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Davitts Disappoint

posted 17 May 2016, 03:58 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Friday 13th May 2016

Ballyhegan Davitts 2-09 Clady Sean South 2-14

Ballyhegan welcomed Clady to Ballyhegan Park on a perfect spring evening for football, with the hosts seeking another home victory in their bid to top the table. The hosts were donning their magnificent new jerseys in the sunshine; we would like to thank Simply Fruit for their continued sponsorship of our Men’s team.

The visitors started strongly, with a pointed free followed by a goal from their inside forward. While the Davitts replied with points from Niall Crummie and James McKeever, several poor wides and handling errors meant that this was never going to be a straightforward encounter. The home side were reliant on frees to edge their way back into contention, with Paul Nixon and goalkeeper Jonny McKeever finding their mark. However, Clady’s ever-reliant free-taker pointed the final score of the half to leave the visitors in front at the break by the minimum.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Clady 1-4

In spite of some strong words from the management at the interval, further indiscipline in the tackle lead to Clady opening up a three point cushion at the start of the second half. A few minutes later, however, Ballyhegan’s marauding full-back Shane McKeever took a neat pass and drove the ball beyond the dive of the Clady goalkeeper to level matters. A subsequent free from Paul Nixon pushed the Davitts in front for the first time, but four frees in succession for the visitors meant they led by three going into the closing stages. A point by Daniel McKeever reduced arrears, but hopes were soon extinguished by another Clady goal. Mark Hughes replied with a fine solo effort for Ballyhegan’s second goal, but four points in a row by the visitors sealed the Davitts’ fate, in spite of a late consolation point from Rory McKeever.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 2-09 Clady 2-14

The visitors were worthy winners, with their hunger for breaking ball and excellent free-taking ability as key markers for victory. In contrast, Ballyhegan were woefully inept for large parts of this contest, with some basic handling errors and poor shot selection being the main aspects of their downfall. Thankfully, they have a quick opportunity to right the numerous wrongs from this game, as they entertain Pearse Ogs on Sunday at 2pm.

Ballyhegan Team: J.McKeever (0-02) (C) (J.McKeever, H/T), R.McCormick, S.McKeever (1-0), J.McAtarsney (P. Marley, 47), R.McKeever (0-01), C.Loughran, C.McGlinchey, M.Hughes (1-0), J.Rafferty, N.Crummie (0-01), (B.Morgan, 25), P.Nixon (0-3), J.P.McKeever (0-01) (S.McNally, 48), D.McKeever (0-01), T.Power (M.Hamill, 40), S.McCormack (T. Rafferty, 48)

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