Club Notes Archive - 2022May
- 3 May
Our adult footballers return to league action this weekend with a trip to Magheragallon to tackle Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday evening. The reserve game goes off at 5.30pm, followed by the seniors at 7pm.
It was honours even on Friday evening in the minor league at Pearse Memorial Park where it finished Ardara 4-8 Aodh Ruadh 2-14. After an evenly enough fought first half the sides were six scores apiece. Unfortunately for the visitors, Ardara had banged in three goals and held a handsome 3-3 to 0-6 interval advantage. Ballyshannon really knuckled down in the second half and went after Ardara, going into the lead with the final whistle beckoning. The homesters had a final push left in them though, and scored with the last kick of the game to leave the side's sharing the points. The Ernesiders had stand-out performances from Dara McGloin, Jack Gallagher and Tommy Clyne who played goals covering for the injured Ryan Daly. Next up for the minors is the visit of Naomh Conaill to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Friday, 13th May. In the meantime, good luck to Eoghan Kelly, Shane Delahunty and the Donegal minors in their Ulster Championship clash with Derry this Saturday in Owenbeg, throw-in at 2pm.
The Aodh Ruadh under 15s returned to action with a bang last Wednesday, recording a convincing 4-14 to 0-4 win over Naomh Bríd in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It was a great team display by the starting 15 and subs. In defence Rian McCauley was in top form at corner back with Ted O'Donnell laying down the law at centre back and Liam Doogan showing strongly on the wing. There was another dominant display by Eoin Cassidy and Garvey Meade in midfield, while up front Oran Gillespie and Dara O'Mahoney were very lively and provided good options. The impressive Joe Gibbions also did really well in his roving commission around the middle third. Dara McGloin raised two green flags, with Killian McPhelim scoring what was probably the goal of the game. The team now have a break this week before returning to action against Killybegs next Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.
The under 13s took part in the Francie Rooney memorial tournament in Manorhamilton on Saturday. Travelling with just 17 players for this 15-a-side tournament, the boys had their work cut out, but they gave a great account of themselves. They settled well in the group stages and won their first match against Boyle, before being shaded by Molaise Gaels and then Kinawley, who both went on to contest the cup final. We went on to the Shield semi-final and put in a dominant performance against Rory O’Moore's of Belturbet to win 5-3 to 2-4. We came up against tournament favourites and hosts Glencar Manorhamilton in the Shield final, and were just second best as tiredness from so much football over a long day took its toll in the damp conditions. It was a great opportunity for so many of the boys to show the managers what they could do, with Markko Branley and Darragh Patton really stepping up. Alex Kerrigan and Aaron McLoone were very disciplined at the back, Manus Conlon and Eoghan McCadden worked their socks off all day and MJ Ward lead from the front. Saint Eunan's and Saint Mary's made up the other participating teams. A big thank you to the organisers who put on a great event and looked after us very well. Training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm and Saturday at 3pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Our under 11 Green squad made the long journey to Annagry on Saturday afternoon to take on Naomh Mhuire. We contested two fiercely competitive games, with the Aodh Ruadh boys playing some brilliant football. Our White squad played Kilcar at home last Wednesday evening, and again all boys got lots of game time and management were very happy with our boys' commitment and continued improvement. This week our Green squad play Four Masters on Wednesday evening in Donegal town. All players are to be there at 5pm at the latest for the 5.30pm throw-in. Later that evening our White squad are at home to Saint Naul's, boys to be up for 6.30pm for the 7pm throw-in. Both squads train this Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 12 noon to 1pm.
The under 9s had their first game of the season away to Killybegs on Saturday. They should be very proud of how they played on what was a very wet morning. Particular mention to the boys who lined out for Aodh Ruadh for the first time. We are at home next Saturday morning against Donegal Town. Training continues on Friday evening at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
Ballyshannon's senior hurlers made the long trip to Dungloe last Friday with the bare 15 to take on Gaeltacht men in the Senior Hurling League. This was a repeat of last year's hard-fought Junior Hurling Championship Final. As always between these two teams, it was a closely fought game with scores at a premium. The Ernesiders were slow to get going and were behind at half time by 0-8 to 0-4. Aodh Ruadh produced a much improved second half, battling hard for every score, with every man put in a good effort. As in last year's county final though, the West Donegal amalgamation came out on top 0-13 to 0-10. Aodh Ruadh are at home this Friday to Burt with a 7pm throw-in at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The under 15s travelled to Owenbeg on Sunday short a number of players sure to confirmation and work commitments. The 15 lads who travelled gave it everything they could against a big strong physical Antrim team who are competing in Division 1 of the Antrim league. After getting off to a slow start the lads started to come into the game and hold their own. Ballyshannon gave a second half exhibition of defending, hooking, blocking and pure passion which was joy to behold. It was a full team performance, from corner forward right the whole way back through the team and ensured Ard na Rí managed to register just two points in the second half. While Aodh Ruadh out-scored their Saffron opponents 1-3 in the second half, Ard na Rí had enough in hand from their first half efforts to secure the points. Nevertheless, the Erneside lads can be very proud of their performance.
Our under 13s played Coolera Strandhill on Monday evening. In the end it was Aodh Ruadh's attacking economy which was the decisive factor. The Yeats men started strongly and fashioned a number of good scoring chances, but by the half-time break it was the hosts who lead 1-4 to 0-2. The second half proved something of a carbon copy with the Ballyshannon making the absolute most of their chances. In the end a great team performance saw the homesters running out 4-8 to 0-4 victors. They continue their season with a clash against Burt at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy this Thursday.
We had a great morning of activity in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh on Sunday morning, when we welcomed our neighbours from Four Masters for a blitz. Over 40 youngsters from the club took part, and we had a great morning of sport and craic. Played at under 8 and under 10 grades, we had five games on the go. Well done to all the players and thanks to the parents who looked after each team. Well done also to our junior referees, Alex and Ethan Kerrigan, and Jack Gormley. Thanks also to David Downey and Cáelán Drummond for refereeing the under 10 games.
Training continues on Sunday for all our younger age groups.
We had a great turn out for our first Give It A Go session, which took place for youngsters aged from 5 up to 11 on Bank Holiday Monday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We would like to thank the As Darragh Did Charity, for supporting this initiative.
The next round of adult league games takes place on Sunday 15th May. The Division 2 team will be taking on Saint Naul's, while the Division 3 team with be facing off against Dungloe, with both games away fixtures.
After a tough opening to the season the under 16 girls dusted themselves down and delivered a power-packed display on Saturday evening to get their first win of the year against Muff. The Inishowen girls came to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on the back of a promising start to the year. However, they ran into an Aodh Ruadh side with a renewed sense of purpose. After ten minutes Aodh Ruadh were 2-4 up with well-constructed goals finished by Orlaith Gallagher and Cádhla Dolan. The Ernesiders kept up the pressure right to half-time and went in leading by 6-7 to 0-1. There was a blistering attacking display by Orlaith Gallagher to complement the deft stylings of Cádhla Dolan. the tenacious Orlaith O'Neill also finished the half with a goal to her credit. There was a relentless effort by the middle eight to keep the attack fed, with Cara O'Loughlin, Andrea Moore, Jessica O'Mahoney and Dairín Sweeny covering a huge amount of pitch. The second half was a similar story with Ciara Larkin being rewarded for a lot of selfless work with some lovely points, including one off the left boot. Abbie Gallagher also cracked home a mighty goal. A determined Muff side never gave up and kept playing right to the end, but stout defending by Fódhla Sheerin, Katie McGowan and Megan Murphy meant they found quality scoring chances at a premium. All-in-all, a fantastic team performance by the Ballyshannon girls and great display to build on in future games.
The under 14s have a challenge game against Four Masters on Tuesday evening in Donegal town at 6.30pm. Players should be at Tir Chonaill Park at 5.45pm. Training continues on Friday evening at 6pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Sunday morning at the Coláiste Cholmcille field at 10am.
The under 13s next assignment is an away trip to Dungloe this Friday, throw-in 6.30pm.
