Sunday 26th June 2016
Ballyhegan Davitts 1-11 St. Michael’s Newtownhamilton 1-03
The hosts welcomed their South Armagh visitors to Ballyhegan Park on a wet summer afternoon, with both teams keen to gain two points before the league split.
On a slippery surface, both sides found it difficult to create chances in the opening quarter, with poor handling and misplaced passes a key feature of the early exchanges. The opening score came for the visitors; a long diagonal ball into the full-forward resulting in him getting above our keeper to flick the ball towards goal. Although Jonny appeared to react quickly enough to clear before the ball crossed the line, referee Kevin Gallogly awarded the goal despite strong protestations from the defence. This goal appeared to awaken the Davitts somewhat; a few minutes after another wide, neat interplay in the half-forward line lead to Shane McKeever finding space and slotting our first score of the game over the bar. Two minutes later, James McKeever landed the second point with a firm strike before St. Michael’s responded to maintain a two point advantage. The final ten minutes of the half, however, belonged to Ballyhegan. A flowing move ended with midfielder Mark Hughes landing his first point of the game. From the resulting kickout, Shane McCormack picked the pocket of the Newtown back and fed Conall McKeever, with the young marksman rifling the ball to the top corner from 20 metres out – a fine goal! Conall added to his tally with a left-footed point to leave three between the teams at the interval.
Half-Time: Ballyhegan Davitts 1-04 St. Michael’s Newtownhamilton 1-01
Again, both sides took some time to find their rhythm at the beginning of the second period, with defences on top. St. Michael’s registered the opening score from a free, before Ballyhegan replied almost immediately, Conall McKeever finding his range once again. The hosts were beginning to gain more of a foothold around the middle, with a pass form the middle finding our inside forwards who laid it out to James McKeever to strike his second score of the contest. The visitors scored again, before Conall McKeever confidently knocked over two frees before adding another from play. Conall rounded off a great individual display with two more points in the closing stages, meaning the Davitts ran out comfortable winners.
Full-Time: Ballyhegan Davitts 1-11 St. Michael’s Newtownhamilton 1-03Although conditions were tricky, Ballyhegan will not be entirely pleased with their overall performance. The hosts struggled to impose themselves at the beginning of both halves, with some poor decision-making leading to a number of turnovers. However, the defence will be pleased to hold the opposition to four scores, with Barry Morgan and Daniel McKeever cutting out many of the opposition’s attacks, and Roger McCormick providing little or no room for his marker to escape. Around the middle, Mel Courtney was a steadying influence throughout, with Mark Hughes supporting from deep on several occasions. The Davitts will look to add another two points when they make the trip to Crossmaglen this Tuesday at 8pm. The team lined out as follows:
J.McKeever, R.McCormick, M.McKeever, B.Morgan, C.McGlinchey (L.McGrane 58), M.Courtney, J.McAtarsney, M.Hughes (0-1), T.Reynolds (C.Loughran, 38) (T.Power, 59), R.McKeever (P.Marley, 54), S.McKeever (0-1), J.P.McKeever (0-2), D.McKeever, S.McCormack (T.Rafferty, 53), C.McKeever (1-7, 0-2f)
Sunday 5th June 2016
Both sides traded early scores before St Patrick's seized the initiative and hit three points without reply to lead by 0-2 to 0-5 at the mid-point of the first half. The game then swung in Ballyhegan's favour with a point and then James McKeever struck for a well taken goal following a fine team move with Michael Hamill providing the assist. Further points were traded to leave a half-time score of Ballyhegan 1-5 St Patrick's IIs 0-7.
