Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: July 2023

July 25, 2023

Minor B C’ship v Hollymount Carramore match report

Davitts 5-8  Hollymount Carramore 1-7

Davitts made it three wins from three in the Minor B Championship on Tuesday evening when they defeated an understrength Hollycarra outfit in Garrymore. Davitts have topped group 1 and will play the runners-up from group 2, Balla, in next week’s semi-final in Ballindine.

Hollycarra opened the scoring with a third minute point but Dylan Gallagher hammered home a Davitts goal two minutes later after great work from the impressive Ethan Boyle and Mark Birmingham. Dylan Gallagher (2) and Fionn McTigue fired over Davitts points but a 10th minute point and a goal scored a minute later by Hollycarra left the minimum between the sides.

Davitts took a firm grip on proceedings for the remainder of the half. Dylan O Brien, Ronan Kelly and Ethan Boyle pointed in the next ten minutes and in the 24th minute Davitts centre back Conor McDermott goaled after a searing run through the Hollycarra defence. Mark Birmingham added a point in the 27th minute with Hollycarra pulling two points back in the 29th and 30th minutes. The last score of the half was another Davitts goal with Fionn McLoughlin spectacularly volleying home a lovely Dylan Gallagher pass to leave Davitts ahead by 3-7 to 1-4 at the break.

Fionn McLoughlin started the second half with another brilliant goal this time cleverly flicking the ball to the net after some neat play by Conor McDermott and Ciaran Treacy. Hollycarra pointed in the 35th and 37th minutes but Davitts captain Dylan Gallagher scored another spectacular goal in the 40th minute, firing home an unstoppable drive from twenty metres with Mark Birmingham supplying the assist. The game fizzled out with just two more points, one for each side, before referee Eamon McAndrew’s final whistle, with Brian Corless getting the Davitts score.

Davitts had fine performances from Tadhg Feerick, Sean Keadin, Conor McDermott, Ethan Boyle, Mark Birmingham, Fionn McLoughlin and Dylan Gallagher.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien (0-1), Tadhg Feerick, Sean Keadin, Aaron Trench, Conor McDermott (1-0), Ethan Boyle (0-1), Mark Birmingham (0-1), Burke Briere, Ronan Kelly (0-1), Fionn McLoughlin (2-0), Fionn McTigue (0-1), Dylan Gallagher (2-2), Ciaran Treacy. Subs: Noah O Brien, Aaron CB, Brian Corless (0-1), Dylan Gormally, Sean Meehan, Ben Corless, Darragh Garvey, Sean Clarke, Ronan Hett.

July 25, 2023

U-14 E Shield final v Westport match report

Westport B 7-7  Davitts 2-17

Westport’s ability to find the back of the net proved the difference between two well matched teams in the U-16 E Championship Shield final played in Mayo Abbey on Monday evening.

Aaron O Dea, hugely influential at midfield for Davitts, put his side ahead with a first minute point. Westport, assisted by the strong breeze, equalised a minute later but Davitts points from Aaron O Dea and Odhran O Connaire put them two up before Westport notched their first goal in the 8th minute to take the lead.  Westport added a point in the next minute but Davitts points from Blake Bradley and Niall McDermott tied the game. Westport fired home their second goal in the 12th minute and followed that with two more goals and three points before the 20th minute as they threatened to run riot. The Davitts lads, displaying great character, dug in and an Aaron O Dea point in the 22nd minute, was followed by a Niall McDermott goal, finished to the net soccer style, after a Cormac Devane goal effort was parried by the Westport keeper. The Westport keeper was vigilant on a number of occasions denying Davitts while Adam Sheridan pulled off a couple of fine saves in the Davitts goals too as the chances were piling up for both sides. Aaron O Dea pointed in the 24th minute to narrow the deficit to seven but Westport shot a 26th minute point and a 27th minute goal to go eleven points clear with half time beckoning. Davitts fought back again and Adam Rattigan goaled, flicking Tadhg Kirrane’s pass to the net and Tadhg Kirrane pointed in the last two minutes of the half to leave Westport ahead by 5-6 to 2-8 at the break.

