Ballindine, Co. Mayo


August 8, 2022

U-17 League final v Kilmovee match report

Davitts 4-10  Kilmovee Shamrocks 2-14

The County U-17 div 3 League final was played in perfect conditions in Claremorris on Sunday evening with Davitts defeating Kilmovee by two points, withstanding a late rally from the East Mayo outfit. When those two side met earlier in the League Kilmovee were the winners by a five point margin but this time it was Davitts who made the running and just managed to keep their heads in front after a very entertaining game of attacking football.

Davitts, playing with the wind advantage in the first half, opened the scoring with a classy Dylan Gallagher point in the second minute. Peter Horan, an excellent forward, equalised a minute later. The rampaging Sean Keadin and Peter Horan exchanged points before Davitts struck for their first goal with Ethan Boyle getting on the end of a great move involving Ciaran Treacy and Fionn McLoughlin to finish with style in the 10th minute. Two minutes earlier Kilmovee had a great goal chance themselves but were denied by a miraculous goal line intervention by Brian Hett. The very influencial Dylan Gallagher extended Davitts lead with a 12th minute point with Oran Frain replying for Kilmovee thirty seconds later. Dylan Gallagher pointed in the 20th minute and further Davitts points from Fionn McLoughlin and Ronan Kelly sandwiched two Peter Horan points before Conor McDermott bagged Davitts second goal in the 26th minute after being cleverly set up by Dylan Gallagher. Peter Horan pointed for Kilmovee before Davitts struck for a third goal in the 29th minute with Fionn McLoughlin, who had a superb game, finishing after great work by Ciaran Treacy and Sean Keadin. Peter Horan fired over the last score of the half as Davitts went in ahead by 3-6 to 0-7 at the halftime break.

Kilmovee needed a good start to the second half but it was Davitts that started the brighter. Dylan Gallagher pointed in the first minute of the half and the same player set up Fionn McLoughlin for his second and Davitts fourth goal in the 32nd minute to give his side a commanding twelve point lead. Kilmovee knuckled down and began to chip away at the lead. Two Peter Horan points, one each from Colin Duffy and Oisin Duffy and an unfortunate own goal narrowed the deficit to five points before Davitts scored again, a 50th minute Fionn McLoughlin point. Davitts excellent goalkeeper Dylan O Brien pointed a 45 in the 54th minute with Ciaran Treacy, another Davitts player of real quality, getting his name on the scoresheet with a 58th minute point. Colin Duffy and Peter Horan pointed for Kilmovee,  and in a grandstand finish, Horan again goaled, a piledriver of a shot from a twenty metre free kick. The same player pointed three minutes into stoppage time, to leave just two points between the teams. The referee John McHale blew the full time whistle after the resulting kick out as Davitts clung on to the delight of the Davitts team and supporters.

Kilmovee showed terrific spirit especially in the second half and they have top notch players in Colin Duffy, Sean O Dowd, Oisin Duffy, Declan Duffy and Peter Horan, players we will hear more about in the future.

In Dylan O Brien (0-1), Davitts have an excellent goalkeeper. Brian Hett and Sean Keadin (0-1) were outstanding defenders in the full back line. Noah O Brien, Aaron Trench and Ethan Boyle (1-0) formed a very effective halfback line. Tadhg Feerick and Brian Corless both made fine contributions when introduced to bolster the defence in the second half. Team captain Mark Birmingham led by example at midfield with Burke Briere getting through an amount of work beside him. Conor McDermott (1-0) had a superb game as had Dylan Gallagher (0-4) and Ciaran Treacy (0-1) in the half forward line. Fionn McLoughlin (2-2) and Ronan Kelly (0-1) worked tirelessly inside with Aaron Conneely Basham an energetic sub after he was sprung from the bench. Sean Meehan, Conor Feerick,Ben Corless, Fionn McTigue, Harry Fallon, Darragh Garvey and Ruadhan O Conaire completed the Davitts panel.

Well done to the whole squad and the team management of Lawrence Daly Jnr, Frank Kelly, Padraic Moran and Liam Nyland.

August 7, 2022

Senior v Ballyhaunis match report

Davitts qualified for the Division 2 Senior league semi-final after a hard fought victory over Ballyhaunis in Ballindine on Saturday. With ten minutes of normal time left the visitors led by two points but Davitts shot six unanswered points in a powerful finish to claim the spoils.

