Reserves maintain 100 percent record

Senior Reserve Football Division 3
4 May 2014
Red Hugh's 2-10
Aodh Ruadh 4-7
Pairc Aodh Rua

The Aodh Ruadh reserves travelled to the Cross on Saturday evening for the first of two games on a double header bank holiday weekend. The reserves had the unusual privilege of playing after the senior game, so were boosted by the inclusion of Jamie McDonald, Niall Murray and Ryan Granaghan into the squad. McDonald showed from the start that he was fired up having played 45 minutes with the seniors in a tight encounter, and was to play a key role in the reserve match. With a glut of injuries and unavailable players, Aodh Ruadh were delighted to welcome Jamsie Kelly back into the squad, another man who was to prove influential in this match.

The Erne men got off to a blistering start, with James O’Donnell winning possession from the throw in and pumping the ball into the full forward line, with Jamsie Kelly getting on the end of it to blast past the keeper with only seconds on the clock. A point from Kelly and a McDonald free stretched the lead to 1-2.

McDonald had the beating of his man from the start, and when he intercepted a short kick out, he tore through on goal leaving his marker in his wake before smashing his shot past the home team keeper. Red Hugh's eventually got going and registered a couple of points, which were cancelled out by points from O’Donnell and Slevin.

The homesters managed a goal back on the stroke of half time with a cheeky chip over the head of the advancing Daniel Kelly, despite the best efforts of Chris McCabe to prevent the ball crossing the line. Referee Claire Foy awarded the goal, dismissing the protests from the visitors defence, leaving the half time score at 1-3 to 2-6.

Red Hugh's started the second half the better, registering three points to just one from the visitors, which came from Granaghan after a strong solo run. It could have been worse for the visitors only for a fine reflex save from Daniel Kelly in goal after the Red Hugh's full forward got a fist to a long ball into the square which was destined to end up in the net. The strong hand by Kelly managed to palm the ball over the bar.

This was one of the big turning points of the game, as Aodh Ruadh went down the other end to record two goals, the first from Jamsie Kelly, followed shortly by a powerful shot by Joe Watson into the back of the net, to stretch the lead to 10, at 1-6 to 4-7.

The home team responded well, adding a goal and two points without reply, to reduce the lead to five points. McDonald settled the visitors with another well taken point. The final two points of the game from the home side, but it was to be too little too late, as Aodh Ruadh ran out 4 point winners at a score of 2-10 to 4-8. All in all it was a good day for the visitors in a place where two points are always hard earned, with another four goals extending their remarkable scoring streak to 23 from five games played.

Vital Statistics
Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Daniel Kelly; Calum O’Halloran, Ryan Patton, David McLoone; Chris McCabe, Niall Murray, Mickey McNeely; James O’Donnell (0-1) Ronan Matthews; James Kelly (2-2), Dermot Slevin (0-1f), Christopher Goan, Jamie McDonald (1-2), Joe Watson (1-0), N.Sheerin
Substitutes: Ryan Granaghan for N Sheerin, Ruairi Drummond for D McLoone, Stephen Bradley for J McDonnell, J. McDonald for J.Watson, Jack Dolan for M.McNeely
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