Seniors v Lahardane – Match Report
Davitts collected another brace of Senior League Div 3 points when defeating a gallant Lahardane side by 3-8 to 0-7 in Ballindine on Saturday evening. The scoreline suggests that this was an easy victory but Davitts had to dig deep to see off a very spirited Lahardane side.
The first half was a very dour affair with both defences on top. Davitts were playing into the tricky wind and two Ronan McNamara frees and a point from play by Darragh McGale saw them ahead by 0-3 to 0-2 at halftime. Davitts defence was impressive and well marshalled by Cathal Higgins and Padraig Mangan, with the dynamic Patrick Keadin having a blinder and Kevin Gallagher, Dmitry Trench and Liam Macken also impressing.
Davitts started the second half with real intent and Darragh McGale goaled in the first minute after great work by Cathal Hennelly. The same player added a point a minute later and Ronan McNamara extended the lead with another point before he scored his side’s second goal in the fifth minute, Cathal Hennelly again with the assist, seconds after the visitors had opened their second half account with a good point.
Lahardane went on the front foot for the next twenty minutes and shot four unanswered points to cut the deficit to four points. Davitts finished with a flourish though with Cathal Hennelly pointing in the 25th minute, Stephen Nyland scoring a screamer of a goal after a good run through the middle two minutes later and Evan Ronane and Stephen Nyland landing injury time points.
As well as all the defenders Davitts had very strong performances from Ronan McNamara, Tommy Waldron, Stephen Nyland, Cathal Hennelly and Darragh McGale.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Kevin Gallagher, Liam Macken, Padraig Mangan, Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara (1-3), Tommy Waldron, Stephen Nyland (1-1), Jack Ronayne, Shane Treacy, Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Darragh McGale (1-2), Evan Ronane (0-1). Subs used: Aidan McTigue, Tommy Clarke, Shane Mitchell, Ciaran Fahy.