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Seniors win in Dromintee

posted 14 May 2012, 00:14 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 14 May 2012, 04:27 ]

Sunday May 13th 2012 Junior League


Dromintee St Patrick's II v Ballyhegan Davitts


Ballyhegan Seniors made the long trip to the south of the county on Sunday to play Dromintee IIs.

With gales blowing down up the field conditions for football were very difficult!

Dromintee were first to get on the score board, scoring a goal in the opening 5 minutes of the game, despite an initial fisted clearance from Ballyhegan net minder Jonny McKeever, and a block from corner back Sean McNally, the Dromintee attack persevered to finish the ball to the back of the net.

Ballyhegan's first score came after ten minutes, Philip Kelly picking the ball up 45 metres from goal, running at the hosts defence & hitting a low drive over the bar.

Davitt's had an effort on goal themselves a few minutes later, following some neat build up involving several attackers, Philip Kelly's effort was blocked and cleared.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, Philip Kelly had the sides level, with two straightforward free kicks, awarded for fouls on Paddy Marley.

Paddy Marley got himself on the score sheet himself, from a free kick awarded for a foul on James McKeever a few minutes before the half time whistle, putting Ballyhegan in front for the first time in the game.

Half Time: Dromintee II 1.00 - Ballyhegan 0.04


Paddy Marley was first on the score sheet in the second half, again converting another free kick, after he was brought to the ground in front of the posts.

James McKeever got his first point of the day in the 43rd minute, Philip Kelly laying the ball off, Ballyhegan's advantage now three points.

A minute later Philip Kelly scored his fourth point of the day, utilising his speedy pick up and kicking between the posts with his left foot, after good tackling by Joey Murphy forcing the turnover ball from a Dromintee attacker.

James McKeever scored his second point and the score of the game, kicking with the outside of his right boot and utilising the strong wind to curl the ball between the posts from 45 metres out. Davitt’s now five points up entering the final quarter of the game.

Aidan Kelly extended the visitors advantage five minutes later shooting in a similar fashion to that of James McKeever's across the ball, and over the bar.

Paddy Marley again was fouled near to goals and Philip Kelly converted once more to lead the South Armagh men by seven entering the final five minutes of the game.

The Dromintee men scored their second score of the game, a point from a free kick with only two minutes remaining in the game, but Aidan Kelly restored the seven point advantage kicking a point, from a Michael McKeever break down, shortly before the final whistle.


Full Time: Dromintee II 1.01 - Ballyhegan 0.11


Both sides struggled to deal with the extremely difficult windy conditions, with kick passing in particular suffering as a result.

Davitts defence again was superb, conceding only two scores in the game. Jonny McKeever in goals marshalled the defence very well and dealt with several aerial assaults on his goal.

Joey Murphy, Sean McNally and Plunkett McCormack all had strong performances.

Paddy Marley was the main threat to the opposition, and was continually fouled throughout the hour, resulting in several converted free kicks.


Next up:

Seniors Home to Killean Sunday 7.30pm


Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, J. McCann (T. Keegan, 43), M. McKeever, S. McNally, R. Devlin (G. Hagan, 52), P. McCormack, J. Murphy, C. Morgan (C. Williamson, 43), J. Guy, J. Wilson, A. Kelly 0.02, J. McKeever 0.02, P. Kelly 0.05 (3f), M. McKeever, P. Marley 0.02 (2f)