Club Notes Archive - 2019

Box. AUGUST
6 August

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

Football
A bitterly disappointing result for Aodh Ruadh on Sunday, the club's promotion hopes taking a massive blow following a 2-12 to 2-9 defeat at the hands of Buncrana. The homesters were well on top throughout, racing into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead before turning around with a 1-6 to 0-5 advantage at half-time. Aodh Ruadh were improved in the second half, but the Ernesiders second goal came too late to unduly trouble the Scarvey men as they ran out three point victors. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were Philip Patton (1-5, 3f), Diarmuid McInerney (1-1), Shane McGrath (0-1), Paddy Gillespie (0-1) and Michael McKenna (0-1). Aodh Ruadh will be bidding to bounce back on Sunday 18th August Killybegs are the guests in Father Tierney Park for what will be a massive clash in the chase for promotion. Throw in will be at 3pm.

The reserves enjoyed better luck in Inishowen, coming out on top of a 4-17 to 2-8 scoreline against Buncrana. Aodh Ruadh lead by two points at half-time before pushing on after the break. The sides played 13-a-side with Raymie Granaghan and Peter McKenna up front with combined age of 104 - We'll let you figure out how that was split. McKenna finished with two points, while JJ Cassidy top scored with 2-1 and Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin helped himself to 1-1. The reserves are due to travel to Dungloe on Tuesday evening for a 7pm throw-in.

Aodh Ruadh minors suffered a 3-16 to 1-7 defeat at the hands of Naomh Conaill in their opening match in the championship group stages. Mark McGlynn was excellent for the Ernesiders throughout while Senan Rooney worked hard. It was good to see the younger members of the panel, like Kyle Murray, Ryan Keenaghan and Aaron Neilan responding really well to the challenge. Next up for the minors is the visit of Termon to Father Tierney Park this Wednesday at 7.30pm. Team and management are putting in a lot of work so it would be good to see a big Ballyshannon support up there for the lads in this vital home game.

The championship misery last week continued with the under 14s losing out in their away tie against Glenswilly, 4-16 to 4-3 the final score in favour of the homesters. Ballyshannon were perhaps a bit guilty of going for goal too early, but the lads will learn from the experience. Among the best for Aodh Ruadh on a testing night was Tommy Winters who made a number of good runs from full back, with Eoghan Kelly doing a great job at number six. Robbie Murphy proved a big danger up front for the Ernesiders. Eoin Doogan came on as a sub and was very brave in getting in to net a great goal from a rebound. The team host Malin this Friday in the Park at 7.30pm.

The under 13s had a challenge against Sligo outfit Calry / Saint Joseph's on Monday evening with the Ballyshannon boys earning a well-merited victory. Jack McCadden had a great game in goals with good protection from James Ward who was a rock in defence. Further out the pitch Rian McCauley put in a great shift in midfield while Cian McDonald and Darragh O'Mahoney were excellent in the half forward line. Score of the match came from Ben Daly who belted home a cracker of a goal after a great ball from Jack McCadden. There will be no under 13 training this week with the under 14s out in championship action.

The under 10s travelled to Ardara last Friday where our senior team played in a good competitive encounter which saw the spoils shared on a final scoreline of 20 points apiece. The junior team showed some great football ability at times with a display of good team work against a strong Ardara team. This Tuesday sees the team back on the road again with Four Masters the opposition in Donegal, throw-in at 5.45pm.

Under 8 training continues as normal on Friday evening from 6pm to 7pm. Our next game will be posted on the parents group as soon as the fixture is confirmed.

Ladies
Our senior ladies made the long trip to Annagry on Friday evening. There was a great turn out by the players, but after an exciting game the Ernesiders fell short as the hosts prevailed on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-12. Thanks to all those who drove and to Paul Gillespie and Sylvester Maguire for their help on the day. The ladies next game is in the championship this Sunday against Carndonagh at 11pm in Father Tierney Park. All support would be most welcome.

