Moy Davitts 0-9
Davitts and Moy Davitts shared the spoils in the opening round of the Mayo Senior Championship in a game played in very difficult conditions in Ballindine on Saturday evening. The heavy rain and cross wind ensured that there were plenty of errors but the closeness of the exchanges meant that the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. Both teams had the chances to win the game with the homeside the more wasteful in attack but it’s all to play for in the group as the other game between Ballintubber and Aghamore ended up all square too.
Moy Davitts got off to a flying start shooting three fine points in the opening six minutes before Jack Ronayne settled Davitts down with a seventh minute point. Jack Ronayne narrowed the gap with a neat point in the 11th minute and Colm Boyle, who had a powerful game, levelled it in the 14th minute with an inspirational score. Evan Ronane added another before the water break to put Davitts ahead for the first time in the game. Moy Davitts equalised in the 21st minute but Cathal Hennelly cancelled out that score a minute later. Jack Ronayne extended Davitts lead to two with a 30th minute point but Moy Davitts had the last say of the half with an injury time point to leave the homeside ahead by 0-6 to 0-5 at halftime.
Cathal Hennelly opened the second half scoring with a superb long range point in the 32nd minute and Jack Ronayne pointed in the 35th minute to put Davitts three ahead. Moy Davitts reacted well and added three points in the next four minutes to level the game again. As the climatic conditions deteriorated, scores were becoming hard to get with the conditions certainly favouring defenders. Moy Davitts took the lead again in the fiftieth minute. The final ten minutes were frantic, the exchanges were getting heated but Ronan McNamara was the only player to trouble the scoreboard operator when he pointed the equaliser with three minutes remaining. Davitts looked more likely to grab the win but overall the draw was possibly the fairest outcome to the contest.
Best for Davitts were Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Colm Boyle, Stephen Nyland, Jack Ronayne, Ronan McNamara and Niall Treacy.
Davitts: Cian Naughton, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Tom Corless, Brian Clarke, Kieran Fahy, Aidan Macken, Stephen Nyland, Daniel Huane, Cathal Hennelly (0-2), Jack Ronayne (0-4), Colm Boyle (0-1), Evan Ronane (0-1), Ronan McNamara (0-1), Mark Ronayne. Subs used: Niall Treacy, Darragh McGale, Shane Treacy, Tommy Waldron.