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Ballyhegan Ladies v Armagh Harps Ladies

posted 27 Mar 2015, 08:52 by Jarlath McCann
Thursday 26th March 2015
Ballyhegan Ladies V Armagh Harps Ladies
The Ballyhegan Davitts ladies senior team took to the field again last night in their third challenge game of the pre-season. Preparation wasn’t ideal as we had a flood light failure at the start. However once that was sorted the game got underway.

On a heavy pitch, the Davitts made a great start with a midfield duo of Brenda McCormack and Clodagh McCann dominating and winning clean possession. Up front the pace of Lauren O’Gorman was exposing gaps in the Harps defence, and with accurate passing from midfield the Davitts got off to a flyer with 6 unanswered points. A youthful looking half forward line of Edith McCormick, Eimear Murray and Nuala McKeever, provided plenty of energy and lots of skill, their work rate ensured the Davitts continued to dominate until half time. The second half started were the first left off with Brenda and Clodagh enjoying time and space with the ball. The constant movement and energy of Edith McCormick was giving the Harps a massive headache her link up play and the support of Lisa Knox and the midfield meant the Davitts extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-2 with 20 minutes to go.

A change in the Harps system saw them come into the game more with young Leah McGoldrick beginning to find space to receive the ball. Her pace was an issue for the Davitts defence but the ladies stuck to their task well and after a concerted attack by the Harps when they struck the up-right three times the ball was eventually cleared. To keep the Harps at bay Davitts net minder Orla McKeever had to make two excellent saves, a very accomplished performance by the noisy keeper. The Davitts half back line of Lisa Knox, Kate McCormack and Sarah Louise Doherty were busy now but limited to the visitors to just 3 more points in the half. The defensive effort was helped by the experience of Carol McCann, who made a welcome return after 18 months out of the game, and newcomer Maria Nugent who had her best game yet in the Blue jersey.  

A late goal by the Harps didn’t take away from the fine performance of all the Davitts on the night, and a superb point from Edith McCormick which finished off a flowing move was a fitting end to the scoring. Ballyhegan were missing quite a few players on the night due to work and confirmation commitments, so the pressure is now on for the returning players to regain their place in the team.
Final score Ballyhegan 1-10 Armagh Harps 1-5