~ FOOTBALL ~
It was a trip to forget for the seniors as an under-powered performance saw Downings emerge victorious on a 0-4 to1-8 score line in the second round of the league. Conor Patton and PJ McGee were probably Ballyshannon’s most consistent and persistent performers over the 60 minutes while James O’Donnell and Pauric Loughlin both battled hard in the first half.
The reserves continued their unbeaten progress with a 1-10 to 1-10 draw which displayed great reserves of character. Aodh Ruadh played into the teeth of a gale in the first half and found themselves going in at the break 1-9 to 0-3 down. The second half was a different affair as Aodh Ruadh shut up shop to concede just one score in the half and steadily chip away at the homesters nine point lead. The decisive play of the game came when Niall Murray won a free in range of the posts with time running. The free ended up being converted to a throw ball. Aodh Ruadh won the ball from the throw-in and Gerard McIntyre was unleashed on a surge on goal where upon he was pulled down and a penalty awarded. Dermot Slevin coolly stepped up and dispatched the ball to the back of the net with the last kick of the game to level the tie. Karl O’Brien made a great return in goal for Aodh Ruadh while Kieran Keown and Pauric Storey were both superb, frequently striking forward from deep. Niall Murray had another excellent match as the fulcrum of the attack. Ronan Matthews took some pictures of the reserve game. which we have up on aodhruadh.org.
Next up for the adult footballers is the visit St Patrick’s Muff to Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.
We have some shots of the minors packing bags in Mace on Saturday afternoon. Many thanks to Fred Ormston and Mace facilitating the fund-raiser. The minors will be opening their competitive account for 2012 with a trip to Naomh Columba on Friday, 13th April in the league. The game throws in at 7pm.
The under 16s made it five out of five with a gritty 1-1 to 1-9 away win over Naomh Mhuire. The first half was blighted by a strong breeze across the pitch at Mullaghderg which both sides struggled to come to grips with. Aodh Ruadh went in leading at half time by 0-2 to 0-1. Naomh Mhuire rattled in a goal early in the second half and this seemed to bring Aodh Ruadh to life and they hit seven unanswered points to seal the win. Philip Patton did most of the damage on the score board for the Ernesiders and was probably the pick of the attackers. It was another strong defensive performance from Ballyshannon with the full back line of Eugene Drummond, Matthew Maguire and Ryan Gallagher characteristically resolute. That win assures Aodh Ruadh of a place in the Southern Regional semi-finals with opposition to be decided after the concluding round of games. Ballyshannon's final game of the round robin stages of the league campaign sees Aodh Ruadh travelling to Fintra to take on Killybegs. That decisive game takes place this Wednesday 11th April with the throw in at 6pm.
Under 16 football league division one
The under 14 county Féile final failed to go ahead as scheduled. A refixed date has not yet been made.
Under 12 training continues this Fridays at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm. Competition for the year starts next Monday 16th April when the lads travel to Naomh Bríd for a Go Games blitz. All players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 5.15pm. The games will be throwing up in Ballintra at 6pm.
Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 12th April at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Under 6 and under 8 training returns this Friday 13th April from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
~ HURLING ~
A busy few days for Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurlers began on Thursday with the under 14s and minors both in action against Saint Eunan’s in the second round of the Donegal Leagues. The under 14s played a strong Saint Eunan’s team in Father Tierney Park. It was a great game with both teams giving their all in a game full of commitment and passion. Both teams enjoyed spells on top, but it was the home team, thanks to a great all round team effort, who pulled away in the second half and secured their second win of the campaign on a 4-7 to 3-3 score line. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. They play Setanta at home this Thursday and on Saturday they face the long trip to Carndonagh to take part in the County Féile.
Also last Thursday, the minors travelled to O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny where they played Saint Eunan’s. This minor team is growing in confidence and they coasted to a facile win over the home team. This win leaves them with a 100 percent record after two games, they are joint league leaders with Setanta and this Thursday both teams go into battle in Killygordon in what’s sure to be a gripping encounter.
Eamonn McGrath was Aodh Ruadh's lone representative on the Donegal minor team that suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Armagh in the Ulster League on Saturday.
The under 16s travelled to Ballinascreen on Saturday last to take part in an Ulster GAA nine-a-side blitz, the lads were in division two and were in a group made up of three Antrim teams plus the home team. They acquitted themselves very well and impressed all there with their style of play and attitude. After a very early start that morning and a long journey the boys were straight into action against Saint Galls of Belfast. This was a great game where there was never more than a puc of a ball between the teams as Aodh Ruadh showed they were more than a match for their famed opponents. Leading by a point going into the final minute the lads were hit with a sucker blow when the physically stronger Belfast men struck for the winning goal. Kieran Kelly picked up a hand injury leaving us with just 10 players for the rest of the day, it was obvious we had the youngest squad in action on the day, with only four being overage next year. Next up for the lads was a game against the host club, the lads now understood they were well fit for this competition and won on a score line of 2-5 to no score. It was obvious that the lads were enjoying this new experience of playing nine-a-side hurling and were improving as the day went on. Next up were another Belfast team, Lámh Dhearg. Again the lads tore into their opponents and were keen to show that hurlers from Donegal were well capable of hurling and they ran out easy winners 3-7 to 2-0. All thoughts of tiredness had now disappeared and the lads were looking forward to their final game against Sean Stinson's from Antrim, the lads put on another great display in this game and ran out convincing winners on a 5-4 to 0-1 score line. Overall it was a great day where the Aodh Ruadh lads showed they were well fit for this standard of hurling, thanks to all of the lads who made the effort to go and who gave it their all on the day.
