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Great Workout In U16 Girls Challenge
Mar. 26, 2018
Our Under 16 Girls had a great workout with Tempo in their first outing of the season ahead of the start of the League in a fortnight’s time. The O’Rahilly’s 2-10 to 3-2 winners but it was the manner of the performance that was the most pleasing aspect. Some great teamplay throughout with well taken scores and solid defending paved the way to the positive result.
Niamh McAloon had a good evening at Centre Back for the O'Rahilly's
It was wet and windy as is the norm about MacNean Park and having made a few good turnovers in the middle sector Sinead Barrett picked up possession and drove in for an opening point on 5mins.
There was a neat move for the game’s opening goal a few minutes later, Eimear Magee, Aine Barrett and Aoife Keaney combined before Barrett got on the ball again and picked out Ciana McGrath who fired into the net. Sinead was to win a kick out and return it over the bar before Tempo clipped their opening score.
Belcoo were defending well, Ciara Nolan coming out with good ball, Siofra McAloon out in front to dispose her player while Cara Gray made a wonderful goal line clearance which seen the O’Rahilly’s work the ball the length of the field down the right wing. Ciara Nolan, Aine Barrett and Eimear Magee involved as Ciana McGrath drilled narrowly wide going for goal.
Aine Barrett pointed a free when Scarlett O’Connor was fouled before Eimear Magee registered her first of the night from the left wing. Both sides registered goals in their next attacks, Tempo bundling one to the net before Aine Barrett thumped one in at the other end after Sinead Barrett made an excellent block, the ball fell to Magee who transferred to Aine for the three pointer.
Sam Martin had a fine hour in the middle of the field and was involved in the next move that yielded a point for Aoife Keaney. Keaney turned provider for Aine Barrett’s point moments later when Niamh McAloon had made an excellent interception in the build up.
Tempo rattled a well taken goal on the stroke of half time as Belcoo held a 2-6 to 2-1 lead.
The second half seen some great passages of play, great movement into spaces, good passes to team mates and plenty more clever teamwork to cut through the Tempo team.
All the O’Rahilly’s young substitutes performed magnificently well and made great contributions to the side. Eve Barrett fleet footed in the attack with Ciara McGuinness, Niamh Cullen and Riona Keaney excelling in defence breaking up play and moving things forward where Rachel Nolan and Abbie McGovern gained possession and kept it simple in the attack to help create scores.
Belcoo would kick four points in this half, a strong Sam Martin run and pass into Eimear Magee seen her feed Aine Barrett for a score. Scarlett O’Connor picked out Eimear Magee for her second score via the crossbar shortly after Arlene Furey had broke forward in a counter attack.
Next, sisters Sinead and Eve Barrett danced down the left for Sinead to point before Aoife Keaney and Rachel Nolan combined down the right to set Aine Barrett up for the final score.
Tempo had hit a late goal and point but it was a solid first outing for Belcoo girls. Their hard work over the winter months paying off. Training continues Wednesday at 7pm.
Team (15 a side) Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Cara Gray, Ciara Nolan, Rachel Nolan, Niamh McAloon, Lana Shiels, Arlene Furey, Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett (0-3), Aoife Keaney (0-1), Ciana McGrath (1-0), Eimear Magee (0-2), Aine Barrett (1-4), Scarlett O’Connor. Subs used Ciara McGuinness, Eve Barrett, Niamh Cullen, Riona Keaney, Riona Keaney, Abbie McGovern.
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