U-16s v Hollymount Carramore–South Mayo B final – Match Report
Hollymount Carramore 2-11
Davitts and Hollymount Carramore met in the South Mayo U-16 B Final in Claremorris with the Davitts lads coming out on top by the narrowest of margins after a great battle.
Davitts got off to a flyer and points from Charlie Phillips, Zack Keadin, Jack Devane (2) and a Niall Treacy goal, had them ahead by seven points after ten minutes. A Hollycarra point a minute later was cancelled out by Niall Treacy. Hollycarra then began to take control.
They pointed again in the 15th minute and three minutes later they were awarded a penalty which they duly converted. Davitts influential centre back Thomas Ronayne received a black card for the foul leading to the penalty and he was replaced by Fionan Gallagher. Hollycarra added three points in the next five minutes to tie the game.
Davitts responded in fine style with a point from Jack Devane. Man of the match Niall Treacy fired home a brilliant goal a minute later after a superb pass from Davey Hennessy. Hollycarra were awarded a second penalty in the closing minute of the half but the kick went high and over Gavin Ring’s crossbar for a point to leave Davitts ahead by 2-6 to 1-6 at halftime.
Hollymount Carramore started the second half well and they goaled in the second minute to level the match. Niall Treacy put Davitts ahead with a fifth minute point and extended the lead with a similar score two minutes later. Hollycarra pulled a point back in the 9th minute and another point in the 10th minute was quickly cancelled out by a fine Joe Prendergast score for Davitts.
Niall Treacy pointed in the 17th minute but Hollycarra replied two minutes later. In the 21st minute a superb Niall Treacy run ended up with him being awarded a free in which he duly converted. Davitts supporters felt a little aggrieved that the advantage rule wasn’t implemented (as Niall buried a goal as he was being fouled) or that a penalty wasn’t awarded but it turned out that the point was crucial.
Niall Treacy extended Davitts lead to two in the 25th minute, a pointed free after Fenton Kelly’s storming run was ended with a foul. In the 29th minute Hollycarra pointed after a move that could easily have ended up with a goal. In the tense closing moments, Hollycarra threw everything they had at Davitts in the quest for an equaliser but the defence stood firm and Davitts held on to win by a point.
Gavin Ring had a steady game in goals for Davitts and in Micheal Hett and Jack Trench he had two outstanding defenders in front of him. Thomas Ronayne’s black card was unfortunate but in Fionan Gallagher, Davitts had an excellent replacement. Charlie Phillips and Davey Hennessy were two industrious wing backs, contributing in defence and attack, with Brian Og McTigue also doing well when introduced.
Midfielders John Wallace and Sean Feerick formed a very effective partnership. Up front the team captain Niall Treacy led by example with an all action display and he got great assistance from the very lively Zack Keadin, Fenton Kelly, Jack Devane and Joe Prendergast.
Well done to the Management team of Derek Byrne, Declan Kirrane and Tommy Ronayne who have put in so much work with this squad.
Davitts: Gavin Ring, Jack Trench, Micheal Hett, Davey Hennessy, Thomas Ronayne, Charlie Phillips (0-1), Sean Feerick, John Wallace, Fenton Kelly, Niall Treacy (2-6), Zack Keadin (0-1), Joe Prendergast (0-1), Jack Devane (0-3). Subs used: Fionan Gallagher, Brian Og McTigue.