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Belnaleck Edge Ladies Game By Single Point
May. 13, 2018
11 a side Division 3: Belcoo 3-9 v 4-7 Belnaleck
The Seniors Ladies would go down by a point in a thrilling 11 a side encounter on a glorious evening at MacNean Park. Belnaleck rallying in the second half to claim the victory on a 4-7 to 3-9 scoreline.
It was a ding dong battle in the second half when the game was in the melting pot, in truth there was never much in it. Belcoo had bossed the opening half but only held a four point lead at the break. A fast start with a fine Michelle Cullen point was followed up with a superbly taken goal by Donna Feeley after Collette Rice had played a good ball into the corner forward.
Leona McNulty made a fabulous turnover on 4 minutes in the defence and Belcoo worked the ball the length of the field for a Linda McGovern point. Belnaleck though were growing into the contest and Shanna Cassidy went on a strong run and thumped in a good goal. She was to follow up with a driven point for 1-2 to 1-1 on 10minutes.
Belcoo though were to impress over the next ten minutes where they rattled over five good scores. Linda McGovern hit two good ones from play while Aisling Keenan did make two good blocks to deny other scores. Donna Feeley raced in from the right wing to clip over a nice one while a strong Seana Feeley run seen Arlene Furey fasten onto a fist pass to knock over a well taken score.
A good block at the back by Rachel O’Dolan seen Belcoo again work a clever move upfield where Collette Rice finished it off with a point. These five points were quickly wiped out though with a well taken goal and two points by the visitors in quick succession.
Belcoo however found a second goal coming to half time. Seana Feeley and Linda McGovern were involved in the build up before Collette Rice placed the ball in the top right corner for a 2-7 to 2-3 half time lead.
Belcoo would go 20minutes without a score in the game, Belnaleck by this stage had established a one point lead, 3-5 to 2-7. Linda McGovern ended the drought for the O'Rahilly's with a free kick to tie matters. It was getting tight and tense by this stage. Every ball fiercely contested, blocks and turnovers galore, cheers for good moments, groans for bad.
Belanleck would edge ahead with a point, Belcoo though responded with a goal from Michelle Cullen as they broke downfield. Within 40seconds, Belnaleck had a goal of their own via Farrah McCloskey to lead again. A point was added and two separated the sides. 4-7 to 3-8.
The closing few minutes seen Belcoo create a number of good scoring opportunities, just one was taken as Collette Rice hit a point from close range. Belnaleck almost sealed the deal with a late goal, Courtney Ray though, made a fine save and cleared the danger. Also with Belcoo pressing forward, Belnaleck broke with a three v one, Rachel O’Dolan was the one and she came out with possession.
Despite one final push by Belcoo, the elusive point required to draw the game didn’t arrive and Belnaleck returned to Arney winners by one.
Training continues Tuesday 7pm.
Team (11 a side) Courtney Ray, Leona McNulty, Rachel O’Dolan, Michelle Cullen (1-1), Aoibhinn Gallagher, Collette Rice (1-2), Crona Feeley, Seana Feeley, Arlene Furey (0-1), Linda McGovern (0-4), Donna Feeley (1-1). Subs used Aoife Keaney, Tina Gallagher.
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