Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: May 2012

May 5, 2012

Seniors v Knockmore – Match Report

Davitts 0-10

Knockmore 0-11

Davitts return to senior football looked like a winning return for most of this exciting league game in Ballindine on Saturday evening. The home side started brightly with points from Josh Ronayne, Michael Conroy and Aidan McTigue in the first five minutes. Knockmore replied through Alan Loftus (2) and Aidan Kilcoyne to level the game before Davitts assumed complete control for the remainder of the first half.

Ronan McNamara and Keith Prendergast began to lord the midfield exchanges and some superb points by McTigue, Prendergast, Ronayne, Fergal McGrath and Conroy had the home side ahead by 0-8 to 0-3 at half time and but for some terrible shooting, this lead would have been much greater.

Conroy had a great chance to goal in the 17th minute but Knockmore custodian Aidan Higgins pulled off a brilliant save to deny the county star, who was winning lots of ball inside together with McTigue and McGrath.

Knockmore, realising they were in big trouble, made a number of positional switches at the start of the second half, and the introduction of subs Stephen Sweeney and Brian Gibbons also had a telling effect on the outcome. Keith Ruttledge pointed in the first minute and a brace from Kilcoyne left just two points in it before Conroy pointed in the 10th minute. Kilcoyne and midfielder Kieran Langan narrowed the margin to a point with twelve minutes normal time remaining.

Both sides were guilty of some bad misses before Ruttledge levelled the game in the 28th minute. Davitts surged forward and were rewarded a free in, converted by Conroy, in the second minute of stoppage time, after Fergal McGrath was fouled. Knockmore began to display their never say die attitude and Davitts, probably showing their lack of experience at this level, conceded a free, duly converted by Kilcoyne in the 34th minute.

While everyone in the crowd were agreeing that the draw was probably the fairest outcome, referee Declan Corcoran wasn’t finished yet and as play continued, he awarded Knockmore, what appeared to be an extremely soft free, infuriating everyone from Davitts, which Kilcoyne gleefully tapped over to give Knockmore the win.

Knockmore will be delighted to have snatched the points and their best players were Aidan Higgins, Shane McHale, Kevin McLoughlin, Kieran Langan, Stephen Sweeney, Brian Gibbons, Alan Loftus, Keith Ruttledge and Aidan Kilcoyne.

Davitts will be wondering how they managed to lose but Michael Waldron, Kevin Gallagher, Colm Boyle, Alan Roche, Ronan McNamara, Keith Prendergast, Paul Carey, Josh Ronayne, Aidan McTigue and Fergal McGrath can be happy with their displays.

Knockmore: Aidan Higgins, Jason Clarke, Shane McHale, Gerry Higgins, Andrew Keane, Declan Sweeney, Kevin McLoughlin, Diarmuid Walsh, Kieran Langan, (0-1), Alan Loftus (0-2, 1f), Brian Ruttledge, Justin Rice, Keith Ruttledge (0-2), James Ruddy, Aidan Kilcoyne (0-6, 5f). Subs used: Brian Gibbons, Stephen Sweeney.

Davitts: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Michael Waldron, Kevin Gallagher, Colm Boyle, Alan Roche, James Cummins, Keith Prendergast (0-1), Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey, Josh Ronayne (0-2, 1f), Liam Kearns, Aidan McTigue (0-2), Fergal McGrath (0-1), Michael Conroy (0-4, 1f). Subs used: Carlos O Gara, David McDonagh.

Referee: Declan Corcoran.

May 5, 2012

Minors v Kiltane – Match Report

Davitts and Kiltane met in the minor league in Ballindine on Friday evening with Davitts victorious by 2-10 to 0-11 after a top quality match. Davitts started quickly with Andrew Peters goaling emphatically in the first minute. The home side led by 1-5 to 0-6 at halftime with Thomas Waldron running riot, scoring four exquisite points from play and Michael Clarke supplying the other.

Kiltane threw everything at Davitts in the second half but the defence held firm with John Macken, Donie Ronayne and Cathal Higgins in outstanding form. The clinching score came in the 22nd minute of the second half when sub Matthew Trench finished a superb Michael Clarke pass to the net in style.

While the whole team played very well, the performances of Macken, Ronayne, Higgins, William Freeley, Peters and Waldron were exceptional in this game. A word of praise must be given to referee Michael Daly who handled the game superbly.

Davitts team: Michael Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Brian Clarke, John Macken, Cathal Higgins, Gerard McWalter, Sean Waldron, William Freeley, Liam Noone (0-1), Gearoid Lyons (0-1), Andrew Peters (1-1), Michael Clarke (0-1), Thomas Waldron (0-6). Sub used: Matthew Trench (1-0).

May 4, 2012

New playing rule changes for GAA passed at Congress

Please note the following Playing Rule changes which were passed at Congress on Saturday, 14th April. These changes will become operative one month from Congress (i.e 14th May) and are to be implemented in all competitions. (They are also operative in Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship on Sunday next, 6th May).

