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U14s Begin with a win

posted 20 Apr 2015, 03:35 by Jarlath McCann

U14s Begin with a win


Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s got their 2015 season up and running on Tuesday 14 April 2015 in a closely contested match against Sarsfields. 

Played at Ballyhegan Park this was the first match of the season and the young Davitts started well with points from James McCormack, Ethan and Matthew McAtarsney putting them into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead after 10 minutes.  Sarsfields fought back and a goal put them a point ahead before Ballyhegan replied with a blistered run of scores reeling off 3-3 without reply with goals from Jack Furphy and Ethan McAtarsney.  Whilst the forwards were doing their bit the defence was solid with James Crummie, Kevin McCann and Dan McKeever breaking up a number of Sarsfields attacks.  As the half drew to a close a bit of complacency set in and Sarsfields managed 3 quick goals in the last 5 minutes to leave the score 3-9 to 4-2 at half-time.

With Peter McGrane replacing the injured Dan McKeever for the second half, it was still all to play for in the but it was Sarsfields who got off to the better start pulling it back to within a point within 10 minutes.  Ballyhegan didn't panic, though it took some great work by Michael McCann, Jamie McGahan and James Crummie in defence to keep the Sarsfields forwards out.

With Ryan Rafferty and Ethan McAtarsney starting to dominate midfield it gave the hard working half forward line of John Doherty, James McCormack and Sam Harrison plenty of opportunity to run at the Sarsfields defence.  Further points by Peter McGrane and Jack Furphy and a goal by Jack following good work by James Crummie had Ballyhegan 6 points up again with 10 minutes to go. Sarsfields needed a goal and they managed to get 2 in the last 10 minutes to draw the game. The game was finely balanced and it took the quick reactions of Tiernan Donachy who came off his line twice in the closing stages cut out the Sarsfields attack, with James Crummie also catching the ball under his own cross bar when under pressure.  From one of these interceptions the ball was moved quickly into the forward line to James McCormack who was fouled.  James converted the resulting free which turned out to be the last play of the game.

This was a close contest between 2 well matched teams. Ballyhegan always had the upper hand and were always able to get the scores when it mattered most and with 15 points scored thoroughly deserved their victory.

Final score Ballyhegan Davitts 4-15: Sarsfields 6-07

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