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Minor Girls Crowned League Champions

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Sep. 17, 2019

MINOR GIRLS DIVISION 3 FINAL: Belcoo 8-21 v 3-7 Erne Gaels

Our Minor Girls produced a scintillating display of free flowing football to claim the Division 3 Minor title in their first year at this level. The very young O’Rahilly’s side moved the ball tremendously well up the field whilst working incredibly hard throughout the contest to earn the title their efforts deserved. 

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 CHAMPIONS!!!

The opening 15minutes was end to end, it had all the makings of a real shootout, we score, they score. Some strong direct running from both sides cut through the opposing defences and good scores were taken. At this stage in the game it was 2-4 to 2-3 in Belcoo’s favour. By the interval Belcoo had opened up a commanding lead, their fitness and slick passages of play, coupled with some great bits of defensive work seen the O’Rahilly’s hit 2-8 while conceding just a single point in these 15minutes to give them a 4-12 to 2-4 half time lead.

The game started in manic fashion, Emer McMahon pointed inside 40seconds from a free. Aine Barrett had levelled things on 90seconds while Ciara McGarrigle drove through for a point at the other end. Belcoo then fired in a quick 2-2. Mikayla Maguire pointing a free after Sam Martin had done well. Danielle McLaughlin rattled the net when Crona Higgins and Sinead Barrett worked a good move down the wing and Aine Barrett once again raced away to kick a fine point from play. McLaughlin bagged another goal after Sinead Barrett claimed a kickout and sent her through on goal.

Back came Erne Gaels, Aoife McCann tore in for a superbly taken goal. The Belcoo kickouts were getting away quickly from Riona Keaney, 100% accuracy across the hour and these set her side away for scores immediately after concessions. Sinead Barrett gaining possession and carrying it the length of the field before finding Michelle Cullen for the point. Aoife McCann scored a point while Belcoo were awarded a penalty, Cullen dragged her effort wide of the post and at this stage it was 2-4 to 1-3. Having had a let off with the penalty miss, Erne Gaels worked the ball downfield to score a goal and cut the deficit back to one.

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 Aine Barrett come under some pressure from Erne Gaels defenders

It was from here though Belcoo went into overdrive, the opposition tiring a bit by the relentless pressure Belcoo were applying, Aine Barrett was all over the field getting on ball and carrying it forward at pace, Sinead Barrett was doing likewise, Sam Martin was showing well inside while Rhianne McGuinness, Ciana McGrath and Arlene Furey all cut out Erne Gaels attacks to keep Belcoo on the front foot.

Belcoo went on to have a sensational 15minutes, Aine Barrett was upended after twisting her player inside out, Mikayla Maguire stroked over the free kick. Sinead Barrett won the kickout and fed Michelle Cullen for a good score. Maguire slotted another free after Danielle McLaughlin had did well to draw the foul.

A fabulous rob and run by wing back Rhianne McGuinness seen her move forward 50yards, play a one-two with Sam Martin and ping a fine ball across to Aine Barrett who powered in and rifled in an unstoppable left foot shot into the net. Aine then followed up with a neat point. Erne Gaels would register a point from Ciara McGarrigle but Belcoo had the ball in the net 20seconds later.

Another excellent and quick kickout by Riona Keaney found Crona Higgins, she offloaded to Aine Barrett coming off the shoulder, she fed Michelle Cullen who drilled a low ball into Sam Martin, Sam sucked the last defender and popped the ball into Danielle McLaughlin who confidently fired to the net.

In the last two minutes of the half, Belcoo rattled four points, it started with a superb rob by Sinead Barrett on the left sideline, she played the ball infield to sister Aine and she weaved through three before kicking the score. Danielle McLaughlin and a Michelle Cullen long range free were added while Aine Barrett slotted the last of the half, the Belcoo blitz had them 4-12 v 2-4 ahead.

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 Danielle McLaughlin moves in for a score in the first half

Erne Gaels would register the first score of the second half, Arlene Furey doing well to deny Aoife McCann a goal chance so she settled for the point. Sinead Barrett would kick an excellent score after a long run while Mikayla Maguire knocked over a free.

An outrageous catch by Sinead Barrett 40yards out yielded the next score when she clipped a good pass into Mikayla Maguire  who fired over from an acute angle.  Maguire was in the middle of an impressive scoring spurt, she accounted for 1-4 in a 10minutes spell.

Erne Gaels had threatened on occasions but Cara Gray caught a fierce ball before driving forward, Rhianne McGuinness and Niamh McAloon were turning ball over and when efforts did drop short or go wide, Riona Keaney had the restarts away to Crona Higgins on a few occasions and she took Belcoo down the left side.

By the 45minute mark Belcoo were 5-16 to 3-7 ahead. Erne Gaels wouldn’t score again. The O’Rahilly’s made several changes and they continued to press forward looking more scores as the gaps in the Erne Gaels defence grew bigger.

Mikayla Maguire hit points either side of another Aine Barrett score while Barrett found the roof of the net after a surging run. All night long Belcoo had worked the ball well through the hands, fisting possession to players in better places as they cut through and into the scoring zone, another example of this led to a goal for Mikayla Maguire on 54minutes.

Sinead Barrett rattled a goal moments later before substitutes Eve Barrett and Scarlett O’Connor combined for the latter to point a lovely score. Under 13 players Siofra McAloon and Eimear Gray ended up in midfield for the final few minutes, both snapped up break ball while the scoring was completed when Sinead Barrett sent over one of the scores of the night from long range.

Overall it was a night where Belcoo’s hard work over a number of years came to fruition, they made the right decisions on the ball nine times out of ten. They always work tremendously hard off the ball, that’s a given with this group, while some of the tackling, pressure and blocks was a joy to behold.

They have little time to rest, the U13s train Wednesday as they build towards Division 1 Semi Finals, the Minors train Thursday ahead of a Senior game on Sunday at 11am v Tempo while the Minor Championship is 8 days away. Belcoo host Newtownbutler in the Quarter Final at 6.30pm next Wednesday 25th September.

A final word on tonights success, congratulations to the players and management. Keep up the good work.

Team: (13 a side): Riona Keaney, Ciana McGrath, Cara Gray, Niamh McAloon, Arlene Furey, Rhianne McGuinness, Michelle Cullen (0-4), Crona Higgins, Sinead Barrett (1-2), Sam Martin, Aine Barrett (2-6), Mikayla Maguire (2-7), Danielle McLaughlin (3-1). Subs Scarlett O’Connor (0-1), Eve Barrett, Ciara Nolan, Siofra McAloon, Eimear Gray, Rachel Nolan, Niamh Cullen.

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Crona Higgins collects the Shield from County Board Representative Gerard McCann while Aine Barrett receives the Player of the Match award from Referee Barry Monaghan

 

 

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