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Reserves v Tir Na nOg

posted 29 Apr 2015, 03:38 by Jarlath McCann
Ballyhegan B v Tir Na nOg B
 

Following on from their opening day draw away to Eire Og the B team travelled into Portadown to take on Tír na nÓg on Wednesday 22 April 2015.  Played on a sunny evening it was the Portadown men who go off to the brighter start scoring 2 goals in the first 10 minutes but points from PJ McNally, Conall Gallagher, James McKeever and Paddy Marley kept Ballyhegan in contention going into the second quarter.  Having scored 2 early goals Tír na nÓg probably thought there was more goals to be had, but the Ballyhegan defence had other ideas and following great work in defence from Adrian Knox, Ronan Tiffney, Jarlath McCann and Tony Keegan a number of other opportunities were thwarted, with Joseph McKeever particularly outstanding making several saves including a penalty.  This gave the rest of the team a lift and good attacking play from half backs James McAtarsney, Eoin Reynolds and Tony Keegan  left Ballyhegan finishing  the half the stronger with points from Paddy Marley, Eoin Reynolds and 2 from the new boots of Shane Morgan leaving the half time score Ballyhegan 0-9 Tír na nÓg 2-7.

 

After a well earned half time break the Davitts went out and started off best with an excellent left footed point from Stefan McNally getting them off and running.  Tír na nÓg replied with 5 unanswered points to put some daylight between the teams. Tír na nÓg freshened up their team with a number of substitutions but the Ballyhegan defence stood firm and the team responded.  Shane Morgan and JP Mckeever starting to throw their weight around and dominate the midfield with a number of clean catches.  Further strong runs from the midfield and half forwards and good work from Gerard Kerr and Gerard Morgan had the Davitts on top for the last 10 minutes outscoring Tír na nÓg and dominating the middle third.  With further points from the impressive trio of Paddy Marley (2), James McKeever and Shane Morgan Ballyhegan finished the stronger but just fell short at the final whistle.  Final Score Ballyhegan 0-14; Tír na nÓg 2-15.

This was an excellent team performance from Ballyhegan and one they can be proud of.

Ballyhegan Team – Joseph McKeever, Jarlath McCann, Adrian Knox, Ronan Tiffney, Eoin Reynolds, James McAtarsney, Tony Keegan, Shane Morgan, James McKeever, Stefan McNally, Paddy Marley, Gerard Kerr, Gerard Morgan, Conall Gallagher, PJ McNally.

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