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U16 Girls Progress To Championship Final
Sep. 11, 2018
U16 Girls Championship Semi Final: Belcoo 6-8 v 0-4 Newtownbutler
Our Under 16 Girls booked their place in the Championship Final with a 6-8 to 0-4 victory over Newtownbutler this evening. They will meet neighbours Devenish in the Final as they eased past Lisnaskea 5-6 to 0-2 in the other Semi.
The O’Rahilly’s took some time to find their stride but coming to half time a profitable scoring spurt set them up for their success. From the throw in Newtown broke down the field and were in for a goal but a fine save from Riona Keaney denied them. Another few attacks were well thwarted by good defensive play by Eimear Magee and Niamh McAloon.
It was Belcoo who raised the first white flag of the night on 4minutes as Aoife Keaney and Ciana McGrath combined to set Sinead Barrett up on the right side and she slotted over from an acute angle. It was tough going on the big pitch at Derrylin, some fierce battles were being had for every ball and the game took time to settle into a rhythm.
Again, great pressure by Mikayla Maguire, Rhianne McGuinness, McAloon and Magee stopped chances at the defensive end, Cara Gray and Sam Martin were working hard in the middle with Scarlett O’Connor lively in the attacking third. O’Connor would slip Eve Barrett in for the games second score on 11minutes.
Scarlett O'Connor fends off a challenger in Tuesday evenings Semi Final victory
A 60yard solo run by Ciana McGrath created the next score as she strode through and sucked the last defender to her allowing a popped fist pass into Scarlett O’Connor who turned and fired over. Newtown would work their first score on 15minutes to leave it 0-3 to 0-1.
A few half chances came and went for Belcoo before they hit 2-3 in a devastating 7minute spell. The hard-working Sam Martin set the ball rolling with a neat point from play after good foraging by Aine Barrett. Eve Barrett claimed a kickout and fed Aoife Keaney who powered through and drilled to the net.
Belcoo had the opposition pinned in, Sinead Barrett first to a breaking ball, she recycled to Aine who kicked to the wing for Ciana McGrath to gather and confidently fire over the bar. Aoife Keaney would drive in for her second goal moments later, O’Connor the provider again while Ciana McGrath split the posts after some patient and clever hold up play, Belcoo now 2-6 to 0-1 to the good.
Newtown would rally coming to the interval and hit two points while goals were their to be taken. Belcoo would find a goal in the final attack of the half as Sinead Barrett cut in net her sides third which gave the O’Rahilly’s a sizeable interval lead. Half time Belcoo 3-6 to 0-3 to the good.
As the darkness descended the girls did well to even see who they were passing to. An early point from Sinead Barrett was followed by two quick Ciana McGrath goals while Aine Barrett goaled later in the half and Sinead Barrett slotted the final point.
There were some great passages of play to create the scores, McGrath’s second goal on 39minutes in particular began with a serious piece of play by centre back Niamh McAloon who won the ball in a tight spot and strode forward, Aoife Keaney was off the shoulder to carry that ball into the scoring zone before playing the ball to McGrath at the right time for her to gather and rifle to the net.
Tougher test lies ahead in the final but again it was an encouraging hour for the young O’Rahilly’s side who are all eligible to play under 16s again next year. We look forward to preparing for the Championship Final and the challenge it presents, this group of girls made in 9 wins for 9 games in all competitions this year tonight. Details of when the final will be played will be posted when known.
Team (15 a side) Riona Keaney, Eimear Magee, Rhianne McGuinness, Niamh Cullen, Ciara Nolan, Niamh McAloon, Mikayla Maguire, Sam Martin (0-1), Cara Gray, Sinead Barrett (1-3), Aoife Keaney (2-0), Ciana McGrath (2-2), Eve Barrett (0-1), Aine Barrett (1-0), Scarlett O’Connor (0-1). Subs used, Rachel Nolan, Abbie McGovern, Ciara McGuinness and Eimear Gray.
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