Club Notes Archive - 2016

Box. OCTOBER
4 October

Football
Our seniors and reserves both exited their respective championships at the semi-final stages over the weekend. The seniors lost out to Milford on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-12, but it took an extra-time penalty save for Milford to ensure their progression. David McGurrin's initial shot and his attempt from the rebound were both saved with the game pegged at 2-9 to 0-12, but Milford cleared and tagged on an insurance point to end Aodh Ruadh's participation in the intermediate championship. There were a lot of wides from both sides and Aodh Ruadh will particularly rue some of the goal chances that went a-begging. In contrast, Milford were slightly better at finishing their three pointers and one from Cathal McGettigan helped them reach the half-time break at parity, 1-4 to 0-7. The sides went score for score in the early part of the second half with David Dolan leading the way. However a goal from Pauric Curley gave Milford a margin they were to hold to the finish, despite the best efforts of Peter Gallagher's men.

Meanwhile the reserves made a fight of things in the first half of their clash against Buncrana in the unusual surroundings of St Eunan's college. They trailed by four points at the break, but looked like they were in with a real chance of grinding out a result. However the Inishowen men went up a gear or two in the second period to run out comfortable 4-15 to 2-9 winners

The division 3 league campaign is now all that remains to be wrapped up as far as the senior footballers are concerned. It would be nice to finish the season with the title and we can take a step closer to that this Saturday when we are down to take on Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely at 5pm. That game is to be preceded by the reserve game at 3.30pm.

The under 13 semi-final pairings have been confirmed. Aodh Ruadh travel to Fintra to take on Killybegs this Saturday with a 12 noon throw-in. Four Masters will play Dungloe on the other side of the draw on Sunday.

The under 8 indoor Gaelic football league commences this Friday in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille and concludes on Friday 14th October. We will be playing from 6pm to 8pm on each night. Because we will be in the hall for two hours each night there will be a charge of €4 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Team lists have been published on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. We ask parents / guardians to check through the team lists carefully. If your child isn't listed, let John Hughes know and he will assign them to a team. If your child is listed and doesn't intend to participate let him know too, so we can ensure all teams are even strength. Text him on 0876431805 or message him on Facebook The first round of games are used let players get used to the rules of the indoor game and to determine if we need to reallocate players to even the teams out. After that we play a full round of games for league points, with the league being played to a conclusion on Friday 14th October. Medals and trophies presented afterwards to all players. We will need volunteers, parents or guardians to take one of the six teams competing. This will be a very basic job consisting of picking the five starting players and shuttling subs on and off and ensuring every player gets plenty of football on the night. Advance notice of the indoor leagues for the under 10s and under 12s. The under 10 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 21st and 28th October, while the under 12 indoor league will run Fridays 4th and 11th November in the same time slots.

Hard luck to Maurice McLaughlin, Liam Mac Laughlin and Philip O'Reilly and Erne Gaels who lost out in the Fermanagh county final by the narrowest of margins, 1-7 to 0-10.

Hurling
The under 16s are away to Four Masters in the championship this Thursday. This young squad has done well to field for all games this seaon despite small numbers and a few long term injuries. They will be up against a strong Four Masters team, but knowing the boys they will give it their all.

Under 8 and under 10 hurling finished on Sunday last. Both squads did well this year especially the under 8s who were unbeaten all season. Many thanks to the youngsters and their parents for their support all season. Training resumes in March 2017.

