Seniors v Ballyhaunis – Match Report
Davitts and Ballyhaunis met in Ballyhaunis in Div 3 of the Senior League with the impressive home side winning by 1-12 to 1-7. A flying start (while playing into the stiff wind), yielding and unanswered 1-3, laid the foundations for the Ballyhaunis victory.
They opened the scoring with a fourth minute goal and added three more points by the 9th minute before Ronan McNamara, Davitts best player, opened his side’s account with a 12th minute point. The strong running Ballyhaunis side extended their lead with a 13th minute point but a Liam Kearns goal four minutes later, after great work by the impressive Stephen Nyland, gave the visitors hope. Ballyhaunis extended their lead with two points in the 18th and 21st minutes but Davitts finished the half well and shot points via Cathal Hennelly and Ronan McNamara (2) to leave them trailing by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break.
Davitts played with more determination in the second half but Ballyhaunis always remained comfortably in control. The homeside opened the second half with an early point. Liam Kearns pulled one back in the 10th minute but Ballyhaunis replied with two points in the next two minutes. Evan Ronane in the 18th minute and Shane Treacy in the 24th added points for Davitts with Ballyhaunis adding two more of their own before the finish to earn the League points and also retain the Prendergast Cup.
Most of the Davitts players would be disappointed with their performances but Tommy Waldron, Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara, Stephen Nyland, Cathal Hennelly, Darragh McGale and Shane Treacy did best against a Ballyhaunis side that at times looked very good.
Davitts: Cian Naughton, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Kieran Fahy, Tommy Waldron, Padraig Mangan, Ronan McNamara (0-3), William Freeley, Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Liam Kearns (1-1), Stephen Nyland, Keith Prendergast, Darragh McGale, Evan Ronane (0-1). Subs used: Mark Ronayne, Michael Conroy, Tom Corless, Liam Macken, Shane Treacy (0-1).