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U16s Beat Lisnaskea On A Wild Night
Apr. 17, 2018
U16 Division 3: Lisnaskea 2-2 v 7-9 Belcoo
Belcoo Under 16 Girls returned from Lisnaskea on what was a wild winters evening with a 7-9 to 2-2 victory to make it two wins from two outings this season.
There was a savage crossfield gale blowing which made life difficult for both sides in this pretty scrappy contest. The hosts were to dominate the opening ten minutes but knocked over just one score while registering four wides. Belcoo eventually got to grips with things as they began to turn the kickouts with Sam Martin, Siofra McAloon and Ciana McGrath claiming restarts.
No way out as a Lisnaskea defender is surrounded by Abbie McGovern, Eve Barrett & Roina Keaney
The O’Rahilly’s had played second fiddle to the host but they worked their first score on 7minutes to take the lead. Scarlett O’Connor, who’d a great hour, snapped onto a loose ball on the left wing and found Aine Barrett who fisted the ball off to the onrushing Sinead Barrett who fired to the net.
Belcoo would clip over two points in as many minutes through Sinead Barrett and Scarlett O’Connor before they netted for a second time. Barrett this time running in along the byline and drilling low past the keeper.
A patient bit of good interplay by Ciana McGrath and Aine Barrett seen possession recycled to Sinead Barrett who split the posts once more. 2-3 to 0-1 by the midway stage of the half.
The visitors were now going well although Lisnaskea still created openings at the other end, fortunately for the O’Rahilly’s the radar was off as they missed the target however there was good pressure applied by Ciara Nolan and Cara Gray when forwards were getting shots away.
Belcoo worked their best move of the night on 21minutes to register a fabulous goal. Eimear Magee took a sideline ball on the left to Scarlett O’Connor, she carried the ball into the final third and a quick transfer through the hands from O’Connor and Aine Barrett to Ciana McGrath seen the wing forward cut across the 21yard line and rifle an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.
Aoife Keaney was to claim a kickout shortly afterwards and drive towards goal before slotting the ball past the keeper while Lisnaskea registered the last score of the half to leave it 4-3 to 0-2 in Belcoo’s favour at half time.
Belcoo wrapped things up with a blistering first 8minutes of the second half where they added 2-5 to their tally. Aine Barrett did well to setup Ciana McGrath for the opening point of the half. Sinead Barrett swiftly added another before she raced in for a goal after Sam Martin had did really well in the build up.
Ciana McGrath claimed a good kickout, fed Scarlett O’Connor who split the posts again. It was rolls reversed 60seconds later as O’Connor claimed the kickout, fed McGrath and she blasted the ball to the top left corner. Aine and Sinead Barrett added points with Sinead hitting a three pointer after a 40yard solo run. 7-8 to 0-2.
At this stage the entire O’Rahilly’s bench were involved. Abbie McGovern got on some great ball over the closing 20 minutes and used it well to create a score for Riona Keaney. Eve Barrett was her lively self with Ciara McGuinness getting stuck in and Niamh Cullen stepped up another notch with her impressive performance in the closing quarter.
Lisnaskea would score two goals in the final 10minutes but there was some good goalkeeping by Mikayla Maguire, pressure and strong defending from Cara Gray while Niamh McAloon continued to work tireless with Ciana McGrath and Sam Martin in the middle third.
Up next is an away trip to Ederney on Monday 23rd April. Training continues Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Team (14 a side). Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Cara Gray, Ciara Nolan, Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee, Rachel Nolan, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Sinead Barrett (4-4), Aoife Keaney (1-0), Ciana McGrath (2-1), Scarlett O’Connor (0-2), Aine Barrett (0-1). Subs. Niamh Cullen, Eve Barrett, Abbie McGovern, Ciara McGuinness, Eimear Gray and Riona Keaney (0-1).
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