Club Notes Archive - 2017SEPTEMBER
- 5 September
Aodh Ruadh travelled to MacCumhaill Park on Saturday evening for their first league fixture in the county ground in the best part of a decade. It was to prove an unhappy return though, as MacCumhaill's proved disobliging hosts from the off, netting an early goal. Aodh Ruadh hauled their way back into the game with four points to edge into the lead. Philip Patton put two in it before MacCumhaill's registered their first point of the game. Shane McGrath restored the two points cushion before the feline reactions of Peter Boyle were required a to push a MacCumhaill shot on goal over the bar. Not long after Aodh Ruadh had a goal chance of their own when Colm Kelly was put through after a one two with Michael 'Sticky' Ward. Unfortunately for the Cashelard man his shot went over rather than under the bar. Sticky Ward and Marty O'Reilly swapped points before Ballybofey's wing forward hit a late point to make it 1-4 to 0-8 at the break. O'Reilly was starting to come into the game more now and the county man got the first score of the new half with a well struck 45 metre. David McGurrin should be playing county, but that oversight didn't stop him from restoring Aodh Ruadh's one point lead with a nice score. Then 36 minutes in the Ernesiders once again had the lightening reactions of their county man, Peter Boyle, to thank for saving a MacCumhaill penalty as the hosts started to ratchet up the pressure. Aodh Ruadh moved further ahead though when substitute Seamus Kane split the post after 40 minutes. Not long after Darren Drummond created an opportunity with a deft lay off to Johnny Gallagher and he fisted over to make it 0-11 to 1-5. It was soon all square though after a bustling run by Marty O'Reilly ended with him putting the corner forward through and he finally found a route past Boyle. Johnny Gethins restored James O'Donnell's men's one point lead and a David McGurrin point put a little bit more daylight between them as the game entered the final quarter. MacCumhaill's might have been down, but they were far from out. A Marty O'Reilly free with ten to go was followed by a levelling score from the Ballybofey wing back. Then disaster struck as a mix up in the Aodh Ruadh defence saw the MacCumhaill's corner forward pounce for his side's third goal. The homesters' midfielder and Philip Patton exchanged scores as the game entered its dying moments. There was still plenty of action to come though as scores from MacCumhaill's midfielder and full forward pushed them five points clear. Ballyshannon's response was to hoist a ball into the danger area with two minutes to go where David Dolan slammed it to the net after a scramble to take his side back within touching distance. Aodh Ruadh searched desperately for a winner in the last seconds, but MacCumhaill's hung on for the win as it finished MacCumhaill 3-10 Aodh Ruadh 1-14. With three games remaining in the league programme, winning the division 2 crown is still in Aodh Ruadh's own hands, however they have only three points to spare on a Cloughaneely side who have a game in hand. Ballyshannon's last three remaining games are at home to Malin, away to Killybegs and away to, you guessed it, Cloughaneely.
There was more joy for the reserves as they were on the right side of their two point scoreline, winning 0-12 to 1-11.
This Saturday we return to championship action with all roads leading to Convoy and our seniors and reserves clashes with Buncrana. The reserve quarter-final throws in at 11am with the senior last eight encounter going off at 12.30pm.
The under 16s have a challenge against Calry / Saint Joseph's on Tuesday evening in the Park. The game throws in at 7pm and players are to be at the park for 6.15pm. The team take on Naomh Ultan in the first leg of the championship this Friday at 6.30pm, it would be good to have a good showing of support up to get behind the lads.
Aodh Ruadh under 14s booked their place in the county semi-final with a nerve-racking one point victory over Malin in a packed Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. Aodh Ruadh started the brighter of the sides, but goals made the difference for the Inishowen men as they came back to lead by 2-5 to 4-1 at the interval, Cian Rooney and Jake Foley getting Ballyshannon's goals. However if Malin had shown their resilience, the Ernesiders showed they had reserves of their own to draw on. Goals in the 38th minute by Marty McGarrigle and in 44th minute by Cian Rooney put them two points ahead and the excitement and anxiety levels began to climb among the large crowd on the Rock. After an extended delay for treatment to an injured player Malin managed one more point, but a display of defensive heroics by the likes of Kyle Murray and Aaron Horan saw this game end with Aodh Ruadh the victors by the narrowest of margins 4-6 to 4-5. Aodh Ruadh wish the Malin keeper Ben Miller all the very best for a full and speedy recovery. We have an extended match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Unfortunately the county semi-final on Monday evening in Convoy proved a bridge too far. Saint Eunan's took an early 1-3 to 0-1 lead. Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh put in a display of real heart as they gave their all to try and claw back the deficit. It was 2-6 to 1-3 after a first half where Aodh Ruadh hit the crossbar and the post as the ball refused to go in the net. The Ernesiders continued to battle manfully through the second half and reeling the Letterkenny men in somewhat, but it wasn't enough and they progressed a final scoreline of 3-9 to 3-6. The team management thank the players for all their effort over the course of the year and record their gratitude to the parents who provided such great support all season. The lads claimed two major trophies, so it has been a successful season by any standards.
This Friday sees the under 13s commence their league programme with a game at home against Saint Naul's. Throw-in time to be confirmed.
Big thanks to all the under 10 players who performed so well last Saturday in Castlebar. They did themselves and the club proud. There is under 10 training this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. We will be giving out the Euro Shot Challenge sponsorship cards at this session with the competition taking place on Sunday. There's no training this Friday.
