Minor v Balla & Junior v Garrymore – Match Reports
Davitts minor team suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Balla, in a league game played in Balla on Friday evening. Balla were on top from the start and led by 2-6 to 1-3 at half time, the Davitts goal coming from Dara Halligan, their best player. Things got no better for Davitts in the second half, with the homeside dominating proceedings, and ending up the emphatic winners on a 3-15 to 1-7 scoreline. As well as Halligan, Davitts had admirable performances from Gerard McWalter, Tommy Ruddock, Josh Ronayne, Mark Ronayne and Darren Connolly.
The junior team travelled to Garrymore and were narrowly defeated 1-5 to 0-6 in an enthralling encounter. Garrymore led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break, but both sides gave a fine exhibition of defending in the second half as the Davitts attack squandered chance after chance with some wayward shooting. In a game that Davitts will wonder just how they managed to lose, their best players were defenders Kevin Gallagher and Martin Cosgrove, midfielders John Heneghan and the outstanding Tommy Mitchell, who scored two points, and forwards Pat McGee and top scorer Con Penny, who is regularly seen honing his skills at the local pitch, overseen by a mystery shooting coach.