Training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 16s continued their winning run in the league with a good victory on the road against Gaoth Dobhair. The stiffness from the journey told as the girls were slow to start. However when they hit their stride the Ernesiders quickly pulled away. Tia McFarland top scored with 2-6 in a player of the match performance, being run close by Ciara Gillespie who bagged 2-4. Chantelle Timoney is quickly becoming a key member of the team and struck for 1-1, crowning a display where she showed great hunger for the ball. Meanwhile, also on the mark were while Aoibhínn McGarrigle who chalked up three points, Orla Keon with two points, and Niamh Hughes, Emer O'Brien and Sarah Jane Keon who registered a point apiece. Shauna O'Mahoney was very unlucky not to hit the net with a couple of chances. It was another fine performance from defensive rocks Eilish Gallagher and Caitlin McGarrigle. In the second half Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Demi McFarland played superb stuff. Many thanks to Gaoth Dobhair for the sporting manner they played the match and for the fine refreshments afterwards.

Under 13 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5.45pm to 7pm. The girls have challenge game away to Ardara next Tuesday, 13th August. We would love to see more under 12s coming up to join us at training with the under 13 league due to start before end of the month.

Last Wednesday saw the conclusion of the under 12 season with a match against the under 11 boys in Father Tierney Park. Great craic had by all. There was food upstairs in the Aras afterwards and presentations were made to the second skills test winners. Third in the 2007 group were Ellie Brennan and Lauren Foy, second was Andrea Moore, and the winner was Jessica O'Mahoney with 118 points. Joint second in the 2008 grade were Niamh Duffy and Nessa Warren. Winner and the overall winner of the second skills test was Rebecca Downey with 119 points. 13 players did the two tests. The best average score over the two tests was delivered by Niamh Duffy with an average of 108.5 points, just ahead of Andrea Moore. The biggest improvement was made by Jessica O'Mahoney, just ahead of Katie McCaffrey and Maura O'Sullivan. Thanks to Louise Larkin, Gabby McGloin, Aidan Begley, Ken Neilan and Daniel McGullion who helped out over the course of the year, and to the brave souls who stepped up to ref games for us. Thanks to the parents / guardians for all their help with travel, food after games, and help behind the hatch in the Aras. Good luck to the players and hopefully a good number will join the under 13 panel for their season which commences shortly.

Congratulations Dairín Sweeny and Fódhla Sheerin who have been selected for the Donegal under 13 Development Squad. They will take part in an Ulster LGFA Blitz on 7th September.

The annual Aodh Ruadh Ladies Duck race will now take place this Saturday at 11pm. All cards should be returned to Patricia Hill, Sabrina Brosnan or the relevant team manager as soon as possible.

Hurling
The senior hurlers take on MacCumhaill's in the Junior Championship semi-final this Saturday at 7pm. Venue to be confirmed and will be posted on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. We'd love to see a big Ballyshannon crowd there wherever it is to get behind the team.

The under 16s had a busy week first up on Thursday they made the long trip to Carndonagh and were comprehensive winners against the home side.

Then on Saturday they travelled to Owenbeg to take part in a tournament organised by Ulster GAA the lads won their games against Erne Gaels, Carrickmore and Dungannon to set up a final meeting with Derry's Ballinascreen. The lads hurled out of their skins to win by two points, a great achievement for this talented squad. They travel to Dungloe this Thursday to take on Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair in the league.

Well done to Aaron Cullen, Aaron Neilan and Danny Breen who played on the Ulster under 15 squad which defeated the Dublin under 15s in Abbotstown last Tuesday.

The under 12s took on table toppers MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park last Thursday. It was a ding dong battle between two evenly matched teams. At the full time whistle it was the Ballybofey lads who came out on top by the bare minimum, 2-9 to 3-5. The lads are at home again this week against Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 7.30pm. Minor football championship Round 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Termon
Thursday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 7pm. Under 12 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 14 football championship - Aodh Ruadh v Malin

Rockfield Summer Camp
Rockfield Summer Camp takes place this week from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. It's great value at €10 a day with lots of sporting activities as well as arts and crafts. Call Sylvie on 086-0532495 or register on the day.

