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Cross II's v Ballyhegan

posted 20 May 2014, 03:16 by Jarlath McCann

Sunday 18th May 2014

Crossmaglen Rangers IIs v Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan made the long journey south in the rain to Crossmaglen on Sunday past for their 6th league outing of the season looking on build on their good recent form following 2 successive victories.

It was the hosts who gained the upper hand earlier on as they opened up an early 3 points to no score lead.  Full forward James McKeever settled the Davitts with their opening score, pointing from play to make it 0-03 to 0-01. Ballyhegan were then unfortunate not to take the lead as the ball found its way through the Cross defence to half forward Gerard Morgan who was unlucky to see his effort at goal just tail wide. Cross increased their lead by one before Gerard Morgan was fouled 21 yards out and Paddy Marley converted the resulting free. Cross then added another 2 points before Paddy Marley won a free which he got up to convert himself. The hosts put over a free of their own to leave a 4 point margin. Ballyhegan then embarked on a period of dominance for the remainder of the half and seemed to be all over their hosts. Unfortunately this dominance would not be reflected on the score board as out of 10 attempts, 8 went wide, 1 dropped short and all that could be shown for it was a fine pointed long range free kick from midfielder Mark Hughes.

Half time: Crossmaglen II’s 0-07 Ballyhegan 0-04

Cross got the opening score of the 2nd half from a dead ball as Ballyhegan’s woes infront of goal continued. The build up play was there, the chances were being created but still shots were going wide, betting blocked, dropping short and the Cross ‘keeper pulled off a good save from a Daniel McKeever snapshot at goal from close distance. Corner forward Plunkett McCormack got the Davits off the mark for the second half pointing from 13 yards but Cross would reply with another point soon after. Another Cross point soon followed then a high cross field ball in caught Ballyhegan’s defence out as the hosts got in to find the net with a goal leaving the score 1-10 to 0-05. Ballyhegan dominated the rest of the game, piling the pressure on the hosts defence but again wastefulness in front of goal cost dearly as all that could be managed was a point from substitute Shane McCormack.  

Full time: Crossmaglen II’s 1-10 Ballyhegan 0-05

This was a disappointing result for the Davitts who will look at it as one that got away. Despite dominating the play for the majority of the game, a lack of a killer instinct up front cost dearly. Cross took the chances well when they presented themselves, something that if Ballyhegan had have done, they would have taken 2 points home from this fixture.

Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, J. Murphy (c) , R. McCormick, R. McKeever (J. McCann 50), C. Loughran, C. Morgan, T. Keegan, M. Hughes (0-01, 1f), C. Williamson, G. Morgan (R. Tiffney 50), J. Guy, D. McKeever, P. Marley (0-02, 2f), J. McKeever 0-01 (M. Hamill 40), P. McCormack 0-01 (S. McCormack 40, 0-01)