Davitts v Ballinrobe – South Mayo U-14 A Championship
Davitts hosted Ballinrobe in the South Mayo u-14 A semi final on Thursday evening, with the visitors winning by a single point, after a pulsating battle, that will remain in the memories of the large attendance for a long time. Ballinrobe, the recently crowned county B champions, set all the early running, and dominated the first half, deservedly leading by 4-7 to 1-3 at half time. Things looked bleak for the homeside at this stage, as only Tommy Charles, Matthew Trench and Cathal Hennelly were playing up to their usual standard.
Whatever words of wisdom spoken to the Davitts lads during the break, worked the oracle in spectacular fashion, as Davitts began to claw away at the thirteen point deficit, and managed to reduce it to just one at the final whistle, playing some magnificent football in the process. Davitts indeed would have won the game but for some excellent last gasp defending by an overworked Ballinrobe defence. The final scoreline was Ballinrobe 4-9, Davitts 3-11.
Captain Donal Ronayne led by example in the second half, and he and the very impressive Matthew Trench were superb at midfield. Tommy Charles excelled at centre back, with great backup from William Freeley and John Huane. Up front, Tommy Waldron, Liam Noone, Michael Clarke Cathal Hennelly and lively sub Gerard Griffin all worked extremely hard to try to pull off a famous victory.
Team: Michael Mangan, Liam Connolly, Tommy Charles, John Huane, William Freeley, Jonathon Fahy, Donal Ronayne, Shane Cummins, Michael Clarke, Liam Noone, Matthew Trench, Cathal Hennelly, Tommy Waldron. Sub used Gerard Griffin.