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Club Notes Archive - 2020

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4 August

Football
Aodh Ruadh got their intermediate championship campaign off to the perfect start with a six point victory in a wet Father Tierney Park on Saturday evening. The Ernesiders played their best football in the first half when Sean Taylor, Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch were excellent in defence. Points from Johnny Gethins, Diarmaid McInerney, Darren Drummond, Philip Patton (3), Eamonn McGrath, and Nathan Boyle (2) had Ballyshannon comfortably clear at the break 0-9 to 0-1. The second half was much quieter with Aodh Ruadh held scoreless in normal time, and a great save by Peter Boyle proved vitally important in keeping Burt at bay. Injury time points from Philip Patton and David Dolan eventually put the seal on a merited opening championship win for Barry Ward's men. Cian Dolan brought great solidity around the centre of the park, while up front, Philip Patton's scoring consistency was again a huge asset, with Diarmaid McInerney, Nathan Boyle and Darren Drummond causing the Inishowen men plenty of problems. It finished 0-11 to 0-5 and Aodh Ruadh now face Naomh Bríd in Ballintra this Sunday at 3pm. We have a full match report and pictures from the game live now on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves are in regional league action this Tuesday, 4th August, with Saint Eunan's the visitors to Father Tierney Park at 7pm.

The minors made it two wins from two for Ballyshannon sides travelling to Bundoran last week when they demolished the Gaelic Park men on Wednesday evening. It looked like a competitive tussle was in the offing when Realt na Mara landed the opening point and Aaron Horan had to be at his acrobatic best to deny a gilt-edged goal chance. However Matt Gillespie hit a point after a couple minutes and quickly followed that up by taking the ball around the keeper to net and settle things for the Ernesiders. Bundoran's centre back answered with a point, but points from Cian Rooney (2) Mark McGlynn and Marty McGarrigle (3) had Aodh Ruadh eight clear by the first water break. Ballyshannon kept up the pressure on the resumption with an early Bundoran point being rapidly cancelled out by a superb goal from the visitors. Harry Howarth was the architect with some wondrous passing and Matt Gillespie finished with a real flourish, chipping the keeper with an audacious lob. A Mark McGlynn point was followed by Aodh Ruadh's third goal, tucked home by Diarmaid Flood Dolan from a rebound. McGlynn and Bundoran swapped points before Marty McGarrigle netted a deserved goal after sublime pass from Matt Gillespie. Further points from Harry Howarth (2) and Cian Rooney saw Aodh Ruadh basically home and hosed by the interval, 0-4 to 6-11 the score at the turnaround. Cian Rooney fisted a quick point on the restart, and while Bundoran came back with two points of their own, Aodh Ruadh continued to dictate matters, Mitch McLaughlin and Harry Howarth finding the net and Rooney taking his tally to 1-3 for the day. Bundoran won the final quarter, hitting 1-2, but the final say went to Peter Boyle's men, with Kyle Murray slotting home to put the seal on a 1-8 to 9-13 victory. This was a very complete performance from the Ernesiders, with the forward division and midfield in exceptional form. Matt Gillespie, Marty McGarrigle, Mark McGlynn and Harry Howarth gave an exhibition. Further back Kyle Murray didn't allow Bundoran any opportunity to hit their stride, while Eugene Doherty was a tiger at full back, until forced to exit the fray after sustaining a heavy hit as he went for the ball. We wish Eugene the best for a full and speedy recovery. Next up for the minors is the visit of Saint Naul's to Father Tierney Park this Wednesday at 7pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesdays and Mondays at 4.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

It was the under 14s who got a good week for our underage footballers off the mark with a 3-6 to 6-9 win over Bundoran last Tuesday. Like their minor comrades, Aodh Ruadh had the bulk of the hard work done in the first half and hit the break leading by 11 points. The second half was more evenly fought fare, but Ballyshannon edged it to secure an opening day win. Killian Bradshaw had a great outing in goals, with Ronan Delahunty at corner back and centre back James Monaghan taking care of anything that came their way. James Ward also impressed, sweeping up a lot of ball. Aodh Ruadh were well served by Tommy Clyne and Rian McCauley in midfield, while up front the half forward line of Barry Campbell, Hugh Óg Maguire and Oran Gillespie were in dominant form. At the cutting edge Darragh McGloin and Garvey Meade took some excellent scores. The team will be aiming to build on that opening win when they host Saint Naul's this Tuesday in Father Tierney Park at 6.15pm. Training continues on Saturdays from 4pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12s got their season up and running in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday morning against Bundoran. Stephen Ward had a panel of 28 to select from, and with the game being played in three thirds, every player got a good amount of game time. The under 12 season is being played in Go Games format so results aren't recorded, but it was a very positive outing for the Ballyshannon lads. It was a great team performance, with some excellent performances in every sector. Many thanks to Val Murray who reffed on the day and kept the game flowing well. Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7pm. The team are on their travels this Saturday when they take on Saint Naul's at 11am in Mountcharles.

The next fixture is away to Saint Mary's, Sligo this Saturday with the action getting going at 10am. Under 10 training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 5.45pm.

Under 8 training continues as normal this Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Also on Friday the under 6s will be training on the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.

Ladies
The senior championship match against Carndonagh and the under 14 league match against Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday were both postponed at late notice. A very disappointing and frustrating turn of events for all concerned.

The minor ladies sank to defeat against Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday. The first quarter was nip and tuck, with a Caoimhe Keon goal keeping the hosts in contact after Mountcharles made light of the facing breeze to hit four early points. Grainne Maguire added a point in the second quarter, but Saint Naul's continued to score more freely and in the run up to the break they hit two goals to go in with a 1-1 to 2-5 lead. Aodh Ruadh had their best spell in the third quarter with scores from Grainne Maguire helping to make it a four point game, 1-5 to 2-6. However a goal for Saint Naul's just before the water break gave them breathing space heading down the stretch. Aodh Ruadh were unable to add to their tally in that period, but Mountcharles struck for another goal after the water break and were able to add three further points to run out 1-5 to 4-9 victors. Best for Aodh Ruadh was keeper Bridín Maguire who thwarted a number of dangerous chances for the visitors. Síofra Hughes and Ciara Caldwell also tried their best in an overworked defence. Caoimhe Keon gave everything in midfield, while up front Grainne Maguire won a lot of ball and took some good scores.

Under 12 training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 10 ladies train on Wednesdays at 7pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 ladies train on Wednesdays at 6pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

We ask all players, parents, guardians and mentors to ensure they have updated their return to play questionnaires prior to each session and match.

