U-21s v Swinford – Match Report
After the slip-up against Hollymount Carramore the previous Sunday, a determined Davitts U-21 team travelled to Swinford on Sunday knowing that a win would secure a quarter final berth and they came through in the end by 2-17 to 2-6. The win means that Davitts have topped their group and now play Burrishoole on Saturday evening in Bekan.
Davitts led by 0-8 to 1-1 at half time with Evan Ronane (4), Conor Keane (3) and Michael McGarry on target. Padraig Mangan and Cathal Hennelly were doing very well at midfield and Davitts were winning most of the breaking ball but goalie Mikey Kelly pulled off two excellent saves to deprive Swinford of what looked like two certain goals which could have made a big difference to the outcome of the game.
Swinford got off to a flyer in the second half and shot 1-2 in the opening five minutes to take the lead. Davitts responded well with points from Michael McGarry, Conor Keane and Evan Ronane before Ronane struck a superb goal after a sweeping move involving Dimitry Trench, Daniel Huane and Shane Treacy.
Swinford lost a midfielder to a second yellow card shortly afterwards and this certainly made Davitts run-in much easier. Further points followed courtesy of Tom Corless, the deadly Conor Keane (3), Evan Ronane and Daniel Huane before Michael McGarry finished off another fine move with an impressive finish to the Swinford net.
Davitts, while delighted with the performance, will know that they will have to cut out the lapses in concentration as the competition progresses.
It was another good all round performance however with Mikey Kelly, Patrick Keadin, Dimitry Trench, Tom Corless, Michael McGarry, Conor Keane and Evan Ronane excelling.
Davitts: Mikey Kelly, Patrick Keadin, Dimitry Trench, Micheal Mangan, Tom Corless (0-1), Padraig Mangan, Cathal Hennelly, Shane Treacy, Ryan McLoughlin, Michael McGarry (1-2), Conor Keane (0-7), Evan Ronane (1-6).
Subs used: Daniel Huane (0-1), Niall Kearns, Aidan Macken, David Devane, Liam Macken, James Ruane.