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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.
- Junior B All-Ireland Hurling Series
Following our 4-9 to 0-9 win over Eire Og (Corra Choill) the senior hurlers will make the trek back to Heywood College this Sunday for a 3pm throw in. Our opponents in the Leinster semi-final will be the Kilkenny champions John Lockes who had two points to spare in their quarter final win over Mountmellick (Laois). This will be a stern test for us and we need to continue our preparation – training as usual on Wednesday night at Sally Gardens at 7pm.
- AIJB Hurling Series – Davitts 4-9 Eire Og (Corra Choill) 0-9
The senior hurlers had their first win in the All-Ireland Junior B hurling series with a quarter final Leinster win over the Kildare champions Eire Og (Corra Choill) at Heywood college on Sunday.
We started well and created a few early scoring opportunities but failure to convert them into scores saw us punished by Eire Og as they established a three point lead. However, a Chris Gallagher free got us on the scoreboard and when Alan Rainey launched a pass from defense, Stephen Toner controlled the sliotar, side stepped his man and struck it between the posts. Both teams then traded point for point with Chris Gallagher adding 3 pointed frees to see us trail 0-5 to 0-6. The defining moment of the first half came in the 28th minute, the sliotar was played out of the back line, Rory McEvoy picked up possession and swiftly hand-passed the sliotar to Stephen McGivern who raced on goal and smashed it to the back of the net. Another Chris Gallagher free saw us lead at the break 1-6 to 0-6.
We got the perfect start to the second half when Chris Gallagher played a high ball into the Eire Og square, it somehow deceived their goalkeeper and it ended up in the net to increase our lead to six. Eire Og responded with a pointed free. We followed up with another well executed goal, good work from Rory McEvoy and Canice Mooney saw the sliotar reach Gary Nelson who dispatched an unstoppable shot to the net. We tagged on further points from Chris Gallagher (0-2) and Stephen McGivern to ease into a comfortable lead. Another Eire Og pointed free was followed by our fourth goal of the game. Thomas Toland played a pass to Stephen McGivern who fed the sliotar to Martin Tully who had stormed forward from the half back line to the edge of the square and he struck a fierce shot past the keeper. Eire Og registered the final point of the game and at the whistle we had recorded a 4-9 to 0-9 win to progress to the semi-final stages.
Our opponents in the semi-final are the Kilkenny champions John Lockes, who had a two point win in their quarter final match.
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- Junior B Hurling All-Ireland Series
The senior hurlers make the journey to Heywood College, Ballinakill, Co. Laois, this Sunday for their Leinster quarter final encounter with the Kildare champions Eire Og (Corra Choill) – throw in is at 1pm. This is the third year that we have qualified for the competition and we will be looking to progress to the next round for the first time, however we will face stiff opposition in Eire Og who had a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Broadford in the Kildare final.
- Annual Dinner
Tickets are now available for this year’s Annual Dinner on Saturday 25th November.
With a host of juvenile trophies won, along with the Junior B hurling title, there’s definitely plenty to celebrate.
And with hopefully many of the ‘87 Minor Football squad in attendance, it’s sure to be a great night.
Get your tickets ASAP, available from the bar staff or Gavin Shaw.
Any of the ‘87 squad can contact Tommy Toland or Eugene Gallagher.
- JBHC Final – Davitts 2-17 Ballymena 3-8
The senior hurlers collected the junior B hurling championship title for the third year in a row when defeating Ballymena in a keenly contested final at Hightown yesterday.
Playing against the breeze in the first half, early points from Rory McEvoy followed by a Stephen McGivern pointed free got us off to the ideal start but Ballymena struck back to level the game. Colm McKee then split the posts to restore our lead, but another brace of Ballymena points put them in front before a Stephen McGivern pointed free levelled the match again. Ballymena then roared into a six point advantage as they struck two goals in a short space of time. The half ended with two Canice Mooney points and a Ballymena pointed response to leave us trailing 0-6 to 2-5 at the break.
