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U13 Girls Make It Three Wins From Three

Box Score

Sep. 20, 2018

U13 Girls Section A: Devenish 2-2 v 5-16 Belcoo

Belcoo Under 13 Girls made it three wins from three with a good display the under lights in Garrison this evening. All 19 girls playing at least a half of football as the team lined out with a mix of youth and experience in both halves. By the interval Belcoo held a 4-9 to 1-1 lead before pushing on after the raft of changes to win 5-16 to 2-2. This completes the sectional programme for the side, 100% win record in tact meaning they will play in the Division 1 Semi Finals shortly.

Belcoo started on top as they penned back the home side, Sam Martin registering the first point of the game, cleverly fisting the ball over the bar before she drove forward and slipped Abbie McGovern in for a well taken goal on 4minutes. Cara Gray operating in the forward line this evening fisted a point after good work on the right from Riona Keaney and Emilie McCallion. The O’Rahilly’s got their second goal on 7minutes, Abbie McGovern again with a coolly taken strike after Ciara Parker had done well.

Eve Barrett and Riona Keaney were sharply onto break balls to kick points before Devenish worked their first score, a cracking shot nestling in the top left corner. 2-4 to 1-0. The Belcoo response was superb. Rachel Nolan picked out Sam Martin with the kickout on the left wing, she played the ball infield to the supporting Ciara Parker who took her two touches and popped a fist pass into Cara Gray who drilled low to the net.

Belcoo were winning back possession with some very disciplined tackling and over the next few minutes they finished off some lovely moves with well taken scores. Cairenn McGrath moved upfield from wing back and was involved in the attack on two occasions before slotting over an excellent score. Sam Martin fired over a brilliant long range effort while Emilie McCallion split the posts after a good catch close to goals.

Riona Keaney takes on her Devenish opponent in Thursday evenings victory

Devenish had made a few breaks up the field but Ciara McGuinness was in great form at the back alongside Eimear Gray, both using the ball well having cut out attacks. Abbie McGovern would cap a busy first half display at wing forward with her third goal, the ball worked well up field before Ciara Parker again supplied the final pass into McGovern. By the interval Cara Gray and Ciara Parker had added points while Devenish hit one as well for a 4-9 to 1-1 scoreline.

The completely new lineout in the second half took a few minutes to find their rhythm, Devenish began well but some great work by Serena McKeown and the supporting Caitlyn Nolan seen them deny the hosts on two occasions, the pair distributed the ball to sky blue jerseys also as the O’Rahilly’s returned to the attacking half of the field.

Sinead Barrett would clip over two neat points in a short cameo appearance before being withdrawn while the returning Siofra McAloon, who has been out a few weeks with an injury, got some good minutes under her belt, showing well in the forward line, good hands and clever play while a well taken goal capped her comeback. Rachel Nolan drilled over a good point from the right after a determined effort to claim the ball as Belcoo moved 5-12 to 1-1 ahead.

A quick 1-1 from the host side was stopped from being further by some well timed tackles by Megan Maguire and Caitlyn Nolan in the defence. Abbie McGovern returned to the fray at wing back and she soon got forward to kick a long range point. Niamh Cullen was doing well around the middle and added two points before the finish while Scarlett O’Connor was a lively presence in the attack, creating scores for others but kicking an excellent one herself in the final few minutes.

Lisa Lavery was unlucky on two occasions when going for goal, she grazed the post with one while the Devenish keeper made a good save from the other effort. Overall it was an encouraging evening from the Girls as they all made telling contributions and got plenty of touches which seen them make good and well judged decisions on the ball. There was a wide spread of scorers as 13 different players managed a score.

U13 Training will continue Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm. We wish the U16 Panel all the very best for Sunday’s Championship Final with Devenish. Bus leaving 2.40pm for that contest.

Team (11 a side) Rachel Nolan (0-1), Ciara McGuinness, Cairenn McGrath (0-1), Ciara Parker (0-1), Eimear Gray, Sam Martin (0-2), Riona Keaney (0-1), Eve Barrett (0-1), Abbie McGovern (3-1), Cara Gray (1-2), Emilie McCallion (0-1). Subs. Serena McKeown, Megan Maguire, Caitlyn Nolan, Niamh Cullen (0-2), Sinead Barrett (0-2), Lisa Lavery, Scarlett O’Connor (0-1), Siofra McAloon (1-0).




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