Juniors v Crossmolina – Match Report
Davitts Junior team bowed out of the County B Championship in heart-breaking fashion when a last minute goal for Crossmolina saw them snatch a Semi-Final spot with a 1-10 to 1-9 win. The game was played in very difficult climatic conditions but both teams served up a very exciting contest. Crossmolina will now play Claremorris in the Semi-Final.
Davitts led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break with Liam Noone (2), Dara O Flaharta, Richie Kilkenny and Clive Hennigan the pointscorers. Dara O Flaharta grabbed the goal in the 26th minute when he collected a Clive Hennigan flick on from Shane Mitchell’s long delivery and gave the Crossmolina keeper no chance with a low drive to the corner.
Liam Noone extended Davitts lead to four points in the fifth minute of the second half but Crossmolina hit back with four unanswered scores to level the game going into the final quarter. Tommy Clarke and Ryan McLoughlin pointed for Davitts and Crossmolina fired over one of their own with six minutes left on the clock. Richie Kilkenny scored a neat point in the 27th minute of the half to put Davitts two ahead again but Crossmolina, showing admirable determination, stuck to their task and were rewarded with a last minute goal.
Davitts, so unlucky to lose, had terrific performances from Dave Mitchell, Frankie Barrett, Tom Corless, Aidan Macken, Shane Mitchell, Tommy Clarke, Dara O Flaharta and Richie Kilkenny.
Davitts: Dave Mitchell, Tom Corless, Frankie Barrett, Cathal Moran, Jordan Flanagan, Aidan Macken, John Macken, Shane Mitchell, Liam Macken, Ryan McLoughlin (0-1), Liam Noone (0-3), Tommy Clarke (0-1), Dara O Flaharta (1-1), Clive Hennigan (0-1), Richie Kilkenny (0-2). Subs used: Colm Roche, Johnno Clarke, Dean Moran.