Second half grit sees Aodh Ruadh through again
Senior Division 2
19 March 2017
Aodh Ruadh 0-12
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh
Aodh Ruadh are making a habit of second half comebacks. They overturned a half-time deficit last week against Ardara to win by a point and repeated the trick here against MacCumhaill's in a feisty encounter in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The hosts had the preponderance of play over the first 30, and raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter. However they found themselves trailing 1-4 to 0-6 at the turnover thanks to MacCumhaill's being that bit more economical in front of the posts. David McGurrin, David Dolan, Philip Patton and Nathan Boyle were the men on the mark for Ballyshannon in the first half, while an Aaron Kelly goal and three points from Stephen Mulligan were the key contributions for the Twin Towners. Three points in five minutes from Jason Granaghan, David Dolan and Darren Drummond turned the game in Aodh Ruadh's favour at the start of the second half. County star Martin O'Reilly was introduced for the visitors and three unanswered MacCumhaill's points put them back in front with the game edging into the final quarter. Darren Drummond almost netted, but had to be satisfied with a point, his shot going just over. Mulligan again replied, but Aodh Ruadh struck back again with Cian McGloin levelling matters once more. It fell to David Dolan to cap a man of the match performance by hitting the winner with a minute of normal time left to play and maintain Aodh Ruadh's 100 percent start to the season.
Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Damien Cleary, Michael Ward; Jason Granaghan (0-1), Eamonn McGrath, Daniel Warnock; Conor Patton, David Dolan (0-3); Philip Patton (0-1), Darren Drummond (0-2), Niall Murray; Ryan McKenna, David McGurrin (0-3, 2f), Nathan Boyle (0-1).
Subs: Cian McGloin (0-1) for Warnock 50m; Paddy Gillespie for McKenna 57m.
|Referee: Kevin McGinley (Naomh Columba)|
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Last modified: Sunday, 19 March 2017 at 11:22pm