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U-14s in Shield Final Victory

posted 14 Sep 2015, 14:20 by Ballyhegan Davitts

U-14 Div 3 Shield winners 13/9/15

Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s completed their campaign for the 2015 season with a comprehensive victory against St Pauls in the Division 3 Shield Final. Having defeated Clann Eireann in the semi final 2 weeks ago the players were eagerly awaiting the winners of the other semi final between St Pauls and Middletown. St Pauls were the victors and the final was fixed for Sunday 13 September at Sarsfields.

Played on a great surface on a full size pitch with 13 aside it was the Davitts who started the brighter with the wide open spaces suiting their long passing game. Following a number of unsuccessful attacks a long ball into James McCormack following good work from Conor O’Carroll and John Doherty saw James score the game’s opening goal. St Pauls replied with a number of chances hitting 2 points and 3 wides before Ballyhegan regrouped and mid way through the half James McCormack scored his second goal – this following a great interception by goalkeeper Tiernan Donachy whose quick delivery to Matthew McAtarsney and Ryan Rafferty saw the ball move from one end to the other and into the net. St Pauls had chances of their own but some excellent defending by Michael McCann, Matthew McAtarsney and full back Kevin McCann saw many of their attacks cut out. The midfield of Ryan Rafferty and Ethan McAtarsney were well on top by this stage, and with intelligent runs by Sam Harrison, Dan McKeever and Conor O’Carroll in the forwards as well as strong running by half back John Doherty and Peter McGrane, there was a continual supply of quality ball into the forwards. St Pauls defence blocked a number of chances though the pressure eventually worked with a further goal by James McCormack before half time saw them go in at the interval 3:02 to 0:04 in the lead.

The half time break gave the players a much needed break and management a chance to re-organise. Jamie McGahan replaced Michael McCann who had taken a heavy knock in the first half, with Conor O’Carroll dropping back into defence. Ballyhegan started the second half as they finished the first with a point from the throw in from James McCormack. This was the way the rest of the half was to take shape with the young Davitts totally dominating the second half; however they could not turn this dominance into scores with the St Pauls goalkeeper thwarting a number of goal scoring chances until eventually Dan McKeever finished strongly to the net following good build up play from James Crummie. This was followed quickly by a further point from Ryan Rafferty who had burst forward from midfield to join the attack. St Pauls were now chasing the game and in search of goals with a number of high balls into the Ballyhegan defence. These were dealt with superbly both by Tiernan Donachy in nets and Kevin McCann who was reading every ball into the box and any breaking ball was soon swept up by Conor O’Carroll and Peter McGrane. John Doherty and Matthew McAtarsney were sticking tightly to their men and broke up a number of attacks with their dogged defending. James Harvey, Sean Hughes and Thomas Hughes were introduced into the forward line to add some fresh legs and immediately penned the St Pauls defence back in their own half which enabled Ethan McAtarsney to rush through and score a goal and a point in quick succession. With the game now drawing to a close and both teams tiring it was St Pauls who broke forward and their full forward won a free on the edge of the area, which he took quickly and scored St Pauls only goal of the game. Not to be outdone

Ballyhegan broke forward and further points form James McCormack and Ethan McAtarsney saw Ballyhegan finish on a high. At the final whistle the score was Ballyhegan 5-07 to St Pauls 1-06.

This was an excellent game of football from both sides and played in a very sporting manner and well refereed by John Haughian. They say goals win games and in this case that was indeed true but the score line perhaps does not accurately reflect the dominance of Ballyhegan especially in the second half. An all round excellent team performance with every player playing their part. Defence was solid, midfield ran them into the ground and forwards caused all sorts of problems - a performance which players, managers and parents should be and were indeed proud off.

Ballyhegan Team – Tiernan Donachy, Matthew McAtarsney. Kevin McCann, Michael McCann, Peter McGrane, John Doherty, Ryan Rafferty, Ethan McAtarsney, Sam Harrison, James Crummie, James McCormack, Conor O’Carroll, Dan McKeever, Jamie McGahan, Sean Hughes, Thomas Hughes, James Harvey, Jack Furphy.