Ballindine, Co. Mayo


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.

August 20, 2023

Intermediate C’ship v Parke KC match report

Davitts 1-11  Parke Keelogues Crimlin 1-13

A storming last twenty five minute display from a never say die PKC side saw them overturn an eight point deficit to earn the two group points in this first round of the Mayo Intermediate Championship played in Ballindine on Saturday evening. Davitts, leading by 0-7 to 0-4 at halftime, had added a goal and two points to their tally in the first five minutes of the second half and appeared to be cruising but they completely took their foot off the pedal and the visitors took advantage, chipping away at the lead as the momentum swung around dramatically. PKC scored some splendid points in the second half and will be delighted with the win while Davitts will have to dust themselves down and prepare for a tough battle away to Bonniconlon in two weeks time.

Dylan Gallagher opened the scoring with a 2nd minute point which was cancelled out by Sean Sweeney two minutes later. In the eighth minute Davitts strung together a superb move involving Liam Kearns, Colm Boyle, Jack Melvin and Niall Treacy whose goal attempt was superbly saved by Conor McDonnell the PKC keeper. Fenton Kelly pointed the resultant 45 to put Davitts ahead. Cian Donohue shot an equaliser for PKC in the 14th minute but two points from Fenton Kelly and Colm Boyle in the 15th and 16th minutes put Davitts two clear. PKC instantly replied with two well taken points from Sean Sweeney and Darragh Reilly to tie the game again. Davitts got on top and although they spurned a couple of great goal chances, they scored three good points via Darragh McGale and Niall Treacy (2) to lead by three at the break.

Davitts got off to a flying start to the second half albeit with a huge slice of luck. A Jack Melvin effort for a point in the 3rd minute dropped short but the PKC keeper was adjudged to have caught the ball over the goal line and Davitts were awarded the three pointer. A rattled PKC side were hit with two points in the next minute from Niall Treacy and Dylan Gallagher to put the home side ahead by eight. Very few in the large attendance could envisage what was going to happen in the next twenty five minutes. PKC had points from Cian Donohue, Darragh Reilly, Ronan Reilly, Ronan Carolan, Simran Singh and Simon Cloherty between the 38th and 48th minutes to leave just two between the sides. Cathal Corless shot a classy point for Davitts in the 52nd minute but following an error in the Davitts defence, PKC were awarded a penalty a minute later which was hammered home by Darragh Reilly to level the game. Cathal Corless restored Davitts lead in the 56th minute but PKC equalised in the next minute with a fine Ronan Carolan score. Two superb injury time points by Simran Singh finally swung the game in PKC’s favour.

PKC had fine performances from Cian Lynch, Aaron McHale, Ronan Reilly, Darragh Reilly, Simran Singh and Ronan Carolan.

Best for Davitts were Jordan Flanagan, Cathal Corless, Fenton Kelly, Brian Og McTigue, Dylan Gallagher, Niall Treacy and Colm Boyle.

PKC: Conor McDonnell, Mark Walsh, Paul Moran, Aaron Moran, Cian Lynch, Aaron McHale, Cian McHale, Jack Doocey, Ronan Reilly (0-1), Darragh Reilly (1-2), Cathal Keaveney, Sean Sweeney (0-2), Simran Singh (0-3), Ronan Carolan (0-2), Cian Donohue (0-2). Subs: Simon Cloherty (0-1)

Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Micheal Hett, Cathal Corless (0-2), Thomas Ronayne, Fenton Kelly (0-2), Jack Melvin (1-0), Brian Og McTigue, Liam Kearns, Shane Treacy, Colm Boyle (0-1), Niall Treacy (0-3), Dylan Gallagher (0-2). Subs: Darragh McGale (0-1), Mark Ronayne, Charlie Phillips.

Referee: Frank Flynn (Aghamore).

August 8, 2023

Family Fun Day

Davitts GAA will host a Family Fun day on Sunday August 13th from 12pm – 3pm. It promises to be a great day out for our younger members, and possibly the not so young! 

