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- Documentary on Michael Davitt
- ACFL Div 2 – Davitts 2-10 Rossa 1-14
The senior footballers went down by the minimum margin against league leaders Rossa at the Falls Park in an enthralling encounter.
A fast break from defence yielded the first point of the game. Jay Park took possession of the ball, laid it off to James Lindsay, who in turn found Decky Smyth supporting the ball and when Anthony Rowntree took possession he played a lovely kick pass to Ceavy Slane who side stepped his marker and kicked the ball between the posts. Rossa quickly responded with a well taken goal and a point, however we were quickly back on level terms when a Padraig McParland shot was saved by the Rossa keeper only for the rebound to fall to James Lindsay to hit the net – all square. We moved in front with our second goal of the game coming from Caolan Park. This time Rossa responded with 4 points to edge one in front but a Padraig McParland pointed free levelled proceedings again. We then regained the upper hand, with another Ceavy Slane point, brilliant defensive work from Nathan Maginn set up Padraig McParland for a long range point and when he converted a free we held a 2-5 to 1-5 lead at the break.
Eight minutes into the second half and Rossa had wiped out our advantage with three points (2 frees). An Aaron Slane pointed free restored our lead but another 3 point Rossa salvo moved them ahead. Nathan Maginn from corner back, kicked an excellent point following good work from Conor Toner but again Rossa replied with another 2 points. We then had the score of the game, a better point you will never see, a break out of defence at intense pace, the running of the shoulder and support play involving James Lindsay, Decky Smyth and Ryan Park and when the ball was delivered to Ceavy Slane, he calmly slotted between the posts. A Rossa pointed free gave them a goal cushion. We threw everything at Rossa in a bid to reduce the deficit. Aaron Slane pointed a free and then a goal bound shot, from James Lindsay somehow deflected of a defenders knee for a 45, rather than nestling in the back of the net. Aaron Slane converted the ensuing 45 to leave us a point in arrears but the referee called time with Rossa holding on for the win.
This was an epic encounter between two sides, playing open football with great intensity and intent. Both teams should also be commended for their toughness, yet fairness in their tackling. If truth be told this was a game we didn’t deserve to lose and while Rossa have gone away the victors, there is no doubting this was their toughest assignment to date and they will consider themselves fortunate to have taken the spoils.
Scorers: Ceavy Slane (0-3), James Lindsay (1-0), Caolan Park (1-0), Padraig McParland (0-3), Aaron Slane (0-3), Nathan Maginn (0-1)
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- SAHL – St Galls 2-8 Davitts 3-15
The senior hurlers remain undefeated following an away win over St Galls at Milltown. A tight opening saw us take an early lead with points from Canice Mooney, Stephen McGivern and Cormac Maguire to take a 0-3 to 0-2 lead. A diagonal pass out of defence from Chris Gallagher, was then picked up by Stephen McGivern who soloed goal wards, hand passed off to Ciaran Rice who finished to the net. Two pointed frees from Don Whelan extended our advantage before Chris Mulligan whipped the ball to the St Galls net. Don Whelan was on target again with two further points to give us a half time lead 2-7 to 0-2.
St Galls had a great start to the second half striking 1-3 to reduce the deficit, but we immediately responded when Joe Carberry picked out Stephen McGivern from a puck out, Stephen raced from 40 yards out, leaving the St Galls defender trailing and duly dispatched a ferocious shot to the net. Don Whelan pointed a free before St Galls rallied with three points. Canice Mooney pointed from the right side after receiving a fine pass from Rory McIlroy but a St Gall’s goal put them back in contention as our lead had now been reduced to 4.
However we rallied at this stage and finished very strong with points from Cormac Maguire, Chris Mulligan, Kevin Brady (0-2), Geordie O’Kane and Stephen McGivern to win the game 3-15 to 2-8.