Training continues for under 12 girls this Tuesday at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm and on Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Well done to all our bingo winners last week. Sarah O’Shea took the 50/50 Jackpot prize for €250. The house winners were Paddy Sexton, John McGreevy, Leona Cox, Karl O’Brien, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Marie Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Kathleen McCormack, John McGreevy Jr, and Marie Gormley. The cash prize winners on the lines were Regina Dolan, Katie McAleer, Carrie O’Brien, Lesley Lynch, Mary Roper, Margaret McCafferty, Michelle Quinn, Grace Martin, Owen Duffy, Dolores McDonagh and Philomena McGarrigle. We also had nine free books won for our next bingo. There is no bingo this week as we take a break in preparation for our return to the Abbey Centre, which - all going well, will be Friday 13th May ... which might be lucky for some! As always we thank our players for their continued support and look forward to seeing you again Friday week.
- 10 May
Aodh Ruadh picked up two priceless points on the road with an impressive performance at Magheragallon on Saturday evening. The Ernesiders were well on top in the first half, with a Shane McGrath goal helping John McNulty's charges to a 1-6 to 0-1 interval lead. Gaoth Dobhair came out with a bit more spark about them in the second half and two quick-fire goals put them back into contention. Nevertheless, white flags from Colm Kelly, Shane McGrath, Nathan and Peter Boyle ensured that Ballyshannon preserved their lead throughout. With time almost up Shane McGrath could afford the luxury of tapping over a penalty to secure the points as it finished Aodh Ruadh 1-11 Gaoth Dobhair 2-5. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Peter Boyle; (0-1) Mark McGlynn, Conor Patton, Kyle Murray; Colm Kelly (0-1), Eddie Lynch, Michael McKenna; Eamonn McGrath, Nathan Boyle (0-4); Gary Carty, David Dolan, Diarmaid McInerney (0-3); Shane McGrath (1-2), Darren Drummond, Niall Murray. Subs: Cian Rooney for Gary Carty, Donagh McIntyre for Diarmaid McInerney, Callum O'Halloran, Matt Gillespie for Nathan Boyle.
The Aodh Ruadh reserves got the action off to a great start on Saturday, taking the win in the day's curtain raiser. They started as they meant to continue with Colm McGloin and Dylan Gallagher winning the throw-in and feeding the ball in for Marty McGarrigle who was pulled down to the ground. Damian Weber did the honours with the placed ball to send the visitors into an early lead. Gaoth Dobhair levelled, but with five minutes played Damian Weber won a long ball in and unleashed a stinging shot at goal only to see it rattle the cross bar. Unfortunately for the hosts Kerry Ryan was lying in wait to gather the rebound and stick the ball in the back of the net. The Aodh Ruadh attack were in great form, putting plenty of pressure on the Gaoth Dobhair kick out. Indeed, the pressure was such that the keeper was forced to put two restarts in a row out over to the sideline. Those two errors allowed Aodh Ruadh to create chances which were pointed by Spanny Goan and Marty McGarrigle. Gaoth Dobhair roused themselves and responded with a 1-2 salvo to haul themselves back into the tie. As the homesters started to get the bit between their teeth, keeper Aaron Cullen had to be lively to make a good save in a one on one. Cullen then showed his quality by starting a move which finished with Damian Weber sweeping the ball over the bar at the far end of the pitch. That was the last scoring action of the first-half, the sides turning around with Aodh Ruadh leading by two, 1-6 to 1-4. The Gaeltacht men got the first score of the new half, but that was answered by two long-range wind-assisted Cathal Kelly points. Aodh Ruadh then added a well-worked point from Damian Weber after Kerry Ryan had fielded a high ball in. Gaoth Dobhair continued to plug away though and hit the game's next two scores. Ballyshannon responded in style when Aaron Cullen found Colm McGloin from a kick out. McGloin popped the ball to Damian Weber and he played a lovely ball into Darragh Dolan who laid off to Kerry Ryan. Ryan drew the keeper before flicking the ball across for Dolan to fist the ball to the back of the net. Fittingly, that score sealed a great win for the Ernesiders as it finished Aodh Ruadh 2-10 Gaoth Dobhair 1-9.
This coming Sunday we will be welcoming county champions Saint Eunan's to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The reserve game goes off at 1.30pm, followed by the seniors at 3pm.
Donegal minors came up against a well-drilled Derry outfit on Saturday, with the Oak Leafers running out five-point winners in Owenbeg. We wish Eoghan Kelly, Shane Delahunty and the rest of the squad the best of luck in their last group game this Saturday against Monaghan in Clones, throw-in at 3pm.
The Aodh Ruadh under 15s are back in action this Wednesday with a league tie against Killybegs in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.
Under 13 training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm and Saturday at 3pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Our under 11 Green squad travelled to Donegal town on Wednesday evening to take on Four Masters. There were four games played in total, with honours even and some great football being played by both teams. Later that evening, our White squad played Saint Naul's at home. All boys got great game time, and put in a very impressive display of football. This week our Green squad are training on Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, with a home game on Saturday against Naomh Columba at 10.30am. On Wednesday the White squad have an away match against Naomh Ultan. Players should to be at the pitch in Dunkineely at 6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in. Training for the White squad takes place on Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 12 noon to 1pm.
The under 9s have their second game of the season on Wednesday evening away to Bundoran. Throw-in is at 6.30pm. Boys to be at the pitch in Bundoran for 6.10pm at the latest. Training continues as normal on Friday evening at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
It was honours even on Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh after a closely fought contest between Aodh Ruadh and Burt. The Ernesiders had trailed for much of the second half, but a brilliant solo goal by Aaron Cullen with time almost up raised a big cheer from the home support and thrust his side into a one-point lead. Burt had made good use of the game's final play though and hit a levelling point to leave the final score reading Aodh Ruadh 3-11 Burt 2-14. Ballyshannon had got off to a great start with a goal from Aaron Cullen helping the side to a six-point lead at one stage. Aaron Neilan also raised a green flag as Aodh Ruadh held a slim 2-6 to 1-7 half-time advantage. Burt enjoyed the preponderance of possession in the second half and used it well to forge what looked like it would be a winning position. That was until Aaron Cullen came charging through the Burt cover and lashed to be back of the net. As it turned out Burt had the last say and, on the balance of play, a draw was probably the fair result. We have a gallery of pictures from the game live now on aodhruadh.org. The senior hurlers have a break from competitive action this week.
Our under 17s face Dungloe this Thursday away from home. Best of luck to the team and management. Well done to Mickey Doogan, Cian McDonald, Tommy Clyne and Matthew Tierney, who all lined out for Donegal in their win in the Celtic Challenge quarter-final against Cavan. Best of luck to all the Donegal panel, and mentors in the semi-final against Kildare.
The under 15s were in action in the Táin Og league Monday evening in Páirc Aodh Ruadh. The final whistle saw the lads celebrating a convincing win against Éire Óg Carrickmore. A strong first-half performance from Aodh Ruadh meant the homesters went in at the break leading by 2-9 to 1-4. All 28 players got game-time and there were some excellent performances from goalkeeper right through to the full forward line. Our backs worked hard and executed some great hooks and blocks in a great display of defending. The midfield lads worked their socks off, giving the forwards plenty of good ball to work with, while not neglecting to help out the backs too. The Aodh Ruadh forwards took some great scores throughout the game with some really well worked moves up through the lines too. As the second-half went on Ballyshannon continued to make the most their scoring opportunities and went on to win out on a scoreline of 4-15 to 3-3. The lads played magnificently and could be really proud of their performance.
Our under 13s were due to play Carndonagh in the Convoy Centre of Excellence, but due to the combination of a school tour and confirmation rehearsal, this game has been postponed. This Thursday they take on Setanta in the Donegal League, and follow this up with a meeting against our neighbours Erne Gaels in the Táin Og league on Monday evening.
Training continues every Sunday morning for our younger ages groups. Anyone looking to join up and take part can contact John Larkin on 086-1076883.
The next round of adult league games takes place this coming Sunday. The Division 2 team will be taking on Saint Naul's, while the Division 3 team with be facing off against Dungloe, with both games away fixtures.
The under 16s return to action this week with a league clash with Four Masters on Thursday evening.