There is no entry charge.
Children please bring their own bottle of water.
Face painting by Fierce Fun Face (€2).
Bouncy castles for U-6, U-9 and U-12s.
Sensory area.
Penalty shootout.
Party bags.
Tea/coffee & biscuits.
Potato and spoon races.
Obstacle course.
Throw the Welly.
Run and scream races.
Ice cream van (not free).
August 1, 2023

Minor B C’ship semi-final v Balla match report

Davitts 0-16  Balla 2-12

Balla qualified for the County Minor B final after defeating Davitts by two points following an epic semi-final encounter in Ballindine on Tuesday evening. Two well taken goals, one in either half, proved to be the difference between the sides.

Davitts settled well and pointed twice in the opening two minutes through Dylan Gallagher and Mark Birmingham. Balla opened their account with a 4th minute point but three more Davitts points from Fionn McLoughlin, Ciaran Treacy and Dylan Gallagher put them four ahead after twelve minutes. Balla scored another point in the fifteenth minute but points from Dylan Gallagher and Fionn McLoughlin extended Davitts lead to five but a 23rd minute Balla point and a well taken goal less than a minute later narrowed the gap to the minimum. Ronan Kelly pointed in the 27th minute for Davitts with Balla replying with a similar score just before the half time whistle to leave Davitts ahead by 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.

The outstanding Dylan Gallagher opened the second half scoring with a magnificent point in the first minute but three Balla points in the next five minutes tied the game. Dylan Gallagher shot three fine points in the next ten minutes and so did Balla as the game entered the final quarter. A second Balla goal in the 47th minute gave them the lead for the first time in the game. Dylan Gallagher pulled a point back for Davitts in the 49th minute and the home side thought they had regained the lead when Aaron CB’s fisted pass across the goal was deemed to have crossed the goal line without a touch, a questionable decision, and the goal was disallowed. Balla pointed in the 50th minute and Tadhg Feerick had a similar score for Davitts in the 54th minute. Balla, now looking threatening every time they attacked, fired over another point in the 55th minute. Dylan Gallagher scored another brilliant point for the homeside in the 58th minute. The last score of the game went to Balla, a 59th minute point, as they secured their place in next week’s final.

This Davitts team, while disappointed at losing, have given their supporters some great moments throughout the season and can hold their heads high. The whole team fought to the final whistle with Sean Keadin, Tadhg Feerick, Ethan Boyle, Noah O Brien, Mark Birmingham, Fionn McLoughlin, the excellent Conor McDermott, Ciaran Treacy and Dylan Gallagher the stand out players on this occasion. We wish the best of luck to Balla in the final.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Sean Meehan, Sean Clarke, Sean Keadin, Aaron Trench, Tadhg Feerick (0-1), Ethan Boyle, Burke Briere, Mark Birmingham (0-1), Brian Corless, Fionn McLoughlin (0-2), Ronan Kelly (0-1), Conor McDermott, Dylan Gallagher (0-9), Ciaran Treacy (0-2). Subs used: Noah O Brien, Aaron CB, Dylan Gormally.

July 25, 2023

Minor B C’ship v Hollymount Carramore match report

Davitts 5-8  Hollymount Carramore 1-7

Davitts made it three wins from three in the Minor B Championship on Tuesday evening when they defeated an understrength Hollycarra outfit in Garrymore. Davitts have topped group 1 and will play the runners-up from group 2, Balla, in next week’s semi-final in Ballindine.

Hollycarra opened the scoring with a third minute point but Dylan Gallagher hammered home a Davitts goal two minutes later after great work from the impressive Ethan Boyle and Mark Birmingham. Dylan Gallagher (2) and Fionn McTigue fired over Davitts points but a 10th minute point and a goal scored a minute later by Hollycarra left the minimum between the sides.

