Mayo Minor B Semi-Final match report
Cill Chomain 2-11
Davitts advanced to the County Minor B Championship Final after defeating Cill Chomain in Swinford on Friday evening. The final scoreline suggests a somewhat comfortable victory but this was not the case and it took two goals in the last three minutes for Davitts to finally shake off the gallant North Mayo side.
Davitts got off to a super start with a brilliant individual goal from Niall Treacy in the first minute, a Joe Prendergast point a minute later and a second goal from Jack Melvin in the third minute as they threatened to run riot. Cill Chomain pulled back a point in the 6th minute with Jack Devane cancelling that out a minute later with an excellent score.
A Cill Chomain point in the ninth minute was quickly followed by a fine goal to narrow the deficit to three points. Niall Treacy extended Davitts lead to four points but two Cill Chomain points left Davitts ahead by 2-3 to 1-4 at the first water break.
Cill Chomain dominated the next ten minutes but poor shooting meant that this was not reflected on the scoreboard. The next score came from Davitts Cathal Corless in the 24th minute. Cill Chomain cancelled that score out immediately. The first half ended with a flurry of scores with Niall Treacy (2), Jack Devane and Fenton Kelly pointing for Davitts in the last five minutes as Cill Chomain just notched the one point to leave Davitts ahead by 2-8 to 1-6 at half time.
Wing back Brian Birmingham opened the second half scoring with a fine point after a sweeping move but Cill Chomain, getting on top in most sectors, hit a purple spell. They pointed in the 2nd minute, scored a goal in the 3rd minute and another point in the 7th minute to narrow the gap to a single point. They missed three or four good opportunities to level the game before Jack Melvin and Niall Treacy had Davitts points in the 10th and 12th minutes. Cill Chomain pointed before the second water break to leave Davitts ahead by 2-11 to 2-9 going into the final quarter.
Cill Chomain reduced the deficit to one point in the 18th minute but Jack Devane and Niall Treacy extended Davitts lead to three points in the next three minutes. A Cill Chomain player had got sin binned in the 20th minute and when their best defender was shown a black card in the 26th minute they were in deep trouble. They did manage a 28th minute point but Davitts killed off their brave challenge with an excellent goal after a sweeping move expertly finished by Dylan Gallagher in the 29th minute. The game’s final score came two minutes later as Niall Treacy netted a penalty after he was fouled, again after a sweeping Davitts move, to give Davitts a rather flattering eight point winning margin.
Davitts will now face Balla, very impressive in their semi-final victory over Aghamore, in the final next week and they will know that a much improved performance will be needed to overcome that challenge.
Davitts best players in this game were Charlie Phillips, Thomas Ronayne, Brian Og McTigue, Jack Melvin, Niall Treacy, Jack Devane and Dylan Gallagher.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Sean Feerick, Charlie Phillips, Brian Og McTigue, Thomas Ronayne, Brian Birmingham (0-1), Fenton Kelly (0-1), Cathal Corless (0-1), Jack Trench, Jack Melvin (1-1), Joe Prendergast (0-1), Jack Devane (0-3), Niall Treacy (2-5). Subs used: Fionnan Gallagher, Dylan Gallagher (1-0), Davy Hennessy.