Claremorris 3-12 Davitts 2-15
Davitts and Claremorris served up a real thriller in the County U-16 A Championship played in perfect conditions in Claremorris on Tuesday evening. In the proverbial game of two halves, the sides ended up all square, a result that both camps will probably be satisfied with.
Claremorris dominated the first half and raced into a 1-6 to 0-1 lead midway through the half. The homeside looked much sharper than an unusually lethargic Davitts team who struggled to get to the pace of the game. A fine Davy Hennessy goal in the 20th minute after a great passing move narrowed the deficit but Claremorris wiped that out with a superb goal of their own a minute later as the game sprung into life. Jack Devane goaled again for Davitts before the break but Claremorris cancelled that score out with another fine goal and they went in at halftime ahead by 3-9 to 2-3. The break could not have come quick enough for Davitts who in truth could easily have been much further in arrears.
Davitts came out looking a completely different team in the second half with the switching of the excellent Fionan Gallagher to midfield proving crucial. They played some great football with Fionan Gallagher, Fenton Kelly and Joe Prendergast winning alot of ball around the middle and they shot six unanswered points in the third quarter from Fenton Kelly, Jack Devane (2), Bon Glynn, Cathal Corless and Fionan Gallagher to narrow the gap to three points. Now the homeside were reeling but a pointed free stemmed the tide. Davitts pointed through Cathal Corless, Joe Prendergast and Jack Devane with Claremorris adding two to their tally as the game entered the final minutes. Joe Prendergast and Cathal Corless fired over two Davitts points and Jack Devane kept his nerve to slot over the equalising score in the last seconds of a very entertaining match.
Best for Davitts were Micheal Hett, Sean Keadin, Thomas Ronayne, Fionan Gallagher, Fenton Kelly, Bon Glynn, Cathal Corless, Joe Prendergast and Jack Devane.
Davitts: Tristan Diskin, Brian Og McTigue, Micheal Hett, Sean Keadin, Brian Birmingham, Thomas Ronayne, Fionan Gallagher (0-1), Fenton Kelly (0-1), John Wallace, Bon Glynn (0-1), Cathal Corless (0-4), Joe Prendergast (0-3), Davy Hennessy (1-0), Jack Devane (1-5), Jack Melvin. Sub used: Dylan Gallagher.