South Mayo JFC ‘A’ Final
Hollymount Carramore 1-13
In Canon Gibbons Park, Claremorris
A game in which the teams remained in deadlock after 57-minutes was settled by a brilliant individual point from Damien Kelly who helped secure the South Mayo junior ‘A’ crown for Hollymount-Carramore, after a thrilling battle with Davitts on Wednesday evening last. Kelly took off on a terrific solo run from well inside his own half before splitting the posts for his fourth time in the match, with teammates Ian Costello and Matt Saunders also clocking four points apiece for the winners.
Played in Claremorris, the teams had served up an entertaining match that saw the result in doubt right up until referee Martin Kennedy’s final whistle. Davitts will be frustrated at the outcome having had chances themselves to take the lead before Kelly’s later intervention after which Hollymount-Carramore were able to shut up shop.
Holly-Carra had started the game well with points in the first and sixth minutes from Ian Costello and Matt Saunders. But they had to wait until the twentieth minute for their next score, a super point from Ian Costello, before which Davitts had racked up six unanswered points in between courtesy of Liam Noone and Aidan McTigue, two apiece, Tom Corless, who scored Davitts’ opener, and wing-back Brian Clarke.
The excellent Damien Kelly resumed the scoring for Hollymount-Carramore with two points in the space of a minute before his captain Dermot Costello then pounced on a mistake by Davitts goalkeeper Adrian McNamara to plunder a crucial goal one minute later. Matt Saunders, twice, and Ian Costello rose further white flags before the interval to leave Hollymount-Carramore firmly ahead at the break, 1-8 to 0-6.
In need of a good start to the second half, Davitts duly shot the opening three points through Liam Noone, two, and Aidan McTigue in the first six minutes before Damien Kelly replied for Holly-Carra in the 38th. Matters began to look bleak for Davitts when opposition points by Ian Costello, Kevin Burke and Matt Saunders had increased their deficit to six points by the time the game had entered its final quarter.
Everything changed, however, when the boys from the border came storming back into contention thanks to a 47th-minute goal by Darragh McGale. After a fine run, McGale had his initial shot saved by Mickey Moore but the ball deflected off a defender and ended up in the net. McTigue narrowed the gap to two points a minute later and in the fiftieth minute Liam Noone scored his fifth point of the match ahead of Brian Clarke shooting his second, to render the game level in the 53rd minute.</p><p class=”contextmenu Body Body”>Despite now on a roll, Davitts missed chances to take the lead and in the 57th minute, man of the match Damien Kelly drove over the winning score. Hollymount-Carramore used their experience to close out the game and frustrate Davitts in the final minutes to win in a welter of excitement.
Outstanding for the winners were Jamie Campbell, Dermot Costello, Niall Walsh, Matt Saunders, Damien Kelly, Ian Costello and Kevin Costello. Best for Davitts were Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Liam Macken, Liam Noone, Darragh McGale, Aidan McTigue and Stephen Nyland.
SCORERS: Hollymount-Carramore: Damien Kelly, Ian Costello and Matt Saunders 0-4 each, Dermot Costello 1-0, Kevin Burke 0-1.
Davitts: Liam Noone 0-5, Aidan McTigue 0-4, Darragh McGale 1-0, Brian Clarke 0-2, Tom Corless 0-1.
Mickey Moore; Enda McCormack, Stephen Burke, Jamie Campbell; Gary Moran, Dermot Costello, Jarlath Bell; Dwayne Campbell, Niall Walsh; Matt Saunders, Richie Bell, Damien Kelly; JJ Connelly, Kevin Burke, Ian Costello. Subs used: Kevin Costello, Mark Coen.
DAVITTS: Adrian McNamara; Cathal Moran, Lar Daly, Kevin Gallagher; John Macken, Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke; Liam Macken, William Freeley; Tom Corless, Liam Noone, Tommy Clarke; Seamus Roche, Darragh McGale, Aidan McTigue. Subs used: Shane Mitchell, Stephen Nyland, Shane Treacy, Dara O’Flaherty, Sean Waldron.