Davitts needed a good start to the second half but a Westport goal in the 32nd minute was a real sucker punch. Davitts played their best football in the next twenty minutes and points from Aaron O Dea, Adam Rattigan, Cormac Devane and three from Blake Bradley left four points between the teams with ten minutes remaining. Westport lifted the siege with a 51st minute point but Davitts points from Aaron O Dea and Malachy Devane in the 56th and 57th minutes left three between the sides with three minutes remaining. The overworked Westport defence withstood some severe pressure in this period but it was the West Mayo lads that had the final say with a breakaway goal in the last minute to win a very entertaining match by a flattering six points.

The Davitts players can hold their heads high after a battling performance. They played some great football over the hour. The defence were up against a slick Westport attack that punished some errors clinically. Cathal Cummins had a great game at corner back as had Odhran O Connaire (0-2) at number six and Tom Roche.  Sean Burke, Jack Brogan and Pearse Diskin battled hard until the final whistle. Aaron O Dea (0-6) had an excellent game with Malachy Devane (0-1) giving him great support at midfield. All of the forwards got on the scoresheet and they displayed a fine workrate and plenty of skill. Cormac Devane (0-1), Blake Bradley (0-4), Niall McDermott (1-1), Tadhg Kirrane (0-1) and Adam Rattigan (1-1) all worked tirelessly throughout the game.

Thanks to the management of Gabriel Devane, Dave McDonagh and Niall Roche who put in a huge effort with this team over the year.

July 19, 2023

Minor B C’ship v Breaffy match report

Breaffy 0-11  Davitts 3-17

Davitts travelled to Breaffy on Tuesday evening for the second round of the Minor B Championship and they maintained their 100% record with an impressive win. A tigerish defence, kept on their toes by keeper Dylan O Brien, a strong midfield performance from the very influential Mark Birmingham and Burke Briere and an attacking masterclass from Dylan Gallagher and Ciaran Treacy, who scored 2-11 between them, had the homeside chasing the game from the off.

Davitts had five points on the board through Ciaran Treacy, Mark Birmingham and Dylan Gallagher (3) before Breaffy got off the mark in the 13th minute. A Fionn McTigue point in the 14th minute, a well taken Ciaran Treacy goal in the 17th minute and another Mark Birmingham point two minutes later extended Davitts lead to nine points after twenty minutes. In the last ten minutes of the half, Breaffy scored four points but Davitts inspirational captain Dylan Gallagher fired over three points and crashed home a superb goal, after great work by Conor McDermott and Mark Birmingham, on the stroke of half time, to give his side a 2-10 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Dylan Gallagher and Ronan Kelly extended Davitts lead with points in the first five minutes of the second period. Breaffy replied with a 40th minute point but points from Ciaran Treacy and Dylan Gallagher and a Dylan Gormally goal, after nice combination play involving himself and fellow subs Cillian Kearns and Aaron CB, ended any chance of a home side comeback. Breaffy pointed in the 52nd minute and this was followed by Davitts points from Aaron CB and marauding full back Sean Keadin. Breaffy kept plugging away and they finished the game with four unanswered points in the last five minutes.

All of the Davitts players from one to fifteen were on top of their games, with the five subs doing well too when they were introduced. Their teamwork was impressive on a night when not a lot went right for the Breaffy lads.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Noah O Brien, Sean Clarke, Sean Keadin (0-1), Aaron Trench, Tadhg Feerick, Ethan Boyle, Burke Briere, Mark Birmingham (0-2), Brian Corless, Ronan Kelly (0-1), Fionn McTigue (0-1), Conor McDermott, Dylan Gallagher (1-8), Ciaran Treacy (1-3). Subs used: Ben Corless, Aaron Conneely Basham (0-1), Dylan Gormally (1-0), Cillian Kearns, Darragh Garvey.

