Club Notes Archive - 2012APRIL
- 3 April
~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves began their 2012 league season in much the same way as they began their 2011 league season; with a senior defeat and reserve win. The winter has seen considerable change on both panels and their league debuts were always going to be steps into the unknown.
The seniors lost to freshly relegated Termon by 0-8 to 0-13. It was a tough physical encounter and Aodh Ruadh can take heart from the fact that they lasted it the better of the two sides, still up for the fight in the last quarter while Termon hugged the ropes. It was Termon's craft which was the telling factor, as they worked and picked off their scores more clinically and economically than the homesters. Michael Boyle might have been in nets for Termon, but he still ended up their top scorer with four points from placed ball. From Aodh Ruadh's perspective there was an excellent performance from Johnny Gallagher who snuffed out the dangerous Johnny McCafferty when move back on him. Donagh McIntyre also had a good 60 minutes and had a well-taken point to show for his efforts too. The slew of young substitutes introduced in the second half, Conor Patton, Pauric Loughlin, Ronan McGurrin, Johnny Gethins and Ryan Granaghan all added to Aodh Ruadh's challenge and it clear there are now a lot of good options on the bench. The progress of the league will be very interesting as Philip O'Reilly and Maurice McLaughlin mould this young team. The return trip to Termon should tell a tale. There is a full match report and pictures from the game.
The reserves comprehensively outclassed their northern visitors to win by 2-9 to 1-7, a score line which inadequately reflects their dominance. With Martin Gallagher retired and Matthew Thompson unavailable the untested midfield of Damien Cleary and Darren Gethins had a significant burden of expectation to carry. However they did admirably. Just into minor, Gethins replicated his under 16 work ethic while Cleary, back after a couple years of hiatus, was extremely impressive, imposing himself on the game and dictating the tempo. Dominant at midfield Aodh Ruadh didn't initially make it count on the scoreboard and the sides were level at 0-4 apiece before the break. However the dismissal of a Termon player for a thump on Ronan Matthews and then the failure of the referee to see an over the top challenge on Niall Murray fired up Aodh Ruadh for the second half. Niall Murray could have been forgiven disappearing in the second half, but on the contrary he redoubled his already healthy work rate and was a considerable thorn in the side for Termon. Other players to catch the eye were Pauric Storey, Kieran Keown and Ronan Matthews who proved the Tyrone dictum that success is built from half back. Steven Perry was pick of the forward and his goal, finishing a beautiful flowing move, was a delight. We have a full match report and photographs from the game.
The next assignment for the adult footballers takes them to the Rosguill peninsula on Good Friday where they take on Downings. The reserve game throws in at 4.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 6pm.
The minors open their competitive account for 2012 with a trip to Naomh Columba on Friday, 13th April in the league. The game throws in at 7pm.
The under 16s extended their unbeaten start to the season with a fine 4-8 to 0-6 win over Ardara in Father Tierney park last Sunday. It was a big, strong Ardara team which lined out against Ballyshannon and they made their physical dominance count early when they chalked up the first score of the game. However once Aodh Ruadh got a grip on the game they didn't let go. An early goal from Shane McGrath helped get the Ernesiders going and from there they tagged on a series of points to go in 3-6 to 0-3 leaders at half time. The second half was more even as Ardara closed up shop defensively, but Aodh Ruadh remained on top and substitute Stephen Thompson's late goal was the coup de grace. The defence was exceptional for the homesters. The full back line of Matthew Maguire, Eugene Drummond and Colm Doyle were faultless while at half back Conor Kennedy maintained his happy knack of being in the right place at the right time and Cookie O'Halloran did a spectacular marking job on his dangerous opposite number. Once again the midfield are exceptional. Colm Kelly was Colm Kelly which is good enough for most games. Niall Harley continues to develop his game impressively and he is the real engine room of the team. Up front Eddie Lynch had a very good game at centre forward, imposing his game on his opposite number. Philip Patton was clinical from dead ball while Shane McGrath was a constant menace. At times Aodh Ruadh played a classy brand of fluid football which was a pleasure to watch and the manner in which they powered through to the finish was very heartening. We have pictures from the game up. The next game of the league campaign sees Aodh Ruadh travelling to Annagry to take on Naomh Mhuire on Wednesday 4th April with the throw-in at 7pm.
Under 16 football league division one
Team P W L D For Agst +/- Pts AODH RUADH 4 4 0 0 73 28 45 8 Killybegs 4 4 0 0 71 40 31 8 Naomh Conaill 5 3 2 0 93 71 22 6 Ardara 4 2 2 0 52 42 10 4 Dungloe 4 1 3 0 49 65 -16 2 Four Masters 5 1 4 0 56 88 -32 2 Naomh Mhuire 4 0 4 0 38 98 -60 0
The under 14s claimed the club's first silverware of the season when they travelled into the lion's den in Glenties and won the Southern Féile title, narrowly defeating Naomh Conaill in the final. REPORT. Final details. The Ernesiders took on Naomh Mhuire in semi final and after a tentative start settled well. With Shane McGrath converting a penalty, a couple of well-taken points from Oisín Rooney and a goal from Ryan McKenna Aodh Ruadh had a good cushion to take into the second half. Ballyshannon continued to dominate in the second half and indeed increased their lead courtesy of a goal from Stephen Anderson. The final was a great game of football between two evenly matched sides. Aodh Ruadh got off to a bad start though as Glenties rattled home an earlier goal, but once again a Shane McGrath penalty settled the Ernesiders to the business in hand. Two points from Aaron Clarke extended the visitors lead before another body blow of a goal put Glenties back into the lead. Shane McGrath had the last say of the half, leveling up the match with a point just before the whistle. Aodh Ruadh were playing into breeze in the second, but their cause was aided by the sending off of a Glenties player. The second half was nip and tuck, but Ballyshannon had the greater cutting edge and at one point went ahead by five points thanks to goal from Oisín Rooney. This was instantly cancelled by a goal from Glenties which indicates just how evenly matched the sides were. Aodh Ruadh finished out the game well and, although they passed up a few chances to put a more convincingly complexion on the final score line, were well worthy of their win. Aside from the effective shooting performance there were also some fantastic displays in defence. Under 12 Mark Gallagher showed himself as a prospect for the future with a great performance between the sticks making two crucial saves in the final. The half back line of Jason Granaghan, Nathan Boyle and Daniel Warnock was in exceptional form and they denied Naomh Conaill any opportunity to get up an attacking head of steam. Many thanks to Naomh Conaill who did a great job organising the finals and especially to the Naomh Conaill chairman who stepped up to present Aodh Ruadh with the Southern Féile trophy, a very magnanimous and sporting gesture. The county final is against Saint Eunan's next Saturday with the time and venue to be decided. Watch out later this week for an addendum with those details.
