Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Match Reports

May 20, 2024

Senior League 1A v Ballyhaunis match report

Ballyhaunis 3-9  Davitts 2-16

Davitts’ unbeaten start to their Senior League 1A campaign continued on Sunday when they overcame the challenge of Ballyhaunis after a right struggle. The game was played in glorious conditions in Ballyhaunis and although the hosts were missing a number of regulars, Davitts had to pull out all the stops to finally gain the upper-hand.

Ballyhaunis opened the scoring with a second minute point but two from Shane Treacy in the next three minutes put Davitts ahead. A Ballyhaunis goal in the seventh minute restored their lead but Davitts fired over four points through Jack Melvin, Niall Treacy, Fenton Kelly and Colm Boyle to lead by two after eighteen minutes. Ballyhaunis got a rub of the green in the 21st minute when a long range effort at a point ended up in the Davitts net as they took the lead again. Davitts responded with a fine Jack Melvin point after a great run to level the game. A 25th minute Ballyhaunis point was cancelled out by Niall Treacy two minutes later. The homeside struck for the last two points of the half as they went in ahead by 2-4 to 0-8 at the interval.

Davitts’ impressive midfielder Jack Melvin got the first score of the second period in the 32nd minute. Ballyhaunis pointed in the next minute but excellent play from Davitts’ Mark Birmingham and Fenton Kelly set up Melvin for a 34th minute goal as the lead flip-flopped again. Two points in the 37th and 39th minutes from Niall Treacy and Dylan Gallagher extended Davitts lead to three but Ballyhaunis would not lie down. They fired over two in the 40th and 43rd minutes. Niall Treacy got a Davitts point in the 45th minute but the homeside struck for their third goal in the 46th minute, taking advantage of some very poor Davitts defending, to take the lead again. Ballyhaunis extended their advantage to two points in the 50th minute but Davitts regained the lead through a brilliant Liam Kearns goal after super work from Charlie Phillips, Colm Boyle and Jack Melvin. Ballyhaunis equalised again in the 57th minute but Davitts added points from Liam Kearns, Shane Treacy and two superbly struck long range free kicks from man of the match Jack Melvin to clinch the win.

Davitts had fine displays from Fenton Kelly, Mark Birmingham, Jack Melvin, Shane Treacy, Niall Treacy and Colm Boyle.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Sean Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Kieran Fahy, Fenton Kelly (0-1), Thomas Ronayne, Mark Birmingham, Charlie Phillips, Jack Melvin (1-5), Shane Treacy (0-3), Liam Kearns (1-1), Stephen Nyland, Niall Treacy (0-4), Darragh McGale, Colm Boyle (0-1). Subs used: Dylan Gallagher (0-1), Fionn McLoughlin, Brian Clarke, Patrick Keadin, Brian Óg McTigue, Davey Hennessy.

May 20, 2024

Senior League 3B v Hollymount Carramore match report

Hollymount Carramore 2-5  Davitts 0-9

Davitts will be wondering how they managed to lose this Senior League Div 3B match played in Hollymount on Friday evening. After a well-contested first half, with the locals leading by 1-3 to 0-4 at the break, Davitts dominated most of the second half but were guilty of some wasteful shooting and two injury-time points for Hollycarra saw them win the tie.

After Hollycarra opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, three Davitts points from Michael Conroy and Fearghal McGrath (2) put Davitts ahead by the eleventh minute. Two points from the homeside in the 16th and 17th minutes levelled matters before Michael Conroy shot over in the 23rd minute. A 28th minute Hollycarra goal gave them a two point lead at the interval.

The crucial score came in the 38th minute. Davitts strung together a great move which ended in Cian Naughton appearing to be swung to the ground as he was about to shoot for goal. Everyone in the ground expected a penalty to be awarded but the ref saw things differently. The home team took full advantage of their lucky break and immediately counter attacked and scored a well worked goal to extend their lead to five. Davitts were fired up now, taking complete control, and points from Fearghal McGrath (2), Michael Conroy and Keith Prendergast (2) levelled matters with four minutes remaining. Poor shooting though was to prove costly. Hollycarra finished the game well with two late points to secure the win.

Best for Davitts were Patrick Keadin, Brian Birmingham, Brian Clarke, Burke Briere, Cian Naughton, Ronan Kelly (who was having a great game up to his retiral through injury in the first half), Fearghal McGrath, Michael Conroy and Keith Prendergast.

