Davitts and Aghamore met in the U-15C Championship in Ballindine on Tuesday and they served up a thriller with Davitts winning on a 6-7 to 2-14 scoreline. The result was in doubt up to the final whistle with Davitts getting their final goal right at the death of a pulsating game.
Davitts led by 2-3 to 0-2 at the first water break with Aaron Conneely-Basham and Fionn McTigue smashing home two cracking goals and Brian Corless, Dylan Gormally and Ronan Kelly getting the points.
Aghamore tagged on six points in the second quarter with Davitts replying via points from Ronan Kelly and Dylan O Brien, from a 45, and a second goal from Fionn McTigue, to lead by 3-5 to 0-8 at halftime.
Aghamore shot three early second half points but two Davitts goals from Dylan Gormally and the very impressive Aaron Conneely-Basham appeared to put Davitts firmly in the driving seat. Aghamore were not going away however and they shot 2-2 in a four minute blitz between the 44th and 48th minutes to leave the minimum between the sides at the second water break.
Davitts had to dig deep at this stage and midfielder Conor McDermott steadied the ship with two points in the 56th and 59th minutes. Aghamore pointed in injury time as they threw everything into getting a winning goal but the homeside had the final say when Aaron O Dea netted with virtually the last kick of an absorbing game.
Dylan O Brien (0-1) was superb in goals for Davitts with Ben Corless, Tadhg Feerick, Ethan Boyle, Brian Hett and Noah O Brien all defending heroically in front of him. Conor McDermott (0-2) and Brian Corless (0-1) had a great midfield duel with their Aghamore counterparts. The Davitts forwards were in lethal goalscoring form (not quite as good with the point shooting) with Aaron Conneely-Basham (2-0), Fionn McTigue (2-0), Ronan Kelly (0-2), Dylan Gormally (1-1) and Aaron O Dea (1-0) in great form and Ciaran Treacy pulling the strings with his clever play.
An understrength Davitts team were defeated, 1-13 to 2-5, by The Neale on Saturday evening in Cong in the Michael Walsh senior league.
After a tentative beginning the local side burst into life and fired a goal and two points in the 4th and 5th minutes. They added another point before Evan Ronane opened Davitts account with an 11th minute point. The Neale added on two points before Cathal Higgins got on the end of a good move involving Tommy Waldron and Evan Ronane to crash home Davitts first goal in the 15th minute. The Neale pointed again before the water break to lead by five points.
The second quarter saw both teams add three points to their tallies with Evan Ronane getting the Davitts scores.
The Neale shot the first three points of the second half but they were cancelled out by a well struck 44th minute Liam Kearns penalty after Donie Ronayne was fouled. Davitts keeper Keith Prendergast pointed a 45 metre free kick just before the second water break to narrow the deficit to four points but this was to be Davitts final score. The Neale added one point two minutes from time to win by five points.
Best for Davitts were Kieran Fahy, Fionnan Gallagher, Cathal Higgins, Tommy Waldron and Evan Ronane.
Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Donie Ronayne, Kieran Fahy, Patrick Keadin, Fionnan Gallagher, Cathal Higgins (1-0), Tomas Ronayne, Tommy Waldron, Aidan Macken, Shane Treacy, Liam Kearns (1-0), Jamie Mullee, Richie Kilkenny, Stephen Nyland, Evan Ronane (0-4). Subs used: Danny Corless, Andy Peters, Lawrence Daly, Tom Corless.
Davitts Junior team were defeated, 1-11 to 1-7, by Mayo Gaels in the South Mayo Junior Semi-Final in Ballindine on Wednesday evening. The game was played in difficult greasy conditions and while it was competitive throughout, Mayo Gaels were full value for their four point victory.
The Gaels got off to a flying start with three points in the opening two minutes. A 3rd minute Shane Mitchell point settled the Davitts lads with Richie Kilkenny adding another point in the 9th minute. Mayo Gaels extended their lead with another point in the 11th minute but a 14th minute Shane Treacy goal saw Davitts lead by a point at the first water break.
The Gaels pointed to equalise in the 18th minute but the impressive Shane Treacy restored the homeside’s lead a minute later before the Gaels got their only goal. Treacy fired over two points in quick succession and Mayo Gaels got one point to leave them ahead by the minimum at the interval.
Mayo Gaels opened the second half scoring in the 35th minute and this score was cancelled out by a fine Fionnan Gallagher point after a good run. Both defences were on top at this stage and the Gaels scored the only other score before the second water break to extend their lead to two points. The lively Richie Kilkenny clipped over a neat point in the 48th minute but this was to be Davitts final score and three points in the 55th, 56th and 57th minutes sealed the victory for Mayo Gaels who will play the winners of the second semi-final between Garrymore and Claremorris in the South A final while Davitts will play the loser of that tie in the B final.
Davitts best players on this occasion were Micheal Hett, Fionnan Gallagher, Padraig Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Jamie Mullee, Shane Treacy, and Richie Kilkenny.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Micheal Hett, Tom Corless, Jordan Flanagan, Fionnan Gallagher (0-1), Padraig Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Shane Mitchell (0-1), Liam Macken, Jamie Mullee, Shane Treacy (1-3), Brian Clarke, Richie Kilkenny (0-2), Ryan McLoughlin, Danny Corless. Subs used: Tomas Ronayne, Stephen Nyland, Lawrence Daly, Andy Peters.