Ladies
The under 16 girls have training this Wednesday at 3pm. Their county semi-final against Urris will take place this Friday or Saturday in Ballyshannon. Final details will be confirmed on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

A busy week for the under 13 girls last week. They were in Kinawley last Wednesday to take on a highly rated side in pretty awful conditions. The girls showed up well with all players getting 20 minutes, whether they liked it or not! The defence was excellent with the Fermanagh side scoring infrequently. Tia McFarland was excellent in midfield while Katie O'Brien was exceptional up front and Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien made a big contribution. Annie Keon was also good up front in the second half. Clodagh O'Connor was in good form as was Danielle Gallagher. There were points up for grabs on Saturday afternoon in Killygordon when they faced Red Hugh's. Despite the long trip and a delayed throw-in the girls settled well and were quickly out into the lead. Caitlin McGarrigle leading the scoring in the early stages with a penalty goal and a point, she got excellent scoring support from Katie McMullan and Danielle Gallagher. Again the defence, steered by the magnificent Ciara Caldwell, was unforgiving and the hosts had to make do with a return of 1-1. There is training this Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. Players are asked to note change of time. Those sessions are ahead of the last game of the round robin stages which is at home this Saturday against Roberts Emmet's at 12 noon. Players are to be at dressing rooms for 11.10am.

Mental fitness and well-being workshop
A mental fitness and well-being workshop for sports clubs is being held at the Central Hotel, Donegal town on Wednesday, 14 October at 7.30pm. This workshop is aimed at players, athletes and coaches from local sports clubs and will describe the State of Mind Ireland campaign which promotes mental fitness. The workshop will include an introduction to the State of Mind Ireland Programme and an interactive discussion on mental fitness, exercise and Take Five - Five ways to well-being. The session will close with a brief introduction to mindfulness based practice along with suggested additional resources. For more details check out www.connectmentalhealth.ie

Abbey Centre Bingo
The September big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Mary McGonigle of Corlea, Ballyshannon. Brendan has to stay locked up in the abbey centre for another week! There was no winner of the summer snowball so it now stands at €650 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. An 11 game book costs just €10.

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11 October

Football
It's a peculiarity of the Aodh Ruadh roll of honour that despite all the championship titles gathered down the year, league titles have been somewhat harder to come by. Peter Gallagher's men went some way to rectifying that anomaly on Saturday when they claimed the division three title on Saturday with a 1-23 to 2-11 victory over Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely. With 14 wins out of 16 games and two games of the scheduled league programme still to spare Aodh Ruadh have also it with a bit of style. Naomh Ultan conceded the reserve fixture. Naomh Colmcille are to be the opposition this Sunday, but with the Newtowncunningham side already relegated, there is nothing at stake for either side. The Ballyshannon reserves still have an outside chance of winning the league and their game is down for 1.30pm in Páirc Colmcille on Sunday with the seniors to follow at 3pm.

A poor second half cost Aodh Ruadh dearly in the minor county semi-final on Saturday afternoon. Things were close at the break with Saint Eunan's only two points ahead, 1-7 to 1-9. Shane McGrath hit 1-4 in the first half, with his goal taking Aodh Ruadh into a lead they held up to six minutes from the break. However Saint Eunan's hit 1-3 before the turnover to hold the interval advantage. Things unravelled from there and Ballyshannon could only add a Nathan Boyle free in second half added time with the scores finishing 1-8 to 1-15. The Ernesiders lost Ryan and Michael McKenna in the second half, which didn't help matters, but overall they were second best in the second half. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The Bakery Cup for under 14 and under 12 players will start this Friday, 14th October. All players are to up at the park for 4.30pm sharp. The teams have been selected for this year's competition and are as follows.
EUGENE DOHERTY: Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Calum Ayres, Cian Barden, Conal Bradshaw, Danny Breen, Gerry Warren, Jake Foley, JJ Doran, Kenzie Ayres, Mitch McLaughlin, Oisin Daly, Pauric Daly, Shane Delahunty, Shane Duffy.
MARK McGLYNN: Aaron Cullen, Calum Doherty-Craig, Cian Hunter, David Doherty, Drew Ryan, Harry Howarth, Jack Gallagher, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Nathan Kelly, Oisin McGlinchy, Robbie Murphy, Ryan Keenaghan, Séimí Campbell, Shane McGloin.
SHANE BRADY: Aidan Sweeny, Aaron Neilan, Cillian Meehan, Conor Foy, Damian Weber, Daniel Dolan, Jack Lyons, James Gallagher, James McGinley, Kian Duncan, Kyle McCaffrey, Kyle Murray, Martin McGarrigle, Ryan Daly, Troy Killilea.
SENAN ROONEY: Aonghus Sweeny, Cian McKenna, Cian Rooney, Colm McGloin, Daire Gallagher, Daire Warren, Darragh Flood-Dolan, David Roper, Declan Breslin, Eoghan Kelly, Fionn Gallagher, Frankie McGinley, Matt Gillespie, Michael Doogan.