Hurling
The seniors had their first win of the Junior Championship on Bank Holiday Monday away to Letterkenny Gaels. The Ernesiders found it hard to get going and it was only in the last 15 minutes they pulled away to claim the win. They will need a much improved performance against Four Masters in Father Tierney Park on Friday evening if they are to get their second win of the season. Throw in for that game is 7.30pm

Our under 14s and minors were in action last Thursday. The minors were at home to Saint Eunan's. We fielded 14 players who put in a battling performance. We were nine points down early in the game, but credit to the lads they never gave up. It was a high scoring game with the Eunan's lads winning 3-18 to 2-13. We play Burt in the Cross this Thursday.

The under 14s travelled to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's. This was another close affair and our young squad put in a great performance. Goals proved the difference and the home team ran out winners 3-3 to 0-8. The lads are at home to Setanta this Thursday.

Condolences
The club extends sincere condolences to the McGovern family on the passing of Paul McGovern, Bunhovil, Bundoran. Paul played football for Aodh Ruadh before emigrating to the US. Laid to rest in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Cashelard on Monday, he is deeply regretted by his wife Diolinda and Daughter Elli. Sadly missed by his Parents Pat and Anne McGovern, Sister Kelly, Brothers Philip and Patrick and extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Mizen to Malin
Local women Julie McMullin and Loretta Cullen are currently well into their training to run from Mizen Head to Malin Head over five days from 18th to 22nd August to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice, The Northwest Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. Both lost their mothers to cancer and know first hand the wonderful work the hospice movement and the Irish Cancer Society do and their ongoing need for donations. This is another great cause well worthy of your support. If you would like to sponsor the pair, please visit their GoFundMe page to make a donation.

Aodh Ruadh Golf Classic
The club are hosting a Golf Classic in Bundoran Golf Club on Friday, 28th August. Places can be booked through the golf club on 071-9841302, or on the Aodh Ruadh Klubfunder page. We have eight team prizes, as well as prizes for the longest male and female drives, and nearest the pin. Up for grabs are fourballs at Portnoo, Murvagh, Ballyliffin, and Slieve Russell; Vouchers for Druids Golf, Fletcher Golf and Bundoran Golf Club, plus loads more prizes. To obtain a tee sponsorship contact William on 087-2799855.

Sanitising stations
Hand sanitisers are in place inside the entrance area and at the toilet block in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. At Father Tierney Park hand sanitisers are in place at the changing rooms, Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and the entrance tunnel to the playing field. For spectators they are located near the entrance turnstiles and at the entrance to the stand. Social distancing signage has been put in place and should be observed. As Covid regulations require separation of players and spectators, entry to Father Tierney Park for spectators is via the upper turnstiles at the original main entrance to the grounds.

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11 August

Football
As expected, it was a tough championship derby battle on Sunday between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Bríd, but it was the Ernesiders who came out with the result, 1-18 to 2-7 the final scoreline. The pattern of the previous week's victory over Burt was repeated somewhat, with a blistering Ballyshannon start followed by a lull where the opposition were able to pull themselves back into the game. Points from Michael McKenna, Philip Patton (2) and Johnny Gethins had Aodh Ruadh into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead by the first water break. Not long after the restart Oisin Rooney tapped in a goal on the rebound to put the visitors into the driving seat with Philip Patton and David McGurrin making it 1-6 to 0-2. Nathan Boyle, Michael McKenna and Philip Patton added further scores before the interval to leave it Aodh Ruadh 1-9 Naomh Bríd 0-4 at the turnaround. As had happened against in their championship opener, Aodh Ruadh took their foot off the gas in the third quarter with two Patton points answered by three from the homesters. However, when Peter Boyle belted over a 55 metre free after the water break and David McGurrin and Patton pointed to make it 1-13 to 0-7 it looked like it was all over bar the shouting. Naomh Bríd had other ideas though and with a two goal salvo and a point in quick succession they were suddenly back to within two points of Aodh Ruadh with plenty of time still left to play. Aodh Ruadh rallied well though, closing out the tie with points from David McGurrin, Philip Patton (2) and Shane McGrath. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows. Peter Boyle (0-1f); Colm Kelly, Sean Taylor, Johnny Gethins (0-1); Johnny Gallagher, Eddie Lynch, Michael McKenna (0-2); Darren Drummond, Eamonn McGrath; Diarmaid McInerney, David McGurrin (0-3), Philip Patton (0-10, 4f); Shane McGrath (0-1), Oisin Rooney (1-0), Nathan Boyle. Substitutes: Conor Patton for Johnny Gallagher 41 minutes; Cian Dolan for Darren Drummond 49 minutes; Ryan Granaghan for Nathan Boyle 50 minutes. This Sunday the opposition are a Cloich Cheann Faola side still undefeated after their opening two games and who we had two tough battles against in last year's IFC semi-final. To apply for a ticket for this game, please text Lisa McTernan by 5pm this Wednesday. Priority will be given to adult members. Information regarding juvenile tickets will follow later in the week. Unfortunately, we will be unable to live stream this game as Cloich Cheann Faola have declined permission.

The reserves took a notable scalp in the regional league last Tuesday when they defeated Saint Eunan's 0-9 to 0-7 in Father Tierney Park. The rain made it a fairly slow going affair, but Aodh Ruadh played the hand dealt better and by half time they lead 0-6 to 0-3, marksman Odhran McGarrigle punishing Letterkenny looseness in the tackle with a half dozen dead balls. Over the course of the third quarter Aodh Ruadh turned the screw with Eoin Doherty and Daniel McGullion registering to leave five points between the side's going into the second half water break. Saint Eunan's made a determined effort in the last quarter and Peter Gallagher ran the bench, bringing in Dermot Slevin, Ciaran Slevin and Anthony Coughlin to help steady matters. The final say went to the homesters with Gary Carty stroking over a ball rolling towards him on the ground over the bar soccer style for the clinching score. A great win for Aodh Ruadh in tricky weather conditions and high quality opposition. An impressive rearguard of Damien Cleary at full back, with Michael Ward and Daniel Warnock gave Saint Eunan's few glimpses of the posts. Kerry Ryan and Tiernan Flood Dolan might have been at opposite extremes of the age range, but formed a formidable midfield partnership. The full team was as follows: Karl O'Brien; Michael Ward, Damien Cleary, Daniel Warnock; Gary Carty, Daniel McGullion, Paddy Gillespie; Kerry Ryan, Tiernan Flood Dolan; Eoin Doherty, Darren Gethins, Odhran McGarrigle; Niall Murray Jamie McDonald, Ryan McKenna.

