Seniors v Knockmore – Match Report
Knockmore 4-12 Davitts 3-7
Davitts Senior’s travelled to Knockmore on Tuesday evening for the Leo Kenny Cup semi-final with the locals booking their final spot after an entertaining match. A strong closing twelve minutes of the match, yielding an unanswered 1-4, saw the Knockmore lads clinch victory but they had to pull out all the stops against a very plucky Davitts team.
Knockmore opened the scoring with a sixth minute point with Ronan McNamara equalising from long range in the eighth minute. Knockmore replied with a quickfire goal and a point and after another point in the 12th minute it looked like they would run riot. Davitts however settled down with a Liam Kearns point. A great move involving several players almost resulted in a Davitts goal but Liam Macken’s attempt hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the Knockmore goalie’s arms. The homeside pointed in the 18th minute and Darragh McGale pulled one back for Davitts in the 19th before a super move ended with Brian Clarke supplying the final pass for a Liam Macken goal. Two minutes later Knockmore cancelled that score out with a goal of their own from the penalty spot after Padraig Mangan took down one of their forwards bearing down on goal, earning himself a black card. Ronan McNamara in the 25th and Knockmore in the 26th minutes pointed but four minutes later Keith Prendergast fired home Davitts second goal after a piercing run from Evan Ronane. Liam Kearns narrowed the gap with a point and Knockmore pointed just before the break to go ahead by 3-5 to 2-5 after a helter skelter first half.
Davitts began the second half with a first minute point by Liam Kearns. Knockmore pointed in the third before Liam Kearns levelled the game in the 35th minute, goaling after another slick Davitts attacking move. Knockmore pointed in the 36th and 38th minutes before Ronan McNamara pulled one back for the visitors in the 42nd minute. Davitts wasted a number of scoring opportunities and a 43rd minute point and a 48th minute Knockmore goal put them five points ahead. They added three late points as they advance to play Charlestown in the final.
This was a very hardworking and encouraging display by Davitts against a Knockmore side that were clinical up front.
Davitts: David Mitchell, Patrick Keadin, Cathal Higgins, Ciaran Fahy, Dmitry Trench, Padraig Mangan, Brian Clarke, Ronan McNamara (0-3), William Freeley, Liam Macken (1-1), Liam Kearns (1-2), Evan Ronane, Cathal Hennelly, Darragh McGale (0-1), Keith Prendergast (1-0). Subs used: Kevin Gallagher, John Macken, Tom Corless, Tommy Clarke, Aidan Macken.