U-21s v Breaffy – Match Report
Davitts U-21 travelled to Ballyheane to face Breaffy in the County B Championship requiring a victory and achieved their goal after a tremendously determined performance, defeating the homeside by 3-9 to 0-15.
An extremely impressive start by the Davitts lads with Evan Ronane in unstoppable form up front, saw that player shoot four superb points in the opening five minutes of the match. An injury to Davitts centre forward Shane Treacy in the tenth minute didn’t help their cause but his replacement Daniel Huane was to play a major role later on.
Breaffy began to get into a rhythm and had the lead cut back to two points after twenty minutes before a long range free kick from Evan Ronane ended up in the net to put Davitts 1-5 to 0-3 ahead. Ryan McLoughlin scored two points for Davitts and Breaffy tagged on two of their own before Evan Ronane was force to retire injured with a leg injury after a heavy tackle from a Breaffy defender. Stephen Nyland converted the resultant free and Davitts led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break.
Davitts got off to a brilliant start in the second half with Ryan McLoughlin goaling in the third minute. Breaffy responded well with six unanswered points to reduce the lead to three but crucially they couldn’t breach a determined Davitts defence for the goal they badly needed.
Daniel Huane whose strong running was proving a real nuisance for the homeside shot a great point to lift the siege and when Ryan McLoughlin goaled again after a great move involving Aidan Macken, John Kilkenny, Stephen Nyland and Daniel Huane, Davitts found themselves seven points ahead with twelve minutes remaining.
Davitts midfielder Stephen Nyland received a second yellow card and Breaffy shot four more points before the final whistle as Davitts defended as if their lives were at stake.
All of the Davitts players could be very satisfied with their performances in this game with Dimirty Trench, Thomas Corless, Aidan Macken, John Kilkenny, Stephen Nyland, Daniel Huane, Evan Ronane and Ryan McLoughlin in top form.
Davitts: Dean Moran, Patrick Keadin (Capt.), Thomas Corless, Aidan Macken, Dimitry Trench, Denis Fahy, John Kilkenny, Stephen Nyland (0-1), Liam Macken, Shane Treacy, Keelan Cosgrove, Ryan McLoughlin (2-2), Evan Ronane (1-5). Subs used: Daniel Huane (0-1), Jordan Flanagan, Francis Griffin, Cathal Moran.