Progress for Tir na nOg and Ballyhegan

Conal McKeever.
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Tir na nOg enjoyed youth progress with the under 10s and under 16s.

The under 16s’ girls proved too strong for Middletown across the quarter-final date.

Clodagh Girvan, Eva Lambe, Meabh Loughran, Meave Shortt and Caitlinn Smith offered impressive individual displays within the strong team performance.

The under 10s’ GoGames fixture list provided a trip to Clann Eireann, with two Tir na nOg teams on show.

Tir na nOg senior men lost out to Forkhill by 3-13 to 0-11. Jordan McCooe helped Tir na nOg post first-half scores but a strong run of play by the hosts after the interval proved decisive.

BALLYHEGAN

Ballyhegan posted midweek success over Crossmaglen Rangers seconds by 1-16 to 0-9.

The penultimate pre-split Junior League test for Ballyhegan provided a welcome win in the push for promotion.

Conor Loughran kicked off the visitors’ scoring before a run of two points within six minutes by Conal McKeever thanks to good work from Shane McCormack.

Mark Hughes and Shane McKeever posted first-half points as Ballyhegan held control by four at half-time.

James McKeever and Conor Loughran rewarded Ballyhegan’s positive attacking performance with points ahead of Conal McKeever’s successful free.

Shane McKeever increased his personal tally before a bright period which produced three consecutive scores for Conal McKeever.

Paddy Marley enjoyed a spot on the scoresheet after joining play from the sidelines, with Shane McKeever also on target ahead of James McKeever’s superb save to protect the away advantage.

Substitute Kyle Turbitt managed to collect possession in an unmarked position before displaying composure to convert in front of goal.

Crossmaglen seconds pushed hard late on but Ballyhegan battled to protect the leading position until the final whistle confirmed a fine 10-point win.

Daniel McKeever, Conor McGlinchey and Mark Hughes proved key.