The Aodh Ruadh and Moville minors will have to do it again in their county A semi-final after they couldn't be separated following 60 hard fought minutes in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning. Aodh Ruadh held the initiative early on with goals from Laoise Gallagher and Tia McFarland along with two points from Briana Maher and a point from Cáit Gillespie. That gave the Ernesiders a 2-3 to 1-3 lead as the game moved into the second quarter. Moville levelled the match with a goal, but a well-struck Cáit Gillespie free edged Ballyshannon back in front. Moville came back with another goal, but the Shamettes cause got a shot in the arm when Briana Maher slammed an unstoppable penalty past the Inishowen keeper to make it 3-4 to 3-3 at the break. Another Cáit Gillespie free early in the new half gave Ballyshannon a two point cushion, but Malin trimmed it back to the minimum with a point after 38 minutes. Gillespie was again at the heart of the action when the next score arrived after 49 minutes. She made a brilliant drive down the right before serving up a lovely pass to Tia McFarland who made no mistake with her cracking shot on goal. Both sides were visibly tiring at this stage, with the wet turf in Father Tierney Park draining the energy from players. Moville made the very most of their possession though and patiently tagged on four points to make a draw game at the final whistle, 4-5 to 3-8. Shelley Loughlin was a rock in defence, particularly in the second half, meanwhile out on the wing Caitlin McGarrigle was a prime contender for player of the match with her exemplary courage, reading and distribution. In midfield Saoirse McDevitt put in a real warrior's performance. Up front Briana Maher lead the line well in the absence of the injured Mary Flora Scott. She had great support from Tia McFarland and Laoise Gallagher while Cáit Gillespie put in a great shift for the cause. The replay will be in Moville, fixture details yet to be confirmed.
The under 16s had two excellent challenges against Derrygonnelly over the past week with players coming on really well over the course of them. Caoimhe Keon was simply outstanding, with sister Orla superb too in both games. Shóna Slevin showed up really well in the Thursday game as did Dearbhla McGuckin. Eilish Gallagher was excellent in her excursion out the pitch on Sunday with Katherine McClay, Caitlin McLaughlin and Alana Gallagher playing well and the full back line of Aideen Walsh, Leah Travers and Kelly Eves very sound indeed. The team's last game of the league stages is this Wednesday at 6.30pm in Downings. The bus will leave the park at 4pm. All players to be up for 3.45pm. Remember to bring €5 to go towards the cost of the bus.
The under 13s made it two wins from two on Saturday evening in Buncrana. It was a simply awesome performance from the young Ernesiders. Three points from Ciara Gillespie got Aodh Ruadh off to a great start. Evelyn Rose Gallagher's point in the 10th minute was quickly followed by an opportunist goal by Niamh Hughes. Her second goal a minute later was a superbly struck effort and gave Aodh Ruadh a 2-4 cushion which they extended over the course of the remainder of the game. The Shamettes' defence were again outstanding with Lucy McGlynn, Grainne Maguire, Ciara Caldwell and Lauren McHugh presenting an impenetrable wall. Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien became more dominant in midfield as the game went on while up front Aoibhínn McGarrigle stitched play together well and finished with 1-1 to her credit. Emer O'Brien also finished on 1-1, her goal a classy finish, while Shauna O'Mahoney got on the score sheet with a lovely measured shot. It ended 9-10 to 1-1 in favour of Aodh Ruadh. On Tuesday, 5th September, Naomh Bríd are the visitors to Father Tierney Park for a challenge. The game throws in at 6pm so all players are to be present and togged for 5.30pm at the latest. On Thursday the team train at 4.30pm. Then on Saturday the team have the last trip of the league stages when they travel to Dungloe. The game throws in at 12 noon and again we will be travelling down in cars. We will meet at the park at 9.30am prior to setting off to sort out any lifts which might be required. Anyone not on the WhatsApp group should contact John Hughes on 087-6431805 to be added.
The under 16s made the trip to the ancestral home of Donegal hurling in Burt last Thursday. We only had 14 lads and they put up some performance against a physically strong Burt team. They fought for every ball giving it their all before losing narrowly 4-7 to 4-5. While results haven't gone the lads way this year their commitment and effort has been top class, the main thing is we've fielded for all games and that's more important than any wins. Hopefully we've a game away to Buncrana this Thursday.
Euro Shot Challenge
The Euro Shot Challenge is back and Bord na nÓg and underage ladies are looking for your support. You can sponsor players €2 per line. For every line the player sells they get a shot in the Euro Shot Challenge on this Sunday 10th September. All our sponsors are in with a chance to win a weekend away, with the winner drawn on the day of the Euro Shot Challenge. Players who sell a full card will get a pair of short style club socks. The club hasn't done much in the way of fund raising this year, so we are hoping you can give generously to help us building our club for players. If you haven't already get a card, you can download one now from the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.
Inishowen Flood Relief Fund Draw
We ask club members to visit the page on Donegal GAA website for the Inishowen Flood Relief Fund Draw at http://bit.ly/2gxqJlF. You can purchase tickets for a prize draw and do your bit to help relieve some of the hardship caused by the recent flooding in Inishowen. The Draw will take place on Friday 15th September. One ticket is €5 with a book of three tickets available for €10. Draw prizes are as follows. First prize is two All-Ireland Premium Level football final tickets with one overnight accommodation. Second prize is an overnight stay for two in Mount Errigal Hotel. Third prize is a signed 2017 Donegal Jersey. Fourth prize is a 1992 Magee tailored replica jersey.
