O Mara Cup v Shrule Glencorrib match report
Davitts Senior team booked their place in the O Mara Cup semi-final when they defeated Shrule Glencorrib by 2-7 to 0-8 in Ballindine on Saturday evening. The conditions were not great but both teams served up an entertaining game nevertheless.
The exchanges were tight in the opening quarter with Davitts playing against the tricky wind. Shrule Glencorrib opened the scoring in the fifth minute but points from Johnno Clarke and Ronan McNamara had Davitts ahead at the first water break. Shrule Glencorrib equalised in the 16th minute but excellent link up play from Cathal Hennelly, Darragh McGale and Stephen Nyland ended with Liam Kearns finishing for a Davitts goal three minutes later. Shrule Glencorrib reacted well scoring three unanswered points before the break to leave the sides level, Davitts 1-2 to Shrule Glencorrib’s 0-5, at halftime.
Cathal Hennelly gave Davitts the lead two minutes into the second period with the visitors equalising in the 9th minute. Davitts then took command and a Liam Kearns point was followed by a scoring blitz from veteran Ronan McNamara who pointed three long range frees and goaled in the 47th minute to effectively settle the issue. Shrule Glencorrib tried their best but could only manage two points before the finish as Davitts used their experience well to see the game out.
Best for Davitts were Cathal Higgins, Patrick Keadin, Kieran Fahy, Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara, Aidan Macken, Liam Kearns, Cathal Hennelly and Darragh McGale.
Davitts: Dean Moran, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Jordan Flanagan, Tom Corless, Kieran Fahy, Dmitry Trench, Ronan McNamara (1-4), Aidan Macken, Liam Macken, Liam Kearns (1-1), Johnno Clarke (0-1), Cathal Hennelly (0-1), Stephen Nyland, Darragh McGale. Subs used: Fearghal McGrath, Shane Mitchell, Ryan McLoughlin, Donie Ronayne, Lawrence Daly.