U-17 C’ship v Ballinrobe match report
Ballinrobe 3-18 Davitts 3-7
Davitts U-17 team got their County C Championship campaign off to a great start with a fine win away to Ballinrobe on Thursday evening. Both sides played fast attacking football and this was a really entertaining game to watch.
Davitts got off to a flyer with a Fionn McLoughlin goal in the first minute. The same player and Ciaran Treacy added quick points before the homeside got off the mark with a 4th minute point. A brilliant Ethan Boyle point followed in the 6th minute but a very well taken goal for Ballinrobe a minute later reduced the deficit to two points. Three Dylan Gallagher points and one from Fionn McLoughlin increased Davitts lead to five points by the 25th minute. Ballinrobe shot points in the 26th and 28th minutes but were left reeling when Davitts centre back Aaron Trench goaled in the 29th minute after a fine move. Ballinrobe had the last say in the first half though and shot their second goal on the stroke of half time to leave Davitts ahead by 2-7 to 2-3 at the break.
Fionn McLoughlin scored two points and Dylan Gallagher fired over another before Ballinrobe pointed in the 37th minute. Dylan Gallagher and Mark Birmingham had two more Davitts points in the 39th and 40th minutes but a 44th minute point followed by a goal in the 45th minute gave the homeside renewed hope. Davitts replied with three points, two from Dylan Gallagher and one from Ronan Kelly before Ballinrobe pointed again in the 54th minute. Davitts finished the game strongly with a Tadhg Feerick point and a goal and two minors from Dylan Gallagher before Ballinrobe got the final score of the game, a last minute point.
Davitts were very impressive in this game with Sean Meehan, Brian Hett, Sean Keadin, Aaron Trench (1-0), Noah O Brien, Ethan Boyle (0-1) and Conor McDermott superb in a defence well marshalled by the keeper Dylan O Brien. Team captain Mark Birmingham (0-1) had a powerful game at midfield alongside Burke Briere against a formidable Ballinrobe pairing. Up front, Dylan Gallagher (1-9), Fionn McLoughlin (1-4) and Ciaran Treacy (0-1) terrorised the home defence throughout the game with Ronan Kelly (0-1), Brian Corless and subs Tadhg Feerick (0-1), Aaron Conneely Basham and Fionn McTigue all making telling contributions.