The minors got the better of a dogged Saint Naul's challenge in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. It was first blood to Ballyshannon when Senan Rooney drilled over point direct from the throw in. However, two minutes later Saint Naul's had the ball in the net, adding a point not long after to seize the early initiative. Aodh Ruadh pulled their way back to parity by the tenth minute though. Senan Rooney pointed from a free awarded for a foul on Harry Howarth. Howarth then lobbed over a point after sustained pressure on the visiting defence. A Cian Rooney free then had the sides level before Rooney laced over a trademark left-foot effort to take Ballyshannon back into the lead. Aodh Ruadh dominated for the next ten minutes, but struggled to pierce the Mountcharles cover. Instead, with nine minutes to run to the break, it was Naul's who registered, finding the net following a rapid counterattack. The visitors built on that with two points to go four points clear with the break beckoning. Just before Eugene McHale blew for half-time Matt Gillespie pointed what was to prove a vital free. The second half continued with Aodh Ruadh finding it difficult to penetrate the blanket defence, but eventually Colm McGloin came on to the ball in midfield and fed Senan Rooney, Rooney broke a number of tackles before laying off to McGloin who picked his spot and fired to the net to make it a level game once again. Saint Naul's came back with a free, but Senan Rooney then teed up Conor Foy to point and make it 1-7 to 2-4 with 47 minutes played. The final quarter saw Aodh Ruadh dominating possession, finally getting their reward when Harry Howarth popped over after some good build up. Two minutes later Senan Rooney slotted over to give the Ernesiders a bit more breathing space. Saint Naul's did manage to pull one back when they pointed from a free with the last kick of the game, but Aodh Ruadh had done enough to take a deserved victory. Aside from his goal, Colm McGloin was probably man of the match with an outstanding shift in the half back line. Also in defence Kyle Murray's positional second sense also proved priceless with Ryan Keenaghan making some clever interceptions. Further up the pitch Harry Howarth worked himself into the ground trying to create space in a congested Saint Naul's defence and took some crucial scores. Around midfield Senan Rooney and Matt Gillespie grafted hard right through the 60 minutes. Next up for the minors is the visit of Four Masters to Father Tierney Park this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesdays and Mondays at 4.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 14s made it two wins from two last Tuesday with a hard earned victory over Saint Naul's. Despite Dara McGloin landing the first two points for Aodh Ruadh, the visitors had the better of things over the first quarter. By the time the water break came around they lead by 1-5 to 0-2 and looked well in control of proceedings. The Ballyshannon lads found the second quarter tough going and it looked like an Oran Gillespie point would be the only impact on the score board in that period. Thankfully Ted O'Donnell struck for a crucial goal just before half-time to bring his side back into the game and leave just two points between the teams, although Saint Naul's would have the backing of the wind in the second half. Mountcharles promptly hit two points on the resumption, but from there on Aodh Ruadh flipped the script. Points from Garvey Meade and Dara McGloin made it 1-5 to 1-7 and then Saint Naul's were reduced to 14 men when one of their players received a second yellow card. That blow was amplified when James Monaghan went on a storming run through the Naul's defence before blasting to the back of the net and propelling the Ernesiders back into the lead. A free for Saint Naul's made it all square again, but another spectacular goal, this time from Barry Campbell fired Aodh Ruadh clear again. A run of three unanswered points for Ballyshannon, two of those off the boot of Dara McGloin, had the hosts in the comfort zone as the final whistle neared. The coup de grace came when Eoin Doogan danced through a series of Saint Naul's tackles before slamming home a fantastic finish to leave the final score Aodh Ruadh 4-8 Saint Naul's 1-8. A great attacking display by the Ballyshannon lads, while further back Tommy Clyne and Darragh Summerville performed strongly in midfield, while in defence Rian McCauley put in a star turn, snuffing out a series of Saint Naul's danger men, and Morgan McNamee kept his marker quiet, with keeper Killian Bradshaw doing a great job of finding his man from the kick out. Training continues on Wednesdays 4pm to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

The under 12s were blessed with lovely sunny conditions for their away meeting with Saint Naul's on Saturday morning. Aodh Ruadh raced into big lead in first 20 minutes, playing some superb football. The Mountcharles lads made it a tighter contest in second and third periods, but Aodh Ruadh were able to keep danger at arm's length thanks to great goals by Jayden McGrath Clyne and Joey Daly, as well as a couple of nice points from defender Fionn Hartin. Many thanks to Sean Campbell who reffed. Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7pm. The team are back on the road this Saturday, Tir Chonaill Park the venue for a clash with Four Masters at 11am.

The under 10 footballers have had a busy start to the month. Saturday 1st August they travelled to Saint Mary's of Sligo for two very competitive games. Both teams putting in strong performances. Last Friday they visited our neighbours Naomh Bríd for another good run out. This week training continues on Tuesday 5.45pm with Naomh Bríd visiting us on Thursday evening. All players to be up in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 5.45pm, throw-in will be at 6pm.

Under 8 training continues as normal this Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Also on Friday the under 6s will be training on the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh Academy
A date for your diaries folks. Aodh Ruadh Academy will be having a meeting in the Rock Hall on Friday, 21st August at 9pm, for all underage managers, coaches and mentors. Items on the agenda will include the following. Skills tests from under 6 to under 12, their results and analysis; The set up of an online club coaching page, with input needed from managers, coaches and mentors; Upcoming coaching courses, as well as other areas of discussion. The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting will follow directly afterwards. Lisa McTernan will send full details in due course.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh came up against a defensive Ardara outfit at Pearse Memorial Park on Sunday. In a low scoring game it was the homesters who made the most of their chances to take a 1-5 to 0-3 lead in at the interval. The Ernesiders threw everything at Ardara in the second half, but despite edging matters in the scoring stakes, too many chances went a-begging, including a late penalty. In the end it was Ardara who claimed victory on a 1-9 to 0-10 scoreline. Defensively, Ballyshannon had immense displays from Anna Rafferty and Ana Keon, with full back Sarah Gallagher giving a player of the match performance. Midfielders Caoimhe Keon and Sarah Patton left absolutely everything on the pitch. Meanwhile, up front Áine Gilmore, Cáit Gillespie and Terri Gallagher took some good scores, as did sub Briana Maher, who played through the pain barrier. Aodh Ruadh are due to play their postponed championship game against Carndonagh this Thursday, time and venue to be confirmed. The ladies will be back in championship action once again on Sunday when they face Gaeil Fhánada in Father Tierney Park at 10.30am.

