Davitts GAA/LGFA/Bord na nOg are running a Race Night on Saturday, July 8th in Bourke’s, Irishtown. The inimitable Ollie Turner from Galway Bay FM will be the MC. A great night’s craic is guaranteed. Throw in is at 9pm. Spread the word.
Davitts 3-8 Burrishoole 2-4
A strong second half performance by Davitts saw them defeat Burrishoole in the Mayo Junior B Championship match played in difficult slippery conditions in Hollymount on Friday evening. Burrishoole had led by three points at half time but Davitts superior fitness levels saw them take over in the second half.
We had to wait until the 9th minute for the first score, a well taken Burrishoole point. Liam Kearns replied with a Davitts point in the 12th minute. A Burrishoole point in the 19th minute was cancelled out by a Liam Kearns point in the 20th minute. Davitts midfielder Fionnan Gallagher pointed from long range in the 22nd minute, a score that was matched by Burrishoole a minute later. Davitts had spurned three great goal chances but Sean Keadin supplied a tidy finish for the first goal of the game in the 24th minute to put Davitts three points ahead but two rather fortuitous Burrishoole goals in the 25th and 28th minutes saw them ahead by 2-3 to 1-3 at half time.
Davitts were well on top throughout the second half although they were finding it hard to get the scores on the board. Davey Hennessy pointed in the 36th minute and the Davitts half back line of Tom Corless, Mark Ronayne and Aaron Trench all got forward to shoot the next three points in the 41st, 43rd and 48th minutes. Burrishoole had a player red carded as their discipline deserted them in the second half. Jack Devane sprung into life and goaled in the 49th minute and four minutes later, after Liam Kearns was fouled in the box, Davey Hennessy drove home from the penalty spot for his side’s third goal. Hennessy pointed in the 60th minute after another Burrishoole player received his marching orders and Burrishoole hit the last score of the game, a 61st minute point, their only score of the second half, to complete the scoring.
The Davitts backs played well all through the game with Tom Corless, Brian Birmingham and Mark Ronayne very prominent. Liam Macken and Fionnan Gallagher had a great battle at midfield with the Burrishoole duo. All of the forwards tried hard but the greasy conditions didn’t help their cause. Jack Devane had a great last quarter as did Davey Hennessy. Ronan McNamara, making a welcome comeback after a lengthly injury lay off, got a second half run out in goals.
Davitts: Gavin Ring, Sean Feerick, Brian Birmingham, Lawrence Daly, Tom Corless (0-1), Mark Ronayne (0-1), Aaron Trench (0-1), Fionnan Gallagher (0-1), Liam Macken, Aidan Macken, Mark Birmingham, Sean Keadin (1-0), Davey Hennessy (1-2), Liam Kearns (0-2), Jack Devane (1-0). Subs: Ronan McNamara, Stephen Nyland, Colm Roche.
Davitts 3-9 Ardmoy 3-14
An impressive Ardmoy U-16 team travelled to Ballindine on Thursday evening in the opening round of the County D Championship and they emerged victors by four points after an entertaining encounter.
The visitors opened the scoring with a first minute point. Points from Tadhg Feerick and Dylan Burke in the 5th and 7th minutes put Davitts ahead but three Ardmoy points between the 8th and 11th minutes saw them lead by two before three Aaron O Dea points, two from frees after Mairtin Elizari was fouled, saw the homeside regain the lead in the 21st minute. Aaron O Dea picked up a leg injury shortly after that, forcing his retiral, and this certainly did not help his team’s cause. Davitts keeper Ronan Hett pulled off a couple of smart saves but Ardmoy tagged on five unanswered points before the break to lead by 0-9 to 0-5.
Two Noah O Brien points in the opening three minutes of the second half reduced the deficit to two but Ardmoy broke through for a 35th minute goal and added a point two minutes later to lead by seven. Davitts fought back well however and good link up play between Aaron CB and Dylan Gormally saw the latter being fouled in the square. Aaron CB slotted home the resulting penalty to leave four points separating the sides with twenty minutes remaining.
Ardmoy extended their lead with points in the 45th and 46th minutes but a superb Aaron CB goal gave Davitts hope. Ardmoy response was swift and they goaled themselves after a sweeping move in the 50th minute and they extended their lead to ten points with another goal and point in the 52nd and 53rd minutes. Davitts were reeling but they refused to lie down and midfielder Dylan Burke fired over two excellent points before Tadhg Feerick scored a brilliant goal with time running out, to narrow the deficit to four points. Ardmoy had the last say with an injury time point to win the game by five points.
