South Mayo Junior Semi-Final match report
Davitts Junior team were defeated, 1-11 to 1-7, by Mayo Gaels in the South Mayo Junior Semi-Final in Ballindine on Wednesday evening. The game was played in difficult greasy conditions and while it was competitive throughout, Mayo Gaels were full value for their four point victory.
The Gaels got off to a flying start with three points in the opening two minutes. A 3rd minute Shane Mitchell point settled the Davitts lads with Richie Kilkenny adding another point in the 9th minute. Mayo Gaels extended their lead with another point in the 11th minute but a 14th minute Shane Treacy goal saw Davitts lead by a point at the first water break.
The Gaels pointed to equalise in the 18th minute but the impressive Shane Treacy restored the homeside’s lead a minute later before the Gaels got their only goal. Treacy fired over two points in quick succession and Mayo Gaels got one point to leave them ahead by the minimum at the interval.
Mayo Gaels opened the second half scoring in the 35th minute and this score was cancelled out by a fine Fionnan Gallagher point after a good run. Both defences were on top at this stage and the Gaels scored the only other score before the second water break to extend their lead to two points. The lively Richie Kilkenny clipped over a neat point in the 48th minute but this was to be Davitts final score and three points in the 55th, 56th and 57th minutes sealed the victory for Mayo Gaels who will play the winners of the second semi-final between Garrymore and Claremorris in the South A final while Davitts will play the loser of that tie in the B final.
Davitts best players on this occasion were Micheal Hett, Fionnan Gallagher, Padraig Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Jamie Mullee, Shane Treacy, and Richie Kilkenny.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Micheal Hett, Tom Corless, Jordan Flanagan, Fionnan Gallagher (0-1), Padraig Mangan, Donie Ronayne, Shane Mitchell (0-1), Liam Macken, Jamie Mullee, Shane Treacy (1-3), Brian Clarke, Richie Kilkenny (0-2), Ryan McLoughlin, Danny Corless. Subs used: Tomas Ronayne, Stephen Nyland, Lawrence Daly, Andy Peters.