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Seniors win in Dorsey

posted 2 Sep 2012, 08:40 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Sunday September 2nd 2012 Junior League Cup

Dorsey Emmet's v Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan Senior men visited Dorsey on Sunday still battling for points to remain in contention for a top two finish, to ensure a league final & promotion!

In the reverse fixture a big strong Dorsey outfit pushed Ballyhegan all the way, with only a kick of the ball between the sides at the final whistle, so it was important to get off to a good start.

Although the hosts took the lead, converting a free kick in the opening two minutes, Ballyhegan got the better start, responding with a goal almost immediately. Good work from Jack Wilson and Mark Hughes put Paddy Marley through and he coolly rounded the Dorsey keeper and finished the ball to the net.

Ballyhegan scored three points in a row, before Dorsey got their second point.

First Paddy Marley kicked a point from a placed ball, the free kick awarded for a foul on Conor Williamson. Conor Morgan got the next point, bursting forward from midfield to fist the ball over the bar, John Guy and Paddy Marley again involved in the build up and Conor Williamson scored Ballyhegan's third point, kicking over with his left foot, after Paddy Marley won possession in attack.

Shane McKeever kicked a long range point from play on the tenth minute, restoring the Davitt's five point advantage. By the fifteenth minute that lead was seven points, Mark Hughes collecting the ball under pressure and splitting the posts, before John Guy benefited from some good ball retention and recycling to again split the posts from play.

Despite some intense defending from the Ballyhegan rearguard, Dorsey managed to score two points in quick succession, both from open play, however the final score of the half came from the right boot of Ballyhegan wing forward James McKeever, kicking over his shoulder from a tricky angle, a super point, producing a six point advantage at the break.

Half Time: Dorsey 0.04 - Ballyhegan 1.07

Ballyhegan midfielder John Guy kicked his second point of the game in the opening stages after the restart, but the Dorsey men got back in touch with a goal despite being forced wide by the Ballyhegan net-minder Jonny McKeever, and a brave diving effort from full back Mel Courtney, who clashed with the post in the process.

This score provoked a superb response from the Davitts, scoring a goal and three points, all from play, in a devastating five minute spell. Shane McKeever scored his second of the game, linking well with Mark Hughes. Paddy Marley got another point, the long pass inside from John Guy, following some high fielding from Conor Williamson.

Mark Hughes then kicked a point under some severe pressure and followed that up two minutes later under similar circumstances, breaking two tackles and blasting the ball to the roof of the net.

Ballyhegan stretched their lead to twelve points entering the final quarter of the game with the conversion of two free kicks from the substitute Philip Kelly and Paddy Marley, both awarded for fouls on Mark Hughes.

Dorsey finished the game the brighter side converting a penalty and three points, with Philip Kelly and Paddy Marley adding to the Davitts score, the winning margin for Ballyhegan was eight points.

Full Time: Dorsey 2.07 - Ballyhegan 2.15

Good performance from Ballyhegan, looked dangerous throughout with eight different scorers, and plenty of willing runners off the ball.

All the defenders performed well, Sean McNally in particular caught the eye, breaking up attacked and distributing well to start attacks.

Conor Williamson and Shane McKeever linked play very well, whilst Mark Hughes and Paddy Marley provided the outlet for most attacks, causing the Dorsey defence all sorts of problems.

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, J. Murphy, M. Courtney, M. McKeever, S. McNally, P. McCormack, A. Kelly, C. Morgan 0.01, J. Guy 0.02, J. Wilson (P. Kelly 0.02 (1f)), C. Williamson 0.01, James McKeever 0.01, M. Hughes 1.02, P. Marley 1.04 (3f), S. McKeever 0.02