Relive the OsKaRs magic!
Aodh Ruadh OsKaRs DVDs are now on sale. Remember a great night of craic and savour those spectacular acting talents once again in the comfort of your own home. DVDs are only €10 each. You can message or text Lisa McTernan (086-2338636) or Sabrina Brosnan (086-8241297) to book your copy!

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Marie Gallagher of Ballyshannon. There was one winner of the stand-up game taking the €135 prize. Winners of the €100 houses included Kevin O'Connor, Avril O'Brien, Josie Lynch and Meave Conway, with Helen Coughlin, Deirdre Clarke and Agnes Hastings among the €70 house winners. The summer snowball remains unclaimed and rolls to €1,050 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, books just €10.

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13 August

Football
Sunday sees Aodh Ruadh seniors entertain Killybegs in Father Tierney Park for what will be a massive clash in the chase for promotion. Throw in will be at 3pm. Reserves open the afternoon's action at 1.30pm.

The minors came out on the wrong side of a 3-5 to 5-10 defeat to Termon in their championship clash in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The lads host Red Hugh's tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the park. Come on up and get behind the team.

The under 14s enjoyed a good championship win over Malin last Friday, beating the Inishowen men 6-10 to 2-9. They play Naomh Conaill tonight, Tuesday in Davy Brennan Memorial Park at 7pm. Head along and give the lads your support.

The under 10s host Killybegs this morning at 11am.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh faced Carndonagh in their championship opener on Sunday morning in Father Tierney Park. The homesters were slow to start. Their cause wasn't helped by the loss of Orlaith Gillespie midway through the first half with a hamstring injury. She was replaced by Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien. Aine Gilmore scored all four of Aodh Ruadh's first half points as Carndonagh went in at the break with a one point lead. Sylvester Maguire gave the team a stern talking to at half time and it paid off with two quick-fire goals in the first six minutes after the resumption.The girls tempo had picked up and game was free flowing. The momentum was temporarily halted when Anna Rafferty got a bang to her head and had to be replaced by Demi McFarland, both subs doing very well when they came on. With five minutes to go an accidental collision saw a Carndonagh player have to be taken off due to an injury to her thumb. We wish her well with her recovery. Aine Gilmore was the top player for the day with accurate scoring. Terri Gallagher worked tirelessly throughout the game and got her just award with a goal late in the second half. Roisin Gillespie made some vital saves throughout the match. The Aodh Ruadh team was Eilish Gallagher; Saoirse McDevitt, Terri Gallagher, Mary Flora Scott, Grainne Maguire, Bridín Maguire, Aine Gilmore, Cáit Gillespie, Orlaith Gillespie, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien, Briana Maher, Demi McFarland, Sara Gallagher, Tia McFarland, Roisin Maguire, Ciara Caldwell, Anna Rafferty. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were Aine Gilmore 2-7, Briana Maher 0-1, Terri Gallagher 1-0 and Tia McFarland 0-1.

Training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 13 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5.45pm to 7pm.

Hurling
Well done to the senior hurlers who qualified for the Junior Championship final on Saturday by defeating MacCumhaill's in Tir Conaill Park on a 1-18 to 1-3 scoreline. At half time only two points separated the sides, but Aodh Ruadh put in a terrific team performance in the second period to qualify for the County Championship Final on 31st August where they will face Carndonagh. Well done to all the squad and team manager John Rooney.

The under 16s made the long trip to Dungloe and maintained their 100 percent start to the league with a comprehensive victory over Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair.

The under 12s were up against Dungloe /Gaoth Dobhair in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Thursday. Despite their best efforts the west Donegal amalgamation were a physically stronger outfit whose ability to hit the net proved the difference as they ran out winners 4-4 to 0-4. This week they are away to Setanta.