All-Ireland Final Ticket draw
Any fully paid up adult member wishing to have their name in the draw for an All-Ireland final ticket should text Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636 before 8pm Monday 11th. Tickets will have to be paid for.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Bridget Quinn of the Knather. Lightning struck twice for Aisling Patton as she took the stand up game for the second week running, this time scooping a €155 pot. The snowball survived another week so it rises to €475 on 48 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,200 prize fund up for grabs.
- 12 September
Aodh Ruadh eased into the intermediate championship quarter-finals with a 2-14 to 1-7 victory over Buncrana in Convoy. They got an early fillip when the in-form Seamus Kane found the net after receiving a lay off from Shane McGrath. It wasn't all good news though as Johnny Gethins saw the line not long after and Aodh Ruadh had to see out the remaining 50 minutes with 14 men. They made light of the deficit in numbers though with points from David McGurrin (2), Darren Drummond and Philip Patton (2) taking the Ernesiders seven clear. Aodh Ruadh played some sumptuous football as Patton swept over a lovely 45 metre free and a fine team move was sweetly finished by David McGurrin. With Peter Boyle banging over a 45, the first half onslaught left it 1-8 to 0-3 in favour of James O'Donnell's men. However they were still a man down and facing into the breeze in the second half so it was still game on. Seamus Kane ensured it wasn't on for much longer, driving to the net with the new half just seconds old. Peter Boyle landed another long ranger while brother Nathan also found the distance with a trademark effort. Philip Patton and David McGurrin added further points to give Ballyshannon a double scores win. Aodh Ruadh will now face Milford in the IFC semi-final on Sunday, 24th September.
The reserves had a convincing win over Buncrana in their quarter-final match in Convoy. Aodh Ruadh managed to take a slender 1-4 to 0-6 half-time lead after playing against a strong wind in the first half. Diarmaid McInerney landed all of Aodh Ruadh's first half scores, opening with a free which was cancelled out by Paul McGonigles' fisted point in the first five minutes. An Aodh Ruadh point from play and another free opened up a gap, before some patient build up play saw the ball worked to McInerney. His pointed effort got held up in the wind only to drop behind the keeper into the net for the game's first goal on 16 minutes. Buncrana stepped up their intensity for the remainder of the half, outscoring Aodh Ruadh by five points to another McInerney free.
McInerney almost had his second goal just after the restart, but his shot smacked back off the bar. Buncrana pulled level moments later, but that was to be their last score for over 20 minutes. That said it did take a fine save by Karl Oâ€™Brien midway through the half to keep the challengers at arm's length. McInerney added another free, and on 39 minutes he played in Ronan Drummond who hammered a low shot home for Aodh Ruadh's second goal. David Finnerty then pointed from range with the wind before another McInerney score from play arrived. Finnerty turned play-maker following a strong run to feed McInerney who found the net to put the result beyond doubt on 47 minutes. Another two frees from McInerney followed. With 6 minutes to play Buncrana did muster a scrappy goal from a high ball, but it was too little, too late. Ryan Granaghan got himself a well deserved point at the end as Aorh Ruadh coasted into the last four on a final score of 3-10 to 1-7. Best for Aodh Ruadh was the clinical McInerney, but that was built on a solid defensive display particularly from Cian McGloin, Sean Taylor and Packie McGrath, whilst Kerry Ryan and David Finnerty bossed the middle.
The team was Karl Oâ€™Brien; Eddie Lynch, Sean Taylor, Packie McGrath; Cian McGloin, Ronan Drummond (1-0), Gary Carty; David Finnerty (0-1), Kerry Ryan; Ryan McKenna, Diarmuid McInerney (2-8), Ryan Granaghan (0-1); Mickey McNeely, Dermot Slevin, Christopher Goan. Subs: Conal Sweeny for Dermot Slevin, Cáelán Drummond for Ronan Drummond, Rory Cullen for Chris Goan, Brian Dorrian for Ryan McKenna, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Anthony Coughlin.
There were no details on adult fixtures for the coming weekend at the time of writing.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s returned to competitive action for the first time in over a month last Friday. The ring rust showed in a first half where they laboured to get on top of a disciplined Naomh Ultan side despite playing with the backing of a strong breeze. Shane Gillespie pointed two minutes in, but the next score, a Shane Brady free, only came ten minutes later. Two minutes later Dunkineely hit the front with a deserved goal. Aodh Ruadh struck back with a goal as the game moved into the second quarter. Shane Gillespie one twoed with David Doherty before burying his shot. Naomh Ultan were still well in the contest at that point, but Aodh Ruadh put in a scoring burst just before the interval to give themselves a cushion to hold on to in the second half against the breeze. Gillespie pointed again before Eoin Doherty fired over a brace to make it 1-5 to 1-0. Then just on the stroke of half-time great work by Shane Gillespie set up Eoin Doherty to net. The first scores of the new half were going to be vital and they went the way the Ernesiders. The ice-cool Shane Brady was the man to oblige with two points before Eoin Doherty hit the net with 36 minutes played. After that Aodh Ruadh took more control of the game. A Shane Brady free was followed by a goal for Shane Gillespie before a sublimely struck long range free by Eoin Doherty put the seal on a great second half performance. Cian Barden gave an exhibition at full back, where he was ably assisted by Kyle Murray. Senan Rooney got through a heap of work at midfield, while Mark McGlynn delivered a superb second half display. Eugene Doherty was central to turning the game in second half, while brother David embodied everything you could possibly want in a footballer. Unfortunately Naomh Ultan had to concede the second leg game and so Aodh Ruadh are now preparing for a Southern semi-final, with opposition and fixture details still to be fully confirmed. There is under 16 training this Tuesday at 6.30pm.
