Ballindine, Co. Mayo

April 3, 2012

Minors v Carras – Match Report

Davitts minor team played neighbours Carras (Kilmaine/Garrymore amalgamation) in the county league in Ballindine on Monday evening, with the two teams sharing the spoils in a very entertaining game. The final score of 4-9 each seemed a very unlikely outcome as the game entered injury time with the home side leading by six points, but credit to Carras for hanging in and snatching two very late goals, the second one from the last kick of the game, five minutes into injury time.

Carras got off to a flying start and goaled in the 2nd minute but Davitts replied swiftly with goals from the excellent Andrew Peters and wing back Gerard McWalter. Davitts scored two more classy goals via Tommy Waldron and Matthew Trench to lead by 4-4 to 1-5 at halftime.

The turning point of the game came early in the second half when Davitts star forward Tommy Waldron received his marching orders from ref John Boyle in what appeared to be a relatively innocuous incident. Carras chipped away at the lead and were rewarded for their efforts with those two late goals.

Michael Mangan had a fine game in Davitts goals while in front of him county star Donie Ronayne and Brian Clarke were very efficient. Team captain Cathal Higgins was superb at centre back getting great assistance from unlikely goalscorer Gerard McWalter and John Macken. Sean Waldron was a colossus at midfield until he tired near the end and his partner William Freely ensured that Davitts held the edge in this sector for most of the game. Up front, Michael Clarke, man of the match Andrew Peters, Matthew Trench, Liam Noone and Tommy Waldron, up to his dismissal, played some great football, though Davitts will be annoyed at not winning this game.

Davitts team: Michael Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Gerard McWalter (1-0), Cathal Higgins, John Macken, William Freeley, Sean Waldron, Michael Clarke (0-2), Andrew Peters (1-1), Matthew Trench (1-0), Liam Noone (0-5), Tommy Waldron (1-1). Subs used: Gearoid Lyons, Shane Cummins.

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