Aodh Ruadh impress in win over Burt
Senior Division 3
24 October 2015
Aodh Ruadh 1-8
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh
A dominant performance in the second 30 gave Aodh Ruadh the points in this division 3 clash at a wintery Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The first half was tit for tat, finishing with the sides deadlocked at three points apiece. Diarmaid McInerney (f), Philip Patton and Shane McGrath were on the mark for the hosts in a game where a lively swirling wind made accurate shooting a challenge.
Ballyshannon turned things up a notch after the break. Diarmaid McInerney slotted a free to edge Aodh Ruadh into the lead and then Seamus Kane fired over from play.
Aodh Ruadh were looking the stronger and more dynamic side. In midfield Niall Harley was gathering a lot of ball around and driving forward. Ten minutes into the half Harley went on one such drive before picking out David Dolan with a fine pass and Dolan switched the ball across the face of goal to Philip Patton who palmed home.
That gave Aodh Ruadh a five point cushion, but with conditions making shooting difficult a number of chances went a-begging over the next ten minutes.
Most of those fell to the Ernesiders, but the most important came when the visitors turned over possession and cut through the Aodh Ruadh cover before watching a goal-bound shot slap off the crossbar.
Burt knocked over a free by way of consolation, but Diarmaid McInerney quickly restored the five point advantage.
The Inishowen men added another free, but Peter Boyle repaid that with interest, landing two long range place kicks, giving Aodh Ruadh a two goal lead with six minutes left to play.
Burt registered a point from play a minute into added time, but Aodh Ruadh had this one firmly sewn up by that stage.
This was a muscular display by Aodh Ruadh, especially in the second half when a physically imposing and fit Ballyshannon team dictated the tempo. Eamonn McGrath and Conor Patton both impressed in defence while Niall Harley and Johnny Gethins formed an excellent midfield partnership. The front six put in a great shift, giving a great exhibition of high pressing close to the opposition posts with David Dolan also providing a great outlet for long ball.
Peter Boyle (0-2f); Mickey Ward, Damien Cleary, Callum O'Halloran; Nathan Boyle, Eamonn McGrath, Conor Patton; Niall Harley, Johnny Gethins; David Dolan, Diarmaid McInerney (0-3f), Barry Mulligan; Philip Patton (1-1), Seamus Kane (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-1).
Subs: Ronan Drummond for Nathan Boyle, Niall Murray for , Kerry Ryan for Barry Mulligan.
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Last modified: Saturday, 31 October 2015 at 10:30am