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Match Reports

August 17, 2009

Davitts v Crossmolina B – Match Report

Davitts remain undefeated in this years intermediate championship, after travelling to Crossmolina B and beating the homeside 0-14 to 1-3. Davitts played with the wind in the first half and points by midfielder David McDonagh (3), Liam Kearns (2) and wing back Johnno Clarke had Davitts ahead 0-6 to 0-1 at the break, after a fairly unconvincing first half display.

Davitts played much better in the second half and went on to win comfortably in the end. Davitts had great performances from goalkeeper Paddy Kirrane, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, Michael Ronayne, Colm Boyle, evergreen Dave McDonagh, Liam Kearns, Paul Carey and subs Fergal McGrath and Pat Coyne.

Team: Paddy Kirrane, Tommy Nolan, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke (0-1), Michael Ronayne, Colm Boyle (0-1), David McDonagh (0-5), Shane Mitchell, Seamus Roche, Paul Carey (0-1), Colm Roche (0-1), Liam Kearns (0-4), Aidan McTigue (0-1), Keith Prendergast. Subs used: Fergal McGrath, Pat Coyne, Martin Cosgrove.

August 9, 2009

Prendergast Cup – Match Report

Davitts intermediate team retained the Prendergast Cup on Saturday evening, when they defeated Ballyhaunis, 0-10 to 0-9, in a very closely fought encounter in the beautifully appointed Ballyhaunis pitch. Points by captain Paul Carey (2), the lively Aidan McTigue (2) and Liam Kearns, had Davitts ahead, 0-5 to 0-4 at half time, in a pretty lethargic first half.

Things improved drastically in the second half, with the exchanges getting heated on several occasions, and Ballyhaunis will count themselves very unlucky not to have at least got a draw, but two late points by Carey and McTigue swung the balance in Davitts favour.

Davitts best performers were Frankie Barrett at full back, Tommy Nolan, Colm Boyle, Dave McDonagh, Seamus and Colm Roche, Paul Carey, Aidan McTigue and Fergal McGrath.

Davitts team: Mark Diskin, Tommy Nolan, Frankie Barrett, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, Tommy Mitchell. Colm Boyle (0-1), Dave McDonagh, Shane Mitchell, Seamus Roche, Paul Carey (0-3), Colm Roche, Liam Kearns (0-1), Aidan McTigue (0-4), Keith Prendergast. Subs used: Fergal McGrath (0-1), Michael Ronayne, Maurice Prendergast and Martin Cosgrove.

July 26, 2009

Davitts v Kilmaine – Match Report & 50th Birthday Celebrations

Davitts v Kilmaine match report & 50th Birthday Celebrations

The intermediate team hosted Kilmaine in the O Mara Cup on Saturday evening, and the teams played out a draw in a game of poor quality. The teams were level 0-7 apiece at half time and the final scoreline was Davitts 0-12, Kilmaine 1-9. Davitts best players were Kevin Gallagher, Tommy Mitchell, Colm Boyle, Shane Mitchell, Aidan McTigue and Liam Kearns.

Burkes in Irishtown hosted the social event of the year when Michael Waldron (affectionately known as Wally), pictured left, celebrated his 50th birthday in style on Saturday night. Wally, the current manager of Davitts junior team, and multiple winner of the clubs prestigious Clubman of the year award, is an immensely popular character in the Ballindine/Irishtown area and indeed much further afield. He is a former referee and is Davitts number one linesman, umpire and presto seller, together with his partner Michael Hynes. The huge crowd that attended his party is testimony to his popularity. Happy birthday Michael from all at Davitts GAA club.

July 10, 2009

Minor v Balla & Junior v Garrymore – Match Reports

Davitts minor team suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Balla, in a league game played in Balla on Friday evening. Balla were on top from the start and led by 2-6 to 1-3 at half time, the Davitts goal coming from Dara Halligan, their best player. Things got no better for Davitts in the second half, with the homeside dominating proceedings, and ending up the emphatic winners on a 3-15 to 1-7 scoreline. As well as Halligan, Davitts had admirable performances from Gerard McWalter, Tommy Ruddock, Josh Ronayne, Mark Ronayne and Darren Connolly.

