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2 October

Sunday saw Aodh Ruadh book their place in the intermediate championship semi-finals with a 4-9 to 0-7 victory over Gaeil Fhánada. Despite the pre-match chat in some quarters chalking this one up as a foregone conclusion, the Gaels gave Ballyshannon a right go of it, especially in the first quarter. Across the game Peter Boyle had to be at his acrobatic best to keep the Portsalon men at bay, as it wasn't for want of trying that the boys in Blue failed to raise a green flag. Indeed, they opened the better of the sides at Convoy and lead by 0-3 to a point at the end of the first quarter. James O'Donnell's men knuckled down though and when Nathan Boyle teed up Shane McGrath to net they were into their groove and reached the break leading by 1-6 to 0-3, five of those points coming from David McGurrin. Aodh Ruadh were hit by the loss of David Dolan with ankle injury at the start of the second half, but another Shane McGrath goal pushed Ballyshannon 2-8 to 0-5 ahead. As Fanad's challenge wilted Aodh Ruadh plundered late goals from David McGurrin and Michael 'Sticky' Ward to seal a 14 point win. Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Michael Ward, Damien Cleary, Johnny Gallagher; Colm Kelly, Darren Drummond, Eddie Lynch; Conor Patton, Eamonn McGrath (0-1); Darren Gethins, Shane McGrath (2-0), David McGurrin (1-6, 1f); Nathan Boyle, David Dolan, Oisin Rooney. Subs: Diarmaid McInerney (0-2f) for Dolan (inj) 33m; Jason Granaghan for Gethins 46m; Philip Patton for Gallagher 46m; Michael 'Sticky' Ward (1-0) for Kelly (inj) 53m.

In the curtain raiser Aodh Ruadh reserves also registered 4-9, and while Gaeil Fhánada second string did manage to hit the net, their 1-7 haul wasn't enough to halt the Ernesiders progression to the semi-final. Ballyshannon got off to the perfect start as Kerry Ryan walked through the Fanad defence to slot in a goal for the opening score. Ryan was in the mood for goal as a few minutes later he was pulled down en route to the posts again. Dermot Slevin duly dispatched for a 2-0 lead. It took Fanad until the 16th minute to open their account. Two well taken points by Ryan Granaghan either side of another Fanad score left it 2-2 to 0-2 after 20 minutes. Cian Dolan raised a third green flag and that was followed by another Kerry Ryan goal to put Aodh Ruadh in full control. The Fanad goal was under siege now and Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin saw his effort tipped around the post. Kerry Ryan was on the end of the resultant 45 to leave it 4-3 to 0-3 at the break. A brace from Dylan Doherty and another from Dolan extended the lead before Fanad hit back with 1-5 in response. Any hope of a comeback however was quashed as another pair from Dolan and a fine Ryan Granaghan score made the game safe at a final score of 4-9 to 1-7. Great work rate all around with the experience through the spine of the team telling yet again. The Aodh Ruadh team were Karl O'Brien; Dan Warnock, Packie McGrath, Conal Sweeny; Christopher Goan, Martin Gallagher, Mickey McNeely; Cian Dolan, Kerry Ryan; Michael McKenna, Dermot Slevin, Ryan Granaghan; Philip McLoone, Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin, Aidan Murray. Subs: Dylan Gallagher for Murray 15m; Cian McGloin for Philip McLoone 45m; Aiden Murray for Coughlin; David McLoone for McNeely.

This Saturday sees both the Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves making tracks to Donegal town's Tir Chonaill Park where Naomh Columba will be supplying the opposition. The reserve game throws in at 2pm and will be followed by the senior clash at 4pm. Naomh Columba will be tough opponents, but both games should be evenly fought and entertaining. It goes without saying that we want to see as big a Ballyshannon crowd down in Donegal town as possible to get behind both our teams.

The Aodh Ruadh under 13s recorded a good 3-12 to 2-8 away victory over Dungloe in their last league outing.

Aodh Ruadh staged the Willie Rogers under 11 tournament on Saturday with teams from Mullahoran, Derrygonnelly, MacCumhaill's and Aodh Ruadh taking part. Aodh Ruadh's opening game saw them draw with MacCumhaill's in the Donegal derby. Then the Ernesiders had a rematch with a Mullahoran side they had lost to in a recent competition in Cavan. This time the Aodh Ruadh boys got the better of the Breffni outfit. Ballyshannon then defeated Derrygonnelly in the last round robin game to set up a final against Mullahoran. This time honours went the way of the Cavan lads after a hard fought decider. In the shield final Derrygonnelly prevailed against MacCumhaill's. After the action on the pitch it was up to the Aras for a great spread of food by the parents. Rene Rogers was on hand to make the presentations to the winning captains from Mullahoran and Derrygonnelly. Thanks to the referees, the parents and guardians for assistance with refreshments, and to everyone else who helped make the tournament a success. Under 11 and under 12 training continues this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.

The Ballyshannon Shoe Company under 10 Winter League started on Monday night. It lived up to its name with the winter weather, but it takes more than that to put off our lads and there was a great turn out. The first game saw Tomás Keown's team taking on Bobby Melly side. Tomás was down Gareth Brennan with sickness and Bobby's team ended up winning well. The second game was between Jayden McGrath Clyne and Joe Gibbions teams. This was a really close match, ending with a one point win for Joe Gibbions team. The lads are back up on Friday evening at 7.15pm when the first game will be Tomás v Joseph followed by Bobby v Jayden. The mentors state of play after the first round of games is Paul 0; Nichlos 1; Andy 1; Seamus 0.

