Davitts U-21 team advanced to the final of the County B Championship following a 1-9 to 1-6 victory over Hollymount Carramore in a semi-final played in extremely difficult conditions in Bekan on Saturday. The gale force wind assisted Davitts in the first half and few, if any, in the attendance would have given them any chance of winning at half time, as they trailed by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break.
Hollymount-Carramore were much the better team in the first half as they bossed the game and were full value for their one point lead at the interval. Their play was controlled but Davitts, who lost their captain Sean Waldron through injury after twenty minutes, kept themselves in the game with points from Evan Ronayne (2), Liam Noone (2), Paul O Gara and Andrew Peters as they recovered from a terrible start.
Holly-Carra were ahead by 1-2 to 0-0 after ten minutes but the Davitts players battled hard to stay in the game. Brian Clarke, Cathal Higgins, Shane Treacy, Paul O Gara and Evan Ronayne were to the fore in what was a very disappointing first half display.
Davitts second half performance was superb. The whole team displayed unbelievable character and they made light of the dreadful conditions. Thomas Waldron, who replaced his namesake Sean, had a terrific game, and he, the lion-hearted Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Cathal Hennelly, Andrew Peters, Liam Noone, Shane Treacy and Paul O Gara ran at the Holly-Carra defence at every opportunity. Brian Clarke, Padraig Mangan, Micheal Mangan, William Freeley who had a storming final quarter, and Mikey Kelly were defiant as Davitts turned the game around.
The two teams scored two points apiece in the first ten minutes of the second half, Evan Ronayne and Paul O Gara on the mark for Davitts before Andrew Peters swung the game in Davitts favour with a brilliant goal after excellent work by Shane Treacy. Davitts were in command of the game now and Paul O Gara scored the game’s last point as his side advanced to meet Swinford in the final.
Davitts: Micheal Mangan, Padraig Mangan, Brian Clarke, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Cathal Hennelly, Sean Waldron (Capt.), William Freeley, Shane Treacy, Liam Noone (0-2), Paul O Gara (0-3), Andrew Peters (1-1), Evan Ronayne (0-3). Subs used: Thomas Waldron, Mikey Kelly.