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Wolfe Tones B v Ballyhegan B

posted 19 Jun 2015, 01:27 by Jarlath McCann   [ updated 19 Jun 2015, 16:37 ]
North Armagh Reserve League, Wolfe Tones Derrymacash v Ballyhegan Davitts – 17 June

On a perfect summer evening for football, Ballyhegan Reserves travelled to Derrymacash to take on Wolfe Tones. On an immaculate surface, Conor Williamson registered the first score of the game before the hosts equalised. The Davitts then got well into their stride with a couple of fine scores through the returning Kevin Keegan. Any ill-discipline in the defensive third was punished by some excellent free-taking from the Tones marksman, but Ballyhegan kept in touch with some flowing moves which resulted in points from the likes of Jamie Magner and Michael Hamill. The hosts picked off the final two scores to go in at the break with a slender advantage.
Half Time: Wolfe Tones 0-10 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-08
Following some changes at the break, the Davitts resumed the stronger side, albeit they could not initially convert their superiority onto the scoreboard, with some guilt-edged goal chances spurned. Following further driving runs from deep, Conor Williamson kicked further points which the Tones responded to with three points of their own before Ballyhegan eventually rattled the net to go ahead. The initial effort by Jack Rafferty was parried by the Tones keeper, with Shane Morgan on hand to fire in the rebound. The home side responded well to ensure the game stayed in the balance going into the final 10 minutes. After surprisingly arriving late to the game, Shane ‘Kickstart’ McCormack was brought on to provide some experience to the forward line. After taking a point with one of his first touches, Shane was right on time in front of goal to help himself to two late goals. Although the hosts managed a goal of their own from a rebound after a great save by Joseph McKeever, a late insurance point with the fist from substitute Aaron McNally ensured the Davitts returned home with the points.
Final Score:  Wolfe Tones 1-14 Ballyhegan Davitts 3-15
Overall, the team competed extremely well against a young, quick Tones outfit. In defence, James McAtarsney and Sean McNally made some crucial interceptions to thwart any attacks, with Joseph McKeever providing excellent distribution from kickouts and out of hand to initiate many moves forward. In the midfield sector, Conor Williamson made some fine catches while Michael ‘Bull’ Hamill was as physical as ever, ensuring the side were not to be cowed by some physical challenges by the hosts. 
The victors lined out as follows:.Joseph McKeever, Pete Lambe, Adrian Knox (Jack Rafferty), Jarlath McCann (Shane McCormack), Eoin Reynolds, James McAtarsney, Sean McNally, Conor Williamson, Shane Morgan, Kevin Keegan (Aaron McNally), Michael Hamill, Gerard Morgan, Jamie Magner, Sam Al-Janabi (James P. McKeever), Gary McKee (Tim Rafferty)