Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: October 2012

October 29, 2012

Minors cruise to victory in Division 3 decider

Davitts: 3-11

St. Muiredachs: 0-5

Davitts Minor team had a surprisingly comfortable victory over St. Muiredachs (Ardnaree/Bonniconlon) in the County League Division 3 final played in a bitterly cold Ballyheane on Monday. When those same two sides met earlier in the league in Ballindine, St. Muiredachs emerged the victors, but a repeat never seemed likely as Davitts dominated from start to finish.

After a pretty mediocre first half, that saw Davitts leading by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break, the Davitts supporters were treated to an exhibition of football in the second half. Two excellent goals scored by the imperious Andrew Peters and another by corner back Donal Ronayne sealed the win. Thomas Waldron ran the show with a tremendous display at wing forward. As well as scoring three good points, he was involved in most of the other scores and proved to be a great link between defence and attack. Waldron was a popular man of the match choice, but team captain Cathal Higgins, Donal Ronayne, Cathal Hennelly and Andrew Peters were not far behind him.

Michael Mangan was dependable in goals with Brian Clarke and Padraig Mangan in top form in defence. Sean Waldron and William Freeley assumed full control of the midfield area in the second half after a slow start. Gearoid Lyons, Liam Noone and Michael Clarke excelled in a slick forward division. Substitutes Matthew Trench, John Macken, Gerard McWalter and John Huane all played their parts in an impressive team performance.

Congrats to the management team of Liam Nyland, Paul Carey, Tom Kearns and John Waldron, who thoroughly deserved this success after a long season.

Davitts: Michael Mangan, Brian Clarke, Donal Ronayne (1-0), Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Cathal Higgins, Padraig Mangan, Sean Waldron, William Freeley, Thomas Waldron (0-3), Gearoid Lyons (0-1), Andrew Peters (2-2), Michael Clarke, Liam Noone (0-5). Subs used: Matthew Trench, Gerard McWalter, John Macken, John Huane.

October 28, 2012

Player profile – Fearghal McGrath

Player profile - Fearghal McGrath

Fearghal McGrath

Age: 22

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 12st 6lbs

Fearghal is a top class forward, well able to win dirty ball, accurate with both feet and probably the best goal finisher in the club. Deceptively strong, this abrasive player loves the physical side of the game. He is a former Mayo minor and was a member of this year’s Mayo Junior panel along with clubmates Ronan MacNamara, Aidan McTigue and Josh Ronayne.

Fearghal plays anywhere in the forwardline but is probably most at home at full forward. He misses his legendary training ground battles with Frankie Lula, now in Australia.

October 23, 2012

Player profile – Kevin Gallagher

Player profile - Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher

Age 22

Height 5’9”

Weight 11st 5lbs

Kevin has made the number 4 jersey his own in the last couple of years. Possibly the fittest corner back in Mayo, he just loves training. He delivered some memorable displays in last season’s run to the All-Ireland final.

Kevin, also known as Diego, possesses a left and right foot but rarely kicks with either. He has yet to score for the club but it is his intention to do so at least once before he retires.

October 23, 2012

Junior, Senior and Minor updates

Davitts Junior team have clinched promotion from Division 1E of the Senior League without having to play at the weekend. Our home game against bottom of the table Ballycroy was conceded but we were already guaranteed the second promotion place. This is a great achievement for the club and a good indication of the strength in depth of our pool of adult players. Congratulations to the squad of players and the management team of Pete Warren, Laurence Daly, Joe Reapy and Tommy Ronayne.

The seniors made it a great weekend for the club with a good league win over Ballinrobe, to jump five places up the Div 1A table. Davitts have three games to play in the league against Shrule-Glencorrib, Charlestown and Breaffy and two wins should be enough to guarantee safety from relegation. Davitts are on a good run of form having won their last three matches so they will approach those final games with great confidence.

The Minor team will play St. Muiredachs in the Division 3 League Final in McHale Park on Monday 29th October (Bank Holiday) at 1.30pm. This should be a very exciting game between two very well matched sides. It goes without saying that we will have a big support in Castlebar. Good luck to Liam Nyland, Tom Kearns, Paul Carey, John Waldron and the boys.

