Well done to out u-10's who made it all the way to the final of the shield in the Jim Moore Memorial Tournament at St Peter's on Saturday psat (29/8/15) narrowly losing to Clan Na Gael by a point in the final.
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Junior A League Round 13
v Thomas Davis
hosted on Sunday past with an earlier than normal throw-in time of 12pm. Torrential rain overnight and the morning of the match ensured that this would not be a pretty spectacle of a game and indeed that the team who made the least mistakes and adapted to the conditions better would win.
Straight from the throw-in, won by John Guy and pumped in high and early to test the visiting full back line, the took an early lead. A forward was impeded as the visitors dealt with the early ball in resulting in a free which McKeever converted. The hosts doubled their lead two minutes later. Rory and James McKeever combined well down the right finding Shane McKeever who picked out a great pass to Thomas Reynolds who struck the ball over from the right hand side. McKeever increased the lead to three points soon after with his second free of the day. pulled two points back, the first from play and another from a free kick out on the left to reduce the gap to a point. had their tails up at this stage but the defended well with the returning Mel Courtney in full back dealing well with high balls into the big full forward and Daniel McKeever and Joey Murphy among others showing well. A fast break out of fed Shane McKeever who delivered a cross-field ball again feeding Thomas Reynolds for another impressive point. had time to pull once back before the break to leave the minimum between the sides.
Half time: 0-04 0-03
had the game level soon after the restart with a point from play. Once again McKeever increased the Davitt’s lead on 37 minutes with a free from the left. As in the first half, continued to defend well, helped at this stage by the fresh legs of substitutes Tony Keegan and Roger McCormick, seeing the visitors record a number of disheartening through a combination of good pressure and some wayward shooting. The afore mentioned substitutes then combined well out of to feed midfielder Williamson who hit a fantastic long range point to increase the lead to two points with less than 10 minutes remaining. It was another substitute, this time Gerard Morgan, who ensured the points soon after. A sideline ball was hit by the visitors back towards their keeper. Morgan intercepted it finding himself one-on-one with the out-coming goalkeeper. Not one to panic, he effortlessly pirouetted around the advancing keeper and coolly slotted into the empty net to increase the lead to five with only minutes remaining. piled on the pressure but could find no way through, only managing a point from a free kick at the end.
Full time: 1-06 0-05
This by no means was a classic, with both sides battling the conditions. Ballyhegan played some good football at times but some wayward passing and poor decision making will give them plenty to work on as they keep pushing for promotion. With 3 or 4 regulars in the starting 15 injured on the day, men stepped in seamlessly and the positive impact from the substitutes that came in during the second half show the strength in depth Ballyhegan have this year in their squad.
team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), S McKeever (R McCormick 40), M Courtney, J Murphy, R McKeever (T Keegan 40), A Morgan, C , J Guy (J 54), C Williamson (0-01), T Reynolds 0-02, S McKeever (G Morgan 51, 1-00), J McKeever (R Devlin 38), D McKeever, J Rafferty (T Power 57), C McKeever 0-03 (3f)
Friday 14th August 2015
Junior Football Championship Round 2
Ballyhegan v Clonmore
Ballyhegan to Tullysaran on Friday past to take on Clonmore in the 2nd round of the Junior Championship hoping to progress on to the Quarter Final. A four point win over Clonmore in the league earlier in the season meant nothing to either side going into the game.
Clonmore got off the mark and took an early two-point lead inside the opening two minutes with both points coming from free kicks. The Davitts replied through Thomas Reynolds who from good work by Daniel McKeever and Jack Rafferty. Clonmore added two further frees either side of corner forward Paddy Marley taking a heavy knock but getting up to convert the resulting free. Two further points, one from a free and their first from play saw Clonmore open up a four-point lead but in the 19th minute the was turned on its head by Paul Nixon who had moved into full forward. Finding himself through on goal from receiving Thomas Reynolds’ pass, Nixon found the net to reduce the gap to a single point. From the resulting kickout Ballyhegan won possession. The ball made its way to full back Mark McKeever who had ventured up the pitch and he picked out a fantastic pass into Nixon who found himself in on goal once again, this time expertly rounding the ‘keeper and finishing low into the net to put the Davitts two points up. Nixon was involved in the next move combining with Daniel McKeever and Jack Rafferty to provide Thomas Reynolds the opportunity for his second point of the day which he duly took. Substitute Conal McKeever, on at this stage for the injured Paddy Marley, kicked a free on 23 minutes to put Ballyhegan four to the good. With 2 minutes of the half remaining Clonmore won a free which they converted. Not done there, they pressed on and forced a turnover in the heart of the Davitts which saw the find the net to draw level and there was enough injury time to see them add a further point from play and go into the interval with a one-point lead.