The Aodh Ruadh u13's campaign came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 5-17 to 5-7 extra-time defeat against Killybegs in Fintra. It's a game which left a few what ifs hanging in the air. What if Ryan Keenaghan hadn't been dismissed for an innocuous challenge 15 minutes in? What if the game had gone to the expected replay rather than extra-time? Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh showed great fighting spirit and can be proud of their efforts. The hosts were fastest out of the blocks and their good start was boosted when Ryan Keenaghan got the line. Danny Breen hit an early goal, but it was the Fishermen who lead at the break 3-7 to 2-3. Aodh Ruadh came out all guns blazing in the second half and made light of their numerical disadvantage as they ate through the deficit. The introduction of Kyle McCaffrey and Jake Foley proved crucial. McCaffrey got on the ball in midfield and sent in good possession to Foley who hit 1-1 as Aodh Ruadh tied things up, sending the game to a replay, or so they thought. It transpired that wasn't to be the case and the Ernesiders second-half exertions left them with nothing more to give in extra-time as Killybegs progressed to the Southern final. Aodh Ruadh were really outstanding in the second-half and Colm McGloin and Matthew Gillespie were to the fore in a magnificent defensive effort right throughout. Aaron Neilan and Calum Doherty Craig worked tirelessly in midfield whilst Danny Breen and Cian Rooney gave it everything up front. A tough way to end the season, but this is a group of players with plenty of big days still ahead of them. Many thanks to the management and mentors for their work with the team.

The under 8 indoor Gaelic football league commenced last Friday in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille with great numbers. The league table after week one could hardly be more evenly poised. The Lions lead the way with seven points with the Pumas, Panthers and Jaguars all tied on five points, and the Tigers on four points - just one win from top spot. It plays to a conclusion this Friday 14th October from 6pm to 8pm. Because we will be in the hall for two hours there will be a charge of €4 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Medals and trophies presented afterwards to all players. We will need volunteers, parents or guardians to take one of the five teams competing. Advance notice of the indoor leagues for the under 10s and under 12s. The under 10 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 21st and 28th October, while the under 12 indoor league will run Fridays 4th and 11th November in the same time slots.

There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting on Wednesday 19th October at 8.30pm to consider the underage structure and management for the 2017 season. We are going well at underage level, but we value and need the input of fresh thinking and energy. If you would like to get involved in any way, shape or form we would love to see you on Wednesday 19th October. We will also be making plans for our end of year presentation evening at this meeting. Underage managers are reminded to return their reports for the season to Lisa McTernan at their earliest convenience ahead of the Bord na nÓg AGM.

Hurling
There have been some great performances from Aodh Ruadh underage hurling teams over the years and last Thursday's under 16 Division 2 semi-final certainly was up there with the best of them. We made the short trip to Tir Chonaill Park to take on a strong Four Masters team who had already beaten us easily in two league games this season. However they met a different Aodh Ruadh team on Thursday evening. The lads were full of belief and determined to give it everything on the night. As has been the case all season we were missing a couple of players due to injury and had just 14 players. We got off to a great start on a perfect evening for hurling and got four first half goals to see us lead at half-time by 4-5 to 0-5. Our lads knew that Four Masters would come back strong in the second half and they certainly did, but credit to our lads they fought for every ball showing fierce determination and a never-say-die attitude. It was the Donegal Town lads turn to hit the net this half and they managed it four times, but we did just enough to hold on and won a brilliant game by the narrowest of margins, 4-10 to 4-9. This very young squad deserve great credit for making this championship final. On a number of occasions this season we only had 11 or 12 players for games facing strong opposition, but the lads always fielded and did their best and showed up week after week. On Thursday we got our reward by winning our place in the county final where we again face a stiff challenge in the form of Letterkenny Gaels. A number of years ago the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee presented a cup to the Hurling Board, the Pat Butler Cup in memory of the late Pat who was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh and Donegal. This is the cup the lads will be battling to win in the final. The decider is due to take place on Thursday evening with the time and venue to be confirmed. Last Thursday our loyal parents certainly played their part in this great win, they gave great support to the lads on the night and all season. The management really appreciate this support and hopefully everyone's hard work will pay off in the final.

