U-21’s clinch Brennan Cup in dramatic style
Davitts captured the Brennan Cup (South Mayo U-21Championship) in dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening defeating St. Gerards by 3-5 to 1-10, a most unlikely result, as St. Gerards dominated proceedings for most of the evening, but Davitts showed their never say die character in the last six minutes of this game, to emerge victorious when defeat seemed inevitable. St. Gerards will wonder how they possibly managed to let this game slip from their grasp as they led by 1-10 to 1-3 with time running out, but this bunch of Davitts players showed unbelievable bottle, epitomised by Michael Waldron, Mark Ronayne, Keith Prendergast (magnificient in the closing minutes of the game), Liam Kearns, Fergal McGrath and Darren Connolly, to grab the unlikeliest of victories.
A tremendous point by inspirational centre half back Jonathon Clarke, after excellent work by Mark Ronayne, began the Davitts fightback, and two superb goals by Fergal McGrath and Darren Connolly left the sides level with time running out. Keith Prendergast clinched victory for Davitts with an outstanding winning point as the game ticked into injury time. Davitts will know that this type of performance will not be good enough to beat Ballinrobe in the county semi-final, but one would have to be impressed by the spirit that this panel of players possess.
We wish the best of luck to St. Gerards in their county semi-final against Castlebar Mitchells. As well as those mentioned Davitts had superb performances from Paddy Kirrane, Kevin Gallagher (a definite man of the match contender), Laurence Daly and team captain Shane Mitchell.
Davitts team: Paddy Kirrane, Kevin Gallagher, Mark Ronayne, Michael Waldron, Johnno Clarke (0-1), Laurence Daly, Shane Mitchell, John Heneghan, Liam Kearns (1-0), Keith Prendergast (0-4), Kieran Mooney, Richie Kilkenny, Fergal McGrath (1-0). Subs used: Darren Connolly (1-0), Tommy Mitchell and David Cosgrove.