GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2B
Armagh v Galway
Throw in 3pm
Due to the anticipated large attendance and to avoid any possible delays patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance of arriving at the ground.
Tickets for this event are available now online and in participating stores.
- O'Kanes Superstore, Armagh
- McDonald's Supervalu Lurgan
- McGleenan's Centra, Keady
- Centra, Crossmaglen
- O'Neills Superstore, Newry
Interactive map of participating stores: www.ulster.gaa.ie/ulsterchampionship2015/participating-ticket-stores/
See below prices for all tickets:
OAP's and student tickets are available at the ground on match day only €10 / £9
Juveniles do not require a ticket
This is an unreserved fixture.
Wheelchair passes can be ordered through the Club by contacting secretary Conor Morgan.
What a wonderful three days we had.
Glorious sunshine, great fun - alas over all to quickly for another year.
The excellent leadership shown by teenage assistants Eadoin Hamill, Conal McKeever ,Sarah McCann, Kathleen Courtney, Molly McDermott, James McCann, Conor McGlinchey, Emmett Hamill, Conor Morgan, Bronagh McGrane, Amy Fay, Ciara McGrane and the not so teenage Barry Murphy made this a wonderful experience for the 65 participants that attended.
Out thanks to Ronan McWilliams and our very own Claire Murphy who took the Hurling - many budding stars on display.
To Catherine McCormack and her able assistant Shannon who supplied us with popcorn and candy floss our many thanks - we wish her well in her new venture.
The funds from the Summer scheme have been donated to Ballyhegan Playgroup ba (£250) and to Fr Oliver Brennan (£100) for the new Parish hall fund.
Our thanks to Patrick McCann / Simplyfruit (Ire) Limited for the treats supplied all week, to Brendan Oliver / Oliver's Fruit & Flower Shop Armagh for supplying the fruit to our scheme and the after school sports club in St Oliver Plunkett's Primary School.
Many laps were completed in the hot sunshine and we succeeded in getting from Ballyhegan to Cork- maybe we will make it back next year to the Club!
Finally our thanks to the field and ground staff and hall committee for having the field and hall in such fine shape for us to take the scheme on this week and to everyone who accommodated and assisted the scheme.
Onwards and upwards to 2016.
Armagh will play Wicklow in the All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier round 1B.
The game will be played in the Athletic grounds on the 27th June at 2:30pm.
This is an unreserved fixture and tickets for this game are available from all usual ticketing outlet stores and https://gaa.tickets.ie
They will be also be available on the day.
Crossmaglen Rangers II V Ballyhegan Davitts
League Div 3
21st June 2015
The men's senior team travelled to the home of the most successful Club in Ulster for the return fixture of the opening league game. That match was played in cold, wet, slippery conditions; this match by contrast was played in warm, dry conditions albeit with a strong breeze blowing off the Cooley Mountains.
The hosts elected to play with the breeze in the opening half, and signalled their intent early when with their first attack they went for goal but didn't trouble the Davitts captain and net minder Jonny McKeever, and shot wide. Ballyhegan took that as the wake up call they needed and started a period of dominance. They forced a 45 but couldn't convert it into the opening score, we didn't have long to wait though as Tony Keegan received a fine pass from Shane McCormack and the wing back split the posts to open the Davitts account. From the Cross' kick out, Davitts launched an attack down the right wing and a well timed run from midfielder Mark Hughes was unstoppable and he doubled the lead. The Davitts inside forwards were causing the Crossmaglen defenders problems, the pace and movement of Dan McKeever and Paul Nixon along with the guile and strength of Shane McCormack, the latter two combined well to set up another chance but it was just wide. The hosts made a visit to the Davitts half but the attack was snuffed out and a breakaway involving Jack Rafferty from CHB and Paul Nixon was finished in style by Ronan Devlin. Ten minutes of dominance was halted when Tony was penalised for a foul on the Crossmaglen wing forward and the south Armagh side finally registered on the scoreboard. They pulled another one back two minutes later, but another period of dominance saw Davitts other midfielder Conor Williamson score a point after a fine move. Then possibly the score of the game came when Tony Keegan rolled back the years and went on a jinking run from half back passing several would-be opponents and finishing in style with a right foot point. Not to be out done by his fellow half back Jack Rafferty stepped up and slotted a magnificent 45 into the strengthening breeze. Mark McKeever having a solid game at full back followed his marker out the field and gave away a needless free to allow the Rangers to keep their score ticking over, their only remaining scores of the half came from another conceded free, and a 45 taken short which caught the Davitts defence sleeping. But Davitts ensured their dominance was rewarded with points from the fisted effort of Conor Loughran, a Jack Rafferty score from play and another from Tony Keegan, this time improvising with his back to goal he looped the ball over his head and the Crossmaglen bar to finish the Davitts scoring in the first half and leave the score line at the break 0-5 to 0-10 in the visitors favour.
