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Senior Ladies Beaten By Strong Tempo Side In Championship

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Jun. 22, 2018

Ladies Intermediate Championship Quarter Final: Tempo 5-16 v 3-2 Belcoo

The Senior Ladies exited the Intermediate Championship to a strong Tempo side who have been operating in the Division above them all season. Belcoo though, worked tremendously hard for the hour and will have gained a lot from their efforts in this tie.

Tempo made a bright opening as they raced in for four early points before Belcoo managed their first of the evening as Collette Rice knocked over a free kick. Moments later a good move involving Aoibhinn Gallagher and debutant Aine Barrett seen Collette Rice break through on goal but under pressure her effort went wide.

Belcoo were doing their best defensively to put it up to their opponents, Aoibhinn Gallagher, Rachel O’Dolan, Aoife Keaney and Leona McNulty all pressed hard to deny their opposite numbers but three more points were added as Tempo moved 0-7 to 0-1 ahead by the midway stage of the half.

Up front Belcoo were looking lively when they managed to move forward, Eimear Higgins was showing well for ball in her first game of the season with the Under 16 pair of Ciana McGrath and Aine Barrett lively presences in the two corners. The O’Rahilly’s worked a great goal as Gallagher judged a ball well in the middle and broke out, her right wing pass was gathered by Aine Barrett who slipped it to Joan Rice, her crossfield ball was gathered by Ciana McGrath who fed the onrushing Collette Rice and she drove the ball into the roof of the net, reducing the deficit to three.

The goal served as notice to Tempo who moved swiftly downfield to register four more points. Belcoo had been finding it hard to get out, Lisa Stewart and Michelle Cullen showed well for kickouts as they tried to stem the flow of Tempo attacks. The O’Rahilly’s would respond coming to half time, a strong Arlene Furey burst seen her work the ball into Aine Barrett who was fouled, Collette Rice tapped over the free for 0-11 to 1-2 with just two minutes to play in the half, Belcoo were well in it. Two goals in the final two minutes of the half undid the good work though as Tempo now led by twelve.

The second half seen Belcoo to continue to improve, they moved the ball and competed much better in all sectors of the field. Tempo had a solid start to the half as they pushed further ahead with a goal and two points. The O’Rahilly’s though, stuck at it and were rewarded with a goal from Stacey McCabe on 43minutes, her shot from distance squeezed into the net via the post.

Another goal was to follow, Lisa Stewart had done well in the left corner before Collette Rice fastened onto the ball and fired a great strike into the top corner to bring it back to 3-13 to 3-2. Tempo though would register two scrappy goals before the finish, they were denied others by some good stops from Tara Feeley, who’d replaced the injured Chloe Dolan in the first half. The game was to end 5-16 to 3-2, Tempo advancing to the Semi Final.

Its back to League action for Belcoo as they play Enniskillen on Sunday week, 1st July. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

Team (15 a side). Chloe Dolan, Aoife Keaney, Rachel O’Dolan, Leona McNulty, Arlene Furey, Michelle Cullen, Aoibhinn Gallagher, Seana Feeley, Stacey McCabe (1-0), Eimear Higgins, Joan Rice, Lisa Stewart, Aine Barrett, Collette Rice (2-2), Ciana McGrath. Subs Used: Tara Feeley, Lana Shiels, Kiera Stewart.




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