Under 12 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm.
Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 29th April at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Well done to our player of the week last week, Aaron Cullen at under 8. Under 6 and under 8 training take a break this Friday and returns the following Friday 13th April from 6pm to 7pm.
~ HURLING ~
Donegal underage hurling leagues began on Thursday last. The under 14s were away to MacCumhaill's in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. They were very nervous early on with a lot of players making their debut at this age group. They slowly played themselves into the game and gradually got on top. It was a good all round team performance full of hard work and all 17 of the panel played their part. The final score line was Aodh Ruadh 6-10 MacCumhaill's 3-6. Management and panel would like to thank the parents who drove the squad to the game, their efforts in saving us the expense of a bus were much appreciated by all the panel.
In Father Tierney Park Aodh Ruadh minors were in action against MacCumhaill's. A very young minor team with seven under 16s on board were also slow out of the blocks and allowed the Finn Valley men take an early lead. The lads settled down and began playing the style of hurling which allowed the claim the under 16 double in 2011 and ran out convincing winners on a 5-11 to 3-5 score line.
Both teams are in action again this Thursday night with the under 14s facing a difficult game at home against Saint Eunan's while the minors make the trip to the Cathedral town where they will be keen to impress Donegal minor manager Paddy Flood who is in charge of Saint Eunan's.
Donegal minors suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday last against Antrim in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Eamon McGrath started in midfield while Colm Kelly, Jamie Brennan, Tommy Gillespie and Rory Cullen came on in the second half.
On Saturday last Aodh Ruadh juvenile Hurlers held their sixth Annual Hurlathon in the Mercy Hall and as in previous years the event was another great success. This year's event had well over 100 children taking part, along with their parents and coaches. Some of the participants weren't even born when the first Hurlathon took place in 2007. First to take to the floor were the under 8s at 10 am and the sliothar continued flying around the hall till 10pm and some of the lads who played in the first game were still going strong. Throughout the day under 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and minors were in action along with the adults. There were some great games throughout the day and the spectators were full of praise for the efforts of the young hurlers.
The family nature of the event was shown in the number of father and son combinations who played on the day - Keenaghans, Ayres', Fahertys, Lynchs, Kellys, Sweeneys, McDermotts and Rooneys. Mothers and daughters also got in on the act - Drummonds, Keenaghans, Kellys are Rooneys. Then there were the mother and son combinations - Brennans and Peaches.
As has been the tradition with the Hurlathon the mothers of the young hurlers catered for all in the Mercy Hall both young and old and ensured nobody went home hungry.
Thanks to all who helped on the day in the Mercy Hall, the coaches who reffed and organised the games, Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee for organising the event, the mothers for all their work preparing and serving the food, Colaiste Cholmcille for use of the Mercy Hall, care-taker Michael Donagher for all his help.
Thanks to all who came in and supported the hurlers throughout the day. Thanks to Brian Drummond for his usual excellent work which he carries out without any fuss. You can see the fruits of Brian's labours at the Hurlathon on aodhruadh.org, also check out the shots taken by Tara Keenaghan on the day too. Thanks to the Donegal Democrat and Ocean FM for their support of the event. Sincere thanks to Fred Ormston who supplied water and crisps for all the participants. Thanks to Kernans who supplied tea, milk and the like for all throughout the day. Thanks to all who sponsored the participants. Thanks to all who sought out sponsors especially the young hurlers who put in the same hard work they put in on the field seeking sponsorship. There are still a number of cards to be returned but we are delighted to say that despite the extremely tough economic conditions we're experiencing at present we have over €5,000 raised to date with this year's event, a great testament to the efforts and work put in by the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. Already the young hurlers are looking forward to 2013 and the seventh annual Hurlathon.
Training for all ages continues on Sunday at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park, all welcome especially beginners. It's very encouraging to see the large numbers of new comers who have come up in recent weeks.
~ LADIES ~
It's the Senior Ladies turn this week to take on Termon in their first league match of the season. The game is fixed for Good Friday in Father Tierney Park with a 6pm throw-in. Training for all senior and under 16 ladies is on at 6pm this Wednesday.
Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters fought out a tough battle under a glorious sunshine in Tir Chonaill Park for the first league game of the season. The Donegal town girls had the better start with the first few scores early on but the Ballyshannon girls soon settled into the game and contested keenly throughout the field. Aodh Ruadh showed great control for stages of the match but initially struggled to make this count on the score board. As confidence grew the pressure mounted on the Four Master's back line and they were very fortunate not to have conceded more in the ten minutes before the break. The Ernesiders went in at half time trailing by 2-6 to 1-1. The second half saw a continuation of the great intensity with end to end stuff and scores swapped freely. Aodh Ruadh came to within two points of their rivals but unluckily failed to capitalise on their stages of dominance and it was Four Masters who were to embark on a very late scoring spree to leave the final score at 2-13 to 3-03. We have pictures and a team sheet from the under 14 girls clash with Four Masters up. Their next match sees the under 14 girls play Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm this Tuesday.
Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 4.30pm to 5.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and on Good Friday from 6pm also in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 5.45pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday evening.
The annual Duck Race takes places this Easter Saturday at 2pm at McKenna's Brook. Make sure to come along and join in the fun for what is always an enjoyable day for all the family. Don't forget to buy your ducks to be in with a chance of winning!