Davitts: Joe Prendergast, Patrick Keadin, Michael Hett, Brian Birmingham, Johnno Clarke, Brian Clarke, Jack Trench, Burke Briere, Cian Naughton, Ronan Kelly, Fionn McLoughlin, Davey Hennessy, Aidan McTigue, Fearghal McGrath (0-4), Michael Conroy (0-3). Subs used: Keith Prendergast (0-2), Darragh McGale, Donie Ronayne, Mark Birmingham.

May 13, 2024

Mayo Feile C

Gaeil Na Daibheidí won the Mayo Feile (U-15) C at the weekend. On Saturday we beat Shrule Glencorrib by 5-6 to 1-0 and Aghamore by 4-8 to 0-3. Both games were played in Ballindine.

In Bekan on Sunday we beat Bonniconlon in the semi-final by 2-10 to 0-2. Tourmakeady provided the opposition in the final and we defeated them by 4-4 to 1-1 to take the title. 

Well done to the team and their mentors, Joe O’Dea, James Fallon and Adrian Heneghan.

The squad is: Charlie Fallon, Evan Heneghan, Noel Jennings, Fionn Burke, Ryan Judge, Ryan Duggan, Jacob Kenny, Seamus Byrne, Leo Corcoran, Aaron O’Dea, Odhran O’Conaire, Adam Rattigan, Jack Brogan, Malachy Devane, Cormac Devane, Tom Roche, Johnny Prendergast, Cathal Cummins, Blake Bradley,Pierce Diskin, Jack Mullaney, Adam Sheridan, Shaun Burke, Eimhin Kenny, Donal Connelly.


May 12, 2024

Senior League 1A v Belmullet match report

Davitts 1-11  Belmullet 0-12

Belmullet made the long journey to Ballindine on Saturday evening but it was the homeside that prevailed in this absorbing senior league Div 1A clash. The result hung in the balance right up to the final whistle but Davitts were able to withstand all that the visitors could throw at them in the tense five minutes of injury time allotted by referee Benny Holmes, who unfortunately was a central figure throughout the game.

Two early Niall Treacy points in the first three minutes got Davitts off to a flying start. Seamus Howard, a most impressive midfielder, fired over an excellent point for Belmullet in the fifth minute. The same two players swapped points in the next ten minutes but scores were hard to come by despite the ideal conditions, thanks to the hard-working and committed defending by both sides. Dáithí Cosgrove levelled the game in the twentieth minute but Davitts’ centre-forward Liam Kearns, having the game of his life, opened his account in the 26th minute with a fantastic long range point. The same player added another fine point in the 30th minute but two well-taken scores from Evan Ivers and Anthony Barrett levelled the game, 0-5 apiece, at the break.

The second half started well for Davitts and in the second minute that man Kearns finished a terrific move involving Charlie Philips, Darragh McGale and Colm Boyle to the visitor’s net to put his side ahead. Liam Kearns extended the lead to four in the 34th minute with another brilliant point. Belmullet were rattled but they responded well and points from Seamus Howard, Ryan McIntyre and Darragh Murray in the next six minutes narrowed the deficit to the minimum. A Niall Treacy point in the 42nd minute was closely followed by another Kearns point, an outside of the boot line-ball, a score that delighted the home crowd and restored Davitts’ three point lead. Belmullet wing-back James Lavelle pulled one back in the 46th minute and points from Brian Keane and Dáithí Cosgrove in the 51st and 54th minutes levelled the game.

A neat Colm Boyle point put Davitts ahead again in the 55th minute but a similar score from Dáithí Cosgrove restored parity a minute later. Liam Kearns lit up the ground with another superb point in the 57th minute and Colm Boyle put Davitts two ahead in the 59th minute. Belmullet tried in vain to get a goal to rescue the tie but the Davitts team defended in most impressive fashion to deny the visitors in the closing six minutes of an enthralling match.

Davitts had brilliant performances from Cathal Higgins, Mark Birmingham, Sean Keadin, Charlie Phillips, man of the match Liam Kearns, Niall Treacy, Darragh McGale and Colm Boyle.

