Seniors v Kiltane–Championship – Match Report
Kiltane 3-14 Davitts 2-8
Kiltane overcame Davitts in this Mayo Senior Football Championship tie played in Bangor on Saturday evening. In a free flowing game, well handled by referee John Glavey, the Kiltane side looked good, particularly their attack, and in Mikey Sweeney they had Davitts main tormentor, whose awareness and vision was extremely impressive.
Tommy Conroy opened the scoring for the wind assisted homeside with a fourth minute point. Liam Kearns got Davitts off to a good start when he goaled in the seventh minute but Mikey Sweeney assisted for an Adam Carrabine goal a minute later. Carrabine and Ultan Corrigan pointed frees for Kiltane with Evan Ronane and Ronan McNamara firing over two fine points from play to leave the homeside ahead by a point after the first quarter.
Mikey Sweeney pointed in the 17th minute before he set up midfielder Pat Joe Gaughan for a well taken goal. Evan Ronane stemmed the tide with a 19th minute free but two minutes later Kiltane were awarded a penalty after Pat Joe Gaughan was fouled. Adam Carrabine’s well struck spot kick was superbly saved by Cian Naughton and five minutes later a long range Ronan McNamara free kick narrowed the gap to three points. Davitts had a brilliant opportunity to level matters a minute later but Kiltane’s keeper Pat Deane saved well from Josh Ronayne and both Liam Kearns and Evan Ronane were unable to finish off the rebound and Darragh Carey cleared the danger. Kiltane went downfield and tagged on three neat points from Barry McAndrew, Stephen Gallagher and Mikey Sweeney to lead by 2-7 to 1-4 at halftime.
Davitts got off to a flyer in the second hald with two points in the first minute from Colm Boyle and Evan Ronane. This was as good as it got for the visitors however as Kiltane began to turn the screw. Four unanswered points from Adam Carrabine, Mickie Conroy (2) and Ultan Corrigan for Kiltane followed. Evan Ronane and Liam Kearns shot two points for Davitts but these were cancelled out by similar scores from Tommy Conroy and Adam Carrabine before Ultan Corrigan goaled again for the hosts in the 22nd minute after a fantastic Mikey Sweeney pass. Davitts only reply was a well struck Liam Kearns penalty in the final moments of the game.
Outstanding for Kiltane were Stephen Gallagher, Mickie Conroy, Barry McAndrew, Pat Joe Gaughan, Ultan Corrigan, Adam Carrabine, Tommy Conroy and man of the match Mikey Sweeney.
Best for Davitts were Colm Boyle, Daniel Huane, Patrick Keadin, Paul Carey, Ronan McNamara, Evan Ronane and Liam Kearns.
Kiltane: Pat Deane, James Conroy, Stephen Gallagher (0-1), Darragh Carey, Mickie Conroy (0-2), Cathal Carey, Barry McAndrew (0-1), Martin Gallagher, Pat Joe Gaughan (1-0), Tony Gaughan, Ultan Corrigan (1-2), Adam Carrabine (1-4), Mikey Sweeney (0-2), Sean Gaughan, Tommy Conroy (0-2). Subs used: John Reilly, Jason Healy, Kyle Holmes, Pat Coyle, Shane Lindsay.
Davitts: Cian Naughton, Daniel Huane, Brian Clarke, Padraig Mangan, Patrick Keadin, Colm Boyle (0-1), Cathal Hennelly, Paul Carey, Shane Treacy, Ronan McNamara (0-2), Johnno Clarke, Josh Ronayne, Liam Kearns (2-1), Evan Ronane (0-4). Subs used: Lawrence Daly, Tommy Waldron.
Referee: John Glavey (Aghamore).