There will be training for the under 16, under 18 and seniors ladies in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday at 8.30pm.

The minor ladies have a county semi-final to prepare for against Saint Eunan's on Tuesday, 18th August.

The under 14 girls put in a great effort in Gaoth Dobhair last Tuesday, but unfortunately on the night we met a much stronger side who took all their chances and ran out convincing winners in the end. With a number of girls unavailable to travel we had to make a number of changes at the last minute and everyone who came gave 100 percent for the cause. The defence was well marshalled by Fódhla Sheerin, ably supported by Ciara Larkin who put in a great shift. The midfield pairing of Cara O’Loughlin and Lauren Foy were really impressive and never stopped from start to finish, with Lauren managing to net two goals. Up front we were also treated to some fabulous goal taking by Jodie Meade and Cádhla Dolan. All in all the final scoreline didn’t really reflect the what was a very competitive match, but the best side won out on the night and the Ballyshannon girls now need to put all their focus and energy into the Division 1 Plate final which is scheduled for this Saturday, time and venue to be confirmed. A big thank you must go to the parents who undertook the long drive to Gaoth Dobhair on a midweek night. Finally we all want to send best wishes to Orlaith Gallagher who sustained a nasty injury towards the end of the game, we hope she has a speedy recovery.

The under 12s have a challenge against Four Masters this Tuesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All players should be up at the pitch for 6.20pm. The under 10 ladies train on Wednesdays at 7pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 ladies train on Wednesdays at 6pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
The senior hurlers took on local rivals Four Masters in their final game in the group section of the Junior Hurling Championship. The first half was nip and tuck as the Donegal Town lads fought ferociously for every ball, Aodh Ruadh found it hard to get going and led at half time 0-8 to 0-3. The home side put in a much improved second half and ran out comfortable winners 2-17 to 1-4. We have a great gallery of pictures from the game up at aodhruadh.org.

The minor hurlers had their first win of the season on Thursday. The team was short a couple of players, and 14 lads made their way to the Cross to take on Burt. The Inishowen men were physically stronger than the Ballyshannon lads, but the superior skills of the Aodh Ruadh proved the difference as we ran out comfortable winners 5-16 to 2-8. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the game.

The under 16s open their league campaign this Thursday with a trip to the Cross to take on Setanta.

The under 14s game against Setanta last Thursday was postponed.

Mizen to Malin
Local women Julie McMullin and Loretta Cullen are training hard for their run from Mizen Head to Malin Head over five days from 18th to 22nd August to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice, The Northwest Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. Both lost their mothers to cancer and know first hand the wonderful work the hospice movement and the Irish Cancer Society do and their ongoing need for donations. This is another great cause well worthy of your support. If you would like to sponsor the pair, please visit their GoFundMe page to make a donation.

Aodh Ruadh Golf Classic
The club are hosting a Golf Classic in Bundoran Golf Club on Friday, 28th August. Places can be booked through the golf club on 071-9841302, or on the Aodh Ruadh Klubfunder page. We have eight team prizes, as well as prizes for the longest male and female drives, and nearest the pin. Up for grabs are fourballs at Portnoo, Murvagh, Ballyliffin, and Slieve Russell; Vouchers for Druids Golf, Fletcher Golf and Bundoran Golf Club, plus loads more prizes. To obtain a tee sponsorship contact William on 087-2799855.

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18 August

Football
The intermediate championship big two clashed in Father Tierney Park on Sunday and, on this occasion, it was Cloich Cheann Fhaola who took the spoils, a late scoring burst giving them a 3-10 to 3-12 victory. This was a game where both sides had their purple patches. Ultimately it was Cloich Cheann Fhaola who made the most of theirs, while the departures of Sean Taylor and David Dolan through injury cost Aodh Ruadh dear. The visitors started like a tornado drilling a lot of quality ball into an Aodh Ruadh defence which had decided to go man for man. It reaped early rewards when Darren McGeever converted a penalty two minutes in to thrust his side into the lead. Cloich Cheann Fhaola added two quick points, but a Philip Patton penalty up the other end helped tilt the balance of exchanges in the Ernesiders favour. Aodh Ruadh started to find openings in the Blues' rearguard and Johnny Gethins exploited those to the maximum to drive home two quality goals as well as adding a point. That salvo helped Aodh Ruadh to a 3-4 to 1-4 interval advantage. Michael Fitzgerald netted for Cloich Cheann Fhaola shortly after the restart, but Aodh Ruadh continued to play the better football and by the second water break they lead by four points. Indeed that advantage was extended to five with a Philip Patton free after the break, but then the Gaeltacht men hit an unanswered 1-4, Paul Sweeney with the goal, to propel themselves into what had looked an unlikely lead just ten minutes earlier. Aodh Ruadh tried desperately to claw back the deficit, but by this stage time was their enemy and Cloich Cheann Fhaola saw out what was a hard earned victory. These are two very evenly matched teams and a further meeting down the line certainly isn't beyond the bounds of possibility. Sean Taylor to had exit the fray shortly after half-time and his assured presence in the danger zone was missed. Johnny Gallagher and the defence in general got through a lot of work with Cloich Cheann Fhaola giving every bit as good as they got. Philip Patton was in fine form from placed ball, but Johnny Gethins was probably man of the match, not just for his 2-1 tally, but for his all tireless running on what was a sultry summer afternoon. Needless to say, we wish David Dolan and Sean Taylor a speedy and full recovery from what looked like very painful injuries. We have a full match report from the game live on aodhruadh.org. Next up for Aodh Ruadh is the long trek north to Gaeil Fhánada for their latest outing in the intermediate football championship round robin stages. The game is this Saturday with throw in at Pairc Uí Shiail at 6.30pm.

The reserves are in action this Tuesday, taking on MacCumhaill's down in Ballybofey at 7.30pm.

