Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. JUNE
5th June

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh progressed to the first round championship after seeing of Ardara by 1-10 to 0-6 in Tir Chonaill Park last Saturday. The game was one of the best team performances delivered by the seniors for some time. A superb Seamus Kane goal saw Aodh Ruadh going in the happier side at half time with a 1-5 to 0-2 lead. The key phase of the game came just after half time when the Ernesiders weathered a determined Ardara challenge and then pressed on to seal an impressive victory. Next up in the championship is a match-up with Cloughaneely. Check out the website over the course of the week for a full game report (www.aodhruadh.org).

Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-final between Donegal and Tyrone will take place on Sunday 17th June 2007 in Clones. Throw in is at 2.15pm. The curtain raiser will be the Minor semi-final between Armagh and Tyrone which will start at 12.30pm. Admission to the Gerry Arthur Stand is by ticket only. Covered tickets are priced €27 and uncovered tickets €25. Please let club officials know as soon as possible should you want to book tickets for the Gerry Arthur Stand.

With Munday's Field now closed for redevelopment it is more important than ever that pitch bookings are directed through Peter Conlon. Contact Peter on 087-6838024 or 071-9851386.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers go into championship action on Sunday, 10th June when they make the trip to Donegal town to take on Four Masters. Throw in for this first round game is at 1pm. Please turn out and show your support for the club.

Training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday next. All new players welcome.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies had a series of three games last week against Four Masters, Glenfin and Termon. Unfortunately Aodh Ruadh lost all three games. On the upside the games were a valuable learning experience for a very young, developing side.

The under 12s also finished second best in their game against Killybegs last Thursday.

Under 10 girls are training on Tuesdays from 6pm. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm. Under 16 training on Friday, 6pm in the park.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s were in Ballintra last Saturday for a blitz. Aodh Ruadh fielded an A and a B team with a panel of 29 players seeing competitive action. The 'B' recorded a draw and a loss whilst the A team chalked up a draw, two defeats and one victory. On what was a very wet day for football Naomh Bríd organised a very efficient, well run tournament. The under 10 training schedule is now Tuesdays at 6-7pm at Colaiste Colmcille and Saturdays 11am - 12 noon in the Park.

The under 12s have a challenge against Enniskillen Gaels this Wednesday 6th May. That will be followed by a top of the table clash with Dungloe on Monday 11th June. The 'B' game starts at 6.30pm the 'A' game at 7pm. Training continues next week as usual on Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh lost by the narrowest margin in their opening outing of the under 14 league campaign. Bundoran edged out the Ernesiders by 2-7 to 2-6 in their meeting last Wednesday. This was a good display by Aodh Ruadh against considerable obstacles. The full back line had an outstanding game with Stephen Clarke and Conor Patton in particular doing Trojan work. Kieran Keown at half back gave a fabulous display at half back, whilst further up the pitch Fergal Meehan impressed at corner forward. Next up are Killybegs in Ballyshannon this Friday 8th June. That will be followed by a trip to Dungloe on Wednesday, 13th June. Throw in for both games is 7.30pm

Training for Minors takes place on Mondays and Fridays at 4.30pm in the park.

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11th June

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh put in a composed performance to see off the challenge of Kilcar in Father Tierney Park on a sunny afternoon last Sunday, 10th June. The good weather saw a healthy turnout of support to watch the homesters seal their first league win of the season. The Ballyshannon outfit went in up by double scores at half time with the scoreboard reading 0-8 to 0-4. Kilcar were misfiring and finding it difficult to put many good passages of play together. Kilcar registered the first score of the second half with a point directly after the break, but Donagh McIntyre quickly restored the four point margin between the sides with a well drilled effort. Kilcar made a quick reply with a point through Mark Sweeney, but failed to make much impression on the match thereafter. Aodh Ruadh were afforded a lot of freedom around the centre of the park where Barry Ward was very effective and made intelligent use of the ball. A Glen McBrearty free midway through the second half was the last score from Kilcar whilst Aodh Ruadh responded with two great points from the boot of Seamus Kane and an elegant left footed effort from Barry Mulligan. As the game entered the final phase John Duffy was able to capitalise on a defensive blunder by Kilcar that saw two backs clashing as they went up for the same ball. The ball flew between the pair of them into the grateful hands of Duffy who showed his predatory instinct to slot the ball low to the right hand of a stranded Kenneth Kennedy. Duffy's goal effectively finished the match. PJ Magee concluded the scoring for Aodh Ruadh with a good strike from the left flank. Check out the website over the course of the week for a full game report (www.aodhruadh.org).

The reserves were unable to match the senior's performance and lost to a good Kilcar team by 1-6 to 1-12 in Sunday's opener. Val Murray continued to show his class though and was Aodh Ruadh's man of the match.

