Davitts Juniors had a fine 1-8 to 2-2 victory over Charlestown on Sunday in Division 1D of the Senior League. The game was played in difficult wet conditions in Charlestown and both teams deserve credit for serving up a lively encounter with the sensible refereeing of James Regan also worthy of a mention.
The first half was dominated by both defences and the homeside led by 0-2 to 0-1 at the break having played with the assistance of the wind. Matthew Trench was the Davitts scorer in that half.
Davitts started the second half well with midfielders Declan Healy and William Freeley winning a lot of possession. Two Liam Kearns points put Davitts ahead before wing back Mark Ronayne scored a goal of the season contender in the tenth minute. He flicked the ball up on the run and soloed twice before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the top corner of the Charlestown net. Davitts physio Olive Treacy felt that Mark was going for a point but he rubbished her claims.
Evan Ronayne and Liam Noone pointed to extend Davitts lead to six before Charlestown goaled after a good move. Davitts replied with three more points from Liam Kearns (2) and Evan Ronayne with Charlestown converting a penalty on the stroke of time to complete the scoring.
Best for Davitts were Padraig Mangan, Lawrence Daly, James Cummins, Mark Ronayne, Declan Healy, Juan Pablo Kirrane and Liam Kearns.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Martin Cosgrove, Padraig Mangan, Lawrence Daly, James Cummins, John Costello, Mark Ronayne (1-0), Declan Healy, William Freeley, JP Kirrane, Liam Kearns (0-4), Johnno Clarke, Liam Noone (0-1), Matthew Trench (0-1), Evan Ronayne (0-2). Subs used: Micheal Mangan, Ger McWalter, Tommy Clarke, Shane Mitchell, Shane Treacy.