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Super Second Half Sees U13s Win By One
Oct. 18, 2017
Belcoo U13 Girls produced an almighty comeback to seal their place in Division 1 this evening under the lights in Garrison. Trailing 2-2 (6) to no score at half time they battled back with eight great points in the second period while conceding just the one for a single point success.
As the wind and rain strengthened so did the Belcoo girls. It was a night for grafting, winning the dirty ball, both literally and metaphorically and the O’Rahilly girls were well up for the challenge after half time.
The Girls pictured earlier in the season
They penned back the hosts for the first 13minutes of the second half to fire over eight in a row. Eve Barrett got the scoreboard ticking with a fine score from out on the right wing. The youngster had a particularly fine contest, twisting and turning her marker throughout, winning some great ball out in front as our chief outlet in a tough first half too.
Niamh McAloon was next to drill over a point when half time substitute Caitlyn Nolan won the break ball from the kickout and slipped the ball off to the supporting McAloon.
Rhianne McGuinness came to the fore and was getting hands on most kickouts in an advanced position. She laid on Sinead Barrett for a third point as Belcoo had cut the hosts lead in half by the 6th minute of the half. 2-2 (6) to 0-3.
The belief the game could be turned around continued to grow on the faces of the sky blues. Captain for the night, Scarlett O’Connor fastened onto a good ball by Sinead Barrett after Ciara Nolan turned over the Devenish defender coming out from the back. O’Connor raising the white flag with a fine effort from the right wing.
Mikayla Maguire had done a sterling job at the back in the first half and had started the second half well too but she was brought upfield to kick scores and that’s exactly what she did. The Birthday Girl hit two wonderful points in two minutes which had the sides level 2-2 (6) to 0-6.
Belcoo were on a roll and when Scarlett O’Connor drove down the middle and split the posts, the O’Rahilly’s were ahead for the first time. Niamh McAloon then drove through a gap and slotted her second of the night for a two point advantage.
There were massive displays from all the girls in sky blue this evening, Devenish battled back with a point but Belcoo held firm in the end to seal the win by the narrowest of margins.
The first half was all Devenish as they pressed hard from the start. The overworked defence were doing well to restrict scores as they forced hurried shots by the home side wide. Riona Keaney showed good hands while she couldn’t do much about either goal. Siofra McAloon had an excellent 40minutes, judging several tricky balls really well to cut out attacks as did Sam Martin who was the real driving force in the opening 20minutes when others were struggling to get into the game. Cara Gray had a great battle with her opposite number and was an outlet for Keaney’s kickouts in the second half as she helped Belcoo move back upfield.
Eimear Magee was another who grew into the game in an unfamiliar midfield slot, driving forward well in the second half and unfortunate to see a few efforts at points go narrowly wide while their were fine displays from the ever improving Ciara Nolan, Eimear Gray and Ciara McGuinness who both worked tirelessly and made good use of the ball.
In what was very testing and trying conditions. Six down at the break, it was a wonderful display of hard work, grit, hunger and drive which we know this group has, that seen them claim a place in the top division. As the motto on the back of the jersey states 'With Hard Work There Are No Limits'
We await further details of the Divisional Semi Finals and Finals Day. Training continues Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team (13 a side) Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Mikayla Maguire (0-2), Cara Gray, Niamh McAloon (0-2), Eimear Magee, Eve Barrett (0-1), Ciara Nolan, Eimear Gray, Sinead Barrett (0-1), Scarlett O’Connor (0-2). Subs Ciara McGuinness and Caitlyn Nolan.
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