Davitts took a firm grip on proceedings for the remainder of the half. Dylan O Brien, Ronan Kelly and Ethan Boyle pointed in the next ten minutes and in the 24th minute Davitts centre back Conor McDermott goaled after a searing run through the Hollycarra defence. Mark Birmingham added a point in the 27th minute with Hollycarra pulling two points back in the 29th and 30th minutes. The last score of the half was another Davitts goal with Fionn McLoughlin spectacularly volleying home a lovely Dylan Gallagher pass to leave Davitts ahead by 3-7 to 1-4 at the break.

Fionn McLoughlin started the second half with another brilliant goal this time cleverly flicking the ball to the net after some neat play by Conor McDermott and Ciaran Treacy. Hollycarra pointed in the 35th and 37th minutes but Davitts captain Dylan Gallagher scored another spectacular goal in the 40th minute, firing home an unstoppable drive from twenty metres with Mark Birmingham supplying the assist. The game fizzled out with just two more points, one for each side, before referee Eamon McAndrew’s final whistle, with Brian Corless getting the Davitts score.

Davitts had fine performances from Tadhg Feerick, Sean Keadin, Conor McDermott, Ethan Boyle, Mark Birmingham, Fionn McLoughlin and Dylan Gallagher.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien (0-1), Tadhg Feerick, Sean Keadin, Aaron Trench, Conor McDermott (1-0), Ethan Boyle (0-1), Mark Birmingham (0-1), Burke Briere, Ronan Kelly (0-1), Fionn McLoughlin (2-0), Fionn McTigue (0-1), Dylan Gallagher (2-2), Ciaran Treacy. Subs: Noah O Brien, Aaron CB, Brian Corless (0-1), Dylan Gormally, Sean Meehan, Ben Corless, Darragh Garvey, Sean Clarke, Ronan Hett.

July 25, 2023

U-14 E Shield final v Westport match report

Westport B 7-7  Davitts 2-17

Westport’s ability to find the back of the net proved the difference between two well matched teams in the U-16 E Championship Shield final played in Mayo Abbey on Monday evening.

Aaron O Dea, hugely influential at midfield for Davitts, put his side ahead with a first minute point. Westport, assisted by the strong breeze, equalised a minute later but Davitts points from Aaron O Dea and Odhran O Connaire put them two up before Westport notched their first goal in the 8th minute to take the lead.  Westport added a point in the next minute but Davitts points from Blake Bradley and Niall McDermott tied the game. Westport fired home their second goal in the 12th minute and followed that with two more goals and three points before the 20th minute as they threatened to run riot. The Davitts lads, displaying great character, dug in and an Aaron O Dea point in the 22nd minute, was followed by a Niall McDermott goal, finished to the net soccer style, after a Cormac Devane goal effort was parried by the Westport keeper. The Westport keeper was vigilant on a number of occasions denying Davitts while Adam Sheridan pulled off a couple of fine saves in the Davitts goals too as the chances were piling up for both sides. Aaron O Dea pointed in the 24th minute to narrow the deficit to seven but Westport shot a 26th minute point and a 27th minute goal to go eleven points clear with half time beckoning. Davitts fought back again and Adam Rattigan goaled, flicking Tadhg Kirrane’s pass to the net and Tadhg Kirrane pointed in the last two minutes of the half to leave Westport ahead by 5-6 to 2-8 at the break.

Davitts needed a good start to the second half but a Westport goal in the 32nd minute was a real sucker punch. Davitts played their best football in the next twenty minutes and points from Aaron O Dea, Adam Rattigan, Cormac Devane and three from Blake Bradley left four points between the teams with ten minutes remaining. Westport lifted the siege with a 51st minute point but Davitts points from Aaron O Dea and Malachy Devane in the 56th and 57th minutes left three between the sides with three minutes remaining. The overworked Westport defence withstood some severe pressure in this period but it was the West Mayo lads that had the final say with a breakaway goal in the last minute to win a very entertaining match by a flattering six points.