July 18, 2023

U-14 E Shield v Erris St. Pats match report

Davitts 6-15  Erris St. Pats 4-8

Davitts proved too strong for Erris St. Pats in the U-14 E Shield semi-final played in Ballindine on Monday evening. A very strong second half display by the homeside saw them advance to the final after a very well contested first half.

Davitts, with Malachy Devane and Aaron O Dea playing superbly at midfield and getting good support from Tom Roche and Shaun Burke, led by three points at halftime, 3-7 to 3-4. Blake Bradley, a threat throughout, shot two of the goals with Malachy Devane firing home the third. Points from Blake Bradley, Malachy Devane, Adam Rattigan (3), Odhran O Connaire and Aaron O Dea completed Davitts first half total.

An early second half goal finished by the crafty Tadhg Kirrane put Davitts six ahead but the Erris lads replied with a goal and a point in the 32nd and 33rd minutes. Davitts driven on by the excellent Aaron O Dea and Odhran O Connaire now began to get on top. They shot points through Adam Rattigan, Odhran O Connaire, Aaron O Dea and a second Tadhg Kirrane goal to go eight points up with the game entering the final quarter. Three points in the 45th, 47th and 48th minutes from the battling Erris lads cut the deficit to five but Davitts finished the game really well. The very accurate Adam Rattigan scored two more points, Odhran O Connaire fired over a classy long range effort and Aaron O Dea shot a goal and two points as Davitts advanced to the final where they will play Westport B.

Davitts: Adam Sheridan, Cathal Cummins, Jack Brogan, Tom Burke, Odhran O Connaire (0-3), Shaun Burke, Malachy Devane (1-1), Aaron O Dea (1-4), Cormac Devane, Blake Bradley (2-1), Daniel Connelly, Niall McDermott, Adam Rattigan (0-6). Subs used: Tadhg Kirrane (2-0), Julen Dufour, Carraig Kilkenny.

July 16, 2023

Senior League Div 1 relegation play-off v PKC match report

Parke Keelogues Crimlin 1-10  Davitts 0-7

PKC retained their Senior Division 1 league status for next season with a six point victory over Davitts in the relegation play-off played in Parke on Saturday evening. The wet and windy conditions meant that good football was at a premium but the home side were fully deserving of their win and they will be full of confidence when the two sides face off in four weeks in the first round of the Intermediate Championship.

PKC almost got off to a dream start but were denied what looked like a certain goal, by a superb Ronan McNamara save in the second minute. Shane Treacy opened the scoring after five minutes with a point but the wind assisted home side took the game by the scruff of the neck and they shot six unanswered points in the next sixteen minutes. Davitts cause was not helped when star forward Niall Treacy hobbled off with a hamstring injury early in the half and wing back Brian Og McTigue also had to be helped off before the end of the first period. Two fine points from Davitts Dylan Gallagher in the 23rd and 25th minutes narrowed the deficit to three but the locals pointed again in the 27th minute and added another in the fifth minute of injury time to lead by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break.

PKC should have goaled in the second minute after the restart but the final shot was poor after a lightening break upfield. Dylan Gallagher opened the second half scoring with a 3rd minute point for Davitts but PKC cancelled this out with another smart point a minute later. The homeside put themselves firmly in the driving seat in the 37th minute when referee Christopher Burke awarded them a penalty after one of their players was fouled inside the very large square. The resultant spot kick was despatched and they were now eight points ahead. Davitts fought back but were finding it hard to make progress against the impressive PKC defensive set-up. Shane Treacy shot two long range points in the 38th and 39th minutes and second half substitute Cathal Corless, making a welcome comeback from a long term injury, fired over another in the 43rd minute. Davitts were trying to manufacture a goal but their best efforts were being repeatedly thwarted. A 51st minute point for the homeside was the only score of the final quarter of the game.