Both sides adopted a cagey approach with a strong emphasis on the defensive side of the game. Ballyhaunis opened the scoring with a Conor Freeley point in the fourth minute. Diarmuid Phillips doubled the lead a minute later with a superb point from beyond the 45 metre line. Ronan McNamara pointed in the sixth minute for Davitts and six minutes later his midfield partner Fenton Kelly equalised the game with a fine point after a searing run. Niall Treacy became the first forward to get on the scoresheet with a sixteenth minute point for the homeside. The impressive Jason Coyne replied for Ballyhaunis two minutes later with a neat point. Jack Ronayne for Davitts and Jason Coyne exchanged points before  Shane Treacy shot the last score of the half, a 26th minute point, to leave Davitts ahead by 0-5 to 0-4 at halftime.

Ballyhaunis took a firm grip on the game in the third quarter. Their midfielder Kevin Byrne scored a fine point in the first minute of the second half and three quickfire Jason Coyne points between the 35th and 39th minutes put the visitors three points ahead and looking the likely winners. Davitts had other ideas though and a Jack Ronayne point in the 44th minute got them back on track. The excellent Niall Treacy shot a tidy point in the 51st minute and Evan Ronane squared the match a minute later with a fine long range point. It was all Davitts now and they tagged on points from Jack Ronayne, Jack Trench and Niall Treacy to finish the game off in style.

Davitts displayed an excellent workrate throughout the field and this was a real team effort with Niall Treacy giving a man of the match display.

Ballyhaunis best players were John Cunnane, Diarmuid Phillips, Kieran Kiely, Kevin Byrne, Jason Coyne and Cathal Carney.

Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Micheal Hett, Charlie Phillips, Jordan Flanagan, Dmitry Trench, Colm Boyle, Jack Trench (0-1), Ronan McNamara (0-1), Fenton Kelly (0-1), Johnno Clarke, Evan Ronane (0-1), Shane Treacy (0-1), Darragh McGale, Jack Ronayne (0-4), Niall Treacy (0-3). Subs used: Danny Corless, Brian Og McTigue.

Ballyhaunis: Neil Carney, Conor Freeley (0-1), John Cunnane, Liam Herr, Brian Hunt, Mark Phillips, Diarmuid Phillips (0-1), Kieran Kiely, Kevin Byrne (0-1), James Lyons, Jason Coyne (0-5), Barry Cribbin, Cathal Carney, Aidan Sloyan, Morgan Lyons. Subs used: Daniel Murray, Joshua Webb.

August 4, 2022

South Mayo Junior semi-final replay match report

Davitts 2-8  Garrymore 3-7

This replay of the South Mayo Junior Championship semi-final was just as close a battle as the drawn game but Garrymore just edged it by two points to advance to the A final against Claremorris. Davitts will play The Neale in the B final.

Garrymore scored the first point in the 2nd minute but this was matched by Brian Og McTigue, Davitts dynamic corner back, two minutes later. Garrymore, wind assisted, were enjoying a lot of possession but found the going tough against a very youthful Davitts defence. Indeed, both sets of defenders were on top in the opening period. Garrymore added points in the 6th, 13th and 16th minutes and when they goaled in the 21st minute and added another point three minutes later, things looked very bad for the homeside. Davitts did rally however and a Darragh McGale goal in the 29th minute after excellent work by Jordan Flanagan, Johnno Clarke and Ryan McLoughlin, left four points separating the sides at the break.

Davitts were right back in the game in the 33rd minute when a great move involving Davy Hennessy, Jack Trench and Darragh McGale was finished to the net by Johnno Clarke. The same player equalised the game with a 55th minute point and Richie Kilkenny pointed a minute later, after another sweeping move, to put Davitts ahead for the first time in the game. Garrymore shot a levelling point in the 36th minute but Richie Kilkenny and Darragh McGale fired over in the 40th and 41st minutes as Davitts went two points ahead. Garrymore goaled in the 46th minute when a long delivery wasn’t dealt with and this score saw the visitors regain the initiative. They pointed again in the 47th minute and a third goal two minutes later saw them take a five point lead into the closing ten minutes. Darragh McGale shot Davitts points in the 52nd, 54th and 56th minutes to narrow the deficit to two points but Garrymore hung on as the exchanges were getting more heated.