The second half started as the first did with Cross winning the throw-in possession and quickly firing the ball in looking for a goal. Fortunately for the Davitts defence it went wide, but it was a sign of things to come. Ballyhegans' corner forward Dan McKeever then had a clear goal chance himself but blasted wide when some composure was called for. A point for the busy James McKeever opened the second half account for the sky blues, and a long range effort wind assisted from all of 50 yards was misjudged by the Rangers young net minder with the bounce on hard ground taking it over his head and the bar. That score was in the fourth minute of the second half, Davitts did not add to their tally again until the 25th minute. In that time Davitts lost shape and concentration, and stopped doing the things which brought success in the first half. A point from a free and two more from play by the home side went unanswered, On the twelfth minute only some desperate last gasp defending prevented the Amber and Black lads hitting the net, however they were successful only two minutes later when lax marking in the Davitts defence allowed the Rangers full forward to punch the ball to the Davitts net. Ballyhegan Coach Joe McGrane tried to shift the momentum with a series of substitutions but our lads just couldn't halt the flow of Crossmaglen attacks, playing on instinct now the Ballyhegan men were soaking up a lot of pressure. The siege was lifted in the 25th minute when the talented Thomas Reynolds made it through the Cross blanket defence to fist a point and restore some belief. The Davitts keeper then dealt the Rangers another blow with a fine point from a 45. The South Armagh men dropped their heads and the last few minutes were dominated again by the Davitts however four wides and a point from sub Tiernan Power was not a good enough return and Crossmaglen still felt they had a chance as they pushed for goals to break the Davitts hearts again as they did in the first fixture, however their efforts only yielded two more points in injury time. As the final whistle sounded the better team had won but made it much more difficult than it should have been. Instead of feeling satisfied with a winning and ruthless performance, the team, management and spectators who made the long journey south were simply relieved.
Final score was Crossmaglen Rangers II 1-10 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-15. The Davitts lined out as follows:-
Jonny McKeever (Capt.) 0-1, Roger McCormick (Tiernan Power 0-1), Mark McKeever, Shane McKeever (jnr), Tony Keegan 0-2 (Joey Murphy), Jack Rafferty 0-2, Conor Loughran 0-1 (Conor Morgan), Mark Hughes 0-2, Ronan Devlin 0-1 (Rory McKeever), James McKeever 0-1, Conor Williamson 0-2, Thomas Reynolds 0-2, Daniel McKeever, Shane McCormack (Gerard Morgan), Paul Nixon.
North Armagh Reserve League, Wolfe Tones Derrymacash v Ballyhegan Davitts – 17 June
On a perfect summer evening for football, Ballyhegan Reserves travelled to Derrymacash to take on Wolfe Tones. On an immaculate surface, Conor Williamson registered the first score of the game before the hosts equalised. The Davitts then got well into their stride with a couple of fine scores through the returning Kevin Keegan. Any ill-discipline in the defensive third was punished by some excellent free-taking from the Tones marksman, but Ballyhegan kept in touch with some flowing moves which resulted in points from the likes of Jamie Magner and Michael Hamill. The hosts picked off the final two scores to go in at the break with a slender advantage.
Half Time: Wolfe Tones 0-10 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-08
Following some changes at the break, the Davitts resumed the stronger side, albeit they could not initially convert their superiority onto the scoreboard, with some guilt-edged goal chances spurned. Following further driving runs from deep, Conor Williamson kicked further points which the Tones responded to with three points of their own before Ballyhegan eventually rattled the net to go ahead. The initial effort by Jack Rafferty was parried by the Tones keeper, with Shane Morgan on hand to fire in the rebound. The home side responded well to ensure the game stayed in the balance going into the final 10 minutes. After surprisingly arriving late to the game, Shane ‘Kickstart’ McCormack was brought on to provide some experience to the forward line. After taking a point with one of his first touches, Shane was right on time in front of goal to help himself to two late goals. Although the hosts managed a goal of their own from a rebound after a great save by Joseph McKeever, a late insurance point with the fist from substitute Aaron McNally ensured the Davitts returned home with the points.