October 21, 2012

Seniors secure another 2 points in Division 1A

Davitts: 0-13

Ballinrobe: 0-9

Davitts recent good form in the Senior League Division 1A continued on Sunday with a fine home win over Ballinrobe. Davitts got off to a flyer and scored the first three points in the opening five minutes while playing into the wind, with Michael Conroy, Fearghal McGrath and Ronan McNamara hitting the target. Stephen Burke from play and two Alan Murphy frees levelled it for the visitors. Two fine Mark Walkin points and another Murphy free for Ballinrobe and Davitts scores from Conroy, Aidan McTigue and Ronan McNamara left the sides level at half time, 0-6 each.

Davitts upped the tempo considerably in the second half with Tommy Nolan, Alan Roche, Colm Boyle, Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey, Fearghal McGrath, David McDonagh and Michael Conroy in outstanding form. They tagged on some excellent points from Carey, Boyle, McTigue, McGrath and Conroy, with Murphy (2) and Stephen Burke replying for Ballinrobe, before Davitts full forward David McDonagh sealed the victory with a cooly taken point.

Best for Ballinrobe were Rory Keane, Eugene O Malley, Ronan Macken, Sean Grimes, Stephen Murphy, Mark Walkin and Alan Murphy.

Davitts have given themselves a great chance of survival in this division after winning their last three games, while Ballinrobe are one of several teams that will be scrapping for points as the league reaches its closing stages.

Davitts: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Tommy Nolan, Kevin Gallagher, Colm Boyle (0-1), Alan Roche, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara (0-2), Paul Carey (0-1), Fearghal McGrath (0-2), Keith Prendergast (0-1), Liam Kearns, Aidan McTigue (0-2), David McDonagh (0-1), Michael Conroy (0-3). Sub used: Carlos O Gara.

Ballinrobe: Kenneth O Malley, David Murphy, Rory Keane, David O Connor, Conor Keane, Eugene O Malley, Phelim Reilly, Ronan Macken, Peter Staunton, Sean Grimes, Stephen Burke (0-2), James Murphy, James Quinn, Mark Walkin (0-2), Alan Murphy (0-5).

October 15, 2012

Seniors take another step closer to securing Division 1A status

Ballaghaderreen 0-6

Davitts 1-6

Davitts travelled to County Senior finalists Ballaghaderreen on Sunday and came home with two more valuable Senior League points. Davitts started well and tore into the home side from the start, driven on by a determined half back line of Colm Boyle, the outstanding Alan Roche and James Cummins and had built up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead at half time, having played with the assistance of the wind. Boyle, Fergal McGrath, Ronan McNamara, Michael Conroy, Aidan McTigue and Liam Kearns pointing for Davitts with Andy Hanley (2) and midfielder Mattie Towey replying for the homeside.

David Kilcullen narrowed the gap with an early point but the game’s crucial score came ten minutes into the second half. Michael Conroy started off a move deep in his own half before passing on to Colm Boyle. His long delivery was collected by the lively Aidan McTigue who spun his man and buried the ball in the corner of the net. Amazingly, only two more points were scored in the last twenty minutes, as Davitts defended as if their lives depended on it. Kilcullen and Cormac Doohan were the point scorers for the homeside, but Davitts comfortably held on for a precious win.

Outstanding for Davitts were Alan and Colm Roche, Colm Boyle, James Cummins, Paul Carey, Ronan McNamara, Fergal McGrath, Aidan McTigue and Michael Conroy.

Best for a disappointing Ballagh side were Stephen Drake, Philip and Keith Rodgers, James and David Kilcullen and Andy Hanley.

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

Ballaghaderreen: Ollie Flanagan, Stephen Drake, Philip Rodgers, Thomas Regan, Peter Kelly, Keith Rodgers, David Drake, Mattie Towey (0-1), James Kilcullen, David Kilcullen, Michael Solan, Shane Finn, Barry Solan, Andy Hanley (0-2), Conor Doohan (0-1).

