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Pearse Og Junior team began their season today with a tough opener against one of last years Division 2 teams, Ballyhegan.

On a blustery day Pearse Og began playing against the wind in the first half.

In the opening exchanges ballyhegan started the brightest however their first attack which resulted in a free was subsequently put wide.  

Pearse Og won their kick out and with some great movement got their first point of the season on the board.

The sides then traded 2 points each but the Ogs defence were doing well to contain a number of Ballyhegan attacks with Michael O'Callaghan, Ronan McNally and Robbie McCague showing well.

Ballyhegan then began to rally with some added pressure on the Ogs defence resulting in two points without reply. 

The Ogs responded strongly and when a Stephen Brady free kick rebounded off the post, Brendan McLaughlin was quickest to react putting the ball low and hard into the net.

Debutant Rory Kelly pointed a further score for the Ogs to take the game to the end of the first half.

1-5 to 0-6 at half time.

Following the break, Ballyhegan reacted quickly to reduce the deficit with a quick score.  

With the Ogs finding their feet they began to utilise the wind and space to their advantage.

Following a lovely passage of team play Brendan Mclaughlin was through on goal, opting to put the ball over the bar. Ballyhegan scored two points in a row before Paddy Leonard, who was having a fine game pointed for the Ogs after a great run. 

With the sides trading scores, one for the Ogs from Gary Kerr, ballyhegan began to retreat more and more into their own half, leaving a large space up front for their two inside men, who Malachy Ward and Ronan McNally had well contained by this stage. At this point the Ogs defense, aided by Gary Gorman and Ronan Toner in midfield, began to close the game out.

The game ended with a final score 1-11 to 0-11

A great team performance and a fantastic start to life in division 3a. Well done lads.