Scorers: Canice Mooney (0-3), Stephen McGivern(1-1), Cormac Maguire (0-2), Ciaran Rice (1-0), Don Whelan (0-5), Chris Mulligan (1-1), Kevin Brady (0-2) and Geordie O’Kane (0-1)
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- ACFL – Div 2 – Naomh Padraig 0-7 Davitts 0-10
The senior footballers picked up their first points of the season when accounting for Naomh Padraig at Kirkwood. The Lisburn side had the advantage of the strong breeze in the first half and quickly used it to open up a 2 point lead. However, we were soon back on level terms when Aaron Slane pointed a free from 50yds and Padraig McParland converted a close range free from an acute angle. Naomh Padraig regained the initiative with two well taken points, before Padraig McParland kicked his second point of the game to reduce the deficit. We defended with great intensity, executed some outstanding tackles and blocks and made it very difficult for Naomh Padraig to use the strong breeze to much advantage and we went in at the break a point in arrears 0-4 to 0-3.
A pointed Naomh Padraig free at the start of the second half doubled their advantage but two points from Padraig McParland got us back on level terms, only for Naomh Padraig to edge a point in front. At this stage we took control, hitting a good patch with Aaron Slane kicking a long range pointed free from a central position, a great hit from Conor Toner allowed Padraig McParland in for another point, good work from Niall McParland, Sean Lindberg and James Lindsay set up Ceavy Slane for a point and Decky Smyth got an excellent long range point from the right side of the pitch. With the clock ticking down a dubious Naomh Padraig point reduced the deficit to two before a long mazy run by Decky Smyth saw him kick the final point of the game to see us deserved winners 0-10 to 0-7.
Scorers: Aaron Slane (0-3), Padraig McParland (0-5), Ceavy Slane (0-1), Decky Smyth (0-2)
- SAHL – St Agnes 0-4 Davitts 1-20
The senior hurlers made it two wins from two outings when defeating St Agnes at Woodlands. We were always in control of the game and dominated from start to finish. We were clinical in the first half striking 1-14 to 0-2 with scores coming from Don Whelan (0-8), Chris Mulligan (1-0), Canice Mooney (0-2), Stephen McGivern (0-2) and Cormac Maguire (0-2). The second half wasn’t as high scoring but we added a further six points from Don Whelan (0-4), Stephen McGivern (0-1) and Cormac Maguire (0-1) to take the victory 1-20 to 0-4.
- SAHL – Davitts 1-16 St Pauls 1-5
The senior hurlers got their league campaign of to a winning start with a deserved win over St Pauls at Boucher. Stephen McGivern opened the scoring with a point, before going on a mazy solo, drifted past several defenders before crashing the ball to the net to give us the perfect start. Canice Mooney then side stepped past the St Pauls defender on the right wing and struck a fine angled point before St Pauls registered their first point of the game. A long puck out from Joe McCaff to Canice Mooney resulted in a long range point, before Stephen McGivern added his third score. St Pauls struck their second point of the game before Sean Smyth took possession of the sliotar from Alan Rainey and struck it over the bar. The half finished with a point each for Canice Mooney and Alan Rainey to give us the lead on a score of 1-7 – 0-2.
The second half started with St Pauls getting the opening point but we countered with points from Cormac Maguire and Stephen McGivern (0-2f), the second from long distance. St Pauls responded with two points before we struck a succession of points from Canice Mooney, Stephen McGivern (0-2 (1 f), and Alan Rainey following a great cross field pass from Don Whelan. St Pauls struck a consolation goal towards the end of the game but we finished strongly with points from Cormac Maguire and Don Whelan to take the spoils 1-16 to 1-5. Click here for photos from the game.
Scorers: Stephen McGivern 1-6, Canice Mooney 0-4, Alan Rainey 0-2, Cormac Maguire 0-2, Sean Smyth 0-1, Don Whelan 0-1
- ACFL Div 2 – Senior Football Update
After three outings, the senior footballers are still searching for their first league win of the 2019 campaign. Home defeats to Dunloy (4-9 to 3-17), Sarsfields (2-7 to 0-15) and an away lose to Aldergrove (4-24 to 1-9) sees us firmly rooted to the bottom of Division 2. A part from the Aldergrove game, when we were completely over run, we were competitive in the other two games and showed glimpses of our potential. However, we now need to regroup and focus on breaking this sequence of loses and endeavour to get a few points on the table. Next up is an away game against Naomh Padraig on 26 April 2019 with a 7.30pm throw in. Like ourselves they have not registered a win in their opening three games so this is obviously a must win game for both sides and should be an entertaining and hard fought game.