We got off to the perfect start in the second half when Stephen McGivern, after his initial effort was saved, pulled on the sliotar and it hit the back of the net, 2 between the sides. Canice Mooney then pointed two frees and in the blink of an eye we were back in the game with the scores tied. Ballymena replied with a long range pointed free. A great clearance from Gary Nelson was picked up on the left wing by Rory McEvoy, he went on a mazy run and popped a pass inside to Thomas Toland. Thomas was unable to get his stroke in as the Ballymena defense crowded him out and he duly kicked the sliotar to the back of the Ballymena net. Ballymena pointed from a free before losing a man for a second yellow and Canice Mooney converted the resultant free, he added a further point following a pass out of defense to Chris Gallagher who hand-passed the sliotar off for him to strike it over the bar. Ballymena then launched a long, high ball into the square and it ended up in the net and when they added another point, from being in control we were a point in arrears.
We then upped our performance and went through our best spell of the game, striking seven unanswered points, Canice Mooney (0-5) and Stephen McGivern (0-2). The highlights of the these scores was a point following a great solo run from Gearoid Cosgrove who fired a low ball into Sean McIlhatton who passed to Canice Mooney who finished the attack, he also struck a free straight between the sticks from his own half. This spell of scoring was enough to secure the win and the title. Ballymena put in an outstanding performance and pushed us all the way right to the last ten minutes of the game when we pulled away for the victory.
Next up in the Junior A championship is Glenravel on 6 August at Randelstown with a 3pm throw in .
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- Junior B Hurling Championship – Davitts 1-13 St Agnes 2-8
Once again, there was only the puck of a ball between both teams in yet another exciting championship encounter at St Teresa’s while thunder and lightning and a torrential downpour just before throw in didn’t deter either team in their quest to progress to the final.
Playing direct hurling straight from the throw in, we created an immediate goal scoring opportunity but the shot was saved and the St Agnes keeper duly cleared his line, however the industrious Rory McEvoy opened the scoring with a well taken point. A St Agnes free levelled scores before Rory again fired over, followed by points from Chris Gallagher and Alan Rainey to extend our lead. We were in control of the game and despite two well taken pointed 65s from St Agnes, points from Stephen McGivern (0-3), and Chris Gallagher saw us build up a five point cushion. St Agnes clung on adding two points before a scrappy goal brought them level and on the stroke of half time another point turned the game in their favour as they led by the minimum on a score of 0-8 to 1-6.
We levelled the game on the restart when Stephen McGivern fired over, and with both teams then exchanging a series of frees two from Stephen McGivern and one from Chris Gallagher we moved into a point advantage. A great save from Sean Smith ensured we retained our lead before a long puck out deep into the St Agnes half saw Chris Gallagher and Canice Mooney involved and as the pass went to Thomas Toland he fired goal wards. The St Agnes keeper made the save but Thomas followed up and the sliotar was forced to the back of the net, four in front. Stephen McGivern tagged on a pointed free and with time almost up it looked as if we had done enough to secure a final spot. However, there was still more drama to unfold and when the Aggies found the net there was two between the teams, and as we moved into injury time they pressed for a winning goal. Despite creating one final goal opportunity Gearoid Cosgrove got in the way to deflect the ball to safety and the referee blew the final whistle.
We now progress to the final, which is scheduled for this Sunday against Ballymena at Hightown with a 3pm throw in.
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- ACFL Div 2B – St Comhghalls 1-13 Davitts 2-5
The senior footballers put in a poor performance in this must win game at Dunsilly and it was the Antrim outfit who deservedly took the points. St Comhghalls were the hungrier side, sharper to the ball and when opportunities presented they took their scores. Having said that we opened the scoring with a fine Ciaran O’Riordan point and after Antrim levelled an Aaron Slane point put us back in front. However, that unfortunately was to be our last score of the half and St Comghghall’s reeled of 5 points to lead at half time 0-6 to 0-2.
Midway through the second half we found ourselves 8 points in arrears despite further points from Ciaran O’Riordan and Chris Gallagher. However, we then had an excellent spell in the game, Chris Gallagher pointed a free and then two quick fire goals, one from Gerard Burns and a second from Ciaran O’Riordan left one between the sides. At this stage the Antrim outfit were on the back foot, they were edgy and defending very deep. We kept on the press and had several opportunities to level the game even have gone in front but we were not clinically enough with our finishing. It came back to haunt us as a forage up the pitch saw the ball blasted to our net and we trailed by four. A final point saw St Comhghalls over the line and despite a better second half performance it was not good enough on the day.