Davitts Back on Track

posted 17 May 2016, 04:00 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 15th May 2016

Ballyhegan Davitts 2-14 Pearse Ogs 2-10

On a fine May afternoon, Ballyhegan’s Seniors’ were back in action against the Ogs, with the hosts keen to get back to winnings ways following Friday’s disappointing defeat.

The visitors began strongly, drawing an early free which was spurned, before earning another which was floated towards the square and flicked to the net by a Davitts defender for an own goal. A couple of Davitts’ wides followed, before the team hit their stride with points from Paul Nixon and the reliable Rory McKeever. In the next attack, Jack Rafferty lobbed the Ogs goalkeeper to find the net. The sides traded two points apiece before a barrage of points from the Davitts ended the half, with Jack adding to his tally through some excellent dead-ball strikes. A flowing team move ended with a goal from inside forward Stefan McNally, and an injury-time point from Paul Nixon gave the hosts a comfortable cushion at the break.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 2-09 Pearse Ogs 1-02

After the interval, Mark Hughes and Jack Rafferty added to the hosts tally, before the Ogs rattled off 3 points without reply. A fine solo effort from Paul Nixon pushed Ballyhegan further in front. A goal from an Ogs substitute gave the visitors hope, as they also claimed the next two scores. Late points from Conor Loughran and Jack Rafferty, the latter a neat move involving good movement from substitute Kyle Turbitt, left the hosts five in front. The final score came from the visitors, before referee Leon Reynolds brought proceedings to a close.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 2-14 Pearse Ogs 2-10

Overall, this was a mixed performance by the Davitts. Some fine team moves were interspersed with poor handling and unnecessary wides. With a short break ahead, the team will seek to improve their approach play and defence, as some difficult encounters lie ahead.

A final word of thanks to young James McCann for cutting both pitches during the week…a fine job James!

Ballyhegan Team: J.McKeever, R.McCormick, M.McKeever, L.McGrane (P.Marley, 37), R.McKeever (0-1) (B.Morgan, 58), S.McKeever (C.McGlinchey, 46), J.McAtarsney, M.Hughes (0-1), M.Courtney, C.Loughran (0-1), J.Rafferty (1-5), J.P.McKeever (0-2) (T.Rafferty, 57), C.McKeever (S.McCormack, 41), P.Nixon (0-4), S.McNally (1-0) (K.Turbitt, 53)

Davitts Disappoint

posted 17 May 2016, 03:58 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 13th May 2016

Ballyhegan Davitts 2-09 Clady Sean South 2-14

Ballyhegan welcomed Clady to Ballyhegan Park on a perfect spring evening for football, with the hosts seeking another home victory in their bid to top the table. The hosts were donning their magnificent new jerseys in the sunshine; we would like to thank Simply Fruit for their continued sponsorship of our Men’s team.

The visitors started strongly, with a pointed free followed by a goal from their inside forward. While the Davitts replied with points from Niall Crummie and James McKeever, several poor wides and handling errors meant that this was never going to be a straightforward encounter. The home side were reliant on frees to edge their way back into contention, with Paul Nixon and goalkeeper Jonny McKeever finding their mark. However, Clady’s ever-reliant free-taker pointed the final score of the half to leave the visitors in front at the break by the minimum.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Clady 1-4

In spite of some strong words from the management at the interval, further indiscipline in the tackle lead to Clady opening up a three point cushion at the start of the second half. A few minutes later, however, Ballyhegan’s marauding full-back Shane McKeever took a neat pass and drove the ball beyond the dive of the Clady goalkeeper to level matters. A subsequent free from Paul Nixon pushed the Davitts in front for the first time, but four frees in succession for the visitors meant they led by three going into the closing stages. A point by Daniel McKeever reduced arrears, but hopes were soon extinguished by another Clady goal. Mark Hughes replied with a fine solo effort for Ballyhegan’s second goal, but four points in a row by the visitors sealed the Davitts’ fate, in spite of a late consolation point from Rory McKeever.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 2-09 Clady 2-14

The visitors were worthy winners, with their hunger for breaking ball and excellent free-taking ability as key markers for victory. In contrast, Ballyhegan were woefully inept for large parts of this contest, with some basic handling errors and poor shot selection being the main aspects of their downfall. Thankfully, they have a quick opportunity to right the numerous wrongs from this game, as they entertain Pearse Ogs on Sunday at 2pm.

