Late rally gives Urris the points
Senior Reserve Division 3
4 April 2015
Aodh Ruadh 0-14
David McLoone reports from Crampsey Park
If ever a scoreline didn't reflect the story of the game then this is it. Urris made the most of two spells of chaos during the second half to put the travelling Aodh Ruadh men to the sword. Injuries to key players, including captain Waddle Coughlin, players called to senior duty and others unavailable, meant that only the bare bones of the team were able to make the 75 mile trip to Clonmany on Saturday afternoon for the first away league game of the season. Darren Gettins and Spanny Goan returned to the team, whilst Ellis McGuinness and Emmett Cheshire made their first appearances for the reserves.
Ryan Granaghan started the scoring for the day with a good point from play. Urris however went on to put six unanswered points to put the hosts into a commanding position. Aodh Ruadh responded well with points from Mickey McNeely, Nicky Sheerin and Dermot Slevin to leave the half time score 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of the hosts.
Aodh Ruadh started the second half like a new team, storming into a three point lead at 0-10 to 0-7 thanks to further points from Slevin, Ryan Granaghan and Darren Gettins, and seemingly cruising. However, a defensive mistake let Urris in for a goal, which was followed swiftly by three points in a row to swing the game back in favour of the hosts at 1-10 to 0-10.
Ballyshannon again responded well, with points from Dermot Slevin, Ryan Granaghan and Ciaran Slevin levelling the match, with Ciaran Slevin's being the score of the day as the half back collected inside his own 45, before carrying the ball the length of the field to pop over a superb point from the opposition 30m line.
The last three minutes however were three to forget, as tiredness and carelessness set in to allow Urris overrun the Ernesider's defence as they forced three goals in the final minutes, to win out on a score of 4-12 to 0-14 points, a bitterly disappointing end to a tightly contested game. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Mickey McNeely and the returning duo of Gettins and Goan.
Jack Dolan; Stephen Bradley, Ryan Patton, David McLoone; Ciaran Slevin (0-1), Daniel Kelly; Ryan Granaghan (0-3), Darren Gettins (0-1); Nicky Sheerin (0-1), Dermot Slevin (0-6); Mickey McNeely (0-1) Jamsie Kelly, Christopher Goan (0-1).
Substitute Ellis McGuiness for Nicky Sheerin (BC); Emmett Cheshire for Stephen Bradley.
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