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Two Good U12 Games With Newtown

Box Score

May. 5, 2018

U12 Division 5: Belcoo 3-11 (17) v 6-5 (17) Newtownbutler

The under 12s played the third round of their Division 5 league this morning in more pleasant conditions at MacNean Park. Two matches were played where they were met with stiff competition from Newtownbutler but the young O’Rahilly’s  unwavering spirit was evident again today.

The visitors started well from the throw-in working the ball forward to find the back of the Belcoo net. They followed this up with a well taken point. Belcoo who were settling into the game registered two points from the boot of Michael Burns but it was the First Fermanagh’s who would dominate the rest of this quarter with repeated attacks adding another 1-2 to their tally. Other possible scores were prevented by Rachel Nolan who make an excellent block and Siofra McAloon who made several clearances from her third of the pitch, both girls reliable in defence getting in well in front  of their opponents.  End of quarter score Belcoo 0-2 (2) Newtownbutler 2-3 (7)

Quarter number two started with another goal for Newtownbutler but Belcoo quickly responded in a very slick move where Michael Burns kicked a lovely ball to a well placed Nathan McGovern to quickly palm into the back of the net. Both Burns and McGovern had a busy hour covering huge amounts of ground and communicating  very effectively. A foul on Riona Keaney then resulted in a converted free by Michael Burns. The visitors broke through the Belcoo defence again to slip in goal before another was denied by Aodhan Cullen. His kick out was won by Michael Burns who in a passage involving a run from the pacy Matthew Whitmore found Scarlett O’Connor. She made a skillful kick pass to Riona Keaney in the forward line to split the posts.  A powerful Finn Maes defended well and dispossessed several times while eager players Rhys Ray and Lisa Lavery linked play well throughout. There were two more scores from Michael Burns, a point and a spectacular lob which just dipped under the cross-bar for a goal.  Score Belcoo 2-5 (9) Newtownbutler 4-3 (11)

Belcoo continued to work hard and only conceded one point in the third quarter. Aodhan Cullen still doing well making another fine save. The young O’Rahilly’s cancelled the deficit with three more points, two from Eve Barrett and one from Michael Burns after Kayce Sweeney did well gathering ball to attack. Score Belcoo 2-8 (12) Newtownbutler 4-4 (12).

The final quarter started with a point and a goal from the visitors but this was answered with a point from Eve Barrett, a goal and a point  from Riona Keaney and a point from Michael Burns before Newtownbutler had the final say putting the ball over the bar in the dying minutes for a draw  - Belcoo 3-11 (17) Newtownbutler 6-5 (17)

Team - Aodhan Cullen, Siofra McAloon, Rachel Nolan, Lisa Lavery, Matthew Whitmore, Nathan McGovern (1-0), Finn Maes, Michael Burns (2-5), Scarlett O’Connor, Rhys Ray, Riona Keaney (1-2), Kayce Sweeney, Eve Barrett (0-3)


The development game was display of hard work and endeavor from all players.  Daithi McAloon had a busy hour in goal. Shay Killilea continuing to develop his defending skills made an excellent block to prevent a certain goal. Lily-Mae McNulty had a great performance in a half back position winning lots of possession with Serena McKeown doing well marking her player and defending.  Rian Kennedy proved that as he had said before the throw-in he had indeed been practising at home. 

Jack O’Connor, Ciara Parker and Caireann McGrath  as always put in great effort in the middle third of the field. Emilie McCallion had a fine hour with accurate points and several shots at goal which narrowly missed while Megan Maguire and Conor Whitmore battling for possession also did well in the forward line.

Team: Daithi McAloon, Shay Killilea, Lily-mae McNulty, Ciara Parker, Megan Maguire, Emilie McCallion, Caireann McGrath, Serena McKeown, Rian Kennedy, Jack O’Connor, Conor Whitmore.




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