It was a real exhibition of minor football in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. While Aodh Ruadh came out just on the wrong side of the 2-10 to 2-11 scoreline, they more than played their part in what was an epic contest of wills which had the big crowd in the park on the edge of their seats right up to the final whistle. The game had everything, great scores, great skill, big hits, huge effort and high drama. Four Masters had the better of it in the first quarter leading by 1-3 to 1-1. Aodh Ruadh had kept in the game with a Damian Weber penalty and a point from the silky Marty McGarrigle. Aodh Ruadh got their noses in front on the resumption when man of the match, Senan Rooney, split the posts with his first point of the day. Not long after Harry Howarth, a real livewire in the Erneside attack scrambled a ball over the line to make it 2-2 to 1-3. Four Masters and Matt Gillespie swapped points, before the visitors had the last say of the half to leave things finely poised at Aodh Ruadh 2-3 Four Master 1-5. The ante was upped in second half as both sides gave everything to try to gain the victory. A minute after the resumption it was advantage Donegal town as they banged home a superb goal, nothing Aaron Horan could do about that one. Commendably, Ballyshannon kept their cool and a Damian Weber free and a cool shot from Shane Brady restored parity. Four Masters edged in front again with two points, but another Weber free cut the deficit to the minimum on 38 minutes. Marty McGarrigle then floated over from play to level matters again, but Four Masters came back with two points to make it 2-7 to 2-9 in favour of the visitors at the second water break. Marty McGarrigle slipped over a free just after the restart and the game was right back in the melting pot. In the last quarter legs were tiring in the hot conditions and the Donegal town tackling became increasingly ragged. In particular they were powerless to halt the surging runs of Senan Rooney. The Corker man drove at the boys in Blue relentlessly and it was one such run which drew another penalty for Aodh Ruadh. Damian Weber struck the ball beautifully, but the Four Masters keeper got down to make an exceptional save. Nevertheless a Marty McGarrigle free brought the game to parity with ten minutes left to play. After that Jimmy White flashed the first of a series of black cards at Four Masters players as their tackling started to stray over the line as both sides gave it everything. It was that man McGarrigle on the mark again from the dead ball as a rampant Aodh Ruadh took the lead at 2-10 to 2-9. The Ballyshannon lads had their chances, but Four Masters were always dangerous and when they pointed with five minutes remaining to level the game for the fourth time it was really going to be luck of the draw which would decide the winner in this fantastic tussle. Unfortunately, fate favoured Four Masters on this occasion and they pointed a free with seconds left to play to edge the verdict after this great advertisement for the game. Aaron Horan had another outstanding 60 minutes in goal, Kyle Murray was playing on a different level in defence. Senan Rooney has seldom played better, and that's saying something. Up front Marty McGarrigle is becoming a really first rate attacker, in the mould of John Duffy with his wiry stylings. Also maturing into a fine footballer is Harry Howarth who tortured his marker and gave an exhibition of forward play. Next up for the minors is the return visit to take on Saint Naul's this Wednesday. Throw in down in Mountcharles is at 7pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesdays and Mondays at 4.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

After a rest week the under 14s are back in action this Tuesday when they entertain Naomh Bríd / Pettigo. Throw in at Father Tierney Park will be at 6.15pm. Training continues on Wednesdays 4pm to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

It was great day again for our under 12s meeting with Four Masters last Saturday. After conceding an early goal we got back on top and were well ahead after the first 20 minutes. Four Masters came back strong in the second 20 minutes, but Aodh Ruadh again finished well in the last 20 minutes to round off a great day of football. The full squad of 26 players all got good game time. Training continues on Tuesday at 7pm. The under 12s are at home to Naomh Bríd this Saturday, with the action getting under way in Father Tierney Park at 11am.

The under 10 footballers have had a busy start to the month. On Saturday 1st August they travelled to Saint Mary's of Sligo for two very competitive games. Both teams putting in strong performances. Last Friday they visited our neighbours Naomh Bríd for another good run out. This week training continues on Tuesday from 5.45pm with Naomh Bríd visiting us on Thursday evening. All players to be up in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 5.45pm, with throw-in at 6pm.

Under 8s training continues as normal this Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. On Saturday, we host Realt na Mara and Naomh Bríd under 8s in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, with proceedings throwing in at 11am. All players should be up at 10.30am, wearing their Academy jerseys, and have gum shields and water bottles with them.

Under 6 training continues this Friday on the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh Academy
Aodh Ruadh Academy will be having a meeting in the Rock Hall this Friday at 9pm, for all underage managers, coaches and mentors. Items on the agenda will include the following. Skills tests from under 6 to under 12, their results and analysis; The set up of an online club coaching page, with input needed from managers, coaches and mentors; Upcoming coaching courses, as well as other areas of discussion. The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting will follow directly afterwards. Lisa McTernan will send full details in due course.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh ladies will wonder how they lost their IFC against Gaeil Fhánada on Sunday after controlling exchanges for long stretches. The visitors looked to be feeling the effects of their 7.30am start, but they stayed in the match and managed to snatch the winning score at the very death. Ballyshannon played a lot of good football and got their rewards in an impressive first half. A goal from Terri Gallagher and points from Áine Gilmore (5) and Caoimhe Keon gave the homesters a 1-6 to 0-4 advantage at the interval. Gaeil Fhánada edged the third quarter, but Aodh Ruadh still lead by four after the last water break. When Briana Maher found the net it looked like the hosts had done enough for the win, but they hadn't counted on a late late show from the Gaels. They came right back with an answering goal of their own and added a second two minutes from time courtesy of sub Emma Friel. As both sides went in search of the winning score it was Gaeil Fhánada who broke the deadlock, Miriam Murphy converting a free to claim what had looked like an unlikely victory for much of this match. This was a tough defeat for Aodh Ruadh after dominating much of the game, but Gaeil Fhánada deserve credit for doggedly staying in the contest. Sarah Gallagher, Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty were strong in defence for Aodh Ruadh, with Grainne Maguire also showing up well on her introduction. Up front Áine Gilmore caused the Gaels endless problems with her clever running, Terri Gallagher and Kate Cunningham also making sterling attacking contributions. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The senior ladies got a busy week off to a great start when they played their postponed game against Carndonagh in the Donegal Centre of Excellence in Convoy last Wednesday. They played their best football in the first ten minutes when a 2-3 salvo set the tone, Áine Gilmore and Cáit Gillespie with the goals. Aodh Ruadh picked away at the points after that to take a 2-10 to 0-3 lead in at half-time. The Inishowen girls made a better fist of things in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh kept matters under control, full back Sarah Gallagher in particular snuffing out a series of incipient Carndonagh attacks. With Bridín Maguire going on to bag Ballyshannon's third goal of the day thanks to a penalty, it finished 3-14 to 4-4 in favour of the Ernesiders.

The senior ladies have training on Tuesday and Thursday at 8.15pm this week ahead of their IFC Shield semi-final against Convoy this Sunday. The Saint Mary's ladies will have home advantage for that clash.

