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Clonmore Stalemate

posted 9 May 2016, 06:55 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 6th May 2016

Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

Ballyhegan travelled to local rivals and championship opponents Clonmore Robert Emmet’s on Friday past, as the spring sunshine went down and the wind picked up this lead to a low scoring but entertaining draw.

Paul Nixon opened the scoring for Ballyhegan and Clonmore soon responded with a free. Mark Hughes then put Ballyhegan in front with a fine score from play, but again Clonmore drew level a few minutes later. Paul Nixon and Thomas Reynolds then put the Davitts two up and a fine team movement saw the ball come to Rory McKeever whose shot crashed off the crossbar. Clonmore came back with two scores of their own to draw the teams level again. Mark Hughes scored a free and Rory McKeever spilt the posts as he so often does in Clonmore, to put Ballyhegan two up again. But the final ten minutes of the half belonged to Clonmore as they scored a free to bring it back to one and finished the half as the game would finish, level, after their midfielder capped a good team move to put over the bar.
Half-time Clonmore
0-06 Ballyhegan 0-06

As the wind picked up in the second half it made the football hard to play. Paddy Marley gave Ballyhegan the lead on 34 mins, only for James Grimley to bring Clonmore level on 35. Another Mark Hughes free put Ballyhegan in front again on 46 mins, but James Grimley drew Clonmore level once again on 49 mins - it was that sort of game. Clonmore took the lead thanks to Grimley on 56 minutes and looked to see out the game, as every Ballyhegan attack was shut out. Credit to Ballyhegan but, they never give up and deep into injury time Daniel McKeever won a free 50 yards out. There was only one man for it, captain and goal keeper Jonny McKeever who struck the ball clean up it sailed and over the Clonmore bar, level again and that’s how it finished.

Full time: Clonmore 0-09 Ballyhegan 0-09

Some handling errors nearly cost Ballyhegan a share of the spoils in this game, but the team showed great spirit to battle to the end and come away with a point. Best on the evening for Ballyhegan was Daniel McKeever and Roger McCormick in defence, while Paul Nixon had three Clonmore defenders round him most of the time, but still showed good movement. The injury to Paddy Marley hopefully isn’t as bad as it looked on the night.
Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (0-01) (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney, R McKeever (0-01), S McKeever, C McGlinchey, M Hughes (0-03), J Rafferty, J McKeever, P Marley (0-01), T Reynolds (0-01) (M McKeever 34), D McKeever, P Nixon (0-02) C McKeever