Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Match Reports

November 13, 2019

U-21s V Ballyhaunis–Match Report

Davitts met Ballyhaunis in the U-21 C Championship on Sunday in Ballindine and after a very good match it was Ballyhaunis that took the spoils, winning by 2-13 to 2-10. Davitts, minus the services of Daniel Huane, lost midfielder unfortunate Cian Naughton in the third minute of the game to a hamstring injury.

Ballyhaunis looked set to inflict a heavy defeat on their hosts after a blistering start that saw them ahead by 1-5 to 0-0 after eighteen minutes of play. Ballyhaunis looked very dangerous and their attack was razor sharp in this period. Davitts then got the fillip they needed, a goal right out of the top drawer courtesy of young midfielder Stephen Nyland. He fielded Dean Moran’s kickout on his own 45 metre line, out on the left wing and went on a terrific solo run, ending with a 25 metre screamer into the top corner of the net.

Stephen Nyland and Jack Ronayne added pointed frees in the next seven minutes but these were cancelled out by a Ballyhaunis brace in the 26th and 28th minutes. Davitts goal machine Ryan McLoughlin netted his side’s second goal on the stroke of halftime, flicking home Jack Ronayne’s long delivery to leave Ballyhaunis ahead at the break by 1-7 to 2-2.

Points from Jack Ronayne and Evan Ronane had the home side level in the 33rd minute but the sending off of Liam Macken in the 36th minute on a second yellow card temporarily stopped Davitts increasing momentum. A Ballyhaunis point a minute later was immediately cancelled out by Evan Ronane. A dubious free awarded to Ballyhaunis was duly converted to give them the lead again but Davitts, well on top, levelled through Evan Ronane in the 41st minute.

Ballyhaunis took the lead again with a point from play after the ref overruled an umpire on a wide ball but Evan Ronane again equalised with a terrific point from way out. A Jack Ronayne free put Davitts ahead for the first time in the 49th minute. Two minutes later Ballyhaunis equalised from a free. In the fifty third minute Ballyhaunis had a man sent off and a minute later Aidan Macken pointed to put Davitts ahead again. Ballyhaunis pointed a free to level it and they goaled in the 57th minute after some sloppy defending by the home side. Another point put the visitors four ahead with the game gone into stoppage time. Davitts threw the kitchen sink at Ballyhaunis but their defence held firm as a Jack Ronayne point from a placed ball was Davitts only reward before the final whistle.

Davitts played some great football for three quarters of this game but the poor start left them with a mountain to climb. Dean Moran had another solid game in goals. Corner backs Tom Corless and Ciaran Fahy stormed into the game after a shaky start. Dimitry Trench had a great game at centre back and his driving runs were inspirational, with Liam Macken and Jordan Flanagan impressing on the wings. Stephen Nyland (1-1) and Niall Kearns formed an effective midfield pairing after Cian Naughton’s early withdrawl.

Jack Ronayne (0-4) led the attack well at centre half forward with Aidan Macken (0-1) and Niall Treacy working exceptionally as wing forwards. Inside, Ryan McLoughlin (1-0) and Evan Ronane (0-4) were in superb form. Zack Keadin and James Ruane were two late substitutions.

Davitts will play Ballinrobe away on Sunday needing a win to be in with a chance of advancing to the County semi-final.

November 13, 2019

U-21s V Hollymount Carramore–Match Report

Davitts U-21 team were knocked out of the Brennan Cup by Hollymount Carramore in Ballindine on Monday. After trailling by 2-4 to 0-4 at halftime, the visitors went on to win by 0-14 to 2-4 after an impressive second half display.

Davitts looked good in the first half and goals from Ryan McLoughlin and Liam Macken and points from Evan Ronane (2), Liam Macken and Stephen Nyland accounted for their first half (and final) tally.

After the break, Hollymound Carramore began to take over in the midfield exchanges which saw the home defence under severe pressure and the attack having to survive on a very limited supply of ball.

With the sides level, Davitts lost Ciaran Fahy to a second yellow card in the 51st minute and team captain Evan Ronane to a black card three minutes later and the visitors capitalised, shooting four points before the end of the game.

Not many Davitts players played well in this game and a huge improvement is required against both Ballyhaunis and Ballinrobe in the final two County Championship group matches.

