Seniors v Ardnaree – Match Report
Davitts 2-14 Ardnaree 2-6
Davitts hosted Ardnaree in Ballindine on Saturday evening and collected the two Senior League Division 1B points on offer with a reasonably comfortable eight point victory in atrocious conditions.
Davitts, wind assisted in the first half, were leading by 1-10 to 0-2 after the opening twenty minutes after scores from Evan Ronayne (1-4), Liam Kearns (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-2), Keith Prendergast (0-1), Andrew Peters (0-1) and Paul Carey (0-1) with John Timlin and Eoin McCormack pointing for the visitors.
The last ten minutes of the first half however saw Ardnaree hit a purple patch with John Timlin goaling in the 23rd minute, wing back Adam McGinty goaling in the 27th minute and John Timlin and Eoin McCormack adding points to leave just three points between the sides before Ronan McNamara pointed for Davitts to leave them ahead by 1-11 to 2-4 at the break.
Davitts started the second half well and two fouls on Michael Conroy were both punished by Cathal Hennelly, two second half subs. Paul Carey added another point in the 10th minute before Davitts goalie Adrian McNamara pulled off a great save from an Eoin McCormack penalty a minute later as the Davitts supporters began to relax.
Ronan O Malley pointed for the visitors in the 18th minute but Liam Kearns emphatically slotted home a penalty with five minutes remaining to ensure the Davitts victory. An injury time point from Ardnaree substitute Darragh McCormack was the only remaining score of a game that saw Davitts go back to the top of the Div 1B League Table.
Best for Davitts were Colm Roche, Cathal Higgins, Kevin Gallagher, Andrew Peters (outstanding throughout), Paul Carey, Ronan McNamara and Evan Ronayne.
Best for a battling Ardnaree outfit were Owen McLoughlin, Adam McGinty, Shane Timlin, Stephen Tighe, John Timlin, Chris Walsh and Eoin McCormack.
Davitts: Adrian McNamara, Colm Roche, Cathal Higgins, Kevin Gallagher, James Cummins, Padraig Mangan, Johnno Clarke, Declan Healy, Keith Prendergast (0-1), Thomas Waldron, Liam Kearns (1-2), Andrew Peters (0-1), Paul Carey (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-2), Evan Ronayne (1-4). Subs used: Brian Clarke, Cathal Hennelly (0-2), Michael Conroy, Aidan McTigue, Micheal Mangan, Michael Waldron.
Ardnaree: Owen McLoughlin, Lee Grant, Mark Forbes, Conor Cawley, Adam McGinty (1-0), Shane Timlin, Michael McCormack, Stephen Tighe, Colm Naylor, John Timlin (1-2), Chris Walsh, Ronan Doherty, Eoin McCormack (0-2), Ronan O Malley (0-1), Cian Burke. Subs used: Darragh McCormack (0-1), John Egan, Martin Rafter, Brendan McGregor.
Referee: Denis Harrington.