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.

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