Sunday June 5th
Ballyhegan Davitt's v Middletown Owen Roes
Ballyhegan hosted Middletown in rain soaked Ballyhegan Park on Sunday.
Davitt's got a glorious start, from the throw-in, Jack Wilson passing to Aidan Kelly, who sprinted away from the defence goal-wards, yet was brought down. A penalty was awarded and full forward Kevin Keegan confidently stepped up and dispatched to the corner of the net.
Middletown responded with a fine point, scored from a speedy wing-back, following a long run, however Ballyhegan's second goal came a minute later. Mark Hughes & Paddy Marley combining to put Eoin Reynolds through on goal, the keeper blocked the shot and Dermot Kelly was in the right place to blast the ball to the roof of the net!
After fifteen minutes Middletown reduced the deficit to a single goal after converting two free kicks.
Mark Hughes and Paddy Marley combined well again to feed Eoin Reynolds who clipped the ball, on the run, off the ground between the sticks for a point.
Paddy Marley extended the lead a minute later pointing after a clever Aidan Kelly pass.
After 21 first half minutes, Jack Wilson showed excellent vision, providing a glorious through ball to the extremely lively Paddy Marley, a clinical finish followed for the hosts third goal of the half, eight points now the difference.
Middletown, to their credit, finished the half well, with the final three points of the half without reply, leaving five the difference.
Half Time: Ballyhegan 3.02 v Middletown 0.06
Ballyhegan once again didn't come out at half time, Middletown eradicating the deficit with five points without reply, before Paddy Marley bagged his third score of the game, his second goal, with a deadly finish, after combining with Kevin Keegan. The game entering the final quarter and a goal now the difference.
Middletown reduced this deficit to the minimum entering the final ten minutes of the game, after another converted free and a score from play.
Eoin Reynolds responded with his second score of the game kicking from distance with his right boot after taking a Philip Kelly pass. However, Middletown would score the last two points of the game both from play, to cap a great second half performance and split the much needed league points.
Full Time: Ballyhegan 4.03 v Middletown 0.15
The good for Ballyhegan was the live-wire full forward line of Eoin Reynolds, Kevin Keegan & particularly Paddy Marley & the excellent delivery of ball, in the first half, from the likes of Jack Wilson, Aidan Kelly & Mark Hughes.
Some of the bad, too many kickable free's given away, a lack of shooting and in the second half our half forward line was sucked very deep which also put an end to the good ball hitting our full forward line.
Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:
J. McKeever, J. McCann (B. Quinn, 42), P. Courtney, T. Keegan, C. McNeice (R. McKeever, 56), P. McCormack, G. Quinn, M. Hughes, J. Wilson (M. Courtney, 48), D. Kelly 1-00 (P. Kelly, 41), M. McKeever, A. Kelly (P. Nixon, 58), P. Marley 2-01, K. Keegan 1-00 (1 Pen), E. Reynolds 0-02