Sunday 30th March 2014
Clonmore v Ballyhegan Davitts
Ballyhegan travelled to North Armagh neighbours Clonmore on Sunday evening for their final challenge match before the league starts next week. Following on from victories in previous games against St. Agnes' Belfast and Middletown, the Davitts went into the encounter expecting a tough game from last year's beaten Junior finalists.
Ballyhegan got off the mark first with a well worked point from midfielder Mark Hughes after 2 mins. Clonmore then replied with 2 points taking the lead before a left footed effort from Gerard Morgan brought it level again.
Clonmore pointed again only to lose their lead to a goal from corner forward Paddy Marley following some good link up play from Shane McCormack, Eoin Reynolds and James McKeever. The teams then traded 2 points with a Paddy Marley free and a nice point from Eoin Reynolds resulting from a smart pass from James McKeever.
The hosts pointed once more before Ballyhegan found the net again from the boot of Eoin Reynolds, a result of good work from Conor Williamson and Shane McCormack. Joey Murphy then rolled back the years with a great point from the right hand side before Paddy Marley got the final point of the first half.
Half time: Clonmore 0.06 Ballyhegan 2.06
Clonmore came out of the blocks in the 2nd half scoring 1.01 in the opening 4 mins with James McKeever pulling one back for the Davitts. The teams exchanged points again with Marley on target again. Clonmore then embarked on a 15 minute period of dominance which saw them score 3.04 without reply.
Ballyhegan hit back with another goal, a close range effort from half forward Gerard Morgan. This would prove to be their last score of the game however as the hosts closed it out with another 4 unanswered points.
Full time: Clonmore 4.16 Ballyhegan 3.08
Despite the scoreline Ballyhegan played well, especially in the first half with some great passages of play. Unfortunately injuries took their toll on the already depleted squad with Plunkett McCormack and Paddy Marley Jnr having to come off and Mark Hughes was lost to a black card. Hopefully all the injuries will be cleared up as soon as possible and the Davitts can look forward to a successful year on the pitch.
Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:
Jonny McKeever (J. Patterson, 30), J. Murphy 0.01, C. Morgan, M. Hamill, P. Marley Jnr (Jonny McKeever, 50), P. McCormack (M. McKeever, 40), C. Loughran, M. Hughes 0.01 (R. Tiffney, 6), G. Morgan 1.01, J. Guy, James McKeever 0.01, P. Marley Snr 1.03 (1f), S McCormack, E. Reynolds 1.01