Johnny McKeever proved his value to Ballyhegan on the big occasion for the second time this season with a decisive point to see off St Patrick’s reserves.
Having secured a draw in the meeting against Clonmore earlier this season, McKeever was on hand to make his mark again on Sunday to seal success by 1-14 to 1-13.
His injury-time kick arrived during late pressure by Ballyhegan as St Patrick’s recovered from the half-time deficit of 1-5 to 0-7.
Mark Hughes was impressive in midfield, with Conall McKeever the leading scorer on the matchday as Ballyhegan held the upper hand but failed to completely cement a position of strength.
St Patrick’s enjoyed control by 0-5 to 0-2 before Ballyhegan found the net off James McKeever’s finish to cap a slick team move and Michael Hamill assist.
Conall McKeever moved towards his personal positive with a string of points but Shane McCormack’s pass was squandered by Ballyhegan from a promising position before St Patrick’s scored a goal to set up the dramatic finale.
TIR NA NOG
Four goals left Tir na nOg in control against high-flying Madden across Senior League Division 1B.
The victory by 4-12 to 1-13 arrived despite Madden enjoying a comprehensive victory over Tir na nOg a few weeks prior to Friday’s clash.
Tir na nOg recovered from that reverse with one of the side’s strongest performances to secure the welcome win.
Madden, with support from the squad’s Armagh contingent, held the upper hand and grabbed a goal on five minutes.
However, a flowing move was capped by a goal then team pressing forced a turnover and led to Tir na nOg taking control.
Three points in quick succession arrived for Madden before Tir na nOg converted another goal off a free delivery.
Tir na nOg took advantage of indiscipline within the Madden panel thanks to a goal in the middle of a sequence of points.
Increased home belief remained strong, despite a Madden point double, before the final whistle confirmed victory for Tir na nOg.
“What a great performance from the players,” said Tir na nOg club historian Gregory Burke. “It was especially satisfying given that we were soundly beaten by the same team less than a month ago.”
The under 10s’ Go Games date with St Peter’s proved another positive step in player development.
Tir na nOg underage girls have recorded some impressive performances across the under 12s, under 14s and under 16s during early league play.
Tir na nOg B played host to Mullaghbawn in a midweek Championship date that finished with the high-scoring draw by 3-14 to 5-8.
Gerry Mallon’s first-half goal left Tir na nOg down by 1-7 to 2-5 at the break.
Tactical changes helped Tir na nOg post a flurry of second-half points but Mullaghbawn registered three goals inside seven minutes.
Gary Judge proved impressive as a switch from the sidelines, with James Donnelly and Peter Wilson significant - the latter with a goal - to place the two teams on honours even.
Tir na nOg senior ladies returned from a date with Dorsey Emmett’s having claimed the win by 1-5 to 2-3.
Laura Black, Megan Hamill and Derbhla Guy proved impressive - with a family connection in the forward line as Clioa Creaney lined out alongside her aunt, Rosin.
Annaghmore seniors’ next outing will be a test at home with Dromintee.
The lotto numbers are 3, 8, 11 and 13 - with the Match Three winners Paul Boyle, Marian Devlin and Martin Willis.
Annaghmore will host the Kellogg’s Cul camp from July 4-9 and anyone interested in registering can visit www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.
The club will host Irish Dancing each Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30-8 o’clock.
Underage fixtures for tomorrow (Saturday):
UNDER EIGHTS (Go Games, group A, round six, 11 o’clock): St Paul’s v Naomh Eoin, Tir na nÓg v Maghery; UNDER 12.5 (league, round eight, 4 o’clock): Clan na Gael v Maghery; UNDER 12.5 (region three, round eight, 4 o’clock): Ballyhegan v Madden Raparees.