Please note the change in the Davitts v Islandeady Senior League Div 1B fixture this weekend. This game will now take place in Ballindine at 5.30pm on Saturday April 30th.
On Thursday evening the U-14’s staged a fantastic comeback to defeat Tourmakeady by 5-6 to 2-12. This league game was played in Tourmakeady, and the locals led by 1-6 to 1-4 at halftime. They added a further 1-2 in the opening minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 8 points, but the switching of Davitts star player Evan Ronayne from centre back to midfield swung the game dramatically.
This was a super all round team display with Andrei Trench solid in goals. Denis Og and Ciaran Fahy, Cathal Moran and Christopher Ryan defended well. Francis Griffin (0-1) and the very impressive Kieran Waldron worked hard at midfield. In attack Shane Treacy (1-2) and Kelan Cosgrove (1-2) were outstanding, getting great support from Daniel Huane (1-0), Jack Ronayne and Jamie Mullee. On this occasion though, the star player was Evan Ronayne (2-1), a young player with enormous potential.
Davitts U-16’s made the long trip to Louisburgh on Tuesday evening and were defeated by their physically stronger hosts, 3-14 to 2-9, in a well contested game. Matthew Trench and Cathal Hennelly were the Davitts goalscorers as they suffered their second defeat in Div 2 of the county league. Best players in this game were John Huane, Thomas Charles, Shane Cummins, Liam Noone and the excellent Matthew Trench.
Davitts team: Padraig Mangan, Dylan Higgins, William Freeley, John Huane, Dylan Keadin, Thomas Charles, Jonathon Fahy, Donie Ronayne, Shane Cummins, Michael Clarke (0-2), Liam Noone (0-3), Thomas Waldron (0-2), Matthew Trench (1-0), Cathal Hennelly (1-2), Gerard Griffin. Subs used: Thomas Monaghan, Jack Rodgers.
Davitts Minor team extended their winning league run with a hard earned 4-10 to 3-9 victory over Breaffy in Ballindine on Monday. Davitts had led by 2-6 to 2-4 at halftime in this exciting game and had star performances from David Mitchell, Mark Ronayne, whose switch to midfield proved crucial, Clive Hennigan, Thomas Waldron, Darren Connolly and Andrew Peters.
Davitts team: David Mitchell, Donie Ronayne, Gerard McWalter, Jason Connolly, Mark Ronayne (0-1), Cathal Higgins, Sean Waldron, William Freeley, Liam Noone (0-2), Clive Hennigan (2-0), Thomas Waldron (0-3), Darren Connolly (2-2), Andrew Peters (0-2). Sub used: Michael Clarke.
Davitts Minor team made the long journey to Killala on Friday a successful one, defeating Naoimh Padraig by 0-16 to 1-5, in an impressive display, to secure two more valuable league points. Davitts had star performers in Mark Ronayne, Jason Connolly, superb at wing back, Sean Waldron, Thomas Waldron, Andrew Peters and Darren Connolly.
Davitts team: David Mitchell, Donie Ronayne, Gerard McWalter, Jason Connolly, Mark Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Sean Waldron, John Macken, Liam Noone (0-5), Clive Hennigan (0-1), Thomas Waldron (0-3), Darren Connolly (0-5), Andrew Peters (0-2). Subs used: William Freeley, Gearoid Lyons and Keelan Devane.
Davitts Junior team staged a dramatic late comeback to earn a share of the spoils against Ballaghadereen in a league game played in ideal conditions in Ballindine on Saturday evening. Davitts, who had lost in the previous round to a Paddy Finnegan inspired Aughamore, overcame the loss of the jetlagged Pat Hopkins, to snatch an unlikely draw after trailing by 1-11 to 0-7 as the game entered the final quarter. Late goals from David Cosgrove and a superb Seamus Roche effort brought Davitts back into the game and three excellent Maurice Prendergast points earned a draw for the homeside. Davitts best players were Derek Mooney, Martin Cosgrove, Michael Ronayne, Seamus Roche, Maurice Prendergast, Richie Kilkenny and player coach Luke Ronayne.
Davitts team: Mark Diskin, Martin Cosgrove, Luke Ronayne, Derek Mooney, Laurence Daly, Michael Ronayne, John Costello, Tommy Mitchell, John Heneghan, Darragh Halligan, Maurice Prendergast, David Cosgrove, Constantine Penny, Seamus Roche, Richie Kilkenny. Subs used: Kevin Pups Daly, Aidan Brogan.
This Senior League Div 1B game played in sunny Hollymount on Sunday was a dress rehearsal for the intermediate championship clash in the Summer and while both sides will argue that they should have won, a draw was probably the fairest result, with Clifford Connolly pointing with virtually the last kick of the game deep into injury time. Davitts were on top throughout the first half but their dominance wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard at halftime as some terrible shooting meant that they only led by 1-3 to 0-5.
The crucial score came after 12 minutes when Keith Glynn’s long delivery was flicked on by Michael Conroy to Aidan McTigue who hammered past the helpless Paul Keane. The home side were much more economical in attack with David Macken and midfielder Ian Costello displaying great accuracy, and they began to dominate in the second half. Davitts led by three points with ten minutes remaining but three late points by Macken (2) and Connolly ensured a share of the spoils.
