Seniors v Claremorris – Match Report
Davitts return to Senior Championship football proved to be very disappointing, being beaten by a much hungrier looking Claremorris side in Ballindine on Sunday in front of a huge crowd. Claremorris had raced into a 1-7 to 0-4 lead at halftime, dominating around midfield, the crucial goal coming in the 17th minute through the impressive James Shaughnessy. Davitts cause was not helped by the early withdrawl of experienced defender Alan Roche with a hamstring injury although his replacement Michael Waldron had an excellent game. Davitts had kept in touch with two fine points from Josh Ronayne, one from Michael Conroy and a sideline kick from captain Ronan McNamara.
Claremorris extended their lead two minutes into the second half to seven points before Davitts finally came to life. Points by Ronayne (2), McNamara, Conroy and Keith Prendergast narrowed the gap to two points with eight minutes remaining setting up a grandstand finish. Claremorris finished the better however and points by Shane Prendergast and Shaughnessy sealed a deserved win.
Best for Claremorris were Brian Fahy, Gary Mullins, Shane Walsh, Sean Prendergast, Brian Gallagher, Shane Prendergast, James Shaughnessy and Ger Brady.
Josh Ronayne, Michael Waldron and Paul Carey were Davitts best players on the day with Colm Roche, Colm Boyle, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara and Michael Conroy trying hard.
Davitts: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Alan Roche, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Ronayne, Colm Boyle, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara (0-2), Keith Prendergast (0-1), David McDonagh, Josh Ronayne (0-4), Paul Carey, Aidan McTigue, Feargal McGrath, Michael Conroy (0-2). Subs used: Michael Waldron, Carlos O Gara, Pat Coyne, Liam Kearns.
Claremorris: Alvin McCallig, Padraig Ring, Shane Walsh, Brian Fahy, Aidan Butler, Paul Fahy, Sean Prendergast, Shane Prendergast (0-1), Brian Gallagher (0-2), Alan Feeley, Liam Feeley, John Hutton, James Shaughnessy (1-5), Gary Mullins, Ger Brady (0-2).