U-10’s, U-14’s and Minor – Match Reports
Davitts U-14 team were defeated by Tourmakeady, 5-9 to 1-6, in the semi-final of the county D Championship, in Hollymount on Thursday evening. Tourmakeady were in total control in the first half of this game and led 4-7 to 1-1 at half time. To their credit, the Davitts boys came out fighting after the break, showing tremendous spirit, epitomised by Dylan Keadin, who was superb, Seanie Burke, Padraig and Michael Mangan, Gerard Griffin and Cathal Hennelly, and absolutely dominated most of the second half, but some wayward shooting and tremendous goalkeeping by the Tourmakeady custodian, denied Davitts finishing much closer.
On Friday evening the minor team made the long journey to Bonniconlon a successful one, defeating the local side by 2-10 to 1-8, to secure the league points, in what was an excellent team display. Davitts were superb in the first half and led, 2-6 to 0-2, at the interval. The first goal came when the influential Josh Ronayne’s long free was spectacularly fielded by Clive Hennigan who turned and drove an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. The second goal came when a long clearance by Ronayne was cleverly flicked on by Tommy Waldron to Jason Connolly whose delightful foot pass was gratefully accepted by his cousin Darren, who buried a low shot into the bottom corner of the Bonniconlon net.
Davitts played second fiddle for long periods of the second half but they had the damage done earlier, and the defence, with the outstanding Donie Ronayne, James Prendergast, Dara Halligan, Gerard McWalter and Cathal Higgins, made life extremely difficult for their opponents, in front of David Mitchell in goals. Josh Ronayne (0-4) had an able accomplice at midfield in Mark Ronayne, while up front bang in form Darren Connolly (1-3), Tommy Waldron (0-3), Clive Hennigan (1-0), Jason Connolly and Tommy Clarke all played very well, as did subs Liam Noone and John Macken.
Also playing on Friday evening were the U-10 team who hosted Shrule-Glencorrib in the return fixture of the County “Go-Games”. The result was broadly in line with the result from three weeks ago, Davitts young guns emerging 6-14 to 2-4 winners. Although every player excelled, the top performers for Davitts on the evening were Dimitri Trench, Cian Naughtan, David Devane, Shane Cummins, Takichi Kilkenny, Leanne Daly, Colin Mulligan and Aidan Cosgrove. Injured star player Niall Treacy proved to be an able team mascot for the evening!