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League victory at Home

posted 4 May 2014, 11:52 by Jarlath McCann
Sunday 4th May 2014

Ballyhegan Davitts v St Michael's Newtownhamilton

Ballyhegan Park hosted its second Junior A League fixture of the season with St Michael's Newtown visiting. After a disappointing start to the league campaign the Davitts needed a big performance to get the season back on track.

Ballyhegan opened the scoring with Paddy Marley raising the flag from a free kick after 2 mins. The visitors replied with a pointed free of their own before Ballyhegan went 2 up with scores from full forward James McKeever and centre half forward John Guy. Newtown pulled one back before the hosts embarked on a period of dominance seeing them hit 1-05 without reply, Paddy Marley with 3 frees, 1 from James McKeever, a fine effort from midfielder Conor Williamson and corner forward Eoin Reynolds hitting the net following a great ball in from Conor Morgan to Paddy Marley who quickly laid it off to Eoin who duly did the rest. Newtown managed to pull one back before the half time whistle sounded.

Half time: Ballyhegan 1-08 St Michaels 0-03

St Michaels came out strong for the second half getting the first 2 points. The Davitts then rallied hitting 0-03 without reply, James McKeever with a nice score from the left and 2 more free from the reliable boot of Paddy Marley. Newtown kept plugging away and pulled back another 2 points before Ballyhegan replied with another free from the impressive Marley. St Michaels pulled one back in the 49th minute but this proved to be their last score as the hosts finished strongly adding another 3 points. Paddy Marley on target with yet another dead ball, a great effort from the right hand side by John Guy and a free from James McKeever.

Final score: Ballyhegan 1-15 St Michaels 0-09

This was a very impressive performance from the Davitts from start to finish. Every player from 1 to 15 and indeed the lads who came on from the bench put in a good display. The defence was tough and tight throughout, Mark Hughes and Conor Williamson were impressive in the middle and were helped out greatly by an industrious half forward line. The full forward line of Paddy Marley, James McKeever and Eoin Reynolds were particularly impressive, their pace and movement causing the visitors defence a lot of problems.

An impressive victory and a good platform to now build on for future games.

Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, J. Murphy (c), R. McCormick, R. McKeever, C. Loughran, P. McCormack, T. Keegan, M. Hughes (R. Tiffney, 58), C. Williamson 0-01, C. Morgan, J. Guy 0-02, G. Morgan (D. McKeever, 52), P. Marley 0-08 (8f), J. McKeever 0-04 (2f), E. Reynolds 1-00 (S. McCormack, 55). Subs not used: J. Paterson, D. McNeill, M. McKeever