- 10 April
~ FOOTBALL ~
It was a trip to forget for the seniors as an under-powered performance saw Downings emerge victorious on a 0-4 to1-8 score line in the second round of the league. Conor Patton and PJ McGee were probably Ballyshannon's most consistent and persistent performers over the 60 minutes while James O'Donnell and Pauric Loughlin both battled hard in the first half.
The reserves continued their unbeaten progress with a 1-10 to 1-10 draw which displayed great reserves of character. Aodh Ruadh played into the teeth of a gale in the first half and found themselves going in at the break 1-9 to 0-3 down. The second half was a different affair as Aodh Ruadh shut up shop to concede just one score in the half and steadily chip away at the homesters nine point lead. The decisive play of the game came when Niall Murray won a free in range of the posts with time running. The free ended up being converted to a throw ball. Aodh Ruadh won the ball from the throw-in and Gerard McIntyre was unleashed on a surge on goal where upon he was pulled down and a penalty awarded. Dermot Slevin coolly stepped up and dispatched the ball to the back of the net with the last kick of the game to level the tie. Karl O'Brien made a great return in goal for Aodh Ruadh while Kieran Keown and Pauric Storey were both superb, frequently striking forward from deep. Niall Murray had another excellent match as the fulcrum of the attack. Ronan Matthews took some pictures of the reserve game.
Next up for the adult footballers is the visit St Patrick's Muff to Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.
Congratulations to Donegal who secured NFL division one status with a win over Armagh in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday. We have some pictures from the match up.
We have some shots of the minors packing bags in Mace on Saturday afternoon. Many thanks to Fred Ormston and Mace facilitating the fund-raiser. The minors will be opening their competitive account for 2012 with a trip to Naomh Columba on Friday, 13th April in the league. The game throws in at 7pm.
The under 16s made it five out of five with a gritty 1-1 to 1-9 away win over Naomh Mhuire. The first half was blighted by a strong breeze across the pitch at Mullaghderg which both sides struggled to come to grips with. Aodh Ruadh went in leading at half time by 0-2 to 0-1. Naomh Mhuire rattled in a goal early in the second half and this seemed to bring Aodh Ruadh to life and they hit seven unanswered points to seal the win. Philip Patton did most of the damage on the score board for the Ernesiders and was probably the pick of the attackers. It was another strong defensive performance from Ballyshannon with the full back line of Eugene Drummond, Matthew Maguire and Ryan Gallagher characteristically resolute. That win assures Aodh Ruadh of a place in the Southern Regional semi-finals with opposition to be decided after the concluding round of games. Ballyshannon's final game of the round robin stages of the league campaign sees Aodh Ruadh travelling to Fintra to take on Killybegs. That decisive game takes place this Wednesday 11th April with the throw in at 6pm.
Under 16 football league division one
Team P W L D For Agst +/- Pts AODH RUADH 5 5 0 0 85 32 53 10 Killybegs 4 4 0 0 71 40 31 8 Naomh Conaill 5 3 2 0 93 71 22 6 Ardara 5 3 2 0 66 48 18 6 Dungloe 5 1 4 0 55 79 -24 2 Four Masters 5 1 4 0 56 88 -32 2 Naomh Mhuire 5 0 5 0 42 110 -68 0
The under 14 county Féile final failed to go ahead as scheduled. A refixed date has not yet been made.
Under 12 training continues this Fridays at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm. Competition for the year starts next Monday 16th April when the lads travel to Naomh Bríd for a Go Games blitz. All players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 5.15pm. The games will be throwing up in Ballintra at 6pm.
Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 12th April at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Under 6 and under 8 training returns this Friday 13th April from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
~ HURLING ~
A busy few days for Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurlers began on Thursday with the under 14s and minors both in action against Saint Eunan's in the second round of the Donegal Leagues. The under 14s played a strong Saint Eunan's team in Father Tierney Park. It was a great game with both teams giving their all in a game full of commitment and passion. Both teams enjoyed spells on top, but it was the home team, thanks to a great all round team effort, who pulled away in the second half and secured their second win of the campaign on a 4-7 to 3-3 score line. We have pictures from the game up. They play Setanta at home this Thursday and on Saturday they face the long trip to Carndonagh to take part in the County Féile.
Also last Thursday, the minors travelled to O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny where they played Saint Eunan's. This minor team is growing in confidence and they coasted to a facile win over the home team. This win leaves them with a 100 percent record after two games, they are joint league leaders with Setanta and this Thursday both teams go into battle in Killygordon in what's sure to be a gripping encounter.
Eamonn McGrath was Aodh Ruadh's lone representative on the Donegal minor team that suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Armagh in the Ulster League on Saturday.
The under 16s travelled to Ballinascreen on Saturday last to take part in an Ulster GAA nine-a-side blitz, the lads were in division two and were in a group made up of three Antrim teams plus the home team. They acquitted themselves very well and impressed all there with their style of play and attitude. After a very early start that morning and a long journey the boys were straight into action against Saint Galls of Belfast. This was a great game where there was never more than a puc of a ball between the teams as Aodh Ruadh showed they were more than a match for their famed opponents. Leading by a point going into the final minute the lads were hit with a sucker blow when the physically stronger Belfast men struck for the winning goal. Kieran Kelly picked up a hand injury leaving us with just 10 players for the rest of the day, it was obvious we had the youngest squad in action on the day, with only four being overage next year. Next up for the lads was a game against the host club, the lads now understood they were well fit for this competition and won on a score line of 2-5 to no score. It was obvious that the lads were enjoying this new experience of playing nine-a-side hurling and were improving as the day went on. Next up were another Belfast team, Lámh Dhearg. Again the lads tore into their opponents and were keen to show that hurlers from Donegal were well capable of hurling and they ran out easy winners 3-7 to 2-0. All thoughts of tiredness had now disappeared and the lads were looking forward to their final game against Sean Stinson's from Antrim, the lads put on another great display in this game and ran out convincing winners on a 5-4 to 0-1 score line. Overall it was a great day where the Aodh Ruadh lads showed they were well fit for this standard of hurling, thanks to all of the lads who made the effort to go and who gave it their all on the day.