Ladies
Well done to the Realt Ruadh senior ladies representing Aodh Ruadh and Realt na Mara clubs on winning Division 2 and promotion to Division 1 on Sunday.

The under 16 girls have a challenge match away against Bundoran this Wednesday at 6pm, all players to be at Gaelic Park for 5.15pm. We still await a fixture for the under 16's division 2 county semi-final against Urris. We will post details on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page as soon as we have them.

The under 13 girls wrapped up the round robin stages of their league programme with a good win over Robert Emmet's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday morning. It was an excellent team display. Defensively Orla Keon, Niamh Hughes, Grainne Maguire and Hannah Gallagher were very strong and used the ball well. It was a good display up front too. Katie McMullin showed great spirit with Emer O'Brien, Clodagh O'Connor, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien, Laoise Kelly, Cara Davitt and Lucy Gallagher all making good contributions too. There is training this Wednesday at 6pm. The girls have been drawn to face Termon away in the quarter-finals of the A Championship, with the winners of that game playing Killybegs in the county semi-final in Fintra. We will have full fixture details in due course.

Park/Development Committee
Over the coming weeks Stephen McGurrin, who has joined us as a schools coach will accompany the County Board coach in local primary schools and then work out a further winter programme which he will assist the teachers with. Contact Tom Daly for further information. On October 26th all of our playing areas will be used for a major primary schools blitz involving schools from south of county, north Sligo and north Leitrim. This is an AIB initiative.

There is a nightly charge for the floodlit training field. The team manager who books is responsible for collection of fee and transfer to the Park Treasurer. There are no exceptions.

Substantial ground works are under way in the area near Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and are screened off with a safety fence. These works will continue for about 12 weeks.

Mental fitness and well-being workshop
A mental fitness and well-being workshop for sports clubs is being held at the Central Hotel, Donegal town on Wednesday, 14 October at 7.30pm. This workshop is aimed at players, athletes and coaches from local sports clubs and will describe the State of Mind Ireland campaign which promotes mental fitness. The workshop will include an introduction to the State of Mind Ireland Programme and an interactive discussion on mental fitness, exercise and Take Five - Five ways to well-being. The session will close with a brief introduction to mindfulness based practice along with suggested additional resources. For more details check out www.connectmentalhealth.ie

2017 National Club Draw
Tickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10. Once again there's a serious line-up of prizes.
1. A new Opel Corsa.
2. Trip with the 2017 All-Stars. (Two persons, All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation.)
3. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
4. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Corporate Package 2017. (Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal for both weekends.)
5. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
6 . All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
7. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
8. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
10. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
11. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2017. (Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
12. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2017. (Two Persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
13. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
14. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2017. (Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
All funds raised will be retained by Aodh Ruadh. Draw takes place on Wednesday 8th March 2017.
For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.