Davitts: Dean Moran, Ciaran Fahy, Tom Corless, Aidan Macken, Dmitry Trench, Jordan Flanagan, Cian Naughton, Daniel Huane, Liam Macken (1-1), Jack Ronayne, Evan Ronane (0-2), Ryan McLoughlin (1-0), Stephen Nyland (0-1). Subs used: Niall Treacy, Zak Keadin, James Ruane.

October 29, 2019

U-21s V Swinford–Match Report

Davitts U-21 team got their County C Champaign off to a winning start after a hard earned 1-12 to 0-7 victory away to Swinford on Sunday. An unanswered 1-5 in the last ten minutes swung the game in the visitors favour as they finally got to grip with the Swinford challenge.

Cian Naughton opened the scoring with a fine Davitts point from distance in the first minute. Swinford equalised in the eighth minute but a point from play by wing back Aidan Macken and a free converted by Evan Ronane put Davitts two ahead after 11 minutes. Swinford pointed twice to level the match but Davitts captain Evan Ronane fired over three excellent points before Swinford completed the first half scoring with a 30th minute point to leave Davitts ahead by 0-6 to 0-4 at halftime.

Jack Ronayne pointed a free in the opening minute of the second half but Swinford points in the 38th and 39th minutes left the minimum between the teams. In the 40th minute Evan Ronane received a black card and three minutes later Swinford equalised and at this stage they looked the more likely winners.

Davitts responded in fine fashion with Jack Ronayne converting two frees in the 52nd and 55th minutes. Two minutes later the same player supplied a defence splitting pass to Ryan McLoughlin and he made no mistake to finish in style for the game’s only goal.

Stephen Nyland shot the last three points of the game, two of them were long range frees of the highest calibre and the third a close in free after Niall Treacy was fouled.

Davitts will have to improve on this performance if they are to advance to the knockout stages. They had fine performances from Ciaran Fahy, Dmitry Trench, Jordan Flanagan, Evan Ronane up to his dismissal, Stephen Nyland (second half) while second half subs, the lively Niall Treacy and Niall Kearns, contributed well towards the victory. Next up is a home game against Ballyhaunis.

Davitts: Dean Moran, Tom Corless, Ciaran Fahy, Aidan Macken (0-1), Dmitry Trench, Jordan Flanagan, Daniel Huane, Cian Naughton (0-1), Liam Macken, Jack Ronayne (0-3), Evan Ronane (0-4), Ryan McLoughlin (1-0), Stephen Nyland (0-3). Subs used: Niall Treacy, Niall Kearns, James Ruane, Oisin O Connor, Kelan Cosgrove.

October 29, 2019

Juniors V Tourmakeady–Match Report

Davitts Junior’s ended their Division 4 League campaign with a narrow defeat, 1-12 to 0-13, at home to Tourmakeady on Sunday. The defeat means that Davitts will compete in Division 5 next season.

Davitts trailled by 0-7 to 0-6 at half time with Jack Ronayne (3), Shane Treacy, Darragh McGale and Shane Mitchell hitting the target.

The second half started off well for the home side with Shane Treacy (2), Cian Naughton and Jack Ronayne all pointing in the first ten minutes. Tourmakeady pulled a point back in the 14thminute and were awarded the most dubious of penalties in the 17th minute, a refereeing gift that they gratefully accepted to take the lead. Tourmakeady added a point in the 21st minute to go two points ahead but points from Jack Ronayne and Darragh McGale levelled the game with five minutes remaining. The visitors added three points to their tally with Jack Ronayne getting Davitts sole reply.

Best for Davitts in this game were Frankie Barrett, Tom Corless, Shane Mitchell, Cian Naughton, Jack Ronayne, Shane Treacy and Darragh McGale.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Cathal Moran, Frankie Barrett, Jordan Flanagan, John Macken, Tom Corless, Kevin Gallagher, Shane Mitchell (0-1), Cian Naughton (0-1), Liam Macken, Jack Ronayne (0-6), Shane Treacy (0-3), Tommy Clarke, Darragh McGale (0-2), Dara O Flaherty. Subs used: Lawrence Daly, Dean Moran, Gary Bourke, Colm Roche, Kelan Cosgrove.

October 29, 2019

Minors V Parke Keelogues Crimlin–County ‘D’ Final Match Report

Davitts 1-11 Parke Keelogues Crimlin 2-5

Davitts captured the County Minor D Championship after a hard earned victory over a battling Parke Keelogues Crimlin side in Bekan on Friday night.

