posted 20 Sep 2014 13:29 by Jarlath McCann

Our handball wall was officially opened today (20/9/14). Tommy Coleman (coach in the successful Clann Eireann club) brought along 4 girls to put on an exhibition and teach our males and females some of the basic skills and also take on any challengers. With him were the current World u-14 and u-16 female Champions Dearbhla and Niamh Coleman, Beth Doris and Meabh McCambridge.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and from early viewing it looks like we could have a few future stars of our own in the making!!

See our Facebook page for pictures from the day:

Cow Clap Winner

posted 20 Sep 2014 13:28 by Jarlath McCann

Congratulations to 8 month old Ethan Donnelly who's name was on the winning square and to his Grandmother Martina Donnelly who sold the winner.
Huge thanks to everyone who bought a square, all our sellers, everyone who helped out today and in particular to Gerard Morgan for his tireless efforts over the past few months.

See our Facebook page for pictures from the day:

Cow Clap Competition

posted 16 Sep 2014 08:20 by Jarlath McCann

The Cow Clap Competition takes place this Saturday 20th September. The day will kick off at 12pm with the official opening our Handball wall. We are privileged to have the Coleman sisters Niamh and Dearbhla, both current world champions, opening the Court with a demonstration of the rules and playing techniques. The Girls are happy to take on any challengers out there from any Davitt’s player or member who fancies giving it a go. Handball is well recognised as being an excellent method of improving hand eye co-ordination, agility and of course fitness.


At 1pm we will play host to our annual Married Men v Single Men’s match. Always a hard fought game which never fails to entertain!


Shortly after the match at approx 2.15pm the Cow will take centre stage as it enters the pitch. There will be a BBQ available and Candyfloss & Popcorn for the kids while we wait for the Cow to decide just who the lucky winner will be!



Ballyhegan beat St Michael's

posted 15 Sep 2014 08:35 by Jarlath McCann

Sunday 14th September 2014

St Michael's v Ballyhegan

Ballyhegan travelled south to Newtownhamilton on Sunday past to take on St Michael's in a must win contest as they fight to stave off the threat of relegation.
Both sides came out of the blocks well as they exchanged early points. It wasn't until the 10th minute that Ballyhegan started to pull away from their hosts when young midfielder Jack Rafferty pointed to make the score 0-02 to 0-03 and less than 2 minutes later corner forward Paddy Marley found the back of the net with a well-taken goal following good work from Mark Hughes. With a four point lead opened up the hosts could have dropped their heads but came right back at the Davitts and hit the next 2 points to half the deficit. Centre half forward John Guy added to the score board with a point following some persistent tackling from Gerard Morgan. Newtown pulled one back soon after but the Davitts then rallied and hit 3 point without reply. Paddy Marley benefitted from good work by Jack Rafferty to split the posts and he was on hand again a minute later to gather the rebound from a Joey Murphy shot that came off the post and register another point. Five minutes the impressive Jack Rafferty then caught a St Michaels kickout in the middle of the field and burst through to score after a fine solo run. Goalkeeper Jonny McKeever was called into action soon after to produce a fine stop and deny what would have been a vital goal to the hosts. Newtown did manage to hit the final 2 points of the half as the Davitts went in with a one point league.

Half time: St Michael's 0-09 Ballyhegan 1-07

Ballyhegan started the second half the brighter of the 2 sides and registered the first 2 scores of the half to increase their lead to 3 points. Wing half back Conor Loughran fisted over following a good solo run and a minute later John Guy reacted quickest to gather a break from Jack Rafferty and split the posts. Ballyhegan hit back every time Newtown scored, the hosts pulled one back to which Paddy Marley replied, James McKeever replied to the hosts next point and full forward Paul Nixon was on hand to cancel out St Michael's next point. With 5 minutes remaining Paddy Marley caught a high ball out on the left and turn immediately to swing it over from distance for what was arguably the score of the game and increase the Davitts lead. The hosts went on to score a further 3 points in 5 minutes but it would not prove to be enough as Marley finished off the scoring on 60 minutes to secure a vital 3 point victory for the Davitts

Full time: St Michael's 0-15 Ballyhegan 1-15

An impressive performance on the day from Ballyhegan given that this was their first outing in a few weeks. Next up is the most important and final game of the season at home to St Patrick's IIs in a winner-stays-up match. The players efforts in the game yesterday needs to be matched and increased by everyone in training over the coming weeks as we await a definite date for the final fixture.

Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, Roger McCormick, Conor Morgan, Rory McKeever, Conor Loughran, Plunkett McCormack, Joey Murphy (c), Mark Hughes, Jack Rafferty, Tiernan Power, John Guy, James McKeever, Paddy Marley, Paul Nixon, Gerard Morgan. Subs: James 'Bart' McKeever, Sean McNally, Conal Gallagher, Shane McCormack.

Club Notes

posted 3 Sep 2014 08:53 by Jarlath McCann   [ updated 3 Sep 2014 08:54 ]

Cow Clap Competition
The Cow Clap Competition has been postponed as the Seniors had a Championship match fixed on the original date.It was then changed to Sunday 31st August but there was another event running in the Parish that day and it was decided it was would be best if they didn’t clash. It has now been rescheduled and will take place on Saturday 20th September.
August Club Draw

The Club Draw has now resumed (there was no draw in July as we were renewing/collecting entries). The lucky winners for August are:

1st - £250 – Mary Keegan

2nd - £100 – Kathrina Lennon

3rd - £50 – Leo Marley

 Congratulations to all winners and once again a huge thanks to everyone who took part and in particular to Comghall Morgan for his tireless work in making this run as smoothly as possible.



Armagh Ladies

Armagh Ladies take on Cork in theTG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 6th at 3:30pm in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Longford. The game will be live on TG4. We would like to wish Danielle Morgan, Eve Lavery and everyone involved with the Armagh Ladies team the very best of luck.


All-Ireland Hurling Final Tickets

The Club have raffled off the 2 tickets for All Ireland Hurling Final this Sunday that we get every year through our 10-year tickets. The draw took place at the committee meeting on Monday night and the lucky winner was Thomas Marley.


All Ireland Football Final Tickets

The Club’s allocation of tickets for the All Ireland Football Final from the County Board (usually 4 or 5 tickets) will be drawn as usual at random among the Club members in the week leading up to the final.

We also have our 2x 10-year tickets that we raffle every year by selling squares on a board for £10. The board will be available this from this weekend to secure your entry. Contact any committee member or call into Charlie McKeever’s bar to buy your square.


Agonising defeat for Davitts

posted 3 Sep 2014 08:47 by Jarlath McCann

Saturday 30th August 2014


Armagh Junior Championship 2nd qualifier round.

Ballyhegan Davitts v Crossmaglen IIs


Ballyhegan travelled to Whitecorss on Saturday past to take on their now familiar rivals Crossmaglen IIs in this 2nd round Junior Championship qualifier. Despite being beaten by 2 points by the Rangers in the opening round at the start of August, the Davitt’s went into what would be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, optimistic of progressing.


It was the South Armagh men however who got off to the brighter start on the night as they kicked the opening 3 points without reply from a nervous looking Ballyhegan outfit. Not for the first time this year it took a pointed free from the reliable boot of corner forward Paddy Marley to get the Davitts off the mark.

Ballyhegan didn’t build on this as their poor start continued, slack marking in their defence let Cross in for a further 3 unanswered points allowing them to open up a 5 point lead at 0-01 to 0-06. Centre half forward John Guy pulled one back with a fine effort only for Cross to reply with a point almost immediately to keep 5 between the sides.

Ballyhegan then hit a purple patch seeing them yield 1-02 to bring the game level. Midfielder Conor Williamson hit a huge point from distance before Paddy Marley notched a goal and a point, the former coming from good interchange play between Plunkett McCormack and Mark Hughes and the latter once again from a dead ball.