The dates have been announced for the first round, first leg games in the R.T.E. Raidio na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship. Aodh Ruadh will travel up past Errigal to take on Cloughaneely on Saturday 23rd June. Throw in is at 7.30pm.

The third team trounced Kilcar last Saturday 9th June to reclaim their position at the top of Division 4 South. A 4-06 to 0-06 victory saw Ballyshannon go level on points with Four Masters with a game in hand on the Donegal town outfit. Glenties did Aodh Ruadh a favour by sneaking a one goal win against Four Masters on Saturday night.

Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Best wishes to Aodh Ruadh clubmen Brian Roper, Niall McCready and the rest of the Donegal squad as they take on Tyrone for a place in the Ulster final in Clones this Sunday 17th June. The throw in at Clones is at 2.15pm. The curtain raiser will be the Minor semi-final between Armagh and Tyrone which will start at 12.30pm.

With Munday's Field now closed for redevelopment it is more important than ever that pitch bookings are directed through Peter Conlon. Contact Peter on 087-6838024 or 071-9851386.

~ HURLING ~
In their final Ulster League match, the senior hurlers won by a five point margin against Warrenpoint, Co. Down, by 3-11 to 2-19. It was a great performance by Aodh Ruadh who effectively won the game in the second half. At half-time, the hamstring hampered David Downey switched from his midfield position to the full forward, where he scored 2-3 from play. This switch was important as Downey's ability to catch high ball, together with his physique and finishing ability was hard to curb. Another man of the match display from Downey. There were also some good scores by Chris Kilgannon, Peter Horan, Thomas Gallagher and Kevin Loughlin.

The senior hurlers also had a great Donegal League win against St. Eunan's on Wednesday night last winning by a one point margin on a scoreline of 3-13 to 3-14. In the first half, Aodh Ruadh played poorly and missed some vital scores from frees. The half-time score was 3-08 to 1-04. In the second half, with the addition of the previously injured Johnny Dolan into the half forward line, Aodh Ruadh were well on top. Chris Kilgannon took over the free taking duties (scoring them all), and the midfield duo of Chris Kilgannon and Thomas Gallagher were well on top. Similar to previous matches, the influence of David Downey at full forward was obvious, either breaking the ball or getting scores direct from play. With two minutes to go, St. Eunan's had a free and opted to go for goal, but the shot was saved by John Rooney. Another free in the last minute was put over the bar when a goal was needed for St. Eunan's. Despite winning the match the high tally of wides was worrying for Aodh Ruadh.

Aodh Ruadh lost their first championship match against Four Masters on a final scoreline of 4-14 to 3-09. It was to be a disappointing display and the injury to David Downey, who did well in previous matches, was a major blow to the Aodh Ruadh hopes. However, Aidan Begley playing his first club game of the year as Downey's replacement, did well scoring a great goal. The concession of two goals in the first few minutes meant that Aodh Ruadh were chasing this game from the start. The Four Masters full forward line were dominant with two nippy corner forwards who were hard to mark and took their scores with ease. Despite being behind, Aodh Ruadh fought back in the second half, courtesy of a goal by Tayto Coughlan and two points by Schillachi Gallagher, who played well, to reduce the margin to three points. However, Four Masters finished the match with a goal and two points to make the winning margin 8 points. The next Championship match is against Setanta with the next league match an away game against Burt.

The under 12 hurler's fielded two teams on Saturday last at a blitz held in Letterkenny. The first team won all their games beating Burt well in the first game, followed by victories over McCumhaill's, St. Eunan's and Letterkenny Gaels. The second team won one game, lost one and drew another. There were good performances from Paul Cummins, Eugene Drummond, Brian Ward, Niall Cullen and Conor Kennedy.

Underage training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday next. All new players welcome.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies are in league action at 7pm in Ardara this Friday 15th June. The bus leaves the park at 5.30pm.

Under 10 girls are training on Tuesdays from 6pm. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm. Under 16 training on Friday, 6pm in the park.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s head to a blitz in Pettigo this Saturday 16th June. Also competing in the blitz are Saint Naul's, Naomh Ultan and Dungloe. The bus leaves park on Saturday at 10.45pm sharp. There will be no under 8 training this Saturday. Training continues on Tuesdays at 6-7pm in Colaiste Colmcille.

The under 12s tasted defeat for the first time this season on Monday 11th June. Dungloe made full use of home advantage to scrape a one point victory over the Ernesiders. 1-10 to 1-9 was the final score. The final game of the league phase of the under 12 competition takes place next Monday 18th June when Aodh Ruadh host Killybegs in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7pm. Training continues as usual on Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s grabbed their first win of the season with a comprehensive 7-8 to 0-1 victory over Killybegs in searing sunshine in the Park last Saturday. Next is the arduous trip to Dungloe on Wednesday, 13th June, followed by Naomh Conaill in the Park on Wednesday 20th June. Throw in for both games is at 7.30pm.