The Davitts players can hold their heads high after a battling performance. They played some great football over the hour. The defence were up against a slick Westport attack that punished some errors clinically. Cathal Cummins had a great game at corner back as had Odhran O Connaire (0-2) at number six and Tom Roche.  Sean Burke, Jack Brogan and Pearse Diskin battled hard until the final whistle. Aaron O Dea (0-6) had an excellent game with Malachy Devane (0-1) giving him great support at midfield. All of the forwards got on the scoresheet and they displayed a fine workrate and plenty of skill. Cormac Devane (0-1), Blake Bradley (0-4), Niall McDermott (1-1), Tadhg Kirrane (0-1) and Adam Rattigan (1-1) all worked tirelessly throughout the game.

Thanks to the management of Gabriel Devane, Dave McDonagh and Niall Roche who put in a huge effort with this team over the year.

July 19, 2023

Minor B C’ship v Breaffy match report

Breaffy 0-11  Davitts 3-17

Davitts travelled to Breaffy on Tuesday evening for the second round of the Minor B Championship and they maintained their 100% record with an impressive win. A tigerish defence, kept on their toes by keeper Dylan O Brien, a strong midfield performance from the very influential Mark Birmingham and Burke Briere and an attacking masterclass from Dylan Gallagher and Ciaran Treacy, who scored 2-11 between them, had the homeside chasing the game from the off.

Davitts had five points on the board through Ciaran Treacy, Mark Birmingham and Dylan Gallagher (3) before Breaffy got off the mark in the 13th minute. A Fionn McTigue point in the 14th minute, a well taken Ciaran Treacy goal in the 17th minute and another Mark Birmingham point two minutes later extended Davitts lead to nine points after twenty minutes. In the last ten minutes of the half, Breaffy scored four points but Davitts inspirational captain Dylan Gallagher fired over three points and crashed home a superb goal, after great work by Conor McDermott and Mark Birmingham, on the stroke of half time, to give his side a 2-10 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Dylan Gallagher and Ronan Kelly extended Davitts lead with points in the first five minutes of the second period. Breaffy replied with a 40th minute point but points from Ciaran Treacy and Dylan Gallagher and a Dylan Gormally goal, after nice combination play involving himself and fellow subs Cillian Kearns and Aaron CB, ended any chance of a home side comeback. Breaffy pointed in the 52nd minute and this was followed by Davitts points from Aaron CB and marauding full back Sean Keadin. Breaffy kept plugging away and they finished the game with four unanswered points in the last five minutes.

All of the Davitts players from one to fifteen were on top of their games, with the five subs doing well too when they were introduced. Their teamwork was impressive on a night when not a lot went right for the Breaffy lads.

Davitts: Dylan O Brien, Noah O Brien, Sean Clarke, Sean Keadin (0-1), Aaron Trench, Tadhg Feerick, Ethan Boyle, Burke Briere, Mark Birmingham (0-2), Brian Corless, Ronan Kelly (0-1), Fionn McTigue (0-1), Conor McDermott, Dylan Gallagher (1-8), Ciaran Treacy (1-3). Subs used: Ben Corless, Aaron Conneely Basham (0-1), Dylan Gormally (1-0), Cillian Kearns, Darragh Garvey.

July 18, 2023

U-14 E Shield v Erris St. Pats match report

Davitts 6-15  Erris St. Pats 4-8

Davitts proved too strong for Erris St. Pats in the U-14 E Shield semi-final played in Ballindine on Monday evening. A very strong second half display by the homeside saw them advance to the final after a very well contested first half.

Davitts, with Malachy Devane and Aaron O Dea playing superbly at midfield and getting good support from Tom Roche and Shaun Burke, led by three points at halftime, 3-7 to 3-4. Blake Bradley, a threat throughout, shot two of the goals with Malachy Devane firing home the third. Points from Blake Bradley, Malachy Devane, Adam Rattigan (3), Odhran O Connaire and Aaron O Dea completed Davitts first half total.

