U-14s v Crossmolina–League Final – Match Report
Davitts U-14’s continued their successful run this year with a convincing 7-6 to 1-10 victory over a gallant Crossmolina team in the County Div 3 League Final played in sunny conditions in Islandeady on Thursday evening.
Davitts showed their intent early and a fine Davy Hennessy goal in the second minute settled the nerves. Three minutes later Jack Devane emphatically finished a slick move involving Joe Prendergast, Fenton Kelly and Dylan Gallagher and the same player scored a third goal in the eighth minute after great work by John Wallace and Davy Hennessy. Crossmolina were tagging on points but found the Davitts defence in superb form with Fionan Gallagher and Micheal Hett in terrific form throughout the first half.
Davy Hennessy and Jack Devane combined again in the 17th minute with the latter completing his hat trick with another unstoppable finish. He added a point five minutes before the half time whistle to leave Davitts ahead by 4-1 to 0-7 at the interval.
As he did in the first half, Davy Hennessy goaled in the second minute of the second half to extend his side’s lead. Davitts added points from Hennessy and a neat Dylan Gallagher effort. Crossmolina then had a good spell, scoring a fine goal and three points to narrow the gap but Jack Devane fired over three fine points before Jack Melvin drove home goal number six, in the 23rd minute, after good work by Brian Bermingham.
As the game entered its final minute it was fitting that Davy Hennessy finished the scoring with an opportunist goal to complete his hat trick.
Davitts ability to score goals was the difference between the sides. Tristan Diskin was solid in goals and Fionan Gallagher, the superb Micheal Hett and Cathal Devane formed an excellent full back line. The half back line of team captain Brian Og McTigue, Thomas Ronayne, a fine centre back, and Cathal Corless gave nothing away lightly.
John Wallace and Fenton Kelly played powerfully at midfield.
Jack Devane (3-4) and Davy Hennessy (3-1) were clinical finishers up front with the hard working Jack Melvin (1-0), Dylan Gallagher (0-1), Joe Prendergast and Bon Glynn putting in solid shifts.
The subs introduced, Ian Prendergast, Brian Bermingham, Brian Eagney, Ryan Rattigan and Mark Bermingham all played their parts.
Well done to the whole squad and to the team mentors, Derek Byrne, Frank Kelly, Darren Connolly and Tommy Ronayne.