Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. JULY
2nd July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh secured their passage into the quarter finals of the Senior Football Championship with a one point win over Cloughaneely in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Two points up at half time, Aodh Ruadh hit a purple patch midway through the second half when points from Michael Ward, Seamus Kane and Barry Mulligan put five between the team. Cloughaneely tried manfully to reel the Ballyshannon side in, but time ran out for them with the scores at 0-9 to 0-8. It is Aodh Ruadh who progress to the quarter finals of the championship with Naomh Conaill or Saint Eunan's the opponents. See the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) for a full match report and picture of the Aodh Ruadh team for the game.

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

The Under 21s preliminary round, first leg championship match against Glenfin has been moved to Tuesday, 10th July. The match throws in at Glenfin at 7.30pm.

The stand for Saturday's clash between Leitrim and Donegal is all ticket with tickets priced at €20. All other areas are non-ticket, admission on the turnstiles, with under 16s free onto terrace.

~ HURLING ~
The Under 10 hurlers won a very enjoyable game in Knocks, Co. Fermanagh with a fantastic team performance. The highlight of the game was a great goal by Stephen Anderson, aged 7.

The under 16s and minor hurlers are training at 6.45pm in the Park on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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

~ LADIES ~
The under 12s continued their improving trajectory with a good run out against Killybegs in Donegal town last Thursday. There was a point between the sides with a minute or two to go, but a goal for Killybegs put a rather more favourable gloss on the final score for the seasiders than the balance of play might have merited. Grainne Gillespie put in a great performance at midfield for Aodh Ruadh and Leanne also had a fine game in the nets doing well to keep the Killybegs forwards at bay. 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 ~
Underage players have been out and about selling lines for guesses as to the cash value of the contents of a bottle of change donated to Bord na nÓg by Mick McGrath of the Bridgend bar. Lines are available at a cost only €2 or three for €5. The nearest guess will win €100. The next two nearest guesses after that will win €50 each and the next two nearest guesses after that again will each win one ticket in the Aodh Ruadh Centre of Excellence Draw worth €30. The final answer will be revealed when the bottle is burst open and the contents counted at a social night on Saturday in the Bridgend bar. The proceeds are in aid of the Centre of Excellence Development currently underway at Munday's Field in Ballyshannon. With Donegal's encounter against Leitrim at 7pm the bottle bursting will take place at 11.30pm to allow county followers time to get back and take part in proceedings. There will be a number of Bord na nÓg members who will be happy to take your guesses, before they have to get down the serious business of counting the coppers. All players should return their completed cards to their team manager or a member of the Bord na nÓg committee by Friday evening. Completed cards can also be left into the Bridgend Bar before Saturday evening.

Aodh Ruadh under 10s traveled to a blitz in Ballintra last Saturday where teams from Naomh Bríd, Pettigo, Four Masters and Kilcar were in competition. The 'A' team put in a number of good performances, recording a win, a draw and two losses. Shane McGrath and Philip Patton in the forward sector were Aodh Ruadh's main danger men. The 'B' team won all three of their games with Barry Kelly doing great work in the back line and Ryan Gallagher proving a great attacking threat at half forward.

Aodh Ruadh offer their sincerest condolences to the manager of the under 10 team, Colman Kerr on the loss of his father, John, who passed away peacefully on Sunday in Letterkenny Regional Hospital. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon in Portsalon. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Aodh Ruadh's annual Summer Camp is up and running with over 80 youngsters taking part in the first week of the camp. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday feature Gaelic skills plus fun and games. Thursday is swimming with fun and games. Friday is the sports day. To sign up for the second and third weeks of the camp contact Sylvester Maguire on 086-0532495.

The under 12s odyssey continues this Friday, 6th July when they meet Saint Eunan's in the county semi-final in Donegal town at 7.00pm. The club calls for a big Ballyshannon following to travel down to the game and show the lads their support.

The next game for the under 14s is on Wednesday 4th July when the opposition will be Ardara in Father Tierney Park with the throw in at 7.30pm. That will be followed by the final game of the round robin section of the league on Wednesday 11th July when the team travels to Mountcharles to take on Saint Naul's at 7.30pm.

The under 16s were forced to concede their preliminary round, second leg game against Glenties last Friday, a decision that sees Naomh Conaill go through to the first round proper of the championship. This ends under 16 action for the year.