An early second half goal finished by the crafty Tadhg Kirrane put Davitts six ahead but the Erris lads replied with a goal and a point in the 32nd and 33rd minutes. Davitts driven on by the excellent Aaron O Dea and Odhran O Connaire now began to get on top. They shot points through Adam Rattigan, Odhran O Connaire, Aaron O Dea and a second Tadhg Kirrane goal to go eight points up with the game entering the final quarter. Three points in the 45th, 47th and 48th minutes from the battling Erris lads cut the deficit to five but Davitts finished the game really well. The very accurate Adam Rattigan scored two more points, Odhran O Connaire fired over a classy long range effort and Aaron O Dea shot a goal and two points as Davitts advanced to the final where they will play Westport B.

Davitts: Adam Sheridan, Cathal Cummins, Jack Brogan, Tom Burke, Odhran O Connaire (0-3), Shaun Burke, Malachy Devane (1-1), Aaron O Dea (1-4), Cormac Devane, Blake Bradley (2-1), Daniel Connelly, Niall McDermott, Adam Rattigan (0-6). Subs used: Tadhg Kirrane (2-0), Julen Dufour, Carraig Kilkenny.

July 16, 2023

Senior League Div 1 relegation play-off v PKC match report

Parke Keelogues Crimlin 1-10  Davitts 0-7

PKC retained their Senior Division 1 league status for next season with a six point victory over Davitts in the relegation play-off played in Parke on Saturday evening. The wet and windy conditions meant that good football was at a premium but the home side were fully deserving of their win and they will be full of confidence when the two sides face off in four weeks in the first round of the Intermediate Championship.

PKC almost got off to a dream start but were denied what looked like a certain goal, by a superb Ronan McNamara save in the second minute. Shane Treacy opened the scoring after five minutes with a point but the wind assisted home side took the game by the scruff of the neck and they shot six unanswered points in the next sixteen minutes. Davitts cause was not helped when star forward Niall Treacy hobbled off with a hamstring injury early in the half and wing back Brian Og McTigue also had to be helped off before the end of the first period. Two fine points from Davitts Dylan Gallagher in the 23rd and 25th minutes narrowed the deficit to three but the locals pointed again in the 27th minute and added another in the fifth minute of injury time to lead by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break.

PKC should have goaled in the second minute after the restart but the final shot was poor after a lightening break upfield. Dylan Gallagher opened the second half scoring with a 3rd minute point for Davitts but PKC cancelled this out with another smart point a minute later. The homeside put themselves firmly in the driving seat in the 37th minute when referee Christopher Burke awarded them a penalty after one of their players was fouled inside the very large square. The resultant spot kick was despatched and they were now eight points ahead. Davitts fought back but were finding it hard to make progress against the impressive PKC defensive set-up. Shane Treacy shot two long range points in the 38th and 39th minutes and second half substitute Cathal Corless, making a welcome comeback from a long term injury, fired over another in the 43rd minute. Davitts were trying to manufacture a goal but their best efforts were being repeatedly thwarted. A 51st minute point for the homeside was the only score of the final quarter of the game.

Ronan McNamara, impressing in his new role in goals, Sean Keadin, Jordan Flanagan, Liam Macken, Shane Treacy, Dylan Gallagher and Brian Birmingham battled well for Davitts who, while disappointed at losing the game, will be more worried by a lengthening injury list with the Championship just weeks away. A massive improvement will be needed to have any chance against this very impressive PKC team.

Davitts: Ronan McNamara, Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Sean Keadin, Mark Birmingham, Thomas Ronayne, Brian Og McTigue, Jack Melvin, Liam Macken, Shane Treacy (0-3), Liam Kearns, Sean Feerick, Niall Treacy, Darragh McGale, Dylan Gallagher (0-3). Subs used: Davey Hennessy, Brian Birmingham, Cathal Corless (0-1), Kieran Fahy, Tom Corless, Tristan Diskin.

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