Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Armagh Junior A League Rd 14
Ballyhegan Davitts v Clonmore
Ballyhegan went in to this game against Junior Championship finalists and neighbours Clonmore needing a win to keep their promotion push alive.
They got off the mark in the first minute with a fine point from the left hand side by Morgan after being set up by Tony Keegan. Corner back Roger McCormick made a fantastic block to thwart Clonmore's first attack soon after leading to a fast Davitts counter resulting in a free which Paddy Marley coolly converted to double the lead. Centre half-forward Ronan Devlin then added Ballyhegan's third point in the fifth minute with the Davitts seemingly comfortable in the game so far. Clonmore launched another attack which saw a high ball in cross the end line before being fisted back into play and subsequently in to the Davitts net. After some confusion the referee declared that ball had gone wide first therefore the goal would not stand. The resulting kickout was intercepted by a Clonmore forward who fired it into the top corner to immediately level the game. They took the lead two minutes later converting a free kick to go a point up. Corner forward Conal McKeever levelled the game with a point from play before Clonmore added another free. The Davitts equalised with a free kick from Paddy Marley who also gave the hosts the lead going into the break when he pointed from play following good attacking play from Jack Rafferty and Ronan Devlin.
Half time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Clonmore 1-02
Marley continued where he left off before the break hitting the opening score of the half from a dead ball. Substitute Mel Courtney then linked with Marley to provide Conal McKeever with a scoring opportunity which he took. He was on target again five minutes later to further extend the Davitt's lead. Ronan Devlin then added his second of the game to give Ballyhegan a 5-point lead ten minutes into the half. Clonmore pulled one back despite the heroic defensive efforts of Roger McCormick and Daniel McKeever. The pivotal moment in the game came midway through the half when Jack Rafferty bust through the ranks to fire a shot at goal. The keeper saved the effort but managed only to parry it back into play and Jack duly dispatched the rebound into the back of the net. Another Clonmore point from play was cancelled out by substitute James McKeever. Tiernan Power made a great tackle to win back possession and fed McKeever who danced by 3 defenders before splitting posts with a fine solo effort. Clonmore pulled 2 more back, both free kicks before the final whistle blew.
Full time: Ballyhegan 1-11 Clonmore 1-07
This was an impressive performance from Ballyhegan against the Championship finalists, though they will feel they could have won by more but for some wayward passes at key moments. It sets the Davitts up well for the must win final game against Belleek at home on Sunday 27th September.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, S McKeever (R McKeever), A Morgan 0-01, T Keegan, M Hughes (T Power), J Guy (M Courtney HT), R McKeever (G Morgan HT), R Devlin 0-02 (J Guy), J Rafferty 1-00, D McKeever, P Marley 0-04 (3f), C McKeever 0-03 (J McKeever 0-01)
Junior Championship Quarter Final
Ballyhegan v Killeavy IIs
Friday 11th September 2015
Ballyhegan came into this fixture on a decent run of form of late hoping to progress to their first Championship semi final since 2004. Killeavy IIs, Junior championship semi finalist for the past 2 years wanted to progress to at least that stage once again. Something had to give.
Killeavy got off to the better start, hitting the upright in the opening minute – rattling the Davitts defence early on. Ballyhegan lost midfielder John Guy to a black card a minute later, a loss to the team in what was always going to be a very physical battle. Killeavy opened the scoring after six minutes with an early goal followed up soon after by a pointed free kick and another point from play a minute later to take an early five point lead. It took until the twelfth minute for the Davitts to open their account, Paddy Marley scoring from play after being fed by Tony Keegan. Half forward Thomas Reynolds pulled another one back with well taken point off the outside of his right boot. Midfielder Mark Hughes added another to leave two between the sides a couple of minutes later. Killeavy extended the lead to three points with another point from play before a dramatic ending to the first half which would see Ballyhegan full back Mark McKeever dismissed and keeper Jonny McKeever save the resulting penalty just on the stroke of half time.