The Sean Slevin Minor Tournament took place last Saturday with a game between Aodh Ruadh and Bunninadden of Sligo in Father Tierney park. On what was forecast to be a poor day, luck held and there was the blessing of a relatively clear spell to play the game. Aodh Ruadh were hampered by the loss of a number of players, in particular midfielder, Matthew Thompson, out through suspension, and Donagh McIntyre who was on senior championship duty later in the day. Bunninadden showed no ill-effects from the long trip up the road from south Sligo and finished the first half with 1-7 to Aodh Ruadh's 0-4. The second half commenced with more of the same as Bunninadden notched up five unanswered points before Aodh Ruadh could make a pointed reply in the 41st minute. Vincent Frizzell was starring for the Sligonians, showing deadly accuracy in front of the posts. It was only with 10 minutes left of the match that Aodh Ruadh found their groove scoring 2-3 in the final phase with Hugh McNeill and Conor Thomas popping up for goals. Time had run out for Aodh Ruadh though, and, in truth, it would have been an injustice to Bunninadden had they lost the match after making the running for so long in the game. The final score was 1-14 to 2-08. Sean Slevin's widow, Patricia presented runners up medals to the disappointed Ballyshannon side. She then presented the victor's plaque to Vincent Frizzell, the Bunninadden captain. Many thanks to Bunninadden for attending and to everyone who helped out in whatever capacity on the day. See the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) for pictures from the day's action.

The next match on the horizon for the minors is a preliminary round, first leg match against Naomh Columba in Glencolmcille on Friday 6th July at 7.30pm. Minor training is at 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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9th July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The seniors are out in the league this Sunday with a trip to Kilcar. The throw in time was not available at time of writing. Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Under 21 preliminary round, first leg championship match against Glenfin has been moved once again, this time to Tuesday, 17th July. The match throws in at Glenfin at 7.30pm.

As you will be aware Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. First prize is a four door 1.4 Nissan Almera; second prize is €3,000 in cash; third prize is a two week sunshine holiday for two valued at €1,500; fourth prize is a 32 inch LCD Television and DVD player; fifth prize is a golf weekend for two at the Slieve Russell Hotel; sixth prize is a weekend for two in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin with two All Ireland Football OR hurling tickets; seventh prize is a weekend for two with the White Group; eighth prize is €250 worth of household goods from Slevin's Department Store, Ballyshannon; ninth prize is a €250 shopping voucher sponsored by Mace in Ballyshannon; the tenth prize is €200 in cash. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member. With the draw taking place in the last week of August all sellers are asked to redouble their sales efforts to ensure the maximum possible revenue from the draw.

Fashionistas might be interested to know that Aodh Ruadh club jackets are now available in Ballyshannon Shoe Company.

~ HURLING ~
The under 12s are traveling to a blitz in Donegal this Saturday 14th July. The bus leaves the park at 1.30pm.

Underage training for under 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday. The under 16s and minor hurlers are training at 6.45pm in the Park on Mondays and Wednesdays.

~ LADIES ~
The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm. Under 16 training is on Fridays at 6pm in the park. Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The bottle of change was cracked open on Saturday night and after a meticulous count the bottle was found to contain the grand total of €478.70. There were two winners with Larry Dolan and Alan Jordan both guessing €480 and winning €75 each. The next closest guess was by Alison Dolan at €480.95 who won €50. Alison was followed by Ann Ward, who went for €475.32 and John Meehan who guessed €475. Ann and John each won a ticket in the Aodh Ruadh Centre of Excellence prize draw worth €30. This was a very successful draw with over €1,800 being raised by Bord na nÓg for the Centre of Excellence draw. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and all those who collected lines, not to mention those who helped out on the night.

Aodh Ruadh under 10s have a blitz this Saturday in Bundoran. The Bus leaves the park at 11pm sharp.

Aodh Ruadh's annual Summer Camp continues with over 90 youngsters taking part in the second week of the camp. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday feature Gaelic Skills plus fun and games. Thursday is swimming with fun and games. Friday is the sports day. To sign up for the final week of the camp contact Sylvester Maguire on 086-0532495.

