U-16’s v Ardnaree – Match Report
Davitts and Ardnaree met in a U-16 Division 2 League game in Ballindine on Tuesday evening and they produced a thriller with the homeside just shading it by 3-6 to 2-8. A very early goal by influential midfielder Niall Kearns and another a few minutes later courtesy of Dimitri Trench had Davitts off to a flyer. Ardnaree gradually began to claw back at the lead and only trailed by two points, 2-3 to 1-4 at half time, having played against the wind in the first half. Davitts first half points came from Jack Ronayne (2) and Niall Kearns.
The second half was played in the same frantic manner as the first and a Jack Ronayne goal gave Davitts some breathing space. Ardnaree fought back again and drew level with five minutes remaining. In the final dramatic minutes Davitts substitute Dean Moran combined with James Ruane and he clipped over a lovely point that proved to be the match winning score. Ardnaree had one final gilt edged chance to win the game when they were awarded a penalty in the final seconds. Davitts keeper Caelainn Mullee proved to be the hero of the day as he saved expertly and his side had hung on for victory.
All of the players played their part in this game. Caelainn Mullee enhanced his reputation as a fine goalkeeper. In front of him Jordan Flanagan, the outstanding Ciaran Fahy, David Devane, Dimitri Trench and Aidan Macken defended well with sub Takeshi Kilkenny excelling when introduced to the fray. Midfielders Niall Kearns and Thomas Corless put in powerful displays. In attack Jack Ronayne, Liam Macken and James Ruane worked tirelessly throughout getting good support from Cian Naughton, Cian Treacy, Dean Moran and Shane Cummins.
Davitts: Caelainn Mullee, Jordan Flanagan, Ciaran Fahy, David Devane, Dimitri Trench (1-0), Aidan Macken, Thomas Corless, Niall Kearns (1-2), Liam Macken, Jack Ronayne (1-3), James Ruane (0-1), Cian Treacy, Cian Naughton. Subs used: Takeshi Kilkenny, Dean Moran, Shane Cummins.