Castlebar easily accounted for Davitts in this Mayo senior League Div 1A tie played in Castlebar on Sunday. The Mitchells outplayed the visitors for most of the game and, but for some bad shooting, they could have won by an even bigger margin. That said, Davitts had gifted them three goals towards the end of the first half and Shane Hopkins, the evergreen Kevin Filan and Aidan Walsh gratefully accepted them for the homeside to leave the Mitchells ahead by 3-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Davitts were more competitive in the second half but midfielder Paul Carey was really the only player to take the game to the hosts. To add to Davitts woes, star defender Colm Boyle had to retire with a hamstring injury in the second half. The game petered out to its inevitable conclusion as Castlebar displayed that they will be a powerful force in Mayo football this season.
Outstanding for Castlebar were Donal Newcombe, Richie Feeney, Danny Kirby, Aidan Walsh, Eamon Tiernan, Fergal Durcan, Kevin Filan and sub Tom King.
Colm Boyle, Cathal Higgins, Thomas Waldron, Andrew Peters, Fearghal McGrath and sub Donal Ronayne did their best to assist Paul Carey for Davitts.
Castlebar: Ciaran Naughton, Donal Newcombe, Owen Reilly, Alan Flynn, Ronan Burke, Richie Feeney, Mark McHugh, Danny Kirby (0-2), Aidan Walsh (1-3), Eamon Tiernan (0-2), Fergal Durcan, Shane Hopkins (1-0), Shane Dolan, Kevin Filan (1-1), Neil Douglas (0-1). Subs used: Tom King (0-3), Shane Irwin, Cian Costello.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Colm Roche, Cathal Higgins, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, James Cummins, Colm Boyle, Ronan McNamara (0-3), Paul Carey, Thomas Waldron, Keith Prendergast, Andrew Peters, Josh Ronayne (0-1), Fearghal McGrath (0-1), Liam Kearns. Subs used: Donal Ronayne, Michael Waldron, David McDonagh, Mark Ronayne.