Ballyhegan Team: J.McKeever (0-02) (C) (J.McKeever, H/T), R.McCormick, S.McKeever (1-0), J.McAtarsney (P. Marley, 47), R.McKeever (0-01), C.Loughran, C.McGlinchey, M.Hughes (1-0), J.Rafferty, N.Crummie (0-01), (B.Morgan, 25), P.Nixon (0-3), J.P.McKeever (0-01) (S.McNally, 48), D.McKeever (0-01), T.Power (M.Hamill, 40), S.McCormack (T. Rafferty, 48)

Convincing Win for Davitts

posted 9 May 2016, 06:56 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 8th May

O’Hanlon’s 0-08 Ballyhegan 3-12

Played in wonderful sunshine yesterday Ballyhegan comfortably beat a Redmond O’Hanlon’s side that had been doing quite well in recent weeks. Since this was the second game of the weekend, there were a few changes to the Ballyhegan line up, but the lads that came in did a great job.

Daniel McKeever opened the scoring in the first minute followed by two frees from his brother Conal in the 4th and 5th minutes. O’Hanlon’s hit back with a point, but Ballyhegan where the stronger team throughout and Conor Loughran’s goal helped cement this, along with points from Paul Nixon and Rory McKeever.  Two scores from O’Hanlon’s number 5 and 10 keep the score board ticking for them. One final score each left the half-time score O’Hanlon’s 0-06 Ballyhegan 1-6

Jack Rafferty came on at half-time for Ballyhegan and within minutes of the re-start had the ball in the O’Hanlon’s net, a long ball played in by Mark Hughes saw Jack catch and turn before finishing calmly to the net. Jack followed this up with a point and the Davitts added further points from Conal McKeever and Mark Hughes. Mark again set Jack Rafferty up for another goal, a long ball again in to Jack which saw him turn and find the net once more. Ballyhegan kicked another nine points and scored a total of 2-12 in the second half which will have pleased the management.

Overall this was a good weekend for Ballyhegan as they took 3 points from a possible 4 to remain unbeaten in the league. Though harder tests are to come, notably this weekend when they have another two games, Friday sees Clady come to Ballyhegan Park, while on Sunday the also unbeaten Keady come to Ballyhegan Park.

Team: J McKeever (C), R McCormick, M McKeever, P Marley (L  McGrane), R McKeever, S McKeever, J McAtarsney (C McGlinchey), M Hughes, M Courtney (T Rafferty) , J McKeever (K Turbet), C Loughran, C McKeever, D  McKeever, P Nixon (J Rafferty) T Power (M Hamill)

Clonmore Stalemate

posted 9 May 2016, 06:55 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 6th May 2016

Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

Ballyhegan travelled to local rivals and championship opponents Clonmore Robert Emmet’s on Friday past, as the spring sunshine went down and the wind picked up this lead to a low scoring but entertaining draw.

Paul Nixon opened the scoring for Ballyhegan and Clonmore soon responded with a free. Mark Hughes then put Ballyhegan in front with a fine score from play, but again Clonmore drew level a few minutes later. Paul Nixon and Thomas Reynolds then put the Davitts two up and a fine team movement saw the ball come to Rory McKeever whose shot crashed off the crossbar. Clonmore came back with two scores of their own to draw the teams level again. Mark Hughes scored a free and Rory McKeever spilt the posts as he so often does in Clonmore, to put Ballyhegan two up again. But the final ten minutes of the half belonged to Clonmore as they scored a free to bring it back to one and finished the half as the game would finish, level, after their midfielder capped a good team move to put over the bar.
Half-time Clonmore
0-06 Ballyhegan 0-06

As the wind picked up in the second half it made the football hard to play. Paddy Marley gave Ballyhegan the lead on 34 mins, only for James Grimley to bring Clonmore level on 35. Another Mark Hughes free put Ballyhegan in front again on 46 mins, but James Grimley drew Clonmore level once again on 49 mins - it was that sort of game. Clonmore took the lead thanks to Grimley on 56 minutes and looked to see out the game, as every Ballyhegan attack was shut out. Credit to Ballyhegan but, they never give up and deep into injury time Daniel McKeever won a free 50 yards out. There was only one man for it, captain and goal keeper Jonny McKeever who struck the ball clean up it sailed and over the Clonmore bar, level again and that’s how it finished.