The under 16 girls booked their place in the county division 1 semi-finals with a magnificent display against Downings last Wednesday. It was a long trip there and it took Ballyshannon a while to find their feet. Tia McFarland and Cáit Gillespie opened the scoring with two points, but Downings struck back with a goal in 11th minute. From there the hosts took charge of the game. They tagged on 1-2 before Caoimhe Keon got Aodh Ruadh back up and running. Downings hit another goal which was answered by a point by Katherine McClay. Aodh Ruadh were in trouble, but they rallied before the break with Andrea McGlynn scrambling home a goal and Brídín Maguire converting an important free to leave it 3-4 to 1-5 at the interval. The Shamettes played into the breeze in the second half, but that didn't deter them as they delivered their best half of football this season. Tia McFarland and Sarah Jane Keon hit early points before two McFarland goal in succession swept Aodh Ruadh into the lead. Sarah Jane Keon tagged on a point, but Downings weren't done yet. They responded with 1-1 to level the game up at 4-5 to 3-8. Ballyshannon rose to the challenge wonderfully though. Two trademark Sarah Jane Keon points and a cracker from Caoimhe Keon ensured Aodh Ruadh left the Gaeltacht venue with a three point win. Aodh Ruadh had heroes all over the pitch. Orla Keon and Eva Moore were stars in defence, Andrea McGlynn and Caoimhe Keon have a wonderful partnership in midfield while up front Tia McFarland and Sarah Jane Keon really stood up to the mark with Cáit Gillespie and Brídín Maguire working their socks off too. The girls also travelled to Derrygonnelly on Sunday and had a really good work out despite the miserable conditions. Shona Slevin was excellent at the Fermanagh venue, as were Caoimhe McCauley and Roisin Daly. Niamh Hughes deserves a special mention for playing up and finishing the weekend with 7-4 to her credit over two games. With a county semi-final coming up there is great competition for places. Details regarding that county semi-final are to be confirmed on Tuesday evening.
The under 13 girls made it three wins from three last Saturday with a good win in Dungloe. Aodh Ruadh were quick out of the traps with Ciara Gillespie, Emer O'Brien, Niamh Hughes and Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien all rattling over points. Goals for Ciara Gillespie, Niamh Hughes and Annie Keon quickly took the game beyond this hosts. Dungloe fought back well in the second half, but the Shamettes were comfortable winners in the end. Also on the score sheet for Ballyshannon were Lucy McGlynn, Ciara Caldwell, Michaela McCaffrey and Katie O'Brien. Evelyn Rose Gallagher didn't make the score sheet, but she was again at the heart of a lot of good attacking play. Aine Hill had a good run out the pitch in the second half while Clodagh O'Connor, Shauna O'Mahoney, Cora Rooney and the Irwin twins, Niamh and Kelly, also played well. The team now have two home games remaining in the league. They play Saint Eunan's this Saturday in Father Tierney Park at noon. Players should be up at the park for 11am. This should be an entertaining clash, so we would love to see a big crowd up to get behind the girls.
The under 12s take pride of place this week after winning the under 12 C league final on Thursday last, easily beating MacCumhaill's in the decider. Next action for this group is the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament on Sunday 24th September. Teams from Galway, Antrim, Tyrone and Sligo have been confirmed for the competition confirmed so far.
The under 16s made the long trip to Buncrana last Thursday. Again the lads suffered defeat, losing 4-10 to 1-7, but not without putting up a battling performance. The 13 lads gave it their all on a terrible evening for hurling.
Underage hurling training continues this Sunday at 12 noon.
Euro Shot Challenge
Well done to all the young footballers who braved the gale force conditions to take part in the Euroshot Challenge. Congratulations to our winners Daragh McCready, Dáithí Sheerin, Shane Delahunty, Ciara Gillespie, Matt Gillespie, Daniel Dolan and Caoimhe Keon. A special well done to Dáithí Sheerin who won the overall competition. Thanks to the parents and guardians who fed all afterwards and or appreciation to everyone else who helped out in any capacity. We have pictures from the event up on aodhruadh.org.