The sides then exchanged points, Conor Williamson again on target for the Davitts, to go into the interval all square.

Half time: Ballyhegan Davits 1-05 Crossmaglen IIs 0-08


Ballyhegan opened the scoring in the second half with a long range effort from Mark Hughes but Cross replied with a goal and a point in quick succession to go into a 3 point lead. Not to outdone, Ballyhegan hit back with another goal, this time from minor player Tiernan Power, the game level once more.

Cross then hit their own purple patch, notching up 1-03 to open up a 6 point lead with time beginning to run out. But Ballyhegan were’nt done yet and rallied well to get right back into the game. Full forward Paul Nixon and Conor Williamson both pointed to reduce the deficit. A Cross counter attck in the midst of the Ballyhegan pressure yielded another point for the Rangers. Ballyhegan fought even harder and hit 0-04, a fine 45’ from keeper Jonny McKeever, 2 more from Paddy Marley and a great free under pressure from substitute James McKeever to bring the game level with minutes to go.

Cross won a free 30 yards out on the brink of full time. Their full forward stepped up under huge pressure and managed to split the posts with his effort and put the Rangers into the quarter final  


Full time Ballyhegan Davitts 2-12 Crossmaglen IIs 2-13

A heart breaking defeat for the Davitts who will rue a sloppy start to the game. At no time did the give up hope and battled bravely right to the final whistle. As this year’s Championship run comes to a end, attention now turns back to the league with 2 vital games remaining which must be won to avoid relegation.

Ballyhegan team lined out as follows : Jonny McKeever 0-01 (’45), R McCormick, C Morgan, T Keegan (S McKeever), J Murphy c, P McCormack, R McKeever, C Williamson 0-03, M Hughes 0-01, C Loughran (J McKeever 0-01, 1f), J Guy 0-01, J Rafferty, T Power 1-00 (S McCormack), P Nixon 0-01, P Marley 1-04 (1f)

Cow Clap Competition Update

posted 27 Aug 2014 03:48 by Jarlath McCann   [ updated 30 Aug 2014 07:07 ]

Due to another Parish event taking place this Sunday (31st August), the Cow Clap Competition and the U-10 blitz have now been deferred until after our Senior men's last home game of the season against St Pat's IIs (date of which yet to be confirmed).

Davitts Qualifier Run Continues

posted 27 Aug 2014 03:47 by Jarlath McCann

Sunday past (24th August) saw the Davitts return to Championship action following their victory over Clady the previous week, and also saw them return to Mullabrack, this time to face O'Hanlon's Poyntzpass.
Ballyhegan struggled to settle early on and lost corner forward Paddy Marley to a black card. After weathering the early storm the Davitts went in at half time leading 0-08 to 0-03.
A much better second half performance saw the men in sky blue go on to record a 0-19 to 1-04 victory despite losing our County Minor player Jack Rafferty midway through the half. The victory now sets up tantalising encounter with Crossmaglen IIs this Saturday night at 6pm in Whitecross.

