Juniors v Hollymount-Carramore: South Mayo Junior A Final – Match Report
Hollymount Carramore 1-13 Davitts 1-12
The South Mayo Junior A Final was played in Claremorris on Wednesday evening with Hollymount Carramore and Davitts serving up an entertaining match with the result in doubt right up until referee Martin Kennedy’s final whistle. It was the Hollycarra lads that came out on top by the minimum margin to claim the South title.
Hollycarra started well with points in the first and sixth minutes from Ian Costello and Matt Saunders. They had to wait until the twentieth minute for their next score, a super point from Ian Costello, with Davitts racking up six unanswered points in between courtesy of Tom Corless, Liam Noone (2), Aidan McTigue (2) and wing back Brian Clarke.
The excellent Damian Kelly fired over two points in the 21st and 22nd minutes before Hollycarra captain Dermot Costello pounced on a mistake by Davitts keeper Adrian McNamara to a crucial goal one minute later. Matt Saunders (2) and Ian Costello pointed before the interval to leave Hollycarra ahead, 1-8 to 0-6, at the break.
Davitts shot the opening three points of the second half through Liam Noone (2) and Aidan McTigue in the first six minutes but Damian Kelly replied for Hollycarra in the 38th minute. Points from Ian Costello, Kevin Burke and Matt Saunders stretched Hollycarra’s lead to six points as the game entered the final quarter.
Davitts then came storming back into the game with a goal in the 47th minute after a fine run by Darragh McGale, whose shot was saved by Mickey Moore but the ball deflected off a defender and ended up in the net. Aidan McTigue narrowed the gap to two points a minute later and in the fiftieth minute Liam Noone scored a point with Brian Clarke shooting another in the 53rd minute to level the game.
Davitts missed chances to take the lead and in the 57th minute man of the match Damian Kelly shot over the winning score after a terrific solo run from well inside his own half. Hollycarra used their experience to close out the game and frustrate Davitts in the final minutes to win in a welter of excitement.
Outstanding for the winners were Jamie Campbell, Dermot Costello, Niall Walsh, Matt Saunders, Damian Kelly, Ian Costello and Kevin Costello.
Best for Davitts were Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Liam Macken, Liam Noone, Darragh McGale, Aidan McTigue and Stephen Nyland.
Hollymount Carramore: Mickey Moore, Enda McCormack, Stephen Burke, Jamie Campbell, Gary Moran, Dermot Costello (1-0), Jarlath Bell, Dwayne Campbell, Niall Walsh, Matt Saunders (0-4), Richie Bell, Damian Kelly (0-4), JJ Connelly, Kevin Burke (0-1), Ian Costello (0-4). Subs used: Kevin Costello, Mark Coen.
Davitts: Adrian McNamara, Cathal Moran, Lar Daly, Kevin Gallagher, John Macken, Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke (0-2), Liam Macken, William Freeley, Tom Corless (0-1), Liam Noone (0-5), Tommy Clarke, Seamus Roche, Darragh McGale (1-0), Aidan McTigue (0-4). Subs used: Shane Mitchell, Stephen Nyland, Shane Treacy, Dara O Flaherty, Sean Waldron.