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Ballyhegan v Newtown

posted 27 Jun 2016, 05:02 by Ballyhegan Davitts

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 1-03

Although 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)

Narrow Win For Davitts

posted 27 Jun 2016, 05:01 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 5th June 2016

Ballyhegan 1-14 v St Patrick’s 1-13

Ballyhegan met St Patricks II's in a sun drenched Ballyhegan Park at a slightly delayed throw in time of 3pm due to graveyard Sunday in Cullyhanna. It was the Davitts who were to prevail in this fixture with a one-point win but management will be worried that the game was not put to bed long before the final whistle. That said credit is due to a spirited St Patrick's outfit that refused to be beaten and indeed given the margin of victory, they will feel hard done by to not have got something from the game.

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

Davitts Fall to Keady

posted 14 Jun 2016, 15:01 by Jarlath McCann

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) 


Davitts Back on Track

posted 17 May 2016, 04:00 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 15th May 2016

Ballyhegan Davitts 2-14 Pearse Ogs 2-10

On a fine May afternoon, Ballyhegan’s Seniors’ were back in action against the Ogs, with the hosts keen to get back to winnings ways following Friday’s disappointing defeat.

The visitors began strongly, drawing an early free which was spurned, before earning another which was floated towards the square and flicked to the net by a Davitts defender for an own goal. A couple of Davitts’ wides followed, before the team hit their stride with points from Paul Nixon and the reliable Rory McKeever. In the next attack, Jack Rafferty lobbed the Ogs goalkeeper to find the net. The sides traded two points apiece before a barrage of points from the Davitts ended the half, with Jack adding to his tally through some excellent dead-ball strikes. A flowing team move ended with a goal from inside forward Stefan McNally, and an injury-time point from Paul Nixon gave the hosts a comfortable cushion at the break.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 2-09 Pearse Ogs 1-02

After the interval, Mark Hughes and Jack Rafferty added to the hosts tally, before the Ogs rattled off 3 points without reply. A fine solo effort from Paul Nixon pushed Ballyhegan further in front. A goal from an Ogs substitute gave the visitors hope, as they also claimed the next two scores. Late points from Conor Loughran and Jack Rafferty, the latter a neat move involving good movement from substitute Kyle Turbitt, left the hosts five in front. The final score came from the visitors, before referee Leon Reynolds brought proceedings to a close.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 2-14 Pearse Ogs 2-10

Overall, this was a mixed performance by the Davitts. Some fine team moves were interspersed with poor handling and unnecessary wides. With a short break ahead, the team will seek to improve their approach play and defence, as some difficult encounters lie ahead.

A final word of thanks to young James McCann for cutting both pitches during the week…a fine job James!

Ballyhegan Team: J.McKeever, R.McCormick, M.McKeever, L.McGrane (P.Marley, 37), R.McKeever (0-1) (B.Morgan, 58), S.McKeever (C.McGlinchey, 46), J.McAtarsney, M.Hughes (0-1), M.Courtney, C.Loughran (0-1), J.Rafferty (1-5), J.P.McKeever (0-2) (T.Rafferty, 57), C.McKeever (S.McCormack, 41), P.Nixon (0-4), S.McNally (1-0) (K.Turbitt, 53)

Davitts Disappoint

posted 17 May 2016, 03:58 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 13th May 2016

Ballyhegan Davitts 2-09 Clady Sean South 2-14

Ballyhegan welcomed Clady to Ballyhegan Park on a perfect spring evening for football, with the hosts seeking another home victory in their bid to top the table. The hosts were donning their magnificent new jerseys in the sunshine; we would like to thank Simply Fruit for their continued sponsorship of our Men’s team.

The visitors started strongly, with a pointed free followed by a goal from their inside forward. While the Davitts replied with points from Niall Crummie and James McKeever, several poor wides and handling errors meant that this was never going to be a straightforward encounter. The home side were reliant on frees to edge their way back into contention, with Paul Nixon and goalkeeper Jonny McKeever finding their mark. However, Clady’s ever-reliant free-taker pointed the final score of the half to leave the visitors in front at the break by the minimum.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Clady 1-4

