo, two each from the boot of Michael Burns and Eoin Corrigan respectively. Sam Martin was dominant in midfield throughout the tournament with Rachel Nolan and Nathan McGovern winning plenty of ball in the forward line. Erne Gaels registered a second point just before the halftime whistle leaving the score 0-4 to 0-2 in Belcoo’s favour. The second half started with another point from play by Michael Burns but Belleek were to recover with a goal, a point and a second goal just before the final whistle.
Game 2: Belcoo 2-5 (9) v 1-8 (10) Devenish
This was a hard fought game for the young O’Rahilly’s who battled to reduce a five point deficit to one as time ran out for them. Michael Burns converted an early free for Belcoo which was quickly answered by a point for the hosts. Lorcan Leonard making two great saves, with the second clearing the ball well for Michael Burns to register a second point. Devenish would continue to attack for the rest of the half, scoring a goal and another five points leaving it 0-2 to 1-5 to Devenish at half time. Belcoo kept their work rate up however with some great play resulting in Michael Burns putting two more over the bar. Devenish were to answer with three points in a row but Belcoo never gave up, working the ball to Burns to split the posts again. Aodhan Cullen’s kickouts finding the sky-blues for them to keep the ball in the Devenish half finishing with Eoin Corrigan finding the net just before he had to come off with a knee injury. Michael Burns followed with a second goal before full time.
Game 3: Belcoo 3-4 (10) v 1-3 (5) Beragh
A more relaxed Belcoo team made a great start to this game, Eve Barrett and Riona Keaney doing well to find Michael Burns to put the ball in the back of the net. This was quickly followed by a second goal, a neat chip from Scarlett O’Connor. Beragh were to reply with a goal and three points to leave Beragh ahead by one point at halftime. The O’Rahilly’s were completely dominant for the entire second half however, with excellent performances in the back line from Siofra McAloon and Cara Gray, Beragh failing to score in this period of play. It was also a fine spell for the forwards Thomas Parker and Patrick Magee with Parker setting up Sinead Barrett for a point followed by Magee feeding to Parker for a well taken goal. Rhys Ray also did well, making lots of good runs and giving support. Belcoo followed up with three more points, two for Sinead Barrett and another for Michael Burns.
Game 4: THIRD PLACE PLAYOFF Belcoo 1-7(9) v 2-3 (7) Beragh
We were to meet Beragh again for the final game, a third place play-off. This was another very entertaining game to watch with displays of excellent hand passing, use of space and teamwork by the O’Rahilly’s. Belcoo opened the scoring again with a point for Michael Burns followed another from the boot of Eimear Gray. Beragh replied with a goal, a point from a free followed by a second from play. Yet another well taken free for Burns was followed up by a great point for Nathan Carroll-Magee. We then had one of the highlights of the tournament, a cross from Michael Burns found Thomas Parker who cleverly palmed the ball into the back of the net. Beragh answered with a goal and a point to leave them one ahead. Some more excellent goalkeeping from Lorcan Leonard prevented another certain goal, with his team mates winning the kickouts which followed for Belcoo to register three more points for the hardworking Michael Burns leaving Belcoo two ahead for third place.
Team: Lorcan Leonard, Cara Gray, Siofra McAloon, Scarlett O’Connor(1-0), Nathan Carroll-Magee (0-1), Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett(0-3), Eoin Corrigan(1-2), Michael Burns( 2-14), Rachel Nolan, Thomas Parker(2-0), Patrick Magee, Nathan McGovern, Eve Barrett, Riona Keaney, Eimear Gray(0-1), Rhys Ray, Aodhan Cullen.
Huge thanks to Conor, Lucia & Phil for their work with this group of players throughout the season.