Seniors v Belmullet–League Div 2 – Match Report
Belmullet 0-6 Davitts 2-4
Davitts got their Mayo Senior League Div 2 campaign off to a winning start with a fine four point defeat of Belmullet. The game was played in artic conditions and the gale force wind didn’t help the standard of football but both sides served up an entertaining game nevertheless.
We had to wait until the 18th minute for the game’s first score, a Belmullet point. They added two more in the 25th and 27th minutes and the hard working Davitts players would have been relatively pleased to go in at the break trailing by just three points after playing into the vicious wind.
Ronan McNamara opened Davitts account with a trademark long range free in the 6th minute of the second half but the homeside responded well and extended their lead to four with points in the 12th and 14th minutes. Davitts didn’t panic and Cathal Hennelly got his first goal in the 15th minute after fetching Ronan McNamara’s long delivery and finishing well. Josh Ronayne pointed from distance to equalize the match in the 19th minute and Cathal Hennelly pounced for his second goal a minute later to put his side in the driving seat.
Belmullet fought hard to get back into the game but the Davitts defence stood firm. Josh Ronayne and Evan Ronane pointed in the closing minutes while Belmullet shot the last score of the game deep in injury time.
Davitts new look team displayed great tenacity and workrate and had super performances from Padraig Mangan, Cathal Higgins, Josh Ronayne, Ronan McNamara, the outstanding Andy Peters and Cathal Hennelly.
Davitts: Adrian McNamara, Patrick Keadin, Padraig Mangan, Lawrence Daly, Thomas Waldron, Cathal Higgins, Dimitry Trench, Josh Ronayne (0-2), Ronan McNamara (0-1), Tom Corless, Andy Peters, Liam Noone, Cathal Hennelly (2-1), Aidan McTigue, Evan Ronane (0-1). Subs used: Liam Kearns, Johnno Clarke.