Magnificent performance sees Aodh Ruadh into semis
Intermediate Football Championshilp
18 August 2013
Aodh Ruadh 3-12
Caoimhinn Barr reports fromn Scarvey, Buncrana
A stunning nine-point win at the Scarvey yesterday saw Aodh Rudh reach the Intermediate Championship semi-final with ease.
Goals either side of the break from David McGurrin, Kerry Ryan and man- of-the-match Michael 'Sticky' Ward helped the Ballyshannon men cruise past an out-of-sorts Buncrana team that struggled in every area of the pitch.
The Inishowen men weren't helped by some catastrophic errors in defence with Aodh Ruadh ruthlessly making them pay, converting three goal chances to power into the last four with ease.
The first game between these two, some six weeks ago, ended in a draw but yesterday's match produced a shock landslide with Division Three Aodh Ruadh coasting past a dismal Buncrana team that plays a division above.
Despite the eventual outcome, Buncrana began well and raced into a two- point lead courtesy of an Odhran Doherty free followed by a fine long range effort by David Bell.
It was the eleventh minute before the visitors got on the board, Donagh McIntyre powering past three Buncrana players before rifling over from 30 metres.
Simon McGrory floated over an excellent point to put the Inishowen men two ahead once more before, at the other end, Ballyshannon corner- forward Kerry Ryan blasted over to reduce the deficit.
Aodh Ruadh hit the front midway through the first-half, David McGurrin robbing Buncrana keeper Sweeney before rolling the ball into the net for a goal out of nothing.
A left-footed David Bell point had Buncrana back in business moments later before they were rocked on their heels with a second Aodh Ruadh goal in less than seven minutes. This time there was another error in the home defence with Kerry Ryan intercepting an ill-advised Stephen Doherty pass and firing a rocket past Sweeney.
With the last action of the first-half, goalkeeper Peter Boyle stretched the Aodh Ruadh advantage out to five points, splitting the posts with a 45 to leave the score at the break, 2-3 to 0-4 in favour of the visitors.
Like they had done in the opening period, Buncrana started the second positively, county star Ryan Bradley driving forward for a trademark score.
Both teams swapped further points soon after with the excellent Sticky Ward on target for Aodh Ruadh and Paul McGonigle replying for the Scarvey men.
A stunning Anthony Boyle point from fully 55 metres gave the visitors another five point lead before quickfire frees from Odhran Doherty and Paul McGonigle brought Buncrana back to three behind.
Patton stretched the lead before Michael Ward fired low past Sweeney.
With Ward (2), McInerney and McGurrin, Aodh Ruadh continued to press on while the ever-green Brian Roper curled over two points to seal the nine-point win.
Sean Sweeney; Simon McGrory (0-1), Bruce Waldron, Stephen Doherty; Ronan Doherty, Calvin Jones, Andrew McLaughlin; Peter McLaughlin, Kevin O'Loughlin; Darach O'Connor (0-1), Odhran Doherty (0-3, 2f), Ryan Bradley (0-2); Garbhan MacDhonaill, David Bell (0-2), Darragh O'Connor, Paul McGonigle (0-3, 1f).
Substitutes: Caolan McGonigle, Sean Campbell, Joseph McGrory, Oisín O'Flaherty.
Peter Boyle (0-1, 1 '45); Ciron Whoriskey, Johnny Gallagher, Colm Kelly; Anthony Boyle (0-1), Conor Patton (0-1), Niall McCready; Eamon McGrath, Donagh McIntyre (0-1); Damien Cleary, Michael Ward (1-3), Ronan Drummond; Kerry Ryan (1-1), Diarmaid McInerney (0-1), David McGurrin (1-1).
Substitutes: Brian Roper (0-2), Kieran Keown, Ryan Patton, Niall Murray.
|Referee: Andrew Mullin (Killybegs)|
Report courtesy Donegal News
Last modified: Monday, 19 August 2013 at 7:45pm