Battling Davins minors defeat Ballingarry

Carrick Davins defeated Ballingarry by three points in the opening game of the minor B football campaign in Cloneen last Saturday. Final score was Davins 3-6, Ballingarry 2-6.

Carrick Davins defeated Ballingarry by three points in the opening game of the minor B football campaign in Cloneen last Saturday. Final score was Davins 3-6, Ballingarry 2-6.

The Davins opened the scoring with an Adam Foran free after four minutes. Tomas Pollard scored Ballingarry’s first point.

Ballingarry’s Padraig Hayes then added to the score with a close in effort after some good work from Sean Cleere.

A clearance from corner back Michael Whelan found its way to Davin centre forward Stephen Moroney, who was fouled as he made his way towards goal. Adam Foran stepped up and scored a point.

The next score came from a midfield tussle as Darragh Foley and Tomas Pollard fought for a dropping ball. Foley came away with the ball and from a resulting one-two with Josh Moroney Foley was brought down.

Adam Foran failed the find the post from the resulting free. From the kick out, Eoin Burke soloed the ball for 30 yards laying off a pass to full forward Padraig Hayes. Hayes then hit a sweet shot to the bottom right hand post only for Davin goalkeeper Luke Faulkner to get his finger tips on the ball to coax it round the post for a 45.

Ballingarry failed to score from the 45 but got another goal chance on 20 minutes as a high ball dropped onto the heads of Davin full back Billy Roche and Ballingarry full forward Padraig Hayes. Somehow the ball ended up in the Davin net.

Two minutes later Davin player James Croke won possession from a Liam Butler tap down and scored a goal. Both teams started to play some fluid running football. Padraig Hayes gained possession on the 45 and let fly on the 21 yard line and scored another goal to put Ballingarry in front.

Ballingarry got one more point from Sean Cleere before the half ended. Ballingarry went into the break 2-3 to 1-2 ahead.

Two minutes into the second half Davin player Trevor Murphy came onto a hand pass from Darragh Foley and scored a goal.

Over the next 15 minutes the Davin drove through the Ballingarry defence at will but seemed to make the wrong choices as the posts were in sight.

It took twelve minutes for a Ballingarry response as Sean Cleere pointed from a free after Daniel Dunne was fouled.

Adam Foran then put the Davins on level terms and soon after Josh Moroney hit the post. Foran was in range again from another free and two minutes later Trevor Murphy struck the crossbar but the ball came to Adam Foran and he scored a goal from close range.

The next score was a fine point from Eoin Burke but the Davins were in command as Adam Foran added two more points from frees and Josh Moroney got the score of the day as he pointed from out near the side line.

The Davins were four points ahead coming into the final stages of the game and could have scored more but for some good defending by Conor Mangan and fine goalkeeping by Liam Ryan as they stopped goal attempts from Raymond Cooke and James Croke.

Ballingarry’s Sean Cleere scored a late points and this gave his side something to chase as they mounted some pressure on the Davins at the end. However the Davins defended well and deservedly held on to win by a goal.

The minor team’s next game will be against the Swan this evening (Wednesday) at 6.30pm in Davin Park.

The U-12 team were defeated by Clonmel Commercials last weekend in Clonmel. It was a tough game for the Davin team but every game will improve them.

Training for U-6s and U-8s continues on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm while training for U-10s and U- 12s runs from 7pm-8pm the same evening.

The Easter snooker handicap semi finals took place on Good Friday with Stephen Walsh(-45) beating Gerry Ryan(+3) and Mikey McGrath(-25) beating Noel Butler (+20).In the final on Easter Sunday Mikey McGrath took the first frame on the pink but Stephen Walsh evened it up with a break of 73 in the second. It third and final frame was closely fought but Stephen did enough on the colours to win the trophy sponsored by Super Valu.

The Club thanks the organisers for this well run competition and Raymond Waters for refereeing the final.

The Club lotto draw jackpot prize wasn’t won last week. Seven tickets matched three numbers and won their owners €30 each. Numbers drawn were 4, 11, 22,23.

The Davin Club extend its sympathies to the Foran family of Treacy Park, Carrick-on- Suir on the death of Sr Thomas Aquinas (Nellie Foran) in Bordeaux, France. May she rest in peace.