WELCOME TO DAVITTS GAC WEBSITE
Michael Davitt CLG would like to welcome you to our club website. Our aim is to keep this site regularly updated with information about all our activities.We hope you will find this site informative about our club, its past and what events will be taking place throughout the season. Being online allows our supporters and others, wherever they are, to follow our various activities.
- SAHL – Davitts 4-15 St Endas 3-9
The hurlers got back to winning ways with an emphatic and deserved win over St Endas at Boucher Road on Monday night. Both teams battled hard in the first half and the standard of hurling was very high with both teams striking some quality scores. Colm McKee opened our scoring with a long range point which was followed by a St Enda’s equaliser. Stephen McGivern then scored two quick points with the pick following a Canice Mooney sideline cut when he dipped the sliotar and despite being under pressure fired a shot over his shoulder and between the posts. Another St Enda’s point was followed by Stephen McGivern’s third point of the game. We were then rocked when a St Enda’s goal put us behind for the first time in the game. A Canice Mooney point from a central position 65 metres out was cancelled out by another St Enda’s point. However, Stephen McGivern then took possession of the sliotar and with 50 metres from goal went on a solo run and finished to the back of the net. Our lead was short lived as St Enda’s next attack resulted in a goal. However, the goals kept coming and Stephen McGivern got another to edge us a point in front but again St Enda’s tied the game. We finished the half strongly with points from Sean Prenter and Jordy O’Kane. Half- time score Davitts 2-7 St Endas 2-5.
The first three points of the second half came from well struck 65s with two to St Endas and one from Stephen McGivern. Stephen then added a pointed free with St Endas staying in the game with another point. However, it was at this stage we upped the tempo of our game, striking 2-6 without reply. The scoring started with a high ball into the square, Aaron Slane rose above everyone, took a tremendous high catch and lashed it to the net. Canice Mooney then pointed, before a move down the right hand-side, involving quick hand passing from Stephen McGivern to Aaron Slane and to Colm McKee who finished to the net. Further points from Sean McIlhatton (0-2), Anthony Rowntree, Aaron Slane, and Stephen McGivern gave us a healthy lead. Credit to St Endas as they never gave up and 1-1 in the dying minutes of the game finished the scoring to leave the final score 4-15 to 3-9.
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- Congratulations to Antrim Minor Footballers
Congratulations to our own Declan Smyth and the Antrim minor footballers on their 0-21 to 2-14 extra time win over Donegal in the Ulster Minor Championship at Ballybofey last Sunday. In an excellent game of football the determination and endeavour shown by the Antrim boys is to be praised, despite going behind in the second half they showed true grit and determination to play themselves back into the game and finish the game strongly to take a deserved win. Well done to all the players and management team.
- ACFL Div 2 – Davitts 3-5 Dunloy 1-8
The senior footballer made it consecutive wins when defeating Dunloy at Boucher Road on Wednesday night. A win for Dunloy would have seen them level on points at the top of the league but we put in a solid performance to deservedly take the points.
Dunloy were quick out of the blocks and an early goal had us on the back foot We responded well with Ryan Park blasting to the net to level the scores. The teams then traded a brace of points with Ryan Park slotting over a nice left footed point and Daniel Largey getting his first point of the game. With the scores tied at 1-2, a further point from Daniel Largey and a long range point from Gerard Burns gave us a two point advantage but again Dunloy hit back with two points to level the scores. With half time approaching James Lindsay took possession of the ball and drove it to the back of the net to send us in at the break with a goal advantage 2-4 to 1-4.
Dunloy started brightly in the second half and added three points, two from frees without reply and the game was level again. Dunloy put us under pressure but we remained resolute and took the lead with another Gerard Burns point, only for Dunloy to get the equaliser. Both teams pushed for the decisive score that would secure the victory and when Dunloy were awarded a penalty, it looked as if they would take the spoils. However, keeper Damien Nugent got down low to make a tremendous save. This seemed to re-energise us and we pushed up field, the ball went to substitute Liam McGivern who had his first shot saved, it remained in the small square and when Dunloy failed to clear the danger the ball ended back with Liam who smashed it to the net. Dunloy took the kick out and the referee blew for full time. Final score Davitts 3-5 Dunloy 1-8.