- 19 September
Results elsewhere in division 2 over the past couple of weeks mean that Aodh Ruadh are now two points away from securing promotion back to the top flight of Donegal football. The last Aodh Ruadh team to line out in division 1 combat, way back in 2007, was as follows: David Greene; Darren Drummond, Martin Gallagher, Ciron Whoriskey; Niall McCready, Thomas McPhelim, Philip O'Reilly; Stephen Ward, Barry Ward; Donagh McIntyre, John Duffy, Pauric Buggy; Barry Mulligan, Kerry Ryan, Val Murray. Subs PJ McGee Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Diarmaid McInerney, Conor Gurn. Perhaps a surprising amount of continuity, but certainly a greater degree of change. However the focus this weekend is firmly on the seniors bid to create a bit of history and win Aodh Ruadh's first ever intermediate football title. Standing in their way at the semi-final stage are a Milford side who, despite Ballyshannon getting the better of them in the group stages 2-15 to 1-10, are probably warm favourites to progress. James O'Donnell's men go into last four action on Sunday at 2.30pm in O'Donnell Park. The lads deserve a big travelling support to get behind them in Letterkenny. Also in championship action are the reserves. After a tricky start to the season the team have hit their stride and strung a number of impressive results together at the business end of the year. They take on Glenfin in their championship semi-final on Saturday. Throw-in is down for 2pm, but the venue has yet to be confirmed. This squad are more than worthy of your support, so please make the effort to travel and get behind them.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s face into the two biggest games of their season this week when they take on Naomh Muire in a two legged Southern Divisional championship semi-final. The team drew with Naomh Muire down in Annagry in the league earlier this year, before losing to them in the league quarter-finals in a real roller-coaster of a game. Aodh Ruadh are in Father Tierney Park for the first leg this Wednesday, with throw-in at 6.15pm. It promises to be an exciting and entertaining match between two evenly matched teams so we would really appreciate a large and vocal Ballyshannon support to come up and get behind the lads for this one. The second leg down in Annagry is on Friday with a 7pm throw-in.
The under 13s had a 5-12 to 1-10 win at home over Naomh Conaill on Monday evening to make it three wins from three to start the league. The home side got off to a good start and led from start to finish. Although Glenties had some great interplay and teamwork they found it hard to deal with Aodh Ruadh up front and couldn't keep out the goals which made the big difference. A busy week still ahead for the under 13s with an away game against Ardara on Wednesday and the David Canney Invitational Tournament in Corofin, Galway on Saturday. We are grateful to Corofin for inviting us to this and will have the chance to play against four good teams from Mayo, Galway and Clare. The bus leaves Market Yard at 7.45am on Saturday.
Commiserations to the minors who lost heavily in their semi-final replay against Moville up in Inishowen last Thursday. Well done to the girls on competing so strongly at this high level and getting so far. Well done also to Anna Rafferty and her support team for their stewardship of the team this season.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s took on an understrength Moville team on Sunday morning for third, fourth place play-off which neither club particularly desired. Nevertheless both teams made the best of the situation and delivered a good game of football on a rare good day for football. The Shamettes started superbly and probably played some of their best football of the year in the opening 20 minutes. Caoimhe Keon, Cáit Gillespie and Tia McFarland all hit points before a Brídín Maguire blast of a shot found the net. As the game moved into the second quarter two Cáit Gillespie goals put the hosts 3-5 to no score up. Sara Jane Keon got in on the scoring act before the break as Aodh Ruadh took in a comfortable lead at the interval. The second half was more evenly contested, but Aodh Ruadh got the perfect start when Sarah Jane Keon netted six minutes in. Further goals from Cáit Gillespie, Tia McFarland and Katherine McClay, plus a collector's item Eva Moore point left the final score 7-13 to 6-3. In defence Aisling Gallagher deserves special praise for her outstanding stint in the corner. Andrea McGlynn worked herself to the bone in midfield, while the front five all played with real confidence and flare. The Ernesiders were well served by their subs, with Orla Keon, Shona Slevin, Aideen Walsh and Erin McGowan among those catching the eye. The team now have a busy programme of challenge games ahead, starting with the visit of Saint Mary's Sligo to Father Tierney Park this Thursday as they prepare for their county semi-final against Saint Eunan's. The game against Saint Mary's throws in at 6pm with all players to be at the park for 5.15pm.
Best of luck to the Aodh Ruadh under 14 team taking part in the All-Ireland 7s competition at Kilmacud Croke's this weekend.
The under 13 girls extended their unbeaten run in the league to four games, although not in the manner they would have liked with Saint Eunan's electing to concede the points. The team has no training this week, with the next outing a challenge game against Saint Mary's, Sligo on Wednesday evening in Sligo at 6pm we will meet at Father Tierney Park at 4.30pm prior to setting off to arrange lifts for anyone who may need them. Following that, the team's last game of the league stages takes place on Friday against Fanad Gaels, throw-in time to be confirmed.
The under 16s had a ding dong local derby with Four Masters on Thursday last in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. On a terrible evening for hurling both teams gave it their all and put on a great exhibition of of the game. Due to injuries and illness we only had 12 players, but as they've done all season the lads gave it their all for the cause. We were leading by a point going into the final minutes when with fading light we were hit with a killer goal quickly followed by a point which left the full time score Four Masters 4-12 Aodh Ruadh 6-3. The lads are due to play Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday with full fixture details to be confirmed.
The annual under 12 Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament takes place this Sunday. In existence since 1982, this tournament honours the memory of the late Hugh Daly and recognises the great contribution he made to the GAA locally with Aodh Ruadh and as the longest serving secretary with Donegal county board. Teams committed to this year's event are Tuam (Galway), Naomh Eoin (Sligo), Éire Óg (Tyrone), Keady (Armagh), Loch Mor dal gCais (Antrim) and Aodh Ruadh. There has been some great hurling played at this tournament over the last few years and Sunday is sure to be no different. The action gets underway at 10.30am.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Marie Gallagher of Erne Street and Anna O'Brien of Ballintra. Marie Gallagher also claimed the stand-up game, scooping a €140 pot. The snowball survived another week so it rises to €525 on 48 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,200 prize fund up for grabs.