Congratulations go to our under 8s who came home with two trophies from their end of year blitz. The senior team got to the cup final against Four Masters. It was a draw after full time and even extra time could separate the sides so the sporting decision was made to share the cup. The intermediate team played well, reaching the shield final where they lost out to Dungloe. The junior team won their shield final in great style. This was a great tournament and a wonderful way to end the season. The Aodh Ruadh lads ended the year on a real high with some excellent skills on display with the young boys showcasing their football ability to the large crowds in attendance.

The Aodh Ruadh minors season came to an end on Saturday following a 3-12 to 0-6 away defeat to Termon. The side were badly impacted by absences due to injury, college and work against Saint Eunan's in their first game and that was the case even more so against Termon. With the majority of the side under 16, they put in a great opening quarter to let the hosts know they were really in a game. Nevertheless the homesters steadily picked off scores to lead by 1-3 to 0-0 with 17 minutes played. Aodh Ruadh then found their shooting boots and points from Briana Maher and Cáit Gillespie (2) made it 1-4 to 0-3 at the break. The turnaround saw Termon get the backing of the wind and they made use of that advantage to hit 2-1 before Ana Keon got a deserved point. Three further Termon points following before Cáit Gillespie got her third point of the game on 48 minutes. While Caoimhe Keon also split the posts before the final whistle, it was the Burn Road girls who were dictating matters and they ran out deserved winners. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the day was the faultless Caitlin McGarrigle, while Síofra Hughes showed great fighting spirit and Cáit Gillespie was a consistent threat. Thanks to Tanya O'Shea and Aidan Murray for their hard work with the team and thanks to the girls for their commitment this season.

The under 13s had two outings in the past week. The first was a challenge match against Saint Naul's on Tuesday evening in Mountcharles. That was followed by the team's last league game in Convoy on Saturday morning. The girls played brilliantly in both games and the performances showed how much this squad has developed over the last five or six weeks. We just came up short against Saint Naul's who play in a higher division. The girls then put in a fantastic team performance against Convoy and ran out impressive winners in the end. Everyone on the panel played their part in both games, but a special mention must go to the younger girls including Aimee Roper, Saoirse Daly, Cádhla Dolan, Shauna McGloin and Aisling Patton who showed very well in Convoy. We are back out training on Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

Last Thursday the under 16s met Setanta in the A county championship final in Donegal Town. Unfortunately on the night we never performed and were up against an excellent Setanta team who were determined to complete a League and Championship double and maintain their 100 percent record for the season. Setanta started the game in whirlwind fashion and were dominant throughout the game, they were physically stronger than our lads. They ran out convincing winners 4-17 to 1-6. Our lads deserve great credit for battling to the bitter end. It was a tough evening for a young side - nine of the starting 15 were under 14, but they never gave up and hopefully the experience will stand to them. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads down and all who turned out to support the lads on the night.

On Sunday we hosted the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 tournament. Ballycastle (Antrim), Keady (Armagh), Tooreen (Mayo), Loch Mor Dal gCais (Antrim) and Aodh Ruadh took part on the day. The tournament was played in a round robin format and it was clear from the opening game that Ballycastle were determined to win the cup. One of the games of the day was the meeting of Tooreen and Aodh Ruadh with the winner of this game qualifying for the Alan Ryan Final. This clash was played in Father Tierney Park with the wind making it a game of two halves. It was a hotly contested game with nothing between the teams and the half-time score rea Aodh Ruadh 2-7 Tooreen 4-1. The hosts were against the gale in the second half, but they put in an heroic performance. A goal from a 20 metre free gave Aodh Ruadh a famous win on a 4-10 to 4-9 scoreline. At this stage the pairings for the finals were confirmed with Ballycastle and Aodh Ruadh making the Alan Ryan Final, while Keady and Tooreen qualified for the Seamus Grimes Final. The Ballyshannon lads were out on their feet as on the day they only had 12 players, eight of whom were under 14. However they were determined to give it one mighty effort against the Antrim League Champions. They started with the aid of the gale and were well in the game at half-time Ballycastle, using their full panel of 21 players, knew they were in a battle. Their slicker team work, physicality and ability to score from long range proved the difference as they claimed the title on a 3-11 to 1-4 scoreline. This completed a hattrick of wins for the club from the Glens of Antrim at Aodh Ruadh tournaments this year. Our lads can hold their heads high after this game. They had the gap down to nine points at one stage in the second half when the Ballycastle goalie made two great saves preventing two certain goals. The lads really enjoyed playing a quality team like Ballycastle and it was a great lift after the disappointment of Thursday's final. All eyes were now on the Alan Ryan Final across the road in Páirc Aodh Ruaidh where there was another titanic battle going on between Keady and Tooreen. The Mayo lads led by five points at half-time, but again with the aid of the gale force wind the Armagh lads stormed back into the game and claimed the Seamus Grimes Trophy on a 3-7 to 3-4 scoreline. From the pitches it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh where the Ryan and Grimes families along with the mothers of the under 16's put on a huge array of food for all. John Rooney welcomed all to the tournament and thanked all the clubs for coming. He spoke of the contribution Alan Ryan and Seamus Grimes had made to hurling in Aodh Ruadh and of how proud they would have been of the days hurling. Eddie Grimes and Martin 'Kerry' Ryan spoke on behalf of the families and presented the trophies. Rooney concluded proceedings by thanking the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee, the referee's on the day Pat Maguire, Aidan Ferguson and Chris Kelly, all who had done a great job with the catering, and the Aodh Ruadh Park Committe.

