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- 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.
- ACFL Div 2B Ardoyne 1-11 Davitts 2-10
The senior footballers took the spoils in this senior football encounter at Cliftonville. On a wet and windy evening we came out the victors by two points. Danny Wallace opened the scoring with a well taken point but the home team were quickly back on level terms. We had a lot of possession and created several scoring opportunities but we were wayward with our shooting and we got caught on the break as Ardoyne broke up-field and crashed the ball to the net. They quickly followed up with a pointed free and at this stage we were under the cosh. However, we steadied the ship and points from Aaron Slane (0-2), Gerard Burns and James Lindsay levelled the game again. Another point from an Ardoyne free edged them in front but we finished the half strongly and three unanswered points from Chris Gallagher, Anthony Rowntree and Aaron Slane saw us go in at the break with a two point advantage 0-8 to 1-3.
The second half was equally as competitive, two Ardoyne points levelled the game again, a well kicked Chris Gallagher free put us back in front but Ardoyne reeled off three points to get back into the lead. A vital goal from James Lindsay followed by a Liam McGivern point restored our two point advantage but Ardoyne refused to give up, kicking three points to take the lead by the minimum. A final push saw Liam McGivern blast the ball to the back of the net and this proved to be enough to give us a much needed win 2-10 to 1-11.
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- SAHL – Davitts 2-13 Sean Treacy’s 2-14
The senior hurlers winning streak came to an end when they went down by the minimum margin for the second time this season to Sean Treacys at Boucher Road. Despite playing against the breeze in the first half we started well with points from Colm McKee and Stephen McGivern. However, the Armagh boys responded with five unanswered points before Chris Gallagher pointed from an acute angle on the left wing. Again, the Armagh team responded and during a poor period for us we conceded 2-1 to leave us trailing by nine. A brace of points each for Stephen McGivern and Chris Gallagher reduced the deficit to five. Both teams then traded two points each with Canice Mooney and Chris Gallagher on target to leave us five in arrears at the break.
Sean Treacy’s opened the scoring in the second half with a point to extend their lead but during our best spell of the game we fought our way back into the match with points from Alan Rainey, Stephen McGivern and Canice Mooney before a Stephen McGivern goal levelled proceedings. Four Sean Treacy points, two from frees, put them back in control but Stephen McGivern’s second goal of the game reduced the lead to a single point with time ticking away. Sean Treacy’s then extended their lead with a pointed free. We pushed hard in the final minutes to get that elusive goal which would win us the game and while we had chances we failed to convert with Chris Gallagher’s point the final score of the game giving the Armagh men the win 2-14 to 2-13 in a highly competitive game.
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- Pitch Development Update
Click here for more photos from the Corpus site, taken very recently, showing the progress of the ongoing development work with our new playing facilities.
- U14 Football Feile report
Friday 23 June
Our U14 football team’s Féile weekend began with a lunch in the club lounge, team photos and well wishes from parents and supporters before setting off for County Monaghan and our host club for the weekend Tyholland GFC
Our hosts had kindly laid on refreshments for both the team and supporters on arrival. After a quick ‘getting to know you session’ it was down to business of our opening game against Dunboyne (County Meath), coached by Meath’s All Ireland winning legendary manager Sean Boylan – and what a game it turned out to be!
Some wayward shooting in the first half by us looked like it would come back to haunt us after our opponents managed to score 1-2 to no reply by halftime. It didn’t get much better when a quick goal and point from Dunboyne in the first two minutes of the 2nd half saw us trailing by 9 points. But this group of lads have a winning mentality and slowly grew in to the game, taking our scores when the opportunities presented themselves. With the clock ticking down our lads pressed hard and wave after wave of attack saw the equalising point scored with seconds remaining. An absolute brilliant display of football coupled with a strong belief in their own ability saw them gain a well deserved point.
Our 2nd group game was against Drumhowan (County Monaghan). A clinical performance against a young but spirited team ensured a victory for us, much to the delight of the large number of supporters that had travelled down.
The kids then met their host families.
Saturday 24 June
The final game in our group was against our host club Tyholland. We took an early 6 point lead with some well taken scores before Tyholland staged a mini comeback, reducing our lead to a few points at half time. A mature second half performance saw us play to our strengths and stretch our lead to ensure another victory and with that we had topped our group and booked a quarter final place in the cup competition.
The quarter final match was scheduled to take place in Kingscourt stadium, therefore an hour’s bus journey was in order to get to the stadium. We were drawn against Errigal Ciaran (County Tyrone). Our opponents started off the better team and secured a 5 point lead by halftime. Once again our boys showed their ‘never-say-die’ attitude and attacked with great skill and determination from the start of the 2nd half. When the ball hit the back of Errigal Ciaran net mid-way through the 2nd half the large travelling support and the team thought that the comeback was on but to everyone’s disbelief the referee bizarrely over ruled the goal after consultation with the umpires! Disappointed but with even more determination our lads again rallied and with another seemingly fine goal not awarded by the officials, again to the disbelief of supporters and the team, the realisation that this was not to be our day dawned on us. The lads continued to attack and were rewarded with a few more scores but in the end our opponents held on and our boys were unfortunately out of the competition.
Disappointment for our lads but it has to be said that their efforts throughout the competition and indeed throughout the year have instilled a great pride within the club.
Well done lads you did yourselves, families, community and the club proud. Maith sibh.
It was then back to our wonderful hosts Tyholland GFC to join the locals, supporters, teams and families to watch Monaghan in the Ulster semi-final followed by presentations between the clubs, a juvenile disco / buffet and once again great hospitality and craic. With Tyholland U14 Girls team and Westmanstown Gaels U14 Girls team also in attendance we are pretty positive that our boys enjoyed the disco.
Sunday 25 June
The team meet once again at Tyholland GFC to thank our host club and to say our final goodbyes to the friends we made over the weekend.
The kids had a brilliant weekend and we know that this experience will live in their memories for a very long time.
A huge thank you to our wonderful hosts Tyholland GFC and families that hosted our kids for the excellent hospitality shown to us. We hope that the friendships made over the weekend will continue for years to come. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
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