Davitts and Hollymount Carramore will have to meet again to see who will be crowned South Mayo U-14 B Champions after they drew, 2-11 apiece, in a thrilling final in Claremorris on Sunday.
Hollycarra, playing with the assistance of the stiff wind in the first half, opened the scoring with a 5th minute point. This was cancelled out by Cathal Corless in the 10th minute. Hollycarra regained the lead again in the 16th minute with their second point but the large crowd had to wait another twelve minutes for the next score, a Dylan Gallagher point for Davitts. The game suddenly burst into life and Conor McDermott fired home a superb goal in the 30th minute. Hollycarra responded well with two fine injury time points to leave Davitts ahead by 1-2 to 0-4 at halftime.
Hollycarra came out with all guns blazing in the second half and they rattled home an unanswered 1-4 as they completely bossed the 3rd quarter. Cathal Corless narrowed the gap with a 15th minute point but Hollycarra replied straight away with a similar score. Two minutes later Davitts goaled, Fionn McLoughlin with the finish after great work by Bon Glynn and Ciaran Treacy. Points from Cathal Devane, Cathal Corless and Dylan Gallagher tied the game with just seven minutes left.
Three minutes later Hollycarra were awarded a penalty which was duly despatched despite a valiant effort from Davitts excellent goalkeeper Dylan O Brien. It looked like the game had swung Hollycarra’s way but Davitts showed admirable spirit and three super Cathal Corless points sent the game into extra time.
Hollycarra scored the only point in the first period of extra time.
Jack Melvin shot the equasliser in the first minute of the second period. The same player pointed again in the last minute and it looked like Davitts were set for victory but from the kickout, Hollycarra surged up the field and scored the levelling point with the last kick of a pulsating match.
The draw was a fair result and the replay will take place in Claremorris on Saturday evening (Sept 1st).
Dylan O Brien was once again in top form in goals with Mark Birmingham, Aaron Trench and Ethan Boyle forming a tight marking full backline. Ian Prendergast had a great game at wing back, ably assisted by the tigerish Sean Keadin and Conor Feerick. Dylan Gallagher (0-2) and Bon Glynn worked tirelessly at midfield. Wing forwards Conor McDermott (1-0) and Cathal Devane (0-1) were impressive and Jack Melvin (0-2), while quieter than usual, came good in the end with his two excellent points. In Cathal Corless (0-6), Davitts had the game’s most impressive player with Ryan Rattigan and Brian Eagney working hard in the corners. Substitutes Fionn McLoughlin (1-0) and Ciaran Treacy were both superb when introduced.