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- SAHL – St Johns 2-16 Davitts 0-8
The senior hurlers were defeated by an excellent St John’s team in their latest league outing. While the final score line would suggest that it was all one way it was anything but. We battled hard but the St John’s team were just that bit more experienced and a split second sharper which enabled them to have the space and time to take their scores. However, we scored several fine points ourselves, notably one from Sean Prenter which started with a puck out from Sean Smyth to Thomas Maguire who hand-passed the sliotar to Anthony Rowntree who it turn drilled a pass to Prenter who dispatched it between the sticks, Canice Mooney struck a great long range point while Stephen McGivern pointed from a tight angle also from distance. One statistic which was displeasing was the 16 wides we struck but on a positive note we have to acknowledge that we created so many scoring opportunities against a quality side.
- ACFL Div 2 – Davitts 0-12 Ardoyne 1-09
The senior footballers picked up their first points of the league campaign with a nail biting win over Ardoyne at Boucher Road last Wednesday. On a bright evening with an 8.15 throw in, the game finished in almost darkness but on the bright side we took the spoils with a solitary point dividing the teams.
Both teams exchanged a brace of early points with Ryan Park and Anthony Rowntree getting on the scoreboard. We were defensively solid and Ardoyne found it difficult to create scoring opportunities and we opened up a four point margin with points from Daniel Largey, David Nugent, Gerard Burns and Padraig McParland. Half time Davitts 0-6 Ardoyne 0-2.
We were on the front foot at the start of the second half with further points from Daniel Largey and Padraig McParland (free) to stretch our lead. Ardoyne hit back with two points before Gerard Burns got his second point of the game. Ardoyne then enjoyed their best spell of the game with a goal and a point to leave a point between the teams. They had further goal opportunities but several outstanding saves from Damian Nugent kept us in front. From here on it was anyone’s game, Daniel Largey pushed the lead to two, Ardoyne reduced the lead to a point, Caoimhin Slane got his first point to restore the two point lead and again Ardoyne reduced the deficit to one. Daniel Largey then scored an excellent point from a tight angle and with two points in front and the game moving into injury time it looked as if we had done enough and the game was won, however a pointed Ardoyne free left one in it and a nail biting few seconds ensued before the referee signalled the end of the game.
- All County Feile B Hurling Final
Congratulations to our U14 hurlers who claimed the all county Feile B title yesterday evening at St Teresa’s pitch with a 2-2 to 1-2 win over St Endas. Well done to all players, mentors, parents and supporters.
- New Pitch Development Commences
Michael Davitt GAC are proud to announce that work on our new pitch (in collaboration with Corpus Christie College) and associated facilities started earlier this week.
Throughout our illustrious 105 year history, Michael Davitt GAC has never had a pitch that we could really call home but now our dream will soon come true.
It has been a long and arduous journey to get to this stage but the commitment and determination of our club committee, and in particular our chairman Tommy Shaw, to realise our goals never ceased.
With the help of local Sinn Féin councillors, particularly Cllr Ciaran Beattie and Cllr Jim McVeigh, Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann, our local MP Paul Maskey, Belfast City Council, schools, the local Parish, Diocese, Space & Place, BIFFA and local residents, a barren piece of land that once blighted the area will soon be a state of the art facility, benefiting the whole community. We would like to offer our thanks to you all for your assistance and support. Without you all this project would not have been possible.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
This £1.5m project will consist of a full size Gaelic pitch complete with spectator stand, changing rooms, hurling wall, 4G training pitch with floodlights, car park, children’s playground, outdoor gym and highway to health walkway/trim trail and should complete in approx 44 weeks.
We welcome the co-operation, understanding and support from the residents of St Marys Gardens over the upcoming weeks.
Finally, we look forward to providing a hub for our beloved sports to the local community and beyond.