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posted 20 May 2013, 00:47 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 20 May 2013, 12:02 ]

Wednesday May 15th 2013

Intermediate B Championship

St Peter’s, Lurgan v Ballyhegan Davitts


Ballyhegan exited the Intermediate B Championship on Wednesday night in Lurgan, at the hands of St Peter’s.

The hosts were two points up in two minutes, before Paddy McKeever converted the opening Davitts score from a free kick awarded for a foul on Eoin Reynolds

St Peter’s kicked another point, this time from play, though the sides were level inside the ten minute mark, Paddy McKeever converting another free kick, this time for a foul on Conor Loughran, then Jack Wilson kicked a mighty score with the outside of his boot, escaping the close attentions of several Peter’s men.

St Peter’s retook control of the game at the midway point of the half, converting a free kick, then punishing the Davitts defence with the first goal of the game, after the loss of full back Jarlath McCann due to injury.

Good interchange between Gerard Morgan & Conall Gallagher, created a chance for Eoin Reynolds, who was upended, Eoin ably converting the free kick awarded.

The difference now three, it would soon be eight, as the hosts kicked another goal and two points in the towards the end of the half.

The Davitts men rallied well with two points in first half injury time, Eoin Reynolds converting another free kick, before Shane McCormack got on the end of a Gerard Morgan pass leaving the two goals the difference at half time.

 

Half Time: St Peter’s 2.06 Ballyhegan 0.06

Paddy McKeever converted his third free kick in the opening minutes of the second half, himself fouled after receiving a good long pass from Michael Hamill.

St Peter’s replied with two points of their own, then Jack Wilson coming out of the Ballyhegan defence with the ball, kicked a low punt forward, Gerard Morgan collecting possession out in front, and fed Eoin Reynolds to run direct, under pressure, a kick his third point of the game.

Davitts had a super chance to get back into the game in the 48th minute, Shane Morgan blasting the ball off the underside of the cross bar, very unlucky, after being put through by Gerard Morgan again.

The killer blow came with eight minutes to go; St Peter’s kicked their third goal of the game a deflected effort that James McKeever had no chance with!

A minute later, substitute Stefan McNally made a super diving save, but was adjudged to have touched the ball on the ground. The referee awarding a penalty & the Lurgan outfit had the ball in the back of the net again.

St Peter’s tagged on another four points, a Jack Wilson point the only reply from Ballyhegan in the final stages.



Full Time: St Peter’s 4.12 Ballyhegan 0.09

 

This was a gallant effort from the Davitts outfit, right in the game until the final ten minutes of the game.
Ultimately it was the St Peter’s running game and pacey counter attacks that won the game.

The return of Paddy McKeever to the Davitts jersey was one of the highlights for Ballyhegan. His transition back to football was smooth, the fulcrum of the Davitts attack once again.

Jack Wilson was the stand out Ballyhegan performer. His attacking instincts had to be curtailed as he was utilized to nullify a dangerous St Peter’s attack after the early loss of Jarlath McCann.

James McKeever in nets, had no chance with any of the goals, but his variation in kick outs was essential as Ballyhegan won the majority of primary possession.

Michael Hamill & Conor Loughran in Defence put in a good shift, and caught the eye when breaking forward on numerous occasions. Youngsters Shane Morgan and Aaron McNally grew into the game as it progressed and Gerard Morgan in attack stood out with intelligent running, involved in most of the scoring.

Another match another injury, we wish Jarlath McCann a speedy recovery!


Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

James McKeever, A. McNally, J. McCann (C. Morgan, 8 (S. McNally, 30)), M. Hamill, C. Loughran, J. Wilson 0.02, R. McCormack, D. Tiffney, C. Williamson, S. Morgan, S. McCormack 0.01, E. Reynolds 0.03 (2f), C. Gallagher (G. Kerr, 37), P. McKeever 0.03 (3f), G. Morgan
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