Davitts Junior team travelled to Ballycastle on Saturday and, after a fabulous performance, defeated the home side by 2-7 to 1-7, to get their season off to a great start. Playing with the wind in the opening half, Davitts looked sharp early on and had raced into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after twelve minutes with Darren Connolly, Clive Hennigan and Andrew Peters pointing and Seamus Roche finishing off a superb goal after great work by Mark Ronayne, Cathal Higgins and Andrew Peters. The halftime score was 1-5 to 1-2 in Davitts favour, two more points from Darren Connolly and Richie Kilkenny completing their first half tally.
After five minutes Ballycastle were back within one point of Davitts before Darren Connolly goaled expertly after Clive Hennigan and Richie Kilkenny had done the spadework. It proved to be the game’s crucial score as at this stage the Davitts boys were working tremendously hard and Ballycastle were finding it very hard to make any progress. Clive Hennigan and Cathal Higgins scored the final two points for Davitts.
This was a brilliant team display where all eighteen players played their part. The Ronaynes, Mark, Michael and Donal, Tommy Mitchell, Seamus Roche, Darren Connolly, Clive Hennigan and Richie Kilkenny were excellent but centre back Cathal Higgins would just pip his neighbour Andrew Peters for the man of the match award in this game.
Davitts: Michael Mangan, Brian Clarke, Michael Ronayne, Laurence Daly, Tommy Clarke, Cathal Higgins (0-1), Mark Ronayne, Sean Waldron, Tommy Mitchell, Andrew Peters (0-1), Seamus Roche (1-0), Carlos O Gara, Darren Connolly (1-2), Clive Hennigan (0-2), Richie Kilkenny (0-1). Subs used: David Mitchell, William Freeley, Donal Ronayne.