Davitts will learn from this game and playing against the stronger opposition in this competition will help their development. The team coasted to the League Div 6 title a few weeks ago and are rightly contesting the D Championship, a higher standard. Tadhg Feerick gave an outstanding display at centre back, with the other defenders all having their moments against a crafty Ardmoy attack. Dylan Burke and Noah O Brien competed well at midfield. Aaron O Dea was looking very threatening up front before he got injured as was Aaron CB and Dylan Gormally. Mairtin Elizari worked extremely hard along with Luke and Adam Rattigan.
Davitts: Ronan Hett, Cillian Kearns, Jason Boyle, Sean Clarke, Tadhg Feerick (1-1), Odhran O Connaire, Noah O Brien (0-2), Dylan Burke (0-3), Luke Rattigan, Dylan Gormally, Mairtin Elizari, Aaron O Dea (0-3), Aaron Conneely Basham (2-0). Sub: Adam Rattigan.
Davitts 1-13 Breaffy 0-8
Davitts Senior team had a convincing win over Breaffy in Div 1B of the league on Friday evening in Ballindine. Davitts were the better side from the off and had shot five unanswered points through the excellent Niall Treacy (4) and Evan Ronane before Breaffy got their only score of the first half, a 19th minute point. Davitts added two more points from Dylan Gallagher to lead by 0-7 to 0-1 at halftime.
An early second half point in the first minute by the visitors was cancelled out by man of the match Niall Treacy two minutes later. Breaffy upped the ante considerably at the start of the second period but found a tenacious Davitts defence very difficult to crack. A 38th minute Breaffy point was matched by Niall Treacy thirty seconds later but the game’s crucial score came in the 41st minute. Davitts were fighting tooth and nail for every ball and when sub Darragh McGale dispossessed a Breaffy defender, the ball found its way to Niall Treacy via Brian Og McTigue, the influential Colm Boyle and Evan Ronane. Treacy was hauled down inside the small square and young midfielder Jack Melvin coolly slotted home the resulting penalty, sending the Breaffy keeper the wrong way, to give his side a nine point cushion.
Breaffy narrowed the gap with a point in the next minute with Niall Treacy firing one over for Davitts in the 47th minute. Two Breaffy points in the next ten minutes were cancelled out by two from the homeside via Dylan Gallagher and Mark Ronayne. Dylan Gallagher pointed in the 59th minute as the game petered out and two Breaffy points in injury time completed the scoring.
This was a very good all round team display by the hard working young Davitts team who controlled the game well to move off the foot of the table.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Micheal Hett, Jordan Flanagan, Thomas Ronayne, Tom Corless, Cathal Higgins, Brian Og McTigue, Charlie Phillips, Jack Melvin (1-0), Dylan Gallagher (0-4), Liam Kearns, Danny Corless, Colm Boyle, Niall Treacy (0-7), Evan Ronane (0-1). Subs used: Shane Treacy, Darragh McGale, Mark Ronayne (0-1), Jack Devane, Aidan Macken.
Davitts 2-12 Parke Keelogues Crimlin 5-6
Davitts hosted PKC in Div 4 of the Senior League on Sunday and after a very close game it was the visitors who took the spoils courtesy of a 58th minute goal. This was a very entertaining game that Davitts will probably feel they deserved to at least a draw but PKC’s ability to strike for goals at vital stages proved crucial.
Davitts opened brightly and hit the first four points of the game through Liam Kearns, Tristan Diskin and Mark Birmingham (2) before PKC struck for their first goal completely against the run of play in the 14th minute. They added a second goal four minutes later to lead by two points. Davitts composed themselves and Brian Og McTigue pointed in the 19th minute. Two minutes later, after a classy move involving the strong running Liam Kearns and Brian Og McTigue, Kearns blasted a shot for goal that was well saved by the PKC keeper but Tristan Diskin showed tremendous technique in driving the rebound into the top corner of the net from 13 metres. Points from Ryan McLoughlin, a superb effort, and Liam Kearns left Davitts ahead by 1-7 to 2-0 at the break.
PKC got the first score of the second half, a point in the first minute but Liam Kearns cancelled that out a minute later. The visitors then rattled off three points in the 34th, 35th and 36th minutes to narrow the deficit to a single point. Liam Kearns played a key role in goal number two for Davitts in the next minute when he passed to Aidan Macken who burst through and teed up Cian Naughton for a cracking goal. PKC would not go away though, replying with a point and two goals in the 40th and 43rd minutes to go three points ahead. Davitts came back at them and two points from the excellent Brian Og McTigue and a fine Liam Macken point levelled the game with five minutes remaining. A PKC point in the 56th minute was matched by a Ryan McLoughlin score two minutes later. PKC goaled again in the next minute as the time ran out for the homeside who could not find the goal they needed before the final whistle.