There was disappointment on Saturday last as Meath beat Donegal in the Hibernian Cup. Hard luck to our reprentatives on the squad Aaron Cullen, Aaron Neilan, Danny Breen, Ryan Keenaghan, Pauric Daly, Troy Killilea and Kyle McNulty. Denis Daly was part of the management team.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Aodh Ruadh Schools Coach
Best of luck to Sylvester Óg Maguire who is moving on to a post in the schools system. We appreciate his work in our local schools , coaching both boys and girls. There is now a vacancy for this role in the club. Through this post we make a regular programme of Gaelic games coaching available to all six primary schools in our club catchment. This gives an equal opportunity to all primary school children in our catchment to access quality coaching, and is a support to the big programme of coaching at club level undertaken by our volunteers. The post comes under the Community Employment Scheme sponsored by Aodh Ruadh and applicants must meet CES entry criteria. Please contact Tom Daly if interested for further information. Mail to tom.daly.ulster@gaa.ie.

Final tickets
For anyone wanting to be entered into draw for All-Ireland Hurling Final Ticket, please text Lisa by 5pm today, Tuesday. Only fully paid up members will be included in draw.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 7.30pm. Minor football championship Round 3 - Aodh Ruadh v Red Hugh's
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 16 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Setanta
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 7.30pm. Ladies under 18 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Termon
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 11am. Under 10 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs
Sunday
Father Tierney Park, 1.30pm. Division 2 reserve football league - Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs
Father Tierney Park, 3pm. Division 2 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs

Good luck
Wishing all our Leaving Certificate students every success with their exam tomorrow! Remember, whatever way they go, they are only a beginning, not an end.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Mary Kilfeather of Belleek. Evelyn Sheerin won the stand-up game prize of €135. The summer snowball survived by the skin of its teeth, the game checked on 50 numbers, so it rolls to €1,100 this week! Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, books just €10.

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

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20 August

Football
Aodh Ruaidh have shown much grit this season, but none more so than in Sunday's victory over Killybegs, a result which catapults the Ernesiders right back into the promotion hunt. They defeated the visitors 1-14 to 1-10 on Sunday to secure a deserved victory in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh had the wind in the first half, but Killybegs worked hard to minimise that advantage and went in trailing by 0-6 to 0-3. The third quarter was tensely fought stuff, and with the game into the final ten minutes there was just two points in it at 0-10 to 0-8 in favour of the hosts. Ballyshannon pushed hard for the tape with Michael McKenna putting Oisin Rooney through to hit the net and Shane Gillespie following up with a quick point. Hugh McFadden did notch a goal for the visitors, but with Rooney and Darren Drummond pointing again two precious league points were secured for Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's side. The team and scorers were: Peter Boyle (0-2, 45, 1f); Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Johnny Gethins; Shane Gillespie (0-1), Conor Patton, Sean Taylor; Chris Dolan, Eamonn McGrath; Philip Patton (0-4, 3f), Michael McKenna (0-1), Diarmuid McInerney; Nathan Boyle (0-3), Oisin Rooney (1-1), Shane McGrath (0-1). Sub: Darren Drummond (0-1) for McInerney 55m. Aodh Ruadh are now in a group of three on 19 points chasing the last remaining promotion slot to Division 1, Saint Naul's and Killybegs. Saint Naul's and Ardara are the last remaining opponents.

The reserves made it double joy on Sunday by claiming a 0-11 to 0-9 win over the Fishermen.

Sunday is now a huge day for the club as the seniors travel to Mountcharles looking to take a big step back to the top flight. Throw-in against Saint Naul's is at 3pm, with the reserve game getting the action under way at 1.30pm. This is sure to be a hard fought contest with so much on the line, so we really urge all Aodh Ruadh supporters to get along and be a 16th player for the team at Páirc Gearóid Ó Gallachóir this Sunday.

The minors are down to play Killybegs in the championship this Wednesday, at 6.45pm in Tir Chonaill Park. We would encourage a good showing of Ballyshannon support to make their way to Donegal Town and get behind the team.

The under 11s have a busy week coming up with a game against Grange on Wednesday evening at 7.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh being followed by the Willie Rodgers Tournament on Saturday at 10.30am.