The under 12s secured their place in the county final last Friday with a gutsy display against Saint Eunan's. Despite the indifferent weather recently, the sun shone at Donegal town's Tir Chonaill park for most of the duration and conditions were ideal for football. Aodh Ruadh played into the Donegal bay end with the benefit of a steady breeze for the first half. After an early exchange of points Eunan's goaled in the 6th minute. After that shock Aodh Ruadh made short work of getting back into the game with two points followed by a goal from David McGurrin in the 9th minute. The ball was lofted high into the Letterkenny square and the 'keeper misjudged the flight, allowing the ball to drop into the back of the net. Buoyed up by that goal Aodh Ruadh picked off another three points before the tide began to turn in Saint Eunan's favour. The change was augured when Conor Gilmartin was forced into fantastic save to put the ball over the end line for a 45 in the 18th minute. Eunan's worked a goal from that 45 and three minutes later they had the ball in the net for a third time. The Ballyshannon lads had to show their mettle once again to peg the Letterkenny side back with two fine points. However, it was Saint Eunan's who finished the half the stronger slotting over two points of their own to go in at the break leading by 3-3 to 1-8. The second half must go down as one of the best halves of football played by any Aodh Ruadh team at any grade in some time. The omens weren't good when a Saint Eunan's shot came back of the post in the first minute. Shrugging off that near miss, the Ernesiders composed themselves and put in a phenomenal defensive effort combined with precision work in the forwards to steadily manufacture a stranglehold on the game. The second half was marked by a number of great performances. Eamon McGrath was a transformed player in the second period and his decisive play thwarted a number of Letterkenny attacks. Matthew Maguire and Paddy Gillespie both marked tigerishly and made intelligent use of the ball as they cleared their lines. Pauric Patton caused constant danger with his creative running and crisp passing, whilst Colin Keown was also a thorn in Saint Eunan's side. Up front David McGurrin punished the Letterkenny side relentlessly. The first score of the second half didn't come until the 10th minute when Aodh Ruadh grabbed the equalising point. After that there were only three further scores in the game and all these fell to Aodh Ruadh players. The final insurance point was put over in the 30th minute and a nail-biting five minutes of injury time followed before the large Aodh Ruadh support could celebrate securing their spot in the county final. The final score was 1-12 to 3-3 in favour of the Ernesiders. David McGurrin finished with 1-8 to his name, whilst James Kelly, Johnny Gethins, Jamie McDonald and Pauric Patton also chipped in with points. With so many outstanding displays it would be perhaps unfair to pick out a man of the match, but Conor Gilmartin's display between the posts was one he will remember for a long time to come. With a number of 'certain' goals picked from just below the crossbar throughout the game, his performance proved a truly match-winning contribution. The under 12 county final is slated for this Friday 13th July. The time and venue have yet to be decided, but a large turnout from Ballyshannon is asked to attend this hugely important match.

The under 14s took a bit of a drubbing at the hands of Ardara in the league last Wednesday when they lost by 0-6 to 3-14 in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh had a somewhat depleted squad and a strong central spine for Ardara did a lot of damage. The scorers for Aodh Ruadh were Ronan McGurrin with four points along with Charlie Patton and Martin Gallagher with a point a piece. The next game for the under 14s is on Wednesday 11th July when the team travels to Mountcharles to take on Saint Naul's at 7.30pm. There is the possibility that Aodh Ruadh could qualify for the semi-final stages should Naomh Conaill manage to beat Bundoran, so this is still an important game.

In wintry conditions in Glencolmcille Aodh Ruadh's minors were defeated by a more determined Naomh Columba side last Wednesday. The final scoreline was 2-9 to 2-6. The Ballyshannon side were stung by a late goal when the prospect of a well-earned draw was just within grasp. Damien Cleary gave a good performance full back, whilst Donagh McIntyre did well in the middle of the park. Up front, PJ McGee and Diarmuid McInerney were a constant threat to the Naomh Columba rearguard. The second leg fixture against Naomh Columba takes place this Wednesday 11th July at 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park. A large Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated.

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16th July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh blew hot and cold at Towney last Sunday where failure to close out the game saw the Ernesiders going down on a scoreline of 0-14 to 2-06. Missing a number of regulars, Ballyshannon romped into a six point lead in the first half, only to be reeled in and passed out by a gritty Kilcar fight back. League debutants PJ McGee and Diarmuid McInerney were the two liveliest forwards on show with McInerney clocking up two goals and McGee two well executed points. Their contribution should provide good options up front for Aodh Ruadh as the season progresses. The next action for the seniors is a trip to Glenfin this Sunday for the next round of the League. The match throws in at Pairc Ghleann Fhinne at 3.00pm and will be preceded by the reserve game, which gets underway at 1.30pm.

