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Davitts v Belleek

posted 12 Oct 2015, 12:51 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Junior A League Rd 16 

Sunday 27th September 2015 

Ballyhegan Davitts v Belleek 


Ballyhegan went into their final league game of the season on a fine Sunday afternoon against relegation candidates Belleek hoping for a win to potentially gain promotion up to the Intermediate division. Belleek could not be taken lightly having already beaten the Davitts earlier in the season. 

The visitors got off the mark first, opening the scoring from a free kick in the first minute. Ballyhegan hit back immediately through midfielder John Guy who was on the end of good build up play from Rory McKeever and Paddy Marley. Belleek regained the lead soon after with two points in a minute, one from play and another from a free. Davitts full forward Paul Nixon won a free kick which Paddy Marley converted before the visitors added another free to their tally and opened up a two point lead. Marley got in for his first point from play in the 12th minute when Jack Rafferty’s effort was blocked down the ball found its way to Paddy who slotted over. The home side took the lead a minute later. Jack Rafferty’s ball in put Paul Nixon through on goal. The keeper made a good save put Paddy Marley was first to the rebound and found the net putting the Davits two points up. Belleek then hit a purple patch which saw them roll off five unanswered points, three from frees and two from play, to go three clear. Ballyhegan added another two before the break, one resulting from a great team move and the other a fine effort from the right by half back Rory McKeever, either side of another score from the visitors to leave two the difference at the break. 

Half time: Ballyhegan 1-05 Belleek 0-10 

Perhaps it was the effects of a long hard season finally taking its toll on the players but the second half was something of a damp squib compared to the first. It took 10 minutes for the first score of the half which came from Belleek and saw them open up a 3 point lead in the game. They extended this 5 minutes later through a free kick. With less than 10 minutes remaining of the game, Ballyhegan finally started to click. Midfielder Mark Hughes pulled a point back for them to leave just 2 the difference. Belleek attack saw corner back Roger McCormick cleared a ball off his own line. The Davitts countered from this resulting in a point from substitute James McKeever with a fine solo effort beating three defenders before scoring. With 2 minutes left on the clock another substitute, Tiernan Power narrowed the gap to the minimum. Despite their best efforts the Davitts could neither find an equalising point nor a match-winning goal and succumbed to a one point defeat. 

Full time: Ballyhegan 1-08 Belleek 0-12  

Despite losing the match Ballyhegan may yet still be promoted as teams above and below them in the league still have not finished their campaign. No matter the outcome this season has saw fantastic progress under the new management team of Joe McGrane, Colm McKeever, Comghal Morgan and Eoin Reynolds. Going into the final game of last season Ballyhegan were playing to avoid relegation. Fast forward a season and its hopes of promotion going into the final game. Consistently putting out squads of around 25 players and new faces coming through from the underage ranks, the future looks bright for the Davitts and there is a buzz of excitement about the squad. Thanks to everyone involved all season for their efforts, sacrifices and hard work, particularly to the older men on the panel - Tony Keegan (who was captain for the day), Joey Murphy, Mel Courtney and Gerard Morgan - who find it more and more difficult to commit every year, hopefully you can all go again for at least another season! 


Ballyhegan lined out as follows: J McKeever, R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, R McKeever 0-01 (S McKeever 45), M Courtney (A Morgan 0-1 15), T Keegan (c), M Hughes 0-01, J Guy 0-01 (T Power 0-01), G Morgan (J McKeever 0-01 18), R Devlin (T Reynolds 27), J Rafferty, D McKeever, P Nixon, P Marley (1-02 1f)