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- Junior B Hurling Championship – Davitts 2-13 St Agnes 4-5
The senior hurlers progressed to the semi-final stages of the Junior B hurling championship with a hard earned win over St Agnes on Wednesday evening. As with previous championship encounters between the sides there was not much to separate them and in this case the puck of a sliotar.
It played out into a nail biting game with St Agnes opening the scoring with a point from a 65. Colm McKee then fielded a high puck out from the St Agnes keeper, handpassed the sliotar off to Chris Gallagher who dispatched it over the bar, from long range, to level. St Agnes edged in front with a pointed free, but Ruairi McIlroy laid the sliotar off to Chris Gallagher who picked out Gearoid Cosgrove in the full forward line and he struck the sliotar between the posts to tie the game again. Points from Canice Mooney and Ciaran Rice put us in front for the first time, but St Agnes came back with a well taken point. Chris Gallagher then went on a solo run from his own half, picked out Rory McEvoy who in turn gave the sliotar to Stephen McGivern. Stephen struck the sliotar, it hit the post and as it came back Gearoid Cosgrove cracked it to the net. St Agnes response was immediate as a long high ball into the square found its way to the back off the net – one between the sides. Both teams’ traded further points with Canice Mooney on target before Ciaran Rice goaled and another point from Gearoid Cosgrove gave us a half time lead 2-6 to 1-4.
We extended our advantage, early in the second half, with two points from Stephen McGivern but St Agnes cut the deficit to three when they struck 1-1 and they were back in the game. Stephen McGivern added to his tally with another two points but another Aggies goal reduced our lead to two. Another brace of points from Stephen McGivern and a point from Rory McEvoy gave us a five point cushion but another St Agnes goal left two between the sides. With time almost up St Agnes were awarded a 20 metre free and their only option was to go for goal, however the fierce shot was parried away and we had secured a place in the next round. Click here for photos of the game.
While there was only two between the sides we need to take into account that we scored 2-13 and shot 21 wide’s over the hour. On another day, with a bit more composure and better decision making we could have converted some of those opportunities into scores and will need to if we are to have any chance against the holders, Ballymena, in the semi-final.
- ACFL Div 2 – Tir na nOg 1-16 Davitts 0-12
Our final league game before the customary divisional split saw us come away pointless and a position in the bottom half of the league.
It was the Randalstown men who had the first scoring opportunity when bursting through and rifling a shot goal ward, only for Aaron Slane to bring off a stupendous save and deny them a first minute goal. He then stepped up to convert two frees to give us the lead, the second a great effort from close to the left side line, before a Tir na nOg point got them off the mark. David Nugent then finished a free flowing move involving Ryan Park, Padraig McParland and Niall Hughes as he popped the ball between the sticks, and another Padraig McParland point gave us a goal cushion. A Tir na nOg pointed free was then cancelled out with Padraig McParland’s third point of the half but four unanswered points saw Tir na nOg take the lead for the first time in the game 0-6 to 0-5. Another Aaron Slane pointed free levelled the game but two points in quick succession gave the Whitehill outfit the edge, however a David Nugent fisted point reduced their lead and we trailed by one at the break 0-8 to 0-7.
The second half start was a replica of the first as the Tir na nOg player burst through the defence, struck a fierce shot goal bound and again Aaron Slane stood firm and made another outstanding save to keep us in the game. Tir na nOg opened the scoring with a point but we hit a purple patch and points from Padraig McParland (0-2), Aaron Slane and a fine finish from Sean Lindberg gave us a deserved two point lead. The Randalstown’s men came storming back as they picked off the points to get back into the game. Aaron Slane kept us in the game with another excellent save and when Padraig McParland kicked his fifth point the sides were level with everything to play for. Tir na Nog edged a point in front but we suffered a major setback when a converted penalty gave them a handy lead. We battled hard and pressed forward but they finished much the stronger adding three points to their tally to win 1-16 to 0-12. Click here for photos of the game.
The second half of the league commences on Wednesday 3 July 2019 when we play host to Rasharkin at the Falls Park with a 7.30pm throw-in. All support welcome.
- SAHL – St Endas 2-19 Davitts 1-23
This high scoring encounter was with doubt one of the most entertaining and keenly contested games of the season, plenty of high quality action, played at a high tempo, great defending and ultimately many fine scores – from both teams. It was perfect preparation for the Junior B championship game with St Agnes on Monday 1st July at St Teresas (7.30pm) going right to the wire when Don Whelan converted a 65 with the last puck of the game to seal a one point victory. As many as possible should get a long to the game on Monday night to support the team.