- 26 September
Heartbreak for Aodh Ruadh as only the narrowest margin separated them and Milford at the death in the county intermediate semi-final in Letterkenny. Aodh Ruadh started the brighter with three points from Philip Patton putting the Ernesiders into a two point lead early on. Points from Darragh Black and Chris Barrett drew Milford back level before Aodh Ruadh pushed on again. Another Patton free was followed by David McGurrin's first, but Black and Luke Barrett levelled it up again at five apiece with 19 minutes played. The score of the game then came off the boot of David McGurrin, but again Luke Barrett was on the mark and bring his side back to parity and with Milford hitting the last two points of the half it was the division one side which went in at the break leading 0-8 to 0-6. James O'Donnell's men got the perfect start to the new half 30 seconds in with David McGurrin hitting the net. However Milford hit a goal of their own on 37 minutes to put themselves back two points in front. Aodh Ruadh refused to lie down though and two Philip Patton placed balls made it a draw game at 1-9 each with 44 minutes on the clock. The sides continued to swap points as they went blow for blow. Milford scores were answered by a point from David McGurrin and a beautiful Peter Boyle 45. Then with five minutes to play Nathan Boyle came on and won a free which Philip Patton showed nerves of steel to convert to put Aodh Ruadh back in front. Cormac Friel got his side back level with three minutes to play before disaster struck for Ballyshannon. A systems failure at the back saw Tony McNamee find the net with two minutes of normal time left to play. Aodh Ruadh didn't crumble though, they continued to patiently play their game and with points from David McGurrin and Colm Kelly they were pushing hard for an equalising score. They got their chance with the last kick of the game. Again Philip Patton stood up to another difficult free. This time it was beyond the skills of even the Dunmuckrim dead ball ace and Milford progressed to the intermediate decider by the skin of their teeth. Commiserations to the team on exiting the championship, but they can reflect on a campaign where they have played some of the best football of any side at any tier in the county.
The reserves returned to Convoy for their intermediate semi-final against Glenfin. Despite a promising start the Ballyshannon men found themselves 1-2 to no score behind after missing three scorable chances, the Glenfin full forward punishing a soft turnover on ten minutes by raising the green flag. It took 12 minutes of play before Eddie Lynch opened the Aodh Ruadh scoring. A McInerney brace, the first from a free, either side of a Ryan Granaghan point pulled the Erne men level on 22 minutes. Another Glenfin score was then cancelled out by Mickey McNeely, before a pair of McInerney frees put Aodh Ruadh in front at the break at 0-7 to 1-3. Had Oisin Rooney been awarded a stone wall penalty before the break it could have been a bigger lead, but that said it took a fine Karl O'Brien save off his foot to deny a golden opportunity for a second Glenfin goal midway through the half. Glenfin were quickest of the mark at the restart and got their second goal just three minutes in, again their full forward doing the damage. They added two more points while managing to frustrate and hold scoreless the Erne men who kicked another three wides in the opening 10 minutes. Oisin Rooney eventually got his dues after getting hauled down in the square, but McInerney was only a whisker off target as his low driven penalty crashed off the inside of the post and across the goal before being cleared. It took until the 19th minute of the half before Eddie Lynch added to the half-time tally, quickly followed by a Slevin point to put just two points in it with ten minutes to play. Glenfin got an insurance score with four minutes to play to set up a grandstand finish. As added time neared an end and Aodh Ruadh desperately sought a goal, Sean Taylor plucked a high ball at the edge of the square against the odds and two markers. He turned and released a powerful shot which went just over the bar. That, alas, was to be the final action of the game. A most disappointing end to a second half which never really got going for this young team, losing out on a final scoreline of 2-6 to 0-10. The team was Karl O'Brien; Cian McGloin, Packie McGrath, Mickey Dolan; Eddie Lynch (0-2), Ronan Drummond (0-1), Gary Carty; Sean Taylor (0-1), Kerry Ryan; Ryan McKenna, Diarmuid McInerney (0-4, 3f), Ryan Granaghan (0-1); Mickey McNeely, Oisin Rooney, Christopher Goan. Subs: Conal Sweeny for Packie McGrath; David Finnerty for Mickey McNeely; Dermot Slevin for Chris Goan; Brian Dorrian, Chris McCabe, Martin Larkin, James Kelly, Rory Cullen, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Anthony Coughlin.
Our focus now turns fully on the league. The aim will be to nail down promotion and secure the league title. This Sunday Malin are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm, followed by the seniors at 3pm.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s booked their place in the Southern Divisional Final with two hard earned victories over a determined Naomh Muire outfit last week. The first leg was played in Ballyshannon last Wednesday. It saw Aodh Ruadh getting the better of matters in the first half, but not exactly dominating. It began with a Senan Rooney point a minute in, but five minutes later the visitors were in the lead when they skipped through for a goal. Mark McGlynn answered that straight away with a point before Eoin Doherty hit the net to put Aodh Ruadh back into the lead eight minutes in. Mark McGlynn added a further point to cancel out Naomh Muire's first point. Another point from the Annagry men made it 1-3 to 1-2 with 12 minutes played. However from there on Aodh Ruadh began to control matters better and points from Eoin Doherty (2) and Shane Gillespie were followed by a trademark Cian Rooney goal to send the homesters in leading 2-5 to 1-2. Ballyshannon got the perfect start to the second half when a Senan Rooney point was followed by another cracker from Cian Rooney. However after that the scores dried up. A 33rd minute placed ball for the visitors was answered 60 seconds later by an Eoin Doherty point to make it 3-7 to 1-4. Aodh Ruadh, thanks primarily to some poor decision making in the last third, struggled to add to their tally while Naomh Muire clawed the game back to 3-7 to 2-7. Then seven minutes from time Eoin Doherty fired over an immaculately struck free from the ground to give the Ernesiders some breathing space. That was to prove crucial as Naomh Muire struck for a late goal, but just couldn't find the equalising point as Aodh Ruadh defended valiantly. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the night were Kyle Murray, imperious in defence, Odhran McGarrigle who had his best game all season, closely followed by Mark McGlynn in the half forwards. Up front Eoin Doherty's contribution was priceless.
