Juniors v Belmullet – Match Report
Belmullet 1-8 to | Davitts 0-10
Davitts Junior Team made the long trek to Belmullet on Friday evening and went away disappointed after a 1-8 to 0-10 defeat in the County B Championship. The two sides were very evenly matched but the standard of reffing left a lot to be desired. Both Belmullet and Davitts were left scratching their heads with many of his decisions but in the end it won’t bother the winners as they gained the two valuable points.
There was little to separate the teams from the word go but a Belmullet goal, fifteen minutes into the game, after some very hesitant defending by Davitts, proved to be the crucial score. They led by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break with JP Kirrane, Clive Hennigan, Liam Noone (2) and Darren Connolly (2) the Davitts scorers. Indeed Connolly was proving a real thorn for the homeside and was repeatedly fouled when he got the ball (some of them punished by the awarding of a free).
In the second half the two committed teams fought hard in the greasy conditions but both teams were reduced to thirteen players by the end with the card happy ref becoming the most influential figure on the field.
Davitts had points from Johnno Clarke, William Freeley and Darren Connolly (2) but Belmullet held on in the frantic closing minutes to claim victory.
Best for Davitts were Brian Clarke, John Costello, Michael Ronayne, William Freeley, Darren Connolly, Shane Treacy and Frankie Barrett.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Brian Clarke, John Costello, Lawrence Daly, Michael Mangan, Michael Ronayne, James Cummins, Sean Waldron, William Freeley (0-1), JP Kirrane (0-1), Johnno Clarke (0-1), Liam Noone (0-2), Darren Connolly (0-4), Clive Hennigan (0-1), Shane Treacy. Subs used: Frankie Barrett, David McDonagh, Shane Mitchell, Patrick Keadin.