Best for a gallant Belmullet team were James O Donnell, James Lavelle, Oisin O Donnell, Evan Ivers, Seamus Howard, Fionnan Ryan, Dáithí Cosgrove and Anthony Barrett.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Jordan Flanagan, Cathal Higgins, Kieran Fahy, Mark Birmingham, Thomas Ronayne, Sean Keadin, Cian Naughton, Charlie Phillips, Shane Treacy, Liam Kearns (1-5), Stephen Nyland, Niall Treacy (0-4), Darragh McGale, Colm Boyle (0-2). Subs used: Fionn McLoughlin, Michael Hett, Ronan McNamara.

Belmullet: Aaron Carey, Daniel Barrett, Conan Connor, James O Donnell, James Lavelle (0-1), Leo Howard, Oisin O Donnell, Evan Ivers (0-1), Seamus Howard (0-3), Darragh Murray (0-1), Fionnan Ryan, Ryan McIntyre (0-1), Dáithí Cosgrove (0-3), Brian Keane (0-1), Anthony Barrett (0-1). Subs used: Shea O Donoghue, Shane Nallen.

Referee: Benny Holmes

May 7, 2024

Minor v Sarsfield Shamrocks match report

Sarsfields Shamrocks 2-17   Davitts 1-10

Davitts minor team faced Sarsfields Shamrocks (Charlestown and Kilmovee) in the league on Sunday morning in Charlestown but were beaten by ten points by an impressive home side.

By half-time Sarsfields Shamrocks had built up a sizeable 1-10 to 0-4 lead. Davitts first half scores came from Noah O Brien and Ronan Kelly (3).

Davitts played better in the third quarter and three Ronan Kelly points in the opening three minutes, a brilliant long range free kick from goalie Dylan O Brien in the 37th minute and another Ronan Kelly point in the 43rd minute, reduced the deficit to just four points. The home team responded superbly however and they reeled off a goal and six points in the next twelve minutes. Ronan Kelly kicked a Davitts point in the 58th minute and the winners replied with a 60th minute point. An Aaron O Dea point and a converted penalty by Ronan Kelly completed the scoring in injury-time.

Davitts best players were Dylan O Brien, Tadhg Feerick, Ben Corless, Conor McDermott, Odhran O Conaire, Noah O Brien and Ronan Kelly.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien (0-1), Tadhg Feerick, Ben Corless, Brian Hett, Conor McDermott, Odhran O Conaire, Burke Briere, Sean Clarke, Aaron O Dea (0-1), Dylan Burke, Noah O Brien (0-1), Ronan Kelly (1-7), Dylan Gormley. Sub used: Cillian Kearns.

May 4, 2024

Junior C’ship v Ardnaree match report

Davitts 0-15  Ardnaree 0-11

Davitts and Ardnaree met in the first round of the Mayo Junior Championship in Ballindine on Friday evening with the home side winning by four points after a good contest.

Davitts got off to a dream start with points from Michael Hett (a superb effort), Darragh McGale, Brian Clarke, Fearghal McGrath, Johnno Clarke and Davey Hennessy and Tommy Waldron in the opening twelve minutes. Ardnaree replied with points in the 13th and 18th minutes before Davitts’ impressive midfielder Cian Naughton kicked over a long range point in the 20th minute. Two more points from the away side in the next two minutes cut Davitts lead to four but Darragh McGale and Johnno Clarke fired over two more before the break and Ardnaree finished the half with a point of their own, to leave Davitts ahead by 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval.

A 34th minute Davey Hennessy point opened the scoring in the second half but four points on the spin in the next ten minutes by the away side saw the lead being trimmed to three. Fionnan Gallagher pointed for Davitts in the 46th minute but Ardnaree weren’t going away without a fight and they shot another point in the 47th minute. The scores were hard to come by for the remainder of the game but the Clarke brothers Johnno and Brian gave Davitts some breathing space with 52nd and 58th minute scores. Ardnaree tried hard to get the goal they badly needed but couldn’t find a way past Tristan Diskin. All they could manage was an injury-time point as Davitts got their campaign off to a winning start.

Patrick Keadin, Brian Birmingham, Cian Naughton, Stephen Nyland, Johnno Clarke, Brian Clarke, Davey Hennessy and Darragh McGale were outstanding for the winners.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Patrick Keadin, Charlie Phillips, Brian Birmingham, Tommy Waldron (0-1), Fionnan Gallagher (0-1), Michael Hett (0-1), Cian Naughton (0-1), Stephen Nyland, Johnno Clarke (0-3), Fionn McLoughlin, Brian Clarke (0-2), Darragh McGale (0-2), Fearghal McGrath (0-1), Davey Hennessy (0-3). Subs used: Jack Devane, Thomas Ronayne, Sean Keadin, Mark Birmingham.

