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Seniors Rise To Third!

posted 24 Jun 2012, 15:21 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Sunday June 24th 2012 Junior League

Derrynoose St Mochua's v Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan senior men visited Derrynoose on Sunday evening, with morale high from the thumping victory over Clady on Wednesday night.

The teams exchanged points in the opening five minutes. Davitt's midfielder Paul Courtney opened scoring proceedings, pointing with his right foot, following some high fielding by Tony Keegan, and Derrynoose scored two points either side of a converted Paddy Marley free kick for Ballyhegan.

Davitt's then hit five points without reply to take control of the game in an impressive ten minute spell of dominance in midfield.

First Philip Kelly attacked the goals close to the end line, using his, now trademark, clever flick lift and blasted the ball just over the bar, followed by a brilliant individual effort from full forward Paul Nixon. Collecting a direct Paul Courtney pass, then dummying his marker to create space to clip over his opening point.

Paddy Marley converted a free kick, awarded for a tug on Paul Nixon, and Paul Courtney kicked his second point of the game with the outside of the boot, following some good work from Aidan Kelly.

Plunkett McCormack burst through a couple of tackles and kicked over the bar, to increase the Ballyhegan advantage to five points, but the hosts halted the Ballyhegan onslaught with a super goal in the 18th minute of the half and converted a free kick a minute later to reduce the deficit to the minimum.

Davitt's responded with two quick points. John Guy fielded a high ball, and played a neat pass to Paul Nixon who scored his second of the game followed by another Paddy Marley free kick, awarded for a foul on Paul Nixon.

In the remaining five minutes of the half Derrynoose scored four points, only one from open play, but Philip Kelly kept Ballyhegan in front at the half time whistle with two converted free kicks also.

Half Time: Derrynoose 1.07 - Ballyhegan 0.11

In the opening minutes of the second half Derrynoose levelled the game converting another free kick but Ballyhegan's Philip Kelly replied, out in front, swivelling and striking a lovely score off his left boot.

Paul Courtney then blasted over a disputed point five minutes in, the referee over ruling the umpires, and Paddy Marley converted his fourth free kick ten minutes into the half putting the Davitt's three points up.

A Derrynoose forward scored a nice score worked in from the wing despite the close attentions of Conor Morgan, but this would signal another fine ten minutes spell for the visitors as the Ballyhegan attack scored another five points without reply.

Paddy Marley with three on the bounce, the first two - free kicks and the third coming from an inspirational dispossession in defence by Tony Keegan.

Paul Courtney got the next score, Tony Keegan again involved again, before Courtney turned provider, this time for wing forward Aidan Kelly to point from range.

Derrynoose scored two more free kicks in the final five minutes of the game, but it was not enough, as Ballyhegan ran out comfortable winners, Philip Kelly first scoring a point, following a clever one-two with Mark Hughes, then coolly finishing to the back of the net, a fine goal the result of a super break from midfield by Paul Courtney, the final pass from Paddy Marley.

Mark Hughes scored the final point of the game, finishing off the best move of the day. Patient and intelligent use of the ball, building from defence & across the field, producing a lovely point from play.

Full Time: Derrynoose 1.11 - Ballyhegan 1.21

Ballyhegan's impressive winning streak continues, moving this young Davitt's side third in the table, with one game remaining before the split.

In defence, Mel Courtney had a super contest with the dangerous Derrynoose full froward and Tony Keegan had many impressive impacts on the game, forcing turnovers & setting up attacks.

Paul Courtney had a super outing in midfield once more with another courageous effort, rewarded with four points from play.

In attack Paul Nixon was unplayable, gaining and holding onto possession whilst very effective in creating space & bringing other forwards into the game, rewarded with two super scores.

Philip Kelly & Paddy Marley again compete for top scorer!

Next up: Seniors Home to Belleek Wednesday 7.30pm

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, J. Murphy, M. Courtney, M. McKeever, P. McCormack 0.01, C. Morgan, T. Keegan, P. Courtney 0.04, J. Guy, A. Kelly 0.01, M. Hughes 0.01, P. Marley 0.07 (6f), P. Kelly 1.05 (2f) (D. McKeever Blood Sub), P. Nixon 0.02 , James McKeever (E. Reynolds, 38)