Carras 0-12 Davitts 1-7
Davitts and Carras played the South Mayo U-17 B final on Friday night in the Dome in Bekan, with Carras coming out on top by two points after a well fought match. The Carras attack were a little more efficient over the hour but this result was in doubt right up to the final whistle.
Davitts got off to the perfect start and a slick passing move involving Conor McDermott, Dylan Gormley, Aaron CB and Ciaran Treacy ended with the latter being hauled down in the penalty area in the first minute. Treacy himself coolly slotted home the spot kick sending the keeper the wrong way. Carras pointed in the 3rd minute but three unanswered Davitts points by Ciaran Treacy and Ronan Kelly (2) between the eighth and eleventh minutes gave them a five point cushion. Carras then hit a purple patch and they pointed in the 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 25th and 30th minutes to go in ahead at the interval, 0-7 to 1-3. Davitts had plenty of chances too in that period but poor shooting would prove costly.
A Carras point in the first minute of the second half was nullified by a fine Aaron CB point a minute later. Carras extended their lead to two with a 39th minute point but two Ronan Kelly points in the 42nd and 44th minutes left the sides level as the game entered the final quarter. Both sides had some poor misses before Carras regained the lead with a 52nd minute point. They were awarded a penalty a minute later but although the spot kick was well struck, Davitts keeper Dylan O Brien pulled off a superb save, diving to his right, to prevent a three pointer. Carras did punch over a point from the rebound to go two clear with six minutes remaining. Aaron O Dea pointed for Davitts in the 57th minute and they spurned a few gilt edged chances to equalise before Carras broke upfield and point in the 62nd minute. Davitts still had time to launch a final attack but couldn’t find the goal they needed to save the game.
Dylan O Brien, Ben Corless, Conor McDermott, Ciaran Treacy, Ronan Kelly and Aaron CB were best for Davitts on this occasion.
Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Ben Corless, Sean Clarke, Brian Hett, Noah O Brien, Conor McDermott, Tadhg Feerick, Burke Briere, Dylan Burke, Fionn McTigue, Dylan Gormley, Ciaran Treacy (1-1), Aaron O Dea (0-1), Ronan Kelly (0-4), Aaron Conneely Basham (0-1). Subs used: Brian Corless, Cillian Kearns.
Islandeady 2-12 Davitts 0-13
An impressive Islandeady team got the better of Davitts in round 3 of the Intermediate Championship on Sunday to qualify for the quarter final where they will face Ballinrobe. The game was played in Tourmakeady, a top class venue for a big game, in front of a large attendance.
Islandeady shot the first two points of the game in the first and fifth minutes. Niall Treacy pulled one back for Davitts in the eighth minute before Islandeady pointed in the 9th, 12th and 18th minutes to lead by four. This could have been more but for an excellent save by Davitts keeper Ronan McNamara in the 17th minute. Liam Kearns pointed for Davitts in the 23rd minute a score that was cancelled out two minutes later by a similar score for Islandeady. Davitts finished the half very well though and points from Dylan Gallagher and Niall Treacy (2) reduced the deficit to the minimum before Islandeady pointed with the last kick of the half to lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
The young Davitts team needed a good start to the second half but it was Islandeady that got a crucial goal in the third minute to go five points clear. Colm Boyle and Fenton Kelly narrowed the gap with points in the 39th and 40th minutes. Islandeady replied with a 42nd minute point but Fenton Kelly and Colm Boyle shot two more in the 44th and 46th minutes to narrow the gap to two at the three quarter stage of the game. Islandeady pointed in the 51st and 56th minutes with Fenton Kelly hitting one for Davitts in the 57th minute. Islandeady punished some slack defending with their second goal in the 58th minute. Davitts, not going down without a fight, fired over two points from Colm Boyle, Niall Treacy but they were unable to get through for a goal thanks to Islandeady’s packed and well organised defence. Islandeady pointed in the 62nd minute and Dylan Gallagher shot the game’s final score in the closing seconds.
Best for Davitts in this game were Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Cathal Higgins, the outstanding Fenton Kelly, Jack Melvin, Dylan Gallagher, Colm Boyle and Niall Treacy. While the defeat will hurt, the young players will have learned a lot from three tough championship games and they can look forward to next season with confidence.
Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Mark Ronayne, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Fenton Kelly (0-3), Thomas Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Mark Birmingham, Jack Melvin, Dylan Gallagher (0-2), Liam Kearns (0-1), Brian Og McTigue, Colm Boyle (0-3), Shane Treacy, Niall Treacy (0-4). Subs used: Darragh McGale, Ryan McLoughlin, Tom Corless, Kieran Fahy, Stephen Nyland.
Davitts 3-21 Lahardane 0-3
Davitts U-17 team gave an impressive performance in the opening round of the Grading League in Ballindine on Sunday morning with an emphatic win over Lahardane. Davitts forwards were in superb form as the scoreline suggests with all six combining well. Burke Briere had a storming game at midfield alongside Dylan Burke while the backline were in a particularly mean mood with the visitors finding it extremely difficult to make any impact. Lahardane opened the scoring in the 3rd minute but Davitts replied with points from Ben Corless, Aaron O Dea (2), Ciaran Treacy and Aaron CB before Ciaran Treacy fired home Davitts first goal in the 17th minute after a sweeping move involving Conor McDermott, Ronan Kelly, Aaron CB and Burke Briere. Dylan Gormley, Ronan Kelly and Aaron CB pointed in the 18th, 20th and 21st minutes before Aaron CB blasted in his side’s second goal in the 22nd minute. Aaron O Dea hit another point in the 27th minute with Lahardane pointing in the 29th minute to leave the home team ahead by 2-9 to 0-2 at halftime.
Davitts dominance continued after the break and points from Ciaran Treacy (4), Aaron CB (2), Ronan Kelly (3), Conor McDermott, Tadhg Feerick and Noah O Brien and a fine Aaron O Dea goal in the 59th minute completed the Davitts tally. Lahardane got the last score of the game with an injury time point.
Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Ben Corless (0-1), Brian Hett, Sean Clarke, Noah O Brien (0-1), Conor McDermott (0-1), Tadhg Feerick (0-1), Dylan Burke, Burke Briere, Fionn McTigue, Dylan Gormley (0-1), Ciaran Treacy (1-5), Aaron O Dea (1-3), Ronan Kelly (0-4), Aaron Conneely Basham (1-4). Subs used: Cillian Kearns, Odhran O Connaire.
Hollymount Carramore 2-8 Davitts 1-8
Davitts Junior team travelled to Hollymount on Saturday evening but were narrowly defeated by the homeside in a well contested South Mayo Championship tie. A late late goal by the locals finally ended the stern challenge of the visitors.
The game was just ten minutes old when the referee Martin Murphy had to retire with an injury and the teams tied at one point each. Local man, Kevin Connelly, a former top referee, took over the reins and did a reasonable job for the remainder of the game. A brilliantly struck Hollycarra goal in the 13th minute was what separated the sides at the break, 1-5 to 0-5, with Davey Hennessy (2) and the evergreen Ronan McNamara (3) the Davitts marksmen. Davitts cause was not helped by the dismissal of wing back James Cummins late on in the first half.
Hollycarra started the second half well but the Davitts defence, led by Lawrence Daly who had a superb game, limited them to two points in a dour third quarter. In the 46th minute a lovely move involving Liam Kearns and Ronan McNamara ended with Colm Roche, another player that impressed, firing home a brilliant goal that narrowed the gap to two points and set up an exciting finish. In the 52nd minute the locals had a player sent off and a Davey Hennessy point in the 53rd minute left the minimum between the sides as Davitts surged forward. Liam Kearns equalised in the 57th minute after a great run. Hollycarra regained the lead in the 59th minute and Aidan Macken, after a sweeping move, fired over an injury time equaliser. The local lads weren’t finished yet and they scored a great goal in the 63rd minute to finally end the Davitts challenge. They almost got another goal but some terrific defending kept them out before the final whistle was sounded.
Best for Davitts who played some great stuff especially when they were a player down were Sean Meehan, Lawrence Daly, Steve Nyland, Aidan Macken, Fionn McLoughlin, Ronan McNamara and Colm Roche.
Davitts: Dave Mitchell, Sean Meehan, Lawrence Daly, Sean Feerick, Aaron Trench, Jack Trench, James Cummins, Aidan Macken (0-1), Steve Nyland, Ryan McLoughlin, Liam Kearns (0-1), Fionn McLoughlin, Davey Hennessy (0-3), Ronan McNamara (0-3), Colm Roche (1-0). Subs used: Michael Waldron, Joe Prendergast.