April 29, 2024

Senior League 3B v Balla match report

Balla 0-15  Davitts 1-12

Davitts travelled to Balla for the first round of the Senior League Div 3B on Sunday and a draw ensued after a very entertaining match.

Davitts, with midfielders Ronan McNamara and John Kilkenny in dominant form, set the early running. Points from Davey Hennessy, Ronan McNamara (2), Michael Hett, Ryan McLoughlin and Fearghal McGrath saw the visitors ahead by 0-6 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Balla pointed in the 12th and 17th minutes but a brilliant point by Sean Feerick and a 21st minute Fearghal McGrath goal, after great work by John Kilkenny, Ryan McLoughlin and Davey Hennessy, put the visitors seven points clear. Balla responded well shooting four points in the next six minutes before Fearghal McGrath pointed on the stroke of half-time to leave Davitts ahead by 1-8 to 0-7 at the break. Balla were unlucky not to score at least one goal in that half but Davitts keeper Tristan Diskin produced two superb saves and full-back Brian Birmingham another one when goals for the home team looked inevitable.

Two early Balla points in the first two minutes of the second half narrowed the deficit but Davitts replied with similar scores from Davey Hennessy and Darragh McGale in the 33rd and 35th minutes. Balla hit over three more between the 36th and 42nd minutes. Davitts were flagging at this stage but a superb long range free from Ronan Mac in the 46th minute and a fine Brian Birmingham point two minutes later restored Davitts’ three point lead. Balla finished the game strongly and three points in the last seven minutes of the game earned them a share of the spoils.

Davitts had good displays all over the field with Tristan Diskin, Brian Birmingham, Michael Hett, Fionn McLoughlin, Ronan Mac, Davey Hennessy, Fearghal McGrath and Colm Roche in great form.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Patrick Keadin, Brian Birmingham (0-1), Sean Feerick (0-1), Johnno Clarke, Michael Hett (0-1), Jack Trench, Ronan McNamara (0-3), John Kilkenny, Joe Prendergast, Fionn McLoughlin, Ryan McLoughlin, Davey Hennessy (0-2), Fearghal McGrath (1-2), Colm Roche. Subs used: Darragh McGale (0-1), John Costello, Lawrence Daly, Jack Devane, Stephen Nyland.

April 28, 2024

Senior League 1A v Charlestown match report

Charlestown 2-7 Davitts 2-7

Charlestown hosted Davitts in the first round of the Senior League Division 1A on Saturday evening with the spoils being shared after a good battle in testing conditions. A massive downpour lasting for about an hour before the throw-in meant an extremely slippery surface but both sets of players deserve credit for serving up a competitive and entertaining match. Both teams had chances to win, both camps probably thought they should have won but the draw was a fair result.

Charlestown opened the scoring with a second minute point which was cancelled out by Niall Treacy, the best player on the pitch, two minutes later. Davitts, whose ferocious work-rate all over the field was admirable, had two more Niall Treacy points in the 13th and 14th minutes. In the 24th minute a Charlestown effort for a point was dropping harmlessly short but Davitts full-back Cathal Higgins, who had a fine match, slipped and his man gleefully got possession and finished smartly past Joe Prendergast, to give the homeside the lead. They extended the lead to two with a 27th minute point. Davitts finished the half with a Jack Devane point in the 30th minute after an excellent move involving several players.

Davitts equalised four minutes into the second through Niall Treacy and took the lead a minute later courtesy of wing back Sean Keadin who combined well with Colm Boyle before punching over. An opportunistic goal by Niall Treacy two minutes later put Davitts four ahead. Charlestown pulled a point back in the 38th minute but three minutes later Davitts struck for a goal of the highest quality with that man Treacy rifling an unstoppable 20 metre strike to the roof of the net after a brilliant move involving Charlie Phillips, Colm Boyle, Darragh McGale, Shane Treacy and Liam Kearns. A brace of Charlestown points in the next two minutes narrowed the gap to four points but Davitts midfielder Charlie Phillips pointed in the 45th minute to put his side five ahead. The homeside began to get on top in the final quarter and points in the 48th and 49th minutes closed the gap to three. They capitalised on a Davitts error in the 55th minute to score an equalising goal on the break. Both teams had chances to get a winner in the closing minutes with Charlestown missing three gilt edged point scoring opportunities before referee Ronan Gurren, who handled the game well, blew the final whistle.