Good luck to under 12 hurlers Pauric Keenaghan, Seosaimh McGee, Aaron Peach, Odhran Kennedy, Darren Sharp, Evan McTiernan and Ciaran Meehan who take part in the Ulster GAA activity day in Croke Park on Wednesday 11th April as part of the Donegal under 12 development squad. It is a great honour for the lads, their families and the club and we hope they have a great day on their first of hopefully many appearances in Croke Park.
Training for all ages continues on Sunday at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park, all welcome especially beginners. It's very encouraging to see the large numbers of new comers who have come up in recent weeks.
~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies took to the field for their first competitive outing of the current season against Termon. The home-side fielded a very youthful and inexperienced team with seven senior league débutantes in the panel. There were also notable absences from the championship starting side last year of the injured Tanya O Shea, 'top dog' Niamh Gallagher, player of the year Fionnuala Gill, and globetrotters Sarah Patton, and Aoife Buggy. Termon, however, came with a formidable and well established team. It was a difficult day for the home team who were outplayed by the strong opposition from start to finish. The Aodh Ruadh girls battled bravely but were always going to be second to the well drilled Termon ladies. Lorraine Roper and Veteran Donna Martin were the scorers for Ballyshannon on a day where the score-line itself was more forgettable. It was a tough day at the office to kick off the season but things can only get better. We have pictures and a team list from the game up. The seniors are due to play Moville this weekend, however the time and dates for this game have yet to be fixed.
The under 14 girls played host to Saint Naul's in their second league match of the year for what really was a game of two halves. The visitors had a strong physical team and dominated throughout the opening 30 minutes to leave the Aodh Ruadh girls looking at the wrong end of 3-03 to 0-00 score line at half-time. After a peppy and inspirational half time talk from the manager the girls came out in the second half with all guns blazing. A great team effort saw the home-side outscore their opposition in the second half leaving the final result at 5-05 to 2-03. With the calibre of play and character displayed in the second half it is clear that these girls are capable of some excellent football. We have pictures and a team list from the game up. Well done to Orlaith Gillespie, who was in top form in the forward line for the Donegal under 14 team last Saturday when they were unfortunate to come second to strong Mayo side.
There will be no under 8, 10 or 12 training this week. Normal training schedules should resume next week.
The highlight of Easter Saturday was, as usual the ladies annual Duck Race. It brought out a good crowd. Teddy Kane, Colman Kerr and Terence McShea had the ducks under starter's orders. A raffle was held for Easter eggs after each race and there can't have been too many who went home without an egg-stra special surprise. The final race decided the winners of the cash prizes on offer. First duck home belonged to Roisín Gillespie winning her €75. Second was Skye O'Loughlin who won €50. They were followed by PJ O'Mahoney who won €25. Many thanks to Paul Gillespie who sponsored the Easter eggs all who attended the event, all who bought lines and sold lines as well as everyone who helped out on the day and made it such a success. We have pictures from the Duck Race up.
~ PITCH BOOKINGS ~
A pitch access rota has been hammered out between all managers and can be viewed in the pitch bookings section. Please bear the following in mind in relation to pitch bookings.
- Notify changes to Peter Conlon (071-9851386 087-6838024) or Tom Daly.
- Priority use of changing rooms three and or four to be given to ladies teams when they are training or playing.
- All club fixtures and cancellations to be notified to Peter Conlon for Diary. Peter is the only authorised point of contact for booking club fixtures.
- Request by non-Aodh Ruadh teams or clubs for use of facilities to be referred to either Tom Daly or Conal Gallagher.
- Booking of facilities by local schools to be made directly to Peter Conlon.
- This schedule is subject to change as the season develops
~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next collection of aluminium cans for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the local environment takes place this Saturday 14th April at Fatherr Tierney Park from 12 noon to 1 pm. Spread the word to neighbours, friends and family! Anyone looking for any information in relation to this project please contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Kieran Drummond (086-2368295).
~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon this Saturday 21st April at 9.30pm. Proceeds are in aid of Gaelscoil Eirne, Ballyshannon. Music by The Assaroe Ceili Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.
With the first grass of the year cut and the scent of championship in the air, why not relive the magical closing moments of Donegal's All-Ireland quarter-final triumph over Kildare.
- 17 April
~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh got their first points on the board with a 2-9 to 1-6 win over Muff on Saturday. Paul Kane was very strong in nets, saving a penalty at the start of the second half when there was only three points in the game. It was a good display defensively too, with Johnny Gallagher and David Finnerty very strong, Finnerty ending up playing out about the middle of the field while following his marker. He joined Ciron Whoriskey and James O'Donnell who toiled well earning good ball, turning over a lot of possession and giving and taking a lot of hits. Half forward functioned well with Kerry Ryan proving very effective while Donagh McIntyre was excellent at number 11 running the show and feeding the rampant Diarmáid McInerney as he plundered his way to an individual tally of 1-4. Peter Boyle was deployed in the full forward line where he covered a lot of ground, got through a lot of ball and took some great distance scores. We have pictures from the game up.
The reserves recorded a comprehensive 5-13 to 0-2 win over their Inishowen visitors. Despite not seeing much of the action Daniel Kelly in nets, Michael Ward at full back and Michael Lawless at centre half provided a capable defensive base. Aodh Ruadh were totally dominant at midfield with Aidan Murray putting in a very strong performance alongside Damien Cleary who delivered another whirlwind display. Up front the man of the moment had to be Michael McNeely who scored 2-2 in the first 15 minutes with both goals excellent individual efforts. It was also good to see the return of Garrett Blake who lead the line well at full forward and eased the younger players into it. Among those were Jamie McDonald, James, Kelly and Conor Gilmartin who were all making their debut in adult football. The game also saw the long anticipated return of Shane Ward to playing action. Jim McGuinness has been informed of the remarkable development and we await further developments with interest. We have shots from the game up.
This weekend sees a first, two games in the weekend for our adult footballers. It's a measure aimed at avoiding the fixture pile-up which happened at the end of last year. The games take place on Friday and Sunday, unfortunately Aodh Ruadh are on the road for both games. On Friday we travel to Glencolumbkille to take on Naomh Columba. The reserve game throws in at 6.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7.45pm. On Sunday then it's off to Inishowen where Buncrana are the opposition. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm.