Carnival
Well done to the young Aodh Ruadh players who took part in the 1916 themed Carnival Parade on Saturday. Thanks to the mentors who helped on the night also. We have a gallery of pictures from the evening up on aodhruadh.org.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was shared by Kathleen Foley of Kinlough and Patsy McShea of Ballintra. There were two lines won on single digit checks so two lucky players doubled their money. There was no winner of the snowball so it now stands at €675 on 49 numbers or less, whilst Brendan remains locked up! Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre, with a massive €2,300 prize fund. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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18 October

Football
No adult football last weekend, but Aodh Ruadh are pencilled in to take on Burt in Father Tierney Park this Sunday. The reserve game is down for 1.30pm with the seniors to follow at 3pm. A fixture has also been made for the under 21's county semi-final. They are slated to take on Naomh Conaill on Saturday, 29th October at 1pm with the venue still to be decided.

The first week of play in the Bakery Cup saw a great standard of football and two very entertaining matches. The first match saw Eugene Doherty's side getting the better of Mark McGlynn's outfit on a scoreline of 11-8 to 7-4. Meanwhile in the second game Senan Rooney drew first blood against Shane Brady with his side running out 8-11 to 5-9 winners. The Cup is back this Friday again for the second week of its four week run. All players are to up at the park for 4.30pm sharp.

The under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league will be played under lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh commencing this Friday at 5.30pm and running for five weeks, wrapping up on Friday November 18th. Teams are listed below with the first round of fixtures seeing Team A take on Team B and Team C playing Team D. Games will be played under Go Game rules, two touch and goals and points counting as one point. All players to bring €2 to cover the cost of the lights.
Team A: Michael Keown, Tommy Clyne, Cillian Slevin, Michael Clancy, Dara O'Mahoney, Orla Gallagher, Eoin Cassidy, Matthew Fox, Cian Cleary, Donagh Kelly, Bobby Melly.
Team B: Eoin Doogan, Jack McCadden, Conor O'Mahoney, James Ward, Ben Daly, Rian McCauley, Oran Gillespie, Dara McGloin, Cadhla Dolan, Stephen Doran, Dylan McGuinness.
Team C: Finn Coady, Killian Bradshaw, Ronan Delahunty, Killian McPhelim, Alan Vaughan, Garvey Meade, Caolan McCauley, Barry Campbell, John Ward, Che Barron, Orla O'Neill
Team D: Morgan McNamee, James Monaghan, Cian McDonald, Hugh Óg Maguire, Conor Cleary, Thomas Keogh, Ted O'Donnell, Liam Doogan, Jessica O'Mahoney, Cormac Finnegan, Sean McEneaney.

The under 8 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor competition wrapped up on Friday evening after four hours of hectic football in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. This marked the conclusion of the under 8 season. Thanks to parents for all their support over the year, everyone who helped out with the coaching, the TYs who came in as managers and our referees over the two nights of the indoor league. We are delighted to have Ballyshannon Shoe Company back on board as sponsor for the 2016 indoor Gaelic competitions. Gus Culkin was on hand to make the trophy presentations to the winning captains, Megan Murphy of the Jaguars and Garreth Brennan of the Pumas. Remember, it isn't the big chains that are supporting local community organisations. So shop local as much as possible and support the people who support the community. The winning teams were as follows:
The Pumas team which were gold medal winners in the cup competition was Garreth Brennan (Captain), Jack Gormley, Finn Doogan, Ethan McGowan, Eoghan Gallagher, Darragh McCready, Eabha Rogers.
The Lions team which were silver medal winners in the cup competition was Corey Sheridan, Shaun McGarrigle, Sean Maguire, Eoghan Gallagher, Iarla Hartin, Ethan Kerrigan.
The Jaguars team which were gold medal winners in the plate competition was Megan Murphy (Captain), Daithí Sheerin, James Gallagher, Callum Dorrian, Eoghan McCadden, Tomás Keown.
The Tigers team which were silver medal winners in the plate competition was Daniel McGarrigle, Joseph Gibbions, Antoin Duffy. Front: Sam Davitt, Oisin McCadden, Manus Conlon.
The Panthers team which were bronze medal winners in the plate competition was Max Roper, Jayden McGrath-Clyne, Sean O'Neill, Anthony Duffy, Sam Davitt, Patrick Clarke.

