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Brave Seniors Lose League Final

posted 31 Oct 2012, 02:02 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Match Report – An Port Mor v Ballyhegan – 28th Oct 2012

With promotion to the Intermediate League already secured Ballyhegan senior men’s long season came to an end on Sunday at Abbey Park in the Junior League Final.  

Junior Championship winners An Port Mor who traveled in search of the double were not to be disappointed.

An eighth minute point from the impressive Philip Kelly drew Ballyhegan level following Blackwatertown’s opening score in the fifth minute – 0:01 / 0:01. Converted frees from Paddy Marley & Philip Kelly once again drew Ballyhegan level – 0:03 / 0:03.

James McKeever then saw his goal effort unluckily rebound of the post following strong play from Philip Kelly & Paddy Marley.

Ballyhegan then took the lead for the first time when Philip Kelly converted another free, won by James McKeever, after good work from the impressive Jack Wilson – 0:03 / 0:04.

The woodwork then came to the Davitts rescue when an An Port Mor penalty struck the upright and was cleared by the grateful Ballyhegan defence. Philip Kelly stretched Ballyhegan’s lead to two by converting yet another free following hard work from Plunkett McCormack & James McKeever – 0:03 / 0:05.

An Port Mor then scored the last 2 points of the first half to leave it all square as the referee sounded his whistle – 0:05 / 0:05.

Jonny McKeever, Jack Wilson & the two man full forward line of Philip Kelly and Paddy Marley caught the eye during the opening period.

An Port Mor started the second half as they finished the first scoring two unanswered points – 0:07 / 0:05.  Paddy Marley converted a free before Philip Kelly scored a great point from play making room to turn on to his trusty left to split the posts from an acute angle – 0:07 / 0:07.

Half way through the second half Mark McKeever was unfortunate to pick up a second yellow card leaving Ballyhegan a man down. An Port Mor soon thereafter took the lead before Philip Kelly drew The Davitts level following good work from Conor Williamson and Paddy Marley – 0:08 / 0:08.

With the game in balance and Ballyhegan having to work hard to gain possession An Port Mor registered what proved to be the winning score – 0:09 / 0:08.

All sixteen Ballyhegan players deserve praise for their efforts but in defence Jonny McKeever, Mel Courtney and Joey Murphy deserve praise. In the middle third Jack Wilson excelled while up front Paddy Marley and in particular Man of the Match Philip Kelly finished their season in style.   

Despite an early exit from the Junior Championship and defeat in the League Final Ballyhegan have nonetheless gained promotion to the Intermediate League and all involved deserve praise for this. Hopefully the squad that contains a combination of youth and experience remains intact for the challenge of the higher division next year.   

Ballyhegan Team:

Jonny McKeever, Joey Murphy, Mel Courtney, Mark McKeever, Tony Keegan, Plunkett McCormack, Aidan Kelly,  Conor Morgan, John Guy, Jack Wilson, Conor Williamson, James McKeever (Shane McKeever), Philip Kelly (0:06), Mark Hughes, Paddy Marley (0:02)