WINNING SMILES Davitts captain Colm Boyle is pictured with his nephew Luke and the Division 2 League trophy. Pic: Conor McKeown
THE few pubs left in Ballindine won’t have been too busy last weekend. Certainly, if the Davitts’ senior squad went anywhere near them to celebrate this victory, it was probably only for ‘one’.
With such a short gap between the end of the league and the start of the championship, there has rarely been less time for league champions to pat themselves on the backs.
A gracious but grounded Colm Boyle knew exactly where his beloved Davitts stood on Sunday after clinching the Mayo Senior Division 2 title on a pleasant afternoon in Charlestown.
“There was only really a kick of a ball in it for a long time. The goal put a bit of gloss on it, but overall, a good day and a good performance,” he said afterwards.
“They were very reliant on Ronan Carolan up front. A super player, [he] got some super scores there, especially in the first half against the breeze, he was really dangerous. He’ll give any team trouble,” he added.
“We probably got to grips a bit more in the second half, we were keeping the scoreboard ticking over on our side, probably a few more boys chipping in, and that probably made the difference in the end.”
The man known as ‘Boyler’ conceded that Davitts would be underdogs in a championship group with Garrymore, Castlebar Mitchels and Charlestown.
For that reason, there was no way that the border men would be getting carried away with this win.
“The reality is championship and league, they are night and day really,” the Davitts captain told The Mayo News.
“Going out to Garrymore in two weeks’ time, that’s going to be a really tough game, but a South Mayo local derby is something to really look forward to.
“But like I said, we’re really going to have to step it up, because it’s a completely different level we’re going to be playing at.”
Parke manager Mark Concannon felt that an accumulation of injuries and fatigue unravelled his charges coming into the home stretch of this league decider.
“[Davitts] have been knocking around at senior level for a long time, and it’s something we are aspiring to,” he said.
“We were down a couple of bodies today. We pushed a lot of effort into Belmullet last week to go down there and beat them, to get Division 1 status for the first time in thirty-eight years. It was always going to be a big ask.
“I think it was our seventh week in a row, it probably told in the last twenty minutes. We kept with them for a while, but we probably ran out of a bit of energy.
“Now it’s all about trying to get the lads fresh again, clean up the injuries and get set for championship.”