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.
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)