Ballyhegan post first league win

Ballyhegan players during preparations for the season.
Ballyhegan players during preparations for the season.

Ballyhegan seniors clocked up a first Junior A League success of the season on Sunday thanks to victory over St Michael’s by 0-16 to 0-7.

Three early points arrived from Conal McKeever as Ballyhegan attempted to build on the first-day draw.

Mark Hughes capped a slick counter-attack before a quick-scoring run of four points inside five minutes thanks to Conal McKeever, Paul Nixon, Jack Rafferty and goalkeeper Jonny McKeever.

St Michael’s suffered a setback before the break with a black card as Ballyhegan held control by 0-8 to 0-3.

Paul Nixon posted a first Ballyhegan point of the second half but a black card for Jack Rafferty disrupted the hosts’ flow.

A strong finale featured points from Conal McKeever, Paul Nixon, Daniel McKeever and Shane McKeever to push clear by nine.

Substitute James McKeever made his mark ahead of Conal McKeever wrapping up the scoring.

Ballyhegan under 14s’ season kicked off with a 4-15 to 6-7 reverse against Sarsfields.

James McCormick, Ethan McAtarsney, Matthew McAtarsney, Peter McGrane and James Crummie posted points. Jack Furphy and Ethan McAtarsney each found the net.

BALLYHEGAN: 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.

TIR NA NOG

Tir na nOg senior ladies handed manager Philip McAtamney the perfect birthday present with defeat of St Paul’s by 5-9 to 1-5.

Lana Black, Sophie Weir, Colette Carvill, Brid Creaney, Alicia Duffy, Natasha Duffy and Laura Black each proved impressive.

Tir na nOg under 14s started the league season with a win at St Peter’s.

Tir na nOg seniors suffered the loss of a defender to cards after 20 minutes and Pearse Og took full advantage to claim the league win.

Ronan Clarke enjoyed a bright start, Jamie McAleenan posted a fine point and Tir na nOg produced a penalty save for the second successive match - with Andrew Neeson successful between the posts.

Conor McCormac and Jamie McAleenan added points after the interval.

ANNAGHMORE

Annaghmore finished down at Wolfe Tones by 2-7 to 0-9 as goals conceded early on proved decisive.

Michael McQuade posted Annaghmore’s first point before success for Oisin MacIomhair and Matthew Willis, respectively, off good work by Daniel McQuade.

Connor Cullen came close to a goal but the flick cleared the bar ahead of Daniel McQuade’s point from distance.

Connor Cullen and Michael McConville kept Annaghmore in contention before only a fine save prevented Conor McCann from finding the net in the four-point defeat.

Leading Annaghmore players against Wolfe Tones were Steven McConville, Daniel McQuade and Connor Cullen.