This was a well contested match with the large attendance entertained right up to the final whistle. Davitts had top class displays from Brian Og McTigue, Jordan Flanagan, Fionnan Gallagher, Micheal Hett, Sean Feerick, Johnno Clarke, Davy Hennessy, Darragh McGale and sub Richie Kilkenny.

Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Brian Og McTigue (0-1), Lawrence Daly, Jordan Flanagan, Fionnan Gallagher, Micheal Hett, Sean Feerick, Shane Mitchell, Charlie Phillips, Jack Trench, Johnno Clarke (1-1), Tom Corless, Davy Hennessy, Darragh McGale (1-4), Ryan McLoughlin. Subs used: Richie Kilkenny (0-2), Danny Corless, Brian Birmingham, John Costello.

August 2, 2022

U-19 v Claremorris match report

Claremorris 2-14  Davitts 3-11

Davitts needed a win against Claremorris to qualify for the semi-final of the County U-19 A Championship and, after a very entertaining match, they came up just short with the sides ending up level at the final whistle.

Claremorris looked the better team in the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-4 at halftime. Dylan Gallagher (3) and Fenton Kelly were the Davitts scorers in the half. Things could have been worse for Davitts were it not for some excellent goalkeeping by Tristan Diskin.

Fenton Kelly pointed in the first minute of the second half and Cathal Corless goaled in the 36th minute to tie the game. Claremorris replied quickly and had the ball in the Davitts net within a minute. Two Cathal Corless points were cancelled out by two similar Claremorris scores. Fenton Kelly narrowed the deficit to two points with a 48th minute point but Claremorris capitalised on a Davitts handling error two minutes later to fire home their second goal. They added a point 30 seconds later but a neat Jack Devane point kept Davitts in touch. Two Claremorris points in the 53rd and 54th minutes put them seven ahead and looking like the certain winners but Davitts were not finished yet.

A long ball into the Claremorris goalmouth was cleverly flicked by Cathal Corless to centre back Thomas Ronayne and he was hauled down by the Claremorris keeper, who was black carded. Cathal Corless converted the resulting penalty to narrow the lead to four points with five minutes normal time remaining. Dylan Gallagher and Fenton Kelly ensured a grandstand finish with points in the 56th and 59th minutes. Claremorris tagged on a point in the 60th minute but two minutes later, another long delivery by Conor McDermott into the danger area was flicked across the square by Cathal Corless to Jack Devane who gleefully finished to the net past a hapless Claremorris keeper to level the match. Davitts were hoping for one last play but the ref blew the final whistle after the kick out.

Both teams played some great football in the tricky conditions. Claremorris are a good strong side and will take some beating in this competition. Davitts slip up in the opening round, losing to Castlebar Mitchels when they really should have won, came back to haunt them. They are a fine side though with some excellent football players.

Tristan Diskin had a great game in goals. Micheal Hett and Thomas Ronayne were solid central figures in a defence where Brian Birmingham, Mark Birmingham, Brian Og McTigue and Fionnan Gallagher all had their moments. Sean Keadin, Ethan Boyle and Aaron Trench did well when they were introduced in the second half. Fenton Kelly (0-4) was very good at midfield, producing an energetic display and giving an exhibition of high fielding. He got great support from young Burke Briere, a rapidly improving player. Cathal Corless (2-2), Dylan Gallagher (0-4) though obviously carrying an injury, and Jack Devane (1-1) showed their undoubted class. Conor McDermott covered every blade of grass over the hour with Fionn McLoughlin and Davey Hennessy also working tirelessly throughout the game. Injury deprived Davitts of the services of Jack Melvin.


August 1, 2022

Senior v Kilcommon match report

Kilcommon 1-10  Davitts 2-14

Davitts made the long trip to Glenamoy on Sunday and came away with the two Senior League Div 2B points to secure second place in the League table and a home draw in the Quarter Final.

Davitts were playing against the wind in the first half and, after dominating for the entire half, led by 0-7 to 0-2 at halftime. The first half point scorers were Cathal Corless, Jack Ronayne, Shane Treacy, Fenton Kelly (2) and Niall Treacy (2).

