Reserves on top after tight contest

Senior Reserve Division 3
28 May 2016
Letterkenny Gaels 2-2
Aodh Ruadh 2-5
Páirc na nGael

The reserves returned to winning ways with a hard fought win in Letterkenny. A very solid defensive game from all six backs kept Letterkenny Gaels to just a single point in the first half and the visitors went in at the break with a four point lead, the scores coming courtesy of a brace from both Aiden Murray and Dermot Slevin and one from Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin.

The second half proved a much tighter affair with the hosts chipping away at Aodh Ruadh's lead with a goal and another point keeping them in the game. A well taken goal from PJ Gillespie and another Waddle point kept daylight between the teams, but Ballyshannon were in for a grand finale. With some confusion over the exact score as to whether Aodh Ruadh held a three or a four point lead, a second goal from the Gaels appeared to have pulled them level.

However the Ernesiders responded in the best possible manner with Cáelán Drummond finding the back of the net to restore the lead. Letterkenny looked to have the last word in the dying stages as they pushed for what they believed would be an equalising goal, and nearly got is as a shot came back off the crossbar. However the final whistle eventually came much to the relief of the Erne men and precluding the controversy of what might have been.

Best for Aodh Ruadh were the defensive sextet, particularly Anderson, McCabe and Dolan on the full back line. Jason Gallagher and Caolan Drummond both had fine games at half forward.

Vital Statistics
Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Carl O'Brien; Chris McCabe, Mickey Dolan, Thomas Anderson; PJ Gillespie (1-0), Ryan Granaghan, Christopher Goan; Aidan Murray (0-2), Darren Gethins; Cáelán Drummond (1-2), Dermot Slevin (0-2, 1f), Jason Gallagher; Rory Cullen, Anthony Coughlin (0-2, 1f), Oisin Kerr.
Subs: David Dorrian for Oisin Kerr, Kevin Warnock for Rory Cullen, Raymie Granaghan.
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Last modified: Monday, 30 May 2016 at 11:49pm