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Victory in Cross

posted 30 Jun 2016, 04:14 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Davitts Win Away

Tuesday 28th June 2016

Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-09 Ballyhegan Davitts 1-16

Our seniors made the long trip south to Crossmaglen for their penultimate game in the opening stages of the Junior League, seeking another victory to bolster their push for promotion before the league split.

The Davitts opened the scoring with a point through midfielder Conor Loughran. The hosts equalised either side of Ballyhegan wides, before Conall McKeever continued his good recent form with two points in six minutes, linking up well with the ageless Shane ‘Kickstart’ McCormack. Conall fired over a pointed free next and another great point from a tough angle. Cross were next onto the scoreboard, before midfielder Mark Hughes drove from deep to add to the Davitts’ tally. Cross came back again with another score of their own, before a succession of wides from both teams. The half finished with a point from Shane McKeever to leave the visitors four in front at the interval.

Half-Time: Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-03 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-07

On the resumption, the hosts registered the first score, before the Davitts replied with scores from James McKeever and another from Conor Loughran. The Davitts were looking dangerous going forward, spurning a couple of excellent goal chances through a lack of composure.  Conall McKeever won and converted a free, before Cross kicked two scores to reduce the arrears. Shane McKeever registered his second of the game with a neat score, which was then followed by three successive scores from play by the elusive Conall McKeever.
By now, Ballyhegan began to use their bench to provide fresh impetus going into the closing stages. The returning Paddy Marley found his range soon after being introduced, which was added to by a third score from Shane McKeever off his left foot. At this stage, Cross were beginning to get a foothold around the middle. Having won a kick out, a long ball evaded the defence to leave one of their inside forwards one-on-one with ‘keeper James ‘Bart’ McKeever. The effort was powerfully struck and destined for goal, but Bart flung himself to his left to produce a fabulous save, ensuring that Ballyhegan maintained their advantage. Once the danger had been repelled, the Davitts worked the ball inside to Marley, who found super-sub Kyle Turbitt unmarked in front of goal. Once again, Kyle showed great composure to rattle the back of the net and effectively end the contest. In the closing stages, Cross tried to seek out a goal of their own, but were thwarted by a resolute Davitts defence, James ‘Bean’ McAtarsney making a crucial intervention to see the ball over the end line with one such attack. Cross ended the scoring with a well-taken ’45, meaning the Davitts held a ten point advantage at the final whistle.

Full-Time: Crossmaglen Rangers II 0-09 Ballyhegan Davitts 1-16

This was a solid display from Ballyhegan against resolute opposition. The defence cut out numerous attacks, with Daniel McKeever and young Conor McGlinchey competing well throughout. In midfield, Mark Hughes made some fine fetches, with Conall McKeever continuing his fine recent form with the help of Shane McKeever. Ballyhegan travel to Dorsey this Sunday at 2pm to take on the second-placed Emmetts in what will surely be a tough, physical encounter. The team lined out as follows:

J.McKeever, R.McCormick, M.Courtney, C.McGlinchey, J.McAtarsney, B.Morgan (T.Rafferty, 47), S.McKeever, M.Hughes (0-1) (M.Hamill, 56), C.Loughran (0-2), R.McKeever (B.Og Rice, 57), S.McKeever (0-3), J.P.McKeever (0-1) (K.Turbitt 55, 1-0), D.McKeever, S.McCormack (T.Power, 17-28, blood sub) (P.Marley, 43, 0-1) C.McKeever (0-8, 0-2f)