U-11’s win South Mayo ‘C’ Final
Davitts and The Neale contested an entertaining South Mayo ‘C’ Final on Saturday afternoon in Claremorris, Davitts emerging 4-11 to 3-7 winners. Skilful midfielder Jack Ronayne started the scoreboard ticking over with a well taken point after 3 minutes, and added a second point 3 minutes later with free.
Liam Macken added a third after 10 minutes with a delightful point after good work from the outstanding Ciaran Fahy. The Neale then hit back with their only score of the half to level matters, a goal after the Davitts defence failed to deal with a loose ball in the square, the only time in the first half that the Davitts defence were found wanting. Davitts replied strongly with points from Cian Treacy and Ronayne (2) adding to a goal by team captain Rebecca Waldron. Ronayne then netted shortly before half time, leaving the scoreline at the break 2-6 to 1-0.
Niall Kearns got the scoring underway in the second half with Davitts first attack, one minute into the action, however, The Neale then burst into life and hit 1-1 in quick succession, the Davitts defence suddenly looking a lot more vulnerable. With Davitts lead cut to six points, they reacted in fine fashion with Waldron and Liam Macken adding a point apiece. The Neale hit back with three points on the trot, before corner forward Niall Kearns scored a well deserved goal with 10 minutes left to play. The excellent Ronayne then added another point. To their credit, The Neale did not give up, and responded with a goal with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. A point at either end was traded, Davitts score coming from a Jack Ronayne free, before a long ball into the square from Ronayne was deftly flicked on by Kearns and ended up in the net with one minute remaining. The Neale had time to score two more points, with some nervy moments in the Davitts defence during the dying minutes of the game, however, the referee then blew the final whistle, seeing Davitts secure a seven point victory.
In what was a fantastic team performance, Davitts had outstanding players in Thomas Corless, Dimitri Trench, Aidan Macken and Ciaran Fahy in defence. Jack Ronayne turned in a man of the match performance at midfield, while Liam Macken, Niall Kearns and Rebecca Waldron excelled in attack.
Davitts Team: Ryan Mulligan, Thomas Corless, Jordan Flanagan, Dimitri Trench, Ciaran Fahy, Aidan Macken, Jack Ronayne, Rebecca Waldron, Liam Macken, Ryan McLoughlin, Cian Naughtan, Niall Kearns, Cian Treacy
Subs Used: Colin Mulligan, Oisin Halligan, James Corless, Stephen Nyland