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

Kilcar's thirds were overrun by Aodh Ruadh by 0-05 to 2-10 in a dead rubber left over from the 2007 Division 3 South League campaign on Sunday. The thirds are likely to be out in Championship action this Saturday against Glenfin. Precise dates, times and venues have yet to be confirmed so watch the local media for further details.

See pigs fly!!! Pig racing comes to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 18th when Aodh Ruadh runs a seven race card in the Bridgend / East Port area of the town starting at 9pm. Races can be sponsored at €250 with pigs available at €100. In addition there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be a signed county jersey raffled on the night and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town.

As you will be aware Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. First prize is a four door 1.4 Nissan Almera; second prize is €3,000 in cash; third prize is a two week sunshine holiday for two valued at €1,500; fourth prize is a 32 inch LCD Television and DVD player; fifth prize is a golf weekend for two at the Slieve Russell Hotel; sixth prize is a weekend for two in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin with two All Ireland Football OR hurling tickets; seventh prize is a weekend for two with the White Group; eighth prize is €250 worth of household goods from Slevin's Department Store, Ballyshannon; ninth prize is a €250 shopping voucher sponsored by Mace in Ballyshannon; the tenth prize is €200 in cash. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member. With the draw taking place in the last week of August all sellers are asked to redouble their sales efforts to ensure the maximum possible revenue from the draw.

Fashionistas might be interested to know that Aodh Ruadh club jackets are now available in Ballyshannon Shoe Company.

~ HURLING ~
Underage training for under 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday. The under 16s and minor hurlers are training at 6.45pm in the Park on Mondays and Wednesdays.

~ LADIES ~
The club sends their best wishes to Aoife Buggy who will be part of the Donegal panel taking on Sligo in the Senior Championship in Tubbercurry on Sunday 22nd July at 2pm.

The under 12s concluded their season with a game against Saint Naul's last Tuesday. The girls concluded a full programme of fixtures and made considerable progress along the way, not to mention having a great deal of fun in the process. Many thanks to the players and all those who helped out with the team over the course of the season.

Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s had a great outing to the Bundoran blitz last Saturday. The 'A' team had games against Naomh Bríd, Kinlough and Bundoran and won them all. Paul Cummins put in a number of fine displays in goals whilst Donal Sweeny went through an ocean of work in the backs. Oisín Roper was class at midfield and showed brilliant attitude. Meanwhile, up front Nathan Boyle took a number of fine scores. The 'B' team won one and lost one with Caelan Drummond giving an outstanding performance in the backs. Under 10 training continues this Saturday at 11am. This will be the last training session for the under 8s for the foreseeable future. There will be a blitz in Saint Naul's on Saturday, July 28th. The bus leaves for Mountcharles at 10.45am sharp from Father Tierney park. This blitz will be the last competitive action for the under 10s until the start of the new school year.

Aodh Ruadh's annual Summer Camp continues with over 60 youngsters taking part in the final week of the camp. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday feature Gaelic Skills plus fun and games. Thursday is swimming with fun and games. Friday is the sports day. To sign up for the final week of the camp contact Sylvester Maguire on 086-0532495.

The highlight of the club's year so far took place in Convoy last Friday when Aodh Ruadh's under 12 claimed the county title in a fiercely fought contest with Termon. In whirlwind weather conditions Termon got off to a whirlwind start with two goals in first five minutes. This Aodh Ruadh outfit have showed buckets of fighting character this year however and they showed it once again as they clawed their way back into contention. A superb individual goal by midfielder Pauric Patton was the key score as the first half ended level at 2-3 to 1-6. With Patton more tightly marshaled in the second half; James Kelly gave a great display at midfield to help dictate the pattern of play in Aodh Ruadh's favour. There was a point in it with five minutes to go when Johnny Gettins popped up to score the goal that sealed it for Ballyshannon. David McGurrin shot over two further insurance points before the referee blew the whistle to confirm Aodh Ruadh as under 12 champions of Donegal for 2007 on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-05. David McGurrin got six points in total, with Matthew Gettins shooting over three points and Colm Kelly another two. Commiserations to a gallant Termon team who gave their all in what was a great game of football. Special recognition goes to their centre full back who had an exceptional game. Check out the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) over the course of the week for a full report and pictures.

