News‎ > ‎

Senior Men win in Cullyhanna

posted 29 Apr 2012, 10:53 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Sunday April 29th 2012 Junior League

St Patrick's II, Cullyhanna v Ballyhegan Davitts

Davitts Senior men made the long trip to Cullyhanna on Sunday afternoon eager to make amends for a poor second half performance in the previous league match at home to Lissummon.

The strong swirling wind would cause problems for both teams.

Ballyhegan got on the scoreboard first, midfielder Conor Williamson breaking forward and popping over the bar with his right foot inside the opening five minutes.

Good build up play from Tony Keegan and Conor Morgan then released Davitts wing forward James McKeever, who made space to get away a strike on goal, which bounced dangerously in front of the St Pat's Keeper and over the bar.

St Pats responded creating a number of chances most of which ended up wide of the posts however the hosts did manage to convert two free kicks and a point from play to take the lead at the half way point in the first half.

Aidan Kelly produced a super pass from the wing to inside forward Paddy Marley, however, the referee awarded a free kick in front of the posts, for a late hit on Aidan. Younger brother Philip Kelly stepped up casually to hit the free, which dropped short, the goalkeeper unable to keep the ball out of the back of the net, putting the visitors in front again, somewhat fortunately.

Paddy Marley was next to get on the score sheet, out in front of his marker for a neat Philip Kelly pass, quick turn and kick over the bar to extend Ballyhegan's advantage to three.

Philip Kelly then smashed an effort of the cross bar from a tight angle, after a mazy and speedy run goal wards from the left flank.

Davitt's got the final score of the half on the whistle, Philip Kelly converting another free kick awarded for a foul on Paddy Marley.

Half Time: St Patrick's 0.03 - Ballyhegan 1.04

The men from South Armagh started the second half very well scoring two points in the opening five minutes of the half and took the lead a minute later eventually scoring a goal at the second attempt after an excellent save from the initial effort from Ballyhegan net-minder Jonny McKeever.

Philip Kelly levelled the sides a couple of minutes later, again from the dead ball, the free kick awarded for a foul this time on Dan McKeever.

Ballyhegan retook the lead ten minutes into the second half with a lovely score from Conor Morgan, at the end of a nice move again involving Paddy Marley.

St Pats again levelled from a free kick, awarded in front of the posts, but entering the final quarter of the game Philip Kelly produced a super pick up of the rolling ball and kicked the ball over the bar with his trusty left boot.

St Pats again levelled the scores approaching the final minutes of the game however some fine defending including multiple Paul Courtney diving blocks and a double Mark McKeever / Ronan Devlin block kept the hosts at bay, allowing Philip Kelly to kick over the final two points of the game, both free kicks, the first a massive kick from outside the 45 metres line, to secure the win for Ballyhegan!

Full Time: St Patrick's 1.07 - Ballyhegan 1.09

Conditions made it difficult to produce many scoring chances, but this was a good battling performance to gain the much needed 2 points on offer.
In defence, once again Mark McKeever had a super hour in the full back line. Strong tackling produced multiple turnovers and distributed the ball accurately out of defence.

Paul Courtney had another courageous whole hearted display, putting his body on the line for a number of diving blocks.

In attack the returning Paddy Marley caused the St Pat's full back-line all sorts of problems, constantly showing for possession and out in front of his marker every time, involved in the majority of Ballyhegan's scores.

Philip Kelly again shone scoring 1.06, mostly from the dead ball, however his speed proves an invaluable asset to this Ballyhegan side's general play.

Next up:

Seniors Home to Killeavy II Sunday 2pm

Reserves Home to Eire Og Wednesday Night 7.15pm

Away to Tir na nOg friday Night7.15pm

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, R. Devlin, P. Courtney, M. McKeever, J. Murphy (S. McNally, 50), C. Morgan 0.01, T. Keegan, C. Williamson 0.01 (J. Wilson, 30), J. Guy, A. Kelly (R. McCormack, 50), P. McCormack, J. McKeever 0.01, P. Kelly 1.06 (1.05f), D. McKeever (E. Reynolds, 50), P. Marley 0.01