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Seniors prevail against strong Dorsey team

posted 3 Jun 2012, 12:28 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 3 Jun 2012, 14:59 ]

Sunday June 3rd 2012 Junior League

Ballyhegan Davitts v Dorsey Emmet's

Boosted by a vital win away in Forkhill last week, Ballyhegan hosted Dorsey Emmet's on Sunday, the visitors hoping to continue their good form to take top position in Division 3.

The sunny weather from the previous week didn't stretch to this week. Overcast skies and a light cool breeze created near perfect conditions for this important clash.

The South Armagh men started brightly, scoring a point in the opening minute of the game and created a goal chance a couple of minutes later, good defending by Joey Murphy and Tony Keegan repelling the Dorsey attack on this occasion.

Dorsey scored their second point of the game, from their dangerous centre half forward, after using the big full forward to good effect with a high direct ball.

Ballyhegan's opening score of the game came in the twelfth minute from Philip Kelly's left footed free kick awarded for a foul on Paddy Marley, after he collected the ball kicked off the upright.

Before the quarter hour mark Davitt's had taken the lead. Paul Courtney kicked a long diagonal pass into corner forward Paddy Marley, who skinned three defenders nearing goal and pointed with his less favoured left boot. Paddy Marley then converted a straight forward free kick from 30 metres.

From the kick out, Jack Wilson palmed the ball to Paul Nixon, who returned the ball with a clever flick pass allowing Jack Wilson to run goal-wards and kick the ball over the bar to increase the hosts advantage to two points.

Aidan Kelly then delivered an intricate pass to Paul Nixon showed good perseverance & won a free kick, Paddy Marley duly converted.

In the twenty third minute of the first half Aidan Kelly collected a super cross field pass in front of the away dugout from brother Philip and quickly split the posts, a super score, Davitt's now well on top all over the field and leading by four.

With five minutes remaining in the half, Paul Nixon received another nice Paul Courtney pass, and converted at the second attempt with the left foot, after an initial right booted attempt was well blocked.

James McKeever then increased the hosts advantage to six points, collecting the ball close to goal, dummied the marker to create space & coolly took his point well.

Dorsey however got themselves right back in the game with an attacking burst in the last couple of minutes of the half. Two good points, despite some good defending from Plunkett McCormack, his intelligent positioning in defence a real feature of the game and a converted penalty awarded for a tussle between Mel Courtney and the big full forward as Jonny McKeever collected the through ball, to leave a kick of the ball between the sides at half time.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0.08 Dorsey 1.04

Dorsey levelled the game in the opening minutes of the second period from a free kick.

Ballyhegan almost responded with a goal, after a super through ball from Paul Courtney put Philip Kelly through on goal, but his effort blasted off the cross bar to safety.

Dorsey retook the lead after eight second half minutes, with a point from play, but substitute Shane McKeever, shortly after being introduced burst through a tackle, sold a clever dummy and kicked as nice score from play, to level the game once more.

Ballyhegan then retook the lead approaching the final quarter of the game, another converted free kick from Paddy Marley following a nice one-two with Philip Kelly.

Philip Kelly then converted a free kick awarded for a foul on Paddy Marley, the play developed from a fine Joey Murphy high catch in the full back line, Conor Morgan driving forward before Paddy Marley fouled again.

Dorsey again levelled this enthralling tussle with just eight minutes remaining, with two more points, but Davitt's seemed the fresher team in the final seven minutes and kicked the final three points of the game.

First Philip Kelly lobbed a nice point from play following a neat one-two with Shane McKeever.

Next Philip Kelly converted another free kick, full back Mel Courtney winning the race for possession around midfield and also winning a free kick in the process.

Finally Philip Kelly produced a super side step to create space, after collecting a lovely Paul Courtney pass, and scored the final point of the game.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 0.14 Dorsey 1.08

Another important win for Ballyhegan, against a physically strong and impressive Dorsey unit. Momentum is building well for the championship and we're staying in contention for promotion, now only one point off second!

In defence Joseph Murphy, Tony Keegan and Plunkett McCormack defended superbly, whilst Conor Morgan's attacking forays from deep proved a major asset for Ballyhegan.

In the midfield sector John Guy and Jack Wilson put in a great shift sweeping up lots of break ball and Paul Courtney provided multiple probing passes forward.

In attack Aidan Kelly had a cracking first half, whilst younger brother Philip stood out in the second period. Paddy Marley again was the Davitt's main attacking focal point, out in front all day drawing fouls.

We wish Plunkett McCormack a speedy recovery after being forced off with a nasty looking back injury before the end of the game.

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, J. Murphy, M. Courtney, M. McKeever, T. Keegan, P. McCormack (R. Devlin, 60), C. Morgan, P. Courtney, J. Guy, J. Wilson 0.01, P. Nixon 0.01, A. Kelly 0.01, P. Kelly 0.05 (3f), James McKeever 0.01 (S. McKeever 0.01, 38), P. Marley 0.04 (3f)