Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: September 2011

September 26, 2011

U-15’s – Match Reports

Davitts U-15 team have played their first two league games, defeating Mayo Gaels in Ballindine and losing away to St. Gerards. Davitts scorers in the Mayo Gaels game, which they won by 6-16 to 2-2, were Cathal Hennelly (2-4), Richie O Connor (2-0), Dylan Keadin (0-3), Gerard Griffin (0-3), Daniel Huane (1-0), Shane Treacy (1-0), Michael Mangan (0-2), Evan Ronayne (0-2), Jack Rodgers (0-1), Padraig Mangan (0-1).

Davitts played St. Gerards on Sunday and were defeated by 2-4 to 0-7. In a game that Davitts just never got going, the scorers were Evan Ronayne (0-4), Jack Rodgers (0-1), Padraig Mangan (0-1) and Michael Mangan (0-1).

September 25, 2011

Minors qualify for County B Final

Davitts minor team qualified for the County B final with an excellent 1-12 to 0-9 victory over Naoimh Phadraig in Castlebar on Sunday. Davitts had built up a 0-8 to 0-2 lead at halftime after playing with the wind, with midfielders Mark Ronayne and Sean Waldron supplying the forwardline with a lot of quality ball and Clive Hennigan, Darren Connolly, Tommy Waldron and Liam Noone in top form up front.

Naoimh Phadraig tried hard to get into the game in the second half but an excellent goal by impressive sub Michael Clarke sealed a great win for Davitts who now play Kiltimagh in the final. Davitts minus the services of Andrew Peters and Jason Connolly had other notable performers in Donie Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Gerard McWalter and William Freeley. A word of praise to referee Mel Kenny who had an excellent game.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Brian Clarke, Donie Ronayne, Gerard McWalter, William Freeley, Cathal Higgins, Sean Waldron, Mark Ronayne (0-1), Gearoid Lyons, Clive Hennigan (0-3), Liam Noone (0-2), Tommy Waldron (0-1), Darren Connolly (0-4). Subs used: Michael Clarke (1-1), John Macken, Keelan Devane.

September 25, 2011

Davitts v Garrymore – Match Report

Davitts 2-10 Garrymore 1-7

Davitts hosted Garrymore on Saturday evening in the Senior League and had a surprisingly easy victory, with the fitness of the homeside, playing Parke next Sunday in the County Intermediate Championship semi final, a significant factor. Davitts, playing with the advantage of the tricky wind in the first half, led by 1-5 to 0-2 at halftime, the goal coming from Michael Conroy after good work from Keith Prendergast and Fergal McGrath, on the stroke of half time. Davitts assumed full control of proceedings in the second half with man of the match Paul Carey and Ronan McNamara dominating the midfield sector, and ran out convincing winners. Davitts second goal came via the boot of the impressive Fergal McGrath, who finished emphatically after being put through by an excellent pass from Liam Kearns. Garrymore’s goal came in injury time when Enda Varley took advantage of a spot of handbags situation, and smashed a 20 metre free kick to an unguarded net. Garrymore’s cause wasn’t helped by injuries to Jimmy Killeen and Tony Corcoran during the game but in fairness Davitts were always on top, keeping their promotion chances alive with two games to play.

Outstanding for the victors were Frankie Barrett, Colm Roche, Jonathon Clarke, the superb Colm Boyle, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey, Fergal McGrath and Michael Conroy.

Best for Garrymore were Martin Maloney, David Dolan, Caolan Crowe, Mark Tierney, Mark Hyland and Enda Varley.

Davitts: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, Colm Boyle (0-1), James Cummins, Ronan McNamara (0-4), Paul Carey, Keith Prendergast, Dave McDonagh, Liam Kearns (0-1), Pat Coyne, Fergal McGrath (1-0), Michael Conroy (1-4). Subs used: Carlos O Gara, Josh Ronayne, Seamus Roche, Tommy Nolan, Alan Roche.

Garrymore: Morvan Connolly, Martin Maloney (0-1), Alan Reilly, Jarlath Varley, Kieran Cunningham, David Dolan, Caolan Crowe, Brendan Cunningham, Tony Corcoran, Jimmy Killeen (0-1), Anthony Cunningham, Mark Tierney, Shane Nally (0-1), Enda Varley (1-4), Myles Fallon. Subs used: Mark Hyland, Dara Henry.

September 19, 2011

Davitts v Kiltane – Match Report

Kiltane 1-7, Davitts 0-8.