The under 8s had a squad of 32 as they travelled to Dungloe last Saturday, putting on a great display of football in all games. This Friday at 6pm, they host Four Masters. All boys to be in Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh for 5.30pm. The team are away to Naomh Columba on Friday 30th August. Their final fixture of the year is a home blitz on 7th September, with Glenswilly, Four Masters, Saint Molaise Gaels, Naomh Bríd and Bundoran joining Aodh Ruadh in the season finale.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies return to championship action on Sunday when they face Buncrana. This will be at a neutral venue with time to be fixed.

The minor girls won their opening game of the season against Termon last Tuesday on a scoreline of 5-13 to 2-10. The game got off to a slow start, but Aodh Ruadh took the first score of the contest with Emer O'Brien finishing a fantastic point from play. Termon responded with a long range free which just dropped into corner of the net. Aodh Ruadh answered with a goal of their own, a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Caitlin McGarrigle, low and hard into the corner. Ballyshannon pushed on from there to take a deserved win. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Cáit Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon who covered every blade of grass. Grainne Maguire and Ciara Caldwell gave a great defensive performance, while Orla Keon played extremely well despite the attentions of a tenacious Termon marker. Eilish Gallagher also did well in her duel with Jodie McFadden. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Cait Gillespie (2-3), Caitlin McGarrigle (1-0), Demi McFarland (1-0), Emer O'Brien (0-3), Caoimhe Keon (0-2), Ciara Gillespie (0-2), Eva Moore (0-1), Grainne Maguire (0-1), Chantelle Timoney (0-1), Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Clodagh O'Connor, Ciara Caldwell, Bridín Maguire, Orla Keon, Eilish Gallagher, Ana Keon, Katie O'Brien, Sarah Jane Keon, Caoimhe McCauley. The team's next outing is on Tuesday 27th August away to Ardara.

The under 16s are in action this Tuesday when Killybegs are the guests in Ballyshannon at 7pm for the last game of the group stages.

Our under 13s will take on Four Masters in the opening game of their league programme in Ballyshannon this Saturday. All players to be at training this Tuesday, on the pitch for 5.45pm to 7pm.

Well done to our under 10s girls who attended a blitz in Ardara and played in sunshine, rain, hail and wind, acquitting themselves really well.

Hurling
The under 12s finished their league campaign with a good win away to Setanta last Thursday. The lads finished in fourth place in the ten team league and have qualified for the B final. Their opponents have yet to be decided.

The under 16s are back in action this Thursday making the trip to Scarvey to take on Buncrana.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Tuesday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 16 ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 football challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Grange
Friday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6pm. Under 8 football - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh - both pitches, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Willie Rogers Football Tournament.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Amanda Byrne of Ballyshannon. The stand-up game prize of €125 was won by Teresa Campbell. Noelle Gillan won a house and two lines. Winners of the €100 houses were Patricia O'Reilly, Molly Kerrigan, Sofia Coulibaly, Lee Smyth, Mary Gallagher and Mary Ferguson. The summer snowball remains unclaimed and rolls to €1,150 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, books just €10.

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

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27 August

Club meeting
The monthly Aodh Ruadh club executive meeting takes place this Thursday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All committee members asked to attend. Items for any other business to should sent to Lisa McTernan by 3pm on Wednesday.

Football
It might have been a fair enough result, but Sunday's draw in Mountcharles will have done neither side any favours in the race for promotion. It was, as expected, a tensely fought battle between two committed teams. However with Killybegs winning their game against Naomh Columba it's advantage Fishermen going into the final round of games in ACFL Division 2. Aodh Ruadh settled quickest and points from Oisin Rooney and Philip Patton (2) gave the visitors an early edge. Saint Naul's came back with a couple of points, but a fine score from Sean Taylor and another Philip Patton free saw Ballyshannon leading going into the second quarter. Mountcharles roused themselves to raid for an unanswered 1-4, but points from Shane McGrath (2) and Nathan Boyle made it Saint Naul's 1-6 Aodh Ruadh 0-8 at the turnaround. The hosts went a goal clear with the first two points of the second half. Philip Patton hit back with two coolly struck frees, but Saint Naul's were able to quickly cancel those out. Then three points in just over two minutes had the sides level with Shane McGrath, Philip Patton and Darren Drummond all on the mark for Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's side. That good work looked like it was going to be undone, but Peter Boyle pulled off an outstanding stop to deny Stuart Johnston. Johnston did register the next score, but sub Niall Murray soon levelled. With the game into the last ten minutes Mountcharles edged ahead with two points, but another Patton free and a point from minor star Shane Gillespie squared things up with normal time all but up. Both sides passed up chances to win the game outright in added time, but at the long whistle it was a share of the points. Among the best for Ballyshannon in what was a fine team performance were Sean Taylor, Shane Gillespie, Oisin Rooney and Shane McGrath. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Johnny Gethins; Sean Taylor (0-1), Conor Patton, Shane Gillespie (0-1); Cian Dolan, Eamonn McGrath; Diarmuid McInerney, Michael McKenna, Philip Patton (0-7, 6f); Nathan Boyle (0-2), Oisin Rooney (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-3). Subs: Darren Drummond (0-1) for O'Halloran 35m; Niall Murray (0-1) for C Dolan 42m.

