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posted 12 Aug 2012, 08:46 by Shaun-Marty Lawless   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 08:56 ]

Sunday August 12th 2012 Junior League

Ballyhegan Davitts v St Patrick's, Cullyhanna II

Ballyhegan's Division three title hopes took a severe knock in Ballyhegan Park on Sunday, as the Davitt's Senior's were comprehensively beaten by a St Patrick's, Cullyhanna second string.

The visitors registered the initial score of the game from the first attack after the throw in, attacking the Ballyhegan defence straight down the middle.

Ballyhegan quickly got on top around the middle of the field and scored three points without reply before ten minutes. James McKeever with the first, picking up possession after a Paul Nixon incisive run inside, and striking over the bar from an acute angle on the right.

John Guy got the next kicking over a super strike, on the run, from another tight angle on the right.

Jack Wilson picked up a break ball and popped over Ballyhegan's third point of the game.

The sides were level again in the 22nd minute, at three a piece, St Pat's kicking two more points. A minute later the Ballyhegan defence did well to force the Cullyhanna outfit away from goal, and to shoot from distance, Jonny McKeever in nets fielding the high ball well and clearing the danger.

Unfortunately the Davitt's defence was caught out with three first half minutes remaining. A quick free kick and a couple of intricate passes inside allowed the visitors corner forward to get a low drive away into the corner of the net.

Paul Nixon was fouled in the St Pat's area only two minutes later, but unfortunately Paul Courtney's low penalty was saved, along with his rebounded second effort, keeper did well.

John Guy reduced the deficit to two points before the half time whistle, a short 45' kick was palmed down by Mark Hughes, and John Guy reacted first to score the final point of the half.

Half Time: Ballyhegan 0.04 St Pat's II 1.03

The South Armagh men gained great confidence with their first half performance and totally excelled in the second half. Putting together a really slick performance, and with varying attacks, both high and low, scoring a goal and four points without reply in the opening seven minutes of the half.

It could have been worse for Ballyhegan only Jonny McKeever in nets performed an impressive double save at close range from a St Pat's attacker.

Mark Hughes kicked a good point under pressure, Paddy Marley out to win the long ball and feeding the big midfielder to reduce the deficit to eight, but St Pat's kicked on with another three points to really put the game to bed.

To Ballyhegan's credit they battled on. First John Guy collected substitute Dan McKeever's pass and kicked his third score of the game. Then Dan himself got on the score sheet, pulling on a break ball in the large rectangle, over the cross bar.

The final score of the game came from Paul Courtney, now deployed in full forward, received a high John Guy ball and blasted over the bar, shortly before the final whistle.

Full Time: Ballyhegan 0.08 St Pat's II 2.10

Ballyhegan came up against a slicker outfit today. The visitors contested every possession leaving our forwards feeding off scraps, whilst they built their attacks with good speed, accuracy and intelligence, varying the short running game with the direct ball.

Jonny McKeever in nets was excellent, fielding well, distribution for the most part was good, and pulling off a great double save in the second half.

John Guy give another hard working display, awarded with three points from play, whilst Substitutes Joey Murphy, Conor Williamson and Dan McKeever all made a positive impact on the game.

Ballyhegan Team lined out as follows:

Jonny McKeever, R. McCormack (J. Murphy, 34), P. Courtney 0.01, S. McNally, T. Keegan, A. Kelly, P. McCormack, M. Hughes 0.01, C. Morgan, Jack Wilson 0.01, J. Guy 0.03, James McKeever 0.01, P. Nixon (M. Courtney 49), S. McKeever (D. McKeever 0.01, 54) P. Marley (C. Williamson, 45)