Ballyhegan Progress in Championship

posted 19 Aug 2014 04:04 by Jarlath McCann

Sunday 17th August 2014
Armagh Junior Championship Pre-qualifier round.
Ballyhegan Davitts v Clady
Mullabrack played host to this Championship qualifier game on an extremely windy Sunday afternoon. The match was supposed to have been played a week previous but the wet weather wouldn't allow for it. With Ballyhegan struggling in division 3A and Clady proving to be one of the better sides in division 3B, this promised to be a tough, hard-fought game with both sides eager to progress.
As the contest got underway it was Clady who got to grips with it first starting the brighter of the two sides taking the lead after 2 minutes with their number 14 slotting over an effort from the right hand side. The Davitts responded through corner forward Paddy Marley following good work from wing-forward Paul Nixon. Clady hit back immediately as a long ball in was punched over the bar. The men in green extended their lead soon after with a strong run from midfield resulting in their number 8 splitting the posts from range.
With Clady 2 points up and looking the better side in the early stages the Davitts needed to respond quickly to get back on track and they did just that with a goal on 12 mins with full forward Shane McCormack getting on the end of a well worked attack to squeeze the ball through a number of bodies to find the net. Soon after wing forward Conor Loughran found himself in space and embarked on a 40 yard run at goal that drew a great save from the Clady 'keeper. The game was soon level again the Davitts conceded a free 30 yards out and Clady's number 14 converted. Ballyhegan replied with a free of their own with Paddy Marley both winning and converting from 20 yards to regain the lead with 10 minutes of the half remaining. Marley was starting to bother the Clady defence now and after jinking past his man again he was caught late and again converted the resulting free kick. Clady replied with an excellent point before County Minor star Jack Rafferty pointed with his first touch after coming on as a first half substitute to leave the Davitts 2 up and the break.
Half time: Ballyhegan 1-04 Clady 0-05
Ballyhegan opened the scoring in the second half with a well worked move from their young guns. Conor Loughran, Tiernan Power and Jack Rafferty all combined with Jack Rafferty finishing the move with a score. It was then Tiernan's turn to make his mark as he split the posts soon after with an effort from the left hand side to extend Ballyhegan's lead to 4 points.
A Clady attack came up against a strong and resistant Ballyhegan defensive line who kept them out well but Clady to their credit kept going and broke through the line to raise a white flag and bring a kick of the ball between the sides. This, however, would prove to be Clady's last socre of the game as Ballyhegan upped the intensity well to finish off the game with 6 unanswered points. 
Tiernan Power again showed his composure in front of goal with his second point of the afternoon. Paddy Marley then added his fourth point of the day before an excellent score from midfileder and vice-captain Conor Williamson. Tiernan Power plucked a ball from the sky in the middle and fed Williamson who hit a now trademark long range score. Wing forward Conor Loughran then added another before he Davitts were awarded a penalty for a cynical foul on Padd Marley which led to a black card for the Clady defender. Marley's effort unfortunately came off the post and away from danger.
Goalkeeper Jonny McKeever soon after kicked what would prove be the final score of the day with a fantastic effort from a 45.
Full time: Ballyhegan 1-12 Clady 0-06
After an unconvincing first half the Davitts settled well in the second period and really came in to their own, upping the intensity all over the pitch and using the bench well. This now gives us a platform to build on in the next round against O'Hanlon's Poyntzpass on Sunday 24th August in Mullabrack once more. Minor players Shane McKeever, Jack Rafferty, Tiernan Power and Thomas Reynolds have all came into the squad lately adding depth to it and increasing competition for all for a place on the starting 15.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever 0-01 (1 45), Shane McKeever, Conor Morgan, Roger McCormick, Tony Keegan (Jarlath McCann 55), Plunkett McCormack (Tiernan Power 27 0-02), Rory McKeever (Gerard Morgan 50), Conor Williamson 0-01, John Guy, Joey Murphy (c), Paul Nixon, Conor Loughran 0-01, Paddy Marley 0-05 (3f), Shane McCormack 1-00, James McKeever (Jack Rafferty 25, 0-02)

Davitts Stumble in Championship

posted 6 Aug 2014 01:42 by Jarlath McCann

Ballyhegan Davitts v Crossmaglen Rangers IIs


Tuesday 06th August 2014


St Killian’s Whitecross played host to Ballyhegan’s first round of the Championship on Tuesday night, the Davitts seeking to put a difficult league campaign behind them to cause an upset, against one of the early tournament favorites in Crossmaglen Rangers II. The Crossmaglen outfit having proceeded to the first round proper after defeating Killeavy IIs in the Preliminary round of this year’s Junior Championship.