The reserves were on the wrong end of their encounter in Mountcharles, losing out 2-14 to 1-8 against a strong Saint Naul's outfit. The Aodh Ruadh men got off to a blistering start and led 1-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes thanks to points from Dermot Slevin, Philip McLoone, Anthony Coughlin and Kerry Ryan. The goal game came after a great team move saw Aaron Brennan through on goal before selflessly squaring to Coughlin who was able to palm in. That was the end of the scoring for the visitors though, with Naul's drawing level by half time. The second half started as the first ended as the hosts stretched their score out to 1-9 before a brace from Coughlin stopped the rot and put just three points between the teams. The hosts finished strongly though, adding another 1-5 with Christopher Goan and Kerry Ryan concluding the Aodh Ruadh scoring. The Aodh Ruadh team was Karl O'Brien; JJ Cassidy, Adam Clarke, David McLoone; Ryan O'Brien, Chris Goan, Dan Warnock; Kerry Ryan, Tiernan Flood Dolan; Paddy Gillespie, Dermot Slevin, Philip McLoone; Peter McKenna, Anthony Coughlin, Aaron Brennan. Subs: Aiden Murray for D McLoone, Gary Ward for P McLoone, M O'Brien for A Brennan.

The senior team and management have asked us to convey to members their appreciation for the big showing of support there has been at recent league matches. The extra lift from the other side of the wire makes a big difference. While our hopes of promotion may now be out of our hands, we will continue to give it everything we have. Once again we'd like to see a big attendance in Father Tierney Park this Saturday at 7pm when we take on Ardara in the last game of the league programme. Our reserves get matters under way at 5.30pm.

The minors' season came to a conclusion last Wednesday when they came up against a strong Killybegs outfit in Fintra, losing out on a scoreline of 3-14 to 0-8. The club thanks Peter Boyle for taking on the team this year. In addition thanks are extended to Gerard McGloin and Diarmaid Keon for their involvement with the development of the under 16s within the minor squad. Thanks also to Eamonn McGrath, Cookie O'Halloran and Nathan Boyle for their unseen work early in the year in terms of injury prevention, and strength and conditioning training in the Mercy Hall. The continued hard work and dedication of Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin and Aiden Murray deserves particular recognition. Special mention also to Brian Gillespie for all his hard work with various aspects of running the team including administrative work, coaching and analysis. Most thanks goes to the players who were involved over the course of the year. We had our first session on 15th December 2018 and this season wouldn't have been possible without them.

The under 14s are down to contest the Division 1A Shield final this Friday, at 6.45pm against Termon. Venue to be decided.

