Eastern Gaels 7-9 Davitts 2-14
Eastern Gaels produced a storming final quarter performance to pull away from Davitts in the County U-17 B semi-final played in Ballyhaunis on Monday evening. The sides were level at half time and the Gaels led by a point at the second water break but they finished the game impressively and outscored Davitts by 3-2 to 0-2 in the last fifteen minutes to qualify for the final against Claremorris.
First half points from Dylan Gallagher (3), Cathal Corless (3), Jack Melvin (2), Ciaran Treacy and Bon Glynn saw Davitts level at the interval, 0-10 to 2-4, but the warning signs were there as the Eastern Gaels lads looked very dangerous in attack, and were creating a lot of goal chances.
The Gaels started the second half with a point in the first minute and added a goal three minutes later. Davitts responded well and Conor McDermott hammered home a fine goal after great work by Cathal Corless and Finn McLoughlin in the fifth minute. Both sides pointed twice before the second water break, Jack Melvin and Conor McDermott on target for Davitts and a 40th minute Eastern Gaels goal was matched by a super Dylan Gallagher effort five minutes later to leave Eastern Gaels one ahead going into the last quarter.
A Dylan Gallagher point in the 48th minute tied the game again the Gaels found the net again in the 50th minute. They added a point in the 53rd minute and another goal two minutes later to go into a seven point lead. Burke Briere pulled one back for Davitts who were desperately trying to manufacture a goal. Davitts midfielder Cathal Corless received a black card and Eastern Gaels tagged on another goal and a point in injury time to advance to the final.
Best for Davitts were Sean Keadin, Mark Birmingham, Conor Feerick, Cathal Corless, Jack Melvin, Conor McDermott and Dylan Gallagher.
Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Sean Keadin, Sean Meehan, Ethan Boyle, Mark Birmingham, Conor Feerick, Jack Melvin (0-3), Cathal Corless (0-3), Ciaran Treacy (0-1), Conor McDermott (1-1), Bon Glynn (0-1), Dylan Gallagher (1-4), Finn McLoughlin. Subs used: Aaron Trench, Ronan Kelly, Brian Corless, Burke Briere (0-1).