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Dorsey Emmetts v Ballyhegan

posted 28 May 2014, 14:42 by Jarlath McCann
Sunday 25th May 2014
Dorsey Emmetts v Ballyhegan Davitts
Ballyhegan made the long journey to South Armagh for the third Sunday in a row, this time to take on Dorsey Emmetts. Both sides came down from the Intermediate League last year and have grown pretty familiar with each other recently.
The hosts were first off the mark before James McKeever levelled from a free. Dorsey then got an early foothold on the game notching over the next 4 points without reply. The visitors hit back with 2 more free kicks, another from full forward James McKeever and corner forward Paddy Marley opening his account for the day. Dorsey replied with another point before the turning point of the half with Paddy Marley picking up possession, beating his marker and finishing into the net. This seemed to breath life into the Davitts as they upped their game to outscore their rivals 0-03 to 0-01 in the remainder of the half with big points coming from Conor Wiliamson, James McKeever and Paddy Marley, to see them go in with a half time lead of 2 points.
Half time: Dorsey 0-07 Ballyhegan 1-06

Dorsey started the 2nd half the stronger side, scoring 3 unanswered points to take the lead. Ballyhegan replied from a free via the trusty boot of Paddy Marley to bring it back level again. Dorsey knuckled down and pulled 2 points clear. The game then turned in Ballyhegan's favour when they racked up the next 3 points without reply, Paddy Marley with 2 more frees either side of a Gerard Morgan point from play. The teams then traded points, Marley yet again punishing indiscipline in the hosts defence, before Dorsey hit 3 unanswered to take a 2 point lead going into the final minutes. Ballyhegan never let their heads drop however and fought back to level the game, Marley with another dead ball and midfielder Mark Hughes rescuing the point right at the end after a great burst forward.

Full time: Dorsey 0-16 Ballyhegan 1-13

A decent performance from Ballyhegan in a game that either team will feel they could have won. Ballyhegan will want to look back and examine how they conceded 16 points in a game but will be pleased to have battled to the end when it looked like the hosts might steal it at the end.

Ballyhegan lined out as follows: J McKeever, J McCann, R McCormick, R McKeever, C Loughran, C Morgan, T Keegan, C Williamson (0-01), M Hughes (0-01), J Murphy (c), J Guy, G Morgan (0-01), P Marley (1-07, 6f), J McKeever (0-03, 2f), S McCormack