The best of luck to the minor ladies in their county semi-final against Saint Eunan's this Tuesday. Throw in at O'Donnell Park is at 6.30pm

The under 16s got their season up and running with a useful challenge against Four Masters last week. Played in Tír Chonnaill Park last Wednesday, the Aodh Ruadh girls looked in excellent condition and put together some impressive combination play. Cara Davitt made an excellent cameo between the posts, while Ciara Caldwell and Gráinne Maguire's defensive partnership looks as solid as ever. Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Niamh Hughes controlled midfield well, with Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Chantelle Timoney and Katie O'Brien in lethal form up front.

For the second time in a week Aodh Ruadh came out on the wrong end of a one point scoreline after a titanic struggle. This time it was the under 14 ladies who came up short in their Division 1 Shield Final against Ardara on Saturday morning. Level at half-time, level at full time, and with just a point between them at the break in extra-time, it was only an Ardara point seconds from the final whistle which separated these sides after a phenomenal rollercoaster of game of football. Played in energy sapping heat in Father Tierney Park, the Shamettes had the aid of the steady breeze in the first half. They weren't long making use of it and lead by 1-5 to 1-1 by the first water break. The second quarter was strongly dominated by Ardara, however and the sides turned around level, Aodh Ruadh 2-6 Ardara 3-3. It looked like the impetus was with the girls in green and gold at this stage, and they underlined that thinking by hitting their fourth goal seconds after the throw in. The Ernesiders really dug deep though, and showed all their character and the sides were deadlocked at Aodh Ruadh 4-12 Ardara 6-6 as Mark Brown signalled for full time. Again Aodh Ruadh made the early running and two Jodie Meade frees gave Ballyshannon the edge. However, Ardara managed to nick what was to prove a crucial point before the sides switched around. The game was all square three minutes into the second half of extra-time, and over what remained of the game both teams gave absolutely everything they had. Chances were passed up by both sides, but in the end, with time running out, it was Ardara who sent over the winner. A very tough defeat for the Aodh Ruadh team and management to take after such a strong and gutsy display. However, they can take real solace in the fact that they have marked themselves out as one of the top teams in Donegal at this grade, and this group of players certainly have bigger days ahead of them. The Aodh Ruadh girls wore their hearts on their sleeves and there were great displays right across the pitch, especially considering the conditions. Ciara Larkin was outstanding in the half back line, with Cara O'Loughlin similarly magnificent in midfield, while up front Hannah McGuinness posed constant problems for Ardara, and Jodie Meade had a heavy impact on the score board. None of the Aodh Ruadh players deserved to be on the losing side and played this decider in a great spirit, but, sadly, sometimes that's the way football goes. This brings the curtain down on the under 14 season and we thank Sandra Sheerin, Anton McGloin and Thomas O'Brien for all their dedicated work with this group of girls this year and having brought them on so much this season. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s had a good challenge against Four Masters last Tuesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Katie McGowan was outstanding, doing a great job between the posts before showing she was just as as effective out the field too. Ciara Larkin and Megan Murphy got through a power of work in midfield. Nessa Warren, Faye Gillespie and Cora McGowan also made eye-catching contributions. Training continues this Tuesday at 7.30pm.

The under 10 ladies train on Wednesdays at 7pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 ladies train on Wednesdays at 6pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
After a quiet week on the hurling front we hope to be back to something like regular action this week. The minors play Setanta in Father Tierney Park this Thursday at 7pm. Meanwhile, the under 14s are also due to play Setanta on Thursday, but the venue has yet to be decided.

Aodh Ruadh Golf Classic main sponsor announced
We are delighted to confirm Daikin and Northern Refrigeration Services as main sponsors for our upcoming Golf Classic in Bundoran Golf Club on Friday, 28th August. We would like to record our gratitude to Gerald McGloin for his generous sponsorship of this event. Places can be booked through the golf club on 071-9841302, or on the Aodh Ruadh Klubfunder page. We have eight team prizes, as well as prizes for the longest male and female drives, and nearest the pin. Up for grabs are fourballs at Portnoo, Murvagh, Ballyliffin, and Slieve Russell; Vouchers for Druids Golf, Fletcher Golf and Bundoran Golf Club, plus loads more prizes. To obtain a tee sponsorship contact William on 087-2799855.

Mizen to Malin
Local women Julie McMullin and Loretta Cullen commence their run from Mizen Head to Malin Head this Tuesday and will be on the road right up to Saturday as they bid to raise funds for The Donegal Hospice, The Northwest Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. Both lost their mothers to cancer and know first hand the wonderful work the hospice movement and the Irish Cancer Society do and their ongoing need for donations. This is another great cause well worthy of your support. If you would like to sponsor the pair, please visit their GoFundMe page to make a donation.

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25 August

Football
Aodh Ruadh claimed a home quarter-final in the intermediate football championship with a polished performance in Pairc Uí Shiail on Saturday evening. Eoin Carr hit the opener for the hosts, but from the moment when Diarmaid McInerney levelled matters after being set up by Nathan Boyle on six minutes the Ballyshannon men took a grip on proceedings they never relinquished. Aodh Ruadh quickly added a well-worked score finished by Shane McGrath before David McGurrin slung over. Gaeil Fhánada came back with points from Mark McAteer and Bernard McGettigan to have matters level by the first water break, but Barry Ward's side already had an ominous fluency about their play. They steadily turned the screw over the second quarter, while holding the Gaels scoreless. Philip Patton fired over his first point of the game on 24 minutes as Fanad's Paddy Heraghty exited on a black card. Three minutes later Patton was fouled for a free which he converted himself. Another sweeping move was finished by a Johnny Gallagher fisted effort over the bar. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Philip Patton sent over his third free of the game to leave it Gaeil Fhánada 0-3 Aodh Ruadh 0-7. Aodh Ruadh began the second half with another fisted shot, this time Johnny Gethins completing a slick team move. Fanad had probably their best spell of the game in the third quarter as the sides went blow for blow. They answered Gethins' point with their first score in 19 minutes, a left foot free from Mark McAteer. That was cancelled out not long after by a Patton dead ball, but McAteer came back again with another free. Michael McKenna hit a well-deserved point from play before another Patton free put six between them. The last say of the quarter went to Fanad though, Oisin Sheils splitting the post to leave it 0-6 to 0-11. Mark McAteer trimmed the margin further on the resumption, before a priceless contribution to victory by the Boyle brothers. First Nathan sent over a wondrous score off the outside of the right boot from well out to halt the homesters scoring run, then Peter made a magnificent double save from the dangerous Mark McAteer to keep Aodh Ruadh in the comfort zone on the score board. With two minutes of normal time remaining Nathan then drilled over another lovely effort, this time off the left boot. A Philip Patton free took the game to double scores 0-7 to 0-14 a minute later. Fergal Friel and Shane McGrath exchanged points in added time, but by that stage thoughts were turning to whether Aodh Ruadh had managed to secure a home quarter-final or not. Happily, results went Ballyshannon's way, and so we now have a home draw against Naomh Muire in the IFC quarter-finals. Next up for the seniors is a return to regional league action when Saint Eunan's are the guests in Father Tierney Park this Saturday at 6.30pm.