Our under 14s played a challenge game on Tuesday last in Donegal Town against Four Masters. Four Masters dominated the first half and really rattled the visitors. The girls looked rocked at half time, but after half time talks with management produced more of a team performance in the second half. There was just a point in it with five minutes to go, unfortunately Four Masters raided for two late goals and it wasn’t to be for the girls. There were some top scores from Laoise Foy, Katie McGowan and Katie McCaffrey. Emma O’Donnell was spectacular in the middle of the field while Molly Begley, Rebecca Downey and Aodhbha O’Donnell were in great form in the defence. Under 14 training continues on Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Coláiste Cholmcille school pitch. Training also on Friday evening at 6pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The under 13s made the trip to Dungloe on Friday evening, but unfortunately it was to be a fruitless one. Ballyshannon were down a few key players, while a number of others were playing their second game of the day, having lined out with Coláiste Cholmcille earlier in the afternoon. Their opponents were extremely physical and dominated the first half. At half-time the team gathered themselves and over the course of the second half played their hearts out. In the end though Dungloe had already done enough to secure the points, despite the best efforts of the Aodh Ruadh girls. The team's next assignment is in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday at 6pm against Bundoran. Players are to be at the changing rooms for 5.20pm sharp.
This Tuesday the under 12 girls have a challenge against Grange at 7pm at Coláiste. Players should be at the pitch for 6.15pm. Remember to bring gum shields and water. Training continues on Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Training commences for our under 8 and under 6 girls this Tuesday at the pitch in Coláiste Cholmcille. The session runs from 5pm to 6pm and all are welcome, bring a friend!
Big Ballyshannon Bingo news!
We’re really looking forward to our Bingo returning to the Abbey Centre this Friday night after more than two years away. We will be running a hybrid game of online and in person bingo, with the online bingo called from the Abbey Centre stage. Bingo will start at 9pm for the summer months. Online players can buy their books as normal on Klubfunder.com. Doors open at 8pm and players can buy on the night or purchase in advance on Klubfunder. We’re delighted to be welcoming all our players back! Spread the word and bring a friend!
- 17 May
Aodh Ruadh sank to a gutting one-point defeat against Saint Eunan's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. The game finished 0-8 to 1-6 in favour of Rory Kavanagh's side, but if the game had finished level it would perhaps have been a fairer reflection of the play. In the end it was a smash and grab goal by Ronan McGeehan at the start of the second half which ultimately proved decisive. The game was played in sultry, sapping conditions with Aodh Ruadh lying deep and looking to hit on the counter. It was a strategy which bore fruit in the first half with points from Matt Gillespie, Nathan Boyle (0-2) and Diarmaid McInerney sending the hosts in leading at the break by 0-4 to 0-3. The new half was only seconds old when Ronan McGeehan had netted to thrust his team into the lead, but Ballyshannon reacted well to that sucker punch. First Darren Drummond lofted over a wonderful point, then Nathan Boyle, at his imperious best, smashed over points in the 32nd and 37th minute to put his side back into the lead once again. Darragh Ellison levelled matters shortly after, but a mark converted by Donagh McIntyre still left the impetus with John McNulty's men with 20 minutes left to play. However, St Eunan's hit the next two scores, the second from Conor Clarke on 45 minutes, to edge in front once again. The last quarter saw Aodh Ruadh desperately trying to engineer a winning score, but the crossfield breeze carried a few decent shots from Nathan Boyle across the face of goal. The last chance fell to Diarmaid McInerney, but he couldn't land his difficult free kick and the visitors claimed a hard won two points. A tough defeat for Aodh Ruadh on a day where the bit of luck favoured their opponents. Nathan Boyle was absolutely outstanding, while Eddie Lynch was also excellent throughout. David Dolan, Matt Gillespie and Darren Drummond all put in heavy shifts too. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle; Mark McGlynn, Conor Patton, Eddie Lynch; Michael McKenna, Colm Kelly, Kyle Murray; Eamon McGrath, Nathan Boyle (0-4, 1f); Diarmaid McInerney (0-1f), David Dolan, Matt Gillespie (0-1); Shane McGrath, Darren Drummond (0-1), Niall Murray. Subs: Donagh McIntyre (0-1m) for Eamonn McGrath (inj) 12 minutes; Cian Rooney for Matt Gillespie 45 minutes; Callum O'Halloran for Darren Drummond 57 minutes. We have a gallery of pictures from the clash live now on aodhruadh.org.
In Sunday afternoon's curtain raiser Aodh Ruadh were also left wondering how they let it slip as Saint Eunan's grabbed a 1-7 to 1-5 win. The Ernesiders were on fire in a stylish opening quarter where they hit 1-2, Dylan Gallagher with the goal, while holding the Letterkenny men scoreless. The referee then called a waterbreak and this seemed to stem Aodh Ruadh's momentum. Saint Eunan's got a major boost with a goal not long after the resumption which looked like it was a square ball. Mitchell McLaughlin answered that well with a lovely score, but come the interval the sides were deadlocked at 1-3 apiece. With the heat making for exhausting conditions, scores were hard bought and when Cathal Kelly fired Aodh Ruadh into a 1-5 to 1-4 lead with ten minutes left to play it looked like the homesters might push on for the win. Saint Eunan's hit the next three scores however and edged out into a two-point lead. Aodh Ruadh did have a couple of well-worked goal chances late on which would have salvaged the result, but in the end the luck went the way of the Letterkenny lads and they held on for the win. Despite the defeat, it was still an impressive performance from the Ernesiders in many respects with Daire Gallagher, Mitchell McLaughlin, Darragh Dolan really looking the part. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Aaron Cullen; Conor Foy, Ryan Keenaghan, Daire Gallagher, Spanny Goan, Ciaran Slevin, Mitchell McLaughlin (0-1); Colm McGloin, Odhran McGarrigle (0-1); Cathal Kelly (0-1) Marty McGarrigle, Darragh Dolan; Damian Weber, Dylan Gallagher (1-2), Harry Howarth. There is a great range of shots from the game live on aodhruadh.org.
This coming Sunday our adult footballers are on the road to Dunfanaghey to take on Saint Michael's. The reserve game goes off at 1.30pm, followed by the seniors at 3pm.
Well done to the Donegal minors who defeated Monaghan in Clones in Qualifiers Round 3 on Saturday afternoon to qualify for an Ulster Championship semi-final date with Tyrone. Donegal tore Monaghan asunder in the first half, and, while the Oriel lads came back into matters as the game wore on, Donegal still ran out comfortable 3-12 to 3-7 winners. Eoghan Kelly played a starring role in a roving commission around the middle third. We wish Eoghan, Shane Delahunty and the rest of the squad the best of luck in the Ulster semi-final this Saturday against Tyrone in Derry's Celtic Park at 7pm.
The under 15s put in a very strong display against Killybegs in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday evening to take the points with a 2-12 to 2-8 victory. Aodh Ruadh were dominant in the first half and steadily built up a commanding lead, going in at the break sitting on a 0-6 to 0-2 cushion. Sean O'Neill at corner back, Ted O'Donnell at centre back and Joe Gibbions at wing back were all having outstanding games as Killybegs struggled to create any attacking momentum. Second half goals from Killian McPhelim and Garvey Meade put the Ballyshannon lads in the comfort zone early in the second half. The visitors battled hard though, and came back into the tie in the closing quarter. The deficit proved too much to claw back however, and Aodh Ruadh held on for the win. Eoin Cassidy put in a serious performance in midfield right through the game, while Oran Gillespie also excelled in his roving commission.
On Monday the squad made the trip to Dungloe and came away with a second successive win. The Ballyshannon lads had the benefit of the hill in first half and used it to good advantage with goals from Killian McPhelim and Barry Campbell helping them to a 2-7 to 0-6 half-time lead. In the second-half Aodh Ruadh continued to enjoy the better of the play and Sean O'Neill raised another green flag to see the final scoreline reading Aodh Ruadh 3-12 Dungloe 0-10. Once again Corey Sheridan was outstanding between the sticks, further out the pitch Joe Gibbions and Eoin Gallagher gave their absolute all to the cause in what was an excellent team performance.
The team are on the road again once more this Wednesday with Glenties the destination. Throw-in is at 7pm with all players to be at the Naomh Conaill pitch for 6.15pm.
