Davitts U-21 team got their County B Championship campaign off to a winning start thanks to a fine 2-11 to 1-12 victory over Ballaghaderreen in Bekan on Saturday night. Both teams made light of the difficult conditions to provide a good evening’s entertainment for the large attendance.
Ballagh got off to a flying start and led by 1-3 to 0-0 after ten minutes, despite playing against the wind. Davitts didn’t panic however and dominated for the remainder of the half. Conor Keane (2), Evan Ronane (5) and Cathal Hennelly pointed and Michael McGarry converted a penalty after he was fouled following a great run, to leave Davitts ahead by 1-8 to 1-3 at half time.
As in the first half, Ballagh started the second half impressively and they shot seven unanswered points to go two points up after fifteen minutes, and Davitts looked in big trouble. They showed tremendous character however and points from Conor Keane and Evan Ronane levelled the match before the alert Shane Treacy finished to the net after the Ballagh goalkeeper could only parry Ryan McLoughlin’s shot.
Ballagh fired over two points to narrow the gap to a single point but Shane Treacy had the final say with the final point of a great game.
This was a fine team performance with every Davitts player displaying great character after a slow start.
Davitts: Mikey Kelly, Patrick Keadin, Michael Waldron, Tom Corless, Micheal Mangan (capt), Dimitry Trench, Padraig Mangan, Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Shane Treacy (1-1), Ryan McLoughlin, Michael McGarry (1-0), Conor Keane (0-3), Evan Ronane (0-6). Sub used: Niall Kearns.