The reserves are unlikely to meet as formidable an opposition this season as the MacCumhaill's team they lined out against last Tuesday. Aodh Ruadh had a strong team out themselves, but the hosts were just dominant in every area of the park and denied the Ernesiders any chance to hit their stride. The half-time score of 2-10 to 0-3 told its own story, with Niall Murray, Donagh McIntyre and an Odhran McGarrigle free the visitors' only return. Another McGarrigle free and a Donagh McIntyre dead ball was the extent of Ballyshannon's second half scoring as it finished MacCumhaill's 3-23 Aodh Ruadh 0-5. Some days you just run into a better team, and Tuesday was one of those days. Donagh McIntyre tried hard around the middle, with Jamie McDonald making himself available for kick outs and trying to create some go-forward ball. Damien Cleary did his best with the surfeit of attacks coming his way. Up front Odhran McGarrigle continues to establish himself as a dead ball specialist of commendable consistency. The reserves are back in action this Tuesday against Glenfin in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm. We expect to be streaming this game on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page, so hopefully the lads will be in the mood to put on a show!

Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's had a nip and tuck tussle last Wednesday in Mountcharles with spoils shared on a 1-11 to 1-11 scoreline. The hosts had ace up their sleeve in the form of dead ball expert Thomas White who accounted for 1-8 of his side's final tally. The Ernesiders had an exceptional performance from Aaron Neilan, with another powerful display from Mark McGlynn at half forward. We extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Senan Rooney who was taken to hospital after sustaining a nasty knock after bravely going for the ball. Many thanks to the Saint Naul's officials who attended Senan prior to the ambulance's arrival. The minors have a busy week ahead. First they face Four Masters on Wednesday in Tir Chonaill Park at 7pm. Then on Friday they are home to Bundoran, with throw in at 7pm in Father Tierney Park.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesdays and Mondays at 4.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 14s came out on the wrong end of a 4-5 to 3-10 scoreline against Naomh Bríd / Pettigo last Tuesday. This was an evenly balanced game, but the amalgamated side always just had the edge and lead at the break. Aodh Ruadh did have an opportunity to tie the game up, but the referee ordered a penalty to be retaken after Oran Gillespie had netted. Gillespie struck the respotted kick well, but it went over rather than under the bar. Killian Bradshaw was once again in fine form between the posts with Morgan McNamee having a good game in front of him in defence. The midfield partnership of Ted O'Donnell and Tommy Clyne once again got through a lot of work, while up front Oran Gillespie, Dara McGloin and Garvey Meade gave good attacking options. The team are back in action this Tuesday when they are in Donegal Town to take on Four Masters at 6.15pm. Training continues on Wednesdays 4pm to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

The under 12s entertained their northern neighbours, Naomh Bríd on Saturday. The visitors started the contest well and really put it up to the Ballyshannon lads in the first period. However, Aodh Ruadh hit their stride and got a few goals to pull away. There were a lot of changes made in second and third periods, but every member of the team played well to produce our most consistent performance of the season yet. It was good to see Calum Dorrian and Eoin Gallagher back after a few weeks out of action. We fielded 29 players in all, with Antoin Duffy, Eoin McNulty, Oisin Sweeny Sean Maguire and Bobby Melly putting in some eye-catching performances. Our thanks to Chris Kelly who did a great job reffing in difficult wet conditions. There is a large gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The squad are home again this Saturday when Pettigo are the opposition. Action gets under way at Father Tierney Park at 11am. Training continues on Tuesday at 7pm.

Under 10 training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 5.45pm.

Last Saturday the under 8s hosted Realt na Mara for what proved to be a morning of great football and effort from both teams. Aodh Ruadh has 35 players togged, and all the boys got lots of game time with three pitches on the go simultaneously. Thanks to Barry Travers, Gavin Bourke and Glen Mathews for their reffing duties. We have a great gallery of pictures of the action up at aodhruadh.org. Our under 8s will train as normal this Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Under 6 training continues this Friday on the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh exited the championship on Sunday morning in Convoy. They lost out to the homesters after a nip and tuck game of football, with a late goal putting something of a deceptive gloss on the final score of 3-10 to 2-8 for the Saint Mary's girls. After an absorbing first half where Áine Gilmore found the net, Aodh Ruadh trailed by 2-7 to 1-3 at the interval. Ballyshannon kept Convoy scoreless over the course of the third quarter and a Sarah Patton goal following a sublime pass from Briana Maher put the game right back in the melting pot. In the final quarter the Ernesiders fired over two points to make it anyone's game. It was Convoy who finished the stronger however, hitting an unanswered 1-3 to book their place in the intermediate championship plate final. This was arguably Aodh Ruadh's best display of the season with a lot of good team work on show, and it was probably Convoy's superior physicality which helped them edge the verdict. Sarah Gallagher was once more a cut above in a defence which also had good showings from Andrea McGlynn, Saoirse McDevitt, Hannah Doherty and Anna Rafferty. In midfield Sarah Patton and Caoimhe Keon gave it their all, while up front Briana Maher, Cáit Gillespie and Áine Gilmore were among those who landed points with Bridín Maguire also proving a handful in the attack. Senior training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.