The return trip to Annagry was on Friday evening and again began with a Senan Rooney point. However, that was as close to an action replay as this game was going to get, with Naomh Muire very canny in their approach to the game. The first half saw them dominant, while Aodh Ruadh were struggling in many sectors of the pitch. Senan Rooney's second point seven minutes in levelled the game at two points apiece, but from there the hosts streaked away. They hit five unanswered points before Shane Gillespie broke Ballyshannon's duck with a point 22 minutes in. Naomh Muire quickly added a point and when Mark McGlynn popped over with two minutes to go to the break, it looked like the visitors would have a real mountain to climb. Then a high ball into the area was lashed home first time by the alert Marty McGarrigle. Naomh Muire added a point, but at 0-9 to 1-4, Aodh Ruadh were still very much in the game at the turnover. The Annagry men started the second half best though, hitting a quick point. Aodh Ruadh struck back in spectacular fashion with Cian Barden fielding a high ball in before burying past the keeper to level the match. Two points in response edged Naomh Muire back in front, but again Ballyshannon made use of the long ball and again Cian Barden was the man to oblige with the finish. Another quick Aodh Ruadh point made it 0-12 to 3-5. A Senan Rooney point with the game going into the final quarter left the scores at 0-12 to 3-6. Then with eight minutes left a superb Odhran McGarrigle point gave the visitors a lead to hold on to. Naomh Muire did close back to within two points, but Aodh Ruadh controlled the closing stages intelligently to earn the victory. The second half saw Aodh Ruadh players visibly growing in stature. Kyle Murray, Adam Clarke and Nathan Owens were marvellous in the full back line. Eugene Doherty and Tiernan Flood Dolan blew the top off their milometer with their tireless tracking and harrying. Senan Rooney and Shane Gillespie gave everything in midfield. At half forward Mark McGlynn was exceptional with Odhran McGarrigle brilliant in the second half. Cian Barden delivered everything asked from him and was key to the victory while Calum Doherty Craig's contribution was similarly critical. Eoin Doherty helped dictate from half forward and all the subs played an important part in the result, especially Marty McGarrigle and David Doherty.
The team's final preparations continue with a challenge against Grange this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.
The Bakery cup commenced on 12th April with over 50 players participating from the under 14 and under 13 age grades. This competition commenced in 1957 and is now a big part of the tradition of the club. The sponsor this year was Joe Donagher, a local lad who played successfully for the club and is now continuing that success with a string of pubs and restaurants in New York and Florida. The 2017 Team captains and vice captains were Matt Gillespie / Daire Warren; Cian Rooney / Shane Duffy; Colm McGloin / Corey Ryan; and Kyle Murray / Daire Gallagher. The 2017 group games were a bit one sided in April, but the knockout stages in September had a bit more bite with two close semi-finals where Colm McGloin's team defeated Cian Rooney's team in a close fought encounter 7-7 to 8-2. The other semi final was won by Matt Gillespie's team who defeated Kyle Murray's team on a scoreline of 6-3 to 3-5. The final which was refereed by Barry Gallagher was a tighter affair than the scoreline suggests with Colm McClain's team getting the better of Matt Gillespie's 1-9 0-3. A big thank you to all players who took part and especially to our sponsor Joe Donagher.
The under 13s had a good win away to Ardara on Wednesday evening, coming back from two points down at half-time to win by six on a scoreline of 6-10 to 4-10. Next up for the lads is Four Masters at home this Wednesday with throw in at 6.15pm. Players are to be at the park for 5.30pm.
Last Saturday saw the under 10s travelling to Ardara for a blitz. Aodh Ruadh were the only club which fielded three teams. Our senior team topped their group before losing to Ardara in the final by a few points. The intermediate team also topped their group, and only just lost out to Four Masters in their final. The junior team made it a trio of finals for Ballyshannon, but came up short in the decider. All the lads played their hearts out and did the club proud. The under 10 boys now have a blitz in Kinlough on Saturday morning. All players to be in Kinlough for 11am with games throwing in at 11.30pm.
The Bord na nÓg AGM will take place on Tuesday 28th November. All team managers should have reports submitted to Lisa McTernan by Friday 17th November. The committee would like to take this opportunity thank the White Hotel Group for sponsoring the Euro Shot Challenge weekend away.
The under 16 girls are building up to their county semi-final this Saturday in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 12 noon. They have a challenge game against Saint Naul's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday at 6pm. We will be travelling to Letterkenny in cars on Saturday, leaving from the Park at 9.45am. It would be a great to have a big showing of Ballyshannon support down in Letterkenny to get behind these hard-working girls.