The under 13 boys made the short trip down the road to play Naomh Bríd on Sunday morning. All players got plenty of game time and there were some really good performances in a tightly contested match. The sides were level with 20 minutes to play, but the boys put in a strong final shift to win out 4-16 to 5-9. Shaun McGarrigle filled in as goalkeeper and was very assured under the high ball and distributed well. Aaron McLoone was rock solid at the back and won a huge amount of ball. The half back line of Eoghan McCadden, Antoin Duffy and Markko Branley were in great form, Duffy making some great carries up the middle and setting up a number of scores and was on the score sheet himself. Eoghan Blake put in a great shift in midfield alongside Darragh McCready. Playing in the half forward line Eoghan McNulty had a great game playing the entire match alongside Manus Conlon. All subs who came on also saw plenty of the ball and it was great to see the improvements the boys are making. A big occasion is coming up this Saturday as the boys travel to the Connacht Centre of Excellence to play for the first time in the new Dome, a great day is in store for all with Castlebar Mitchel's providing the opposition. Details of training and the trip will be communicated on the parents' WhatsApp group.
Our under 11 White squad travelled to Dunkineely on Wednesday evening to take on Naomh Ultan. Both teams performed really well and are showing improvement week on week. Our Green squad played Naomh Columba on Saturday morning in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh in superb conditions. Both teams turned in great performances and management was delighted with their 100 percent commitment and effort. Both squads train on Monday from 6pm to 7pm. On Wednesday the Green squad train from 6pm to 7pm, and the White squad take on Naomh Conaill at 7.15pm, and players should be up at the park for 6.45pm. On Saturday both squads will play an internal game between 12 noon and 1pm.
Our under 9s travelled to Bundoran on Wednesday evening where 30 boys played in what were three very competitive games against our neighbours. Next up is a home fixture against Ardara on Saturday at 11am. Training as normal on Friday evening at Coláiste Colmcille from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
It was a quiet week of on-field activity, with our under 13s the only team in action. On Thursday evening Aodh Ruadh took on Setanta in the Donegal league in Páirc Aodh Ruadh. Conditions were poor, but the homesters played well, and certainly had the better of the opening exchanges. Both teams were evenly matched and every hook, block and catch mattered. At half-time Aodh Ruadh had a narrow lead with just a goal between the sides. The second half saw Setanta come back into the game, but the Erneside defence held strong, and we were able to keep the score board ticking over, running out winners on a scoreline of 4-6 to 1-4. This Thursday the under 13s play Buncrana at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. Throw-in is at 7pm. The squad are also hoping to play their refixed game at home against Saint Eunans on Sunday, with details to be confirmed.
Training continues every Sunday morning for our younger age groups, that's the under 5s, under 7s under 9s and Under 11s. Anyone looking to join up and take part is more than welcome. Contact John Larkin on 086-1076883 for more information.
Aodh Ruadh came through a stern test at Mountcharles in their Division 2 game on Sunday morning. The Shamettes played towards club house end in the first half and the exchanges tipped one way then the other through the first quarter. As the game moved into the second quarter Cáit Gillespie found the back of the net, and that score helped Aodh Ruadh to a 1-5 to 0-4 half-time lead. The Ballyshannon girls continued to keep Saint Naul's at arm's length for much of the second half. Then the hosts struck for a goal which cut the Erneside lead to a point. The next score was going to be crucial, and once again it was Cáit Gillespie who came up with the goods, lashing to the back of the net after a flowing Ballyshannon move. Síofra Hughes then tagged on two quick points and Elaine Dorrian added another as Aodh Ruadh opened up what would prove a winning margin. The final whistle sounded with the score board reading Aodh Ruadh 2-12 Saint Naul's 1-8. Sara Gallagher was a real rock in defence, with Tia McFarland also performing really well in her return to defensive action. Niamh Hughes was outstanding when she came in to midfield, while Aoibheann McGarrigle and Terri Gallagher did a lot of good link work in an attack where Cáit Gillespie was really on song.
The Division 3 ladies had an early start on Sunday morning, heading to Dungloe for a 10.30am throw-in. The girls showed great heart and battled hard throughout, but only had a couple of Cádhla Dolan points to show for all their efforts. On the day a strong Dungloe outfit just had too much about them for the Ballyshannon girls. That notwithstanding Aodh Ruadh did have a number of strong positive performances. Fiona McGonigle was probably player of the match with an tigerish display in corner back. Megan McGee and Shauna Dolan, as ever, made the opposition work for every score. Orlaith O'Neill came on to make her senior debut and really got stuck into things and didn't look out of place at all. Niamh McGloin made a great impact on her introduction. Further up the pitch Kate Cunningham, Rionach Sheerin and Grainne Maguire worked really hard in the middle third.
Next weekend it is a Saturday morning outing to Killybegs for the Division 2 ladies, with the action at Fintra throwing in at 10.30am.
The under 16 girls made it ?back-to-back wins with a great showing in Donegal town in torrential conditions last Thursday. It was another very solid team performance, with the girls all working very hard for each other. Aodh Ruadh built up a good lead over the first half with a spectacular Orlaith O'Neill goal, complimented by a trademark effort from Cádhla Dolan to see the visitors leading by 2-4 to 0-2 at half-time. The Ernesiders continued in a similar vein in the second half, but with the conditions worsening scores were at a premium for both sides. In the end Aodh Ruadh secured a 5-7 to 0-5 win. Katie 'No-Problem-Too-Big' McGowan starred in a defence which really excelled itself in Tir Chonaill Park. Andrea Moore again covered every inch of the park, while Dáirín Sweeny was different class in the middle of the pitch. Lauren Foy was a perfect foil with some very astute positional play. The attack was in fine form too, with Hannah McGuinness and Cádhla Dolan doing a lot of good creative work, while Jodie Meade was among the point scorers on the day. Next up for the girls is the visit of Dungloe to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday, throw in at 6.15pm.
Big congratulations to midfielder Cara O'Loughlin, mentor Paul O'Loughlin and the county under 16s on defeating Monaghan on a scoreline of 5-10 to 2-17 to claim the Ulster title.
There was great win for the under 13 girls too on Thursday evening. A solid defensive display from the Ballyshannon backs in the first half laid the groundwork for a 2-5 to 0-1 lead at half-time with the breeze helping the forwards cause. The goals came courtesy of the Gillespie cousins, Faye and Cadhla. Bundoran came out strong in the second half as expected, but a goal from Aodhbha O'Donnell killed the game off. This was an excellent squad effort with some brilliant individual performances from Erin Gallagher, Éabha Rodgers, Lily O'Donnell, Ellen Monaghan and Captain Laoise Foy. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 3-11 Bundoran 2-5. The next outing for the team is an away tie against Naomh Columba on Saturday.
The under 12s had a very entertaining challenge against Grange last week with the sides both very evenly matched. Holly O'Neill, Alannah Brennan, Lily Meehan, Olivia Coyle and Kate McGrath all caught the eye in an encouraging display by the Ballyshannon girls. The League will be starting in the coming weeks so full attendance at training is essential. Training continues on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and on Thursdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Training continues for our under 8 and under 6 girls this Tuesday at the pitch in Coláiste Cholmcille. The session runs from 5pm to 6pm and all are welcome, bring a friend!
Ulster final tickets
Ulster Senior Football Championship Final tickets can now be ordered from the club. The deadline for ordering is Thursday at 8pm and NO late orders can be accepted. Text orders to club secretary Lisa McTernan on 085-1061456.
Bingo made its long awaited return to the Abbey Centre last Friday! It was wonderful to see our players back in the Hall and shouting check again! It was also a big event as the first ever hybrid bingo hosted by the club as we were also joined online by our online players. The big winner on the night was Rosaleen O'Brien won took the 50/50 Jackpot and a share of a line. Other house winners were Margaret Gilmartin, Marie Gormley, Teresa Hannon, Sonia Kelly, Regina Dolan, Claire White, Majella Gettins, Christine Keown, with Margaret Toner, Molly Kerrigan and Kathleen McGee sharing a house. Cash winners for the lines were Rita McGullion, Breda Gallagher, Michael Doherty, Patricia McHugh, Helen Coughlin, Kathleen McCormack, Teresa McCafferty, Sharon Coyle, Lynette McHugh, Maureen Connolly and Molly Kerrigan. The Snowball wasn't won so it rolls to €450 next week as part of a prize fund of almost €2,200. We look forward to doing it all again in person and online this Friday night. Please spread the word and bring along a friend! Books can be purchased online at Klubfunder until 4.30pm Friday for online players, and bought from 8pm at the front desk of the Abbey Centre, First game at 9pm. Bingo made its long awaited return to the Abbey Centre last Friday! It was wonderful to see our players back in the Hall and shouting check again! It was also a big event as the first ever hybrid bingo hosted by the club as we were also joined online by our online players. The big winner on the night was Roasleen O'Brien won took the 50/50 Jackpot and a share of a line. Other house winners were Margaret Gilmartin, Marie Gormley, Teresa Hannon, Sonia Kelly, Regina Dolan, Claire White, Majella Gettins, Christine Keown, with Margaret Toner, Molly Kerrigan and Kathleen McGee sharing a house. Cash winners for the lines were Rita McGullion, Breda Gallagher, Michael Doherty, Patricia McHugh, Helen Coughlin, Kathleen McCormack, Teresa McCafferty, Sharon Coyle, Lynette McHugh, Maureen Connolly and Molly Kerrigan. The Snowball wasn't won so it rolls to €450 next week as part of a prize fund of almost €2,200. We look forward to doing it all again in person and online this Friday night. Please spread the word and bring along a friend! Books can be purchased online at Klubfunder until 4.30pm Friday for online players, and bought from 8pm at the front desk of the Abbey Centre, First game at 9pm.