The junior team travelled to Garrymore and were narrowly defeated 1-5 to 0-6 in an enthralling encounter. Garrymore led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break, but both sides gave a fine exhibition of defending in the second half as the Davitts attack squandered chance after chance with some wayward shooting. In a game that Davitts will wonder just how they managed to lose, their best players were defenders Kevin Gallagher and Martin Cosgrove, midfielders John Heneghan and the outstanding Tommy Mitchell, who scored two points, and forwards Pat McGee and top scorer Con Penny, who is regularly seen honing his skills at the local pitch, overseen by a mystery shooting coach.

June 26, 2009

U-14 Division 3 League Final – Match Report

U-14 Division 3 League Final match report

On Thursday evening the U-14’s captured the County Div 3 League title in style, defeating St. Gerards by 3-14 to 1-6. When these sides met in Ballindine a few weeks ago, St. Gerards won with plenty in hand, but Davitts reversed that result in emphatic fashion in the final. Man of the match Tommy Waldron had Davitts 1-1 up after five minutes, and St. Gerards dominated the rest of the first half and led 0-6 to 1-1, but late points by the irrepressible Waldron and Liam Noone left the sides deadlocked, 1-3 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half belonged to Davitts, with Donal Ronayne and Shane Cummins working extremely hard at midfield, and the attack scoring at will, with the creative Matthew Trench pulling the strings, and supplying the ammunition for Noone (1-6) and Waldron (2-7) to keep the scoreboard ticking over. St. Gerards tried hard, but when they got forward they ran into a defence that was very uncompromising, with Thomas Charles and William Freeley in outstanding form. As well as those mentioned, Davitts had other stars in goalie Michael Clarke, Liam Connolly, Jonathon Fahy, David O Toole, Jack Rodgers, Cathal Hennelly and Gerard Griffin. Mattie Joe Connolly presented the trophy to Davitts captain Donal Ronayne after the game. P.S. The Garrymore Club had the ground in tremendous condition for this game, it is a great credit to the club.

June 4, 2009

This weeks Intermediate and U-14 – Match Reports

Well done to the intermediate team on their away victory over Swinford last Sunday evening. Good all round team performance, with excellent displays from Frankie Barrett, Colm Boyle, Jonathon Clarke (man of the match), David McDonagh, Pat Coyne, Paul Carey (c), Keith Prendergast, Liam Kearns and Aidan McTigue, showing a welcome return to top form.

Good luck to all our players who are facing into various exams this week. Good luck also to Ballindine N.S. girls team who play Knock in the Cumann na mBunscoil final in Ballinrobe on Saturday.

The u-14 team had another impressive win when defeating Ardnaree by 7-14 to 2-4 in Ballindine on Thursday evening. Davitts made full use of their wind advantage in the first half and led by 5-11 to 0-0 at half time. Ardnaree shaded the second half on the scoreboard, showing great character. Davitts best players were the Mangan brothers Michael and Padraig, Liam Connolly, William Freeley, who had a blinder at centre half back, Donal Ronayne, Liam Noone and Tommy Waldron. Davitts: Michael Mangan, Liam Connolly, Padraig Mangan, Jonathon Fahy, William Freeley, John Huane, Donal Ronayne (2-2), Thomas Charles, Richie Connor (1-0), Liam Noone (1-7), Matthew Trench, Tommy Waldron (2-4), Gerard Griffin (1-1). Subs used: Jack Rogers, James Ryan and Dylan Keadian.

May 22, 2009

U-14 – Match Reports

The under 14 team had a hard earned home win over a gallant Moy Davitts team last Sunday evening. The testing conditions made it very difficult to play good football and the final scoreline of 1-7 to 1-4 proved how difficult it was to get scores as both sets of defences came out on top. The real turning point of the game came with ten minutes remaining, when substitute Gerard Griffin, who was very impressive when introduced, gathered a long clearance and goaled from 25 metres, to put Davitts into a two point lead. Others to shine for Davitts were Padraig and Michael Mangan, William Freeley, Liam Connolly, Jonathon Fahy, the excellent Donal Ronayne, Thomas Charles, Liam Noone and Matthew Trench.

This team’s unbeaten league run was ended by a strong St. Gerards outfit in Ballindine on Friday evening, going down by 4-11 to 2-10 in a cracking game. St. Gerards were always marginally the better team, and in Stephen Coen (who ironically, learned his football at Ballindine N.S.) they had the game’s outstanding performer. Davitts had excellent performances from the Mangan twins Michael and Padraig, William Freeley, Liam Connolly, Johnny Huane, Thomas Charles, Michael Clarke, Matthew Trench and livewire centre forward Tommy Waldron who scored 2-4.

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