Minors advance to South ‘A’ Final – Match Report
Davitts and Carras served up an enthralling game of football in front of a large attendance in Garrymore on Thursday evening in the South Mayo “A” Semi-Final, with Davitts edging out the Garrymore/Kilmaine amalgamation by 0-15 to 0-13 after extra time. There was little to separate the two sides throughout but Davitts greater teamwork just swung it for them. The game was finished in near darkness, with players dropping like flies with cramp and the odd handbag outburst here and there, but credit must go to both sides for producing such an exciting match.
Davitts shaded the first half of normal time and led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break with Michael Clarke providing three of the points and Matthew Trench, Liam Noone and Thomas Waldron completing the tally. Carras fought back impressively in the second half and went two points up with ten minutes remaining before Liam Noone and Michael Clarke pointed to send the game into extra time, Clarke’s point coming from a pressure free kick after the impressive Padraig Mangan was fouled in the dying seconds. That left the score at 0-10 each at the end of normal time.
The first period of extra time saw Carras go two points up again but late Davitts scores from Matthew Clarke, Gerald Griffin and Liam Noone had them in front at the turnaround. Carras levelled it in the second half but points from the superb Donal Ronayne and Matthew Trench gave Davitts a deserved victory. They will now play the winners of the Claremorris v Ballinrobe semi-final.
There were stars throughout the Davitts team with Michael and Padraig Mangan, William Freeley, Donal Ronayne, Cathal Hennelly, Thomas Waldron, Liam Noone, Matthew Trench and Michael Clarke excelling
Davitts: Michael Mangan, Dylan Keadin, William Freeley, John Huane, Jack Rogers, Donal Ronayne (0-1), Cathal Hennelly, Padraig Mangan, Thomas Waldron (0-3), Liam Noone (0-3), Matthew Trench (0-3), Evan Ronayne, Richie Connor, Michael Clarke (0-4), Gerald Griffin (0-1). Sub used: Patrick Keadin.