Achill U-15’s made the long trip to Ballindine on Tuesday evening to take on Davitts in Division 5 of the league, but went home empty handed, as Davitts prevailed by 6-17 to 5-5 after an entertaining game.
Davitts led by 2-9 to 1-2 at half time, the goals were both well taken by Aaron O Dea. Both teams managed to hit the back of the net on four occasions in the second half, Davitts goalscorers were Aaron Conneely Basham, Adam Rattigan and Dylan Gormley (2). Achill fought really hard, particularly in the second half and Davitts had to play well to collect the two league points.
Ronan Hett pulled off some fine saves in goals with Tadhg Feerick (0-1) and Sean Clarke (0-1) very impressive in defence ably assisted by Jason Boyle, Cillian Kearns and Pierce Diskin.
Noah O Brien (0-2) and Aaron Conneely Basham (1-6) were in superb form at midfield.
Up front, Dylan Gormley (2-0) and Aaron O Dea (2-4) led the way with Luke Rattigan (0-2), Peter Kilkenny (0-1) and Adam Rattigan (1-0) completing a hard-working and clinical forwardline.
Well done to the referees, Derek Byrne and Johnny Burke who officiated after a non-show by the appointed ref. Derek looked more than comfortable in the job, refereeing with a style that drew comparisons with David Gough, Mike Dean and Nigel Owens.
Davitts 0-14 Mayo Gaels 1-8
An excellent second half performance saw Davitts U-17 team take the two league points in this County Division 3 tie played in Ballindine on Friday evening. The Gaels looked the better team in the first half and led at halftime by 1-4 to 0-6 after playing against the breeze in the opening half.
Burke Briere opened the scoring with a third minute point and Fionn McLoughlin added another a minute later before Mayo Gaels shot their first point in the 5th minute. Noah O Brien put Davitts two points ahead with a neat point in the eighth minute but two Mayo Gaels points in the next two minutes levelled the game. Davitts captain Mark Birmingham scored points in the 15th and 19th minutes. A 25th minute Mayo Gaels point was cancelled out by Fionn McLoughlin two minutes later but two minutes before the break Mayo Gaels scored the only goal of the game to go in a point ahead at the interval.
Early second half points by Aaron Conneely-Basham and Ronan Kelly saw Davitts regain the lead. Fionn McLoughlin extended the lead to two points in the 42nd minute. Mayo Gaels pulled a point back but four points from Fionn McLoughlin (3) and Burke Briere saw Davitts lead by five points with time running out for the visitors. Mayo Gaels shot two points in injury time with Davitts keeper Dylan O Brien scoring a long range free as Davitts saw the game out well.
This was a solid team performance by Davitts with Brian Hett, Aaron Trench, Burke Briere, Mark Birmingham, Ronan Kelly, Aaron Conneely-Basham and Fionn McLoughlin in great form.
Davitts: Dylan O Brien (0-1), Conor Feerick, Brian Hett, Brian Corless, Ethan Boyle, Aaron Trench, Noah O Brien (0-1), Burke Briere (0-2), Mark Birmingham (0-2), Ronan Kelly (0-1), Harry Fallon, Aaron Conneely-Basham (0-1), Ciaran Treacy, Fionn McLoughlin (0-6), Conor McDermott. Subs used: Fionn McTigue, Tadhg Feerick.
Davitts 3-9 Mayo Gaels 2-14
Davitts hosted Mayo Gaels in the County Junior B Championship on Sunday with the visitors winning by two points after a cracking encounter.
Davitts got off to a flying start with a Brian Clarke goal in the first minute after some great play from Liam Kearns and Richie Kilkenny. Liam Kearns pointed twice before the Gaels opened their account with a 7th minute point. A 9th minute Brian Og McTigue point was cancelled out by a similar score by the Gaels a minute later. Points from Liam Kearns and Donie Ronayne and two Mayo Gaels points were followed by a second Davitts goal in the 24th minute, Richie Kilkenny supplying the finish after good approach play by Brian Og McTigue and Darragh McGale. Mayo Gaels responded well and scored an unanswered goal and four points to leave the sides level at halftime.
Mayo Gaels started the second half in whirlwind fashion scoring a goal and a point in the first three minutes. Points from Liam Kearns (2) and Richie Kilkenny narrowed the gap to a single point before Darragh McGale goaled in the 40th minute after a slick passing move involving Brian Birmingham, Liam Kearns and Ryan McLoughlin, to put his side ahead again. Three Gaels points between the 41st and the 46th minutes put them back in front. Davitts keeper Tristan Diskin pulled off a superb save before Darragh McGale levelled it in the 49th minute. A black card for Brian Birmingham two minutes later didn’t help Davitts cause and the Gaels pointed twice in the last ten minutes to clinch the win.
Davitts had impressive performances from Charlie Phillips, Brian Og McTigue, Micheal Hett, Brian Clarke, Liam Kearns, Ryan McLoughlin, Darragh McGale and Richie Kilkenny.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Micheal Hett, Charlie Phillips, Brian Birmingham, Brian Og McTigue (0-1), Donie Ronayne (0-1), James Cummins, Shane Mitchell, John Kilkenny, Brian Clarke (1-0), Liam Kearns (0-5), Tommy Clarke, Ryan McLoughlin, Darragh McGale (1-1), Richie Kilkenny (1-1). Subs used: Cathal Hennelly, Jack Trench, Zack Keadin.
Claremorris 0-12 Davitts 0-10
Claremorris defeated Davitts by two points in the O Mara Cup on Saturday in a game played in ideal conditions in Claremorris. This was a well fought game, the result in doubt right up to the final whistle, with the home side just shading it to qualify for the semi-final.
Cathal Hennelly opened the scoring in the second minute with Claremorris equalising three minutes later. Jack Ronayne pointed in the 7th minute but points in the 8th and 10th minutes put the homeside ahead. Jack Ronayne levelled it in the 11th minute but a 14th minute point saw Claremorris regain the lead. Both sets of defences were on top but points from Cathal Hennelly and Jack Ronayne gave Davitts an interval lead of 0-5 to 0-4.
Jack Melvin opened the second half scoring with a good point in the first minute, but Claremorris shot two points in the 33rd and 35th minutes to square the match again. Jack Ronayne pointed in the 42nd minute to restore Davitts lead but Claremorris shot five points without reply to lead by four points with five minutes of normal time remaining. Davitts threw everything at the homeside in the last few minutes but found the Claremorris keeper Ogie McGuinness in top class form, and he saved well from Jack Ronayne, Cathal Corless and Niall Treacy. Davitts hit points via Jack Ronayne, Johnno Clarke and Ronan McNamara to narrow the gap to the minimum as the game went into stoppage time but it was the Claremorris that had the last say with a 63rd minute point to clinch the hard earned win.
This was a very competitive game and Davitts had good displays from Keith Prendergast, Cathal Higgins, Colm Boyle, Thomas Ronayne, Dmitry Trench, Jack Ronayne, Niall Treacy and debutante Cathal Corless.
Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Ciaran Fahy, Cathal Higgins, Thomas Ronayne, Shane Treacy, Colm Boyle, Dmitry Trench, Fenton Kelly, Johnno Clarke (0-1), Jack Melvin (0-1), Jack Ronayne (0-5), Cathal Corless, Cathal Hennelly (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-1), Niall Treacy. Subs used: Darragh McGale, Brian Og McTigue, Liam Kearns.