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Ardara put to the sword on home turf by Aodh Ruadh

McCormick's Sport and Leisure Division 1A.
24 July 2006
Ardara 0-09
Aodh Ruadh 0-14
Sean Perry reports from Ardara

Aodh Ruadh caused something of a surprise in Pearse Memorial Park in Ardara on a fine Saturday evening when they comprehensively outplayed the league leaders to record a merited five point win.

PJ McGowan's side dictated the tempo from early on and surged into a three point lead with the Wards, Shane and Barry, and veteran full-forward, Val Murray all getting on the scoresheet.

The county champions of 2004 had matters level after 23 minutes, Brendan Boyle was in good form in the middle of the park chipping in with three points from play in the first half. However, a strong finish to the half from the visitors saw them surge into a 0-9 v 0-6 lead which they were never to relinquish.

Aodh Ruadh led by six points at one stage in the second half, that could have been more had goal chances which fell to Garret Blake and Seamus Kane been converted.

While the Ballyshannon side were without the services of the injured Brian Roper, Ardara sorely missed Stephen McHugh, Michael Doherty and Peter McHugh.

Shane Ward clipped over the last score of the game two minutes from time to secure the points for Aodh Ruadh in a sporting and entertaining contest.

Vital Statistics
Aodh Ruadh
Karl O'Brien; Johnny Gallagher, Martin Gallagher, Eamonn O'Donnell; Ciron Whoriskey, Conor Gurn, Michael Gurn (0-1); Stephen Ward, Barry Ward (0-3); Shane Ward (0-4, 2 frees), Michael Ward (0-1), Seamus Kane (0-1); Garret Blake (0-1), Val Murray (0-2, 2 frees), Pauric Buggy (0-1).
Thomas McPhelim for C Gurn, Barry Mulligan for M Ward, P O'Reilly for Murray.
Hugh Shovlin, Eamon Doherty, Declan Gallagher, Seamus Byrne, Paddy Gallagher (0-1), Kenneth Doherty, Kevin Byrne, Darren Maguire, Brendan Boyle (0-3), Martin Sweeney, Damian Diver, Paddy Gallagher (0-1), Gareth Concarr (0-1), Stephen Gildea (0-3, 3 frees), Kieran Breslin.
Martin Shovlin for K Breslin, Jimmy O'Connell for M Sweeney.
Robbie O'Donnell (Naomh Mhuire)

Report Filed: 14 August 2006