Training for Minors takes place on Fridays at 4.30pm in the park.

~ HAVE YOUR SPAKE ~
With the club in full swing on all fronts you might have a few things to get off your chest. Why not share your opinion with other Aodh Ruadh fanatics on the Team Talk Forum on the club website, www.aodhruadh.org. Click on the “Team Talk Forum” link in the left column to register and get started.

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18th June

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh travel to take on Cloughaneely on Saturday 23rd June in the first round, first leg game in the R.T.E. Raidio na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship. Throw in is at 7.30pm and a large Ballyshannon following is called for. Aodh Ruadh's Packie McGrath will be 'indisposed' as he will be tying the knot with Kate Travers on Saturday. The club extends their best wishes to the couple on their big day.

The third team beat Glenfin by 2-11 to 0-6 in Donegal town last Saturday to secure a place in the Division 4 League final where they will take on local rivals, Four Masters. The final takes place at Naomh Bríd's pitch in Ballintra on Friday at 8pm. Once again the club calls for as many as possible to make the short trip up the N15 to show their support.

Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

With Munday's Field now closed for redevelopment it is more important than ever that pitch bookings are directed through Peter Conlon. Contact Peter on 087-6838024 or 071-9851386.

~ HURLING ~
Underage training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday next. All new players welcome.

~ LADIES ~
Congratulations go to Dearbhile McNeil and the under 14 county team on winning the Ulster final last Saturday in a rousing contest against Monaghan.

The under 10 girls enjoyed a great trip to Donegal last Wednesday. There were 39 who traveled and played altogether. Our thanks to Four Masters for their organisation and hospitality, not to mention all the mums and helpers and the big crowd of supporters.

The senior ladies traveled to Ardara last Friday night and played a game in what were very poor conditions. The Ardara outfit had too much on the night though and were able to secure a comfortable victory.

Under 10 girls are training on Tuesdays from 6pm. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm. Under 16 training on Friday, 6pm in the park.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s had great blitz in Pettigo last Saturday 16th June. Many thanks to Pettigo for a very efficient, well run tournament. There is another blitz this Saturday, this time Mountcharles are the hosts. Check with team management for full travel details. Training continues on Tuesdays at 6-7pm in Colaiste Colmcille.

Ardara's 3-9 to 3-7 defeat of Dungloe on Monday, 18th June means that Aodh Ruadh go into the knock-out stages on pole position in the under 12 League Division 1. Training continues as usual on Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s made it two wins on the trot when they defeated Dungloe by 1-3 to 1-9 last Wednesday night. Next is Naomh Conaill in the Park on Wednesday 20th June, followed by a break until Wednesday 4th July when the opposition will be Ardara, again in the park. Throw in for both games is at 7.30pm.

Training for Minors takes place on Fridays at 4.30pm in the park.

~ HAVE YOUR SPAKE ~
With the club in full swing on all fronts you might have a few things to get off your chest. Why not share your opinion with other Aodh Ruadh fanatics on the Team Talk Forum on the club website, www.aodhruadh.org. Click on the “Team Talk Forum” link in the left column to register and get started.

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26th June

A great week for Aodh Ruadh as the club claimed its first two pieces of silverware of the year and gained a valuable first leg away win in the first round of the Senior Championship.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh were too much for last year's intermediate champions, Cloughaneely as they overwhelmed them by 0-13 to 0-7 in Falcarragh last Saturday. The Ernesiders lead by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break in this first leg, first round game of the Raidio na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship. After a nip and tuck first half, Aodh Ruadh pressed home their advantage in the second. The Wards were very good in the middle of park and a great performance by the whole back division was a huge plus for Ballyshannon. Meanwhile, the absence of John Paul Gallagher proved a big loss for Cloughaneely. Aodh Ruadh's scores came from Barry Mulligan (0-4), Seamus Kane (0-4), Brian Roper (0-3), Stephen Ward (0-1) and Niall McCready (0-1). The return leg takes place this Saturday 30th June in Father Tierney Park. The throw should be at 7.30pm, but keep an eye on the local press for further details. Once more we call for a big showing of Ballyshannon support as the club continues its quest for Championship glory.

Congratulations go Aodh Ruadh's Packie McGrath who had a great result himself last Saturday, marrying Kate Travers in Cashelard. The club extends their best wishes to the happy couple.

Ballyshannon Town Council honoured club and county star, Brian Roper, with a presentation in recognition of his sporting achievements in a ceremony at the Town Council Offices on Monday night.

Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There is a Senior Club Committee meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Thursday 5th July at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The third team picked up the club's first trophy of the year last Friday 22nd June when they beat Four Masters in the Division Four league final in Ballintra. Two characteristically magnificent saves by Gary Walsh in each half were key to frustrating the attacking threat of Donegal town side. Mickey Dolan was immense at centre half back throughout the game. Dermot McInerney goaled in the first half, whilst Diarmuid Keown took two well executed goals midway through the second half to effectively secure the league title for Ballyshannon. The victorious Aodh Ruadh side were: Gary Walsh; Brian Dorrian, Christy Dolan, David O'Donnell; Mickey Dolan, Ken Monaghan, David Dorrian; Matthew Thompson, Damien Cleary; Pauric Loughlin, Diarmuid Slevin, Alan Dorrian; Nicky Sheerin, Dermot Keown, Dermot McInerney. Substitutions who also saw action were Johnny Dolan, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan and Gerry McManus.

~ HURLING ~
The senior season came to a close last Wednesday when the team lost to Setanta by 1-14 to 3-26 in Section A of the Championship. There were only three points in the game at half time, but Setanta pulled away in the second half.

The under 10s travel to Knocks, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh this Friday, 29th June for a challenge game. The bus leaves the park at 5.30pm sharp and should be back by 9.30pm.

The Under 12s took part in an all county blitz last Saturday. The 'A' team put in a series of great performances to beat Burt, MacCumhaill's and Letterkenny Gaels. The 'B' team won one, drew one and lost one. Check out the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) over the course of the week for pictures and a report from the blitz.

The under 14s were in action last Thursday against Buncrana. The team played some great hurling, but were unlucky to lose narrowly.

Underage training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday.

~ LADIES ~
The under 12s had narrow defeat against Saint Naul's in the park on Monday night. The girls are out again on Thursday 28th June when they travel on Donegal town to take on Killybegs at 6pm. Players are asked to be at Father Tierney park for 4.45pm.

The Under 10s finish up their training on Tuesday night, 26th June. They will be back training in September. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm. Under 16 training is on Friday at 6pm in the park. Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There is a Bord na nÓg meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday 4th July at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Aodh Ruadh took two Under 8 teams to Bundoran last Saturday with a good day out being had by all concerned. Our thanks go to Bundoran for hosting a well-run event. The under 10s head to a blitz in Ballintra this Saturday, 30th June. The bus to Ballintra leaves Father Tierney Park at 11.00am sharp. This means there will be no under 8 training this Saturday. Next training for all players will be on Saturday 7th July. Please note that there will be no Tuesday training for the duration of July.

Aodh Ruadh's second piece of silverware this week was claimed with an epic second half performance against Dungloe in Killybegs on Monday night. A nervy first period saw the sides going in at parity with a goal and a point a piece at half time. However Aodh Ruadh blitzed Dungloe over a ten minute period in the second half to claim the Southern Board Under 12 Division 1 title on a scoreline of 4-6 to 1-4. David McGurrin led the scoring with 1-4, followed by Johnny Gethins who wrought havoc in the second half claiming two goals. James Kelly scored a vital first half goal, whilst Colm Kelly and Ryan Gillen finished the game with a point each. Now it is onto the county stage with a semi final against Saint Eunan's from the Northern Board on Friday, 6th July. The triumphant Aodh Ruadh team were: Conor Gilmartin; Matthew Maguire, Eamon McGrath, Paddy Gillespie; Colin Keown, Darren Gethins, Jamie McDonald; Pauric Patton, James Kelly; David McGurrin, Johnny Gethins, Colm Kelly; Ryan Gillen, Michael McNeely, Patrick Dixon. Substitutions: John Ward for J. McDonald, Jack Dolan for P. Dixon, Dominic Boyle for M. McNeely, Conor McShea for C. Kelly. Congratulations go also to Jim Kane and his backroom team on steering this talented group of players to victory.

The under 14s chalked up an impressive victory over Naomh Conaill last Wednesday. They overcame the Glenties side by 3-04 to 0-11. Conor Patton was truly outstanding at full back while Ruairí Drummond had a great game at midfield. Up front Ronan McGurrin, Sylvester Maguire and Stephen Clarke made sure Naomh Conaill paid dearly for their mistakes. The next game is on Wednesday 4th July when the opposition will be Ardara in Father Tierney Park with the throw in at 7.30pm.

Both the under 16 and minor teams are both down for Championship action over the next few weeks. The minors will be traveling to Glencolmcille for a preliminary round first leg fixture against Naomh Columba, whilst the under 16s have a preliminary round, second leg game against Naomh Conaill in the Park to look forward to. Details of dates and times for these games have yet to be fixed and the management of the respective teams will keep the panels informed of any developments.

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