Final Score: Wolfe Tones 1-14 Ballyhegan Davitts 3-15
Overall, the team competed extremely well against a young, quick Tones outfit. In defence, James McAtarsney and Sean McNally made some crucial interceptions to thwart any attacks, with Joseph McKeever providing excellent distribution from kickouts and out of hand to initiate many moves forward. In the midfield sector, Conor Williamson made some fine catches while Michael ‘Bull’ Hamill was as physical as ever, ensuring the side were not to be cowed by some physical challenges by the hosts.
The victors lined out as follows:.Joseph McKeever, Pete Lambe, Adrian Knox (Jack Rafferty), Jarlath McCann (Shane McCormack), Eoin Reynolds, James McAtarsney, Sean McNally, Conor Williamson, Shane Morgan, Kevin Keegan (Aaron McNally), Michael Hamill, Gerard Morgan, Jamie Magner, Sam Al-Janabi (James P. McKeever), Gary McKee (Tim Rafferty)
Ballyhegan Under 14s
Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s were up against Eire Og from Craigavon on Tuesday 16 June 2015. Eire Og had beaten them earlier in the year and the players knew they had to be on top of their game from the start in order to get the upper hand this time round.
Played at Ballyhegan Park it was the young Davitts who started best with 3 points from James McCormack and Kevin McCann (2) before Eire Og responded. A fine fisted pointed from Michael McCann and an excellent goal from Dan McKeever extended the lead to 6 points mid way through the first half. Eire Og responded and some hesitancy in the Ballyhegan defence let them in for 2 goals as the half drew to a close although 2 John Doherty points, following good work by Thomas Hughes and the midfield of James Crummie and Ryan Rafferty, kept Ballyhegan within 1 score of their opponents at half time.
HT Ballyhegan 1-6, Eire Og 2-6.
Following a productive half time team talk and some positional switches Ballyhegan went out in the 2nd half confident they could turn the game in their favour. From the throw in midfield were on top and were supplying excellent ball into the forward line. Following quick thinking from a free kick Kevin McCann pulled a point back before great work from Conor O’Carroll set up James McCormack for a goal. The defence was now on top with Matthew McAtarsney, Michael McCann and Jamie McGahan cutting out a number of Eire Og attacks. Peter McGrane who was now sweeping up everything at the back also broke forward for a further long range point. Eire Og kept attacking and it was up to Tiernan Donachy to cut out a number of attacks including a great one on one save. Ballyhegan were now dominant across the pitch and moved the ball quickly from defence and the constant movement and running off the ball had the Eire Og defence in trouble. Further points from Conor O’Carroll, James McCormack, Peter McGrane and another goal by James McCormack extended the Davitts lead. Eire Og never gave in and from one of their free kicks managed to find the top corner of the net following a lapse of concentration in the Davitts defence. This was a one off for the defence who were outstanding in the second half and again kept spreading great passes into their forward line. Further goals from Conor O’Carroll and James McCormack extended the lead before Sean Hughes was upended when in for a score. The resultant free kick was pointed and signalled the end of the game.
This was an excellent game of football between the 2 teams. Ballyhegan always had the upper hand both in defence and attack in what was overall a great team performance. 17 points is an excellent return in any game of football and Ballyhegan thoroughly deserved their victory.
Final score Ballyhegan Davitts 5-17: Eire Og 2-08
Ballyhegan Team – Tiernan Donachy, Matthew McAtarsney, Conor O’Carroll, Jamie McGahan, James McCormack, Peter McGrane, James Crummie, Ryan Rafferty, Kevin McCann, Michael McCann, John Doherty, Thomas Hughes, Dan McKeever, Sean Hughes.
Monday 15th June 2015
Armagh Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final
St Mochua's Derrynoose v Ballyhegan Davitts
The Ladies senior team travelled to Derrynoose on Monday night for their quarter final in the Intermediate Championship. It's always an exciting time of year and this year was no exception with the training intensity and expectation rising as we got closer to the fixture. The sense of excitement was boosted by the unveiling of the Ladies new kit kindly sponsored by Derry Refrigerated Transport. A strong squad of 20 players travelled giving the Coach many difficult decisions to make regarding selection.
