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Senior Men Defeated in Dorsey

posted 28 Apr 2013, 11:47 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 28 Apr 2013, 11:47 ]

Sunday April 28th 2012

Intermediate League

Dorsey Emmetts v Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan made the long trip to South Armagh on Sunday, to play fellow promotion rivals from last year, Dorsey Emmetts, both sides seeking their first win at the third attempt in the Intermediate league.

Dorsey were first on the scoreboard, registering a point in the opening minute of the game.

Ballyhegan responded well, James McKeever hit a point with his right foot, a nice score under pressure, in the next attack.

Philip Kelly put the Davitts in front, following some tenacious work from Mark McKeever, who intercepted a Dorsey attack & burst out of his own half to create the chance.

James McKeever, looking lively, got his second point of the game before the quarter hour mark, another tidy finish from 30 metres, with his right boot, after selling his marker a dummy to create space.

The Ballyhegan defence were caught out a few minutes later. A high shot came back off the upright, a player in green and yellow was first to react, finishing the ball to the net & putting the hosts in front again.

The goal was followed on the scoreboard by another Dorsey point from a free kick, however Ballyhegan pulled level with two points in two minutes. First Jack Wilson was fouled within shooting range, Philip Kelly duly obliged, splitting the points from the resulting free kick. Then Mark Hughes won possession from the kick out, raced through goal-wards and blasted the ball over the bar.

Eoin Reynolds continuously found space in behind the Dorsey defence in the first half, & Jack Wilson picked him out with a sublime through ball in the 23rd minute, to put “Bert” through on goal. He rounded the keeper and finished to the net, a well worked goal to delight the visiting fans!

The hosts finished the half well though, kicking and fisting points before the half time whistle, leaving the Davitts advantage at the minimum, with a difficult second half against the wind awaiting.

Half Time: Dorsey 1.04 Ballyhegan 1.05

If anything the conditions seemed to worsen in the second half. Both teams struggled to adapt. Ballyhegan had the first real chance of the half, ten minutes in, Paul Courtney hitting an a shot from an angle, that dipped to hit the cross bar, then the left post, the ball came out across the goal and a superb run and diving effort from Jack Wilson came off the right hand post and away to safety!

Dorsey then took advantage of a kick-out that held in the wind, to kick the first point in the second half 12 minutes in.

Young Conor McCann palmed the resulting huge Jonny McKeever kick out to Mark Hughes, who played Jack Wilson through to restore the Davitt's lead, with a well taken point on the run.

Dorsey took a point advantage entering the final ten minutes of the game, with two more converted free kicks, and looked to score another only Tony Keegan using all those years of experience, not for the first time in the game, positioned himself perfectly to intercept the ball breaking the Dorsey attack & setting up the Davitts counter Philip Kelly again the man to kick the big score, the sides level approaching the full time mark.

The Davitt's support thought they had won the first points of the season, when Philip Kelly again pointed from a free kick in injury time, however there was still time for some late drama, as the Dorsey attack sprung a late challenge and as the ball broke in front of the goals, it was a nippy Dorsey forward who dashed in and put the ball in the net, a cruel way to lose a tight game.

Full Time: Dorsey 2.07 Ballyhegan 1.08

Jack Wilson stood out for the Davitts, whilst Tony Keegan and Mark McKeever continued their good form in defence. Philip Kelly was the pick of the forwards.

Next up 2012 Junior Champions An Port Mor visit Ballyhegan Park.

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, J. McCann (S. McCormack, 30), P. Courtney, M. McKeever, T. Keegan, C. Morgan, J. Guy (J. Murphy, 57), M. Hughes 0.01, Jack Wilson 0.01, James McKeever 0.02, P. Marley, A. Kelly , C. McCann, P. Kelly 0.04 (2f), E. Reynolds 1.00