Half time: Ballyhegan 2-04 Clonmore 1-08
After regrouping at half time it was the Davitts who got off the mark first in the second half with Conal McKeever drawing the sides level from a free kick in the first minute of the half. Two further points from Clonmore saw them pull away once more but a 4-minute purple patch from Ballyhegan saw them turn the game around yet again. On 37 minutes Paul Nixon got his first point of the game followed 2 minutes later by Conal McKeever’s first from play, drawing the game level. A minute later Mark Hughes and Jack Rafferty combined to feed Nixon who again found the net completing his hat-trick of goals from close range. A three-point lead with 10 minutes to go would see Clonmore throw everything at Ballyhegan. A free kick and a point from play saw them reduce the gap to the minimum but again Paul Nixon was on hand to extend the Davitts’ lead to two points. Another free for Clonmore left a single point between the sides with 5 minutes to go. Ballyhegan defended superbly in this period, aided well by the experienced Joey Murphy and held on for the win and to progress to the Quarter Finals.
Full time: Ballyhegan 3-08 Clonmore 1-13
Ballyhegan will be pleased to have hung on in the end and progressed but won’t be entirely happy with the performance, particularly in the first half. That said, they played some great football at times and showed a great will to win especially in the second half. Paul Nixon’s impressive return of 3-02 from play (not the first time this year he has bagged a hat-trick) was another major highlight. Next up for Ballyhegan the promotion push continues with fellow promotion chasers Corrinshego visiting Ballyhegan Park this Sunday 23rd August.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows:
J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, T Keegan (S McKeever 45), A Morgan, C Loughran (R McKeever 38), M Hughes (M Courtney 44), J Guy (C Williamson 33), T Reynolds 0-02, P Nixon 3-02, J McKeever (S McKeever HT), D McKeever, J Rafferty, P Marley 1f (C McKeever 0-03 2f)
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Junior A League
Lissummon v Ballyhegan Davitts
Ballyhegan travelled to Lissummon on Sunday hoping to build on Tuesday past's victory over Tullysaran and go in to the break before the Championship in a fortnight with another victory under their belts.
They got off to a great start going 3 points up without reply in the opening 6 minutes. Paddy Marley opened the scoring with a free kick in the first minute. Wing half forward James McKeever added the Davitts second on 5 minutes with Jack Rafferty hitting a fine effort from the right hand side just a minute later. The hosts got off the mark on 9 minutes from a free kick to reduce the gap. A quick kickout long down the field from 'keeper Jonny McKeever on the resulting kick out led immediately to a free kick from a scorable position which Paddy Marley duely dispatched, as he did 5 minutes later when presented with another opportunity. Lissummon pulled another one back with a free kick on 18 minutes to which the Davitts replied straight away with a huge score from Mark Hughes from over 50 yards out. Again, Lissummon pulled another back, this time from play before a key moment in the game when marauding half back Conor Loughran took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put the ball in the net from close range.
Half time: Lissummon 0-03 Ballyhegan 1-06
Lissummon started the second half strong, taking the first two points both from free kicks, one on 32 minutes and the other 4 minutes later. The visitors replied with two of their own, James McKeever with his second of the game and Paddy Marley with his fourth free kick. The team then traded points over the next 15 minutes. Lissummon hit first with Marley replying from another dead ball. The hosts hit back with a free kick of their own before Jack Rafferty added his second of the game to open up a six-point lead going into the last few minutes. Lissummon managed to tag on another 2 points but couldnt find the goal they needed.
Full time: Lissummon 0-09 Ballyhegan 1-10
A decent performance from the Davitts though they will feel there are areas for improvement to be worked on before facing Clonmore in the Championship on Friday 14th August in Tullysaran.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, C Loughran 1-00 (M Courtney 49), A Morgan, T Keegan (S McNally 49), M Hughes 0-01, J Rafferty 0-02, J McKeever 0-02 (G Morgan 51), S McKeever, R McKeever (T Reynolds HT), P Marley 0-05 (5f), S McCormack (J Guy 17)(C Williamson HT), D McKeever
Tuesday 28th July 2015
Junior A League Round 11
Ballyhegan Davitts v Tullysaran O’Connells
Ballyhegan returned to League action for the first time in over 4 weeks in a refixed match at home against top-of-the-table Tullysaran on Tuesday night. The Davitts showed few signs of rust however as the challenge games against Stewartstown and Clonoe organised during the break stood them in good stead.
