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U12s Beaten In League Final by Newtownbutler
May. 9, 2018
U12 Division 5 Final Belcoo 3-16(22) Newtownbutler 15-5(35)
The second meeting of the two teams in four days resulted in Newtownbutler deservedly winning the division title. The First Fermanaghs dominated from the outset, as three goals rattled the back of the Belcoo net in quick succession; despite the best efforts of Aodhan Cullen in goals and full backs Siofra McAloon and Rachel Nolan.
Michael Burns got the first point for Belcoo on the eighth minute, but this was answered with a fourth goal from Newtown. Belcoo took time to settle into the game and started generating scores with some well taken points by Michael Burns (2), Patrick Magee and Eve Barrett, before Newtownbutler finished the quarter with a fifth goal and a point. Score 0-5(5) to 5-1(11).
Newtownbutler continued to be strong in attack; scoring two more goals and point in the early moments of the second quarter. Michael Burns split the posts again before Newtown registered an eighth goal. Burns replied with two more points before Patrick Magee fed Eve Barrett to dink the ball over the bar.
Siofra McAloon pictured had a good Final for the O'Rahilly's
The Newtownbutler attacks kept coming thick and fast, and there was a lot of hard work from the Belcoo backs; with Ciara Parker doing well and Siofra McAloon clearing the ball from danger while Riona Keaney saved two certain goals.
Another point from Michael Burns was followed by a goal from Patrick Magee after a good run and exchange of passes with Eve Barrett. Barrett registered another point but it was Newtown who finished the quarter with another point and a goal. Score 1-11(13) to 9-3(21).
The Newtown forward Darragh Chapman continued to be a thorn in Belcoo’s side firing in two more goals at the start of the third quarter. Belcoo, winning the kickout; worked the ball forward for Eve Barrett to score another point. Newtown split the post twice more in this quarter, but there was some good work from Kayce Sweeney now in goals stopping further shots at goal. Rhys Ray was introduced at half forward and fought hard for possession. A nice move involving captain Scarlett O’Connor and Eve Barrett, saw Riona Keaney now in the forward line feed the ball to Nathan McGovern to get Belcoo’s thirteenth point. Pressure from Aaron Ashley forced an over carry, the resulting free ended with Patrick Magee gathering the ball to put in the net for the second time. Score 2-13(17) to 11-5(27).
Michael Burns pictured, put in a big shift for his side in the Under 12 Final v Newtown
The final quarter was Belcoo’s best spell of the game. They turned over possession several times. Finn Maes defended well. Michael Burns make a great block; the ball was gathered and passed down the field to Riona Keaney who was now going well with Eve Barrett to get another point.
Matthew Whitmore who had an excellent game in defence also forced an over carry early on: and from the resulting free kick Barrett was to score again. There was a further point and a goal from forward Patrick Magee to narrow the deficit to just five points, but with some re-shuffling in the opponent’s camp, the young O’ Rahilly’s were hit with a flurry of goals (4) in the dying minutes of the game. Final score 3-16(22) to 15-5(35).
Team: Aodhan Cullen, Siofra McAloon, Rachel Nolan, Matthew Whitmore, Finn Maes, Michael Burns(0-7), Nathan McGovern (0-1), Scarlett O’Connor, Patrick Magee(3-2), Riona Keaney, Eve Barrett(0-6), Rhys Ray, Kayce Sweeney, Aaron Ashley, Ciara Parker, Lisa Lavery, Emilie McCallion, Lily-Mae McNulty, Shay Killilea, Megan Maguire, Caireann McGrath, Serena McKeown, Rian Kennedy, Jack O’Connor, Daithi McAloon, Conor Whitmore.
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