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U14 Girls Put Up Good Show Against Strong Kinawley Side
Jun. 18, 2018
U14 Division 1: Kinawley 5-11 v 1-2 Belcoo
The Belcoo U14 Girls put up a good showing against a Kinawley side that has racked up massive scores to date in the league, with that in mind Belcoo tried out a somewhat defensive structure which worked quite well over the course of the contest. The O’Rahilly’s had several good chances in the opening half to put more scores on the board but a combination of good defending and wayward efforts when well placed meant the chances were squandered.
Belcoo were to open the scoring within a minute as Sinead Barrett popped over a free kick. It took Kinawley 8minutes to score, a shot for point, dipping under the crossbar to get them going. Belcoo were defending well, forcing kicks under pressure and from distance, goalkeeper Riona Keaney was to have an excellent game.
Ciara McGuinness and Siofra McAloon were two savages in the two corners, attacking every ball that came their way, turning over players and reading the game very well. The O’Rahilly’s carved out a good chance as Scarlett O’Connor drove forward before she fired her shot across the goals. Kinawley would hit two goals in a three minute spell but Belcoo had a great goal chance of their own when Sinead Barrett broke through and feed Rachel Nolan, who shot wide from close range.
Sinead Barrett was to race down the field to kick an excellent point while there was great work down the right side by Mikayla Maguire, Ciara Nolan and Eve Barrett coming to half time. By the interval however the home side had four points on the board despite good pressure from Eimear Magee, Cara Gray and Sam Martin, Keelan Murphy weaved her way in for two of these, both very well taken. Half time Kinawley 3-4 v 0-2 Belcoo.
Sinead Barrett registers a fine score in the first half for her side
In the second half Kinawley would pin Belcoo back for a period of time and extend their advantage, again their was good work by Mikayla Maguire and Niamh McAloon in defence with Riona Keaney thwarting a number of efforts at goal.
Moving forward, Eve Barrett and Scarlett O’Connor remained good outlets with Ciara Nolan having a great second half. Abbie McGovern came on and got stuck in with Sam Martin more of a driving force also in this half.
Belcoo would work a goal down the right wing when a long Eve Barrett run ended with Rachel Nolan gathering possession and shooting low to the corner. By the finish Kinawley were handsome winners but for Belcoo it was an encouraging display. A new system tried out, plenty of hard work, heart and determination on show ahead of another tough assignment in Belcoo against Knockninny on Wednesday night, throw in 7.15pm, players to be at the pitch for 6.40pm.
Team (15 a side) Riona Keaney, Ciara McGuinness, Niamh McAloon, Siofra McAloon, Mikayla Maguire, Eimear Magee, Rhianne McGuinness, Sam Martin, Cara Gray, Sinead Barrett (0-2), Niamh Cullen, Ciara Nolan, Eve Barrett, Rachel Nolan (1-0), Scarlett O’Connor. Subs Abbie McGovern, Eimear Gray, Caitlyn Nolan.
Division 1 Table
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