Kilcommon came out fired up for the second half and they shot the first two points of the second period before Jack Ronayne replied for the visitors. Kilcommon gave their supporters some hope with a goal in the 40th minute. This hope was short lived however as Davitts goaled  two minutes later, Niall Treacy supplying the finish after great work by Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara and Jack Ronayne.

Two points for the homeside in the 45th and 46th minutes left Davitts in front by two points. Davitts were going through a sloppy phase and a red card for Ronan McNamara in the 48th minute as the proceedings heated up only seemed to fire up his Davitts teammates who upped the ante straight away. A second Davitts goal, brilliantly finished by Fenton Kelly in the 50th minute, after Evan Ronane and Niall Treacy ripped open the home defence, killed off the Kilcommon challenge. The home team did shoot three more points before the end of the game but Davitts tagged on five via Shane Treacy (2), Jack Ronayne (2) and Evan Ronane to end up victorious by a seven points margin.

Outstanding for Davitts were Jordan Flanagan, Dmitry Trench, Jack Trench, Johnno Clarke, Fenton Kelly, Shane and Niall Treacy, Jack Ronayne and Evan Ronane.

Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Micheal Hett, Jordan Flanagan, Brian Og McTigue, Dmitry Trench, Cathal Higgins, Jack Trench, Fenton Kelly (1-2), Johnno Clarke, Cathal Corless (0-1), Jack Ronayne (0-4), Shane Treacy (0-3), Niall Treacy (1-3), Evan Ronane (0-1), Danny Corless. Subs used: Keith Prendergast, Tom Corless, Thomas Ronayne, John Kilkenny, Fionnan Gallagher.

July 23, 2022

Senior v Islandeady match report

Davitts 0-12  Islandeady 1-7

Davitts hosted Islandeady in Div 2B of the Senior League on Saturday evening and two late points from Niall Treacy and Johnno Clarke secured the win for the home side after a tough battle. The greasy conditions and made it difficult to play good football and while the quality of play wasn’t top class, you couldn’t question the commitment displayed by both teams.

Islandeady opened the scoring with a second minute point. Niall Treacy, who had a terrific game throughout, equalised in the 7th minute and Fenton Kelly put Davitts ahead with a superb point in the tenth minute after great work by Evan Ronane.  An Islandeady point in the 13th minute was matched by Evan Ronane a minute later with Niall Treacy extending Davitts lead to two points in the 15th minute. In the 20th minute, a long delivery into the Davitts goalmouth was not dealt with by the defenders and the ball ended up in the net for the only goal of the game and put Islandeady into the lead. Jack Ronayne shot an excellent equaliser in the 26th minute and Cathal Corless completed the first half scoring with another fine point two minutes later to leave Davitts ahead, 0-6 to 1-2 at the break.

Cathal Corless pointed in the 31st minute but Islandeady points in the 32nd and 35th minutes levelled the game. Shane Treacy put Davitts in front again with a 43rd point and Niall Treacy extended the lead to two points with a quality score two minutes later. Two points by the visitors in the 47th and 50th minutes saw the sides level again. A 52nd minute Shane Treacy point was cancelled out two minutes later. With the sides level and time running out, Niall Treacy pointed in the 60th minute and substitute Johnno Clarke fired over in the fourth minute of injury time to see his side claim the two league points.

Micheal Hett, Cathal Higgins, Charlie Phillips, Colm Boyle, Cathal Corless, Shane Treacy, Evan Ronane and Niall Treacy were very impressive for Davitts in this game.

Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Micheal Hett, Cathal Higgins, Charlie Phillips, Aidan Macken, Colm Boyle, Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara, Fenton Kelly (0-1), Cathal Corless (0-2), Jack Ronayne (0-1), Shane Treacy (0-2), Evan Ronane (0-1), Darragh McGale, Niall Treacy (0-4). Sub used: Johnno Clarke (0-1).

July 22, 2022

South Mayo Junior semi-final match report

Garrymore 1-11  Davitts 1-11

This South Mayo Junior Championship semi-final kept the large attendance in Garrymore engrossed right up to the final whistle and, after a titanic struggle, both sides would have been happy with the draw.

