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U16 Girls Claim Championship Title After Titantic Tussel

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Sep. 23, 2018

U16 Girls B Championship Final: Belcoo 3-8 v 4-4 Devenish

Belcoo Under 16 Girls claimed the 'B' Championship Title after a titanic tussle with Devenish in Belleek this afternoon. It was incredibly tight throughout and it was surely heart in the mouth stuff in the end as a Devenish goal gave them the lead for the first time with just 5minutes play, Belcoo however dug deep as this group always does, and eeked out two late points to claim the title.

This group of Under 16’s are all underage again next year, the have won all 10 games they played this term and have now put the Championship trophy alongside the League title secured back in June time. Games like today will stand them in good stead as they move up a level next year to play higher competition football.

Today’s game was fast and frantic from moment one, every ball was challenged for with each player and team had, it was hard hitting too as robust tackles were shipped throughout. Belcoo got on the scoreboard first when Sinead Barrett picked out Ciana McGrath on the right wing with a fine kick pass, McGrath travelled some 30yards before drilling over an excellent point.

Cara Gray made several turnovers, dispossessing her player with the near hand tackle, it was from one of these that Belcoo worked a goal 7minutes into the contest. Scarlett O’Connor took up possession in the middle sector and moved forward, finding Aine Barrett who hit the net. Belcoo added another point moments later as the ball ricocheted off the post. Scarlett O’Connor and Aoife Keaney helped recover it before slipping the ball to Sinead Barrett for the point.

Devenish had looked dangerous going forward in the opening 10minutes but some superb defensive play by Rhianne McGuinness and Eimear Magee had thwarted attacks. The Garrison girls did open their account on 14minutes when Hannah Murphy pointed after patient play. An excellent block by Rhianne McGuinness denied another clean strike at goal soon after while Siofra McAloon cut out a dangerous pass to help Belcoo get back up the field where they worked a neat move that seen Aine Barrett point.

Devenish had there best spell of the opening half as they registered a quick goal and point to cut the deficit to a single point, 1-3 to 1-2. It was nearly more but Niamh McAloon beat away the ball on the goal line to prevent another three pointer. Belcoo though responded well. They worked a good move down the left, a great kickout by Riona Keaney found Mikayla Maguire on the wing, she drove upfield, Sam Martin, Aoife Keaney and Aine Barrett involved before Eve Barrett gained possession, skipped in towards goal and found the bottom corner.

Another fine dispossession by Cara Gray seen her then pick out Sinead Barrett who pointed from distance while a determinded Niamh McAloon drove out from centre back to take Belcoo downfield once more, a good ball into the right corner was fastened onto by Eve Barrett, she recycled to Aoife Keaney before Aine Barrett was fouled when taking a pass. Sinead Barrett slotted the free and it was to be 2-5 to 1-2 in the O’Rahilly’s favour at the interval.

The six point lead became just one inside 4minutes of the restart, Devenish quick from the blocks to hit 1-1, both scores from Hannah Murphy frees, the goal from 35yards dipping under the crossbar. 2-5 to 2-3. Belcoo steadied the ship with a Sinead Barrett point before they worked a great goal down the left wing, Ciara McGuinness was out in front to claim the ball, Ciana McGrath and Aine Barrett combined before Sam Martin broke through and rounded the keeper and stroked the ball into the net. 3-6 to 2-3.

With 15minutes to play Devenish were awarded a penalty, Ciana McGrath went to the sin bin and when the kick was converted it was a three point game. Murphy followed up the dispatched penalty with a free and the game was to sit at a two point difference for some 7minutes. As Belcoo readied Ciana McGrath for a return to the field, a long driven ball from Murphy dipped under the bar for a goal. Devenish now ahead for the first time, 4-4 to 3-6 with five minutes to play.

With the O’Rahilly’s restored to the full compliment of players they managed to get themselves back down the field. Some strong running on occasions late in the game by Sinead Barrett, Niamh McAloon, Aoife Keaney, Rhianne McGuinness and Sam Martin seen the O’Rahilly’s finish on top with Eimear Magee impressing down the left with the hardworking Cara Gray having a fine outing in midfield.

The two scores Belcoo got to finish were free kicks, both from superbly disciplined tackling as on both occasions the Devenish defenders were forced to overcarry the football. Sinead Barrett slotting the frees, the first from an acute angle, the second a more straightforward one in front of the goals.

Six minutes of added time were played before the final whistle went, Belcoo winners by the minimum, much to their delight.

Congratulations to all concerned, it was a fantastic battling display. Captain Aine Barrett received the Cup from Fermanagh Ladies Chairperson Ann McGrath with Devenish full back Grace Treacy being named player of the match.

Team (15 a side) Riona Keaney, Siofra McAloon, Rhianne McGuinness, Eimear Magee, Ciara Nolan, Niamh McAloon, Mikayla Maguire, Sam Martin (1-0), Cara Gray, Sinead Barrett (0-6), Aoife Keaney, Ciana McGrath (0-1), Scarlett O’Connor, Aine Barrett (1-1), Eve Barrett (1-0). Subs Ciara McGuinness, Niamh Cullen, Abbie McGovern, Rachel Nolan, Eimear Gray and Caitlyn Nolan.





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