The under 14s suffered a 3-11 to 1-5 loss to Saint Naul's last Wednesday. The scoreline is not an accurate reflection of the game as Aodh Ruadh owned the ball for much of the game with Ruairí Drummond and Ronan McGurrin ruling the roost at midfield in very difficult weather conditions. The main problem was the inability to convert scoring chances. Ben McGowan led the scoring for Ballyshannon with a goal and a point. He was followed by Martin Larkin who added another two points. Martin Gallagher and Ronan McGurrin also chipped in with a point apiece. This loss brings the under 14s league season to an end. The next competitive action is a trip to Ardara in the first round of the championship on 13th August. Training continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the park.

Aodh Ruadh emphatically overturned a first leg loss to Naomh Columba last Wednesday when they ran out 2-16 to 2-05 winners in Father Tierney Park. This strong performance was anchored by a good showing at midfield by David Dolan and Donagh McIntyre. Peter Boyle had another fine game between the posts with Jason McMenamin, Ciaran Slevin and Damien Cleary giving great cover in the back sector. Up front Diarmuid McIntyre, PJ McGee and Aidan Murray all starred in what was a great team performance. Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Columba now go forward to a play-off game to decide this preliminary round match-up. The game takes place on Wednesday 18th July at 6.30pm in Dunkineely. The bus leaves from the park at 5.15pm sharp. The winners of that match will then go forward to play the winners of Dungloe and Four Masters, who also play a decider this Wednesday. The first round fixture is down for Friday 20th July with full details to be confirmed once the competing teams have been sorted out.

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23rd July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
A very young Aodh Ruadh side came out on the wrong end of a 2-8 to 1-6 scoreline against Naomh Conaill in Davy Brennan Park last Saturday. The Ernesiders were minus 11 senior players, notably team Captain Michael 'Sticky' Ward who sustained a serious injury in training and looks like being out of action for at least three weeks. The depleted squad meant a start for minor stars Donagh McIntyre, Diarmuid McInerney and Matthew Thompson, with David Dolan also coming on off the bench. The minors all gave extremely good performances, particularly in the context of having played a tough Championship game against Four Masters the night previous. Unfortunately Aodh Ruadh leaked two early goals and were chasing the game from the 15th minute on. Despite John Duffy coming on to give a vintage performance, Glenties were successfully able to keep Ballyshannon at arms length for the remainder of the game to maintain their unbeaten run in Division 1A. Go to www.aodhruadh.org to see the full match report.

The reserves were in action against Naomh Conaill on Sunday and went down by 3-15 to 1-6. Paul Kane had a good game in nets as did Barry Travers in the back division and at midfield. Up front a lively Barry Gallagher caused Glenties a few headaches.

Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Keep an eye on the local press for the latest on upcoming senior fixtures.

The third's Championship opener against Glenfin last Saturday was postponed and has been rescheduled for this Friday, 27th July, with throw in at Pairc Ghleann Fhinne at 8.00pm.

See pigs fly!!! Pig racing comes to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 18th when Aodh Ruadh runs a seven race card in the East Port area of the town starting at 9pm. Pigs are available at €100. Get together with your mates and sponsor a squealer. In addition there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be a signed county jersey raffled on the night and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town on harvest fair weekend.

Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member. With the draw taking place in the last week of August all sellers are asked to redouble their sales efforts to ensure the maximum possible revenue from the draw.

Senior club meeting on Thursday, 9th August at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ HURLING ~
There will be no underage hurling training on Sunday 29th August as all players will be in Croke Park for the All-Ireland quarter finals on a trip organised by the hurling committee. The bus leaves the park at 8.45am on Sunday. There are a small number of seats left on the bus for anyone interested. Please contact John Rooney on 9851250. Training for under 10s, 12s and 14s will resume on Sunday, 5th August.

~ LADIES ~
Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee on Wednesday, 1st August at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The club's summer camp came to a close last Friday. With 20 people employed and well over 200 attending over the three weeks the camp was a great success. Once again, thanks to McDevitt and McGlynn Accountants for their kind sponsorship.

There is an under 10 blitz in Saint Naul's this Saturday, July 28th. The bus leaves for Mountcharles at 10.45am sharp from Father Tierney park. This blitz will be the last action for the under 10s until the start of the new school year.

