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U13 Girls Win High Quality Affair With Derrygonnelly

Box Score

Sep. 15, 2018

U13  Girls Section A: Belcoo 2-9 v 0-3 Derrygonnelly

Belcoo Under 13 Girls made it two wins from two after a great battle with Derrygonnelly at MacNean Park this evening. The level of play on show from both sides was of a very high standard and the game was much closer than the final scoreline suggested. Belcoo winners 2-9 to 0-3 but it really was tight and tough throughout. 

It was 15 a side meaning all the O’Rahilly’s girls played every minute of the contest, some were making their first start at all girls football and they equipped themselves magnificently well. It was a really encouraging display from this group of girls, togetherness, support play, hard work and backing each other up.

The Harps side opened the scoring on two minutes. They were physically taller than the Belcoo girls but the home side love a challenge. There was some excellent passages of play when the hosts found their stride. Lisa Lavery goaled on six minutes before Belcoo began to work some lovely scores. 

Abbie McGovern breaks away from her opponent

A flowing move through the hands seen Eve Barrett land a point on 11minutes. Abbie McGovern had a fine game securing possession with great first touch control and slipping it to supporting players, a combination of McGovern, Sam Martin and Scarlett O’Connor seen Eve Barrett slip in for another point.

Defensively Belcoo were going well, Cara Gray made two outrageous blocks with Cairenn McGrath reading things superbly as a last line of defence to cut out dangerous attacks before moving the ball down the wings to Eimear Gray and the lively Emilie McCallion. 

The O’Rahilly’s worked another excellent point, Sinead Barrett was to the fore all evening and she carried possession upfield before feeding Abbie McGovern who split the posts. Moments later Eve Barrett was again on the end of the move to point, Ciara Parker doing brilliantly in the middle of the field to break through the tackle and find Barrett with a fist pass. 

Ciara Parker holds tight under pressure from three Harps girls

Derrygonnelly would land two quick points at the other end while Riona Keaney was at her sweeping keeper best again to come from her goals to pick up some dangerous balls. Caitlyn Nolan got the hand in well to dispossess her player while Niamh Cullen was having a good battle with her opposite number. 

The final score of the half was to be a Belcoo one, Cairenn McGrath made the turnover in the left corner back position, Cara Gray burst out from the back, Sinead Barrett and Sam Martin were involved as the ball was fed into Abbie McGovern who fisted to Scarlett O’Connor for a fine point. Half time. Belcoo 1-5 v 0-3 Derrygonnelly. 

Scarlett O'Connor drives upfield in the first half

Every ball continued to be contested for with the fiercest of determination by the two sides in the second half. Some excellent pressure was applied, great kicking and awareness of players around them to use the simply options. 

Belcoo were on the scoresheet three minutes into the half, Rachel Nolan with a well timed hand in to break the ball loose from the Harps defender, Eve Barrett swooping onto the loose ball to land another point. Barrett was on the end of some good work by Emile McCallion and Abbie McGovern on the right wing to land another score from play. 

The O’Rahilly’s would work a goal from Sinead Barrett next, drilling low to the corner while Scarlett O’Connor hit a nice point from play on the right side. Again there was strong play in the middle of the field by Sam Martin ably assisted by Eimear Gray and Ciara Parker, they picked up several clearances while further back, Caitlyn Nolan again came out with some ball as did Cairenn McGrath having stood up her opponent well. 

The final score of the game was a well struck shot by Sam Martin. Derrygonnelly pressured into kicking some wides in the second half. It was a great contest, the scoreline does the vistiros a disservice for the effort they put into it. They are a fine outfit.

Training continues Monday at 7pm. The U13s are away to Devenish on Monday. Bus leaving 5.50pm. 

Team (15 a side) Riona Keaney, Caitlyn Nolan, Cara Gray, Cairenn McGrath, Eimear Gray, Niamh Cullen, Ciara Parker, Sam Martin (0-1), Sinead Barrett (1-0), Eve Barrett (0-5), Scarlett O’Connor (0-2), Emilie McCallion, Abbie McGovern (0-1), Rachel Nolan, Lisa Lavery (1-0). 




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