The Breezy Centre will be bouncing!
Aodh Ruadh are delight to announce they are hosting a Teen Disco in the Breezy Centre, Cashelard on Friday 3rd June. This disco is for first and second year puils only and tickets, priced €10, must be purchased in advance on Instagram, Facebook or by texting 086-3840099.
- 24 May
Aodh Ruadh bounced back from last weekend's disappointing defeat to Saint Eunan's in the best possible fashion as they turned the screw in the second half to take the points in Dunfanaghy. As is often the case, there was a strong breeze at the Bridge and the Ballyshannon lads faced it in the first half. The hosts used it to get off to a good start with a couple of quick points, but Aodh Ruadh responded well and the scores were level at 0-2 and then 0-3 apiece before Ballyshannon hit the next four points on the spin in the ten minutes before half-time to take a 0-3 to 0-7 lead into the break. Diarmaid McInerney, Nathan Boyle and Cian Rooney were among those on the mark in that encouraging first half. Saint Michael's made a lively start to the new half strongly, but it was Aodh Ruadh who hit the first score to open up a five-point lead. Points from Saint Michael's cut the deficit back to a goal, but then eight minutes from the end Nathan Boyle wove his magic to release Shane McGrath and he hit the net to open up what proved an unbridgeable chasm for the hosts. Saint Michael's only managed a point in reply as the final whistle sounded with the score board reading Aodh Ruadh 1-9 Saint Michael's 0-6. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Conor Patton, Kyle Murray; Mark McGlynn, Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch; David Dolan, Nathan Boyle (0-5); Matt Gillespie, Darren Drummond, Diarmaid McInerney (0-1); Shane McGrath (1-1), Cian Rooney (0-1), Niall Murray (0-1). Sub: Ryan Keenaghan for Mark McGlynn.
Aodh Ruadh reserves got the day down in Dunfanaghy off to a good start in the curtain-raiser running out comfortable winners by eight points. Playing with the aid of a strong breeze Aodh Ruadh were quick out of the traps. With the visitor’s full back line of Daire Gallagher, Michael Ward, and Dan Warnock having the better of the contest Aodh Ruadh had a platform to build from and set about clocking up a healthy lead. Eoin Doherty got Ballyshannon off the mark, and his effort was followed by scores from Mardy McGarrigle, a fine left footed effort from Chris Goan and other scores from Darragh Dolan and Cathal Kelly. With the strong wind, Aodh Ruadh had scores from distance from Odhran McGarrigle and the score of the half, a left footed effort from Damian Weber, from some 40 metres out on the club house side. Aodh Ruadh were pushing hard in attack and got their reward after smart interplay between Mitch McLaughlin and Darragh Dolan sent Aodh Ruadh away to find Kerry Ryan who cleverly played in Eoin Doherty to rifle to the net. Shortly after it almost got better again for Aodh Ruadh, with Darragh Dolan close to getting in for a goal and Odhran McGarrigle seeing his effort hit the keeper from point blank range. At half time it was Aodh Ruadh 1-9 Saint Michael’s 0-1. Aodh Ruadh put in a strong first 10 minutes of the second half against the breeze. Patiently holding possession and denying the hosts the opportunity to shoot for long range efforts. Indeed, Saint Michael’s had to wait until the 41st minute before registering their first white flag of the half. The hosts pushed hard on the resumption and tagged on a couple of scores after Aodh Ruadh were harshly adjudged to have fouled inside the 45. With the breeze strengthening and Saint Michael’s employing a full court press Aodh Ruadh struggled to gain meaningful possession in the third quarter, but still did their defensive duties and largely kept homesters at bay. As it was, an outstanding kick out of some 50 metres from Aaron Cullen relieved some of the pressure and the ball broke Aodh Ruadh’s way. The Ballyshannon men raced up-field to work a clever long ball in for Kerry Ryan to palm down to the onrushing captain for the day, Michael Ward, to smash home to the back of the net. The hard-working Oisin Kerr found his range shortly after with a good effort to put 12 between the sides. With Aodh Ruadh defending diligently and working the clock, Saint Michael's were kept to scores from distance with their only real goal chance denied by a typically athletic stop from Aaron Cullen. A pleasing day out on the road for Aodh Ruadh who finished the day with nine different scorers, 2-10 to 0-8 the final scoreline. Despite not getting on the score sheet, Kerry Ryan was a constant thorn in the Saint Michael’s side all afternoon and set up the two goals. Dan Warnock was commanding at the back having a good battle with his opposite number and went a long way to keeping the hosts out in the first half. Special word, though, for captain for the day - Michael Ward. In his first game back after illness he drove forward from the back constantly with purpose driving the team on and even getting the goal to seal the win. Welcome back, Wardy! The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Aaron Cullen; Daire Gallagher, Michael Ward (1-0), Daniel Warnock; Chris Goan (0-1), Ciaran Slevin, Mitch McLaughlin; Odhran McGarrigle (0-1), Oisin Kerr (0-1); Darragh Dolan (0-1), Mardy McGarrigle (0-2), Cathal Kelly (0-1); Damian Weber (0-2), Kerry Ryan, Eoin Doherty (1-1). Subs: Conall Sweeny for Eoin Doherty, Tiernan Dolan for Mardy McGarrigle, Rory Gethins for Kerry Ryan, Paddy Gillespie for Ciaran Slevin.
This coming Saturday sees Aodh Ruadh hosting Ardara. The reserve game goes off at 5.30pm, followed by the seniors at 7pm.
Hard luck to the Donegal minors and our own Eoghan Kelly and Shane Delahunty on losing out to Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final last Saturday in agonising fashion, the Red Hands progressing on penalties.
The under 15s chalked up a third successive victory last Wednesday when they left Glenties with the points. The Ballyshannon lads had too much in hand for a plucky Naomh Conaill side. By half-time the Ernesiders lead by 3-9 to 0-2, and they continued to score heavily in the second half as it finished Aodh Ruadh 5-14 Naomh Conaill 0-7. Dara McGloin, Sean O'Neill, Barry Campbell and Eoin Cassidy all raised green flags, while Donagh Kelly pinged over a cracker of a point. Bobby Melly was really solid when he came in to do the honours between the posts, while Fionn Hartin and Finn Doogan both delivered eye-catching displays on their introduction. The under 15s are at home against Ardara for their next game. That takes place on Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.
The under 13 boys had a fantastic trip to Mayo to play in the new airdome at the Connacht Centre of Excellence on Saturday, with Castlebar Mitchel’s the opposition. The venue was simply spectacular! The lads put in a great effort over four quarters against a strong team. Trailing by four points after the first quarter, the lads stormed the Castlebar goal to lead 6-6 to 4-6 at half time, with Callum Dorrian very effective inside with three goals, one of which a well placed penalty. The third quarter saw a Castlebar resurgence to level the match, before running out winners by a few points in the final quarter. We had great games from the twinners, Oisin and Eoghan McCadden, while Eoghan 'Blake' Gallagher put in a lot of hard graft around the middle third. All-in-all it was a great experience for the boys in a marvellous venue. All 25 players who travelled got plenty of game-time and the coaches even enjoyed a wee kick about at the end. Thanks to all the parents who made the trip, it was well worth it. Training takes place on Wednesday at 5.45pm and Saturday at the later time of 5pm this week.