Advance notice of the indoor leagues for the under 12s. The under 12 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 4th and 11th November.

There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting on Wednesday 19th October at 8.30pm to consider the underage structure and management for the 2017 season. We are going well at underage level, but we value and need the input of fresh thinking and energy. If you would like to get involved in any way, shape or form we would love to see you on Wednesday 19th October. We will also be making plans for our end of year presentation evening at this meeting. Underage managers are reminded to return their reports for the season to Lisa McTernan at their earliest convenience ahead of the Bord na nÓg AGM.

Hurling
Underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh has enjoyed some great victories over the years and last Thursdays claiming of the Division 2 under 16 Championship was up there with the best of them. This young team overcame a lot of setback's this year due to a number of bad injuries to players in what was already a small squad. 16 players was our total panel this season, due to injuries, work and suspension we only had the 16 lads available to us for one game this year. The lads worked extremely hard all season and showed a never say die attitude which was a credit to them and something we're all very proud off. The final took place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy and we were up against a physically much stronger Letterkenny Gaels team. We only had 14 players available on the night. We were delighted to welcome back our captain Pauric Keenaghan from a bad injury, but unfortunately injury ruled out Liam O'Sullivan and Nathan Owens-Kelly. Understandably the lads showed a lot of nerves early in the game and found it hard to get into their rhythm and play the hurling we all know they were capable of. Despite leading at half-time 0-11 to 1-1, management and the lads themselves were not happy with the first-half performance. They really upped their game in the second half and were dominant throughout. The result was never in any doubt and they ran out comfortable winners 2-17 to 3-2. The team, management and supporters were delighted at the full-time whistle. All close to the squad knew how important this win was to the lads and how much effort the boys had put in. It was great to see Pauric Keenaghan accepting the Pat Butler Cup from Donegal Hurling Board Chairman Jason Ewing. From Convoy it was back to Ballyshannon for a victorious tour of the town. Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee donated this cup to Donegal Hurling Board in 2014 to honour the memory of the late Pat Butler, a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh and throughout Donegal. It was a proud moment for all involved with this team to bring the cup back to Father Tierney Park for the first time. Many thanks to all the parents who gave us great support all year and drove the lads all over the county to games. Underage hurling is now finished for 2016, but players in all age groups are encouraged to use the hurling wall to practise their skills throughout the winter months.

Ladies
Congratulations to Realt Ruadh senior ladies representing Aodh Ruadh and Realt na Mara who won Division 2 on Sunday and who will play their football in Division 1 in 2017.

We still await a fixture for the under 16's division 2 county semi-final against Urris. We will post details on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page as soon as we have them.