- ACFL Div 2 – Davitts 2-14 Glenravel 2-13
The senior footballers secured a much needed, narrow one point victory over Glenravel at the Falls Park. To say that this was a game of two halves is an understatement. We were out of the traps and straight at Moneyglass, the ball was played down the right side of the pitch, passed off to Daniel Largey who drove it to the back of the net to give us a perfect start. Padraig McParland kicked a long range point following good work from Ryan Park before Anthony Rowntree added his first point. Glenravel opened their account with a well taken point, however we bombarded the Glenravel defence putting them under sustained pressure and we deservedly reaped the rewards as we reeled off six successive points from Anthony Rowntree, Ceavy Slane 0-2, and Aaron Slane 0-3 to take a commanding lead 1-8 to 0-1. At this stage it appeared the groundwork had been done and we would go on for a convincing win. Glenravel responded with two points but two pointed frees from Aaron Slane and a James Lindsay point maintained our substantial lead. However, it was Glenravel who gave themselves a lifeline as they finished the half strongly picking off four points to leave them trailing 1-11 to 0-7 at the break.
Glenravel took control at the start of the second half and opened with a well taken goal and when they added a point, this left a goal between the sides. This gap was short lived as a mishap at a short kick out allowed the Glenravel forward to steal possession and he had the simple task of kicking the ball to the empty net – all level. We could have dropped our heads at this stage but we were quickly in front again following some intricate play from Anthony Rowntree and Padraig McParland who fed the ball to James Lindsay to stroke to the net to give us a goal advantage. Glenravel responded and kicked three points (2f) to bring the sides level again. Padraig McParland and Aaron Slane points gave us some leeway heading into the final stages of the game but Glenravel came back again to level. With time up we were then awarded a free, centre of the goals, 40 yards out and Aaron Slane capped a master class of free taking as he coolly split the posts which secured the win by the minimum margin.
- SAHL – St Agnes 1-6 Davitts 2-12
This was a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Junior B championship clash and was a very competitive match. It was fiercely contested with both teams not giving an inch which resulted in a low scoring first half. We led 1-3 to 0-4 at half time thank to scores from, Don Whelan 1-1, Stephen McGivern 0-1 and a rare point for Anthony Rowntree who must give his brother Michael some credit for the cross field diagonal ball he played him to set up the score.
We pushed on with early points in the second half from Stephen McGivern 0-2 and Colm McKee but as we were just getting on top St Agnes rifled the sliotar to the net to leave two between the sides. Stephen McGivern added a further point following a good solo run from Rory McEvoy and when St Agnes tagged on two points our advantage had been slashed to a single point. However, from this point we upped our game and went on a scoring spree. Colm McKee struck his second point, Don Whelan pointed two frees, Thomas Maguire 0-1, Sean Smith 0-1 and a rasping Stephen McGivern goal saw us secure the points 2-12 to 1-6.
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- ACFL Div 2 – Ballymena 1-18 Davitts 2-7
Ballymena proved too strong for our senior footballers when taking the spoils in this Division 2 encounter. We were slow to get going and were very soon playing catch up as Ballymena attacks yielded 1-1. However, we halved the deficit with points from Ceavy Slane and Padraig McParland. Ballymena stretched their lead again with a further two points, before Padraig McParland converted a free from near the right side line. Ballymena kicked a further point before a nice break up field involving Ryan Park and Padraig McParland saw Stephen Toner take possession of the ball and he calmly slotted it to the net, leaving us a point adrift. Both teams exchanged further points, with Stephen Toner again on the mark but it was Ballymena who finished the half with two points to lead 1-7 to 1-4.
Ballymena opened the second half with a well taken point before a Chris Rafferty goal bound effort was parried by the Ballymena keeper, the ball fell to the advancing Ceavy Slane who blasted to the net to leave the minimum between the sides. Both teams traded points (Ceavy Slane) before Ballymena took control with four unanswered points to stretch their advantage. Despite further points from Padraig McParland and Aaron Slane, Ballymena finished the stronger to take the win 1-19 to 2-7.
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- SAHL – St Pauls 2-10 Davitts 4-18
St Pauls opened the scoring with a well taken point but two quick goals from Canice Mooney in the opening minutes paved the way for an excellent win at Shaws Road. We were well in control, with excellent performances all over the pitch. We played some stylish hurling with good touch and quick movement of the sliotar culminating in many well taken scores. At half time we held a commanding lead 4-8 to 1-4.
St Pauls upped their game which contributed to a much tighter second half, however we managed to score 0-10 to their 1-6, however the first half display was key in capping a fine win on an overall score of 4-18 to 2-10. Click here for photos of the game.
Scorers: Canice Mooney 3-5, Chris Gallagher 0-2 Don Whelan 0-4, Stephen McGivern 1-6, Jordy O’Kane 0-1.