Good luck to under 12 hurlers Pauric Keenaghan, Seosaimh McGee, Aaron Peach, Odhran Kennedy, Darren Sharp, Evan McTiernan and Ciaran Meehan who take part in the Ulster GAA activity day in Croke Park on Wednesday 11th April as part of the Donegal under 12 development squad. It is a great honour for the lads, their families and the club and we hope they have a great day on their first of hopefully many appearances in Croke Park.
Training for all ages continues on Sunday at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park, all welcome especially beginners. It's very encouraging to see the large numbers of new comers who have come up in recent weeks.
~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies took to the field for their first competitive outing of the current season against Termon. The home-side fielded a very youthful and inexperienced team with seven senior league débutantes in the panel. There were also notable absences from the championship starting side last year of the injured Tanya O Shea, 'top dog' Niamh Gallagher, player of the year Fionnuala Gill, and globetrotters Sarah Patton, and Aoife Buggy. Termon, however, came with a formidable and well established team. It was a difficult day for the home team who were outplayed by the strong opposition from start to finish. The Aodh Ruadh girls battled bravely but were always going to be second to the well drilled Termon ladies. Lorraine Roper and Veteran Donna Martin were the scorers for Ballyshannon on a day where the score-line itself was more forgettable. It was a tough day at the office to kick off the season but things can only get better. We have pictures and a team list from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The seniors are due to play Moville this weekend, however the time and dates for this game have yet to be fixed.
The under 14 girls played host to Saint Naul's in their second league match of the year for what really was a game of two halves. The visitors had a strong physical team and dominated throughout the opening 30 minutes to leave the Aodh Ruadh girls looking at the wrong end of 3-03 to 0-00 score line at half-time. After a peppy and inspirational half time talk from the manager the girls came out in the second half with all guns blazing. A great team effort saw the home-side outscore their opposition in the second half leaving the final result at 5-05 to 2-03. With the calibre of play and character displayed in the second half it is clear that these girls are capable of some excellent football. We have pictures and a team list from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Well done to Orlaith Gillespie, who was in top form in the forward line for the Donegal under 14 team last Saturday when they were unfortunate to come second to strong Mayo side.
There will be no under 8, 10 or 12 training this week. Normal training schedules should resume next week.
The highlight of Easter Saturday was, as usual the ladies annual Duck Race. It brought out a good crowd. Teddy Kane, Colman Kerr and Terence McShea had the ducks under starter's orders. A raffle was held for Easter eggs after each race and there can't have been too many who went home without an egg-stra special surprise. The final race decided the winners of the cash prizes on offer. First duck home belonged to Roisín Gillespie winning her €75. Second was Skye O'Loughlin who won €50. They were followed by PJ O'Mahoney who won €25. Many thanks to Paul Gillespie who sponsored the Easter eggs all who attended the event, all who bought lines and sold lines as well as everyone who helped out on the day and made it such a success. We have pictures from the Duck Race up on aodhruadh.org.
~ PITCH BOOKINGS ~
A pitch access rota has been hammered out between all managers and can be viewed at aodhruadh.org under the pitch bookings section. Please bear the following in mind in relation to pitch bookings.
· Notify changes to Peter Conlon (071-9851386 087-6838024) or Tom Daly.
· Priority use of changing rooms three and or four to be given to ladies teams when they are training or playing.
· All club fixtures and cancellations to be notified to Peter Conlon for Diary. Peter is the only authorised point of contact for booking club fixtures.
· Request by non-Aodh Ruadh teams or clubs for use of facilities to be referred to either Tom Daly or Conal Gallagher.
· Booking of facilities by local schools to be made directly to Peter Conlon.
· This schedule is subject to change as the season develops
~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next collection of aluminium cans for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the local environment takes place this Saturday 14th April at Fatherr Tierney Park from 12 noon to 1 pm. Spread the word to neighbours, friends and family! Anyone looking for any information in relation to this project please contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Kieran Drummond (086-2368295).
~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon this Saturday 21st April at 9.30pm. Proceeds are in aid of Gaelscoil Eirne, Ballyshannon. Music by The Assaroe Ceili Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.
With the first grass of the year cut and the scent of championship in the air, why not relive the magical closing moments of Donegal’s All-Ireland quarter-final triumph over Kildare.
~ LOTTO ~
There was no winner of the €1,000 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 9, 13, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Francis McGinley; Malachy Daly, c/o McGinley's bar; Caroline Cahill, c/o Mary McGrath; Maria Doherty, Lawne Park; and Mary McCaffrey, Assaroe Road. Next draw is Dicey Reilly’s on Sunday at 9pm. The jackpot is €1,100 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for the Saimer Court this Saturday is: LADIES.