Aodh Ruadh minors weathered the long trip to Glencolumbkille well to come out on the right side of a 0-4 to 0-15 score line. They got off to a sluggish start against a very young Naomh Columba side. It was a game where the defence had to be very strong and in that regard they were directed well by Padraig Storey at full back and PJ Gillespie at half back. As well as getting through a lot of work in midfield Darren Gethins found himself doing a right bit of shuttling back to mop up too. The other midfielder, Pauric Patton, played in a more forward looking role and he linked well with Ryan Granaghan and Fergal Meehan. James Barron was the target man in attack, a role he filled well and he finished with four points from play. David McGurrin hit three scores in the second half two from play while Johnny Gethins also contributed well in an attacked capacity. Ardara also won their first match of the minor league and they will be supplying the opposition Father Tierney park this Wednesday night, 17th April at 7pm.
The under 16s travelled to Fintra last Wednesday for their toughest test of the season. Both sides went into the game on the back of undefeated runs through the league and so this game was set up to be a huge test. The game lived up to its high expectations and both sides battled every inch of the way. It was a fine team performance from Aodh Ruadh which saw them finish level with the homesters on a 2-5 to 2-5 score line. Eddie Lynch was superb in his fire-fighting capacity, while Philip Patton with his icy nerve and eye for a score, lead the attack well. However the defence was particularly good. Indeed it is worth noting that over the course of the six league games Aodh Ruadh's average concession per game has been a miserly 0-7.16. Full back Matthew Maguire was a rock and had possibly his best game in an Aodh Ruadh shirt this year, while Kevin Warnock in nets was simply outstanding, he made a number of fine stops throughout the game, but his penalty save was a real rallying cry going into the closing stages. There is a more detailed match report and pictures. The draw means that Aodh Ruadh top the league on score difference and go on to face fourth placed Naomh Conaill in the league semi-finals. That game takes place in Dunkineely as part of a double header on Monday 23rd April. Killybegs play Ardara at 5.30pm while the Aodh Ruadh Naomh Conaill game throws in at 7pm. Of more immediate concern for the under 16s will be the opening of their championship campaign which takes place this Thursday, 19th April in Tir Chonaill Park. This is the preliminary round first leg and a good show of support down in Donegal town would be much appreciated.
The annual Sean Slevin under 14 tournament takes place this Saturday, 21st April and with top class sides from Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim and further afield taking part it is well worth heading up to the Rock this Saturday, 21st April.
Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran and Naomh Bríd took part in Go Games blitz in park on Monday evening, it was great craic apart, with Aodh Ruadh accounting for themselves well. The only downside was the bitterly cold weather. Under 12 training continues this Friday at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm. Next Monday 23rd April we will be in Bundoran for a Go Games blitz. All players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 5.15pm. The games will be throwing in at Gaelic Park at 6pm. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game.
Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 19th April at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday 20th April from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place this Friday, 20th April at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All managers mentors and committee members are asked to attend.
A basic coaching course for anyone interested in underage coaching has been organised for Saturday, 28th April from 12 noon - 3 pm. The course is aimed at people currently coaching looking for new ideas, teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in coaching. The course will be delivered by Sylvester Maguire and Brendan Drummond and there is no charge for attending. Aodh Ruadh are always looking for people to get involved with coaching and it is hoped that this course will help more people get involved. Anyone looking to book a place on course please contact Tracey 086-1764998.
~ HURLING ~
Well done to under 12 hurlers, Pauric Keenaghan, Seosaimh McGee, Ciaran Meehan, Odhran Kennedy, Evan McTiernan, Aaron Peach and Darren Sharpe, who were part of the Donegal under 12 development squad who took part in an activity day in Croke Park last Wednesday. All the lads got playing on the hallowed surface of Croke Park and acquitted themselves very well. Thanks to their mentors Michael Ayres and Kevin McDermott who travelled to Dublin with the lads. Thanks also to the parents who travelled and to Tara Keenaghan for capturing the day's events which you can now see in the hurling section. Liam O'Sullivan was also part of this squad but was unable to make the day hopefully he will play there in the future.
On Thursday last our minors went head to head with Setanta in Killygordon in a top of the table clash in the minor league, the lads battled hard but Aodh Ruadh's young team, the majority of whom are underage again next year, fell away in the second half to a physically stronger Setanta outfit. the final score-line was Setanta 3-12 Aodh Ruadh 2-8.
The under 16s played a challenge game against Kevin Lynch's from Dungiven in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday last. It was a big step up in class for the Ballyshannon lads who were missing a number of players and Kevin Lynch's ran out easy winners it is hoped that we will return the game later in the season.
On Saturday last our under 14s left Ballyshannon bright and early to travel the 85 miles to Carndonagh to take part in the Donegal Féile na nGael competition. For the first time ever Donegal were allocated two places in the annual festival of hurling which will be held in Dublin this year. Five teams took part in this year's competition and it was widely acknowledged that Buncrana were going to claim one of the places and the other spot would be between Saint Eunan's and Carndonagh. It was decided that the competition would be run on a round robin basis with the top two teams qualifying for the All Ireland Finals in July. Aodh Ruadh got off to a sluggish start against host club Carndonagh due in no small measure to the huge journey they had traveled. However they eventually ran out convincing winners against the Carn men. Next up for Aodh Ruadh was the crunch game against Saint Eunan's which all expected would guarantee the winners a trip to the capital. It was a great game between two evenly matched teams who gave it their all for victory and the prize of qualifying for this year's Féile na nGael, Aodh Ruadh battled hard throughout and a great all round team performance saw them run out winners by three points. Both teams gave as good as they got and all present accepted it was the game of the day. Aodh Ruadh were straight into action again against a very strong Buncrana team, this Buncrana team have been the standard bearers in Donegal for the last few years reflecting the huge amount of work being put into hurling in the Buncrana club. They were strong in every department and ran out easy winners against Ballyshannon. Our small panel of 17 players, the smallest number of all competing clubs were straight into action again for their fourth game in a row and they're final game against Burt. While this game was going on Buncrana were in action against Saint Eunan's who had not given up hope of qualifying for the Féile so the Aodh Ruadh hurlers knew they had to beat Burt to avoid relying on Buncrana defeating Saint Eunan's to qualify for the National Finals. The lads gave every ounce of energy they had and were not going to be denied the prize of a trip to Dublin for which they had worked so hard throughout the day and they ran out convincing winners over a typical never say die Burt team. Buncrana completed their clean sweep of the day against Saint Eunan's and head for division four of the National Féile as worthy Donegal champions while this tigerish Aodh Ruadh team are worthy winners of the second qualifying spot and will play in division five in July, only the second time in the 42 year history of the competition that Aodh Ruadh will be taking part on the National stage. This team deserve great credit for the effort they have put in over the last two years, they were on the receiving end of some heavy beatings at under 12 level in 2010 but they continued working at their game and never gave up. The 17 of them have showed tremendous commitment to training all season and no player has ever missed training without contacting the management, in fact a player walked 2 to 3 miles to training last week showing the great commitment these lads have. So after 10 hours on the go on Saturday the lads arrived back in Ballyshannon exhausted but delighted and very proud of what they had achieved. Tara Keenaghan was in action with the camera once again and got some shots from the day which we have up. They will be fund-raising events coming up for their trip to Dublin which is a great honour for them, their families and the Aodh Ruadh club, any business who would like to help with the costs involved in our under 14 hurlers taking part in the All Ireland Féile na nGael in July are asked to contact John Rooney (086-2587793).
