Juniors v Garrymore – Match Report
Davitts and Garrymore will have to meet again in the South Mayo Junior Championship after they played out a 1-7 apiece draw in the Semi-Final played in Garrymore on Wednesday evening. Garrymore were the better team in the first half as they dominated the exchanges against a very lethargic Davitts side. They led by 0-5 to 0-2 at half time as Davitts struggled in most sectors of the field. Liam Noone and William Freeley shot the two Davitts first half points.
Gerald Griffin narrowed the gap to two early in the second half but some sloppy defending resulting in the conversion of a penalty for the homeside left six points between the teams, with twenty minutes remaining. This score stung Davitts into action with players like Patrick Keadin, Donal Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Martin Cosgrove, Shane Treacy, Gerald Griffin, Liam Noone and Shane Mitchell leading the charge. Points from Liam Noone, Gerald Griffin and Shane Mitchell narrowed the gap to two points before Gerald Griffin flicked Martin Cosgrove’s long delivery to the Garrymore net to put Davitts in front for the first time in the game. It was Garrymore’s turn to show their character now and they did, scoring two points to regain the lead, but Liam Noone scored the equalizer as time ran out.
A draw was probably the fairest result as Claremorris await the winners of the replay in the Final.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Patrick Keadin, John Costello, Lawrence Daly, JP Kirrane, Brian Clarke, Martin Cosgrove, William Freeley (0-1), Sean Waldron, Shane Treacy, Padraig Mangan, Seamus Roche, Liam Noone (0-3), Gerald Griffin (1-2), Tommy Clarke. Subs used: Shane Mitchell (0-1), Donal Ronayne.