Wednesday 10th August 2016
Ballyhegan Davitts 0-08 Lissummon 1-12
In the final league game of the year, Ballyhegan finished the campaign with a home game against Lissummon, where a win was needed to boost confidence ahead of the upcoming championship against Clonmore in Clann Eireann on Friday 19th August.
The Davitts got off to the perfect start with Conal McKeever opening the scoring after 49 seconds. Lissummon drew level with a free on two minutes and got the next two scores of the game, the first of these a fine score from their number 15. Conal McKeever scored another free on 7 minutes to leave a point between the sides. Lissummon again got the next two scores, before Paul Nixon scored a fine long range point. Handling errors and bad passes let Lissummon register the next 5 scores before Conal McKeever scored a free after being fouled himself to finish the first-half’s scoring.
Half-Time: Ballyhegan Davitts 0-03 Lissummon 0-10
Conal McKeever again started the scoring in the second half
from a free, with Lissummon replying from a free as well. Ballyhegan got the
next three scores of the game all coming from Conal McKeever two of them a
frees and one from play, the last score was a well worked move and a chance of a
goal, unfortunately Conal went for power instead of precision and the ball went
over the bar, a goal at this stage might have given Ballyhegan the belief to go
on and win the game. Lissummon kept the score board ticking over by converting
a free, Conal got Ballyhegan’s last score from a free on 58 mins to leave 4
between the sides, but it was Lissummon who finished the game on a high scoring
a goal with the last kick of the ball to leave 7 between the sides.
Thursday 14th July 2016
Ballyhegan Davitts 1-09 Clonmore 2-14
Ballyhegan welcomed their neighbours from Clonmore to Ballyhegan Park, for the first game in the second half of the league after the split.
Clonmore opened the scoring after two minutes with a score from play. Ballyhegan had a chance to equalise soon after but missed and unfortunately, this was the sign of things to come. Clonmore added another point on 8 mins before Shane McKeever got Ballyhegn’s first score of the night. Two more scores for Clonmore stretched their lead and in between them, good work from Roger McCormick in defence stopped a chance on goal. The Davitts pulled another point back with a pointed free from Conal McKeever. But on 17 minutes Clonmore got a goal through James Fox to put them up by 6. Conor Loughran responded with a point for Ballyhegan but James Fox added another point to his tally and Clonmore kicked the last two scores of the half.
Half-Time: Ballyhegan Davitts 0-03 Clonmore 1-08
Clonmore continued where they left off at the start of the
second half with a point and a goal, before Conal McKeever got a score for
Ballyhegan. Paul Nixon was able to follow this up with a good score of his own
after being set-up by James McKeever. Mel Courtney found himself up the field
and showed some composure to score a good point and Conal McKeever then score a
free during a good spell for Ballyhegan.
But Clonmore hit back with a converted 45 and 3 points within a minute
to kill any Ballyhegan hopes of a comeback.
Davitts Win Away
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-09 Ballyhegan Davitts 1-16
Our seniors made the long trip south to Crossmaglen for their penultimate game in the opening stages of the Junior League, seeking another victory to bolster their push for promotion before the league split.
The Davitts opened the scoring with a point through midfielder Conor Loughran. The hosts equalised either side of Ballyhegan wides, before Conall McKeever continued his good recent form with two points in six minutes, linking up well with the ageless Shane ‘Kickstart’ McCormack. Conall fired over a pointed free next and another great point from a tough angle. Cross were next onto the scoreboard, before midfielder Mark Hughes drove from deep to add to the Davitts’ tally. Cross came back again with another score of their own, before a succession of wides from both teams. The half finished with a point from Shane McKeever to leave the visitors four in front at the interval.
Half-Time: Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-03 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-07
On the resumption, the hosts registered the first score,
before the Davitts replied with scores from James McKeever and another from
Conor Loughran. The Davitts were looking dangerous going forward, spurning a
couple of excellent goal chances through a lack of composure. Conall McKeever won and converted a free,
before Cross kicked two scores to reduce the arrears. Shane McKeever registered
his second of the game with a neat score, which was then followed by three
successive scores from play by the elusive Conall McKeever.
Full-Time: Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-09 Ballyhegan Davitts 1-16
This was a solid display from Ballyhegan against resolute opposition. The defence cut out numerous attacks, with Daniel McKeever and young Conor McGlinchey competing well throughout. In midfield, Mark Hughes made some fine fetches, with Conall McKeever continuing his fine recent form with the help of Shane McKeever. Ballyhegan travel to Dorsey this Sunday at 2pm to take on the second-placed Emmetts in what will surely be a tough, physical encounter. The team lined out as follows:
J.McKeever, R.McCormick, M.Courtney, C.McGlinchey, J.McAtarsney, B.Morgan (T.Rafferty, 47), S.McKeever, M.Hughes (0-1) (M.Hamill, 56), C.Loughran (0-2), R.McKeever (B.Og Rice, 57), S.McKeever (0-3), J.P.McKeever (0-1) (K.Turbitt 55, 1-0), D.McKeever, S.McCormack (T.Power, 17-28, blood sub) (P.Marley, 43, 0-1) C.McKeever (0-8, 0-2f)
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