League crown must wait for another day

Senior Reserve Football Divison 3
6 September 2014
Urris 0-7
Aodh Ruadh 0-6

The Aodh Ruadh reserves made the long trip to Clonmany on Saturday afternoon for the final away league game of the season. The Erne men knew that a win would wrap up the league title, Urris had little to play for only pride in the jersey. The visitors were missing a number of players who were unavailable on the day, but still managed to field a full team and had a half a bench over. A number of positional changes were unavoidable, meaning it took the lads a while to settle into the game.

Urris put the first two points on the board before Anthony Coughlin got the visitors started. Urris recorded another couple to extend the lead to three, before Nicky Sheerin added a point. Urris were much more efficient with their scoring chances, registering another two points before the break to leave the half time score at 6-2. Aodh Ruadh were not too disheartened as they had created by far the more scoring opportunities, but just could not make them count, including seeing two goal attempts come off the bar and then the post.

The second half have was much better, with the visitors gradually clawing their way back to level the match, with points from Finnerty, a second from Sheerin, a good left footed effort from Cookie O'Halloran, and a goal attempt from Eugene Drummond which was deflected over the bar.

Despite drawing level at 6-6, a host of good scoring chances were wasted, as well as seeing three further goal chances all come back off the bar and another off the post. Urris managed only one score in the second half, which came with only five minutes left to play, but it proved to be all they needed. As the need to equalise became more pressing for the visitors, the panic set in somewhat, with some wild attempts at the posts straying wide time after time.

Urris clung on to win by the narrowest of margins. The wide count for Aodh Ruadh was at least 16, and in a day where there was so little between the sides, a bit more composure in front of goal would have won this game. The Aodh Ruadh defensive unit were solid keeping the hosts to a low score, and there was good energy in the middle and half forward lines. Nicky Sheerin won a sight of ball when he moved out to the half forward line.

Vital Statistics
Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Paul Kane; Stephen Bradley, Ryan Patton, David McLoone; Eugene Drummond (0-1), Ciaran Slevin, Chris McCabe; Niall Thomas, David Finnerty (0-1); Callum O'Halloran (0-1), Ryan Granaghan, Jack Dolan; Val Murray, Anthony Coughlin (0-1), Nicky Sheerin (0-2).
Substitutes: James Barron for Chris McCabe, Tom Hope for Jack Dolan, Raymie Granaghan

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