Ballinrobe 1-10 Davitts 3-12
Davitts U-17 team extended their unbeaten run in the South Mayo B Championship in Ballinrobe on Tuesday evening. The game was played in ideal conditions and Davitts got off to a flying start with points in the first and fifth minutes from Conor McDermott and Aaron O Dea sandwiching a fine third minute goal scored by Ciaran Treacy, a constant thorn in the Ballinrobe defence all evening. The home side rallied and pulled back two points in the 8th and 10thminutes. Ciaran Treacy pointed for Davitts in the 12th minute but Ballinrobe fired home a fine goal a minute later to leave the minimum between the sides after the first quarter. The second quarter belonged to Davitts and Ronan Kelly goaled in the 16th minute with Brian Corless adding a point in the 17th. On twenty minutes a Dylan O Brien 45 found its way to the Ballinrobe net and Dylan Burke, Aaron CB, Aaron O Dea, Ciaran Treacy and Noah O Brien all pointed before the break to give Davitts a healthy 3-9 to 1-2 lead.
Ballinrobe needed a good start to the second period and they looked a completely different side after the break, scoring a 33rd minute point as they began to get on top. Ciaran Treacy shot a Davitts point, against the run of play, in the 36th minute but the home team fired over five unanswered points in the next ten minutes. The Davitts defence was under severe pressure now but they were able to prevent Ballinrobe from getting too many clearcut goal chances and Dylan O Brien was looking comfortable in goals. Three more minors from the Robesiders narrowed the deficit to two goals with time running out. The clock was against the gallant home side though and Ciaran Treacy and Ronan Kelly shot the last two scores of the game very late on to give Davitts a flattering eight point winning margin.
Davitts best performers in this game were Dylan O Brien, Brian Hett, Tadhg Feerick, Conor McDermott, Noah O Brien, Aaron O Dea and Ciaran Treacy.
Davitts: Dylan O Brien (1-0), Odhran O Connaire, Brian Hett, Sean Clarke, Tadhg Feerick, Conor McDermott (0-1), Noah O Brien (0-1), Burke Briere, Dylan Burke (0-1), Brian Corless (0-1), Dylan Gormley, Ciaran Treacy (1-4), Aaron O Dea (0-2), Ronan Kelly (1-1), Aaron Conneely Basham (0-1). Subs used: Ben Corless, Fionn McTigue, Cillian Kearns.
Bonniconlon 0-8 Davitts 0-11
Davitts travelled to Bonniconlon for the second round of the Intermediate Championship on Saturday evening and won by three points after a cagey encounter. Davitts will now play Islandeady in the third group game where the winner will advance to the quarter finals.
Davitts opened the scoring in the first minute with a Jack Melvin point. Man of the match Dylan Gallagher extended the lead in the 6th minute before Sean Neary got the home side off the mark with a point in the 11th minute. Dylan Gallagher pointed again a minute later but a pointed 45 metre kick by Richard McKenzie for the locals narrowed the gap to the minimum in the 14th minute. A Colm Boyle point and two from Dylan Gallagher saw Davitts extend their lead to four but two injury time pointed frees from Bonniconlon’s Sean Neary and one from Niall Treacy for Davitts saw the visitors lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at halftime.
Conor Redmond opened the second half scoring with a fine Bonniconlon point in the 33rd minute. Davitts points in the 40th and 43rd minutes from Dylan Gallagher and Niall Treacy saw them five up after the third quarter. Bonniconlon were trying hard to make inroads but Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, the hard working Mark Birmingham and Colm Boyle were defending ferociously in front of a confident Ronan McNamara in goals. Brian O Malley pointed for Bonny in the 48th minute but Davitts Niall Treacy cancelled that score out with a converted free in the 55th minute. Bonniconlon threw everything they had into their attack looking for a goal in the closing ten minutes but the Davitts defence held firm. The homeside managed points from Brian O Malley and Sean Neary before the final whistle with Dylan Gallagher shooting one for Davitts who were relatively comfortable winners without being overly impressive. A big improvement however will be required against Islandeady in the next round in a fortnight.
Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Mark Ronayne, Thomas Ronayne, Cathal Corless, Mark Birmingham, Jack Melvin (0-1), Brian Og McTigue, Liam Kearns, Fenton Kelly, Colm Boyle (0-1), Dylan Gallagher (0-6), Niall Treacy (0-3). Subs used: Tom Corless, Darragh McGale.
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