Half time score: Ballyhegan 0-03 Killeavy IIs 1-03
After a number of changes at half time, Ballyhegan came out strong and reduced the gap to a single point after three minutes of play. Paddy Marley with the first effort from a free and Mark Hughes with his second of the game. Killeavy added on another point before Marley again split the posts from a dead ball to leave the minimum between the sides going into the final quarter of the game. Killeavy converted a free kick to extend the lead again. Despite the Davitts best efforts their scores started drying up and Killeavy added a further two points from play. Ballyhean could not find the goal they so badly needed if they were to rescue the game and Killeavy ran out winner to progress on to the semi finals for another year.
Full time: Ballyhegan 0-07 Killeavy 1-08
A disappointing night all round for the Davitts. A poor first half did the damage meaning a spirited second half performance would prove futile in the end. The season is far from over though. With three more league games still to play, Ballyhegan are still very much in the promotion hunt. The first of the three games will be played this Saturday night (19th September) at 6pm away to St Michael’s Newtownhamilton.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, S McKeever, C Loughran (R McKeever), A Morgan, T Keegan (T Power), M Hughes 0-02, J Guy (R Devlin 2), T Reynolds 0-01, J Rafferty, J McKeever (S McKeever HT), J Murphy (C McKeever HT), P Nixon, P Marley 0-03f
Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s completed their campaign for the 2015 season with a comprehensive victory against St Pauls in the Division 3 Shield Final. Having defeated Clann Eireann in the semi final 2 weeks ago the players were eagerly awaiting the winners of the other semi final between St Pauls and Middletown. St Pauls were the victors and the final was fixed for Sunday 13 September at Sarsfields.
Played on a great surface on a full size pitch with 13 aside it was the Davitts who started the brighter with the wide open spaces suiting their long passing game. Following a number of unsuccessful attacks a long ball into James McCormack following good work from Conor O’Carroll and John Doherty saw James score the game’s opening goal. St Pauls replied with a number of chances hitting 2 points and 3 wides before Ballyhegan regrouped and mid way through the half James McCormack scored his second goal – this following a great interception by goalkeeper Tiernan Donachy whose quick delivery to Matthew McAtarsney and Ryan Rafferty saw the ball move from one end to the other and into the net. St Pauls had chances of their own but some excellent defending by Michael McCann, Matthew McAtarsney and full back Kevin McCann saw many of their attacks cut out. The midfield of Ryan Rafferty and Ethan McAtarsney were well on top by this stage, and with intelligent runs by Sam Harrison, Dan McKeever and Conor O’Carroll in the forwards as well as strong running by half back John Doherty and Peter McGrane, there was a continual supply of quality ball into the forwards. St Pauls defence blocked a number of chances though the pressure eventually worked with a further goal by James McCormack before half time saw them go in at the interval 3:02 to 0:04 in the lead.
The half time break gave the players a much needed break and management a chance to re-organise. Jamie McGahan replaced Michael McCann who had taken a heavy knock in the first half, with Conor O’Carroll dropping back into defence. Ballyhegan started the second half as they finished the first with a point from the throw in from James McCormack. This was the way the rest of the half was to take shape with the young Davitts totally dominating the second half; however they could not turn this dominance into scores with the St Pauls goalkeeper thwarting a number of goal scoring chances until eventually Dan McKeever finished strongly to the net following good build up play from James Crummie. This was followed quickly by a further point from Ryan Rafferty who had burst forward from midfield to join the attack. St Pauls were now chasing the game and in search of goals with a number of high balls into the Ballyhegan defence. These were dealt with superbly both by Tiernan Donachy in nets and Kevin McCann who was reading every ball into the box and any breaking ball was soon swept up by Conor O’Carroll and Peter McGrane. John Doherty and Matthew McAtarsney were sticking tightly to their men and broke up a number of attacks with their dogged defending. James Harvey, Sean Hughes and Thomas Hughes were introduced into the forward line to add some fresh legs and immediately penned the St Pauls defence back in their own half which enabled Ethan McAtarsney to rush through and score a goal and a point in quick succession. With the game now drawing to a close and both teams tiring it was St Pauls who broke forward and their full forward won a free on the edge of the area, which he took quickly and scored St Pauls only goal of the game. Not to be outdone
Ballyhegan broke forward and further points form James McCormack and Ethan McAtarsney saw Ballyhegan finish on a high. At the final whistle the score was Ballyhegan 5-07 to St Pauls 1-06.