Full time: Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

Some handling errors nearly cost Ballyhegan a share of the spoils in this game, but the team showed great spirit to battle to the end and come away with a point. Best on the evening for Ballyhegan was Daniel McKeever and Roger McCormick in defence, while Paul Nixon had three Clonmore defenders round him most of the time, but still showed good movement. The injury to Paddy Marley hopefully isn’t as bad as it looked on the night.
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (0-01) (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney, R McKeever (0-01), S McKeever, C McGlinchey, M Hughes (0-03), J Rafferty, J McKeever, P Marley (0-01), T Reynolds (0-01) (M McKeever 34), D McKeever, P Nixon (0-02) C McKeever

Armagh Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Ballyhegan

posted 9 May 2016, 06:52 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan Davitts will host their first ever Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camp at Ballyhegan Park from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July. The Camp will run from 10am to 2.30pm each day. Online registration can be completed by logging into:

5th Annual Ballyhegan Park n Stride 10k/5k

posted 9 May 2016, 06:43 by Ballyhegan Davitts   [ updated 10 May 2016, 06:04 ]

Friday 8th July will be Ballyhegan Davitts GAA annual 10k run and 5k walk/run. This takes in the beautiful surroundings of Loughgall Country Park and is both a track and a trail run.
This year will be our 5th Park n Stide and we want to make it the biggest and best one yet.
As always, we will be running the event in conjunction with Marie Curie Cancer Care who receive a donation from the funds raised through the event.

Sign up on line via the following link:

Ballyhegan v Killeavy II's

posted 3 May 2016, 06:47 by Ballyhegan Davitts   [ updated 3 May 2016, 06:51 ]

Friday 29th April 2016

Ballyhegan 2-12 v Killeavy II’s 0-12

The Davitts where back at home again on Friday past to play the re-fixture against Killeavy that had been called off on the opening weekend of the league season; it was a fine spring evening, a great night for a game of football.

Ballyhegan played towards Hewitt’s field end in the first half, but it was Killeavy that opened the score with a point from a free after two minutes. The lead didn’t last long as Tiernan Power equalised after quick thinking from Jack Rafferty (to hit a quick free). Killeavy took the lead again through their midfielder, and extended it a minute later. Ballyhegan came back with points from Conal McKeever - who had come on to replace the injured Conor Loughran - and
  James McKeever bringing the sides level at 3 apiece.  Both sides exchanged the next couple of scores with Ballyhegan’s points coming from Mark Hughes after being set up by James McKeever. Killeavy then took a two point lead again and where showing Ballyhegan they were well up for the fight, Jack Rafferty then hit back for Ballyhegan after some great fielding from Mark Hughes.  Rory McKeever, back in his preferred half-back role, received a quick free from Paddy Marley to bring the sides back level again. Paul Nixon then give Ballyhegan the lead from a free after good work from Mark Hughes saw him getting fouled. This left the half-time score Ballyhegan 0-07 Killeavy 0-06 all to play for.

Jack Rafferty got the first score of the second half, but Killeavy responded well and took the next two scores and we were all square again. Conal McKeever put Ballyhegan in front but Killeavy drew level a minute later. The next few minutes was when the game changed in Ballyhegan’s favour. Mark Hughes converted a free to put the hosts ahead and from the resulting kick out the Davitts went forward and Paul Nixon found the net, after being set-up by Rory McKeever - a four point lead for Ballyhegan. Moments later Ballyhegan should have had another goal only for a great goal line clearance from Killeavy’s number 8. Paddy Marley then got in on the scoring act with a pointed free and four minutes later he had the ball in the Killeavy net after being played through by Jack Rafferty. The score was now 2-11 to 0-09.

Killeavy kicked the next score before Conal McKeever got Ballyhegan’s last score of the night after Mark Hughes played the ball into him. Killeavy kicked the final two scores of the game as Ballyhegan eased off. This win keeps Ballyhegan’s good start to the league going, though it has to be said this wasn’t a great game of football and Ballyhegan’s passing skills left a lot to be desired.

