U-16’S V The Neale – Match Report
Davitts 5-15 The Neale 4-9 (AET)
Davitts U-16’s and The Neale met in Ballindine for the second time in a month in Division 3 of the League, this time in the semi-final. On the previous occasion the visitors were victors by a few points and this time with eight minutes remaining on the clock, a similar outcome seemed inevitable, but nobody told the plucky Davitts lads.
A storming last eight minutes from the homeside, yielding an unanswered 1-4, tied the match and Davitts went on to totally boss their hosts in the extra time of a superb match.
The Neale had led by 3-3 to 2-4 at halftime of normal time and had extended their lead and were looking like the likely winners until Davitts burst into life in the closing minutes.
The repositioning of Davitts wing back David Devane, who bagged 2-1 when moved to the full forward line, was crucial towards this victory. The outstanding Jordan Flanagan, Takeshi Kilkenny, teak tough Dimitri Trench and Oisin O Connor defended very well. Midfielders Cian Naughton and Niall Kearns were at times inspirational, with Kearns coming into his own in extra time after suffering a heavy knock late in the first half of normal time. Up front James Ruane, Dean Moran (who scored a super goal in extra time) and Fentan Kelly worked hard throughout while Stephen Nyland and Niall Treacy were excellent in the corner forward positions. Zack Keadin also did very well when he was introduced.
Davitts: Shane Cummins, Jordan Flanagan, Takeshi Kilkenny, David Devane (2-1), Dimitri Trench, Oisin O Connor, Cian Naughton (0-1), Niall Kearns (0-3), James Ruane (0-1), Dean Moran (1-0), Fentan Kelly, Stephen Nyland (1-5), Niall Treacy (1-4). Sub used: Zack Keadin.