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Ballyhegan v Corrinshego

posted 24 Aug 2015, 15:13 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 23rd August 2015 

Junior A League Round 13 

Ballyhegan Davitts v Thomas Davis Corrinshego 

Ballyhegan 1-06 v Corrinshego 0-05 23/8/15


Ballyhegan hosted Corrinshego 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 Davitts took an early lead. A Ballyhegan forward was impeded as the visitors dealt with the early ball in resulting in a free which Conal 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. Conal McKeever increased the lead to three points soon after with his second free of the day. Corrinshego 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. Corrinshego had their tails up at this stage but the Davitts 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 defence fed Shane McKeever who delivered a cross-field ball again feeding Thomas Reynolds for another impressive point. Corrinshego had time to pull once back before the break to leave the minimum between the sides. 

Half time: Ballyhegan 0-04 Corinshego 0-03  

Corrinshego had the game level soon after the restart with a point from play. Once again Conal McKeever increased the Davitt’s lead on 37 minutes with a free from the left. As in the first half, Ballyhegan 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 wides through a combination of good pressure and some wayward shooting. The afore mentioned substitutes then combined well out of defence to feed midfielder Conor 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. Corrinshego piled on the pressure but could find no way through, only managing a point from a free kick at the end. 

Full time: Ballyhegan 1-06 Corrinshego 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. 


Ballyhegan 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 Loughran, J Guy (J McAtarsney 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)