PKC got off to a flying start with three points in the first six minues before man of the match Niall Treacy opened the Davitts account in the seventh minute. PKC extended their lead to three points with a 15th minute score but Davitts hit a purple patch in the last twelve minutes of the first half.

Niall Treacy pointed in the 18th minute and followed that up with a cracking goal less than a minute later to give his side the lead. Further points from Jack Devane, Fenton Kelly and two from Stephen Nyland left Davitts ahead by 1-6 to 0-4 at halftime.

Niall Treacy extended the lead with two further points in the 34th and 36 miniutes. A 39th minute PKC point was cancelled out by Niall Treacy as Davitts looked set to cruise to victory.

PKC refused to lie down however and they struck for a goal in the 49th minute to narrow the deficit to four points. Zack Keadin and Niall Treacy pointed to put Davitts six points ahead with four minutes of normal time left. PKC scored another goal before the finish but Davitts were able to see the game out and win by three points.

Joe Prendergast had a fine game in goals with Tomas Ronayne, Charlie Phillips and Micheal Hett making up an impressive full back line. Fionnan Gallagher was outstanding at number six, getting great assistance from his wing men Sean Feerick and John Wallace.

Team captain Stephen Nyland (0-2) and Fenton Kelly (0-1) were two strong running midfielders who controlled the middle for most of the game.

Up front, Niall Treacy (1-6) was the star of the show, getting good assistance from Daniel Corless, Jack Devane (0-1), Gary Bourke, Cathal Corless and Zack Keadin (0-1).

Substitutes Brian Og McTigue and Bon Glynn both played their part when introduced.

October 29, 2019

Seniors V Castlebar And Juniors V Westport – Match Reports

Davitts Senior’s ended their League Div 3 campaign with a 2-12 to 1-10 home defeat on Saturday, to a determined Castlebar side, themselves trying hard to avoid relegation. Castlebar had raced into a 1-7 to 1-2 lead at halftime against an understrength Davitts outfit.

Davitts performed better in the second half and had closed the gap to two points going into injury time before a late Mitchels goal ensured their win.

Davitts best players in this match were Dmitry Trench, Kevin Gallagher, Padraig Mangan, William Freeley, Keith Prendergast and Darragh McGale.

Davitts: Cian Naughton, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Kevin Gallagher, Dmitry Trench (0-2), Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke, William Freeley, Stephen Nyland (0-1), Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Josh Ronayne (0-1), Tommy Clarke, Keith Prendergast (0-4), Darragh McGale (1-1), Aidan McTigue. Subs used: Padraig Mangan, Jordan Flanagan, Lawrence Daly.


The Junior’s were beaten away to Westport on Sunday, a result that makes relegation to Division 5 for next season a likely prospect. The home side had led by 1-7 to 0-4 at the interval but four second half goals in the space of eight minutes completely wrapped the game up for a strong Westport side.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Cathal Moran, Lawrence Daly, Jordan Flanagan, John Macken, Mark Ronayne, Kevin Gallagher, Shane Mitchell, Liam Macken (0-1), Stephen Nyland (0-2), Aidan McTigue (0-3), Gary Bourke, Dean Moran (0-1), Darragh McGale (0-2), Tommy Clarke. Subs used: Niall Kearns, Kelan Cosgrove.

October 29, 2019

U-16s V Claremorris–South ‘A’ Final Match Report

Davitts 4-5 Claremorris 1-7

Davitts captured the South Mayo U-16 A title with a well deserved seven point victory over neighbours Claremorris on Tuesday night in Bekan. The two sides had played each other twice earlier on in the season with both games ending in stalemate but Davitts were more clinical on this occasion and led from pillar to post in front of a fine attendance.

The outstanding Fionnan Gallagher opened the scoring for Davitts in the fourth minute with a fine point into the strong wind. Jack Devane doubled the lead a minute later, after fine work by Bon Glynn and Dylan Gallagher. Claremorris midfielder Thomas McCormack Flanagan opened his side’s account in the seventh minute with a fine point from play. From the resulting kickout Davitts strung together a sweeping move which ended with Bon Glynn firing home his side’s first goal. Thomas McCormack Flanagan with two well struck points and a Mark Maloney free cut the lead to a point in the 18th minute.