Well done to under 12 hurlers Tommy Clyne, Hugh Óg Maguire, Cillian Bradshaw, Michael Clancy and Caelum McNulty who took part in the Activity Day in Croke Park on Saturday. The lads got to play on the hallowed Croke Park for a couple of hours and got to enjoy a tour of the stadium. It was a great experience for the lads.

The underage hurling season has now come to an end for 2018. Thanks to all who have put in huge efforts to keep hurling alive in the club and thanks to all the parents who gave great support to all our managers.

Lip Sync Battle
Tickets for the Lip Sync Battle are out now and already selling well. They are available in Pearse O'Neill's, McCosker's Centra, Kernan's Spar and The Great Northern Hotel. Lisa McTernan, Audrey Davitt and Catherine McKee also have tickets for sale. There is great buzz about the big night in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 12th October so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. The tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. On the night there will be 12 acts doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions, with some big local personalities revealing hitherto hidden talents. The performers will be staging pieces running the spectrum from Tina Turner, to the Spice Girls, to Abba, to Michael Jackson and Bucks Fizz. In other news, the line-up of event sponsors was completed in recent days and Aodh Ruadh and Ballyshannon Musical Society are both delighted to confirm the support of Cuttin' Crew, Bundoran, Erne Foods, Rosanno's, Erne Print, AIB - Ballyshannon, Ballyshannon Credit Union, The Marine Spa, The Sandhouse Hotel and Bank of Ireland - Ballyshannon for the Lip Sync Battle. It's looking like it'll be a night of riotous fun and great craic, so make sure you get your tickets sorted good and early.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The latest bingo thousandaire is Marie Gallagher of Erne Street as she scooped the September Big Bingo super jackpot of €1,000, congratulations Marie. Caitlin Matthews took home €250, and the €150 houses were won by Sonia Kelly of Belleek and Pauric McGlinchey. The stand up game prize of €150 went to Ardfarna, shared by Maureen Coughlin and Mary McCann. The snowball had no winner so rises to €325 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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9 October

Aodh Ruadh are back in the intermediate championship final, six years after their one point defeat to Termon in the 2012 decider. Many of the key players in Saturday's semi-final win would have been just cubs running about in the stands in MacCumhaill Park that night in that never to be forgotten All-Ireland winning year. A few years on they came of age in Donegal town as they weathered a late storm from a determined Naomh Columba side to earn a 4-5 to 1-12 victory. It goes without saying that it was the goals that made the difference. David McGurrin got in for the first of these, shortly before captain Damian Cleary's natural exuberance was punished with a black card. Nathan Boyle helped the Ernesiders to bounce back with a well taken individual score. David McGurrin then tagged on a free before brothers Eamonn and Shane McGrath linked up for the young fella to stick the ball in the net and make it 2-2 to 0-5. McGrath added another goal before the break to send Ballyshannon in leading by 3-2 to 0-6. With McGrath hitting two further points and Johnny Gethins smashing home a goal it was double scores at 4-4 to 0-8 going in to the final quarter. This saw the Glen men finally get some traction in the game and they hit four points on the spin. It took a well-taken score from Michael 'Sticky' Ward to break the momentum and give Ballyshannon some breathing space. Two minutes into added time Naomh Columba grabbed a goal, but it was to be too little, too late as Aodh Ruadh set up a final clash with Glenfin. A mighty performance from the Erne men (for the most part!) and hopefully one which will be replicated in this coming weekend's final The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Jason Granaghan, Damien Cleary, Eddie Lynch; Johnny Gethins (1-0), Darren Drummond, Colm Kelly; Conor Patton, Eamonn McGrath; Darren Gethins, Oisin Rooney, David McGurrin (1-2, 1f); Nathan Boyle (0-1), Shane McGrath (2-1), Niall Murray. Subs: Johnny Gallagher for Damien Cleary (BC) 12m; Philip Patton for Darren Gethins HT; Michael 'Sticky' Ward for Niall Murray 38m; Diarmaid McInerney for Nathan Boyle (BC) 51m.

The reserves had a tight fought 1-7 to 0-7 victory over Naomh Columba in their intermediate reserve championship semi-final. Aodh Ruadh took the early initiative with the first two scores from Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin and a sweet left footer from Dan Warnock in the opening five minutes. Naomh Columba were level by the 13th minute thanks to a Ronan Gillespie free and Gavin McGinley point. Scores were hard come by and it wasn't until the 19th minute when Michael McKenna put Aodh Ruadh ahead again only for Dylan Kelly to cancel that out. Dylan Gallagher was next on the mark, but again Glen drew level with another Gillespie free. Aodh Ruadh then had a great goal chance, but Martin Gallagher's low driven shot flew just wide of the post. Waddle Coughlin's second point of the match put Aodh Ruadh in a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the break. The scores continued to be hard come by in the second half with Aodh Ruadh now playing into the fairly strong breeze, with both teams happy to keep it tight at the back. A Dylan Gallagher free on 37 minutes was followed up by another Waddle Coughlin point a minute later. It wasn't until the 50th minute that Glen struck again, this time with a point from sub Brian McGinley. The game looked to be made safe when Michael McKenna got on the end of a good move to slot home for goal with time running out. Aodh Ruadh had a double scores lead now 1-7 to 0-5, but as we've come to expect from Glen they weren't going down without a fight. They had a great goal chance blazed over the bar by Jamie McNern, and another Gillespie free on 59 minutes made it an edgy finale as Glen searched for an equalising goal. However the Erne men saw out the three minutes of added time to seal the win. Some solid performances through the team particularly at the back. Conal Sweeny didn't give his man a sniff and was great in support all game, Chris 'Spanny' Goan also worked his socks off. Kerry Ryan and Cian Dolan had their work cut out in the middle, but handled their tasks superbly, whilst Michael McKenna was dangerous every time he got the ball. All in all a very satisfactory display against a tough team. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Karl O'Brien; Conal Sweeny, Packie McGrath, Dan Warnock (0-1); Christopher Goan, Martin Gallagher, Paddy Gillespie; Kerry Ryan, Cian Dolan; Michael McKenna (1-1), Dermot Slevin, Mickey McNeely; Dylan Gallagher (0-2), Anthony Coughlin (0-3), Ryan Granaghan. Subs: Ryan O'Brien for Paddy Gillespie (inj) 6m; Ryan McKenna for Ryan Granaghan, Phillip McLoone, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Aiden Murray.