Best for Hollymount/Carramore were James Regan, Dermot, Ian and Kevin Costello, Alan Fahy, Kevin Feerick and David Macken.
Davitts wing back Pat Coyne was the best player on view and he got great support from Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, James Cummins, Martin Cosgrove, Paul Carey, Liam Kearns and Michael Conroy.
Hollymount/Carramore: Paul Keane, James Regan, Louis Macken, Franny Conroy, Dwayne Campbell, Dermot Costello, Robert Molloy, Alan Fahy, Ian Costello (0-4), Oisin Gill, Darren Coen, Kevin Feerick (0-1), David Macken (0-4), Kevin Costello, Clifford Connolly (0-1). Subs: Noel Connelly, Alan Canny.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Frankie Barrett, Michael Waldron, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, James Cummins, Pat Coyne, Paul Carey, Keith Glynn, Keith Prendergast (0-1), Fergal McGrath, Liam Kearns (0-3), Aidan McTigue (1-1), Michael Conroy (0-1), Carlos O Gara (0-1). Subs: Martin Cosgrove, John Heneghan.
Davitts U-16 team defeated Swinford by 2-11 to 3-4 in a closely fought contest in Ballindine on Tuesday evening. Thomas Waldron and Cathal Hennelly were the goalscorers as Davitts led by 2-5 to 1-2 at half time. Best for Davitts in this game were Shane Cummins, Padraig Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Liam Noone, Thomas Waldron and the hard working Gerard Griffin.
Davitts team: Michael Mangan, Shane Cummins, Padraig Mangan, John Huane, Dylan Higgins, Thomas Charles, Jonathon Fahy, William Freeley, Donie Ronayne, Michael Clarke, Liam Noone, Matthew Trench, Gerard Griffin, Cathal Hennelly, Thomas Waldron.
Davitts minor team beat The Neale in Cong on Sunday evening, 3-13 to 0-5, in round 2 of the county league. After a slow start, Davitts began to dominate throughout the field, and won as comfortably as the scoreline suggests, with Thomas Waldron, Liam Noone and Darren Connolly bagging the three goals.
Davitts team: Dave Mitchell, Donie Ronayne, Gerard McWalter, Jason Connolly, Mark Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Sean Waldron, John Macken, Andrew Peters, Clive Hennigan, Liam Noone, Darren Connolly, Thomas Waldron.
Davitts 2-6, Breaffy 2-13
This Senior league Div 1B game had its turning point as early as the 3rd minute, when Davitts, after a very bright start and having scored 1-1, lost their hugely influential midfielder Ronan McNamara with a knee injury. His loss was too much for the homeside to cope with especially since they were forced to line out minus the services of Colm Boyle, Colm Roche, Tommy Nolan, Keith Prendergast and Michael Conroy. Breaffy went on to dominate the midfield sector with Seamus and Aidan O Shea, Finian Canavan and Michael Conroy winning a lot of possession and led by 1-7 to 1-5 at halftime, their goal coming from Rory Martin in the 13th minute, cancelling out David McDonagh’s early Davitts goal.
Scores were hard to come by early on in the second half but an Alan Durcan free put Breaffy three points up after ten minutes. Davitts equalised three minutes later when Pat Coyne’s long ball was flicked onto the crossbar by McDonagh and Fergal McGrath reacted quickest, burying the rebound past a helpless Robert Hennelly. This score came at a huge cost to Davitts as David McDonagh, excellent up to this, was injured and he too had to retire. Breaffy assumed almost complete control after this and further frees from Durcan (3) and neat points from Declan Jennings and Colm Lyons and a Ronan Conway goal secured the league victory, Davitts only reply being a late Paul Carey point. In the closing minutes Davitts lost goalie Paddy Kirrane, who sustained a broken hand after bravely saving at the feet of Aidan O Shea, an incident which incensed the home supporters.
Breaffy’s best players were Gerry Jennings, Michael Jennings, Finian Canavan, Aidan O Shea, Seamus O Shea, Colm Lyons, Alan Durcan and sub Ronan Conway. Best for Davitts were Michael Waldron, Kevin Gallagher, Pat Coyne, Fergal McGrath, Aidan McTigue, Dave McDonagh and Carlos O Gara.
Breaffy: Rob Hennelly, David Gavin, Barry Kelly, Colm Kelly, Gerry Jennings, Michael Jennings, Brian Howley, Seamus O Shea, Finian Canavan (0-1), Rory Martin (1-0), Aidan O Shea, Matthew Conroy, Declan Jennings (0-1), Colm Lyons (0-3), Alan Durcan (0-7). Subs used: Ronan Conway (1-1), Colm Jordan, Eddie Conroy.
Davitts: Paddy Kirrane, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, James Cummins, Pat Coyne, Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey (0-1), Liam Kearns (0-3), Keith Glynn, Fergal McGrath (1-0), Aidan McTigue (0-1), Dave McDonagh (1-1), Carlos O Gara. Subs used: John Heneghan, Seamus Roche, Martin Cosgrove, David Mitchell.