Our under 11 White and Green squads are both on their travels this week. Our White squad are away to Killybegs on Wednesday evening. Players to be in Fintra at 6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in. Our Green squad are away to Ardara on the same evening. Players to be in Ardara for 6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in. The Green squad are at home to Dungloe on Saturday morning in a rescheduled fixture. Players to be in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 10.30am for an 11am throw-in.
The under 9s put in their best display of the season at home to Ardara on Saturday morning. It is clear to see the boys improving every week. Training continues as normal on Friday evening at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Next up is an away fixture against Saint Naul's on Saturday 28th at 11am. Further details will be posted on the team WhatsApp group.
The Aodh Ruadh senior hurlers had their final game in the Senior Hurling League at home to MacCumhaill's last Friday. As has been the case all season numbers were tight, but the lads tried hard and made it a competitive game against the vastly more experienced Ballybofey lads. The first half was very evenly contested and saw the Ernesiders lead by the minimum, 0-9 to 0-8. The sides went point-for-point until midway through the second-half when the visitors struck for a goal. They followed that with a second one following a defensive mix up, but credit to the Ballyshannon lads, they never gave up and got a goal of their own as the game entered the last ten minutes. Overall, the MacCumhaill's lads' better fitness and physicality saw them run out winners on a 2-21 to 1-16 scoreline. That fixture drew a curtain down on Aodh Ruadh's league campaign, and, while the team won no games out of the six played, they had two draws and were competitive in most of the games. Fitness and experience proved costly in a number of matches, but, considering Aodh Ruadh were without 12 of last year's team for a variety of reasons, the lads did well and learnt a lot from the league. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 17 lads had a great win against MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey on Thursday evening. It was a tight game with very little between the sides, but the Ernesiders won out on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-7. This Thursday they face Burt in the Donegal League in the Convoy Centre of Excellence with the throw-in at 7.45pm. The under 17s are also due to play in a refixed game against Saint Eunan's on Sunday morning in Páirc Aodh Ruadh in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 10.30am.
Our under 15s team made the trip to Dungiven to play Kevin Lynch's in the Táin Óg league. The lads got off to a slow start, with Kevin Lynch's building up a good lead in the first quarter. Ballyshannon started to get stuck in things at that stage though, and played some really good hurling for the remainder of the game. The Ernesiders had some really well-worked team scores and smashing goals. The backs defended strongly and got some great hooks and blocks and cut out a number of goal chances. Kevin Lynch's ran out 11-point winners, but the scoreline flattered them as the Donegal lads put in an outstanding performance against one of the top under 15 sides in Ulster. On Saturday the under 15s will be taking part in their Regional Féile competition in the Sligo Centre of Excellence. Best of luck to all the team and management.
Our under 13s are in action against Burt this Thursday, with this game also being played in the Centre of Excellence, with a throw in at 6.45pm.
Our under 11 and under 9 panels joined up on Sunday morning to play in an under 10 blitz in Setanta. Four clubs played on the day, with Four Masters, Setanta and MacCumhaill's all taking part. A great morning of hurling was had by all the players. Training continues on Sunday morning with under 9s on at the earlier time of 11am to allow for travel to the Clones for the Ulster Football final.
Training for our under 7s and under 5s will be at the earlier time of 11am on Sunday morning to allow for those travelling to Clones for the Ulster Final.
As ever, anyone looking to join up and take part with our underage squads is more than welcome. Contact John Larkin on 086-1076883 for more information.
The Division 2 Aodh Ruadh ladies put in a very solid display against Killybegs on Saturday morning to maintain their position at the top of the table. Killybegs had the breeze in the first half and started strongly, getting two points on the board before Eimear McMahon opened Ballyshannon's account with a free. Killybegs quickly came back with a point of their own, but Aodh Ruadh took over from there. First Orla Keon cut the gap to a point and then Cáit Gillespie came raiding forward to hit the net. Aoibheann McGarrigle then hit a quickfire 1-1 which was followed by 1-1 from Gillespie and further points from Eimear McMahon and Donna Martin. The interval arrived with Aodh Ruadh well on top and leading by 4-7 to 0-6. As is often the case, the team against the breeze played better in the second half. Cáit Gillespie with a goal and Eimear McMahon with a point got Ballyshannon off to the perfect start to the new half, but from there in exchanges were much more even. Aodh Ruadh had further points from Gillespie and McMahon and goals from Elaine Dorrian and Síofra Hughes as the final whistle came with the scores sitting at 6-11 to 0-11. A good team display by the Ernesiders with Anna Rafferty, Fiona McGarrigle and Ciara Caldwell showing well in defence and Aoibheann McGarrigle doing a lot of good work around the middle third.
Next weekend it'll be a full Sunday for the Aodh Ruadh ladies with a Sunday morning trip to Gaeil Fhánada for their next Division 2 ladies before heading to Clones to for the Ulster final.
The under 16 girls put in a mighty effort against Dungloe on Thursday evening, but it wasn't to be, with the visitors proving very clinical in front of the posts. Cádhla Dolan and Orlaith Gallagher were both on the mark for the homesters, but the best displays were mainly in defence. The back line of Fódhla Sheerin, Megan Murphy and Katie McGowan were very solid and their hard work ensured Dungloe were confined to two goals. Further out the pitch Lauren Foy was outstanding, doing a huge amount of work with Andrea Moore also giving it all. Both Abbie Gallagher and Aoife Travers made great impacts on their introduction. Another encouraging performance from a team who are improving with every outing. Next up for the girls is the visit of Buncrana to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday, throw in at 6.15pm.
Under 14 training will be at 7pm sharp on Tuesday evening at the Coláiste Cholmcille school pitch. The first game of the under 14 league game will take place on Saturday, 11th June.
The under 13s played out a highly entertaining match with Naomh Columba on Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The visitors came ready for business and after a first half which tilted one way, then the other, they had outscored the Ballyshannon girls. Crucially however, Aodh Ruadh had hit two goals so it was level at half-time 2-4 to 1-7. The Ernesiders came out like a train in the second half and, in a third quarter flurry, effectively put the game to bed. Credit to Glen though, who battled back well in the final quarter, with the tie finishing Aodh Ruadh 6-9 Naomh Columba 3-7. It was a great team performance from all 28 of the Shamettes, starting with Erin Gallagher between the posts who denied a number of certain goals and used her kick outs really well. Lily O'Donnell was a tower of strength at full back while Sophia Mulligan and Mya Kane starred in a very lively half back line. Aodhbha O'Donnell pulled the strings with style in the middle of the pitch with partner Laoise Foy capping a dominant display with a couple of goals. Ellen Monaghan was also a very creative force. Among the goals for Aodh Ruadh were Faye Gillespie, Lauren Gallagher, Emma O'Donnell, Rachel Gillespie while Cadhla Gillespie was among the point scores. We have a lovely gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up for the squad is Saint Naul's in a few weeks time.
The under 12s will have their first match of the year against Saint Eunan's on Thursday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Players should be at the pitch for 6.30pm. Training continues on Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Our under 10s had an enjoyable challenge against MacCumhaill's on Saturday afternoon. There were 28 Aodh Ruadh players in action over the course of two games with some great football on display. It was a great treat for the girls to get to play on the County pitch.
Training continues for our under 8 and under 6 girls this Tuesday at the pitch in Coláiste Cholmcille. The session runs from 5pm to 6pm and all are welcome, bring a friend!
Club Executive Meeting
The next monthly club executive meeting will take place on Monday 30th May in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All club executive committee members are asked to attend.
Bingo is back up and running at the Abbey Centre, it is great to be meeting all our players in person again and also keeping our online players with our Hybrid Bingo! Congratulations to all our winners on Friday night. Well done to Jean Brolly who won €250 on the 50/50 Jackpot game. The other house winners were Ann Patterson, Teresa Hannon, Kathleen Curran, Frank Breslin, Patrice Cox, Anthony Patterson and Susan Lynch, with Frank Breslin, Doreen McGee, Linda Breen, Lesley Lynch, Christina Mulligan and Jean Gillespie sharing house prizes. The cash winners on the lines were Helen Coughlin, Margaret Meehan, Rosaleen Breen, Noeleen McCann, Lesley McNeely, Rita McGullion, Marie Gallagher, Gerard Cullen, Angela Lowther, Erin Lyons and Eileen McIntyre. The Snowball wasn't won so it rolls to €500 on 45 numbers this week, all part of a €2,250 prize fund this week! We are changing our delivery schedule for books to online players - we will now dispatch twice, with books bought by 1pm Thursday emailed to players by 4pm Thursday, then books bought between then and the sales deadline of 4.30pm emailed out by 5.30pm Friday, so if you need your book early for printing please buy early! Books can be purchased online at Klubfunder.com. Players coming to the Abbey Centre can buy their books at the front desk, with doors open from 8.15pm. Please spread the word, come along and bring a friend as we reestablish our bingo!
