Cow Clap Competition Update

posted by Jarlath McCann   [ updated ]

Due to Ballyhegan's Championship match against Crossmaglen IIs on Saturday night at 6pm in Whitecross, the Cow Clap Competition will now take place on Sunday 31st August. There will be an U-10 blitz from 11am-1pm after which the cow will take centre stage. There will be BBQ while we wait fo rthe cow to decide who the lucky winner is.

Davitts Qualifier Run Continues

posted 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)

Annual Trip to Croke Park

posted 1 Aug 2014 02:02 by Jarlath McCann

The Club's annual juvenile trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Quarter Finals takes place on Saturday 9th August (hopefully Armagh will be involved!). The bus will leave Ballyhegan Park at 12 noon (matches are at 4pm and 6pm). The group will all be seated together and will enter and leave the stadium as a group. The bus will leave Dublin after the second match then travel to Carrickdale were dinner of Chicken and chips will be provided for all, adults may choose to eat from the hotel menu eat their own expense. We expect to arrive back in Ballyhegan Park at approximately 10.30pm.
Prices are £20 per adult and £10 per juvenile.
Ticket requests and payment must be made to Paul Doherty on Friday 1st Aug at the club rooms between 7 and 7.30.

With Dublin Playing This will be a full stadium, there will be no opportunity to purchase tickets after Friday 1st August.


Armagh v Meath tickets

posted 22 Jul 2014 11:08 by Jarlath McCann

All requests for tickets for Armagh's round 4 All-Ireland qualifier against Meath on Sat 2nd August at 5pm AND for the Armagh Minor game against Mayo on Sunday 3rd August at 12pm must be with Tony Keegan ( 07730600615) by 11pm this Sunday 27th July. Please clearly state for which day you are requesting tickets. 

Once again all tickets ordered must be paid for even if not used unless you let Tony know you no longer need them before the deadline as tickets cant be brought back to the County Board after they have been ordered.

Ticket requests from fully paid up members only. If you would like to become a member please contact Club registrar Comghall Morgan (07808071167)


Armagh Seniors - Saturday 2nd Aug  -  Double Header

Meath V Armagh @ 5pm     (Also Kildare v Monaghan @7pm)

Adult -     €25 / £20

Juv -         €5 / £5

Concessions (OAP/STU) -  Full price ticket must be purchased & €5 refundable on the day on producing valid ID

Concessions only available for the Cusack & Davin

Armagh Minors - Sunday 3rd Aug  -  Triple Header

Mayo v Armagh @ 12pm    (Also - Senior: Kerry V Round 4A Winner & Mayo 2pm V Round 4A Winner 4pm)

Adult -     €30 / £25

Juv -         €5 / £5

Concessions (OAP/STU)- Full price ticket must be purchased & €5 refundable on the day on producing valid ID

Concessions only available for the Cusack & Davin

Cow Clap Competition

posted 22 Jul 2014 10:55 by Jarlath McCann

We are hosting our first ever Cow Clap Competition on Saturday 30th August. The concept is simple. An electronically generated map of the pitch is marked out in a grid with each square numbered. People buy up numbers beforehand for £2 per square. On 30th August a cow is unleashed on the field to graze and do that other thing that comes naturally to cattle. Wherever the cow unloads is the winning number. The lucky winner takes home £2000 and the person who sells the winning ticket receives £500. If you would like to sell tickets and be in with a chance of winning both prizes (by buying a ticket off yourself) contact Gerard Morgan on 07554293933.

Big Breakfast

posted 22 Jul 2014 10:51 by Jarlath McCann

Ballyhegan will be hosting a Big Breakfast on the morning of Saturday 2nd August at the Clubhouse. Full cooked breakfast will be £5 (£3 for a child’s). Cereal and fresh fruit salad will also be available at a further £1 per portion. This is the first time we will have hosted such an event and we hope to see as many people as possible come out for a great feed and a morning’s craic to set you up for the day.

Park n Stride 2014

posted 6 Jul 2014 04:22 by Jarlath McCann   [ updated 6 Jul 2014 04:31 ]

Ballyhegan hosted the 3rd annual Park n Stride 10k run 5k walk/run on Friday 4th July. 144 competitors of all ages turned out from far and wide to take on the scenic route on what was a fine evening. Huge thanks to all those who took part, helped out on the night and who put in many hours behind the scenes in the weeks and months leading up to the event and in particular to Shane O'Hanlon and to The Famous Grouse for their kind and generius sponsorship.