What will please Ballyhegan management is that they are still unbeaten and the fact that two debutants Conor McGlinchey and Niall Crummie both did well. Next up for Ballyhegan is another derby game away to Clonmore on Friday 6
th May at 7.30pm then away again on Sunday 8th
May to Poyntzpass at 2pm.
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, C McGlinchey , R McKeever (O McCaw 61), C Loughran (C McKeever 0-03  0-01 free) (K Turbet 61), S McKeever, M Hughes (0-02  0-01 free), J Rafferty (0-02), N Crummie (L McGrane 51) P Marley (1-01), J McKeever (0-01), D McKeever, P Nixon (1-01 0-01 free), T Power (0-01) (S McCormack 51)

Ladies Beat Mullaghbrack

posted 25 Apr 2016, 23:53 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan Davitts Ladies Senior Team v Mullaghbrack

After an opening day defeat to Crossmaglen, the Davitts got their season up and running with a hard fought victory over Mullaghbrack at Ballyhegan Park on Saturday 23 April. A number of retirements and a crippling list of injuries meant Ballyhegan had to rely on many underage players for this fixture. However this did not weaken the team in any way, Grace Ferguson and Aisling McGrane made their starting debuts and their underage teammates Blaithnaid Hendron, Lauren O’Gorman and Sarah Louise Doherty along with Amy Fay who is just out of minor football all started.

Mullaghbrack made a quick start dominating territory and possession in the first 5 minutes, however the Davitts soon got into their rhythm and flowing football with great support play saw the Davitts tick off 4 unanswered points to edge in front by one. A fast and flowing game saw both sides trade scores and halftime came with Ballyhegan up by one.

Mullaghbrack started the second half with a sweeper to combat the pace of the Davitts attacks but this gave extra space for the Ballyhegan girls to build their attacks from deep and hurt the visitors on the scoreboard. On one attack Blaithnaid Hendron got the ball to the net but the ref had already blown for a penalty. Eve Lavery stepped up to cooly slot the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. Not to be out done Blaithnaid managed to raise the green flag also with a well taken goal of her own which added to the goal scored by Edith McCormick in the first half.

With 10 minutes to go there was only a point in the game, and while management were nervous the girls were not, superior fitness and more accurate finishing meant the Davitts pulled away and finished with a four point margin of victory.

Whilst player of the match rightly goes to Eve Lavery with a total haul of 1-04 every Davitt on the field gave everything for this win. Massive credit must go to the debutants and other underage players whose energy and pace and ability were fantastic, this along with the experienced players guile and leadership gave the Davitts a deserved victory.

The challenge of this competitive league continues next Saturday 30th with an away trip to Lissummon. The Ballyhegan ladies will travel with renewed confidence.

The team lined out as follows.

Orla McKeever, Claire Lavery, Kate McCormack, Alice Guy, Lauren O’Gorman, Sarah Louise Doherty, Aisling McGrane, Eve Lavery, Ciara McKeever, Edith McCormick, Olivia McCann, Rebecca McGeary, Grace Ferguson, Blaithnaid Hendron, Amy Fay.

Sub Not used Emma Williamson.

Final score Ballyhegan Davitts 3-08 - 2-07 Mullaghbrack

Local Derby Victory

posted 25 Apr 2016, 06:06 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 24th April 2016

Ballyhegan 1-9 v Collegeland 1-6

Ballyhegan Park was the setting for the Davitts first derby of the season and also their first home league game of 2016 after the Killeavy game was called off, because of the heavy rain two weeks earlier.

The sun was shining and the pitch had been cut, spiked and rolled it was ready for action, Davitts attacking Hewitt’s field end in the first half. The game took a while to settle down and it was Collegeland who got the first score of the game from a free, Ballyhegan responded through Conor Loughran after he was set up by Paul Nixon.
Jack Rafferty got the next two points for Ballyhegan, the second one a fine team score after four Davitts where involved before Jack spilt the posts. Collegeland responded with their second and final score of the half, another free. The final five minutes of the half belonged to Ballyhegan where they scored 1-2 without reply. The goal came from Conal McKeever after Paul Nixon’s shot hit a post, Rory McKeever was first to react and took the sensible option of laying the ball off to Conal who found the bottom of the goal. From the resulting kick-out possession found James McKeever who fisted over his first score of the day. Conal then finished the score of the first-half with a point from play, leaving the half-time score Ballyhegan 1-5 Collegeland 0-02.