Tullysaran got off the mark first converting a free in the first minute of the game. They added to this a few minutes later taking advantage of some confusion in the Davitts rearguard to find the net from close range. Despite getting off to a shaky start the hosts soon settled and were back on level terms with just over 10 minutes played. Corner forward Paddy Marley opened the scoring for Ballyhegan with a free kick on 5 minutes followed 2 minutes later by a great effort from the left by half forward James McKeever following good build up play from Tony Keegan and centre half forward Shane McKeever. Joey Murphy then showed his experience in defence, reading the game well to break down an attack and launch a counter for the Davitts which full forward Paul Nixon finished with another great effort from out on the left hand side. Just as he started the comeback, Paddy Marley completed it brining parity to the game from another free after 11 minutes. Tullysaran took the lead once more with a well taken 50’ on 13 minutes. Ballyhegan then embarked on a crucial period of dominance to establish a lead for the first time in the game. Wing back Conor Loughran put over a great point from out on the right to bring it level. Shane McKeever at number 11 was picking out some great passes and combined well with twin brother Mark who broke out from full back to feed Mark Hughes who pointed to put Ballyhegan ahead for the first time. Paddy Marley then extended the lead benefitting from hard work by young midfielder Jack Rafferty. The visitors reduced the lead to the minimum but on the stroke of half time Jack Rafferty restored the 2-point lead.
Half time: Ballyhegan 0-08 Tullysaran 1-03
As in the first half it was the visitors who opening the scoring after the break with Paddy Marley responding for the Davitts with 2 pointed free kicks. Midfielder Mark Hughes added his second of the game on 40 minutes provided by Paul Nixon. Tullysaran replied with another point from play and started to put the pressure on the host’s defence who, it must be said, did their jobs well and endured a period of Tullysaran dominance which saw them fail to register a score though it took a great goal line clearance from substitute Thomas Reynolds to do this. Ballyhegan added another score on 48 minutes to go 4 points clear but again the visitors replied immediately to leave 3 in it going into the last 5 minutes. The game changed however when Davitts substitute Conor Williamson won possession and busted through 2 tackles before firing past the visitors ‘keeper to open up a 6 point lead. Ballyhegan won a free kick 2 minutes later 50 yards from goal which ‘keeper Jonny McKeever stepped up to take. Despite losing his footing as he made contact the ball sailed over leaving 7 points between the sides going into injury time. Tullysaran though, as expected, never stopped and tagged on a further 2 points from free kicks in injury time to leave 5 between the sides at the end.
Full time: Ballyhegan 1-13 Tullysaran 1-08
This was an impressive performance from the Davitts. They were tight in defence and put the Tullysaran forwards under great pressure when in possession seeing them kick a lot of wides. The forwards tracked back tirelessly when needed to and took their chances well.
An impressive yet hard-fought victory over the league leaders but it will mean nothing unless it can be built upon in Sunday’s trip to Lissummon.
Ballyhegan team lined out:
J. McKeever (c) 0-01 f, D. McKeever, M. McKeever, S. McKeever jnr, T. Keegan (J. Guy 43), A. Morgan 0-01, C. Loughran 0-01 (S. McNally 60), M. Hughes 0-02 (C. Williamson 1-00), J. Rafferty 0-01, R. McKeever (T. Reynolds 38), S. McKeever, J. McKeever 0-01 (J. McAtarsney 60), P. Marley 0-05 (4f) (S. McCormack 50), P. Nixon 0-01, J. Murphy.
We are planning to run our annual trip for Ballyhegan underage teams to Croke Park on Saturday 8th August to see the Monaghan and Mayo double header. In order to get the ball rolling we need to get numbers of people who are interested in going. Can you please let Joe McKeever know if you or your children would be interested in going by contacting him at email@example.com or 07857976436 by Wednesday 29th July.
We would like to wish everyone involved with the Armagh Minor Girls team the best of luck ahead of this Saturday’s (1st August) All-Ireland B final against Tipperary in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath at 2pm. Special mention to our fellow Davitts Sarah-Louise Doherty, a player on the team, and her father Paul Doherty, part of the management team. It would be fantastic for them to bring another All-Ireland medal back to the Club and we are and will be proud of them whatever happens come Saturday. If you can make it please go along and cheer the girls on.
We had a fantastic turn out tonight for our 4th annual Park n Stride. Huge thanks to The Famous Grouse for their generous sponsorship, House of Sport Lurgan for the prizes, to all who made and served the refreshments, everyone who helped in stewarding and registration, to Loughgall Country Park for hosting us, Simplyfruit for supplying fruit packs, to everyone who took part, to everyone else who helped out, there are so many to mention and in particular to our own Shane O'Hanlon for all his efforts to organise the night.
Park n Stride winners on the night were:
10k men - Mark Cornett 38:39.97
5k overall - Lee Maginess 19:37.42
1st Club person 10k- Sean McNally 42:42.45
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.