In spite of some strong words from the management at the interval, further indiscipline in the tackle lead to Clady opening up a three point cushion at the start of the second half. A few minutes later, however, Ballyhegan’s marauding full-back Shane McKeever took a neat pass and drove the ball beyond the dive of the Clady goalkeeper to level matters. A subsequent free from Paul Nixon pushed the Davitts in front for the first time, but four frees in succession for the visitors meant they led by three going into the closing stages. A point by Daniel McKeever reduced arrears, but hopes were soon extinguished by another Clady goal. Mark Hughes replied with a fine solo effort for Ballyhegan’s second goal, but four points in a row by the visitors sealed the Davitts’ fate, in spite of a late consolation point from Rory McKeever.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 2-09 Clady 2-14

The visitors were worthy winners, with their hunger for breaking ball and excellent free-taking ability as key markers for victory. In contrast, Ballyhegan were woefully inept for large parts of this contest, with some basic handling errors and poor shot selection being the main aspects of their downfall. Thankfully, they have a quick opportunity to right the numerous wrongs from this game, as they entertain Pearse Ogs on Sunday at 2pm.

Ballyhegan Team: J.McKeever (0-02) (C) (J.McKeever, H/T), R.McCormick, S.McKeever (1-0), J.McAtarsney (P. Marley, 47), R.McKeever (0-01), C.Loughran, C.McGlinchey, M.Hughes (1-0), J.Rafferty, N.Crummie (0-01), (B.Morgan, 25), P.Nixon (0-3), J.P.McKeever (0-01) (S.McNally, 48), D.McKeever (0-01), T.Power (M.Hamill, 40), S.McCormack (T. Rafferty, 48)

Convincing Win for Davitts

posted 9 May 2016, 06:56 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 8th May

O’Hanlon’s 0-08 Ballyhegan 3-12

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

Jack Rafferty came on at half-time for Ballyhegan and within minutes of the re-start had the ball in the O’Hanlon’s net, a long ball played in by Mark Hughes saw Jack catch and turn before finishing calmly to the net. Jack followed this up with a point and the Davitts added further points from Conal McKeever and Mark Hughes. Mark again set Jack Rafferty up for another goal, a long ball again in to Jack which saw him turn and find the net once more. Ballyhegan kicked another nine points and scored a total of 2-12 in the second half which will have pleased the management.

Overall this was a good weekend for Ballyhegan as they took 3 points from a possible 4 to remain unbeaten in the league. Though harder tests are to come, notably this weekend when they have another two games, Friday sees Clady come to Ballyhegan Park, while on Sunday the also unbeaten Keady come to Ballyhegan Park.

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)

Clonmore Stalemate

posted 9 May 2016, 06:55 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 6th May 2016

Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

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.

Paul Nixon opened the scoring for Ballyhegan and Clonmore soon responded with a free. Mark Hughes then put Ballyhegan in front with a fine score from play, but again Clonmore drew level a few minutes later. Paul Nixon and Thomas Reynolds then put the Davitts two up and a fine team movement saw the ball come to Rory McKeever whose shot crashed off the crossbar. Clonmore came back with two scores of their own to draw the teams level again. Mark Hughes scored a free and Rory McKeever spilt the posts as he so often does in Clonmore, to put Ballyhegan two up again. But the final ten minutes of the half belonged to Clonmore as they scored a free to bring it back to one and finished the half as the game would finish, level, after their midfielder capped a good team move to put over the bar.
Half-time Clonmore
 
0-06 Ballyhegan 0-06

As the wind picked up in the second half it made the football hard to play. Paddy Marley gave Ballyhegan the lead on 34 mins, only for James Grimley to bring Clonmore level on 35. Another Mark Hughes free put Ballyhegan in front again on 46 mins, but James Grimley drew Clonmore level once again on 49 mins - it was that sort of game. Clonmore took the lead thanks to Grimley on 56 minutes and looked to see out the game, as every Ballyhegan attack was shut out. Credit to Ballyhegan but, they never give up and deep into injury time Daniel McKeever won a free 50 yards out. There was only one man for it, captain and goal keeper Jonny McKeever who struck the ball clean up it sailed and over the Clonmore bar, level again and that’s how it finished.

Full time: Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

Some handling errors nearly cost Ballyhegan a share of the spoils in this game, but the team showed great spirit to battle to the end and come away with a point. Best on the evening for Ballyhegan was Daniel McKeever and Roger McCormick in defence, while Paul Nixon had three Clonmore defenders round him most of the time, but still showed good movement. The injury to Paddy Marley hopefully isn’t as bad as it looked on the night.
 
