Seniors v Kiltane – Match Report
Davitts Senior Team finished their season off with a draw away to Kiltane in Division 1A of the League. This point means that Davitts ended up in 4th position in the League. Both teams were missing a number of regulars but they served up a very competitive match in the miserable weather conditions. Davitts lost their reliable corner back Kevin Gallagher in the opening minutes of the game with a shoulder injury but his replacement Lawrence Daly had a fine game.
Davitts started off well and shot the opening two points through Liam Kearns and Keith Prendergast. Kiltane grabbed two goals and went in ahead by 2-6 to 0-7 at halftime. Matthew Trench (2), Ronan McNamara, Patrick Keadin and Liam Kearns got the other first half scores for the visitors.
Davitts midfielder Ronan McNamara shot two trademark long range points early in the second half and when Aidan McTigue hammered home a fine goal after ten minutes to tie the match it looked like Davitts would go on to win. Kiltane showed admirable fighting qualities against the wind and they scored the next two points. Kearns narrowed the gap but Kiltane pointed again to go two clear. Matthew Trench and Kearns scored again in the closing minutes as both sides shared the spoils in a game that neither side deserved to lose.
All of the Davitts players deserve great credit for their displays. Adrian McNamara produced a few top class saves. In front of him Cathal Higgins, Donal Ronayne and Lawrence Daly were tigerish in their defending. The half back line of team captain Colm Roche, Padraig Mangan and Mark Ronayne defended well and bombed forward at every opportunity. Ronan McNamara (0-3) and Keith Prendergast (0-1) were a very effective midfield pairing. The Davitts attack produced some excellent moves with Liam Kearns (0-4), Thomas Waldron, Matthew Trench (0-3), Aidan McTigue (1-0), Andrew Peters and debutante Patrick Keadin (0-1) all in flying form.