The under 14's are back in action in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday night against Letterkenny Gaels with a throw in time of 6.30pm.
This Saturday our under 8s, under 10s and under 12s are travelling to a blitz organised by the Derry County Board being held in Owenbeg. The various managers will be in contact with their panels during the week with travel arrangements.
Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all ages.
~ LADIES ~
On Sunday last it was the turn of the Moville Ladies to travel to Ballyshannon to take on the Erneside Ladies. After suffering a heavy defeat the previous week, Aodh Ruadh were hoping to earn their first points in the 2012 Senior League. However, the Moville girls had no intention of making this an easy task for an under strength Aodh Ruadh Side. From the throw in the Moville girls made their presence known in the Father Tierney Park, putting their first score on the board inside the first minute. The visitors continued in this fashion, putting serious pressure on the Aodh Ruadh defense who tried their utmost to control the more experienced Moville forwards. Indeed Aodh Ruadh had a deficit of 2-7 to make up before a point from Donna Martin put them on the score board. It was a day when scores did not come easily for the home team who put up 1-3 in total before the break in play, two Donna Martin points, one from Dearbhaile McNeill and a goal from corner forward Elaine Dorrian making up the Ballyshannon scores. The half time break saw the end of Aodh Ruadh's scoring for the day, unfortunately, the same could not be said for Moville who knocked over point after point, goal after goal. While the Aodh Ruadh ladies struggled at both ends of the field, it has to be said all players put in a huge effort especially some of the younger players who are experiencing their first taste of senior football. Defensively Tara Khan and Roise Keon never let the score line put them off as the battled hard from beginning to end. The return of Sarah Patton to midfield was a huge addition as she covered every blade of grass on the field and had a huge part to play in the few scores achieved on the day. We have pictures from the game up.
Next Sunday it will be Aodh Ruadh ladies turn to travel to Castlefinn where they will take on Robert Emmet's at 12 noon. Having experienced what would be considered two of the strongest sides in the county Aodh Ruadh will be hoping to come out of Castlefinn with their first league success of the year.
On Saturday, Orlaith Gillespie got her first taste of inter-county football championship, when she traveled along with the Donegal under 14s to Killeavy where they faced with Armagh in the first round of the Ulster championship. The Donegal Ladies finished on top with a score line of 3-9 to 2-3, with Aodh Ruadh's Orlaith responsible for one of those points. Well Done Orlaith! The Donegal under 14s now go on to play Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final on April 28th.
Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening.
~ YES WE CAN ~
We had another very good response to our campaign on Saturday last, thanks to Kieran Drummond and Eamon McGrath who kept the campaign going when the other lads were away in Carndonagh at the Féile.
~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon this Saturday 21st April at 9.30pm. Proceeds are in aid of Gaelscoil Eirne, Ballyshannon. Music by The Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.
The Happy Prince, retold by Little John Nee with a musical score composed and conducted by Vincent Kennedy is directed by Barabbas Theatre Company's Raymond Keane. The music is played by the Donegal Music Education Partnership's Youth Orchestra and sung by their Donegal Youth Choir. A family show, suitable for ages from 5 up, it is 50 minutes in duration, and explores the timeless themes of love, friendship and compassion. This beautiful performance of music, song and storytelling will be performed in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, on Saturday 21 April at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children with a €25 family ticket -2 adults and 2 children - and are available at The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on 071-9851375. This production has been commissioned by the Donegal County Council's Public Art Office, produced by An Grianán Theatre, and supported by the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership and is one of the special Donegal Gathering 2012 events.
- 24 April
~ FOOTBALL ~
An amazing four-goal blitz in the second-half from Aodh Ruadh stunned Naomh Columba on Friday night as an inspired Michael 'Sticky' Ward and company took the points back to Ballyshannon. Oisín McGinley, Noel McGinley and Ryan McNern helped Glen lead 0-3 to 0-1 just ten minutes in with that lead stretched thanks to scores from Noel McGinley, Kevin 'Beag' Cunningham and Oisín McGinley. Diarmáid McInerney and Michael Maguire swapped scores late in the half with Glen 0-7 to 0-2 up at half-time. The second-half got off to an explosive start for the visitors as a David Dolan free somehow eluded the Glen defence and made its way to the net. Two minutes later Sticky Ward smashed home the second from close in and the visitors were now one in front. A brace of points from Noel McGinley and Oisín McGinley put the hosts back in front only for Sticky Ward to net goal number three from the penalty spot. Oisín McGinley got one back but a killer fourth goal from Diarmáid McInerney settled the tie. The final score was 4-4 to 0-10 as Aodh Ruadh took the points back to Ballyshannon. We have team sheets from the game up. There's rather less information on the seniors two point away loss to Buncrana on Sunday, but it seems the homesters were without county star Ryan Bradley and Aodh Ruadh had been in with a good shout, but couldn't capitalise on their chances. There are pictures from the game up.
