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Spirited Display From Belcoo as Kinawley Remain Unbeaten

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Jul. 17, 2018

U14 Girls Division 1: Belcoo 3-3 v 5-7 Kinawley

The Under 14 girls put up a spirited display against an unbeaten Kinawley side, fresh from claiming their All Ireland Feile title, at MacNean Park this evening, the visitors running out 5-7 to 3-3 winners.

There was excellent defensive displays by the young O’Rahilly’s, one occasion in the opening half seen five blocks in 30seconds deny Kinawley a score. Kinawley were to make the early running and had two deflected goals on the scoreboard inside 8minutes. Belcoo were under plenty of pressure but Riona Keaney was in great form between the sticks, her kickouts first class with some mighty sweeper keeper work to prevent a few more goals.

The excellent Mikayla Maguire makes a break upfield having won possession

The full back line had a tremendous game from start to finish, Siofra McAloon strong under pressure when claiming back possession and making some super distributions of the ball. Ciara McGuinness likewise was quick to cut out any danger while standing her opponent up well. Rhianne McGuinness had the unenviable task of curtailing the talented Keelan Murphy, McGuinness has a great game in doing that while also foraging upfield on occasions. 

Mikayla Maguire at wing back was strong and powerful having grown as the game progressed, she was the driving force throughout the second half for her side. Elsewhere Scarlett O’Connor and Eve Barrett were the outlets on two wings with Ciara Nolan having a very good second half at centre forward. 

Ciara Nolan makes a break with Abbie McGovern supporting

Kinawley had 2-6 on the board before Belcoo scored. Sinead Barrett pointing after a long run coming to half time. Eimear Gray went close with a goal effort, while Eve Barrett and Rachel Nolan seen chances blocked down. Half time 2-6 to 0-1 in Kinawley’s favour. 

Belcoo would dominate the ball in the second half. An early goal from Sinead Barrett seen the O’Rahilly’s cut the deficit but Kinawley would hit their third. Belcoo went on to have a few good chances for scores, Kinawley pressured shots and made blocks to deny efforts before Eve Barrett weaved through the defence for a well taken goal. 

Ciara Nolan was to hit a wonderful point after some strong and direct running through the visiting defence as she continues to grow in confidence with every game. Abbie McGovern had held firm despite strong attention from her opponent on the left wing as she helped shift the ball infield for Eve Barrett to duke in for a second goal five minutes from time to pull it back to 4-6 to 3-2. 

Eve Barrett scoops the ball up and races away from her opponent

Kinawley were to hit the crossbar before slotting over a point but Mikayla Maguire matched the effort with a well taken point after a lung bursting run down the right wing. Kinawley would hit the final score of the game, a fifth goal to maintain their 100% winning record. Belcoo have now finished with 3 wins from their 6 Division 1 games and will likely meet Knockninny in a playoff to see who meets Kinawley in the League Final.

Belcoo play Derrygonnelly on Thursday in a challenge game at the Harps venue, bus leaving 5.30pm.

Team (15 a side). Riona Keaney, Ciara McGuinness, Rhianne McGuinness, Siofra McAloon, Mikayla Maguire (0-1), Eimear Magee, Niamh Cullen, Sinead Barrett (1-1), Cara Gray, Eve Barrett (2-0), Ciara Nolan (0-1), Scarlett O’Connor, Abbie McGovern, Rachel Nolan, Eimear Gray. Subs Caitlin Nolan and Lisa Lavery. 

 

 

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