This was a great team effort by Davitts with Joe Prendergast, Cathal Higgins, Tommy Waldron and Thomas Ronayne superb in defence. Mark Birmingham and Charlie Phillips did well at midfield while Niall Treacy was the star of a very hard working forward-line.

Davitts: Joe Prendergast, Jordan Flanagan, Cathal Higgins, Kieran Fahy, Tommy Waldron, Thomas Ronayne, Sean Keadin (0-1), Mark Birmingham, Charlie Phillips (0-1), Shane Treacy, Liam Kearns, Jack Devane (0-1), Niall Treacy (2-4), Darragh McGale, Colm Boyle. Subs used: Michael Hett, Fionn McLoughlin, Patrick Keadin.

April 23, 2024

U-14 v Tourmakeady match report

Gaeil Na Daibheidí 2-6 Tourmakeady 5-14

The U-14 team were defeated by Tourmakeady in the league in Ballindine on Monday night. The visitors scored five excellent goals and were deserving winners but the local side never gave up and battled right up to the final whistle.

The visitors goaled in the first minute and had built up a 3-6 to 1-3 at half-time. The Gaeil Na Daibheidí first half tally came courtesy of Niall Duggan who scored 1-2 and corner forward Tadhg Kirrane who got a neat point.

Tourmakeady kept the foot to the pedal in the second half. The home side, as in the first half, shot a goal and three points in the second period, with Niall Duggan, Cormac Devane and Malachy

Cathal Commins had a fantastic game in the back-line with good support from John Brogan, Tom Roche, Seamus Byrne and Sean Burke. Stephen Cluxton would have had a job saving any of the goals and over the hour the two keepers used, Leo Corcoran and Kaden Heneghan, both pulled off some good saves. Malachy Devane and Sean Prendergast worked extremely hard at midfield. Niall Duggan was the most threatening forward and he got good support from Cormac Devane, Ruarí O Dea, Tadhg Kirrane and Jack Mullaney. Jack Duggan, Conor Walsh, Carraig Kilkenny, Evan Prendergast and Nathan Turner all battled hard when they were introduced.

April 18, 2024

Minor v St. Jarlath’s match report

Davitts 2-3  St. Jarlath’s 0-9

Davitts and St. Jarlath’s (Ballyhaunis/Eastern Gaels) met in the Minor League Div 2 in windy Ballindine on Tuesday evening and, after an entertaining match, the teams were tied when referee Vinnie Joyce blew the final whistle.

This was a real game of two halves with the wind a major factor and Davitts took advantage of it in the first half. St. Jarlath’s opened the scoring with a point in the first minute which proved to be their only score of the half. Davitts got a boost in the seventh minute when Ronan Kelly finished to the visitors net after a superb piece of work by Aaron CB. Ronan Kelly pointed a minute later. The same player was unlucky to see a brilliant goal attempt smash off the underside of the crossbar a couple of minutes later. After a barren twelve minute scoring spell, Ronan Kelly pointed and in the 29th minute he scored his second goal, a neat finish after being set up by Odhran O Conaire to leave the home side ahead by 2-2 to 0-1 at the interval.

St. Jarlath’s scored a point in the opening minute of the second half. In the 36th minute Noah O Brien pointed and this was to be Davitts’ only score of the second half. The visitors began to chip away at the lead and they shot seven excellent points to level the game with eight minutes remaining. Davitts were under severe pressure but they defended brilliantly and held on for a share of the spoils.

Dylan Gormley had a solid game in goals with Ben Corless, Sean Clarke and Tadhg Feerick forming a very effective full-back line. The workrate of the half-back line of Noah O Brien (0-1), Conor McDermott and Odhran O Conaire and the half-forwards, Brian Hett, Aaron O Dea, Cillian Kearns and sub Luke Rattigan was most impressive. Dylan Burke and Burke Briere were effective midfielders. Ronan Kelly (2-2) was the scorer in chief with Aaron CB and Fionn McTigue causing a lot of trouble for the Jarlath’s defence.

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