Aodh Ruadh book semi spot in style
Junior Hurling Championship quarter-final
30 August 2020
Aodh Ruadh 2-17
Saint Eunan's 0-7
John Hughes reports from Father Tierney Park.
It was pretty much one way traffic as Aodh Ruadh booked their place in the Junior Hurling Championship semi-finals with a convincing 16 point win over a brave Saint Eunan's II outfit. The homesters opened the scoring four minutes in with a point from Martin Larkin and from there to the half-time break they were dominant in every area of the pitch. Rory Cullen raced in for goals in the sixth and ninth minutes and Stephen Connolly pointed to give Aodh Ruadh a 2-2 cushion before Saint Eunan's managed to hit their only point of the first half 11 minutes in. Further points from Rory Cullen (3), Martin Larkin and Ciaran Kilgannon (3) had the Ernesiders 2-8 to 0-1 to the good at the interval.
The third quarter continued in a similar vein with Mark Larkin splitting the posts on the restart. Ryan Ayres fired over before Eugene Drummond contributed the score of the game. He pulled a deep puck out by the Saint Eunan's keeper from the sky before charging forward and belting over from well out. Drummond added another three minutes later before Adam Rami got in on the scoring act with a fine effort. Sub Cian Duffy became Aodh Ruadh's eighth scorer before Saint Eunan's finally managed to pop over two points just before the second half water break. John Rooney ran his bench in the final quarter and Saint Eunan's got some deserved scores for their endeavour, four in total as Ryan O'Brien's goals remained unbreached. Aodh Ruadh continued to add to their tally though and scores from Brendan Gillespie, Brian Patton and Rory Cullen saw it end 2-17 to 0-7.
Aodh Ruadh had excellent performances from every man who took to the pitch. Keeper Ryan O'Brien was very cool with any ball that came his way. The Ramis, Ciaran and Adam, were rock-like in a defence well-marshalled by Jack Matthews. Brendan Gillespie, Eugene Drummond and Conor McNeely gave the hosts a great platform in the middle third. In the attack Rory Cullen, Martin Larkin and Ciaran Kilgannon had a real field day. John Rooney will be very content with his return of ten scorers for this quarter-final.
Saint Eunan's were best served by Calvin Aidoo and Paddy Flood who tried their best in difficult circumstances, the Letterkenny men travelling with just the bare 15.
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Ryan O'Brien; Ciaran Rami, Jack Matthews, Peter Horan; Stephen Anderson, Stephen Connolly (0-1), Adam Rami (0-1); Brendan Gillespie (0-1), Eugene Drummond (0-2); Garreth Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon (0-3), Conor McNeely; Michael Bowering, Martin Larkin (0-3), Rory Cullen (2-3).
Ryan Ayres (0-1), Cian Duffy (0-1), Brian Patton (0-1), Kevin McDermott, Gary O'Brien, Patrick Cassidy, Gary Loughlin, Patrick Haran, Oisin Rooney, Pauric Keenaghan, Senan Rooney
Darragh McBride, Shane Maguire, John McIntyre, Eoin Boyle; Eoin Scanlon, Ciaran Kelly, Francis Lennno, Ronan Kelly; Calvin Aidoo, Gavin Forde; John Ireland, James Connors, Eoin Scanlon; Eoin Boyle, Derek Kelly, Paddy Flood.
|Referee: Michael Connolly (Sligo)|
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