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Belcoo Ladies Win Entertaining Encounter With Belnaleck
Sep. 14, 2018
Ladies Senior League Division 3: Belnaleck 2-11 v 7-4 Belcoo
Belcoo Senior Ladies would avenge an earlier season defeat to fellow parishioners Belnaleck in Arney this evening in an entertaining affair. The O’Rahilly’s five goal blast in the opening half providing the platform for a 7-4 to 2-11 success.
It was a battle from minute one as both sides put everything into it. Shanna Cassidy raced downfield early on but a fine save from goalkeeper Linda McGovern denied her while Leona McNulty was on hand to gather and clear the danger. Cassidy however would open the scoring on 3minutes while Collette Rice was sin binned for no mouthguard. The O’Rahilly’s took the lead on 5minutes with a fortuitous first goal. Lisa Stewart’s long range free dipping under the crossbar for a three pointer.
The hosts would tie matters with two well taken points in quick succession but despite the numeral disadvantage the O’Rahilly’s worked the ball upfield for Donna Feeley to thump in a second goal. The visitors were moving the ball well and created two more scoring opportunities after flowing moves but the efforts from Lisa Stewart and Amanda McGrath went narrowly wide.
Belcoo remained on top in all sectors over the next five minutes, the forward line showing well and looking dangerous while defensively they were solid, turning over Belnaleck attacks time after time. Michelle Cullen had a fierce game at Centre Back cutting out so much ball and delivering some excellent passes into the forwards. It was from Cullen the next goal came, she was strong to win a dirty ball before working a one two with Seana Feeley as they moved down the field before slipping the ball over the top to Donna Feeley who made no mistake dispatching the ball to the net, 3-0 to 0-3.
Another great turnover in defence from Arlene Furey seen seven of the eleven players involved in a sweeping move upfield, the shot from Donna Feeley at the end of it went narrowly wide. The O’Rahilly’s were going well but needed to put scores on the board during this spell and eventually they arrived.
A long Linda McGovern kickout was gathered by Michelle Cullen, she offloaded to the supporting Seana Feeley who played the ball down the left channel to Amanda McGrath, she slipped the ball infield to Lisa Stewart who steadied and split the posts for a first point for her side. Belcoo nearly registered a fourth goal when Collette Rice’s free was caught close to goal by Amanda McGrath, she recycled to Eimear Higgins who’s drilled shot brought a good save from the goalkeeper Moya Hill.
The goal would come in a next passage of play, Seana Feeley winning a free on the left, she played the ball quickly to Lisa Stewart who seen her shot for a point dip under the crossbar again. From the kickout Collette Rice gained possession and weaved past four challenges before a left footed effort for a point found the top right corner of the net. 18minutes on the clock, Belcoo now 5-1 to 0-3 up.
Things turned in Belnaleck’s favour over the closing minutes of the first half, they finished strong as Belcoo tired slightly. Two Shanna Cassidy points were registered either side of a first goal for the home team while Aisling Keenan kicked a fine point from long range on the stroke of half time. There were two other dangerous balls into the wee square but Linda McGovern and Eimear Higgins turned them wide of the goals for 45’s. Half time: Belnaleck 1-6 v 5-1 Belcoo.
Belcoo would hold sway for the first 10minutes of the second half however they only managed one point, Amanda McGrath turning to land a great score after Eimear Higgins had done well down the left to win back possession, Collette Rice, Lisa Stewart and Donna Feeley all involved before McGrath gathered and swung over the point.
Belnaleck were to match the Belcoo score from a free kick before Michelle Cullen made one of the finest catches you’ll see under pressure from two opponents. She would then pick out Collette Rice who raced in for a good point. The game was becoming very stretched at this juncture but on three occasions Arlene Furey was alert to the danger coming from the full back line to intercept passes and get Belcoo moving upfield again. Seana Feeley was curtailing Cassidy very well with Crona Higgins getting through a lot of unseen work at this time.
For the second game running, Leona McNulty gave away a penalty, on this occasion the shot was fired over the crossbar while Belcoo produced an empathic response. Eimear Higgins gained the kickout, played a one two with sister Crona before she found Lisa Stewart who in turn kicked it down the right wing to the lively Donna Feeley, Feeley played a quick one two with Amanda McGrath before rifling an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net, 6-3 to 1-8 the score.
The home side would slot over another free before Farah McCloskey netted from the right wing. Again though the Belcoo response was superb. Lisa Stewart caught a long kickout from Linda McGovern, she turned and chipped the ball through to Donna Feeley who was gone again, lit down the field, running in for another well taken three pointer. Feeley would pop over a point from the left wing with four minutes to play, it proved to be the last score for her side while two late points from the hosts left it an 8 point win for Belcoo on a 7-4 (25) to 2-11 (17) scoreline.
Training continues Tuesday at 7pm.
Team (11 a side): Linda McGovern, Leona McNulty, Arlene Furey, Michelle Cullen, Crona Higgins, Eimear Higgins, Seana Feeley, Lisa Stewart (2-1), Collette Rice (1-1), Donna Feeley (4-1), Amanda McGrath (0-1). Sub Used Ciana McGrath.
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