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Savage Game Sees U16s Make It Three From Three

Apr. 24, 2018

U16 Division 3: Ederney 4-12 v 7-13 Belcoo

Belcoo U16 Girls emerged victorious after an epic encounter in Ederney that seen the two sides who hadn't lost this season, battle it out over an excellent hour in which both sides led several times before being pegged back. The O’Rahilly’s came from six down in the second half with a strong surge to win on a 7-13 to 4-12 scoreline.

 Ciana McGrath who had an excellent hour holds firm under pressure 

It truly was a fabulous game of football from two skilled sides, played at high tempo, every single ball was fiercely contested in this full-blooded encounter. The tone set from the opening minutes when Ederney broke through for a penalty. The drama commenced, Katie Teague rattled the underside of the bar with the kick, Mikayla Maguire gathered the ball and Belcoo broke the length of the field. Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon worked the ball upfield to Ciana McGrath who thumped in a great goal. Ederney’s Aine Walsh responded with two points before Belcoo netted a second goal. 

Sinead Barrett robbed an Ederney defender, fisted to the supported Scarlett O’Connor who picked a lovely pass to Cara Gray and she drilled low past the keeper. Ederney responded with this first goal, breaking through an open defence to net. It was end to end and it was only getting started. 

Belcoo squandered two goal chances as the ball slipped away from Cara Gray both times when well placed while Scarlett O’Connor rattled the crossbar with a fine strike. 

 Rhianne McGuinness & Cara Gray stop an Ederney attacker 

A third goal did arrive for Belcoo though. Rhianne McGuinness, who was first to every ball down her side at wing back, beat her player to the ball, drove forward, picked a great pass to Cara Gray and with Sinead Barrett sprinting past off the shoulder, Gray slipped her in and Barrett hit the net. Ederney would land a point, just 9minutes in the clock and it was 3-0 to 1-3, Belcoo holding the upper hand. 

The O’Rahilly’s continued to win the midfield battle with Sam Martin and Niamh McAloon claiming kickouts, Niamh Cullen got her hands on a break to win a free and Belcoo worked a fine team move, some six players involved before Aine Barrett tapped over from the left wing. Sinead Barrett followed up with a point moments later. 

It all changed, Ederney who had the wind advantage beginning to find holes in the visiting defence. 1-4 was registered in a five minute spell to see them open up a two point lead at 2-7 to 3-2. It may have been worse but for two great last ditch tackles by Eimear Magee to thwart efforts at goal. 

Belcoo got themselves together, Ciana McGrath who covered every blade of grass in tonight’s game, striding forward after a good interchange with Sam Martin and Sinead Barrett to point. Rhianne McGuinness and Aoife Keaney combined on the right to pick out Scarlett O’Connor for a well taken point while McGrath slotted another but two goals and a point at the end the half gave the home a six point cushion at the break. Half Time: Ederney 4-8 v 3-5 Belcoo. 

 Sam Martin powers upfield in the second half 

The second half was equally as mad, 16 more scores were added to the 20 in the first half hour. Ederney were first to register as they extended to a seven point lead. Ciana McGrath matched this score when Scarlett O’Connor did fierce well to retain the ball under pressure before recycling it. 

Belcoo re-gigged the side with three positional switches. Aoife Keaney moved to centre forward and immediately gained possession out on the right side and drove in from 40yards past three tackles to hit the roof of the net. Aine Barrett went to centre back and she picked up a mountain of ball around the middle sector, reading the play seriously well while Cara Gray went to wing back to curtail a lively forward for the duration of the contest. 

Keaney’s goal sparked Belcoo best spell, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness and Aine Barrett gained kickouts and played the ball to the fleet footed inside pair of Scarlett O’Connor and half time sub Eve Barrett who helped create the scores with Ciana McGrath, Aoife Keaney and Sinead Barrett to the fore as Belcoo drove at the home side. 

Two Sinead Barrett came from some excellent team play as the right option was taken at the right time, Ciana McGrath netted a goal from close range after Aoife Keaney powered down the right side again before Keaney accounted for a point herself. Scoreline with 8minutes to play read Belcoo 5-9 Ederney 4-10, just two between them. 

Belcoo continued on the front foot, a great solo run by wee Eve Barrett seen her fire narrowly wide but in the next attack, Ciana McGrath powered through after a long run and rattled the post with her shot for goal, the ball broke to Eve Barrett who netted this time. Sinead Barrett hit a fine pointed free from outside the D and Belcoo now sat six up. 

Ederney weren’t finished and they rallied, three points registered to half the deficit. Some good pressure from Cara Gray and Ciara Nolan stopped other dangerous attacks. 

Belcoo needed to get up the field and Aoife Keaney claimed a kickout from Mikayla Maguire, turned and feed Eve Barrett. She raced away from her player, fisted across to an unmarked Scarlett O’Connor and over the bar the ball went. 

Eve Barrett kicked one of her own from distance soon after while a surging run from midfield by Sam Martin seen he set up Sinead Barrett for a point as Belcoo finished the game in fine fashion. 

The icing on the cake, a goal in added time by the hardworking Scarlett O’Connor to give her side a 7-13 to 4-12. Up next is training Wednesday night with Irvinestown coming to Belcoo on Monday night. 

Team (13 a side) Mikayla Maguire, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Magee, Aoife Keaney (1-1), Niamh Cullen, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Niamh McAloon, Sinead Barrett (1-5), Aine Barrett (0-1), Ciana McGrath (2-3), Scarlett O’Connor (1-2), Cara Gray (1-0). Subs used Eve Barrett (1-1), Ciara Nolan. 

 

 

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