Collegeland had to come out fighting in the second half and started the brighter of the two teams getting the first two scores, one a free and the other from play. Ballyhegan replied with a Mark Hughes point and Paddy Marley then got in on the act with a point after 48 mins. Collegeland came back with two more scores to show they weren’t finished yet. James McKeever increased the lead with his second point on 52 mins. Collegeland needed goals at this stage and where starting to threaten. Mel Courtney and Daniel McKeever where working hard to keep them out, but the Davitts defence got cut open on (55mins) a tactical foul by Jonny McKeever resulted in him shown a black card and a penalty to Collegeland.

With Jonny having to go, Tiernan Power was called upon to replace him. The first thing he had to face was a penalty, and was very unlucky not to save it as he got a hand to it, but the ball was in the net - GAME ON! The score was now 1-8 to 1-6. Collegeland felt they had time to get another goal for the win and keep pushing and pressing but great chasing back from Thomas Reynolds stopped a certain shot at goal. With time near up Ballyhegan broke up the field and the ball fell to Rory McKeever who steadied himself and popped the ball over the bar.
This looked to seal victory for Ballyhegan but time wasn’t up yet and Collegeland pushed on looking for a second goal, the final act of the game saw the ball crash off the Ballyhegan post as Collegeland so near clinched a draw.

This is a game Ballyhegan should have been out of sight in, their dominance in the first half should have left them with a more commanding lead at half-time and kicking 15 wides overall will not please management. Next up is the re-fixture against Killeavy II’s at home on Friday night before an away trip to O’Hanlon’s on Sunday.

Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C) (T. Power) 55mins , R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney (T Reynolds) 44mins, C Morgan (C McGlinchey) 39mins, C Loughran (0-01), S McKeever, M Hughes (0-01), J Rafferty (0-02), R McKeever (0-01) P Marley (0-01), J McKeever (0-02), D McKeever, P Nixon, C McKeever (1-1)

Davitts Win League Opener

posted 19 Apr 2016, 03:26 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 17th April 2016

Belleek 1-8 Ballyhegan 2-9

This was Ballyhegan’s first outing of the year after the initial league game of the season was called off due to a water logged Ballyhegan Park. The rain during the week hadn’t let up so the surface at Belleek, which is always testing, was going to push the players to their limits.

Ballyhegan got off to a good start with points from Paul Nixon and Patrick Marley. This was followed up with a goal from Tiernan Power after Paul Nixon’s initial shot had come back off the post. Belleek came back into the game with a couple of scores of their own to show the Davitts they wouldn’t have it all their own way. Patrick Marley got on the score sheet again before a Paul Nixon goal give the Davitts a commanding lead and they should have been further in front but for some hesitancy in shooting or shots going wide.

Good movement from Ballyhegan forwards Nixon and Marley resulted in Marley being fouled for a penalty, but unfortunately Mark Hughes missed the resulting spot kick.
Belleek then went down the field to score a penalty of their own to leave the score 1-2 to 2-3. The final score of the first half came from Belleek to leave the half-time score Belleek 1-3 Ballyhegan 2-3, nothing in it.

Ballyhegan went on to kick 6 points in the second half with them coming from the boots of Patrick Marley (2), Jack Rafferty (1), Mark Hughes (1) and Paul Nixon (2).
Paul and Patrick continued to be a threat to the Belleek defence all day long and this bodes well for the games to come. Ballyhegan’s defence played it’s part in an important win as they keep Belleek to five second half points and good work from Mel Courtney at full back, along with James McAtarsney (on his starting debut) in corner back, the rest of the defence got through a lot of work, no-one more so than Conor Loughran at centre half back.

The key to getting out of Junior League over the past few years has been getting a good start to the league. This win might prove vital come the business end of the league. Next up for Ballyhegan is a local derby against neighbours Collegeland on Sunday 24
th April.

Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney (B Morgan), C Morgan, C Loughran, S McKeever, M Hughes (0-01), J Rafferty (0-01), T Reynolds (C McGlinchey) P Marley (0-05), J McKeever, D McKeever, T Power (1-0) (S McCormack), P Nixon (1-2)

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