See pictures below of the various winners and the prize giving (a £20 voucher from House of Sport, Lurgan) which took place afterwards in The Famous Grouse.

1st place male in the 10k David Hughes receives his prize from Club chairman Seamus McCann

1st placed female in the 10k Nuala Lemon receives her prize.

1st placed Club person in the 10k Owen McCaw receives his prize.

1st placed under16 in the 5k Scott McAuley receives his prize

Not pictured is Lee Maginnes who came in 1st overall in the 5k.

For full list of results go to the downloads section of the website and click 2014 Park n Stride results.

Ballyhegan v Pearse Ogs IIs

posted 23 Jun 2014 07:13 by Jarlath McCann

Ballyhegan Davitts v Pearse Ogs IIs
Friday 20th June 2014
Ballyhegan played host to Pearse Ogs IIs on Friday night looking to atone for a defeat at their hands on the opening day of the season in Armagh back in April.
It was the visitors however who got off to the better start notching the first 2 points of the game - the first from a mistake in the Davitt's defence and the second a great effort from 40 yards assisted over by the upright - letting the hosts know that any league points gained would have to be hard earned.
After a couple of wides and some sloppy play Ballyhegan eventually found their feet and got off the mark with a point fom the left boot of player-manager Plunkett McCormack. This was then followed up with a goal for the hosts, centre half forward Conor Loughran finding the net in his first outing in the number 11 shirt this year. The 2 teams then traded points from frees, the Ogs first then James McKeever replied for the Davitts. Plunkett McCormack then doubled his tally with a point from the right hand side to put 3 between the sides and give the hosts a bit more confidence as they embarked on period of dominance  and hit the next 4 points without reply, Paddy Marley opening his account for the day with 2 impressive scores from play and a trademark deadball and Conor Loughran splitting the posts from the right hand side.
The visitors hit back with a pointed free before the impressive James McKeever replied with his second point of the game. The Ogs then came back into the game registering the last 3 points of the half.
Half time: Ballyhegan 1-08 Pearse Ogs IIs 0-07
Ballyhegan would have felt they could have been leading by more going into the break but they failed to convert their dominance in the first half so the challenge for the second half was to try to maintain the dominance and reflect it on the socreboard.
They got off to a good start with James McKeever adding to his tally with a further 2 points from play, the first swung over from the right and the second a great finish following a succession of jinks and turns. Plunkett McCormack then added his third score of the night following good support play from Jarlath McCann. The Davitts added to this positive start to the half by finding the net again, this time wing forward Gerard Morgan side stepped his man to find the top corner of the goal following good work from Paul Nixon. The hosts were rallying now and midfielder Mark Hughes fired over point soon after to give the home team an 11-point lead.
Paddy Marley stepped up to kick his first score of the second half, converting a free following a foul on Gerard Morgan. Marley was now causing the Ogs full back line serious problems and was on the receiving end of a high tackle which lead to a second booking for his marker and a red card. Paddy got up and converted the free and added another one soon after. Mark Hughes then burst forward from midfield and found the net as the Davitts notched their third goal of the night opening up a 17-point lead on the night. Ballyhegan had now hit 2-07 without reply from the start of the second half but the Ogs kept going, breaking forward and pointing from 30 yards. Paddy Marley then hit back for the hosts with his fifth free of the night to which the visitors replied with another point from play before midfielder Conor Williamson pointed with what would prove to be the final score of the game. 
Full time: Ballyhegan Davitts 3-17 Pearse Ogs IIs 0-09
This was a very positive display from Ballyhegan, particularly in the second half where they made their dominace reflect on the scoreboard. A great team effort resulted in recording the biggest victory of the year so far with good performances throughout the team and in particular from Joey Murphy, Jarlath McCann, Mark Hughes, James McKeever and Plunkett McCormack. Pady Marley was again clinical with the dead ball.
Next up for he Davitts is a tough trip away to Keady on Friday 27th June.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever (James 'Bart' McKeever 55), Tony Keegan, Roger McCormick, Jarlath McCann (Ronan Tiffney 55), Joey Murphy (C), Conor Morgan, Rory McKeever, Mark Hughes 1-01, Conor Williamson 0-01, Gerard Mogan 1-00, Conor Loughran 1-01, James McKeever 0-04 (1f), Paddy Marley 0-07 (5f), Plunket McCormack 0-03 (Michael Hamill 50), Shane McCormack (Paul Nixon). Sub not used: Daniel McNeill 

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