O Mara Cup v Kilmaine match report
A very sharp looking Kilmaine side took the spoils in this entertaining O Mara Cup tie played in ideal conditions in Kilmaine of Friday evening.
Davitts got off to a flying start shooting 1-2 in the opening five minutes, Cathal Hennelly and Jack Ronayne pointing and Ronan McNamara getting the goal, fisting in Dmitry Trench’s crossfield ball to the net. The remainder of the first half belonged to the homeside whose fitness levels and teamwork were very impressive. While Davitts could only manage another point, a 27th minute score from Jack Ronayne, Kilmaine tagged on 2-7 before the interval, with sloppy Davitts defensive play not helping the cause.
Davitts narrowed the gap with two early second half points through Ronan McNamara and Cathal Hennelly. Kilmaine were defending well and hit two points in the 38th and 40th minutes but a third goal for the home side in the 41st minute was a killer blow for Davitts. Cathal Corless (making his senior debut) and Liam Kearns pulled two back in the 43rd and 44th minutes but they were cancelled out by two similar Kilmaine scores in the 46th and 48th minutes. Davitts added on a further five points via Jack Ronayne (2), Ronan McNamara (2) and Liam Kearns before the finish but they could not breach the home defence for the goal(s) they needed. Kilmaine fired three more points in that period to claim the two O Mara Cup points.
There was no shortage of effort from Davitts with Colm Boyle and Jack Ronayne catching the eye and the forwards doing well but some defensive errors were well punished by the Kilmaine lads.
Davitts: Keith Prendergast, Ciaran Fahy, Cathal Higgins, Charlie Phillips, Thomas Ronayne, Colm Boyle, Dmitry Trench, Jack Ronayne (0-4), Johnno Clarke, Shane Treacy, Darragh McGale, Jack Melvin, Cathal Hennelly (0-2), Ronan McNamara (1-3), Liam Kearns (0-3). Subs used: Cathal Corless (0-1), Jack Devane.