Aodh Ruadh minors make it two in a row

County Minor Hurling Final
21 October 2007
Aodh Ruadh 4-07
Saint Eunan's 2-10
Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town

Aodh Ruadh's minor hurlers claimed their second county championship title in succession last Sunday in Donegal town's Tir Chonaill Park. Things had looked ominous at half time when Ballyshannon went in on the wrong end of a 0-1 to 0-6 scoreline and contemplating the prospect of playing into a strong wind.

However the Ernesiders came out a transformed outfit in the second half. Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes lead the way at midfield and were well supported by Peader O'Keefe and David Dolan on the half back line. Gary O'Brien, Gary Loughlin and Liam Cullen did the main damage scoring four second half goals between them to put Aodh Ruadh in the driving seat. Ciaran Kilgannon was also impressive at centre forward and Gerard Kelly made a great impact at half forward when he came on in the second half. Ashley Mulhern had a great match at full back, thwarting many Letterkenny attacks.

It was Ballyshannon's superior threat in front of goals that proved the difference in the end and a final score of 4-07 to 2-10 meant that it was Aodh Ruadh's Stephen Ryan who held the minor county championship trophy aloft. Congratulations to all the players, as well as the mentors on the day: Peter O'Keefe and Dennis Doherty as well as Emma Gaughan with first aid.

Vital Statistics
Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Ryan O'Brien; Brian Fox, Ashley Mulhern, Shane McNulty; David Dolan, Cian Dolan, Stephen Ryan; Chris Kilgannon (0-1f), Paul Hughes (1-0); Richard McDevitt, Ciaran Kilgannon (0-3), Peader O'Keefe; Gary O'Brien (0-2) James Gallagher, Liam Cullen (1-2).
Subsitutes
Gerard Kelly for McDevitt, Gary Loughlin (0-1) for Gallagher; James Gallagher for C. Dolan.
Referee
Rory McGonigle

Rory McGonigle, match referee and County Hurling Board Chairman, presents the Minor Hurling Trophy to the Aodh Ruadh caption, Stephen Ryan.
Rory McGonigle, match referee and County Hurling Board Chairman, presents the Minor Hurling Trophy to the Aodh Ruadh caption, Stephen Ryan.

The Aodh Ruadh minor hurling team and mentors who claimed the County Championship title on Sunday 21st October in Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal town.
The Aodh Ruadh minor hurling team and mentors who claimed the County Championship title on Sunday 21st October in Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal town.

Report Filed: 22 November 2007