October 15, 2012

Juniors fall at final hurdle

Davitts young Junior team fell at the final hurdle, after being defeated by 0-15 to 0-11 by Charlestown in the County Junior B Final on Sunday in McHale Park. Charlestown were the better team in the first half and led by 0-9 to 0-4 at the break. Davitts threw everything at them in the second half but just couldn’t find the goal that they needed to really get back into the game. This Davitts team (average age is less than 20) played with tremendous spirit in that second half with excellent displays from Darren Connolly, Thomas Waldron, Seamus Roche, Donal and Mark Ronayne

Martin Cosgrove and Cathal Higgins.

Davitts team: David Mitchell, Brian Clarke, Donal Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Martin Cosgrove, Mark Ronayne (0-1), Lawrence Daly, Johnno Clarke (0-1), John Heneghan, Thomas Waldron (0-1), Tommy Mitchell, Seamus Roche (0-2), Darren Connolly (0-6), Clive Hennigan , Richie Kilkenny. Subs used: Liam Noone, William Freeley and Sean Waldron.

October 10, 2012

Early start on Sunday (14th Oct)!

Davitts Senior team travel to Ballaghaderreen on Sunday for a vital Senior League encounter with the County finalists. The throw in is at 11.30 am.

After that game, all roads will lead to Castlebar as the Junior team lock horns with Charlestown in the County Junior B Final. This game has a 2 pm throw in. Both teams need your support in what we hope turns out to be a “Super Sunday”…

October 7, 2012

Juniors on verge of promotion to Division 1D

Davitts Junior team’s push for promotion from Div 1E of the senior league received a massive boost in Ballindine on Sunday when they defeated Ardagh by 3-12 to 0-8. Davitts were never in any trouble in this game and had raced into a 1-8 to 0-4 lead at halftime with inspirational captain Seamus Roche, the outstanding Darren Connolly and Liam Noone in sparkling form in Davitts attack. Darren Connolly scored the goal in the 20th minute after excellent work by Donal Ronayne, Johnno Clarke, John Heneghan, Mark Ronayne and Seamus Roche.

Two more goals from Darren Connolly and Johnno Clarke in the second half killed off the challenge of Ardagh. Davitts were able to introduce five subs in the second half and they all aquitted themselves well demonstrating the strength in depth of the squad.

Outstanding for Davitts were David Mitchell, Donal Ronayne, Michael Ronayne, James Cummins, John Heneghan, Johnno Clarke, Seamus Roche and Darren Connolly.

Davitts team: David Mitchell, Donal Ronayne, Michael Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Cathal Higgins, James Cummins, Martin Cosgrove, Johnno Clarke (1-1), John Heneghan (0-1), Carlos O Gara (0-1), Seamus Roche (0-3), Mark Ronayne (0-1), Darren Connolly (2-2), Tommy Mitchell, Liam Noone (0-2). Subs used: Thomas Waldron (0-1), William Freeley, Sean Waldron, JP Kirrane, Lawrence Daly.

October 5, 2012

Congrats to Boyler on his All Star nomination

The Club would like to congratulate Colm Boyle on becoming the second Davitts player (the first being the legendary Alan Roche in 1999) to receive a GAA All Star nomination. Boyler has really made a name for himself at Inter County level after some outstanding showings in the Green and Red of Mayo in 2012. Many pundits, journalists and fans alike adjudged Colm’s performance in the All Ireland Final against Donegal as being worthy as Mayo’s Man of the Match. Earlier in the year, Boyler’s ‘Never Say Die’ attitude was exemplified by the goal he scored in the final minutes of extra time against Kerry in the Semi-Final of the National League in April, managing to place the ball past the Kerry goalie with 4 Kerry defenders hanging off him! Few would deny that he drove Mayo to victory that day, leading from the back and scoring an impressive tally of 1-1.

The final team of 15 All Stars will be selected on Wednesday, October 24. Best of luck Colm.

One man who can consider himself somewhat unlucky for not securing an All Star nomination himself is our other County player, Michael Conroy. Mike scored some lovely points for Mayo during the year (and threw in a goal or two against Down); his movement around the inside forward line proved troublesome for established corner backs. Hopefully, Michael can cement his place on the Mayo team in 2013, and be in contention for next year’s awards.

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