Ballindine, Co. Mayo

August 30, 2023

U-17 v Carras match report

Davitts 1-11  Carras 0-11

Davitts hosted Carras in the South Mayo U-17 B Championship on Tuesday evening with the home side shading an extremely close tie by three points. A superbly taken goal by Dylan Gormley early in the second half and two brilliant penalty saves by Davitts keeper Dylan O Brien saw Davitts maintain their 100% record in the competition. The game really could have swung either way and both sides deserve credit for providing such exciting fare for the large attendance.

Carras started off in great style and struck four points in the first nine minutes. The dynamic Conor McDermott opened the scoring for Davitts in the 12th minute but Carras replied with a 17th minute point. Ronan Kelly got on the scoresheet with a nice point a minute later for Davitts but a similar score for the visitors in the 23rd minute restored their four point lead. Davitts finished the half with a flourish and points from Aaron CB, Ronan Kelly and Ciaran Treacy left Carras ahead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, a scoreline that flattered the homeside.

Ronan Kelly levelled the game in the first minute of the second half and the same player put Davitts ahead for the first time with another well taken point in the 32nd minute. Davitts were on top now and attacking in waves and after great work by Ciaran Treacy, Dylan Gormley fired home an unstoppable shot from twenty metres to put the homeside four clear. A minute later Carras were awarded a penalty after they had strung together a great passing move but the spot kick was well saved by Dylan O Brien. Carras points in the 38th and 40th minutes narrowed the gap and the visitors were denied a goal, and the lead, after another superb Dylan O Brien save in the 41st minute. A Ronan Kelly score in the 42nd minute left a goal between the sides as the game entered the final quarter. A 46th minute Carras point was matched by Dylan Gormley in the 48th minute. Ciaran Treacy put Davitts four up with ten minutes left but Carras scores in the 51st and 54th minutes narrowed the deficit to two points. The visitors were awarded their second penalty in the 58th minute but Dylan O Brien produced a brilliant save to keep his side ahead. Tadhg Feerick shot the final score of the game, a 59th minute point, as Davitts held on to win by a goal.

Davitts had terrific performances from Dylan O Brien, Noah O Brien and Conor McDermott (0-1) in defence with Ben Corless, Sean Clarke, Brian Hett and Ethan Boyle all playing their part to keep the Carras attack at bay. Dylan Burke and Burke Briere were very effective at midfield while the forward line of Tadhg Feerick (0-1), Dylan Gormley (1-1), Fionn McTigue, Ciaran Treacy (0-2), Ronan Kelly (0-5) and Aaron CB (0-1), moved and combined very impressively. Brian Corless, Aaron O Dea and Cillian Kearns did well when they were introduced.

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