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Ballyhegan v Pearse Ogs IIs

posted 23 Jun 2014, 07:13 by Jarlath McCann
Ballyhegan Davitts v Pearse Ogs IIs
Friday 20th June 2014
Ballyhegan played host to Pearse Ogs IIs on Friday night looking to atone for a defeat at their hands on the opening day of the season in Armagh back in April.
It was the visitors however who got off to the better start notching the first 2 points of the game - the first from a mistake in the Davitt's defence and the second a great effort from 40 yards assisted over by the upright - letting the hosts know that any league points gained would have to be hard earned.
After a couple of wides and some sloppy play Ballyhegan eventually found their feet and got off the mark with a point fom the left boot of player-manager Plunkett McCormack. This was then followed up with a goal for the hosts, centre half forward Conor Loughran finding the net in his first outing in the number 11 shirt this year. The 2 teams then traded points from frees, the Ogs first then James McKeever replied for the Davitts. Plunkett McCormack then doubled his tally with a point from the right hand side to put 3 between the sides and give the hosts a bit more confidence as they embarked on period of dominance  and hit the next 4 points without reply, Paddy Marley opening his account for the day with 2 impressive scores from play and a trademark deadball and Conor Loughran splitting the posts from the right hand side.
The visitors hit back with a pointed free before the impressive James McKeever replied with his second point of the game. The Ogs then came back into the game registering the last 3 points of the half.
Half time: Ballyhegan 1-08 Pearse Ogs IIs 0-07
Ballyhegan would have felt they could have been leading by more going into the break but they failed to convert their dominance in the first half so the challenge for the second half was to try to maintain the dominance and reflect it on the socreboard.
They got off to a good start with James McKeever adding to his tally with a further 2 points from play, the first swung over from the right and the second a great finish following a succession of jinks and turns. Plunkett McCormack then added his third score of the night following good support play from Jarlath McCann. The Davitts added to this positive start to the half by finding the net again, this time wing forward Gerard Morgan side stepped his man to find the top corner of the goal following good work from Paul Nixon. The hosts were rallying now and midfielder Mark Hughes fired over point soon after to give the home team an 11-point lead.
Paddy Marley stepped up to kick his first score of the second half, converting a free following a foul on Gerard Morgan. Marley was now causing the Ogs full back line serious problems and was on the receiving end of a high tackle which lead to a second booking for his marker and a red card. Paddy got up and converted the free and added another one soon after. Mark Hughes then burst forward from midfield and found the net as the Davitts notched their third goal of the night opening up a 17-point lead on the night. Ballyhegan had now hit 2-07 without reply from the start of the second half but the Ogs kept going, breaking forward and pointing from 30 yards. Paddy Marley then hit back for the hosts with his fifth free of the night to which the visitors replied with another point from play before midfielder Conor Williamson pointed with what would prove to be the final score of the game. 
Full time: Ballyhegan Davitts 3-17 Pearse Ogs IIs 0-09
This was a very positive display from Ballyhegan, particularly in the second half where they made their dominace reflect on the scoreboard. A great team effort resulted in recording the biggest victory of the year so far with good performances throughout the team and in particular from Joey Murphy, Jarlath McCann, Mark Hughes, James McKeever and Plunkett McCormack. Pady Marley was again clinical with the dead ball.
Next up for he Davitts is a tough trip away to Keady on Friday 27th June.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever (James 'Bart' McKeever 55), Tony Keegan, Roger McCormick, Jarlath McCann (Ronan Tiffney 55), Joey Murphy (C), Conor Morgan, Rory McKeever, Mark Hughes 1-01, Conor Williamson 0-01, Gerard Mogan 1-00, Conor Loughran 1-01, James McKeever 0-04 (1f), Paddy Marley 0-07 (5f), Plunket McCormack 0-03 (Michael Hamill 50), Shane McCormack (Paul Nixon). Sub not used: Daniel McNeill