Double scores victory gives reserves derby bragging rights
Senior Reserve Division 3
23 July 2016
Aodh Ruadh 4-10
Naomh Bríd 2-4
David McLoone reports from Father Tierney Park
The reserves put the horror show at Buncrana behind them on Saturday evening by beating neighbours Naomh Bríd by double scores. The hosts were dominant throughout, but only managed to hold a slender half-time lead having conceded two sloppy goals to give the visitors hope.
The opening points came from Oisin Rooney, Christopher 'Spanny' Goan and then a nice Daniel Warnock score. David Finnerty bagged the firstof Aodh Ruadh's goals, all before Naomh Bríd had even opened their account.
Stephen Walls got them started with a free which they followed up with a bundled goal from McClay after a mix up in the Aodh Ruadh defence leaving the scores at 1-3 to 1-1 midway through the half. A Barry Mulligan free followed by determined left footed Goan point and then one from PJ Gillespie extended the hosts lead to five points. Yet another defensive mix up led to an own goal to bring Naomh Bríd back into the game with the half-time score reading 1-6 to 2-1 to the Erne men.
Aodh Ruadh started the second half with great intent with Oisin Rooney seeing his effort on goal blocked down by the Naomh Bríd net minder within a minute of the restart. The threat on the Ballintra goal continued and it wasn't long before James Kelly shimmied around the goalie to get Aodh Ruadh's second goal.
Another Rooney point cancelled out Gerard Martin's score for Naomh Bríd, but Darren Gethins struck a massive blow for the homesters when he slotted Aodh Ruadh's third goal. Aiden Murray on the sideline was ringing the changes throughout the half and used his full compliment of subs to good effect.
Daniel Warnock, Gary Carty and Val Murray each added to the tally, before James Kelly finished it of it in style, again taking the ball around the keeper to score Aodh Ruadh fourth goal. It was a really dominant second half performance from the lads with PJ Gillespie, Gary Carty and David Finnerty having a big influence. Oisin Rooney was a great threat in full forward and was unlucky not to have a goal to go with his few points.
Paul Kane; Chris McCabe, Mickey Dolan, Thomas Anderson; PJ Gillespie (0-1), Ronan Drummond, Gary Carty (0-1); Darren Gethins (1-0), David Finnerty (1-0); Daniel Warnock (0-2), Barry Mulligan (0-1f), Mickey McNeely; James Kelly (2-0), Oisin Rooney (0-2), Christopher Goan (0-2).
Subs: Kieran Keown for Gillespie; Oisin Kerr for Anderson; Val Murray (0-1) for Carty; David McLoone for McCabe (BC); RaymieGranaghan for McNeely; Rory Cullen for Goan; Anthony Coughlin.