Aodh Ruadh are now in the wonderful position of contesting both the reserve and senior intermediate county finals. The reserves are looking to claim the title they last won in 2012, while the seniors are bidding to bring a first ever intermediate title back to the club, not to mention secure Ulster club football for the first time in 20 years. The games are a double header in MacCumhaill Park this coming Sunday. The reserves will face Cloich Cheann Fhaola at 2pm with that game followed by the seniors taking on Glenfin at 4pm. It would be great to have a big, colourful and vocal Ballyshannon support down in Ballybofey to get behind both sides. Very best of luck to teams and management this Sunday from all in the club.

The under 11s enjoyed a great challenge in Garrison against Devenish on Saturday. The lads are looking forward to a return fixture on Wednesday night.

Friday night saw the second round of games in the Ballyshannon Shoe Company under 10 Winter League. Tomás Keown and Joe Gibbions' sides faced off in the first match. Tomás Keown's team put in a much improved performance and it was only after a very close second half that Joe Gibbions' team won out. In the second game between Jayden McGrath Clyne and Bobby Melly's teams it was end to end stuff with the sides going point for point and the game ending in a draw. Those results leave the tables as follows. Joe 2 points; Bobby 1.5 points; Jayden 0.5 points; Tomás 0.0 points. Mentors: Andy 2 points; Nichlos 1.5 points; Seamus 0.5 points; Paul 0.0 points. That leaves it with all still to play for going in to last round of games. There are no games this week, with the last round of matches taking place on Monday 15th Oct at 7.15pm.

Father Tierney Park hosted the schools under 20 Girls Group 3 football tournament on Monday. This blitz determined who proceeds to the Cup and Shield sections of the Ulster Schools competition. Five teams were present with ten games played throughout the day. Congratulations to Coláiste Cholmcille who topped the group with four straight wins over Mulroy, Gaoth Dobhair, Holy Cross and Finn Valley.

Best of luck to the under 16s are travelling to Knockmore this Saturday to take part in the Rachel Herbert Memorial Tournament.

Well done to Megan Kane and Annie Keon on being selected for the under 13 county development panel.

The under 13 girls are staging an in-house league which will be sponsored by Roper Memorials. The teams were drawn after training on Monday evening and are as follows.
Team 1: Captain - Fódhla Sheerin, Vice Captain - Niamh Irwin, Eve Flood, Aisling Patton, Dairín Sweeny, Mollie Travers, Kelly Irwin, Cameron Gallagher and Megan Kane.
Team 2: Captain - Michaela McCafferty, Vice Captain - Ava Doherty, Shauna McGloin, Saoirse Daly, Cádhla Dolan, Orlaith Toland, Jodie Meade, Annie Keon and a goalkeeper to be confirmed.
Team 3: Captain - Catherine Browne, Vice Captain - Orlaith Gallagher, Aimee Roper, Cara Davitt, Orlaith O'Neill, Christina McCafferty, Lauren Foy, Niamh McGloin and a goalkeeper to be confirmed.
Each of the coaches will take responsibility for a team and the match schedule will be circulated in coming week. Training will continue on Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm

Lip Sync Battle
With only days to go now to the biggest night of the year tickets for the Lip Sync Battle flying out the door. There are limited numbers still available in Pearse O'Neill's, McCosker's Centra, Kernan's Spar and The Great Northern Hotel. Lisa McTernan, Audrey Davitt and Catherine McKee also have tickets for sale. Tickets for the action in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran this Friday are priced €12 or €10 on concession. On the night there will be 12 acts doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions. The performers will be staging pieces running the spectrum from Tina Turner, to the Spice Girls, to Abba, to Michael Jackson and Bucks Fizz. Big thanks to our event sponsors on the night who will be Cuttin' Crew, Bundoran, Erne Foods, Rosanno's, Erne Print, AIB - Ballyshannon, Ballyshannon Credit Union, The Marine Spa, The Sandhouse Hotel and Bank of Ireland - Ballyshannon. It's going to be a night of riotous fun and great craic, so get on your bike and make sure you get your tickets sorted!

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Ann Kilfedder of Belleek. Ann McGowan of Kinlough and Margaret O'Loughlin of Ballintra shared the stand up game for €130. Winners of €100 houses included Denis Sheerin, Mrs Cleary, Bridie Corr, Pat Tracey and Bridie Paterson. The snowball survived so it rolls on to €350 this week on 45 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre, with €2,100 in prizes to be won. We also have a guest appearance to call this week! Books priced just €10, first game at 9pm.

