U-21’s v Bohola – Moy Davitts & U-16’s v St. Gerards – Match Reports
Davitts U-16 team defeated St. Gerards, 2-16 to 1-11, in the South Mayo championship, in Hollymount on Tuesday evening. Davitts were always in control in this game and easily qualified for a semi-final clash with close neighbours Claremorris next week. In a good team display the performances of William Freeley, outstanding in defence, and substitute Dylan Keadin, were particularly noteworthy.
Davitts team: Michael Mangan, John Huane, William Freeley, Dylan Higgins, Jonathon Fahy, Shane Cummins, Jack Rogers, Donie Ronayne (1-0), Padraig Mangan, Liam Noone (0-3), Tommy Waldron (0-4), Matthew Trench (0-1), Gerard Griffin (0-2), Michael Clarke (1-4), Cathal Hennelly (0-2). Subs used: Dylan Keadin, Thomas Charles, Richie Connor.
At the same time as the U-16 team played in Hollymount, Davitts U-21’s had a great win over Bohola – Moy Davitts in Ballindine, in the County B Championship. (One has to wonder why U-16 and U-21 matches are fixed for the same evening). Davitts, who had led by 2-10 to 1-3 at half time after playing superbly in the first half, went on to win by 2-15 to 2-9, surviving a fine second half comeback by the visitors.
Davitts midfield pairing of John Heneghan and Keith Prendergast were in top form in that first half as the Davitts forwardline ran riot with the outstanding Fergal McGrath and Josh Ronayne terrorising the overworked Moy Davitts defence and getting great support from Liam Kearns, Darren Connolly and Richie Kilkenny. McGrath and Ronayne scored the goals after some exceptional teamwork.
Moy Davitts took the game to their hosts in the second half and it was the Davitts defence that had to work overtime during this period. Kevin Gallagher, Michael Waldron, Mark Ronayne, Johnno Clarke (pictured) and Tommy Mitchell defended superbly in front of the reliable David Mitchell in goals. Second half substitutes Jason Connolly and Clive Hennigan both played their part in a fine display.
Davitts team: David Mitchell, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Waldron, Johnno Clarke (0-1), Tommy Mitchell, Mark Ronayne, John Heneghan, Keith Prendergast, Josh Ronayne (1-4), Liam Kearns (0-6), Richie Kilkenny (0-1), Darren Connolly (0-1), Fergal McGrath (1-2). Subs used: Jason Connolly, Clive Hennigan.
Photos of the U-21 game will be posted in the coming days…