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (0-01) (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney, R McKeever (0-01), S McKeever, C McGlinchey, M Hughes (0-03), J Rafferty, J McKeever, P Marley (0-01), T Reynolds (0-01) (M McKeever 34), D McKeever, P Nixon (0-02) C McKeever

Armagh Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Ballyhegan

posted 9 May 2016, 06:52 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan Davitts will host their first ever Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camp at Ballyhegan Park from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July. The Camp will run from 10am to 2.30pm each day. Online registration can be completed by logging into:



5th Annual Ballyhegan Park n Stride 10k/5k

posted 9 May 2016, 06:43 by Ballyhegan Davitts   [ updated 10 May 2016, 06:04 ]

Friday 8th July will be Ballyhegan Davitts GAA annual 10k run and 5k walk/run. This takes in the beautiful surroundings of Loughgall Country Park and is both a track and a trail run.
This year will be our 5th Park n Stide and we want to make it the biggest and best one yet.
As always, we will be running the event in conjunction with Marie Curie Cancer Care who receive a donation from the funds raised through the event.

Sign up on line via the following link:






Ballyhegan v Killeavy II's

posted 3 May 2016, 06:47 by Ballyhegan Davitts   [ updated 3 May 2016, 06:51 ]

Friday 29th April 2016

Ballyhegan 2-12 v Killeavy II’s 0-12

The Davitts where back at home again on Friday past to play the re-fixture against Killeavy that had been called off on the opening weekend of the league season; it was a fine spring evening, a great night for a game of football.

Ballyhegan played towards Hewitt’s field end in the first half, but it was Killeavy that opened the score with a point from a free after two minutes. The lead didn’t last long as Tiernan Power equalised after quick thinking from Jack Rafferty (to hit a quick free). Killeavy took the lead again through their midfielder, and extended it a minute later. Ballyhegan came back with points from Conal McKeever - who had come on to replace the injured Conor Loughran - and
  James McKeever bringing the sides level at 3 apiece.  Both sides exchanged the next couple of scores with Ballyhegan’s points coming from Mark Hughes after being set up by James McKeever. Killeavy then took a two point lead again and where showing Ballyhegan they were well up for the fight, Jack Rafferty then hit back for Ballyhegan after some great fielding from Mark Hughes.  Rory McKeever, back in his preferred half-back role, received a quick free from Paddy Marley to bring the sides back level again. Paul Nixon then give Ballyhegan the lead from a free after good work from Mark Hughes saw him getting fouled. This left the half-time score Ballyhegan 0-07 Killeavy 0-06 all to play for.

Jack Rafferty got the first score of the second half, but Killeavy responded well and took the next two scores and we were all square again. Conal McKeever put Ballyhegan in front but Killeavy drew level a minute later. The next few minutes was when the game changed in Ballyhegan’s favour. Mark Hughes converted a free to put the hosts ahead and from the resulting kick out the Davitts went forward and Paul Nixon found the net, after being set-up by Rory McKeever - a four point lead for Ballyhegan. Moments later Ballyhegan should have had another goal only for a great goal line clearance from Killeavy’s number 8. Paddy Marley then got in on the scoring act with a pointed free and four minutes later he had the ball in the Killeavy net after being played through by Jack Rafferty. The score was now 2-11 to 0-09.

Killeavy kicked the next score before Conal McKeever got Ballyhegan’s last score of the night after Mark Hughes played the ball into him. Killeavy kicked the final two scores of the game as Ballyhegan eased off. This win keeps Ballyhegan’s good start to the league going, though it has to be said this wasn’t a great game of football and Ballyhegan’s passing skills left a lot to be desired.

What will please Ballyhegan management is that they are still unbeaten and the fact that two debutants Conor McGlinchey and Niall Crummie both did well. Next up for Ballyhegan is another derby game away to Clonmore on Friday 6
th May at 7.30pm then away again on Sunday 8th
May to Poyntzpass at 2pm.
 
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, C McGlinchey , R McKeever (O McCaw 61), C Loughran (C McKeever 0-03  0-01 free) (K Turbet 61), S McKeever, M Hughes (0-02  0-01 free), J Rafferty (0-02), N Crummie (L McGrane 51) P Marley (1-01), J McKeever (0-01), D McKeever, P Nixon (1-01 0-01 free), T Power (0-01) (S McCormack 51)

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