The Aodh Ruadh under 14 team had an entertaining run at the All-Ireland 7s competition at Kilmacud Croke's last Saturday. They got off to a flying start with a win over Belcoo, but lost their other two group games to Dunboyne and Moycullen. The Donegal girls then beat Saint Catherine's of Wicklow to progress to the shield semi-finals, but that was as good as it was to get on the day. Well done to the Aodh Ruadh squad of Caitlin McGarrigle, Ciara Caldwell, Eilish Gallagher, Grainne Maguire, Ella Clancy, Lucy McGlynn, Lauren McHugh, Sarah Jane Keon, Lucy McGlynn and Aoibhínn McGarrigle on representing club and county with pride.
The under 13 girls played Fanad Gaels last Friday. Unfortunately on the night football was secondary with a serious leg injury to Megan Kane seeing the game finished early and Megan removed by ambulance. Thankfully Megan is in much better fettle now and hopes to be back in action shortly. On the night Fanad were the better side, although Aodh Ruadh were closing back in on them when the game ended at 2-3 to 1-2, Ciara Gillespie with the goal and Michaela McCaffrey and Megan Kane with the points. The team are training on Tuesday and Thursday this week from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. On Saturday the team have a challenge against Derrygonnelly at 2.30pm. We will meet at the Park at 1.15pm to arrange lifts for anyone who needs them prior to heading to Derrygonnelly for 2pm.
We hosted our annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 Tournament on Sunday last. Despite a number of late withdrawals we still had a great day of hurling in memory of the late Hugh Daly. The four clubs who took part were Keady of Armagh, Loch Mór Dál gCais from Antrim, Saint Eunan's and ourselves. The tournament was played in a round robin format. Round one saw the meeting of Saint Eunan's and Keady and Aodh Ruadh taking on Loch Mór Dál gCais. These games saw big wins for the Armagh and Antrim lads, even at this early stage the Keady boys looked a seriously good outfit. Round two saw Keady up against Loch Mór Dál gCais, while Saint Eunan's and Aodh Ruadh met in a Donegal derby. Keady proved too strong for the Antrim lads while the Donegal teams couldn't be separated as the game ended in a draw. The final round of games saw places in the Aodh Ó Dálaigh Final at stake, Saint Eunan's and Loch Mór Dál gCais went into battle and it was the Antrim lads who came out on top. Keady had a convincing win over Aodh Ruadh. The stage was now set for our two finals with Keady and Loch Mór Dál gCais battling it out for the Aodh Ó Dálaigh Shield while Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's renewed their rivalry in the Primary League Final. Loch Mór Dál gCais gave Keady their closest game of the tournament in the final, but there was to be no denying the boys from Armagh who claimed their first Aodh Ó Dálaigh title. In the Primary League Final it took extra time to separate the Donegal teams before Saint Eunan's, making their first appearance in this tournament, claimed the title.
The presentations took place in beautiful sunshine at Father Tierney Park. Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney thanked all the teams who had taken part. He spoke of the late Hugh Daly and the great contribution he had made to the GAA in Aodh Ruadh and Donegal and how his family had inherited his great love of the GAA and were all involved in promoting Gaelic Games. He spoke of how this tournament had been in existence since 1982 and he spoke of the late Billy Finn who had passed away recently who was one of the main founders of this tournament. He paid tribute to the contribution Billy and others like Seamus Grimes, Pat Butler and Owen Roe O'Neill had made had in keeping hurling alive in Aodh Ruadh. He called on Hugh Daly's daughter Breege Scott to make the presentation. Breege spoke as Gaeilge agus Béarla, she welcomed all the teams and thanked them all for coming. She spoke of the great skills of the game of hurling and complimented all the teams on the great display of hurling they had put on. Assisted by her sister Anne she presented the trophies to the winning captains and medals to all the players. John Rooney concluded proceedings by thanking referees and officials Peter Horan, Mike Lynch and Denis Daly for all their help on the day he also thanked all the mothers for the great spread of food they had put on for everyone. We have pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 16s are at home to Burt in the county B championship semi-final in Father Tierney Park this Thursday.
This Sunday we host our annual Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 Tournament. This tournament is in existence since 1998 to remember these two former hurlers and recognise their contribution to Aodh Ruadh. Teams committed to this year's event are Easkey of Sligo, Omagh Saint Enda's from Tyrone, Antrim's Loch Mór Dál gCais and Buncrana and Aodh Ruadh of Donegal. The action gets underway at 10.30am.
Supervalu gear competition
Aodh Ruadh are looking for the support of all our under 8 and under 10 boys and girls this Friday. Supervalu in Bundoran are offering a prize of gear worth €1,000 to whoever of Aodh Ruadh, Melvin Gaels and Bundoran brings out the most players with the best colours on Friday evening. We will meet in Father Tierney Park at 5.30pm to get our Aodh Ruadh colours on before heading to Supervalu in Bundoran for an evening of games and entertainment with two members of the Donegal team present.
Be safe, be seen
With the evenings closing in all parents and guardians are asked to ensure that children are picked up promptly after training and matches and that they wear high visibility garments if likely walking on the road in the dark.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Katelyn Matthews of Ballyshannon. Patsy Dowds of Pettigo took the stand-up prize of €160, his second win in two months. Teresa Ward checked out on 42 to bring home our spot prize, Sunshine, so we'll have a new spot prize next week. The snowball rolls on so it's up to €550 on 48 numbers. This week is the September Big Bingo, so there'll be a mighty €3,300 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. So come along to the Abbey Centre on Friday for your chance to win. First game at 9pm, books priced €15 or get your book and a half deal for €20.