The Breezy Centre will be bouncing!
Aodh Ruadh are delight to announce they are hosting a Teen Disco in the Breezy Centre, Cashelard on Friday 3rd June. This disco is for first and second year puils only and tickets, priced €10, must be purchased in advance on Instagram, Facebook or by texting 086-3840099.
- 31 May
Aodh Ruadh put in a very polished performance to clock up their fifth win of this league campaign and go level on points with Naomh Conaill at second from top of the table. Ballyshannon played a very composed first 30 minutes, and could nearly have been disappointed to have allowed Ardara two points in that period. The hosts got off to the perfect start with Nathan Boyle skating through the defence before slipping a low, placed shot past Matthew McGlynn in the Ardara goals. Michael McKenna and Diarmaid McInerney had points, before Ardara got off the mark on 12 minutes thanks to a stray ball out of the defence. Although Aodh Ruadh dominated proceedings they only had further scores from Matt Gillespie and Mark McGlynn, while a John Ross Molloy point helped keep Ardara in the hunt at the turn around. The Ernesiders got the opening scores of the second half from Darren Drummond and Diarmaid McInerney before Ardara pointed to make it 1-6 to 0-3 three minutes in. Diarmaid McInerney landed another couple of points before Ardara got their fourth of the game on 42 minutes. The homesters kept the score board ticking over nicely though with Matt Gillespie, Shane McGrath (2) and Niall Murray all on target. Murray's super score was followed by an Ardara goal, but Shane McGrath quickly settled things with a fisted point. The game wrapped up with two stupendous points from Nathan Boyle to put a fitting seal on a comprehensive win as it finished Aodh Ruadh 1-15 Ardara 1-4. A very solid performance by the Ballyshannon lads, with Colm Kelly, Niall Murray and Callum O'Halloran doing great stuff in defence, Matt Gillespie and Darren Drummond showing superb ball-handling in the final third, and Nathan Boyle delivering another dynamic performance. A big shout out too for Damian Weber who made his senior debut, doubtless the first of many. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows. Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Conor Patton, Kyle Murray; Eddie Lynch, Colm Kelly, Mark McGlynn (0-1); Michael McKenna (0-1), Nathan Boyle (1-3); Diarmaid McInerney (0-4, 1f), Darren Drummond (0-1), Matt Gillespie (0-2, 1m); Shane McGrath (0-2), Niall Murray (0-1), Cian Rooney. Subs: Ryan Keenaghan for Mark McGlynn (inj) 47 minutes; Gary Carty for Darren Drummond 56 minutes; Damian Weber for Gary Carty (inj) 57 minutes; Donagh McIntyre for Matt Gillespie 59 minutes. Check out aodhruadh.org for a gallery of pictures from the game.
The Senior Development Squad's game against Ardara was postponed.
This coming Saturday sees Aodh Ruadh away to Killybegs. The reserve game throws in at Fintra at 4.30pm, followed by the seniors at 6pm.
The under 15s had a good hard contest against Ardara on Wednesday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The Ernesiders probably played their best football in the first half and a well-taken goal, first-timed to the net by Killian McPhelim helped his side to a slim interval lead, Aodh Ruadh 1-4 Ardara 1-3. In the second half Ardara upped the intensity, and, while Aodh Ruadh more than matched them, the Pearse Park lads began to get the score board ticking over. By contrast Aodh Ruadh found it more difficult to create chances. Eoin Cassidy did manage to find the net and leave things tense for a spell, but at full-time it was Ardara who took the points on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-5. Gareth Brennan and Liam Doogan put in huge defensive shifts, while in the middle third Eoin Cassidy and Garvey Meade gave it everything, and up front Finn Doogan really put himself about and got on a lot of good ball. The under 15s attention now turns to the championship in the next few weeks.
The under 13s train Tuesday this week at 5.45pm, and again on Saturday at 3pm, both sessions take place at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. With our large player base, we are entering two teams into competition this year to maximise the amount of playing time the boys will get, so we will compete in both Division 1 and Division 2. The leagues commence Monday 13th June with games generally being played on Monday nights, with one team at home and the other team away.
Our under 11 Green squad played Dungloe at home on Saturday morning. We had 24 players in action and everyone saw lots of game time in two hotly contested matches. Our lads played some terrific football, with improvement evident game-on-game. We have a great gallery of images from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The under 11 schedule for the following week looks like this. On Wednesday the Green squad are training from 6pm to 7pm, while the White squad have a home match against Naomh Bríd. Players should be up at the park at 6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in. Saturday sees training for both squads in Páírc Aoidh Ruaidh from 12 noon to 1pm. Then on June Bank Holiday Monday the Green squad will have a blitz in Ardara. The boys need to be there for 10am, with the first game starting at 10.30am sharp on the hooter.
The under 9s travelled to Saint Naul's on Saturday morning for three very competitive games. Special mention to the under 7s who lined out in the Aodh Ruadh colours for the first time. Next up is a home fixture against Naomh Mhuire on Saturday 4th June at 11am. Further details will be posted on the team WhatsApp group. Training continues as normal on Friday evening at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
Last Friday saw an Aodh Ruadh team lining out in the senior hurling championship for the first time since 2016. It proved a tough day at the office with Buncrana in uncompromising form. The homesters were short some key operators through injury and other reasons, but Buncrana were in no mood to give quarter. The Inishowen men had the sliotar in the net twice early on, and from there it was a case of fighting the good fight for the Erne men. It was the youth who proved most defiant, with Aaron Cullen and Kyle McNulty splitting the posts in a tough first half. However, their efforts could only go so far in containing the rampant Buncrana assault, and by the break it was the visitors who were in command, 3-4 to 0-5 the interval scoreline. The Scarvey side rattled home their fourth goal of the game on 40 minutes and from there to the final whistle the heat ebbed from the exchanges with Buncrana scoring freely and Ballyshannon mustering only intermittent responses. The long whistle sounded at Aodh Ruadh 0-9 Buncrana 4-13, and the conviction is that only way is up. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows. Kieran Daly; Adam Rami, Conor Kennedy, Peter Horan; Patrick Cassidy, Céalán Drummond, Kyle McNulty (0-1); Ryan Ayres (0-1), Brendan Gillespie (0-1); Dan Downey, Martin Larkin, Rory Cullen; Aaron Cullen (0-6f), Michael Reddin, Ryan Keenaghan. Subs: Adam Clarke for Conor Kennedy 43 minutes, Daithi Breen for Dan Downey 53 minutes, Jason Patterson for Martin Larkin 56 minutes, Dan Downey for Adam Rami 59 minutes.
Our under 17s followed up their recent win over MacCumhaill's with another win in the Donegal League, getting the better of Burt in the Donegal Centre of Excellence in Convoy. Aodh Ruadh fielded a young team with a couple of players missing on the evening, but ran out comfortable winners. Next up, the face Dungloe away in the Donegal League. This Sunday they face Burt in the Donegal League in the Convoy Centre of Excellence at 7.45pm.
The under 15s travelled to Sligo to take part in their regional Féile, on Saturday. The Ballyshannon lads were drawn in a group alongside Omagh Saint Enda's and Easkey from Sligo. Aodh Ruadh won their opening game against Easkey, and drew with Saint Enda's. Those results qualified the Ernesiders from their group to play in the semi-final against Roscommon's Padraig Pearse's. The Connacht outfit proved a physically strong side and that edge saw them book their place in the final at the expense of Aodh Ruadh.
Our under 13s were in action against Burt in the Centre of Excellence last Thursday. It was a tight game with a strong wind, which Aodh Ruadh used to take and hold an early lead. Burt chipped away at this in the second half and were leading by a point with time almost up. At that point the result could have gone either way. Unfortunately, the next score went the way of the Inishowen men who then proceeded to killed the game off with a goal. It was the Aodh Ruadh boys' best performance of the year, even if the result didn’t go our way. Monday saw the squad back in action, this time against Enniskillen Gaels in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This Thursday sees the under 13s facing off against Burt once more, this time in the Donegal League semi-final. Throw in at 7pm in the Convoy Centre of Excellence.
