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Honours even in robust championship encounter at Dunkineely

Intermediate Football Championship
3 September 2016
Naomh Ultan 1-14
Aodh Ruadh 0-17
Dunkineely

It was honours even at Dunkineely as Aodh Ruadh, already through to the intermediate championship quarter-finals, preserved their unbeaten record in Group B with a 1-14 to 0-17 final scoreline against Naomh Ultan on Saturday. Despite not having anything on the line, Aodh Ruadh entered into exchanges with no lack of vigour and at that contributed to a real championship encounter. The first half saw the sides feeling their way into the game with Ballyshannon going in at the break leading by 0-10 to 0-7, Peter Boyle striking over four excellent dead balls in that tally. The second half was evenly and robustly fought. Naomh Ultan got an edge with an early goal, but points from Niall Murray and Seamus Kane pushed the Ernesiders two points ahead and looking favourites for the win with time almost up. However, two late scores for the homesters saw the match finishing level, a result which saw both sides into the quarter-final draw. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Peter Boyle from the dead ball, while once again Colm Kelly showed his quality in the defence. Up front David Dolan and David McGurrin provided a potent outlet, while, not for the first time this season, the experience and guile of Michael 'Sticky' Ward helped steer Ballyshannon through some tricky stages in the game.