We would ask that you notify all club referees of these changes and the implementation date.

1. Football Only – “Square Ball”

This has been amended to allow a player enter the small rectangle once the final deliberate play of the ball has been made, i.e as soon as the player kicks, hand-passes, fist passes or deliberately flicks the ball into the small rectangle then the attacking player may enter.

The rule is unchanged with regard to “Set Play” i.e. Free Kicks, Line Balls and 45s – in these instances players are not permitted to enter the small rectangle before the ball.

2. Hurling and Football

An additional Power of the Referee has been added as follows:

“To consult, on a needs basis, with a linesman or umpire(s) – where neutral – in order to establish matters of fact. In the case of the Umpires, this shall include consultation concerning the validity of a score when the Referee is in doubt”.

This rule change gives the referee power to consult with the linemen and umpires and will be particularly relevant in the adjudication on “square balls”.

3. Hurling and Football – Rule 2: The Players, Rules of Specification

This has been amended to allow substitutions be made when the referee has stopped play after a score or wide or for a free, sideline puck/kick or where the Referee has stopped play for medical attention to an injured player.

Previously substitutions could only be made when the ball had gone out of play following a score or a wide, or when a stoppage in play was called by the referee for medical attention to an injured player.

May 4, 2012

Mayo G.A.A. Supporters Open Evening

Message from Aiden McLoughlin (PRO Mayo GAA):

An Open evening for all Mayo GAA supporters will be held in Elverys MacHale Park next Friday 11th May starting at 6.30p.m.

There will be a jam packed exciting evening for you the supporter where you can meet all our managers and players as well as other exciting activities.

Have your face painted in the county colours; meet our senior & minor footballers and our senior hurlers. Get Autographs, jerseys signed etc. Test yourself with the basic skills of our Gaelic games as the Mayo GAA coaches put you through your paces with their skills testing. View all the latest official Mayo GAA merchandise from our main sponsors Elverys Sports. Get a guided tour around the marvellous facilities in MacHale Park. 2011 Stars of the Future launch the 2012 Kellogs Cuil Camps. We will have music on the evening also. After all of that, sit down and relax in our magnificent stand and watch the Mayo Senior Football team as they train on the pitch.

This is an opportunity not to be missed and a memorable night will be had by all in attendance.

The evening kicks off at 6.30p.m. in Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar.

6.30-7.15p.m. – Press Media only with Manager and Players in Press Room.

7.15-8.00p.m. – Meet & Greet Managers and Players. Take part in activities on main pitch.

8.00-9.00p.m. – Open Mayo Senior Football Team training on main pitch.

For further information, please email pro.mayo@gaa.ie or telephone 0876282167

May 4, 2012

U-14’s v Ballinrobe – Match Report

Davitts and Ballinrobe played a thrilling U-14 league match in Ballindine on Thursday evening with the home side prevailing on an 8-4 to 2-16 scoreline. Ballinrobe set the early running and led by 0-11 to 2-2 at halftime. The two goals by Evan Ronayne and Daniel Huane really kept Davitts in the game and the homeside were lucky to be only three points down at the interval.

The second half proved to be a dramatic affair with the Davitts forwards showing that goals do win matches, while at the other end of the field the excellent Caelainn Mullee was performing heroics in goals and Cathal Moran and Ciaran Fahy defending superbly, ably assisted by John Kilkenny, Aidan Macken, Ryan McLoughlin and Francis Griffin. Further goals by the outstanding Ronayne (2), (later to be harshly dismissed following a second yellow card), Cian Naughton, the hard working Jamie Mullee, Keelan Cosgrove and a delightful lob by Huane ensured victory for the Davitts boys.

Andre Trench and Cian Treacy were in great form too in the lively Davitts forwardline while Jack Ronayne had a tremendous game at midfield. Well done to the Ballinrobe team for playing their part in a very entertaining game.

Davitts team: Caelainn Mullee, Ryan McLoughlin, Cathal Moran, Francis Griffin, John Kilkenny, Ciaran Fahy, Aidan Macken, Jamie Mullee (1-0), Jack Ronayne, Daniel Huane (2-0), Evan Ronayne (3-4), Cian Treacy, Cian Naughton (1-0), Keelan Cosgrove (1-0), Andrei Trench.

May 1, 2012

Player profile – Carlos O’Gara

Player profile - Carlos O'Gara

Carlos O’Gara

Age 32

Height 6’3”

Weight 14st 3lbs

Carlos is a great ball winning forward with an outstanding workrate who is often compared to Tyrone’s Brian Dooher. Not a prolific scorer himself but his intelligent play creates lots of scoring chances for his teammates. A teacher by profession, Mr. O Gara is also a Davitts Committee member. Carlos is the chairman of the Ballindine branch of the Tottenham Hotspurs fan club which also includes Tom Dandy Kearns, Alan Goggins, Derek Stephens and Lucien Powers.

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