Davitts v Kilmaine – South Mayo Junior Championship – Match Report
Davitts hosted Kilmaine in the South Mayo Junior C’ship, in a game played in atrocious weather conditions on Wednesday evening, with the visitors prevailing on a 2-13 to 1-8 scoreline. The sides were well matched for most of the game but a late scoring burst from Kilmaine yielding 1-3 put paid to the Davitts challenge.
Davitts had led by 1-5 to 1-4 at the break with Tommy Clarke (1-2) and Liam Kearns (0-3) the marksmen as the wet and windy conditions made it difficult to play constructive football.
Points from Niall Kearns and Tommy Clarke saw Davitts stretch their lead to 1-8 to 1-6 after ten minutes of the second half. Kilmaine dominated the remainder of the game and four unanswered points put them two ahead with twelve minutes remaining. Davitts strung together some promising moves, one of which ended with Liam Kearns shot for goal being well saved by the Kilmaine keeper, but the visitor’s defence remained solid. Kilmaine closed the game out well in the deteriorating conditions.
The result means that Kilmaine top the group with Davitts joining them in the Semi-finals of the competition.
Best for Davitts in this game were Cian Naughton, Kevin Gallagher (up to his retiral through injury), Brian Clarke, Daniel Huane and Tommy Clarke.
Davitts: Cian Naughton, Gerard McWalter, Kevin Gallagher, Martin Cosgrove, John Costello, James Cummins, Sean Waldron, Shane Mitchell, Brian Clarke, Liam Kearns (0-4), Daniel Huane, Niall Kearns (0-1), Tommy Clarke (1-3). Subs used: William Freeley, Clive Hennigan, Shane Treacy.