Aodh Ruadh show their class in Sean Slevin final

Aodh Ruadh hosted Omagh Saint Enda's, Lisnaskea Emmett's and Erne Gael's at the Sean Slevin memorial tournament last Sunday. Given the atrocious weather we've had off late we were blessed with a wonderful, clear day and the pitches were in great shape. Aodh Ruadh qualified for the final with a 3-4 to 1-2 victory over Lisnaskea and a 3-1 to 2-1 win over Erne Gaels. Omagh gave assured performances against the same opposition to book their passage into the decider. Aodh Ruadh were dominant in the first half and they made their chances count during that period, Jamie McDonald taking an excellent goal at the 'keeper's near post. Niall Harley, James Kelly and Pauric Patton gave Ballyshannon a stranglehold at midfield. That combined with the relentless tackling of the Aodh Ruadh forwards made it very difficult for Omagh to get the ball cleared. Things improved for Omagh in the second half when they strengthened up their defensive lines, but Aodh Ruadh were convincing winners in the end. Johnny Gethins added another goal to give the Ernesiders a 2-11 to 1-2 victory at the final whistle.

Presentations took place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh after an introduction from Chairman of Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg Paddy Kelly. The first award going to Sean Keenan of Lisnaskea Emmett's. The rangy midfielder was at the heart of the Fermanagh side's best work. He was very comfortable on the ball and his dead ball striking off the ground with the left boot was crisp and unerring, definitely a name to watch out for. After that Patricia Slevin presented runners-up medals to a fine Omagh side before presenting Aodh Ruadh captain, Eamon McGrath, with the Sean Slevin trophy.

Aodh Ruadh would like to extend their sincere thanks to the participating teams, to Sylvester Maguire and Simon Gillespie who officiated the matches, those who provided the refreshments, the stewards and to all those who gave of their time and effort to make the event such a success.


Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Discussing pre-match tactics.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Aodh Ruadh take to the field.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Aodh Ruadh captain, Eamon McGrath, referee, Sylvester Maguire, and the Omagh captain.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
The Aodh Ruadh team ahead of the Sean Slevin final.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
The Omagh Saint Enda's team ahead of the Sean Slevin final.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Jamie McDonald on the hunt.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Pauric Patton, going.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Pauric Patton, going.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Pauric Patton, gone.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Victorious Aodh Ruadh players leave the field.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Waiting for the awards to be given out.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Aodh Ruadh players listen attentively to Paddy Kelly's introduction.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Patricia Slevin presents Aodh Ruadh captain, Eamon McGrath, with the Sean Slevin trophy.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Peggy Slevin, Patricia Slevin, Eamon McGrath and Paddy Kelly.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Peggy Slevin, Donagh Slevin, Seana Slevin, Patricia Slevin, Eamon McGrath and Paddy Kelly.

Action from the Sean Slevin Tournament.
Paddy Kelly, Eamon McGrath and the Omagh captain.

Report Filed: 16 November 2009