It was a fine evening in South Armagh with a stiff breeze at the back of the Davitts in the first half. This undoubtedly helped with the visitors getting off to a flying start, with a fine point from Blaithnaid Hendron in the opening minute. Dominant displays from a midfield duo of Clodagh McCann and Sarah Louise Doherty ensured the Davitts kept up the pressure with further points from Eve Lavery and the impressive Blaithnaid Hendron. However the front six were wasteful with their possession, hitting six wides in the opening half. Derrynoose began to make some quick counter attacks and on 15 minutes they got their first score hitting the net from close range. This seemed to spur on the Davitts Captain Brenda McCormack, playing in an unfamiliar role of full forward, she showed the way with a devastating burst of scoring on the 20 minute mark, a close range point was quickly followed by a spectacular goal stuck on the turn with her right foot into the top left corner of the hosts net, the very next attack again finished with Brenda sending over another point. Further scores from Eve, the tireless Rebecca McGeary and even one from the marauding wing back Kate McCormack saw the Davitts stretch their lead. An attack in the final minute of the half from the home team saw a scramble in front of the Davitts goal, the refs decision was a penalty award to the home team which they converted to leave the half time score 1-11 to 2-0 in favour of the Division one favourites.
The Davitts made two changes at half time, bringing on the pace and experience of Hayley McCann at corner forward and also adding the attacking wing back Eimear Murray. Playing into the breeze the Davitts took a while to register in the second period hitting a couple of wides before Brenda settled the nerves with a point in the 5th minute. Derrynoose responded with a fine point of their own from their County minor player Hannah Keenan, but with 10 minutes gone in the second half Eve Lavery scored the Davitts second goal to give the Ladies added breathing space.
Derrynoose never gave up and continued to play and compete for every ball. They scored again on 20th minute, which was followed immediately by a point from the Davitts sub Hayley McCann. Hayley was causing the hosts' defence all sorts of problems and the Davitts senior ladies would have been out of sight had it not been for a series of saves from their goalkeeper.
Injuries to Rebecca McGeary and Alanna Hughes gave Championship appearances to Maria Nuggent and Edith McCormick. With pace and power all over the pitch Ballyhegan dominated the final minutes and it was fitting that the captain finished the scoring with two unanswered points to leave the final score 2-15 to 2-02 to send the North Armagh girls through to the semi final.
This was a fine display from the Davitts one the whole squad can be rightly proud of, but nevertheless there's lots of work to do before the semi final which will be against the winners of Lissummon and Crossmaglen.
Many thanks to Patrick Derry and all at Derry Refrigerated Transport for their generous support of the Ladies team, and to our hosts St. Mochua's Derrynoose who kindly put on tea and sandwiches for everyone after the game.
Training continues Monday's and Wednesday's at 7.30pm.
Ballyhegan lined out as follows:-
Orla McKeever, Catriona Laverty, Carol McCann (Edith McCormick), Alanna Hughes (Eimear Murray), Emma Williamson, Ciara McKeever, Kate McCormack 0-1, Sarah Louise Doherty, Clodagh McCann, Rebecca McGeary 0-1 (Maria Nuggent), Eve Lavery 1-04, Lauren O'Gorman, Blaithnaid Hendron 0-2, Brenda McCormack 1-6, Amy Fay (Hayley McCann 0-1), unused sub Eireann McQuillan.
Sunday 7th June 2015
Simplyfruit Junior A League Rd 8
Ballyhegan Davitts v Derrynoose
Ballyhegan were at home for the first time in 4 weeks on Sunday as they hosted Derrynoose in what was at times a heated affair.
Derrynoose got off to the nest possible start as they hit a goal with their forst attack in the opening minute, ensuring the Davitts back's would be against the wall from the off set. The Davitts replied with a point straight away from the boot of Paddy Marley. Derrynoose added another 2 unanswered as the half wore on with Conal McKeever registering Ballyhegan's second point from a free on 18 minutes. Conal again split the posts, this time from play, but it was in between 2 further scores from the visitors which left the hosts trailing at the interval.
Half time: Ballyhegan 0-03 Derrynoose 1-04
James McKeever struck first for Ballyhegan after the restart, linking up well with his cousin Rory. Derrynoose replied before 2 further points for the Davitts, the first from substitute Shane McKeever and the second from Jack Rafferty. Derrynoose hit a point to maintain a 3 point lead then immeadiately after scored another goal to take the wind out of the Davitts comeback. A Mark Hughes point reduced the gap to 5 but the Noose would go on to score 1-02 unanswered in the final 10 minutes to seal the points before substitute Conor Williamson registered a late consilation point from distance.