Naomh Columba and Aodh Ruadh reserves fought out a tightly contested game at Páirc na nGaeil in Glencolmcille. Fiachra McIntyre had very good first half and his goal helped Aodh Ruadh settle into the game. The visitors win was built on another great shift from Damian Cleary and Aiden Murray at midfield, with some able assistance from Eamonn McGrath at centre half back. Ballyshannon came under sustained pressure in the second half and Karl O'Brien had to make two great saves to keep out Glen shots. The game was swung decisively in Aodh Ruadh's favour when Val Murray came on and kicked over a 30 free to make it a four point game in favour of the visitors. A goal from the extremely industrious Ronan Matthews finally sealed the win. We have pictures from the game by Cathal Maguire up. We also have pictures from the second reserve game of the weekend, against Buncrana, up on aodhruadh.org. However details are a bit thin at the time of writing. By all accounts it was a skeleton Aodh Ruadh team and they were unlucky to lose by a point on a score line of 1-9 to 1-8.
After last weekend's 230 mile world tour of Donegal Aodh Ruadh are at home this Saturday when Urris will be the guests. The reserve game throws in at 6pm in Father Tierney Park and is followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.
The minors scored their second win of the league campaign with a 2-12 to 1-7 home win over Ardara. It was a tough test for Aodh Ruadh, but they weathered it well. PJ Gillespie was teak tough in the corner and took a lot of punishment with no complaint. The half back line of Paddy Gillespie, Kieran Keown and Alan Finan were slow to settle, but when they got to the tempo of the game they had a decisive influence. When the supply of ball improved the half forwards really made hay. Ryan Granaghan's point taking was a joy to watch. while Johnny Gethins and Michael McNeely harried and cut out ball relentlessly. James Kelly was very cool for his goal, David McGurrin took the few scoreable frees he had well, while Jamie McDonald was ruthless when introduced. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up. Next up in the league is the away game to Naomh Conaill on Friday 27th April.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s booked their place in the Southern Minor Board league final with a 3-10 to 1-12 victory over Naomh Conaill in Dunkineely on Monday evening. It was a game that tested Ballyshannon's character and they were not found wanting. Naomh Conaill scorched into an early lead and were six points to no score up after 12 minutes and it was looking like one way traffic. Indeed it took an exceptional save from Kevin Warnock to prevent it being a nine point game. That inspirational save and a few positional switches helped steadied the ship. Philip Patton got goal and a few points to Aodh Ruadh back into the game and by the time the whistle went for half time, trailing by 0-9 to 1-4 looked like a pretty good result all things considered. Two long range frees from Philip Patton at the start of the second half got Aodh Ruadh level again. Then for the next 15 minutes it was hand to hand fighting with Aodh Ruadh edging in front, only to be reeled back in. It was only the last ten minutes Aodh Ruadh got some breathing space with two goals, the first from Jason Gallagher and the second a side foot through a mess of players from Niall Harley. Glenties hit back with a goal of their own to cut the deficit to three points, but Aodh Ruadh picked off the last few points to secure their place in the regional decider. Defence as a whole did well with Callum 'Cookie' O'Halloran having his best game all year. Kevin Warnock in nets and Conor Kennedy, Colm Kelly and Matthew Maguire formed a heavy duty rearguard. Philip Patton was exceptional up front and he left no defensive error unpunished. Jason Gallagher also pitched in well. Midfield functioned well and Niall Harley took his scoring tally this week to 1-2. The regional final, which will be against Killybegs, takes place next Monday 30th April at 7pm in Mountcharles. A good showing of Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated.
Earlier in the week the under 16s earned a 6-14 to 1-1 first leg preliminary round win over Four Masters in the championship. During the first quarter, when the game was in the mixer, Colm Doyle was excellent, making a number of crucial interceptions and moving the ball out of defence intelligently. Jason Gallagher was also one of the stars of the opening quarter, taking the game by the scruff of the neck to get Aodh Ruadh on the board. Once again Conor Kennedy showed a preternatural ability to read the game, while Cookie O'Halloran was a hard running tough nut and Ellis McGuinness marshaled his men well. Four Masters couldn't live with the physicality of Niall Harley and Matthew Maguire in midfield and both got excellent scores. Philip Patton pulled the strings in attack, his ball for Jason Gallagher's goal in particular, a delight of vision and precision passing. Shane McGrath's ease on the ball is a treat for being so rare in modern football. We have a full match report and team sheets up.
Wednesday is a big night for the under 14s as they take on Saint Eunan's for the honour of representing Donegal in the national Féile finals. The game takes place on Wednesday night at 7.45pm in MacCumhaill Park with Saint Eunan's providing the opposition.
The under 14s will be commencing their league programme on Wednesday week, 2nd May, against Ardara in Father Tierney Park. Throw in at 7.30pm.
The side got some valuable experience last Saturday when Aodh Ruadh hosted the annual Sean Slevin tournament. It was a wonderful day and with six top quality teams coming from five counties the football was of the highest standard too. Apart from Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill of Donegal there were sides from Derry (Dungiven), Tyrone (Dromore), Sligo (Easkey) and Mayo (Castlebar Mitchel's). The shield final saw Mitchel's take on Aodh Ruadh. The Mayo men brought greater hunger to proceedings and were always first to the ball. Castlebar were worthy winners on a score line of 3-7 to 1-1. Dungiven showed their full power in the final as they overwhelmed Easkey. Easkey had a lot of good footballers, but Dungiven simply had even more and they played like a group of players who knew each others game intimately. After the final the presentations were made on the pitch. Bord na nÓg chairman Shane Toolan was master of ceremonies for the presentations. He began by praised the standard of football on the day. He thanked all the teams for travelling so far to contribute to what had proved an excellent tournament. He thanked everyone who officiated on the day, and the parents for once again providing a great spread of food and drink throughout the day. He then recalled the enormous contribution of Sean Slevin to football in the club at all levels, thanked the Slevin family for attending and called on Sean's son Donagh to present a plaque and medals to the Castlebar Mitchel's shield winning side and Aodh Ruadh as shield runners up. Donagh also presented runner's up medals were to Easkey. Then Sean Slevin's son Ciaran came forward to present the player of the tournament award. This went to Dungiven midfielder Pauric McNicholl. He was very definitely a star for the Oak Leafers, orchestrating everything on the pitch and with his running, vision, tackling and passing he is a very complete footballer. Certainly a name to keep an eye out for in future. The last act of the day came with Sean's daughter, Shauna Slevin, presenting the Sean Slevin trophy to the Dungiven captain, Conan Feeney. Conan made a very gracious speech afterwards and closed by calling for three cheers for Easkey. We have full details from the day and pictures up.
