Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: February 2010

February 28, 2010

Davitts v Kilmaine – Secondary League

The intermediate team got their first points on the board in the Secondary League, when defeating old rivals Kilmaine, in a close game in Ballindine on Saturday evening on a 2-13 to 1-13 scoreline. This was a real tit for tat game where the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle, and the championship clash between these two sides will be eagerly anticipated, as there wont be a kick of the ball between them, Kilmaine the championship specialists and Davitts regularly failing to deliver on their undoubted potential.

Davitts led by 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval, but Kilmaine dominated the third quarter of the game, and indeed looked the likely winners when capitalising on a defensive error, to narrow the deficit to one point with fifteen minutes remaining. Davitts, to their credit responded in fine style, urged on by the promptings of impressive subs Keith Glynn and Ronan McNamara, and finished well to hold on for the victory, in what was a very enjoyable game. Davitts best performers in this game were Michael Ronayne, Jonathon Clarke, Tommy Mitchell, John Heneghan, Keith Prendergast, Aidan McTigue, Fergal McGrath and Michael Conroy.

Davitts team: Paddy Kirrane, Michael Ronayne, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Jonathon Clarke, Tommy Mitchell, Colm Roche, David McDonagh, John Heneghan, Liam Kearns (0-2), Keith Prendergast, Carlos O Gara (0-1), Aidan McTigue (1-3), Fergal McGrath (1-2), Michael Conroy (0-3). Subs used: Keith Glynn, Ronan McNamara (0-2), Luke Ronayne.

February 22, 2010



It has come to the attention of the Davitts GAA Club committee that a high profile, and somewhat controversial clubman bears an uncanny resemblance to the man this club has derived it’s proud name from. One could be forgiven for thinking that the current groundskeeper of Davitts is a direct descendent of one of Ireland’s most patriotic sons. From the sporting of moustaches to receding hairlines, these men are like two peas in a pod. And the similarities are not limited to the handlebar lip ticklers. The word ‘League’ springs to mind, for instance. One man founded the Land League in 1878, an historic day for Irish farmers, whilst the other man has almost caused the abandonment of various League games down through the years due to some highly questionable umpiring decisions. Davitt lost his right arm in a cotton mill accident at the tender age of 11. Even in something as extreme as the loss of a limb, similarities can be drawn between the two men – the term “legless” has, on occasion, been used to describe our stalwart groundskeeper after a long stint in Clarke’s Bar & Lounge. Truly remarkable, wouldn’t you agree…?

February 22, 2010

Bonniconlon v Davitts – Match Report

Davitts travelled to Bonniconlon on Sunday and were defeated 1-11 to 0-9 by the homeside, in the opening round of the secondary league. This was a disappointing result for the experimental Davitts side for whom only Michael Ronayne, Jonathon Clarke, David McDonagh, Carlos O Gara, Liam Kearns and Richie Kilkenny played to anything near their potential. On a positive note, it was great to see the return of Keith Glynn, Michael Conroy and Kieran Mooney, who were all introduced late on in the game. The next game in this competition is at home to Kilmaine on Sunday.

Team: Paddy Kirrane, Michael Ronayne, Tommy Mitchell, Frankie Barrett, Colm Roche, Jonathon Clarke (0-1), James Cummins, John Heneghan, Paul Carey, Liam Kearns (0-6), David McDonagh, Carlos O Gara, Aidan McTigue, Fergal McGrath (0-1), Richie Kilkenny (0-1). Subs used: Kevin Gallagher, Laurence Daly, Michael Conroy, Keith Glynn and Kieran Mooney.

February 14, 2010

Intermediates off to winning start

The intermediate team kicked off their season in Kilmaine on Sunday, defeating the home side by 1-10 to 0-9, in a lively O Mara Cup encounter. This was a hard fought game between two sides missing a number of regulars. Kilmaine led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time but the games crucial score came with ten minutes remaining, when Richie Kilkenny showing great awareness, flicked a Liam Kearns free kick to the net, to put Davitts in front for the first time in the match.

Points by Aidan McTigue, Carlos O Gara, David McDonagh and Liam Kearns sealed the win for Davitts, whose superior fitness was the difference between the two sides. Davitts had excellent performances from James Cummins, up to his withdrawal through injury, Michael Ronayne, Colm Roche, impressive midfielders Colm Boyle and Paul Carey, Liam Kearns and second half substitute, the wily David McDonagh.

Davitts team: Paddy Kirrane, Michael Ronayne, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Colm Roche, Jonathon Clarke, James Cummins, Paul Carey, Colm Boyle, Liam Kearns (0-5), Aidan McTigue (0-1), Carlos O Gara (0-1), Fergal McGrath (0-2), John Heneghan, Richie Kilkenny (1-0). Subs used: Martin Cosgrove, David McDonagh (0-1), David Cosgrove, Laurence Daly and Tommy Mitchell.

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