Full time: Ballyhegan 0-08 Derrynoose 3-08
A hugely disappointing day all round for the Davitts. The cause wasnt helped by losing the spine of the team in the opening quarter of the game as our full back went off injured, centre half back black carded and centre half forward also injured. Unfortunate as that was it is not an excuse for a poor display on the day. Fortunately now we have a break for 2 weeks to look at what went wrong and how to remedy it before travelling to Crossmaglen to get the second half of the season underway on 21st June.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, Shane McKeever (James McAtarsney), Ronan Devlin, Roger McCormick, Rory McKeever, Mark McKeever (Joey Murphy), Tony Keegan, John Guy (Conor Williamson 0-01), Mark Hughes 0-01, Thomas Reynolds, Paddy Marley 0-01 (Shane McKeever 0-01), James McKeever 0-01, Conal McKeever 0-02 (1f) (Shane McCormack), Jack Rafferty 0-01, Paul Nixon
Sunday 31st May 2015
Simplyfruit Junior A League Rd 7
Clonmore Robert Emmetts v Ballyhegan Davits
Ballyhegan made the short journey north to take on Clonmore on Sunday past. It hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Davitts in recent years but on the back of 2 straight wins and a manager who knew the hosts inside out, they were confident of coming away with a win going into the game.
That confidence was boosted a little more as Ballyhegan got off to a great start. Our reliable free-taker Conal McKeever opened the scoring on 3 minutes with a free from the left. A couple of minutes later he was on target from a dead ball once again, this time from the right after Paddy Marley was fouled as he ran through the defence. Soon after corner forward Paul Nixon got on the end of a great ball from experienced half back Tony Keegan to fire over and put the Davitts 3 up. The hosts responded with 2 points in as many minutes, one from play and one from a free, to leave it a one-point game but on 11 minutes our marauding half back Rory McKeever broke from defence and neatly exchaned with Paul Nixon and Conal McKeever before firing low into the net to extend the Davitts lead to 4. Clonmore hit back with a point from play on 16 minutes before Ballyhegan hit a purple patch seeing them register 1-03 without reply. On 17 minutes Tony Keegan, showing age is but a number as he got up and down the line with ease, finished off an attack as he dropped over a fine effort from the left. Conal McKeever added 2 more freekicks before finding the back of the net on 26 minutes. Paul Nixon made a fine catch before turning and forcing the keeper to make a fine save, Mark Hughes got on the rebound but once again brought the best out of the keeper, at the third time of asking it fell to Conal McKeever and this time the keeper couldn't get to it as Coanl fired into the goal. Clonmore hit another free to reduce the gap just before half time.
Half time score: Clonmore 0-04 Ballyhegan 2-06
As expected Clonmore came out fired up and took the game to the Davitts from the offset of the second half firing over 3 points from play before Ballyhegan could hit back with another Conal McKeever free on 36 minutes. 2 scores in quick succession, one from a free and one from a wind-assisted sideline ball saw the host continue to chip away at the lead. Ballyhegan hit back though, determined to hold on, with a nice score from centre half forwrad Paddy Marley following good build up plat from Tony Keegan and Thomas Reynolds. The teams then exchanged scores over the next 10 minutes, Clonmore with a free on 42 minutes to which the Daviits replied through the boot of half forwrd Thomas Reynolds. Clonmore then pointed from play soon after with half back Rory McKeever adding to his tally for the day replying with a point for the visitors. The hosts kept fighting as expected with 2 unanswered points to leave 3 in it going into injury time but on the 64th minute of the game, and not for the first time this season, goalkeeper Jonny McKeever stepped up with a late free from distance to put the game beyond the hosts.
Full time score: Clonmore 0-13 Ballyhegan 2-11
Similar to last week's game in Corinshego, the Davitts produced a great first half display and weathered the storm in the second half for a bit as they went toe-to-toe with their opponents. This was a great win on the road for Ballyhegan seeing them now win 3 on the trot. A fantastic team effort from all, incuding all the substitutes who came on to help ensure the win but in particular from wing half backs Rory McKeever and the age-less Tony Keegan who rolled back the years getting in important tackles and interceptions as well as playing a key attacking role. Paddy Marley once again put in a vital and self-less display at centre half forward and it was nice also to see last year's Senior Player of the Year Conor Williamson make his first league appearance of the season as he continues to battle back from ankle ligament damage. Up next for the Davitts a home tie against Derrynoose this Sunday 7th June.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever (c) 0-01f, Roger McCormick, Shane McKeever, Rory McKeever 1-01, Mark McKeever, Tony Keegan 0-01, Mark Hughes (Conor Williamson), John Guy (Shane McKeever), Thonas Reynolds 0-01 (Joey Murphy), Paddy Marley 0-01, James McKeever (Gerard Morgan), Conal McKeever 1-05 (5f) (PJ McNally), Jack Rafferty, Paul Nixon 0-01.