Kiltane hosted Davitts in this full blooded Senior League Div 1B clash in wet and windy Bangor on Saturday evening. Davitts started brightly, with the assistance of the strong wind, and early points from Paul Carey and Michael Conroy got them off the mark before Kiltane replied with a Mikey Sweeney point. After ten minutes came the game’s crucial score. Davitts goalkeeper Mark Diskin slipped as he kicked out the ball, which went straight to Mikey Sweeney and he passed on to Edmund Barrett who gleefully hammered the ball to the net. Kiltane now had their tails up and scored two more points via Sweeney and midfielder Sean Gaughan, Davitts replying with points from Paul Carey and Ronan McNamara, to leave the homeside ahead by 1-3 to 0-4 at halftime and looking good to coast to victory. In a two minute spell midway through that half Davitts Josh Ronayne hit the butt of the Kiltane post, Kiltane’s Mikey Sweeney rattled the crossbar while Michael Conroy was deprived a goal by Kiltane’s very impressive goalkeeper Cathal Carey, who saved superbly, one of a number of great saves he made in the game.

Davitts however came out for the second half in determined fashion and played some great football into the teeth of the wind. Midfielder Ronan McNamara began to dominate that sector and Kiltane were struggling to contain the strong running of the impressive Paul Carey and Colm Boyle. Excellent points by Michael Conroy, Keith Prendergast and Boyle put Davitts into the lead after fifteen minutes before Edmund Barrett leveled the game with a long range free. Conroy put Davitts in front again ten minutes from the end but this was cancelled out by another Barrett free before Ultan Corrigan scored a beauty from the right wing to give Kiltane the lead and sub David Conroy added another in injury time. Davitts still had time to attack and nearly snatched victory with Carlos O Gara and Paul Carey coming close with two late goal efforts.

Best for Kiltane were Cathal and Darragh Carey, Rory Corrigan, PJ and Sean Gaughan, Mikey Sweeney, Edmund Barrett and Ultan Corrigan.

Davitts were best served by Mark Diskin, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, James Cummins, Colm Boyle, Colm Roche, Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey and Michael Conroy.

Kiltane: Cathal Carey, Kevin Ginty, Rory Corrigan, Pat Deane, Martin Gallagher, PJ Gaughan, Darragh Carey, John Reilly, Sean Gaughan (0-1), Martin Doherty, Mikey Sweeney (0-2), Jason Healy, Ultan Corrigan (0-1), Edmund Barrett (1-2), Ollie Munnelly. Sub used: David Conroy (0-1).

Davitts: Mark Diskin, Michael Waldron, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, James Cummins, Colm Boyle (0-1), Colm Roche, Paul Carey (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-1), Keith Prendergast (0-1), Pat Coyne, Fergal McGrath, Josh Ronayne, David McDonagh, Michael Conroy (0-3). Subs used: Aidan McTigue and Carlos O Gara.

Ref: John Walker.

September 17, 2011

Intermediate & Minor Championship Semi Finals preview

Davitts have finally made it back to the Mayo Intermediate Championship semi-finals after a seven year absence. All roads will lead to McHale Park, Castlebar on Sunday, October 2nd for our semi-final clash with Parke, throw in is at 2pm. Davitts have been motoring well so far this year while Parke, after a slow start, are beginning to hit top form at the right time of the season, so this has the makings of a cracking match. We expect a large crowd (as usual) of supporters at the game to support Peter Warren and the boys in their attempt to reach the club’s first Intermediate final in thirty years.

Meanwhile, the minor team will be playing Naoimh Phadraig in the County B semi-final. The date and venue for this game has not yet been fixed so check out the fixtures as it will more than likely be on the weekend of September 24th/25th. Again we would hope to have a big support for these lads who did the club proud with their great victory over Ballinrobe in the South Mayo final recently.

September 12, 2011

Ballina too strong for brave U-16’s

Davitts U-16 team were soundly beaten by a very strong Ballina Stephenites side in the County Championship 2 final in Castlebar on Saturday. The atrocious weather conditions made it virtually impossible to play good football but in fairness to Ballina, they adapted well and playing with the assistance of a gale led by 1-7 to 0-0 at half time. Any hopes Davitts had were dashed immediately after the restart with Ballina breaking from the throw in and scoring a killer goal. The Davitts boys never stopped trying but points from Tommy Waldron, Michael Clarke (2) and Liam Noone was all they could manage in the second half in a game that will sadly be remembered for the abysmal performance of the referee.

Both sets of supporters and neutrals agreed that he clearly was biased towards Ballina and some Ballina supporters said that it was embarrassing at times. Hopefully the powers that be in the Mayo football can realise that this type of a display is just not acceptable. Young players have other sports available to them and our club is struggling to keep lads playing gaelic football and poor refereeing like this will ensure that rugby and soccer will be the benefactors in the long run.

The final score was 3-12 to 0-4 and while the heavy defeat will hurt the young Davitts lads, they must remember that they played some tremendous football all year to get to the final and also that very few teams would live with this excellent Ballina team. This team is one of the best that Davitts have ever produced and if they stick together there will be glorious days to come for our proud club.

Davitts: Michael Mangan, Dylan Keadin, Thomas Charles, John Huane, Shane Cummins, Padraig Mangan, Dylan Higgins, William Freeley, Donal Ronayne, Michael Clarke, Tommy Waldron, Matthew Trench, Cathal Hennelly, Liam Noone, Gerard Griffin. Subs used: Richie O Connor, Jack Rogers, Seanie Burke and Patrick Monaghan.