After a scramble in the Ballyhegan rearguard, a Cross attacker capitalized, dispossessing the defender and scoring from close range.

Paddy Marley found space down the right hand side and split the posts from a tricky angle to register Ballyhegan’s first score inside five minutes.

Ballyhegan full forward Paul Nixon’s shot was well blocked and Conor Loughran, playing at wing forward, swept up the break ball and popped it over the bar, putting the Davitts in front after ten minutes.

Crossmaglen responded, converting two free kicks at close range, but the sides were level once more in the 17th minute, as Shane McCormack accepted a pass, showing good strength to hold off a challenge, then used a reverse pass to find captain Joey Murphy, who assisted Tony Keegan to split the posts with the outside of his right foot, after a fine supporting run, a great team score.


Ballyhegan net-minder Jonny McKeever was called into action a minute later diving to his left and saving well from a one-on-one with the tricky, jinking Cross corner-forward.


The Rangers took the lead once more with two scores from play with ten minutes remaining of first half action, but the Davitts finished the half the better, scoring three unanswered points.

Scores from Conor Loughran’s right boot from 30 metres, Joey Murphy’s fist from close range, and the score of the night following a superb fetch in midfield from John Guy, Tony Keegan scored with a mighty strike from 35 metres, which received the biggest cheer of the night from the sizeable travelling support.


In this final period of the half, the Ballyhegan rearguard repelled two ominous looking attacks, Plunkett McCormack forcing his man wide in the first instance and the full back line crowding the attacker the second time allowing Tony Keegan to collect the ball and break forward.


At half time, Ballyhegan had the smallest of advantages, in a tight, evenly matched contest.

Half time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Crossmaglen IIs 0-05


Jonny McKeever extended Ballyhegan’s lead with a well struck ’45, won by good tackling on the end line from James McKeever in the opening minutes of the second half.

Points from Paddy Marley’s right boot and Conor Williamson’s fist, interrupted a 20 minute spell of dominance from the South Armagh men as they tallied seven points in this spell to create a three point advantage with time running out for the boys in blue.


High pressing from Paddy Marley created an opportunity to peg a point back, but Cross responded immediately, three points still the difference in injury time.


A strong direct run from James McKeever goal-wards created panic in the Cross defence, but the ball popped out creating an opportunity for Ballyhegan substitute Mark Hughes to pop over. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time left on Silverbridge referee Oliver Hearty’s watch and so Crossmaglen now proceed to play Collegeland O'Rahillys in the next round, whilst the Davitt’s enter the Qualifier system, and face a pre Qualifier match in Mullabrack this  Sunday 5pm versus Clady Sean South. (The winner progresses to play O’Hanlons Poyntzpass)



Full time: Ballyhegan Davitts 0-11 Crossmaglen IIs 0-13


A close contest with two fairly well matched sides, Crossmaglen just able to win more possession around the middle of the field, and probably just that bit more clinical with their shooting.


As the score-line suggests, Ballyhegan’s best performers were in defence, with young debutant Shane McKeever excelling, alongside Roger McCormack in the full back line.

Jonny McKeever had a fine display also with a superb save in the first half, a big ’45 at the beginning of the second and some excellent distribution.

Many will talk about the night where Tony Keegan scored two superb points from play!


Hopefully the Davitts can build up some momentum, like the County team starting this Sunday in Mullabrack, which should help with our final two big league fixtures that remain; away to St Michael’s Newtown and home to St Patrick’s II, to save the season!



Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever 0.01 (‘45), R. McCormick, C. Morgan. S. McKeever, T. Keegan 0.02, P. McCormack, Rory McKeever, C. Williamson 0.01 (T. Power, 60), J. Guy, C. Loughran 0-02 (M. Hughes 0.01, 43), J. Murphy (C) 0.01 (J. Rafferty, 43 (E. Reynolds, 45)), James McKeever, P. Nixon, P. Marley 0.03 (1f), S. McCormack (G. Morgan, 60)

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