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16 October

Sunday brought mixed emotions in MacCumhaill Park. The reserves carved out a well-deserved win against a dogged Cloughaneely side. Disappointment for the seniors though as an early Glenfin goal proved the killer score, giving them a cushion to protect as they ground their way to victory in the intermediate championship final.

In the senior decider Aodh Ruadh got off to a great start, a brave Oisin Rooney block showing we meant business. Shortly after Shane McGrath teed up David McGurrin to tap over the opener. Unfortunately that was more or less immediately followed by the key score of the game. The warning signs were there when Ciaran Brady burst through to net only to have the effort chalked off for a foul on Peter Boyle. On six minutes there were no arguments about the score, Karl McGlynn one twoing with Stephen Carr before slamming home. Having taken the lead, Glenfin's accomplished defence was going to be tough to breach. Two minutes on from the goal another costly feature was to make itself felt, as Gerard Ward sent over the first seven frees he would score. His accuracy from dead ball was a weapon Ballyshannon struggled to contain, not helped by misfiring from scoreable frees up the other end themselves. From there to the break it basically went point for point. A marvellous Conor Patton effort was answered by Gerard Ward's only score from play. A David McGurrin free put two points between the sides, but that was answered with interest by two Ward frees. Shane McGrath was again the creator for Ballyshannon as David McGurrin pointed to make it 0-4 to 1-4. The sides swapped further scores before the break, Ward with another free before good work from Jason Granaghan was matched by a superb finish from Nathan Boyle. James O'Donnell's men could fairly be said to have enjoyed the better of play in the third quarter. The problem was they just couldn't get the scores to match their dominance further out the pitch. David McGurrin landed a fine point six minutes, but that was to be the last time Aodh Ruadh troubled the score board operator for 24 minutes. In the interim Glenfin weathered the storm and restored their one goal advantage in the 43rd minute. Sticky Ward was introduced going into the last quarter, but a black card meant he lasted just two minutes before being replaced by Diarmaid McInerney. Points for Gary Dorrian, Daniel McGlynn, and the inevitable Gerard Ward helped Glenfin steadily open a two goal gap going into injury time. Diarmaid McInerney posted a late consolation point, but even that was to be erased by a Ward free to leave the final score at Aodh Ruadh 0-7 Glenfin 1-10. Players like Damien Cleary, Darren Drummond, Conor Patton, Oisin Rooney, David McGurrin, Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle all worked hard. However Aodh Ruadh will be disappointed with this loss, knowing they didn't do themselves justice as a team on the day. Despite that, this is the sort of defeat that offers both valuable lessons and potent motivation for the future. Hopefully this group of young players can harness that and come back better and stronger for this experience. They have certainly shown they have the talent over the course of an excellent run to the intermediate decider. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Johnny Gallagher, Damien Cleary, Eddie Lynch; Johnny Gethins, Darren Drummond, Jason Granaghan; Conor Patton (0-1), Eamonn McGrath; Oisin Rooney, Colm Kelly, David McGurrin (0-4, 1f); Nathan Boyle (0-1), Shane McGrath, Niall Murray. Subs: Michael 'Sticky' Ward for Murray 45m; Philip Patton for Ward (BC) 48m; Diarmuid McInerney (0-1) for Rooney 57.

Rather like senior decider, the intermediate B final was something of a slow-burner, and again, a goal was the decisive score. Aodh Ruadh went the entire first quarter without registering and by the time Dermot Slevin finally knocked over a free 16 minutes in Cloughaneely had already landed three points. Slevin landed another free two minutes later, but perhaps the key phase of play in the first 30 minutes came when Karl O'Brien made a county standard stop from a Ciaran McFadden shot on goal. As it was Cloughaneely only added another Gerard Maguire point before the interval to leave just two points in it at the turnaround, Aodh Ruadh 0-2 Cloughaneely 0-4. O'Brien's stop meant Ballyshannon were well in this game. Paddy Gillespie was a half-time sub and he made an instant impact, sending Ryan Granaghan through with a delicious pass to batter home a rasper of a goal and turn the final on its head. Two minutes later Dylan Gallagher intelligently worked his chance before curling over. Cloughaneely introduced Denis Boyle and a free and a score from play from him brought his side back level with the Ernesiders. As the game moved into the final quarter Dylan Gallagher backed himself with a tricky free from the right and sent over to edge Ballyshannon back in front. Then six minutes later Gallagher was fouled before dusting himself down to send over his second free of the game. The insurance score was delivered in some style, Kerry Ryan romping through the middle of the field before putting the laces through a thumping effort which sailed over the bar to make it 1-6 to 0-6. Declan McGarvey did hit a late free for Cloughaneely, but Aodh Ruadh were deserved victors on the day, only a magnificent save from Michael McGinley denying Dylan Gallagher an injury time goal. The combined efforts of Karl O'Brien and Dermot Slevin kept Ballyshannon in the game in the first half. In the second Kerry Ryan came into his own and ruled the roost around the middle. Further back Packie McGrath was clearly enjoying the robust exchanges with his opposite numbers, while at wing back Ryan O'Brien put the seal on a fine personal season with a good display in the final. Up front Dylan Gallagher manned up when it mattered, and Ryan Granaghan took his goal with real style. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Karl O'Brien; Daniel Warnock, Packie McGrath, Conal Sweeny; Ryan O'Brien, Martin Gallagher, Christopher Goan; Cian Dolan, Kerry Ryan (0-1); Michael McKenna, Dermot Slevin (0-2f) Michael McNeely; Dylan Gallagher (0-3, 2f), Anthony Coughlin, Ryan Granaghan (1-0). Subs: Cian McGloin for Christopher Goan HT; Paddy Gillespie for Mickey McNeely HT; Ronan Drummond for Paddy Gillespie 57m.