The under 13 girls had an almighty battle with Termon in the county quarter-final on Saturday afternoon, but after some 90 minutes of football the sides simply couldn't be separated. It was a enthralling game with fortunes tilting one way and then the other. Either side could easily have won, but they will have to meet again to decide who will meet Killybegs in the semi-final. Aodh Ruadh settled the quickest with Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien and Katie McMullin registering early points before Katie O'Brien drilled home the game's first goal. Aoibheann McGarrigle also split the posts as Aodh Ruadh went in at half-time leading 1-6 to 1-4. However, the Ernesiders' accuracy dropped dramatically in the second half, while Termon radically improved the quality of their shooting. Sarah Jane Keon got an early point, but Termon forged into a four point lead midway through the second half and some among the home support seemed to think it was a case of job done. That was a misjudgement of the character in this Aodh Ruadh team and the girls duly rose to the challenge. Caitlin McGarrigle was coolness itself as she dispatched a quality penalty. Then the Shamettes got a rousing fillip when the inspirational Tia McFarland went on a driving run through the home midfield and defence before blasting an unstoppable shot past their net minder to take Aodh Ruadh back into the lead. Termon managed to goal themselves to reclaim the lead, but once again the visitors responded in style, this time it was Lauren McHugh who came up with the goods, slipping home from close range. That could have been the winner, but Termon again managed to bring the game back level at 4-7 apiece with seconds left on the clock. Both sides were shattered after a titanic 70 plus minutes of football, but they didn't stint any effort in extra time with the large and vocal crowd present now augmented by senior Termon footballers, taken in by the great game of football being served up. Again it was Aodh Ruadh who took the initiative. Aoibheann McGarrigle had a good point and was incredibly unlucky to see a rocket of a shot come back off the crossbar. At half time in extra time Aodh Ruadh lead 4-10 to 4-8. The second half of extra-time saw Ballyshannon unable to add to their tally and, despite some heroic defending, Termon managed to get the scores to leave the game finishing level after an thrilling display of top quality football. Aodh Ruadh will be disappointed not to have come away with the win in normal and extra time, but will have plenty of confidence ahead of the replay. Aine Hill was outstanding between the sticks, making some brilliant saves, but, just as importantly, using her kick outs well to relieve pressure. Grainne Maguire and Ella Clancy were magnificent in a defence where the exchanges were unforgiving. Tia McFarland really answered the call and gave an exhibition at midfield where penalty hero Caitlin McGarrigle also worked herself to the bone. Katie O'Brien had a good game up front with 1-4 to her credit in the first half alone. Emer O'Brien was a real tiger and took the best Termon could throw at her and repaid it in the finest fashion possible. Katie McMullin, Aoibheann McGarrigle and Sarah Jane Patton all gave it everything they had. We await details of the replay fixture and will post them on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page as soon as we have them.

Park / Development Committee
Over the coming weeks Stephen McGurrin, who has joined us as a schools coach will accompany the County Board coach in local primary schools and then work out a further winter programme which he will assist the teachers with. Contact Tom Daly for further information. On October 26th all of our playing areas will be used for a major primary schools blitz involving schools from south of county, north Sligo and north Leitrim. This is an AIB initiative.

There is a nightly charge for the floodlit training field. The team manager who books is responsible for collection of fee and transfer to the Park Treasurer. There are no exceptions.

Substantial ground works are under way in the area near Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and are screened off with a safety fence. These works will continue for about 12 weeks.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Frances Brennan of Mountcharles. There was no winner of the snowball so it now stands at €700 on 49 numbers or less, whilst Brendan remains locked up for another week! Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre, with a massive €2,300 prize fund. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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25 October

Club Meeting
There will be a club executive meeting this Thursday, 27th October. All committee members are asked to attend. Committee members are asked to note that nominations and motions for County Convention are to be submitted by Friday 4th November. If any member has nominations or motions they would like to submit they should present these at Thursday's meeting.

Football
The under 21's county semi-final against Naomh Conaill will take place this Friday, 28th October at 8pm in Ardara. Best of luck to the squad and management in this big game for the club. It goes without saying that we want as big a crowd as possible in Ardara. The seniors are down to play Naomh Colmcille on Sunday in Newtowncunningham at 3pm with the reserves due to play the curtain raiser at 1.30pm

The second week of play in the Bakery Cup took place last Friday with exchanges again of a high quality. The first match saw Eugene Doherty's side racking up their second win of the league stages, getting the better of Shane Brady's outfit on a scoreline of 14-10 to 9-8. In the second game Senan Rooney's side were unable to build on last week's win with Mark McGlynn's men having the better of exchanges and running out 8-6 to 6-6 victors. The Cup is back again for the third week of its four week run with a slight change of schedule. Games are on Thursday this week with all players are to up at the park for 3.30pm sharp and games throwing in at 4pm.

The under 12 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 4th and 11th November. Teams will be published in next week's notes.