This was an excellent game of football from both sides and played in a very sporting manner and well refereed by John Haughian. They say goals win games and in this case that was indeed true but the score line perhaps does not accurately reflect the dominance of Ballyhegan especially in the second half. An all round excellent team performance with every player playing their part. Defence was solid, midfield ran them into the ground and forwards caused all sorts of problems - a performance which players, managers and parents should be and were indeed proud off.
Ballyhegan Team – Tiernan Donachy, Matthew McAtarsney. Kevin McCann, Michael McCann, Peter McGrane, John Doherty, Ryan Rafferty, Ethan McAtarsney, Sam Harrison, James Crummie, James McCormack, Conor O’Carroll, Dan McKeever, Jamie McGahan, Sean Hughes, Thomas Hughes, James Harvey, Jack Furphy.
U-14 Div.3 Shield Final
Sunday 13th September at 12pm in Sarsfields at 12pm
Ballyhegan v St Paul's
Good luck to our team and management.
Junior Football Championship Quarter Final
Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Friday 11th September 6.45pm
Ballyhegan v Killeavey IIs
Let's get out in numbers and support the lads.
For all our friends overseas the match will be streamed live on Armagh TV through the following link:
Well done to out u-10's who made it all the way to the final of the shield in the Jim Moore Memorial Tournament at St Peter's on Saturday psat (29/8/15) narrowly losing to Clan Na Gael by a point in the final.
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Junior A League Round 13
v Thomas Davis
hosted on Sunday past with an earlier than normal throw-in time of 12pm. Torrential rain overnight and the morning of the match ensured that this would not be a pretty spectacle of a game and indeed that the team who made the least mistakes and adapted to the conditions better would win.
Straight from the throw-in, won by John Guy and pumped in high and early to test the visiting full back line, the took an early lead. A forward was impeded as the visitors dealt with the early ball in resulting in a free which McKeever converted. The hosts doubled their lead two minutes later. Rory and James McKeever combined well down the right finding Shane McKeever who picked out a great pass to Thomas Reynolds who struck the ball over from the right hand side. McKeever increased the lead to three points soon after with his second free of the day. pulled two points back, the first from play and another from a free kick out on the left to reduce the gap to a point. had their tails up at this stage but the defended well with the returning Mel Courtney in full back dealing well with high balls into the big full forward and Daniel McKeever and Joey Murphy among others showing well. A fast break out of fed Shane McKeever who delivered a cross-field ball again feeding Thomas Reynolds for another impressive point. had time to pull once back before the break to leave the minimum between the sides.
Half time: 0-04 0-03
had the game level soon after the restart with a point from play. Once again McKeever increased the Davitt’s lead on 37 minutes with a free from the left. As in the first half, continued to defend well, helped at this stage by the fresh legs of substitutes Tony Keegan and Roger McCormick, seeing the visitors record a number of disheartening through a combination of good pressure and some wayward shooting. The afore mentioned substitutes then combined well out of to feed midfielder Williamson who hit a fantastic long range point to increase the lead to two points with less than 10 minutes remaining. It was another substitute, this time Gerard Morgan, who ensured the points soon after. A sideline ball was hit by the visitors back towards their keeper. Morgan intercepted it finding himself one-on-one with the out-coming goalkeeper. Not one to panic, he effortlessly pirouetted around the advancing keeper and coolly slotted into the empty net to increase the lead to five with only minutes remaining. piled on the pressure but could find no way through, only managing a point from a free kick at the end.