Sunday's action brought the curtain down on the season for the senior and reserve teams and it's only proper to say many thanks to the management, mentors, back room team and our players for all their hard work and dedication across the course of the season.

Best of luck to the under 13 boys who take on Ardara in the divisional final on Tuesday, 16th October. The game throws in down in Ardara at 8pm and we'd like to see a good crowd making it down to get behind the lads.

Monday night saw the last of the Ballyshannon Shoe Company under 10 Winter League group stage games being played. Tomás Keown's team really stepped up in their game, but in the end they lost out to Jayden McGrath Clyne's team by two points. The game between Bobby Melly and Joe Gibbion's teams was a great contest with Joe's team leading by six points to three at half-time. Bobby's team out-scored Joe's team by seven scores to five in the second half, but Joe's team took the win by the minimum. Those results mean that Tomás and Jayden's teams are into the Shield final. On the evidence of Monday's encounter it will be a really close game. Bobby and Joe's teams will meet in cup final. Only a solitary point separated the side's on Monday so Friday's decider is sizing up to be a real cracker of a game. Bobby's team made it through to the Cup final on points difference over Jayden. In terms of managers it's Cavan Paul versus Rossnowlagh Seamus in the Shield final while border fox Andy versus Inishowen Nichlos in cup final.

A compact under 16 squad made their way to Knockmore in Mayo on Saturday morning. The anticipated tournament didn't materialise, the weather taking its toll. However the girls did get a useful challenge against Knockmore and notched up a win after a well-contested game. After the game they were well looked after with refreshments by Knockmore and all-in-all had an enjoyable trip to Mayo.

Good luck to the Coláiste Cholmcille under 16 girls as they travel to Convoy for their first schools blitz this Tuesday, 16th October.

Under 13 training continues on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.45pm. The big focus now is on our upcoming league for the inaugural Joe Roper Memorial Cup. There's a lot of rivalry and pride at stake, and none more than that of the coaches who will each be managing one of the teams. The match schedule will be agreed and circulated after training on Wednesday.

Lip Sync Battle
Last Friday night's Lip Sync Battle in the Great Northern was an outstanding success. It was a great craic, great entertainment, and maybe most importantly, it was a great display of community spirit. The town really came out in force to get behind this initiative of Aodh Ruadh and the Ballyshannon Musical Society. The two clubs mustered 68 enthusiastic participants to stage 12 Lip Sync performances, ranging from the Spice Girls, The Bee Gees to Destiny's Child and Michael Jackson. Their efforts were rewarded by a wonderful attendance which packed into the Great Northern for the event. Running their eye over the performances on the night were Geraldine Diver, Siobhan McGarrigle and Michael Daly, while Frankie O'Donnell entertained as MC. Every contestant put an amazing amount of work into their performances, as did the committed team of organisers and mentors from both clubs to make the night such a success. This was a major fundraiser for both societies and they are immensely grateful for the support shown by the local community, from the local businesses sponsoring the event and those who donated raffle prizes. The overall champions on the night were The Mixfits consisting of Caroline McGrath, Elaine McLoone and JoJo Warnock with their performance of Pitch Perfect, but it would be fair to say Ballyshannon was the real winner.

John's on his bike
John Rooney is doing the Borderline 500 cycle for Pieta House on Friday 26th October as part of the Pieta House Feel Good Week. The cycle starts in Omeath and tracks the border round to Muff. This is a great cause and, as we all know, John is a tireless volunteer for this club. It would be great to see plenty of support for him in this endeavour. If you want to donate, you can do so via the link on John's Facebook page. You can also keep an eye out for the sponsorship cards in the usual outlets around the town.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Mrs McGloin of Belleek and Teresa Campbell, Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €120 was shared by three winners. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €375 next week. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with €2,100 in prizes up for grabs.

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23 October

Aodh Ruadh opened their under 21 championship campaign with a trip to Towney last Sunday, seldom an easy assignment. Peter Boyle's charges made light of history though and recorded a good 2-17 to 1-7 victory over Kilcar to secure their progression. Next up for the Ballyshannon lads is another trip, this time on Saturday to take on Killybegs. The game throws in down in Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park at 3pm. Get yourself down there and get behind this exciting young team.

Following victory over Ardara last week, the Aodh Ruadh under 13s entertained Termon in the county Division 1 quarter-final under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh played against the breeze in the first half and went in at the break leading by four points. The Ernesiders took advantage of the wind in the second half to run out 6-11 to 2-10 winners. Robbie Murphy, Tommy Clyne and Shane Delahunty were among the goal scorers, while further back Aonghus Sweeny and James Gallagher both put in good shifts in defence.