In the second half Conall McKeever came game to the fore for the Davitts both from frees and from play, hitting a number of fine points and with Paul Nixon as ever busy for the forward line. Given the searing heat the Davitts emptied the bench in the second half and were able to open up a sizeable five-point gap with ten minutes to go. However, this really should have been more, in particular as earlier in the half a goal chance was spurned following a fine through ball from Shane McCormack. The Davitts were nearly made to pay as the Cullyhanna men grabbed a goal and a couple of points to level matters as the game reached its conclusion. With five minutes of injury time to play, Ballyhegan were awarded a free in their own half. The ball was moved up close to the 45m line following a bit of indiscipline from the visitors and with the impetus being handed over, Jonny McKeever stepped up to split the posts to give the Davitts their winning point as they closed out the game. This was Jonny's second clutch kick this season following a similar effort that levelled matters in Clonmore. Final Score: Ballyhegan 1-14 St Patrick's IIs 1-13.
There were a number of fine performances for Ballyhegan across the park in particular with Mark Hughes at midfield and Conall McKeever top scorer on the day. Nevertheless, there is work to do and no doubt management will be concerned at chances not converted, with the kick-out strategy (that had been working) being abandoned in the latter stages and with the concession of a late goal almost putting the result in doubt. That said the Davitts were worthy of their victory and with two valuable league points secured the team should be confident as they head into a busy week with Lissummon away on Tuesday night and Keady at home this Sunday.
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C) , R McCormick, M McKeever, P Marley, J McAtarsney, S McKeever, C McGlinchey, M Hughes, C Loughran, R McKeever, C McKeever, JP McKeever, S McCormack, P Nixon, M Hamill The following subs all came on: L McGrane, T Power, D McKeever, K Turbit
Sunday 12th June 2016
Ballyhegan 0-08 Keady 0-12
Ballyhegan entertained Keady in a re-fixture from a few weeks back, with both teams looking to put recent defeats behind them to continue the march up the league. The first score of the game came after ten minutes with Rory McKeever getting on the score sheet, but before all that a lot of missed chances and handling errors will not have pleased either side’s management. Keady responded in the 12th minute with a free, before going in front on 16 minutes with a point from play. Conal McKeever scored a free to level it all before Jonny McKeever was called into action making a good save, pushing the ball over the bar to put Keady a point up again. The teams exchanges points in the next few minutes, Ballyhegan’s coming from a free by Conal McKeever. Keady took the lead again a minute later before Conal McKeever drew the teams level again from a free. This was to be Ballyhegan’s last score of the half as Keady kicked two more score before half-time to leave the half-time score Ballyhegan 0-04 Keady 0-07.
Six minutes into the second half Ballyhegan got a point from Conal McKeever, after good work from Shane McCormack. Jonny McKeever was called into action again to make another good save, Roger McCormick made an important block on the rebounded shot to clear the lines. Keady scored a free before Jonny McKeever saved Ballyhegan for the 3rd time. Keady kicked the next two scores from play, a Conal McKeever free and a points from play from Tim Rafferty and Paul Nixon give Ballyhegan hope. Paul’s point was the best of the days as this involved five Ballyhegan men Jonny McKeever, Mark Hughes, Barry Morgan, Shane McKeever and Paul Nixon. More moves like this and Ballyhegan might have put Keady under more pressure throughout the day. Keady kicked the final two scores of the afternoon both frees from their number 14, to leave the final score Ballyhegan 0-08 Keady 0-12.
Three games inside a week was always going to be a tough ask for any team, but Ballyhegan will be disappointed to only get one win from the three. With three games left before the league splits Ballyhegan will be looking for another win to ensure a top 7 finish and hopefully kick on, in the second half of the league. Best on the day for Ballyhegan was Jonny McKeever, Roger McCormick and Mark Hughes again.
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C) , R McCormick, M Courtney, D McKeever, C McGlinchey, S McKeever, J McAtarsney (S McKeever 14), M Hughes, C Loughran (M McKeever 46), R McKeever (B Morgan 50), C McKeever, T Reynolds, S McCormack ( T Rafferty 54), P Nixon, J McKeever (M Hamill 27) (T Power 45)
Sunday 8th May
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
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)
Friday 6th May 2016
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.
Full time: Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09
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:
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.
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Friday 29th April 2016
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
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.