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Davitts Seniors Leave It Late

posted 20 May 2012, 11:00 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Sunday May 20th 2012

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Ballyhegan Davitts v St Michael's Killean

Ballyhegan Park looked in great shape in the spring sunshine on Sunday. Credit must go to the field committee and all the volunteers who helped cut back the trees and replace the damaged catch net last weekend.


With defences on top, it took almost ten minutes before Paul Courtney opened the scoring for Ballyhegan. Paddy Marley then converted a free kick on the quarter hour mark, following a foul on Paul Courtney.


Killean responded to take the lead with five minutes in the half remaining, scoring three points in succession, two from play.


In the closing stages of the half Ballyhegan's Conor Loughran collected a high ball from James McKeever and clinically dispatched the ball to the back of the net, however the goal was ruled out by the referee for a square ball, the new rule may take some time to filter down!


Shane McKeever collected the resulting free kick clearance and split the posts to level the sides once more.


Shane McKeever then got his second point before the half time whistle, collecting a cross field pass from Eoin Reynolds and again neatly kicking the ball over the bar.



Half Time: Ballyhegan 0.04 Killean 0.03



Despite a half time rollicking for the Davitts, it was the South Armagh men who started the second half livelier. First Jonny McKeever was forced into saving a high looping shot, that was falling below the bar then Killean converted a free kick levelling the sides early in the second half.


Paddy Marley restored the Davitts lead with two quick free kicks, himself fouled both times, first after collecting a super pass from Paul Courtney & the second for an off the ball incident.


As the game entered into the final ten minutes, substitute Paul Nixon pointed, extending the Davitts advantage to three, Paul Courtney & Conor Williamson both involved in the build up.


A minute later Paddy Marley converted his fourth free kick of the game, as the referee blew for a foul on Conor Williamson, just as he split the posts, under sever pressure.


Killean kept in touch with two more quick scores, both from free kicks, however Paul Nixon put the result beyond doubt, breaking a tackle and smashing the ball to the net, following excellent defensive work from Mark McKeever and a super counter attack, the move of the day, involving James McKeever, Shane McKeever and Eoin Reynolds.


In the final minute of the game Sean McNally broke a Killean attack down and passed to Shane McKeever, laid the ball off to Conor Williamson who finished the afternoon's scoring with a nice point.


Full Time: Ballyhegan 1.09 Killean 0.06


Ballyhegan will be glad of the points in a keenly contested tussle. The result was in doubt up until the goal three minutes from time.


Ball into the forwards was poor, particularly in the first half, where our full forward line survived on scraps. Once again the defence stood resolute, conceding only two points from play.

The returning Mel Courtney was influential, Mark McKeever, Sean McNally & Joey Murphy continuously broke down opposition attacks and burst out of defence.


Paul Courtney again stood out around the middle of the field and Paddy Marley was the main threat in attack. Paul Nixon, made an impact on his return to the Ballyhegan jersey.


Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, S. McNally, M. Courtney, M. McKeever, T. Keegan, P. McCormack, J. Murphy, P. Courtney 0.01, J. Guy, E. Reynolds, C. Williamson 0.01, J. McKeever, C. Loughran (P. Nixon 1.01, 35), S. McKeever 0.02, P. Marley 0.04 (4f)

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