The under 11s travelled to a blitz in Ballybofey last Saturday with 20 players, allowing Aodh Ruadh to field two teams. The reserves were excellent right through and defeated Glenfin in the final of their competition. Meanwhile the seniors had a superb tournament too and only lost the A final by a point to MacCumhaill's. There is training for under 12s and under 11s this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh

Last Friday saw the finals of The Ballyshannon Shoe Company under 10 Winter League. The Shield Final saw Tomás Keown's team playing Jayden McGrath Clyne team. Tomás's team were the underdogs in this game, but had being improving in each game. It was all tied up at four points each at half-time. However Tomás's team struck a purple patch in the second half to win out by three points. Jayden and his lads put in a great performance over the four games and they can be proud of their league. In the battle of the manager's it was a case of Cavan Paul beating the Wild Roper from Rossnowlagh.
In the Cup final it was Bobby Melly's side taking on Joe Gibbions team. It was Bobby's team who lead by a point at half-time. Then in the second half after some great passing and link up play from both sides it was all square at 10 points each. It really was end to end stuff in a tension-filled second half. That meant it was on to four minutes extra-time. In the end it was Joe's team who edged out a three point to win. Joe deserves great credit for showing his character as captain, getting the second point in extra time to steady the game. Bobby Melly pulled off some great saves during the game, just like he has being doing all year long. That meant in the clash of the manager's Border Fox Andy won out over Buncrana Nichols.
Gus Culkin of Ballyshannon Shoe Company was on hand to do the presentation. Seamus Roper thanked the parents / guardians for all their help throughout the year and thanked Niall McCready for refereeing the finals. William Doogan also thanked Gus for sponsorship. Thanks were also extended to Paul, Nichols, Andy, Niall and Michael Ward for coaching during the year. It has being a great year with a fantastic group of lads whose football skills improved a lot not to mention their confidence in general. They had great manners and respect to all mentors and referees at all times and represented their club and families extremely well during 2018. We enjoyed coaching ye all.

Well done to the Coláiste Cholmcille under 16 girls who won all their five games in Convoy at last Tuesday's blitz.

The under 13 girls Joe Roper memorial cup competition started on Monday evening. The teams were selected earlier in the week and were as follows.
Team 1: Manager Antoin McGloin, Captain - Fódhla Sheerin, Vice Captain - Niamh Irwin, Eve Flood, Aisling Patton, Dairín Sweeny, Mollie Travers, Kelly Irwin, Cameron Gallagher, Megan Kane.
Team 2: Manager - Sandra Sheerin, Captain - Michaela McCaffrey, Vice Captain - Ava Doherty, Shauna McGloin, Saoirse Daly, Cádhla Dolan, Orlaith Toland, Jodie Meade, Annie Keon, Niamh McNulty.
Team 3: Manager - Thomas O'Brien, Captain - Catherine Browne, Vice Captain - Orlaith Gallagher, Aimee Roper, Cara Davitt, Orlaith O'Neill, Christina McCafferty, Lauren Foy, Niamh McGloin.
In first match Michaela McCaffrey's Team 2 played Catherine Brown's Team 3. Despite a positive start by Michaela's team, they were marginally beaten in a very competitive game. Unfortunately the luck of the draw meant the beaten team then had to remain on the pitch and play the second match against Fódhla Sheerin's Team 1. After another tight contest Fódhla's team came out on top. The next matches will take place on Monday, November 5th.

Congratulations to Megan Kane and Annie Keon who donned the county colours for the first time at an under 13 inter-county blitz in Cookstown on Saturday.

Club AGM
The Aodh Ruadh Club AGM takes place on Sunday 25th November in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Club members can obtain nomination forms and motion forms by contacting club secretary Lisa McTernan. The deadline for submitting both these forms is Friday 16th November.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Angela Nicholson of Sligo. The stand-up game prize of €150 was won by Teresa Ward of Ballyshannon, who also scooped a house and a line. There was no winner of the snowball prize of €375. Other €100 house winners included Joe Smith, Noleen O'Brien and Maureen Maguire.

Halloween Big Bingo
This Friday night is the October Big Bingo Night at the Abbey Centre. We have a mighty €3,100 prize fund up for grabs, one of which will make the next bingo thousandaire with the €1000 jackpot which must be won. This week's snowball prize is €400, plus all houses are either €150 or €100. Books priced €15, or get the book and a half special for just €20. First game at 9pm.

John's on his bike
John Rooney's fund-raising for his Borderline 500 cycle continues apace. Last week he had a well-attended coffee morning in AIB Ballyshannon. John wants to thank AIB and everyone who donated for their support on the day. John is doing the Borderline 500 cycle for Pieta House on Friday 26th October as part of the Pieta House Feel Good Week. The cycle starts in Omeath and tracks the border round to Muff. This is a great cause and it would be great to see plenty of support for him in this endeavour. If you want to donate, you can do so via the link on John's Facebook page. You can also keep an eye out for the sponsorship cards in the usual outlets around the town.

Fright Night at the Abbey Centre
Abbey Arts Productions present a fancy dress night at the movies this Saturday night, 27th October in the Abbey Arts Centre. At 6pm we have the children's film and a seasonal classic, Hocus Pocus. There will be prizes for the best dressed. Then at 9pm we have the adults film, Scream. There will be a special Halloween cocktail for all in fancy dress. The film will be followed by a fancy dress night in Dicey Reilly's where there will be a free cocktail to all in fancy dress who produce film ticket. Music in Dicey Reilly's will be by John Meehan followed by disco. All proceeds are in aid of the 2018 Abbey Arts panto, Treasure Island which will run from 8th to 15th December. Bookings are available now on 071-9851375.