The first week of competition in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday. We had 42 players taking part on a great evening for football. Michael Keown's Team A beat Eoin Doogan's Team B in a tight game coming from two points down to win by three points in the end. Matthew Fox and Eoin Cassidy were excellent for the winning side, while Stephen Doran, Eoin Doogan and Dara McGloin showed well for Team B. In the other game Finn Coady's Team C put in a powerful second half to get the better of Morgan McNamee's Team D by six points. Killian Bradshaw and Barry Campbell put in great shifts for Team C. Games continue again this Friday with the second round of fixtures seeing Team A captained by Michael Keown taking on Team C captained by Finn Coady at 6pm. Team B captained by Eoin Doogan will play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee at 6.30pm. Both these games will be played under lights in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh so all players are to bring €1 to cover cost of lights. Games will be played under Go Game rules, two touch and goals and points counting as one point.

Ladies
Well done to the Realt Ruadh Ladies team who were presented with the Division 2 League trophy by Hugh Devanney Chairman of The County Ladies Board in The Bank Bar, Bundoran. The cup was presented to Hannah Doherty and Tara Khan the joint captains of the Realt Ruadh Ladies team.

The under 16's division 2 county semi-final against Urris will take place next Monday, 31st October in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 12 noon. The girls had a brilliant win against Fanad Gaels in the quarter-final after a mid-week trek up north and deserve a big support to get behind them.

Well done to Sara Jane Keon, Orla Keon and Áine Hill who were part of the successful Donegal team which competed at the under 13 Ulster blitz last Saturday.

Aodh Ruadh under 13 girls booked their place in the county semi-final with a power-packed display against Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. The girls dictated from the off with a Katie O'Brien point and a brace of Caitlin McGarrigle frees helping them settle into the game. The first goal came from some great direct running by Danielle McGarrigle who struck home confidently. She added a point shortly after before Emer O'Brien drilled home a second goal with a well-placed shot. Another Katie O'Brien point concluded an exceptional half of football from the hosts where the incredible work-rate of the midfield and defence restricted Termon to a single point. Things started better for the visitors in the second half with an early goal, but Aodh Ruadh got the perfect response when Aoibheann McGarrigle rattled home at the other end. After that the scoring rate dropped off significantly and Termon managed to work their way back into contention with a couple of goals. They were also helped by a superb penalty save from a well-struck shot by their excellent keeper. However Aodh Ruadh finished strong and a point from Sara Jane Keon followed by score of the game, an rasper of a goal from Aoibheann McGarrigle, saw the Shamettes take the victory. It was a near perfect display of football from Aodh Ruadh against a strong Termon outfit, everywhere you looked there were heroes in white and green, the starting team was Aine Hill; Orla Keon, Ciara Caldwell, Grainne Maguire; Lucy McGlynn, Ella Clancy, Ailish Gallagher; Caitlin McGarrigle, Tia McFarland; Katie McMullin, Danielle Gallagher, Sarah Jane Keon; Aoibheann McGarrigle, Katie O'Brien, Emer O'Brien. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up is the county semi-final against Killybegs in Fintra. That will be this Saturday at 12 noon. We'd love to see a big crowd down to get behind this brilliant bunch of girls. Training is at the earlier time of 5.30pm this Wednesday. Players are asked to ensure they have appropriate gear for the weather.

Park / Development Committee
Over the coming weeks Stephen McGurrin, who has joined us as a schools coach will accompany the County Board coach in local primary schools and then work out a further winter programme which he will assist the teachers with. Contact Tom Daly for further information. On October 26th all of our playing areas will be used for a major primary schools blitz involving schools from south of county, north Sligo and north Leitrim. This is an AIB initiative.

There is a nightly charge for the floodlit training field. The team manager who books is responsible for collection of fee and transfer to the Park Treasurer. There are no exceptions.

Substantial ground works are under way in the area near Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and are screened off with a safety fence. These works will continue until approximately January.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Julie Kane left the Abbey Centre with a big smile after scooping the €700 summer snowball on 49 numbers. The €400 jackpot was won by John Gallagher of Ballyshannon. On a night of giveaways, even Brendan got a new home after Caroline Finnerty checked out on 42. This Friday is the October big bingo, with a massive €2,700 in the kitty including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20. First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.

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