Fionnan Gallagher put Davitts two up in the 23rd minute and two minutes later Davitts crafted another fine goal with Dylan Gallagher finishing in style after great work by Jack Devane and Fionnan Gallagher. Evan O Brien and Lewis Lally combined for a Claremorris point converted by Lally in the 27th minute and Jack Devane, with a well struck 40 metre free kick, closed the first half scoring in the 30th minute to leave Davitts ahead by 2-4 to 0-5 at halftime.

Claremorris started the second half brightly with Conor Dennedy pointing in the 33rd minute. Cathal Corless cancelled this score out three minutes later with a fantastic point after a searing run. The same player set up dynamic corner back Sean Keadin for Davitts third goal in the thirty eighth minute and he finished emphatically past the Claremorris keeper. Claremorris were enjoying a lot of possession but poor shooting, fine Davitts defending and some great saves by Tristan Diskin made it difficult for them to close the gap.

Mark Maloney pointed a free for Claremorris in the 45th minute after the lively Niall Hurley, a second half substitute, was fouled. Davitts wrapped the game up in the 47th minute, another patient build up resulting in a fourth goal, scored by Cathal Corless after terrific play by Fenton Kelly and Dylan Gallagher. Davitts were happy to contain Claremorris who tried earnestly up to the final whistle. The only score in the last twelve minutes of the game was an injury time goal for Claremorris by Niall Hurley after fine work by Thomas McCormack Flanagan and Oran McNulty.

This was a fine team display by Davitts with Michael Hett, Sean Keadin, Tomas Ronayne, Fionnan Gallagher, Cathal Corless, Jack Devane and Bon Glynn in exceptional form.

Best for Claremorris were Darragh Joyce, Oran McNulty, Joe Gilmore, Thomas McCormack Flanagan, Mark Maloney and Niall Hurley.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Brian Og McTigue, Micheal Hett, Sean Keadin (1-0), Brian Birmingham, Tomas Ronayne, John Wallace, Fionnan Gallagher (0-2), Fenton Kelly, Joe Prendergast, Cathal Corless (1-1), Jack Melvin, Bon Glynn (1-0), Jack Devane (0-2), Dylan Gallagher (1-0). Sub used: Mark Birmingham.

Claremorris: Aidan McGing, James Wooley, Darragh Joyce, Padraig McHugh, Oran McNulty, Joe Gilmore, Harry Smyth, Evan O Brien, Thomas McCormack Flanagan (0-3), Mark Maloney (0-2), Michael J Duffy, Lewis Lally (0-1), Liam McCormack, Conor Dennedy (0-1), Johnny Cummins. Subs used: Paul Gilmore, Niall Hurley (1-0), Dara Hurley.

Referee: Kevin Connelly.

October 2, 2019

Juniors v Ballina – Match Report

Davitts entertained Ballina in Div 4 of the Senior League on Sunday with a late injury time goal grabbing a share of the spoils for Ballina. The result leaves Davitts in the relegation zone a point below Ballina in the league table.

After Ballina opened the scoring in the 9th minute, Davitts fired over three points via Ryan McLoughlin (2) and Aidan McTigue in the next four minutes. A sixteenth minute Ballina point was cancelled out by Stephen Nyland four minutes later and this was closely followed by a classy Darragh McGale goal and another Ryan McLoughlin point. Aidan McTigue extended Davitts lead to seven points with three minutes remaining in the first half. Ballina hit the last two scores of the half (after a Davitts point was incorrectly signalled wide) to leave the home side ahead by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break. Davitts had lost three of their forwards to injury at this stage with Ryan McLoughlin, Aidan Macken and Dara O Flaherty having to retire.

Tommy Clarke opened the second half scoring with a fine point and Ballina tagged on two points before an Aidan McTigue point restored Davitts five point lead. Ballina goaled in the 40th minute and shot two points to tie the match as it entered the final quarter.

Davitts dug deep at this stage and points from Kevin Gallagher and Aidan McTigue (2) put them three points ahead with the game heading into injury time. Disaster struck in the second minute of added time with Ballina grabbing a goal to level the match, a score that looked suspiciously like a square ball to most in the attendance, but the referee saw it differently.

Davitts, very unlucky not to win, had great performers in Kevin Gallagher, Ciaran Fahy, Tom Corless, Shane Mitchell, Ryan McLoughlin, Aidan McTigue, Tommy Clarke, Colm Roche and Darragh McGale.