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30 October

It was a game of two halves in Fintra on Saturday afternoon as Aodh Ruadh under 21 faced Killybegs in the under 21 championship quarter-final. Probably the most decisive event of the contest was Anthony McCallig's coin toss, the upshot of which saw Aodh Ruadh playing into a strong breeze in the first half. There was barely a minute gone when Ryan Cunningham laid off for Carl Gallagher to net and a couple of minutes later Cunningham pointed to give the hosts an early lead. Aodh Ruadh got off the mark 13 minutes in when Philip Patton sent over a free after good work by Daniel Warnock. That was answered by two points from Ryan Cunningham, one of those from a free, and three points on the spin from Mickey Gallagher. A minute into added time Peter Boyle's men added their second point of the game, another Philip Patton free to make it 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Such was the nature of the conditions this was by no means an insurmountable margin. Aodh Ruadh quickly set about eating their way through the deficit. A Philip Patton free was rapidly followed by an incredible point from Nathan Boyle. Killybegs, like Aodh Ruadh in the first half, had to make do with sporadic attacking forays and one of these saw Sean Taylor having to be at his best to deny goal. Aodh Ruadh added two further Philip Patton frees before Oisin Rooney became the third Ballyshannon player to make the score sheet, Patton sending him through. With 14 minutes to play Nathan Boyle smashed over a spectacular free to make it 1-6 to 0-8. At this stage there looked like only one winner. Unfortunately moments later Boyle received a second yellow card and Aodh Ruadh's reduction to 14 men gave Killybegs fading hopes a shot in the arm. Mickey Gallagher immediately pointed for them and only the good positioning and instintictive reflexes of Cookie O'Halloran denied a second goal for the Fishermen. With 12 minutes left Philip Patton cut the margin back to the minimum and Aodh Ruadh struggled manfully to bring the tie back to parity over the remainder of the game, but just couldn't fashion a clear scoring opening. A minute into added time Killybegs received a penalty which Ryan Cunningham converted to effectively kill the game. A Conor Cunningham opportunist goal shortly put a very unfair gloss on the scoreline for the homesters. A Shane McGrath free concluded the scoring action as Killybegs progressed to the last four on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-10. A tough defeat to take for Ballyshannon, but fortune wasn't smiling on us on Saturday. Sean Taylor was excellent, varying his kick outs to good effect when Killybegs threatened to take total control in the first half. Nathan Boyle took charge of matters in the second half and his dismissal midway through the half was a body blow the Ernesiders never recovered from. Philip Patton's flawless free taking was worth the admission itself and he remains one of the club's foremost rising talents. Dylan Gallagher worked hard up front, and credit to Patrick McCaffrey who did well on his early introduction for the black carded Daniel Warnock. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Sean Taylor; Callum 'Cookie' O'Halloran, Cian McGloin, Conall Sweeny; Jason Granaghan, Shane Gillespie, Daniel Warnock; Nathan Boyle (0-2, 1f), Oisin Rooney (0-1); Ryan McKenna, Philip Patton (0-6f), Michael McKenna; Eoin Doherty, Shane McGrath (0-1f), Dylan Gallagher. Subs., Paddy McCaffrey for Daniel Warnock (BC) 9m; Eugene Drummond for Ryan McKenna 50m; Oisin Kerr for Michael McKenna.

Aodh Ruadh booked their place in the under 13 A county final with a 5-7 to 1-11 victory over St Patrick's Muff in Convoy on Sunday. The Ernesiders were without Aonghus Sweeny and Jack Gallagher through injury and drafted in a number of under 12s and under 11s into the squad. Aodh Ruadh lead by three points at half-time and pushed on in the second half to secure an eight point victory. On the goal trail for Alan Sweeny's men were Drew Ryan (2), Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty and Tommy Winters. It was a polished all-round performance from the Ballyshannon lads, with Shane Delahunty and Eoghan Kelly doing a great job of leading by example. Aodh Ruadh will now face Four Masters in the county final. Keep an eye on the club's Facebook and Twitter output for details. As ever, we'd hope to see a big contingent of Ballyshannon supporters there to get behind the lads.

The closing event of the underage football season, the Bord na nÓg presentation evening, will take place on Saturday 24th November at the Abbey Centre. Further details nearer the time.

AGM season
The Aodh Ruadh Club AGM takes place on Sunday 25th November in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Club members can obtain nomination forms and motion forms by contacting club secretary Lisa McTernan. The deadline for submitting both these forms is Friday 16th November. All committee officers are notified that the deadline for reports is also Friday, 16th November.

The Bord na nÓg AGM will take place on Wednesday 21st November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. The committee would like to invite all parents and guardians of our underage players to the AGM as well as anyone with an interest in football in Ballyshannon. The Bord na nÓg committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our managers and coaches who have dedicated their time to our underage players this year, to the parents for all your help and support throughout the year and to the players themselves for their commitment to their respective teams.

The Aodh Ruadh Ladies AGM will take place on Thursday 8th November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Ladies football in the club is in general good health at the minute, and that is thanks to the work of managers, mentors, officers, parents, guardians and, most importantly our brilliant players. We will look back over the efforts of the past year and make plans for 2019. We invite anyone with an interest in the Ladies game in the area to come along on the night.

The next matches in the under 13 girls Joe Roper memorial cup competition will take place on Monday, November 5th.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The latest bingo Thousandaire is Denise McGlinchey of Ballyshannon who scooped the October Big Bingo Jackpot of €1,000. Well done to Denise. Margaret Meehan of Belleek won the stand-up game prize of €160. Winners of the €150 houses included Mary McGonigle, Antoinette McKinney and Mary Donagher, whilst Gareth Brennan, Regina Dolan, Mary Fletcher and Mary McElwaine took home €100 houses. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it climbs to €425 on 46 numbers or less this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, books priced just €10 with a great €2,150 prize fund to play for.

John's on his bike
John Rooney's completed the Borderline 500 cycle for Pieta House over Friday and Saturday as part of the Pieta House Feel Good Week. John would like thank everyone for their support and good wishes. If you still want to donate, you can do so via the link on John's Facebook page.

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