The report and pictures from the club's under 12 county final triumph will be up on the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) later in the week.

Under 14 training continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the park in anticipation of the squad's first round championship match against Ardara on 13th August.

A busy week for the minors. They secured a 1-18 to 0-9 play-off victory over Naomh Columba in Dunkineely last Wednesday and were promptly pressed into action on the following Friday against Four Masters. The Donegal town side edged that game 3-8 to 2-9 in Father Tierney Park. The Naomh Columba game was played in atrocious conditions and was well refereed by Jimmy White. The victory was built around a strong midfield performance by David Dolan and Donagh McIntyre. Brian McGrath, Jason McMenamin and Ciaran Slevin were miserly in allowing Naomh Columba scoring opportunities, whilst up from Diarmuid McInerney, PJ McGee and Paul Hughes all gave an exhibition of shooting in very poor weather conditions. The Four Masters game saw David Dolan move to centre back where he gave a brilliant performance and, along with Damien Cleary and Peter Boyle in nets, ensured that Donegal town earned their scores the hard way. Again there was a good performance at midfield with Turkey and Ham a.k.a. Matthew Thompson and Donagh McIntyre winning plenty of primary possession. Starring in the forwards were Jason Kane, JJ Cassidy, Christopher Goan and Diarmuid McInerney who were up against a well drilled Four Masters defence. The first round, second leg Championship game against Four Masters is scheduled for Tuesday 24th July at 7pm in Tir Chonaill Park.

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31st July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
There is a meeting of the senior club on Thursday, 2nd August at 8.30pm. This is a particularly important meeting and all committee members are asked to attend.

The reserve's woes continued on Sunday night when they lost by 1-03 to 2-12 against Glenfin in Father Tierney Park. Jason Kane registered a goal on his reserve team debut, but apart from that Aodh Ruadh were dogged by an inability to take their scoring chances. Senior and reserve training continues at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The third's got their Championship campaign off to an ebullient start against Glenfin last Friday when they clocked up a 0-14 to 1-08 over the Finnsiders. Freetaker Dermot Slevin led the way with seven points. There were also good performances from Diarmuid McInerney and Pauric Loughlin. Sunday's second leg match in the Park against Glenfin was afflicted by the awful weather conditions that have tormented the country of late. The game was a scrappy encounter, but Aodh Ruadh managed to win out by 1-8 to 0-04. Once again Dermot Slevin headed the scoring stakes and Gary Anderson scored a great goal with a masterful finish. Third team training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm.

The Under 21s go into championship action when they take on Glenfin at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 31st July in Pairc Ghleann Fhinne.

See pigs fly!!! Pig racing comes to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 18th when Aodh Ruadh runs a seven race card in the East Port area of the town starting at 9pm. Pigs are available at €100. Get together with your mates and sponsor a squealer. In addition there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be a signed county jersey raffled on the night and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town on harvest fair weekend.

Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member. With the draw taking place in the last week of August all sellers are asked to redouble their sales efforts to ensure the maximum possible revenue from the draw.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh underage hurlers enjoyed a great trip to Croke Park on Sunday last to watch the All-Ireland hurling quarter finals. The boys were treated to two very exciting games and even got their photograph taken on the hallowed turf after the action had finished. Thanks to all the adults who traveled with the young lads. Training resumes on Sunday, 5th August for under 10s, 12s and 14s at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee on Wednesday, 1st August at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The under 10s had a trip to Mountcharles last week where they took on Naomh Columba, Saint Naul's and Pettigo in a divisional blitz. The 'A' team were unlucky to lose all their games, but the 'B' team played well to win their tournament. Ciaran Kelly excelled for the 'A' team in the back division. Meanwhile Ryan McKenna was a key driver in the B's triumph. This blitz will be the last action for the under 10s until the start of the new school year.

Under 14 training continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the park.

The minor's season came to an end with a 4-13 to 1-07 loss against Four Masters in Tir Chonaill park last Tuesday. There were battling performances from Peter Boyle in goals and Maurice Kane and David Dolan in defence. There was another set of strong performances Turkey and Ham a.k.a. Matthew Thompson and Donagh McIntyre in midfield, Ham capping his performance with a goal. Diarmuid McInerney played a captain's roll in the forwards.

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