Full time: 1-06 0-05
This by no means was a classic, with both sides battling the conditions. Ballyhegan played some good football at times but some wayward passing and poor decision making will give them plenty to work on as they keep pushing for promotion. With 3 or 4 regulars in the starting 15 injured on the day, men stepped in seamlessly and the positive impact from the substitutes that came in during the second half show the strength in depth Ballyhegan have this year in their squad.
team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), S McKeever (R McCormick 40), M Courtney, J Murphy, R McKeever (T Keegan 40), A Morgan, C , J Guy (J 54), C Williamson (0-01), T Reynolds 0-02, S McKeever (G Morgan 51, 1-00), J McKeever (R Devlin 38), D McKeever, J Rafferty (T Power 57), C McKeever 0-03 (3f)
Friday 14th August 2015
Junior Football Championship Round 2
Ballyhegan v Clonmore
Ballyhegan to Tullysaran on Friday past to take on Clonmore in the 2nd round of the Junior Championship hoping to progress on to the Quarter Final. A four point win over Clonmore in the league earlier in the season meant nothing to either side going into the game.
Clonmore got off the mark and took an early two-point lead inside the opening two minutes with both points coming from free kicks. The Davitts replied through Thomas Reynolds who from good work by Daniel McKeever and Jack Rafferty. Clonmore added two further frees either side of corner forward Paddy Marley taking a heavy knock but getting up to convert the resulting free. Two further points, one from a free and their first from play saw Clonmore open up a four-point lead but in the 19th minute the was turned on its head by Paul Nixon who had moved into full forward. Finding himself through on goal from receiving Thomas Reynolds’ pass, Nixon found the net to reduce the gap to a single point. From the resulting kickout Ballyhegan won possession. The ball made its way to full back Mark McKeever who had ventured up the pitch and he picked out a fantastic pass into Nixon who found himself in on goal once again, this time expertly rounding the ‘keeper and finishing low into the net to put the Davitts two points up. Nixon was involved in the next move combining with Daniel McKeever and Jack Rafferty to provide Thomas Reynolds the opportunity for his second point of the day which he duly took. Substitute Conal McKeever, on at this stage for the injured Paddy Marley, kicked a free on 23 minutes to put Ballyhegan four to the good. With 2 minutes of the half remaining Clonmore won a free which they converted. Not done there, they pressed on and forced a turnover in the heart of the Davitts which saw the find the net to draw level and there was enough injury time to see them add a further point from play and go into the interval with a one-point lead.
Half time: Ballyhegan 2-04 Clonmore 1-08
After regrouping at half time it was the Davitts who got off the mark first in the second half with Conal McKeever drawing the sides level from a free kick in the first minute of the half. Two further points from Clonmore saw them pull away once more but a 4-minute purple patch from Ballyhegan saw them turn the game around yet again. On 37 minutes Paul Nixon got his first point of the game followed 2 minutes later by Conal McKeever’s first from play, drawing the game level. A minute later Mark Hughes and Jack Rafferty combined to feed Nixon who again found the net completing his hat-trick of goals from close range. A three-point lead with 10 minutes to go would see Clonmore throw everything at Ballyhegan. A free kick and a point from play saw them reduce the gap to the minimum but again Paul Nixon was on hand to extend the Davitts’ lead to two points. Another free for Clonmore left a single point between the sides with 5 minutes to go. Ballyhegan defended superbly in this period, aided well by the experienced Joey Murphy and held on for the win and to progress to the Quarter Finals.
Full time: Ballyhegan 3-08 Clonmore 1-13
Ballyhegan will be pleased to have hung on in the end and progressed but won’t be entirely happy with the performance, particularly in the first half. That said, they played some great football at times and showed a great will to win especially in the second half. Paul Nixon’s impressive return of 3-02 from play (not the first time this year he has bagged a hat-trick) was another major highlight. Next up for Ballyhegan the promotion push continues with fellow promotion chasers Corrinshego visiting Ballyhegan Park this Sunday 23rd August.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows:
J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, T Keegan (S McKeever 45), A Morgan, C Loughran (R McKeever 38), M Hughes (M Courtney 44), J Guy (C Williamson 33), T Reynolds 0-02, P Nixon 3-02, J McKeever (S McKeever HT), D McKeever, J Rafferty, P Marley 1f (C McKeever 0-03 2f)
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