Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Author: Joe Reapy

September 23, 2023

U-17 v South final v Carras match report

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.

September 18, 2023

Intermediate C’ship v Islandeady match report

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.

September 18, 2023

U-17 v Lahardane match report

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.


September 3, 2023

Intermediate C’ship v Bonniconlon match report

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.

August 30, 2023

U-17 v Carras match report

Davitts 1-11  Carras 0-11

Davitts hosted Carras in the South Mayo U-17 B Championship on Tuesday evening with the home side shading an extremely close tie by three points. A superbly taken goal by Dylan Gormley early in the second half and two brilliant penalty saves by Davitts keeper Dylan O Brien saw Davitts maintain their 100% record in the competition. The game really could have swung either way and both sides deserve credit for providing such exciting fare for the large attendance.

Carras started off in great style and struck four points in the first nine minutes. The dynamic Conor McDermott opened the scoring for Davitts in the 12th minute but Carras replied with a 17th minute point. Ronan Kelly got on the scoresheet with a nice point a minute later for Davitts but a similar score for the visitors in the 23rd minute restored their four point lead. Davitts finished the half with a flourish and points from Aaron CB, Ronan Kelly and Ciaran Treacy left Carras ahead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, a scoreline that flattered the homeside.

Ronan Kelly levelled the game in the first minute of the second half and the same player put Davitts ahead for the first time with another well taken point in the 32nd minute. Davitts were on top now and attacking in waves and after great work by Ciaran Treacy, Dylan Gormley fired home an unstoppable shot from twenty metres to put the homeside four clear. A minute later Carras were awarded a penalty after they had strung together a great passing move but the spot kick was well saved by Dylan O Brien. Carras points in the 38th and 40th minutes narrowed the gap and the visitors were denied a goal, and the lead, after another superb Dylan O Brien save in the 41st minute. A Ronan Kelly score in the 42nd minute left a goal between the sides as the game entered the final quarter. A 46th minute Carras point was matched by Dylan Gormley in the 48th minute. Ciaran Treacy put Davitts four up with ten minutes left but Carras scores in the 51st and 54th minutes narrowed the deficit to two points. The visitors were awarded their second penalty in the 58th minute but Dylan O Brien produced a brilliant save to keep his side ahead. Tadhg Feerick shot the final score of the game, a 59th minute point, as Davitts held on to win by a goal.

Davitts had terrific performances from Dylan O Brien, Noah O Brien and Conor McDermott (0-1) in defence with Ben Corless, Sean Clarke, Brian Hett and Ethan Boyle all playing their part to keep the Carras attack at bay. Dylan Burke and Burke Briere were very effective at midfield while the forward line of Tadhg Feerick (0-1), Dylan Gormley (1-1), Fionn McTigue, Ciaran Treacy (0-2), Ronan Kelly (0-5) and Aaron CB (0-1), moved and combined very impressively. Brian Corless, Aaron O Dea and Cillian Kearns did well when they were introduced.

August 23, 2023

U-17 v Mayo Gaels match report

Mayo Gaels 1-5  Davitts 3-16

Davitts U-17 team made it two wins in a row in the South Mayo B Championship with a big win away to Mayo Gaels on Tuesday evening. Davitts led by three points at half time but really turned on the style in the second period with strong displays throughout the team.

Ciaran Treacy opened the scoring with a goal in the second minute after a strong run by Conor McDermott. Mayo Gaels pointed a minute later but Davitts extended their lead to five with points from Burke Briere and two from Ronan Kelly before Mayo Gaels pointed in the 11th and 13th minutes and struck for a goal of their own in the 15th minute to level the game. Davitts points from Ciaran Treacy, Aaron CB and Tadhg Feerick in the second quarter left them in front by 1-6 to 1-3 at the break.

Davitts started the second half brightly and points from Dylan Burke and two courtesy of Aaron CB in the first four minutes extended the lead to six points. Great work by Aaron CB created a brilliant Dylan Gormally goal in the 36th minute and the same player added a point in the 37th minute. Mayo Gaels pulled a point back in the 45th minute but Davitts surged forward and a cracking goal by Aaron CB and points from Ciaran Treacy (3), Fionn McTigue and Ronan Kelly followed before the homeside scored again, a point in the 53rd minute. Davitts added two more points before the final whistle, Ciaran Treacy and Aaron CB the suppliers, to finish off a good display.

Dylan O Brien was a dominant goalkeeper and Ben Corless had a great game at corner back, ably assisted by Sean Clarke and Cillian Kearns in the fullback line. Noah O Brien, Tadhg Feerick (0-1) and the superb Conor McDermott formed an impressive halfback line. Burke Briere (0-1) and Dylan Burke (0-1) had a great battle with a strong Mayo Gaels pairing at midfield. Ronan Kelly (0-3), Dylan Gormally (1-1) and Fionn McTigue (0-1) worked tirelessly in the half forward line as did Aaron O Dea in the corner with Ciaran Treacy (1-4) and Aaron CB (1-4) causing havoc up front.

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