Training continues as usual Sunday for our younger age groups, the under 11s, under 9s, under 7s and under 5s. As ever, anyone looking to join up and take part with our underage squads is more than welcome. Contact John Larkin on 086-1076883 for more information.
Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Fanad on Saturday morning and made the expenditure on petrol well worthwhile with a very hard-earned win. It was raining goals in the first half, but unfortunately for the Shamettes, they were mainly going to the girls in Blue. Eimear McMahon found the net for Ballyshannon, with Sarah Daly and Cait Gillespie raising white flags, but at the turnaround, it was Gaeil Fhánada well in control, leading on a scoreline of 4-2 to 1-2. The visitors were favoured by a slight breeze in the second half and, unfazed by the nine-point deficit, really knuckled down to business. Points from Síofra Hughes and Eimear McMahon helped get Aodh Ruadh back in the game before McMahon slammed home her second goal of the game. The Gaels only managed two points in the second half, but with McMahon, Síofra Hughes, Terri Gallagher, and Sarah Daly all finding the range Aodh Ruadh had opened up an unbridgeable margin. The coup de grace was delivered by Cáit Gillespie, who hit the net to leave the final scores reading Aodh Ruadh 3-16 Gaeil Fhánada 4-4. A great second half performance by the Division 2 ladies which maintains their unbeaten run so far this season.
The adult ladies footballers have a well-earned break now, well timed with Rory G next weekend! They are back in action with a double header in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday, 12th July. The Division 2 team will face Robert Emmet's, while the Division 3 ladies will be taking on MacCumhaill's.
The under 16 girls put in a marvellous display on Saturday morning to book their place in the county semi-final. Scores from Cadhla Dolan and Cara O'Loughlin got the hosts off to a great start, but Four Masters had the game back level by the sixth minute. Aodh Ruadh settled then and points from Cadhla Dolan and Dairín Sweeny helped Aodh Ruadh to 2-6 to 1-3 half-time lead. The Donegal town girls hit two quickfire goals after the resumption to bring the game level, but Ballyshannon responded really well. A great point by Abbie Gallagher edged her side in front again, before a Cara O'Loughlin goal opened the gap further. The key score was a wonderfully worked team goal which was crisply finished by Aoife Travers as the game edged into the final quarter. Orlaith Gallagher and Hannah McGuinness both got deserved scores, but Four Masters fought hard and ensured the result was in doubt right to the very end as it finished Aodh Ruadh 4-13 Four Masters 4-4. Lauren Foy might not have got on the score sheet, but she had a truly immense game, as did Andrea Moore and Emer McDevitt. A big shout out too for Molly McMahon who was outstanding between the posts throughout. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The team were in super form on Tuesday as they booked themselves a home quarter-final with a convincing win over Buncrana. Orlaith O'Neill hit the first point early on and from there on the Ballyshannon girls controlled the game. Orlaith Gallagher, Cara O'Loughlin, Cádhla Dolan, Ciara Larkin, Jodie Meade, Sorcha Goldrick, Abbie Gallagher, Shauna McGloin, Ellie Hoey, Lauren Foy and Dairín Sweeny all registered scores as Aodh Ruadh put together some great passing moves in the attack. In the defence Megan Murphy, Fódhla Sheerin and Katie McGowan were always out and front, with Aoife Travers doing really well on her introduction.
Next up for the girls is a county semi-final in Dungloe at 7pm. A big showing of travelling support would be very welcome.
The fixture schedule for the under 14s has been announced and is as follows:-
Saturday 11th June - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Saturday 18th June - Na Dúnaibh v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 2nd July - Aodh Ruadh v Buncrana
Saturday 9th July - Saint Eunan's v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 16th July - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara
Saturday 23rd July - Dungloe v Aodh Ruadh
Thursday 28th July - Carndonagh v Aodh Ruadh
The under 13s are back in action this week as they entertain Saint Naul's this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.
The under 12 girls had their first game of the league against Saint Eunan's who travelled to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday evening. Each club had two teams in action simultaneously. For Team One Ava Brennan played well in goals hurting her hand while saving a certain goal. Despite that jolt she saved the next two attempts. In defence Isabella O'Reilly held her own against a very physically strong Letterkenny front line. Unfortunately, the girls lost their opening game, but they never gave up and left everything on the pitch after a really determined effort. Team Two were also defeated, but they really showed their potential. Bethany McNamee did very well between the posts always clearing her line, both midfielders Doireann McCosker and Kali Gallagher covered every blade of grass and Emer McGarrigle played well on her debut. We have a great gallery of pictures from the evening of football on aodhruadh.org. It's onwards and upwards girls. Training as usual on Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm and Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Training continues for our under 8 and under 6 girls this Tuesday at the pitch in Coláiste Cholmcille. The session runs from 5pm to 6pm and all are welcome, bring a friend!
Aodh Ruadh All-Stars
Aodh Ruadh All-Stars are accepting expressions of interest from parents and guardians of children aged from four to 13 years of age with additional needs who would like to be part of a fun, inclusive sports-based group. We have a team of the best coaches and mentors on board to help our All-Stars shine through sport on Saturday afternoons over the summer. Please text or WhatsApp Maura on 086-3840099 if you would like your child to become an Aodh Ruadh All-Stars!
Disability Inclusion Workshop
Aodh Ruadh are committed to being an inclusive club and would like to offer an opportunity to all club volunteers to take part in an online Disability Inclusion workshop delivered by Sinead Donagher on behalf of CARA on Wednesday 1st June from 7pm to 9.30pm via Zoom. We are encouraging as many club volunteers as possible to attend the workshop to help our club become inclusive to children and young people of all abilities across all our age groups. Anyone who is interested in attending the training please contact Maura Gallagher on 086-3840099 to register for a place. Registration will close on Tuesday evening.
Defib and Sports First Aid workshops
Donegal Sports Partnership have organised the following workshops for June 2022; Sports First Aid, and CPR / Defib. These short courses are designed for coaches, sports leaders, teachers, third level students, development officers, volunteers and parents. The courses will provide participants with knowledge to treat athletes and spectators with the best possible care until the arrival of the emergency services. Attendees will receive an accredited certificate. Attendance at all elements is mandatory.
Sports First Aid Workshops: This course is certified by Donegal Safety Training Solutions and valid for two years. Topics covered include: Calling the emergency services, when and how?; The Chain of Survival and the Golden Hour; CPR and an introduction to defibrillators choking; The recovery position; Head injuries; Fractures; and Medical emergencies including asthma, anaphylaxis and epilepsy. Date: Monday 13th June, 7pm to 10pm at Letterkenny Community Centre. Cost is €25 plus booking fee. Register at https://sport-firstaid-1306.eventbrite.co.uk.
CPR / Defib: This course is certified by The Irish Heart Foundation and valid for two years. Topics to be covered include: Calling the emergency services, how and when?; CPR; De-fibrillation; Heart attack and stroke; Administration of Aspirin; and Choking. Date: Wednesday, 22nd June, 7pm to 10pm at Letterkenny Community Centre. Cost is €30 plus booking fee. Register at Eventbrite: https://de-fib-2206.eventbrite.co.uk.
We had another great hybrid bingo on Friday night! Well done to Aisling McGullion on winning €250 on the 50/50 Jackpot game. House winners were Seamus McGarvey, Mary Rouse, Tina Gallagher, Hugo Gilmartin, Grace Martin, Regina O'Connor, Teresa Winters, Gerry Murphy and Nathan Burrows. The cash winners for the lines were Ellen Maguire, Virgilius White, Molly Kerrigan, Jenny Foy, Mary Quinn, John Donnelly, Sharon McDonald, Jude Concannon, Margaret Gilmartin, Patrice Cox, Breege McCready and Marie Cleary. The snowball survived to roll on to €550 this week as we play for an overall prize fund over €2,300. Please spread the word that we are back in the Abbey Centre every Friday night as we look to grow our player base some more. We also play online as usual over Zoom. Books can be purchased online at Klubfunder.com. Players coming to the Abbey Centre can buy their books at the front desk, with doors open from 8.15pm.