Davitts: Dean Moran, Cathal Moran, Tom Corless, Gary Bourke, Jordan Flanagan, Ciaran Fahy, Kevin Gallagher (0-1), Shane Mitchell, Stephen Nyland (0-1), Ryan McLoughlin (0-3), Aidan McTigue (0-6), Tommy Clarke (0-1), Aidan Macken, Darragh McGale (1-0), Colm Roche. Subs used: Dara O Flaherty, Kelan Cosgrove, Niall Kearns, Lawrence Daly.

September 24, 2019

Seniors v Ballaghaderreen–County Quarter Final – Match Report

Ballaghaderreen 2-16    Davitts 0-8

Ballaghaderreen proved too strong for Davitts in this Mayo Senior Championship quarter-final played in a wet and miserable McHale Park on Saturday evening. Ballagh’s greater firepower and experience proved to be the difference but a young Davitts outfit will have learned from a reasonably successful Championship campaign which saw them reach this stage for the first time in over three decades.

Ballagh, adapting to the conditions better, made the ideal start and had built up a 1-2 to 0-0 lead after eight minutes, Cian Hanley with a second minute goal and two Andy Moran points. Davitts had their best goal chance in the sixth minute with the Ballagh keeper denying young Stephen Nyland after good work by Colm Boyle and Darragh McGale.

Cathal Hennelly opened Davitts account in the 14th minute and Ronan McNamara narrowed the deficit to a goal with another point a minute later. Cathal Hennelly cancelled out an 18th minute Ballagh point by Ryan Lynch with one of his own two minutes later but the East Mayo men shot the last three points of the half, all scored by Andy Moran, to go in at the break ahead by 1-6 to 0-3.

Stephen Nyland and Cian Hanley exchanged early second half points but Andy Moran delivered the killer blow with a fifth minute goal, after a slick passing move, to effectively kill off the game. Ballagh added points from Luke O Grady and Thomas Carmody before Shane Treacy and Colm Boyle pointed for Davitts in the 41st and 43rd minutes.

Both sides were emptying their benches at this stage and Ballagh shot four points without reply from Thomas Carmody, Cian Hanley, Luke O Grady and Sean McHugh before Ronan McNamara, struggling with a leg injury for most of the game, pulled one back for Davitts with ten minutes remaining. Three more Ballagh points followed from substitutes Stephen Drake (2) and Barry Regan before Stephen Nyland finished the scoring with a Davitts point in injury time.

A well conditioned and very experienced Ballagh side will provide stiff opposition for Castlebar Mitchels in the semi-final while Davitts will need to make good use of their gym over the winter months and look forward to making more improvement in the coming season.

Davitts: Cian Naughton, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Kieran Fahy, Tommy Waldron, Colm Boyle (0-1), Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara (0-2), William Freeley, Brian Clarke, Cathal Hennelly (0-2), Stephen Nyland (0-2), Mark Ronayne, Darragh McGale, Evan Ronane. Subs used: Shane Treacy (0-1), Aidan McTigue, Aidan Macken, Padraig Mangan, Daniel Huane, Michael Conroy.

September 21, 2019

Seniors v Swinford – Match Report

Davitts Senior’s hosted a Swinford side in Div 3 of the Senior League on Saturday with the visitors bagging the two league points winning by 3-9 to 1-7. Swinford were by far the better team and deserved their win that eases their relegation worries.

Davitts had the wind assisting them in the first half and the sides went in level at half time, Davitts 1-5 Swinford 2-2. William Freeley scored the Davitts goal with Ronan McNamara (4) and Aidan McTigue the pointscorers. Swinford took the lead with a first minute point in the second half and in truth they never looked like losing afterwards as they played with great vigour until the finish.

Davitts will need a substantial improvement next week when they face Ballaghaderreen in the Senior Championship Quarter-Final. On this occasion only Ciaran Fahy, Tommy Waldron, Ronan McNamara and Cathal Hennelly, when introduced, played anything like they are capable of.

Davitts: Cian Naughton, Kevin Gallagher, Cathal Higgins, Ciaran Fahy, Brian Clarke, Padraig Mangan, William Freeley (1-0), Daniel Huane, Mark Ronayne, Darragh McGale, Jack Ronayne, Tommy Waldron, Aidan McTigue (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-5). Subs used: Cathal Hennelly, Dmitry Trench, Colm Boyle, Patrick Keadin.

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