Juniors v Kilmovee – Match Report
Davitts 1-8 Kilmovee 0-9
Davitts advanced to the County Junior B Final after a hard earned victory over Kilmovee Shamrocks in a game played in difficult conditions in Kiltimagh on Saturday evening. The standard of football was not of the highest quality but the commitment level of both sets of players was impressive in this hard hitting encounter.
Davitts led by a point at half time, 0-3 to 0-2, with Mattie Trench, Seamus Roche and Shane Treacy scoring for Davitts and Sean Horan pointing two frees for Kilmovee. Davitts had played with the assistance of the wind in the first half and it was obvious that there would be little to separate the two sides in the finish.
Shane Treacy extended the lead to two points in the 4th minute of the second half but two more Sean Horan points had the sides level 0-4 each with fifteen minutes remaining. Sean and James Horan for Kilmovee and Seamus Roche and Mattie Trench for Davitts pointed before a Sean Horan free had Kilmovee a point ahead with five minutes to go.
A minute later Davitts got the game’s crucial score when Paul Carey’s long delivery was flicked on by Sean Waldron to Shane Treacy who buried his shot past Brendan Horan. Sean Horan narrowed the gap to a point before Sean Waldron added a long range free before the finish as Davitts defended their two point lead well in the closing minutes.
Davitts will know that they will have to play much better in the final against a fancied Knockmore outfit but will be happy to have come out on top in this exciting Semi Final.
Outstanding for Davitts were Lawrence Daly, Shane Treacy, Donal Ronayne, Martin Cosgrove, Mattie Trench, Paul Carey and Seamus Roche.
Best for a gallant Kilmovee side were Brendan Horan, Karl Rushe, Sean Higgins, Mark Higgins, James Horan and Sean Horan.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Patrick Keadin, Brian Clarke, Lawrence Daly, Shane Treacy (1-3), Donal Ronayne, Martin Cosgrove, William Freeley, Sean Waldron (0-1), Mattie Trench (0-2), Paul Carey, Seamus Roche (0-2), Clive Hennigan, Gerald Griffin, Tommy Clarke. Subs used: John Costello, JP Kirrane, Padraig Mangan, Micheal Mangan, Shane Mitchell, Richie Kilkenny.
Kilmovee: Brendan Horan, Sean Higgins, Karl Rushe, Niall Moran, Cian McCann, Dean Gibbons, Robert Kelly, Declan Horkan, Mark Higgins, Gary Horan, Christopher Flatley, Ciaran Sweeney, James Horan (0-2), Sean Horan (0-7), Conor Kelly. Subs used: Brian Regan, Gerard Mullen, Francis Gallagher, Declan Moran.
Referee: Declan O Boyle (Ardagh).