There were a lot of good performances from Aodh Ruadh's under 12s in the Go Games blitz against Bundoran on Monday evening with players showing good signs of progression. Under 12 training continues this Friday at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm. The last Go Games blitz takes place next Monday 30th April in Father Tierney Park. All players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 5.15pm.
There will be no under 10 training this Thursday. Training resumes on Thursday, 3rd May at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday 27th April from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Can all parents please ensure that young children attending training bring warm clothing to training sessions as the weather is very changeable at the moment. Children are also asked to bring their own water bottles with them to training.
Congratulations to Creevy National School who have reached the Donegal county final in the Roinn 3 section of the Cumann na mBunscoil competition. They defeated Killymard in an exciting semi-final and take on Inishowen school Tooban in the final on a date and venue to be fixed shortly. Great credit is due to new principal, Dara McDaid and teacher Jamie Timoney for their work with the team all year.
~ COACHING COURSE ~
A basic coaching course for anyone interested in underage coaching has been organised for this Saturday, 28th April from 12 noon - 3 pm. The course is aimed at people currently coaching looking for new ideas, teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in coaching. The course will be delivered by Sylvester Maguire and Brendan Drummond and there is no charge for attending. Aodh Ruadh are always looking for people to get involved with coaching and it is hoped that this course will help more people get involved and support people already coaching. Places need to be booked so anyone wanting to participate please contact Tracey 086-1764998.
~ HURLING ~
The under 14 hurlers played Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday last in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, a very accomplished display from every member of the 16 man panel allowed the Ernesiders to run out convincing winners and maintain their 100 percent start to the Donegal league. We have pictures from that game up. Next up for the lads is the long trip to Carndonagh on Thursday evening to face he Inishowen men, while another long trip is in store on Saturday when they travel to Slaughtneil in Derry to take part in the Féile Uladh. Arrangements will be passed onto the panel during the week.
On Saturday morning our under 8s, 10s and 12s were delighted to take part in a Derry county board blitz at the Derry centre of excellence at Owenbeg, near Dungiven. All three teams gave a great account of themselves and are sure to learn from the experience of playing high quality teams. The under 8s won their two games against Banagher and Muff. The under 10s played four games beating Burt, drawing with Lavey and losing to Kevin Lynch's and Slaughtneil. The under 12s played three games defeating Eoghan Rua, Coleraine and Muff and drawing with Banagher. All teams had a great day and also had the pleasure of meeting Antrim and Loughgiel star Liam Watson. They also got their photos taken with the Tommy Moore cup. Thanks to managers Pauric Keenaghan, Dennis Daly, Eddie Lynch and Michael Ayres for bringing the lads up thanks also to Liam Gilmartin for helping out. We have some pictures taken by Eddie Lynch from the day up.
A busy weekend of underage hurling came to an end on Sunday when the under 12s played Four Masters in a challenge game in Father Tierney Park, a very entertaining game ended in a draw, well done to both teams.
Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all ages.
~ LADIES ~
What the Aodh Ruadh Ladies lost in points over the last two games they gained in experience. When the ladies took to the field at 11.30am on Sunday morning, they knew it was a must win situation and they meant business! The ladies lined out again this week missing many of their regular players, but on Sunday this was not going to affect the girls' game. Early scores from Donna Martin and Sarah Patton meant that the visitors on the day had the advantage from the start and were a lot more confident in all areas of the field. At midfield, Sarah Patton and Claudia Coughlin combined speed with skill and made things very difficult for the girls from Castlefinn. While the Aodh Ruadh ladies built up a healthy score-line, defensively Gráinne McCosker at centre back, and Katie Flood in her new role at full back made things very difficult for the Robert Emmet's ladies. That, combined with a very sturdy apprentice in goal, Niamh Toolan, meant that the home side were scoreless at half time. Third time lucky Donna Martin, finally hit the back of the net after two near misses, just minutes before Katie Gallagher, fresh up from under 14 football, followed suit and put her name on the score sheet for the first time at senior level. The half time score of 2-9 to no score left the Aodh Ruadh management with little to complain about at the interval. The second half saw the ladies continue in a similar fashion, clocking up another six points, with Elaine Dorrian and Maeve Liston adding their names to the list of goal scorers, with Katie Gallagher hitting the net once again. Clearly having learnt a lot from the strong forces of Moville and Termon, Aodh Ruadh will now be hoping to add to the points earned in Sunday's game over the coming weeks.
Best wishes to Orlaith Gillespie and the Donegal under 14s who will play Monaghan in the Ulster under 14 A championship in Convoy this Saturday at 2pm.
The under 14s will be hosting Bundoran on Tuesday evening, 24th April, in Father Tierney park at 6pm.
Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.
~ YES WE CAN ~
The next collection of aluminium cans for recycling will take place at Father Tierney Park on Saturday 5th May from 12 noon to 1pm. we've got a great response from the local community and from local businesses and we ask all to support this project to help raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the local environment.
~ BINGO ~
There is a Bingo special with a prize fund of over €2,000 in the Abbey Centre Ballyshannon this Friday, 27th April. The action gets under way at 9pm with books priced €15 and prizes are as follows:
GAME LINE HOUSE 1 €40 €100 2 €40 €100 3 €40 €150 4 €40 €100 5 €40 €150 6 €40 €100 7 €40 €100 8 €40 €150 9 €40 €100 10 €40 €150 11 €100 €1,000