Improving Davitt’s could edge tight encounter

Junior B Hurling final

Davitt’s v St. Teresa’s (Rossa Park 1-00)

The meeting of Davitt’s and St. Teresa’s in tomorrow’s Junior B Hurling final at Rossa Park looks a difficult one to call and could well come down to the team that performs to their best on the day. Davitt’s found themselves in a difficult group in the qualifiers and lost all of their games to St. Paul’s, Shane O’Neill’s and Latharna Og but when they were drawn against Latharna Og in the opening game in the Junior B Championship in Ballymena they suddenly came to life.

The Larne side had defeated Davitt’s in their Group 1 game at Davitt’s Park, two goals separating the sides on that occasion but it was a totally committed and focused Davitt’s who made the journey to Quinn Park to overturn that earlier defeat.

Despite losing Caoimhin Heaney to a Red card early in the game, Davitt’s took the game to last year’s Junior B Cahmpions. Goals from Anthony Rowntree and Peter Og Carelton (2) saw them run out 3-8 to 0-8 winners and they were full value for that win

Stephen McGivern at mid-field was the outstanding player on view while Peter Og Carleton, Anthony Rowntree and Cormac Maguire were a handful in attack.

Their good form continued when they faced St. Agnes in the semi-final on Tuesday night at Davitt’s Park where they scored heavily against the ‘Aggies’. With the breeze at the backs in the opening half Davitt’s dominated from the start and scored seven unanswered points before all but sealing the game with a Cormac Maguire goal as the Aggies struggled to keep pace.

Two points apiece from Stephen McGivern and Cormac Maguire were followed by one from distance from Thomas Maguire. The procession continued up until the 14th minute as Gearoid Cosgrove and Gallagher tacked on points,

Two goals from Cormac Maguire saw the Davitt’s run out convincing 2-17 to 0-7 winners with Stephen McGivern again to the fore, finishing with 0-6 from mid-field and Thomas Toland, Thomas Maguire, Cormac Maguire, Conor Gallagher and Gerard Cosgrove all impressing.

St Teresa’s booked their place in Saturday’s Junior B Hurling final when they beat Belfast rivals Ardoyne on Tuesday evening at Woodlands’. On top from the start St Teresa’s played with wind advantage in the opening half and were 1-13 to 0-4 in front when referee Terry Reilly blew the half time whistle.

Ardoyne staged a second half revival but quite simply had left themselves with too much to do and a goal from Darren McCann saw the Glen Road men run out 2-20 to 2-10 winners. Colm McGoldrick, Darren McCann, Kevin Burns, Sean Maguire and Philip Maguire will carry the hopes of St. Teresa’s into tomorrow’s final as they attempt to salvage something from a disappointing season.

Verdict: Quite a number of this St. Teresa’s side have been here before and they carry a wealth of experience into tomorrow’s final but I expect Stephen McGivern, Cormac Maguire and Co. to edge a tight final.

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