September 8, 2011

Disappointing end to season for U-21’s

Davitts and St.Gerards met for the second year running in the Brennan Cup final in Garrymore on Wednesday evening with St. Gerards avenging last years defeat on a 1-13 to 1-5 scoreline. On a wet evening, the first half exchanges were very tight after St. Gerards scored a first minute goal. Points by Fergal McGrath (2) and Josh Ronayne left the halftime score at 1-2 to 0-3.

St. Gerards started the second half brightly and had extended their lead to 1-5 to 0-3 before Josh Ronayne first pointed and then was on the end of a good move to blast to the St.Gerards net to narrow the gap to two points after twelve minutes. Davitts were enjoying a dominant spell at this stage but the game’s turning point came after St.Gerards had extended their lead to three points again. A terrific Davitts move involving several players culminated with Liam Kearns shot for goal rattling off the upright and Josh Ronayne’s effort from the rebound thundering off the other upright. A goal at this stage would have leveled the game but instead St.Gerards went down the field and pointed. They added on three more points and Davitts knew it was not going to be their day when Liam Kearns found himself one on one with the St.Gerards keeper but unusually for him, shot wide. St. Gerards scored four more magnificent points before the finish with Davitts only reply coming from a Keith Prendergast free. On a disappointing night for Davitts, they had battling performers in goalie David Mitchell, Kevin Gallagher, the excellent Mark Ronayne, Josh Ronayne and Fergal McGrath.

Davitts team: David Mitchell, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Waldron, Johnno Clarke, Tommy Mitchell, Mark Ronayne, John Heneghan, Keith Prendergast (0-1), Liam Kearns, Josh Ronayne (1-2), Richie Kilkenny, Darren Connolly, Fergal McGrath (0-2). Subs used: Jason Connolly and Dara Halligan.

September 3, 2011

Noone prepared to wage war on the Japs

Davitts controversial head groundsman John A Noone has threatened chemical warfare on the dreaded Japanese knotweeds (Fallopia Japonica) currently occupying some of the club’s territory at the back of the stand in Davitt Park. Those weeds have existed in harmony with the locals for decades but recently have begun to show aggressive tendancies which Noone is determined to nip at the buds. He says he is currently seeking the advise of some renowned local horticultural experts including Michael Hynes, Michael ‘Wally’ Waldron, Michael Hett and Michael ‘Greenfingers’ Stephens, in an attempt to get to the root of the problem, although some of the more cynical club members believe that Noone is just taking the Mick. Watch this space for progress reports on one man’s battle against the potentially lethal threat from the east.

September 3, 2011

Minors are South B Champions

Minors are South B Champions

Davitts minor team captured the South Mayo B title with a great 1-10 to 0-10 victory over Ballinrobe, in Ballinrobe on Friday evening. Davitts were level at halftime, 0-5 each, with Liam Noone (2), Darren Connolly, Clive Hennigan and Tommy Waldron the scorers but can thank goalkeeper David Mitchell who magnificently saved a Ballinrobe penalty in the fifteenth minute, for keeping them in touch with the homeside.

The Davitts selectors made a few key positional switches in the second half, moving Mark Ronayne and Andrew Peters to midfield, Clive Hennigan to centre half forward and William Freeley to centre half back, all of which proved very effective. Freeley gave an exhibition of defending and Mark Ronayne drove his colleagues forward and from one of those attacks, Davitts got the game’s crucial score midway through the second half. Andrew Peters went on a mazy run, beating several defenders before passing to Tommy Waldron who dummied the keeper before blasting to the net to the delight of the large crowd of Davitts supporters. Ballinrobe threw everything they had at Davitts in the closing minutes of the second half but could not find the goal they needed thanks to the hard work of all the Davitts players.

David Mitchell was a rock solid goalkeeper and in front of him Brian Clarke and Gerard McWalter defended calmly. Cathal Higgins and Jason Connolly did well on the wings and William Freeley had an outstanding second half when moved to the backline. Mark Ronayne played a captains part throughout with Sean Waldron working hard until he was replaced by Gearoid Lyons, who won some vital ball, in the second half. Up front Andrew Peters and Clive Hennigan got better as the game went on and Tommy Waldron, Darren Connolly and Liam Noone were lively all through. Well done to the astute management team of Liam Nyland, Paul Carey, John Waldron and Tom ‘Dandy’ Kearns.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Gerard McWalter, Brian Clarke, Cathal Higgins, Mark Ronayne (capt), Jason Connolly, William Freeley, Sean Waldron, Tommy Waldron (1-2), Andrew Peters, Liam Noone (0-2), Darren Connolly (0-5) and Clive Hennigan (0-1). Subs used: Gearoid Lyons, Matthew Trench.

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