Last Saturday saw four clubs with eight teams in total coming together to play in the Willie Rogers Tournament. Ardara, Naomh Conaill, MacCumhaill's, and Aodh Ruadh fielding two nine-a-side teams. In the shield it was a straight final between Naomh Conaill and MacCumhaill's with the Ballybofey boys coming out on top. In the cup competition three teams ended on level points. After two very closely fought semi-finals Naomh Conaill and Ardara booked their place in the decider. Aodh Ruadh lost out narrowly in their semi-final, after a hard fought game. In a great final Naomh Conaill won the Willie Rogers trophy by a point. The tournament is a great way of remembering the hard work and great dedication Willie Rodgers put in for Aodh Ruadh. This year marked the 21st year of the tournament and Willie's wife Rene and son Neil where on hand to do the presentations. It was a great day for our under 11 boys and we were very proud of how they played and conducted themselves. We operated a silent side on Saturday, which worked out really well. The players could hear the direction and praise from the coaches. The Aodh Ruadh teams were managed by Seamus Roper, with Paul Sheridan, Andy Brennan and William Doogan on the line. Thanks to parents, guardians and supporters on the day and to all who helped with the food and refreshments afterwards. Also thanks to all the referees and umpires. The Aodh Ruadh panel on the day was Bobby Melly, Sean Maguire, Garreth Brennan, Tomás Keown, Corey Sheridan, Jack Travers, Fionn Hartin, Shay Winters, Joe Gibbions, Shay Cleary, Eoghan Gallagher, Anton O'Loughlin, Finn Doogan, Dillon Owens, Max Roper, Oisín Sweeny, Jaden McGrath-Clyne, Callum Dorrian, Sam Davitt, Oisin McCadden, Eoghan McCadden, Daithí Sheerin and Cole Connolly.

Our under 10s are down to travel to Dungloe this Wednesday before hosting Ardara this Saturday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Last Saturday saw the Aodh Ruadh under 9s in action at the Liam Brown memorial tournament down in Donegal Town. The lads did really well playing some great football throughout the day to reach the final where they narrowly lost out to hosts Four Masters.

Our under 8 boys hosted Four Masters last Friday evening, with four competitive games taking place. There was some great skilful football on display from both teams. A big thanks to Eamon O'Donnell and Gerard Ferguson for refereeing on the night. Our final league game is away to Naomh Columba this Friday. We will meet at the park at 4pm, or meet down in Glencolumcille at 5.30pm. If lifts are needed, please contact management through the team's WhatsApp page.

Congratulations to manager Val Murray and his Donegal Masters team who claimed an All-Ireland semi-final spot with an extra-time win over Galway in Ballymote on Saturday. It was all square at 2-6 to 1-9 at the end of normal time, but the Tir Chonaill men ran out 2-9 to 1-11 winners in extra-time. Aodh Ruadh are well represented in the Masters squad with Packie McGrath, Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Kerry Ryan and Dermot Slevin also part of the panel. Good luck to the team as they prepare to take on Roscommon this Saturday for a place in the All-Ireland decider.

Many congratulations to Simon Gillespie who has been appointed manager for Rugby United New York. Simon will be the Team Manager for the 2020 Major League Rugby season in addition to acting as the team's Skills Coach. He will also lead the RUNY grassroots programme as the Academy Director. Managing logistics, identifying up and coming talent, as well as creating new rugby programmes in local communities. Inspired by the dedicated coaches and staff who trained him as a youth, he began coaching with Aodh Ruadh before moving on to a post in Ulster GAA before taking a position with the New York GAA from 2010 to 2019.

Ladies
A young Aodh Ruadh ladies side took to the field in Ballybofey for their latest championship outing on Sunday, a number of players making their senior debut. The girls battled bravely on a hot day in MacCumhaill Park, but only had an Áine Gilmore free to show for their first half exertions. They got to grips with things a bit better in the second half and a goal and a point from Elaine Dorrian, both well taken scores, helped restore a bit of pride in the jersey. The defence had a lot of work on their hands, but Sara Gallagher, Anna Rafferty and Eva Moore fought hard with Bridín Maguire doing well between the posts to ensure no goals were conceded in the second half. Up front Áine Gilmore and Elaine Dorrian put in good shifts in the tough conditions with Terri Gallagher having some good moments around the middle. The team on the day were Bridín Maguire; Bronagh Kelly, Sara Gallagher, Briana Maher; Niamh Hughes, Grainne Maguire, Eva Moore; Anna Rafferty, Caoimhe Keon, Mary Flora Scott, Elaine Dorrian, Rebecca Gillespie; Áine Gilmore, Terri Gallagher, Roisín Maguire. Subs Orla Keon, Áine Hill, Caoimhe McCauley. The girls are in championship action again on Sunday against Convoy, venue and time to be confirmed. Best of luck to team and management.