Ronan McNamara, impressing in his new role in goals, Sean Keadin, Jordan Flanagan, Liam Macken, Shane Treacy, Dylan Gallagher and Brian Birmingham battled well for Davitts who, while disappointed at losing the game, will be more worried by a lengthening injury list with the Championship just weeks away. A massive improvement will be needed to have any chance against this very impressive PKC team.

Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Mark Birmingham, Thomas Ronayne, Brian Og McTigue, Jack Melvin, Liam Macken, Shane Treacy (0-3), Liam Kearns, Sean Feerick, Niall Treacy, Darragh McGale, Dylan Gallagher (0-3). Subs used: Davey Hennessy, Brian Birmingham, Cathal Corless (0-1), Kieran Fahy, Tom Corless, Tristan Diskin.

July 11, 2023

Minor B C’ship v Aghamore match report

Davitts 1-11  Aghamore 1-7

Davitts and Aghamore met in the first round of the Minor B Championship in Ballindine on Tuesday evening with the homeside coming out on top by four points after a very well fought and entertaining match.

Davitts had shot the first four points of the game via Ciaran Treacy (2), who was superb throughout, and Dylan Gallagher (2) before Aghamore opened their account in the 11th minute. Aghamore pointed again in the 14th minute with Davitts midfielder Mark Birmingham firing one over for Davitts two minutes later. The visitors scored their third and final point of the first half in the 21st minute and Ciaran Treacy and Ronan Kelly (2) shot the last three points to leave Davitts ahead by 0-8 to 0-3 at halftime.

Aghamore got the first point of the second half after four minutes but in the 38th minute Fionn McLoughlin was at the end of a good Davitts move and was hauled down in the square for a penalty. The same player expertly slotted home the spot kick to put his side seven points clear. Aghamore rallied in impressive style and they fired home a smashing goal in the 41st minute. Ronan Kelly scored a fine point two minutes later to put Davitts five points clear but Aghamore replied in the next minute with a similar score. The visitors were denied what looked like certain goals by two brilliant saves from Davitts excellent keeper Dylan O Brien in the final quarter as the Davitts defenders were putting a big shift to keep their side ahead. Dylan Gallagher pointed twice to give Davitts a six points advantage and while Aghamore threw everything they had at Davitts in the final five minutes, they could only manage two points before the final whistle.

Dylan O Brien, Sean Clarke, Ethan Boyle, Mark Birmingham, Burke Briere, Conor McDermott, Ronan Kelly, Dylan Gallagher and Ciaran Treacy had powerful games for a very gutsy and hardworking Davitts side for whom every player played a part in this victory.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Sean Meehan, Sean Clarke, Sean Keadin, Aaron Trench, Tadhg Feerick, Ethan Boyle, Mark Birmingham (0-1), Burke Briere, Ronan Kelly (0-3), Dylan Gallagher (0-4), Fionn McTigue, Conor McDermott, Fionn McLoughlin (1-0), Ciaran Treacy (0-3). Subs used: Brian Corless, Noah O Brien, Aaron C B.

July 9, 2023

U-14 E C’ship v Lahardane match report

Davitts 4-4  Lahardane 12-19

This U-14 Championship game proved to be a real score fest in Ballindine on Friday evening with the visitors proving to be much too strong for the local boys who were missing a few key players. Davitts were chasing the game from the throw-in but they never threw in the towel with Cathal Cummins, Tom Roche, Malachy and Cormac Devane, Blake Bradley, Niall McDermott and Tadhg Kirrane showing the most resistance.

Davitts: Adam Sheridan, Cathal Cummins, Carraig Kilkenny, Tom Roche, Jack Brogan, Adam Rattigan (0-1), Eimhan Kenny, Malachy Devane (0-1), Cormac Devane, Blake Bradley (1-1), Niall McDermott, Tadhg Kirrane (2-1), Julen Dufour (1-0).

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