Prendergast Cup match report
Davitts Senior team regained the Prendergast Cup when they defeated Ballyhaunis on Tuesday night in Ballindine. The final scoreline of 1-10 to 1-8 was probably a fair one with Davitts shading a very competitive match.
Davitts, playing against the wind, got off to a flyer and three fine points from Evan Ronane saw the homeside race into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead before Ballyhaunis opened their account in the 12th minute. Jack Ronayne pointed a free and Evan clipped over his fourth to extend Davitts lead but the newly introduced water break broke the momentum and a regrouped Ballyhaunis finished the half stronger. They added a goal and four points to their tally in the second quarter (which could have been greater but for some wasteful shooting) with Cathal Hennelly getting Davitts sole reply to leave Ballyhaunis ahead by 1-5 to 0-6 at halftime.
Ronan McNamara got the crucial score of the game in the fifth minute of the second half after great work by Evan Ronane to see Davitts regain the lead. Josh Ronayne added another fine point while the second half water break was timely as the temperatures rose. Ballyhaunis threw everything at the homeside in the final quarter but an excellent point from the tenacious Niall Treacy, who had replaced the injured Evan Ronane, and two well struck points from Jack Ronayne kept Davitts noses in front.
This was a good match for both sides as the competitive season fast approaches. Garryowen McMahon reffed the game sensibly, letting it flow as much as possible.
Davitts: Cian Naughton, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Tom Corless, Brian Clarke, Tommy Waldron (capt), Dmitry Trench, Stephen Nyland, Daniel Huane, Josh Ronayne (0-1), Jack Ronayne (0-3), Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Mark Ronayne, Ronan McNamara (1-0), Evan Ronane (0-4). Subs used: Niall Treacy (0-1), Shane Treacy, Aidan McTigue, Aidan Macken, Clive Hennigan.
Mary Prendergast presented the cup to Davitts captain Tommy Waldron after the game.