Aodh Ruadh too strong in second half

Southern Board Under 12 Final
25 June 2007
Aodh Ruadh 4-06
Dungloe 1-04
Peter Campbell reports from Fintra, Killybegs
Photos by John McConnell

Aodh Ruadh lifted the Southern U-12 title thanks to a very strong second half performance in Fintra on Monday evening.

The Ballyshannon side lost just once in the league, that away to Dungloe by a point, and for the entire first half on Monday night there was nothing between the sides.

Aodh Ruadh stormed into a 1-1 to no score lead after five minutes, Johnny Gethins getting the point and James Kelly firing home from close range after a Pauric Patton free.

But Dungloe hit back with a goal of their own, David McCarron's long delivery from midfield allowed to hop and it deceived the Aodh Ruadh 'keeper to end in the net. Luke Neely added the equalising point in the 8th minute and amazingly, despite plenty of opportunities, neither side raised another flag before the half-time whistle.

The cold, biting, cross field wind was a factor and it didn't really help either side. The second half, though, saw Aodh Ruadh take control. David McGurren pointed after a minute and he added a goal in the 39th minute. Ryan Gillen saw a goal bound effort come off the crossbar before Johnny Gethins more or less sealed the issue with a point on 40 minutes and he availed of a mistake in the Dungloe defence a minute later to find the top corner.

Patrick Dickson added another point before McGurren and Gethins combined for the latter to drill home another goal to the corner of the net in the 49th minute. McGurren added another point before Dungloe got their first score of the half from Jack Scally on 55 minutes. Luke Neely added another on the stroke of time before Ryan Greene also pointed from a free. David McGurren completed the scoring for the winners in added time.

Aodh Ruadh captain, Pauric Patton, was clearly the man of the match, running the game from midfield in a masterly display. He was aided by two tenacious corner backs Matthew Maguire and Patrick Gillespie and half-back Jamie McDonald, while up front Johnny Gethins and David McGurren found their shooting boots in the second half.

For Dungloe goalkeeper Niall Greene, Adam Ryan and Owen Scally were magnificent in defence, Scally having a magnificent first half. David McCarron was excellent at midfield while Jack Scally and Luke Neely gave everything up front. Substitute Adam Neely also made a contribution despite carrying an injury.

Aodh Ruadh now advance to the county semi-final while Dungloe meet Buncrana in the county quarter-final.

Vital Statistics
Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Conor Gilmartin; Matthew Maguire, Eamon McGrath, Patrick Gillespie; Jamie McDonald, Darren Gethins, Colin Keown; Pauric Patton, James Kelly (1-0); Colin Kelly, Johnny Gethins (2-2), Ryan Gillen; David McGurren (1-3), Michael McNeely, Patrick Dickson (0-1).
Substitutions
Dominic Boyle for McNeely; Daniel Kelly for Gillen; Conor McShea for C Kelly. Not used: Jack Dolan, Johnny Ward, Daniel McIntyre, Chris Kilpatrick.
Dungloe
Niall Greene; Matthew Ward, David Sweeney, Adam Ryan; Cian Shovlin, Darren Curran, Owen Scally; David McCarran (1-0), Ryan Rogers; Gavin Greene, Jack Scally (0-1), Luke Neely (0-2); Pal Carr, Sean Wallace, Ryan Greene (0-1).
Substitutions
Adam Neely for Carr; Shaun Ward for Wallace. Not used: Ryan O'Donnell, Darren McCole, Aaron Boyle.
Referee
Shane Murrin (Killybegs)

The Aodh Ruadh team who won the Southern Division One Final in Fintra.
The Aodh Ruadh team who won the Southern Division One Final in Fintra.

The Dungloe team who were defeated by Aodh Ruadh in the Southern Division One Final in Fintra.
The Dungloe team who were defeated by Aodh Ruadh in the Southern Division One Final in Fintra.

Eoin Scally of Dungloe holds off the challenge of Johnny Gethins.
Eoin Scally of Dungloe holds off the challenge of Johnny Gethins.

Matthew Ward of Dungloe clears his lines with Pauric Patton of Aodh Ruadh attempting the block.
Matthew Ward of Dungloe clears his lines with Pauric Patton of Aodh Ruadh attempting the block.

Matthew Maguire of Aodh Ruadh clears under pressure.
Matthew Maguire of Aodh Ruadh clears under pressure.

Pauline Sweeny of Aerfort Dun na nGall, sponsors of the competition presents Pauric Patton with the Southern Under 12 Division Cup.
Pauline Sweeny of Aerfort Dun na nGall, sponsors of the competition presents Pauric Patton with the Southern Under 12 Division Cup.

Report Filed: 29 June 2007