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Davitts Seniors fall by Blackwater

posted 12 Apr 2012, 01:44 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Wednesday April 11th 2012 Junior League

O’Neill’s, An Port Mór v Ballyhegan Davitts

Heavy rain showers cleared to leave early evening, bright spring sunshine on Wednesday evening in Blackwatertown, for the second Junior League fixture of the season. The wet ball would ensure difficult handling conditions, providing a few early errors for both teams.

Ballyhegan started very brightly, buoyed by an impressive second half performance in the opening league game (against Crossmaglen IIs), creating two goal chances in the opening minutes.
Davitt’s full-forward line of Philip Kelly, Jack Wilson & Eoin Reynolds combined well to create the opportunities, however desperate last ditch defending from the Blackwater rearguard including several blocks forced the wide ball of the first effort and Jack Wilson drew an excellent save from the goal keeper with the second effort.

Shane McKeever opened the evening’s scoring for the visitors with a tidy finish, shooting from the right hand side of the goals.

Good defensive work from Mark McKeever and Tony Keegan robbed the hosts of an excellent scoring chance at the other end, before An Port Mór took control of the game scoring two points followed by a thunderous goal effort on 20 minutes, which initially looked to have hit the post, before the referee explained it had hit the post stanchion (inside the net), and bounced out.

Philip Kelly responded for the Davitt’s converting a free kick 2 minutes later, himself fouled after collecting an Eoin Reynolds pass and Jack Wilson immediately reduced the deficit to two points with a neat swinging shot, after good build up from Conor Williamson and Eoin Reynolds – good response!

Several high looping balls into the Ballyhegan square were excellently dealt with by Michael McKeever (in nets), Mel Courtney & Mark McKeever again, but eventually the Blackwater men broke through scoring a fine point from 30 metres out on the right.

Ballyhegan again responded Philip Kelly intelligently holding up possession waiting and providing a neat through ball for Conor Williamson to break through the defensive challenge and fist the ball over the bar from a tight angle, great score!

In the closing minutes of the half Paul Courtney had a long ball saved by the keeper, and the big midfielder slotted over the resulting ’45 with aplomb, leaving the minimum between the sides, in a competitive half.

Half Time: An Port Mór 1.03 – Ballyhegan 0.05


An Port Mór extended their lead with 3 quick points in the opening five minutes of the second half, as they began to dominate the midfield exchanges.

The impressive Conor Williamson got his second of the game, the result of a good counter attack involving the twin McKeever’s and Eoin Reynolds.

Michael McKeever kept the Davitt’s in the game with a brave low sliding save, but after forcing several wide shots, the Ballyhegan defence were unable to stop the opposition centre forward striking a long distance shot over the black spot, 4 points again the difference entering the final quarter of the game.

A few minutes later Philip Kelly slotted over the score of the game from just inside the right hand touchline, soloing on the spot and lining up a marvelous crowd rousing effort, providing the Ballyhegan men with some hope of another revival.

However it was not to be as another Philip Kelly score from a free kick was sandwiched by two further points from the Blackwater men, the difference 4 points at the final whistle.

Full Time: An Port Mór 1.09 – Ballyhegan 0.08


Ballyhegan will rue the missed goal opportunities in the opening five minutes of the game. Possession around the middle was scarce against an impressive (& big) An Port Mór midfield and unfortunately the ball into our very dangerous forward line was not good.

Our full back line was excellent Mark McKeever & Mel Courtney stood out and our full forward line looked very sharp. Young Conor Williamson and Philip Kelly continue their progression to senior football with relative ease.

Next up:

Reserves away to St Paul’s Friday Night 6.45pm

Seniors home to Phelim Brady’s Sunday 2.30pm

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Michael McKeever, P. McCormack, M. Courtney, Mark McKeever, T. Keegan, C. Morgan (G. Hagan, 54), A. Kelly, J. Guy, P. Courtney 0.01 (1 ‘45), S. McKeever 0.01, C. Williamson 0.02, R. Devlin, P. Kelly 0.03 (2f), J. Wilson 0.01 (James McKeever, 44), E. Reynolds 0.01