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Recap - U14 Girls Feile
Apr. 21, 2018
Belcoo U14 Girls were to compete at the Fermanagh Feile in Derrygonnelly on a glorious Saturday afternoon but it would be Kinawley who advance to represent the County at National Level.
They saved their best for last with a 5-6 to 0-1 win over the hosts but earlier defeats to Enniskillen Gaels, 3-1 to 0-2 and Kinawley 5-4 to 0-0 seen them exit the competition.
Niamh McAloon in action against Kinawley
In the opening game against a physically strong and tall Enniskillen side Belcoo worked the first scoring opportunity, a good flowing move ended with Mikayla Maguire moving in one on one with the keeper but her shot was directly at the keeper. Enniskillen were to work the ball downfield for a well taken goal.
It was a laboured first half but Niamh Cullen, Rhianne McGuinness and Siofra McAloon were going well. Enniskillen had tagged on a point while the O’Rahilly’s registered two wides and dropped two more into the keepers hands.
The second half seen a bit more improvement but with Enniskillen registering two more goals the game was up. Sinead Barrett would slot over two second half points for her side.
Scarlett O'Connor drives past a challenge from Eimear Keaney of Enniskillen
Onto Kinawley and it was a much better display, more intensity and hunger showed by the O’Rahilly’s. Kinawley, in full forward Keelan Murphy possess a superb footballer and she would end up with a big score for herself in this tie, banging in all but one score.
Belcoo were trying hard with captain Niamh McAloon driving the side on from midfielder. McGuinness and Eimear Magee were to the fore in the defensive while up top, scores were hard to come by. It was 1-2 to no score at the interval before Kinawley pressed on for a comfortable win in the second half. Belcoo again had chances for scores, a strong run by Sam Martin created a good opening for Rachel Nolan who fired wide.
Mikayla Maguire claims a good ball against Derrygonnelly
In the final contest Belcoo had re-gigged things, Cara Gray now operating in the forward line made some great bursts through and was rewarded with a goal on 4 minutes. By then Scarlett O’Connor had clipped over a fine score while Sinead Barrett also slotted over after Abbie McGovern had done well.
Ciara Nolan came out with a good ball down the left to create the next score for Sinead Barrett who pointed before she was to add another goal. At the interval it was 1-4 to no score, Eve Barrett getting time and space to run through and clip over a neat score.
Sinead Barrett registered an early goal in the second half, Scarlett O’Connor clipped over another nice point while good pressure from a number of our forwards forced the keeper to carry the ball over the line for a goal.
Ciara McGuinness and Eimear Magee combined for the latter to finish with her right foot while Magee later added a point and Sinead Barrett netted the final score.
Overall, good experience was gained and a look at sides who will be met later in the year at U14 level were viewed. There were steady showing across the three games by Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh Cullen and Niamh McAloon.
Next outing is for the Under 16 Girls away in Ederney on Monday evening. Bus leaving 5.30pm.
Team. Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Cara Gray (1-0), Ciara McGuinness, Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee (1-1), Niamh Cullen, Niamh McAloon, Sam Martin, Sinead Barrett (2-4), Rachel Nolan, Ciara Nolan, Eve Barrett (0-1), Mikayla Maguire, Scarlett O’Connor (0-2), Abbie McGovern, Eimear Gray.
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