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Good win for U-14s

posted 19 Jun 2015, 01:25 by Jarlath McCann

Ballyhegan Under 14s



Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s were up against Eire Og from Craigavon on Tuesday 16 June 2015.  Eire Og had beaten them earlier in the year and the players knew they had to be on top of their game from the start in order to get the upper hand this time round.


Played at Ballyhegan Park it was the young Davitts who started best with 3 points from James McCormack and Kevin McCann (2) before Eire Og responded.  A fine fisted pointed from Michael McCann and an excellent goal from Dan McKeever extended the lead to 6 points mid way through the first half.  Eire Og responded and some hesitancy in the Ballyhegan defence let them in for 2 goals as the half  drew to a close although 2 John Doherty points, following good work by Thomas Hughes and the midfield of James Crummie and Ryan Rafferty,  kept Ballyhegan within 1 score of their opponents at half time. 
HT Ballyhegan 1-6, Eire Og 2-6.


Following a productive half time team talk and some positional switches Ballyhegan went out in the 2nd half confident they could turn the game in their favour.  From the throw in midfield were on top and were supplying excellent ball into the forward line.  Following quick thinking from a free kick Kevin McCann pulled a point back before great work from Conor O’Carroll set up James McCormack for a goal.  The defence was now on top with Matthew McAtarsney, Michael McCann and Jamie McGahan cutting out a number of Eire Og attacks.  Peter McGrane who was now sweeping up everything at the back also broke forward for a further long range point.  Eire Og kept attacking and it was up to Tiernan Donachy to cut out a number of attacks including a great one on one save.  Ballyhegan were now dominant across the pitch and moved the ball quickly from defence and the constant movement and running off the ball had the Eire Og defence in trouble.  Further points from Conor O’Carroll, James McCormack, Peter McGrane and another goal by James McCormack extended the Davitts lead.  Eire Og never gave in and from one of their free kicks managed to find the top corner of the net following a lapse of concentration in the Davitts defence.  This was a one off for the defence who were outstanding in the second half and again kept spreading great passes into their forward line.  Further goals from Conor O’Carroll and James McCormack extended the lead before Sean Hughes was upended when in for a score.  The resultant free kick was pointed and signalled the end of the game. 


This was an excellent game of football between the 2 teams.  Ballyhegan always had the upper hand both in defence and attack in what was overall a great team performance.  17 points is an excellent return in any game of football and Ballyhegan thoroughly deserved their victory.
Final score Ballyhegan Davitts 5-17: Eire Og 2-08

Ballyhegan Team – Tiernan Donachy, Matthew McAtarsney, Conor O’Carroll, Jamie McGahan, James McCormack, Peter McGrane, James Crummie, Ryan Rafferty, Kevin McCann, Michael McCann, John Doherty, Thomas Hughes, Dan McKeever, Sean Hughes.