Davitts had very good performers in Brian Birmingham, Tom Corless, Mark Birmingham, Liam and Aidan Macken, the hard working Liam Kearns who really emptied the tank, Brian Og McTigue and Ryan McLoughlin.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Brian Birmingham, Lawrence Daly, Jordan Flanagan, Aaron Trench, Tom Corless, Aidan Macken, Sean Feerick, Liam Macken (0-1), Mark Birmingham (0-2), Liam Kearns (0-3), Brian Og McTigue (0-3), Ryan McLoughlin (0-2), Cian Naughton (1-0), Tristan Diskin (1-1). Subs used: Gavin Ring, Colm Roche.
Davitts 3-9 Castlebar Mitchels 3-12
Davitts and Castlebar met in the Senior League Div 1B in Ballindine on Friday evening with the visitors coming out on top by three points after an entertaining game that produced some fine attacking football. Castlebar’s ball winning ability in the middle third of the pitch was the key to their victory.
The visitors shot two points in the first minute via Neil Douglas as they started off in blistering fashion. A superbly finished goal by Davitts Evan Ronane in the third minute was matched by Castlebar’s very impressive Steve Keane three minutes later. Castlebar’s Neil Douglas and Davitts Dylan Gallagher swapped points in the 7th and 9th minutes. Steve Keane fired over another point in the 11th minute to extend Castlebar’s lead to three points but Dylan Gallagher and Jack Melvin narrowed that gap to the minimum by the 15th minute. Mitchels Paddy Heneghan and Ethan Gibbons pointed in quick sucession but points from Colm Boyle and Jack Melvin cancelled them out. Another Paddy Heneghan point in the 24th minute put Castlebar two ahead and a second Steve Keane goal in the 29th minute extended the lead to five points. Colm Boyle pulled back a point for Davitts before the half time whistle to leave the Mitchels ahead, 2-7 to 1-6 at the break.
Davitts needed a good start to the second half but Castlebar took the game by the scruff of the neck and landed five unanswered points in the first eight minutes through Ciaran Mylette, Ethan Gibbons (2), Paddy Heneghan and Sean Keane. Davitts didn’t lie down though and they replied with a superb point from Niall Treacy in the 39th minute and the same player gave his side hope a minute later with a brilliant finish to the corner of the Castlebar net after an incisive move. A minute later an Ethan Gibbons effort for a point rebounded off the post and Ciaran Mylette was the quickest to react and he gleefully goaled past Tristan Diskin, the Davitts keeper. Amazingly, this was the visitor’s last score of the game as Davitts fought back bravely. Another Evan Ronane goal, an unstoppable finish after an excellent move, gave his side renewed hope in the 44th minute. Jack Melvin pointed for Davitts in the 46th minute. Both sides attacked and missed chances in the final quarter and a Niall Treacy point narrowed the deficit to three points as the game entered injury time. Davitts tried valiantly to get the goal they needed but excellent defending by the Mitchels players kept them out.
Castlebar had excellent performances from Mark Dolan, Donal Newcombe, James Cunningham, Aidan O Boyle, Conor Stenson, Steve Keane, Paddy Heneghan, Mark Cunningham and Ethan Gibbons.
Davitts best players included Jordan Flanagan, Cathal Higgins, Charlie Phillips, Colm Boyle, Niall Treacy and Evan Ronane, while second half subs Mark Birmingham and Sean Feerick didn’t look out of place on their Senior League debuts.
Castlebar: Peter Basquille, Joe Tuohy, Mark Dolan, Donal Newcombe, Michael Fahy, James Cunningham, David Conlon, Aidan O Boyle, Conor Stenson, Steve Keane (2-2), Neil Douglas (0-3), Paddy Heneghan (0-3), David Stenson, Ethan Gibbons (0-3), Mark Cunningham. Subs used: Ciaran Mylette (1-1), Aidan Walsh, Rory Burke.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Jordan Flanagan, Cathal Higgins, Micheal Hett, Tom Corless, Charlie Phillips, Thomas Ronayne, Darragh McGale, Jack Melvin (0-3), Dylan Gallagher (0-2), Liam Kearns, Danny Corless, Colm Boyle (0-2), Niall Treacy (1-2), Evan Ronane (2-0). Subs used: Brian Og McTigue, Jack Devane, Sean Feerick, Mark Birmingham, Aidan Macken.
Referee: Paul Lydon (Kiltimagh).
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