The highlight of last week was the minors' victory over Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park to secure their place in the county final for the second year in a row. The first quarter saw both sides feeling each other out. Aoibheann McGarrigle opened Aodh Ruadh's account four minutes in with a free, but it was Eunan's who lead at the first water break, 0-2 to 0-1. Ballyshannon took things up a notch in the next quarter, striking particularly hard in the 18th minute when points on the spin from Katie O'Brien and Caoimhe Keon helped thrust them two ahead. The sides then swapped scores, Katie O'Brien with a free for the visitors. Aoibheann McGarrigle then made it 0-3 to 0-6 on 23 minutes. Saint Eunan's rallied and cut the deficit back to just a point three minutes from the break, but Aodh Ruadh then struck for a goal which helped keep clear blue water between the sides at the interval. As they turned around it was Saint Eunan's 0-6 Aodh Ruadh 1-6. The Letterkenny girls had the first score of the second half through their dangerous number 14, but Aodh Ruadh came back in spectacular style, Aoibheann McGarrigle rattling the back of the net with a great shot from an acute angle before and Katie O'Brien sent over to launch the Shamettes into a 0-7 to 2-8 lead. Saint Eunan's continued to battle hard and responded with two points, but another McGarrigle point before the water break meant there was two goals between them going into the second half water break. Letterkenny clawed back two points on the resumption, but Lucy McGlynn came sailing through to clip over an important point with six minutes remaining and with Katie O'Brien restoring the two goal margin in the 57th minute the Ballyshannon support could finally start to believe. Saint Eunan's came back with another point, but the final say went to Aodh Ruadh and Cara O'Loughlin as they booked their place in the county decider. This was a great team performance from Aodh Ruadh with excellent displays from Ella Clancy, Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle in the middle third. Síofra Hughes, Tia McFarland and Grainne Maguire showed well in defence, while in the attack Aoibheann McGarrigle and Katie O'Brien were in lethal form. Next up for the minors will be a county final against Saint Naul's. Date time and venue have yet to be confirmed, but this will be a real game to savour after a tough battle between the sides on the first day of the season which went the way of Mountcharles. Training for minors and under 16s continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm.

The under 12s got their season off to a good start in Bundoran on Saturday afternoon. The homesters got the first point, but a Katie McCaffrey goal shot Aodh Ruadh into an early lead. A couple of Bundoran points had things back level pegging, but a cracking Hannah Downey point from distance followed by a well taken score by Emily McNamee had the Ernesiders two ahead at half-time. Realt na Mara had the wind in the second half and struck for the first score. Rachel Gillespie responded for Ballyshannon, with that pattern being repeated once again to make it Bundoran 0-5 Aodh Ruadh 1-4. Player of the match Ciara Larkin hit a fabulous point to put a goal between the sides. Bundoran came back with a late point, while Emily McNamee was unlucky to have an excellent shot ruled out as wide. However, Aodh Ruadh had done enough to secure a hard-earned victory after a well-balanced contest. The win was built on marvellous defensive performance from Katie McGowan and Áine Neilan, with Rebecca Downey immaculate with her kick outs. In midfield Ciara Larkin was magnetic to the ball. Lucy Byrne and Faye Gillespie were also excellent in the middle third. Up front the busy Emily McNamee and Katie McCaffrey got through a lot of work, while Rachel Gillespie put the cat among the pigeons on her introduction. We wish Lily O'Donnell a speedy recovery from her injury after a barn-storming first half. Thanks to Bundoran snapper Ger Foy who took a great range of pictures from the action on Saturday. Next up for the under 12s is the visit of Naomh Bríd / Pettigo to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday at 12pm. Please note that training this week has been moved to Wednesday at 7pm.

The under 10 ladies train on Wednesdays at 7pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 ladies train on Wednesdays at 6pm at the top field in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
Our senior hurlers return to action this Sunday when they host Saint Eunan's for their Junior Hurling Championship quarter-final clash. Throw-in at Father Tierney Park will be at 3pm.

There was a double header of hurling action in Father Tierney Park last Thursday. First up was the under 14 clash between Aodh Ruadh and Setanta. Our young and dedicated squad ran out comfortable winners in this game, 6-6 to 3-0 the final score. Next up was the meeting of the same two teams at minor level. This was a closer game and the lads from the Cross ran out winners on a 3-15 to 2-11 scoreline.

The under 16s begin their league campaign this Thursday with a home game against Saint Eunan's. Throw-in at Father Tierney Park is 7pm. Our under 12s are also due to take on Four Masters in Donegal town this Thursday, throw-in at Tir Chonaill Park is at 7pm.

Countdown on to Aodh Ruadh Golf Classic
The Daikin and Northern Refrigeration Services sponsored Aodh Ruadh Golf Classic is almost upon us. The action tees off in Bundoran Golf Club this Friday with some serious golfers, and some not-so-serious, set to do battle for the impressive array of prizes on offer. We have eight team prizes, as well as prizes for the longest male and female drives, and nearest the pin. Up for grabs are fourballs at Portnoo, Murvagh, Ballyliffin, and Slieve Russell; Vouchers for Druids Golf, Fletcher Golf and Bundoran Golf Club, plus loads more prizes. Places can still be booked through the golf club on 071-9841302, or on the Aodh Ruadh Klubfunder page. To obtain a tee sponsorship contact William on 087-2799855.

Training schedule
With some teams coming to the end of their competitions, changes to training and coaching arrangements should be notified to Tom Daly as there is constant pressure for slots due to the high volume of activity across the codes and age groups.

Tournaments
Units of the club with plans for tournaments need to finalise their plans a soon as possible. Given the current high level of activity on all of our pitches on week evenings, it is likely that Saturday and Sundays offer the best option for running these competitions. An early start, say 4pm may also work, on some evenings. Contact Tom Daly to sort out arrangements.

Health and Safety notice
The Park / Development Committee has commenced work to bring forward a further phase of spectator terracing on the Town side of Father Tierney Park and to further advance pre-construction works for the laying of a new playing surface on the Fr Tierney Park in the second quarter of 2021. These current works will continue over the coming months and will involve heavy transport moving in and out of the grounds and heavy machinery working within the grounds. All are asked to observe site safety notices and avoid entering the works area.

Executive meeting
The monthly club executive meeting will take place this Thursday. Due to restrictions on indoor gatherings this will be conducted remotely. Lisa McTernan will be in contact with committee members with full details later this week.

Mizen to Malin
Huge congratulations to Julie McMullin and Loretta Cullen on completing their Mizen Head to Malin Head run on Sunday evening. A truly remarkable achievement by any standards. The event sparked a wonderful outpouring of goodwill, not least as they jogged their way through Ballyshannon on Saturday afternoon when there was a big local support out to cheer the ladies on. That goodwill has also been reflected in donations to the pair's Just GoFundMe page with a massive €30,000 having been raised for The Donegal Hospice, The Northwest Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on everyone, but it has also brought out the best in us, when you think back the similarly generous response to John Rooney's Wild Atlantic run earlier this year. If you would like to help boost Julie and Loretta's fantastic returns even further, please visit their GoFundMe page to make a donation.

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