Juniors v Louisburgh – Match Report
Davitts secured their place in the last eight of the County Junior B Championship with a hard earned victory over a gallant Louisburgh side in a game played in lousy weather conditions in Islandeady on Sunday. In a game where scores were hard earned, Davitts prevailed on a 1-7 to 0-8 scoreline.
Davitts played with the assistance of the wind in the first half but found it hard to penetrate a rugged Louisburgh defence. A Liam Noone point from a free in the 10th minute opened the scoring but Louisburgh replied with two points to take the lead. Darragh McGale pointed in the 22nd minute with Liam Noone (2) and Shane Treacy following suit as Davitts finished the half strongly to lead by 0-5 to 0-2 at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Louisburgh and they shot three points in this period and looked good for victory but a resolute Davitts team dug in.
Midfielders Shane Mitchell and Stephen Nyland began to dominate and in the 48th minute came the crucial score. A long delivery from Stephen Nyland was contested vigorously by Dara O Flaherty. The breaking ball was picked up by Darragh McGale who offloaded to Shane Treacy who crashed an unstoppable effort to the Louisburgh net to the delight of the Davitts supporters. The same player added a point thirty seconds later to put his side five points ahead and, although Louisburgh added three points to their tally before the end, they never looked likely to grab the goal they needed to deny Davitts.
Shane Treacy would have been a popular man of the match choice with Lawrence Daly, Mark Ronayne, Shane Mitchell, Stephen Nyland, Dara O Flaherty, Seamus Roche and Darragh McGale also in top form for Davitts.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Cathal Moran, Lawrence Daly, Frankie Barrett, John Macken, Mark Ronayne, Johnno Clarke, Shane Mitchell, Stephen Nyland (0-1), Shane Treacy (1-2), Seamus Roche, Tommy Clarke, Liam Noone (0-3), Darragh McGale (0-1), Dara O Flaherty. Subs used: Tom Corless, Ryan McLoughlin, William Freeley, Richie Kilkenny, Paul Carey.