Dogged Naomh Bríd see off Aodh Ruadh

Senior Reserve Division 3
18 June 2016
Naomh Bríd 2-11
Aodh Ruadh 1-9
Páirc Naomh Bríd

The reserves made the short trip to neighbours Naomh Bríd with a small, yet strong enough squad which included a welcome return to action for Niall McCready. The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges keeping a narrow lead early on. The opening scores for the visitors came from Anthony Coughlin and Cian Dolan, keeping the score at 0-3 to 0-2.

Aodh Ruadh then hit a purple patch in the middle third of the half as two solid free kicks from Murray followed by another Coughlin point and one from McCready had the vistors in a commanding position. However, a recurrence of a shoulder injury ended Murray's involvement in the game and allowed momentum switch back to Naomh Bríd.

The hosts went on to score a further two points and also saw a fortuitous effort for point drop short into the top corner of the net to leave Naomh Bríd leading by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break.

The hosts added the next two scores with Chris Goan responding for Ballyshannon with a short free kick. Naomh Bríd then hit a sucker punch. With the Erne men pressing high upfield a point attempt dropped short only for the hosts to turnover and break downfield to bury a goal past Warnock to stretch their lead to five.

This increased to six before Aodh Ruadh really sparked into life for the half, with a goal from Cian Dolan along with points from Coughlin and another from Spanny Goan bringing the game back to a single score at 2-9 to 1-9 with five minutes to play. However, the Erne men couldn't get enough possession in the final stages and it was Naomh Bríd who finished the stronger adding the final two points, with most of their damage being done by Shane Rooney at full forward.

Best for Aodh Ruadh was Cian Dolan who had a good outing in midfield and took his scores well. Chris McCabe was solid in defence and PJ Gillespie carried a lot of ball and linked play well. Niall McCready showed no signs of a player intent on hanging up the boots just yet. We wish Aiden Murray a speedy recovery from his latest shoulder ordeal and no doubt he soon be back to at least bark the orders from the sideline.

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Teams
Aodh Ruadh
Kevin Warnock; Chris McCabe, Mickey Dolan, David McLoone; Christopher Goan (0-2, 1f), PJ Gillespie, Daniel Warnock; Cian Dolan (1-1), Darren Gettins; Niall McCready (0-1), Dermot Slevin, Rory Cullen; Packie McGrath, Anthony Coughlin (0-2), Aiden Murray (0-2f).
Subs: Raymie Granaghan for Aiden Murray, Gerard Ferguson for Packie McGrath.
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Last modified: Wednesday, 29 June 2016 at 9:21pm