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Ballyhegan beat St Michael's

posted 15 Sep 2014, 08:35 by Jarlath McCann
Sunday 14th September 2014

St Michael's v Ballyhegan

Ballyhegan travelled south to Newtownhamilton on Sunday past to take on St Michael's in a must win contest as they fight to stave off the threat of relegation.
Both sides came out of the blocks well as they exchanged early points. It wasn't until the 10th minute that Ballyhegan started to pull away from their hosts when young midfielder Jack Rafferty pointed to make the score 0-02 to 0-03 and less than 2 minutes later corner forward Paddy Marley found the back of the net with a well-taken goal following good work from Mark Hughes. With a four point lead opened up the hosts could have dropped their heads but came right back at the Davitts and hit the next 2 points to half the deficit. Centre half forward John Guy added to the score board with a point following some persistent tackling from Gerard Morgan. Newtown pulled one back soon after but the Davitts then rallied and hit 3 point without reply. Paddy Marley benefitted from good work by Jack Rafferty to split the posts and he was on hand again a minute later to gather the rebound from a Joey Murphy shot that came off the post and register another point. Five minutes the impressive Jack Rafferty then caught a St Michaels kickout in the middle of the field and burst through to score after a fine solo run. Goalkeeper Jonny McKeever was called into action soon after to produce a fine stop and deny what would have been a vital goal to the hosts. Newtown did manage to hit the final 2 points of the half as the Davitts went in with a one point league.

Half time: St Michael's 0-09 Ballyhegan 1-07

Ballyhegan started the second half the brighter of the 2 sides and registered the first 2 scores of the half to increase their lead to 3 points. Wing half back Conor Loughran fisted over following a good solo run and a minute later John Guy reacted quickest to gather a break from Jack Rafferty and split the posts. Ballyhegan hit back every time Newtown scored, the hosts pulled one back to which Paddy Marley replied, James McKeever replied to the hosts next point and full forward Paul Nixon was on hand to cancel out St Michael's next point. With 5 minutes remaining Paddy Marley caught a high ball out on the left and turn immediately to swing it over from distance for what was arguably the score of the game and increase the Davitts lead. The hosts went on to score a further 3 points in 5 minutes but it would not prove to be enough as Marley finished off the scoring on 60 minutes to secure a vital 3 point victory for the Davitts

Full time: St Michael's 0-15 Ballyhegan 1-15

An impressive performance on the day from Ballyhegan given that this was their first outing in a few weeks. Next up is the most important and final game of the season at home to St Patrick's IIs in a winner-stays-up match. The players efforts in the game yesterday needs to be matched and increased by everyone in training over the coming weeks as we await a definite date for the final fixture.

Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, Roger McCormick, Conor Morgan, Rory McKeever, Conor Loughran, Plunkett McCormack, Joey Murphy (c), Mark Hughes, Jack Rafferty, Tiernan Power, John Guy, James McKeever, Paddy Marley, Paul Nixon, Gerard Morgan. Subs: James 'Bart' McKeever, Sean McNally, Conal Gallagher, Shane McCormack.
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