Davitts got off to a good start with a fine point by Aidan Macken in the first minute. The next score didn’t come until the tenth minute, a scrambled Garrymore goal, with the Davitts goalkeeper David Mitchell getting injured in the process. Mitchell had to be replaced by John Kilkenny who proved to be a capable replacement for the rest of the game. Garrymore extended their lead with a 14th minute point but two excellent points from Darragh McGale and Johnno Clarke in the next three minutes narrowed the deficit to the minimum before Davitts captain Danny Corless goaled, finishing off a superb move involving Brian Clarke, Liam Kearns and Ryan McLoughlin, to put his side ahead.

A Garrymore point in the 22nd minute was matched by Brian Clarke two minutes later. Garrymore pointed in the 25th and 32nd minutes with Johnno Clarke and Cathal Corless doing likewise for Davitts, to leave the visitors ahead by 1-6 to 1-4 at half time. Davitts had missed a penalty late in that first half after Ryan McLoughlin’s kick was saved by the Garrymore keeper.

Garrymore opened the second half scoring, pointing after three minutes with Cathal Corless replying for Davitts in the 35th minute. Garrymore then assumed full control of the game and they reeled off six unanswered points between the 38th and 50th minutes to take a four point lead into the final ten minutes of the game. Davitts managed to regain their composure though and two points from Cathal Corless and one from Johnno Clarke left just one point between the teams as the finishing post loomed. Micheal Hett, Davitts enterprising corner back, proved to be his side’s hero with a fine point in the last minute, intercepting a ball 20 metres from the Garrymore goals and punching over the bar to tie the game.

Davitts had great performances from Micheal Hett, Charlie Phillips, Liam Macken, Aidan Macken, Johnno Clarke, Brian Clarke, Darragh McGale, Danny Corless and Cathal Corless.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Micheal Hett (0-1), Charlie Phillips, Jordan Flanagan, Liam Macken, Donie Ronayne, Brian Og McTigue, Shane Mitchell, Aidan Macken (0-1), Johnno Clarke (0-3), Liam Kearns, Brian Clarke (0-1), Ryan McLoughlin, Darragh McGale (0-1), Danny Corless (1-0). Subs used: John Kilkenny, Cathal Corless (0-4), Tom Corless, Richie Kilkenny, Sean Feerick.




July 17, 2022

Senior v Belmullet match report

Belmullet 2-12   Davitts 0-8

Davitts unbeaten run in Div 2B of the Senior League came to an end in Belmullet on Saturday evening as the home side extended their winning league run. Belmullet, last year’s beaten County finalists, looked impressive at times but Davitts, despite having plenty of possession, lacked the penetration in attack to trouble them.

Belmullet opened the scoring with a point in the first minute but Jack Ronayne cancelled this out two minutes later. Belmullet shot two more points in the 13th and 17th minutes. They capitalised on two poor defensive errors to goal in the 18th and 21st minutes to put Davitts in real trouble. Two Jack Ronayne points narrowed the gap but first half injury time points from Belmullet saw them lead by 2-5 to 0-3 at the break.

After Belmullet opened the second half scoring with a 33rd minute point, Davitts held them scoreless for the next fourteen minutes, scoring two points themselves through Cathal Hennelly and Shane Treacy but failed to put away a number of goal chances. Belmullet pointed in the 47th and 50th minutes to extend their lead to nine points. Davitts were trying everything they could to break down a resolute home defence but couldn’t get the goal they needed to get into the game. Shane Treacy and Jack Ronayne scored two points for the visitors before the end but the home side tagged on three to cruise to a comfortable win.

Davitts will want to forget this game after a very flat performance. Aidan Macken impressed at wing back with good performances from Cathal Higgins, Thomas Ronayne and Shane Treacy in defence. There was no shortage of effort in the Davitts attack but they found it hard to make progress against a well organised home defence.

Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Brian Og McTigue, Cathal Higgins, Thomas Ronayne, Shane Treacy (0-2), Donie Ronayne, Aidan Macken, Johnno Clarke, Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Cathal Corless, Jack Ronayne (0-4), Fenton Kelly, Evan Ronane (0-1), Jack Melvin, Niall Treacy. Subs used: Liam Kearns, Ronan McNamara, Charlie Phillips, Darragh McGale, Liam Macken.

July 13, 2022

Cul Camp reminder

Cul Camp is in Ballindine next week, starting on Monday July 18th. There are still some places available but remember, registration closes at 12pm on Friday so make sure and get registered before then…

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