It's a busy week for the minors with two away games on the schedule. First up is a trip to Ardara on Tuesday evening. Players to leave the Park at 5.15pm with throw-in down in Ardara at 7pm. Then on Friday it's off to Letterkenny's O'Donnell Park for a clash with Saint Eunan's.

The under 16 girls league programme came to a conclusion last Wednesday with a hard fought 1-10 to 0-10 defeat against Killybegs in Ballyshannon. Despite that result Aodh Ruadh still finish top of the table and will have a home semi-final against Saint Eunan's.

The under 13s had a useful challenge match against Bundoran last Wednesday. The Shamettes started strongly and went in well ahead at half-time. The hosts sat back at the beginning of the second half and allowed the Bundoran girls back into the match, before taking control once again in the last quarter and finishing strongly. It was a useful exercise and it gave the under 13s an opportunity to play together as a team. The squad are back training on Tuesday evening from 5.45pm to 7pm and we have their first league outing on Thursday evening in Father Tierney with a 6pm throw-in against Four Masters.

Well done to Caoimhe Keon and the Donegal under 17s who won the shield at the National Academy Blitz competition in Abbotstown last week with victories over Laois, Sligo, London, Waterford and Tyrone. Congratulations also to Megan Kane on receiving an Ulster medal with Donegal under 14 girls at the Donegal ladies presentation night which was held in Letterkenny on Friday night.

Hurling
Best of luck to the senior hurlers who are up against league champions Carndonagh in the Junior Championship Final in O'Donnell Park Letterkenny on Saturday, throw in 2pm.

Best of luck to all our hurlers on the under 14 and under 15 county squads who are in action in the Hibernian Cup Finals on Saturday. We're delighted to host the Peter O'Keefe Cup and Shield here on Saturday. It's a great honour for the O'Keefe family and the Aodh Ruadh Club to have an All-Ireland Competition in Peter's memory.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Saturday activity
This Saturday is an exceptionally busy day in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We will need a few people to assist with car parking and stewarding from 10.30am. If you are available to help with stewarding please text Tom Daly. About 300 players will be in action over the course of the day, with eight inter-county teams participating in the Peter O'Keefe under 15 Hurling Academy competition, senior and reserve games against Ardara, and an under 10 boys blitz against Ardara all taking place.

Aodh Ruadh schools coach
Any person interested in this post and who meets the Community Employment Scheme entry criteria is asked to please contact Tom Daly. Training will be provided and there's an immediate start.

Final tickets
For anyone wanting to be entered into draw for All-Ireland Football Final tickets, please text Lisa by 5pm today, Tuesday. Only fully paid up members will be included in draw.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 6pm. Under 13 ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 13 boys football - Aodh Ruadh v Kilcar
Saturday
Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, Under 15 Hurling Academy. Peter O'Keefe Cup - Tier 2 Leitrim v Armagh; Longford v Cavan. Peter O'Keefe Shield Tier 2 - Donegal II v Monaghan; Fermanagh v Sligo.
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 5pm. Under 10 boys football - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara
Father Tierney Park, 5.30pm. ACFL Reserve Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. ACFL Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara

August Big Bingo
The August big bingo takes place this Friday night at the Abbey Centre with a whopping €3,900 prize fund up for grabs. The €1,000 super jackpot must be won and we have the mighty snowball of €1,200 to play for, so we're in for a great night. First game at 9pm. Books priced €15 or get the book and a half deal for just €20.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Bridie McGurran of Belleek. The stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Karen Gallagher of Ballyshannon. House winners included Mark Granaghan (twice!), Sheila Killalea, Finbar Torney and Molly Kerrigan. Yet again the snowball survived by the skin of its teeth as the game was checked on 50 numbers, so it rolls to €1,200 for this week's big bingo.

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

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