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Derby Defeat in Portadown

posted 23 Jul 2013, 10:05 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Monday July 22nd 2013

Intermediate League

Tir na nÓg, Portadown v Ballyhegan Davitts

A big crowd turned up to Ballyoran on Monday night, to watch this local derby, top versus bottom in the Intermediate League, the crowd knowing the form book goes out the window in this fixture.

Played in perfect conditions, Ballyhegan started brightly with Jack Rafferty profiting from some good work from Jack Wilson, to kick a mighty opening point in the opening two minutes.

Tir na nÓg’s livewire corner forward, Paul Carville, took advantage of a mistake in the Davitts rear guard, just minutes later, and bagged an opportunistic goal.
Paul Courtney got Ballyhegan’s second point, from a dead ball, striking a lovely score off the ground from outside the 45 metre line.

The young pacey Portadown outfit would go on to dominate the first half, posting an impressive eight points without reply, and it could have been worse for the Davitts only for Tony Keegan to clear an effort off the line early on.

Mark Hughes score the Davitts third point of the game, splitting the posts after breaking through a couple of tackles, as midfielders Paul Courtney and Jack Wilson combined well to field possession from a kickout.

The hosts would kick the final point of the half to go in at the break nine points to the good.


Half Time: Tir na nÓg 1.09 Ballyhegan 0.03

The half time team talk fired the Ballyhegan team into action at the beginning of the second half, Paddy Marley, James McKeever and Jack Rafferty all combining to create an early goal chance for Shane McCormack, who drew a good save, from the keeper with a soccer style effort.

Two minutes later the Tir na nÓg keeper was beaten when Mark Hughes rattled a penalty kick to the bottom left corner, after being fouled in the parallelogram.

The hosts kicked another two points from play, cancelled out by two from Ballyhegan’s Paddy Marley right boot, free kicks awarded for fouls on John Guy and Jack Rafferty, as the game entered the final ten minutes.

Marley increased his total to four, before the end, once again from dead balls, responding to two more points from the hosts, before Jack Wilson struck a beauty from 50 metres, following good team recycling of possession in the closing minutes.

The Portadown men kicked the final score of the game, leaving the difference 6 points at the final whistle.


Full-Time: Tir na nÓg 1.14 Ballyhegan 1.08


A much improved second half performance outscoring the League leaders & producing a more entertaining contest for the big support.

Joey Murphy was excellent for Ballyhegan, whilst the work rate of Jack Rafferty, Paddy Marley and midfield pair Paul Courtney and Jack Wilson shone through.

Ballyhegan offer our congratulations to the Tir na nÓg club on securing a well-deserved promotion back to the Senior League.


Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, T. Keegan, M. McKeever, J. McCann (R. McKeever, 40), R. McCormack, P. McCormack, J. Murphy, P. Courtney 0.01 (1f) (G. Morgan, 45), J. Wilson 0.01, M. Hughes 1.01, J. Guy, J. Rafferty 0.01 (James (Bart) McKeever, 59), P. Marley 0.04 (4f), James McKeever (C. Williamson, 40), S. McCormack