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Seniors lose to Lissummon

posted 22 Apr 2012, 09:54 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Sunday April 22nd 2012 Junior League

Ballyhegan Davitts v Lissummon

The busy season opening schedule continued as Ballyhegan hosted Lissummon on Sunday afternoon, played through some particularly heavy rain showers.

Davitts opened the scoring in the opening thirty seconds of the game. John Guy intercepting a Lissummon pass, and laying off to midfield partner Paul Courtney, who split the posts.

Lissummon responded, converting a free kick a few minutes later and Philip Kelly got his first point of the day in the fifth minute, picking up a Paul Courtney pass and darting goal-wards from before popping over the bar with his left boot.

Lissummon again equalised, this time from open play inside ten minutes.

At the half way point in the first half Philip Kelly again picked up a quick pass from Paul Courtney from the line ball on the right hand side of the field and kicked a tidy score.

Jack Wilson increased the Ballyhegan advantage a few minutes later getting out in front of his marker and kicked a neat point with his right boot.

Two minutes later Aidan Kelly kicked the score of the game. Daniel McKeever playing the pass and the shot coming from an acute angle on the right hand side of the field from Aidan Kelly's right boot.

Lissummon kept in touch converting another free kick, but Philip Kelly scored his third of the game on the left hand side of the goal following good work from John Guy to leave the hosts three points up at the break.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0.06 Lissummon 0.03

Lissummon's half time pep talk seemed to raise the visitors spirits scoring two quick points in the start of the second half and grabbing majority control of possession around the middle of the field.

Ten minutes into the second half Ballyhegan produced a goal chance. A decent run from Eoin Reynolds ended with Philip Kelly hitting an instinctive soccer style shot that curled away from the post and just wide.

Philip Kelly then turned provider a few minutes later, with a sensational pass, putting Jack Wilson through on goal, however Jack dragged his shot just wide of the post.

Lissummon had a goal chance of their own with ten minutes remaining. A high ball attracted many fists, the ball trickled just wide of the goal, Ballyhegan full back Mel Courtney earning a broken nose for his brave efforts. Davitts still in front!

The South Armagh men however pointed the last three scores of the game to earn both points on offer.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 0.06 Lissummon 0.08

A disappointing defeat for Ballyhegan, particularly after a strong and controlled first half performance. Unfortunately Davitts failed to score in the second half despite some decent opportunities.

The defence performed well again, limiting the opposition to just five points from general play.

Plunkett McCormack was the stand out player at centre back, breaking up play and driving forward on multiple occasions. Mel Courtney at full back was a solid influence on the game before being forced off early suffering a broken nose (Get well soon Mel!)

Paul Courtney again got through a mountain of work all over the field, dominated the exchanges around the middle of the field before the break and In attack putting his body on the line with many brave diving blocks.

In attack Philip Kelly was heavily involved in the first half but Aidan Kelly was probably the pick of the forwards with a tireless 65 minutes and a wonderful score.

Next up:

Reserves: Away to Annaghmore Wednesday 7pm

Seniors: Away to St Patricks II Sunday 2pm

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

J. McKeever, R. Devlin, M. Courtney (J. McCann, 52), M. McKeever, T. Keegan, P. McCormack, J. Murphy (S. McNally, 43), P. Courtney 0.01, J. Guy, E. Reynolds, C. Morgan, A. Kelly 0.01, P. Kelly 0.03, J. Wilson 0.01, D. McKeever (S. McKeever, 43)