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Senior Men Prevail in Local Derby

posted 27 Jun 2011, 03:15 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 28 Jun 2011, 03:22 ]

Sunday June 26th

Ballyhegan Davitt's v Collegeland O’Rahilly’s

On Sunday afternoon Division III mid-table rivals Collegeland O’Rahilly’s made the short journey to Ballyhegan Park. Davitt’s keen to get over the disappointing Friday night defeat away to Crossmaglen Rangers.

A scrappy start for both teams ended with a high ball into the Ballyhegan full forward line, misread by the O’Rahilly’s defence & clinically dispatched to the back of the net by Kevin Keegan.

It took another five minutes for the next score, some neat interchange between Philip Kelly, & Shane McCormack produced an opening for Mel Courtney to split the posts.

Two minutes later Kevin Keegan extended the Davitt’s advantage with a neat finish put through with a well spotted chipped pass from Paul Courtney.

Collegeland got their first score of the game after 21 minutes, after an incisive run along the end line.

With three minutes remaining in the half Paul Courtney converted a big free kick from the left touchline in front of the club rooms.

Big brother Mel scored his second point of the game in injury time, his point sandwiched by two Collegeland scores leaving the four points between the sides at the half time whistle.



Half Time: Ballyhegan 1.04 -
Collegeland 0.03


Philip Kelly opened the second half scoring with point in the opening seconds of the half with his trusty left boot.

Two minutes later Collegeland had a big chance to get themselves back in the game. A penalty awarded as an attacker was about to shoot, however the spot kick was blazed over the bar.

The deficit was reduced to a goal in the 6th minute of the second half, the visitors converting a free kick.

Mark Hughes kept the Davitt’s score board ticking over, collecting a Paul Courtney free kick & shooting over the bar, and Mel Courtney got his third of the game a minute later following decent build up from Paul Courtney & Shane McCormack.

Collegeland replied with a point from play, but as the game approached the last ten minutes Shane McCormack all but ended the contest with a goal, a neat finish at the end of some good football, Kevin Keegan, Eoin Reynolds & Mel Courtney all involved.

Aidan Kelly then tagged on two quick scores, the first a super score wide on the right, played in again by Shane McCormack. The second Paul Courtney spotted a clever run from Eoin Reynolds who reversed to Aidan to again strike between the posts.

With 5 minutes remaining Kevin Keegan hit a post before Philip Kelly added another two points to his personal tally, the first a glorious effort from wide on the left & the second blasted over from just outside the left post, following great cross field pass from Eoin Reynolds.

With a minute remaining Collegeland popped over a consolation point, despite the finger tipped efforts of Mel Courtney & there was still time for the hosts to tag on another three points before the final whistle, Eoin Reynolds from an Aidan Kelly pass, Philip Kelly converting a free awarded for a foul on Eoin Reynolds & Mel Courtney topping off a fine individual performance with his fourth point from play, fed by Jarlath McCann.

An impressive 13 points the difference at the final whistle.


Full Time: Ballyhegan 2.14 - Collegeland 0.07

Although Davitt’s led throughout, the result was in the balance up until the second goal, but Ballyhegan pulled away at the end to finish the game comprehensive winners.

In defence Mark McKeever had a compelling tussle with the experienced Brian McGeary, a battle in which he won. Sean McNally had another fine performance in the full back line & Plunkett McCormack again led from the front, putting in numerous possession winning tackles & reading the game expertly.

Mel Courtney had an outstanding game in midfield, covered every blade of grass, helping out in defence & scoring 4 points from play.

Our full forward line showed boundless energy with some great runs, creating space for others to benefit, whilst scoring 2.03 between them.


Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

J. McKeever, S. McNally, Mark McKeever, T. Keegan, C. McNeice, P. McCormack, R. McKeever, M. Hughes 0.01, M. Courtney 0.04, A. Kelly 0.02, P. Courtney 0.01 (1f),  P. Kelly 0.04(1f), K. Keegan 1.01, S. McCormack 1.00, Eoin Reynolds 0.01

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