REPORT: Crotta Prove Too Powerful For Ballyheigue In County League

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Mike O’Halloran watched Crotta beat Ballyheigue in the County Hurling League tie…

Crotta O’Neills 2-17

Ballyheigue 0-13

Action from the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Brendan O’Mahony brought his Ballyheigue team to his old stomping ground in Dromakee, but it was a Crotta team that contained his son that came away with the two points.

The game was even enough on the first half with very few scoring chances in a tight, tense affair. The teams were level five points all on 23 minutes when Philip Lucid tapped over his third point.

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Shane Nolan had scored all of Crotta’s points.┬áThe game turned for Crotta after Donal Hunt worked his socks off to present Jordan Conway with a beautifully crafted goal. Diarmuid Walsh and Garry Galwey had a point each for Ballyheigue to leave the score at the break Crotta O’Neills 1-5 Ballyheigue 0-7.

Jordan Conway had the first score of the second half and Crotta began their demolition of Ballyheigue led by Barry O’Mahony and Conway.

O’Mahony ended up with five points to his credit with Conway scoring 2-3, this pair outscoring Ballyheigue on their own.

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The only real goal chance presented to Ballyheigue fell to Kevin Reidy but his shot flew over the bar. Their inability to score from play is surely a worry for the future.

Ballyheigue have had, I’m told, fifteen training sessions under their belts and while the never lacked endeavour, they didn’t threaten in the scoring area and depended on Diarmuid Walsh’s prowess from placed balls.

It was wonderful to see such a big panel of players turn out for Ballyheigue, a proud club who set to be reenergised by their new manager.

But it was all about Crotta and they did their magnificent new pitch in Dromakee justice especially in the second half.

The pitch is an absolute beauty and not alone have the committee done a great job on the pitch, Paddy Weir has also installed a mosquito no fly zone all around the pitch.

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