Aodh Ruadh’s promotion hopes took a body blow after Letterkenny Gaels romped through for four goals and took full points from Father Tierney Park thanks to a 2-13 to 4-8 victory.
A very tough loss to take for Aodh Ruadh. It was a poor day for the defence and most of the best displays came up front during the third quarter when the homesters were chasing the game. Sticky Ward did well setting up chances for others and finished with a three point haul. David McGurrin, Johnny Gethins, Barry Mulligan, Diarmaid McInerney and Pauric Patton all made positive contributions.
There was better news for the reserves who recorded a 3-14 to 3-8 win against Letterkenny Gaels. The Ernesiders were four points down with less than ten minutes left on the clock. However they blitzed Letterkenny with a goal and some great point taking to win the game.
Championship takes priority this Friday for Aodh Ruadh as they bid to take down the division three table toppers Milford. That game throws at 8pm in Convoy and a big travelling support would be very welcome as the seniors chase a morale-boosting victory.
It was to be disappointment for the Aodh Ruadh minors in their county semi-final, losing to Saint Eunan’s on a scoreline of 0-7 to 0-14. Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding this match the Ballyshannon men still gave a good account of themselves. Aodh Ruadh dominated the first quarter of this game despite playing into a breeze.
However, they could only muster two points in the final three quarters of an hour and that proved the Ernesiders downfall. Hard luck to Peter McKenna, Raymie Granaghan, David O’Donnell, their brave charges. There were a number of notable Aodh Ruadh performances to take heart from. Cookie O’Halloran was Aodh Ruadh’s man of the match, with Sean Taylor’s accurate kicking from between the posts a decided asset. Jason Granaghan and Cáelán Drummond were both in excellent form while Nathan Boyle was best for Aodh Ruadh further up the pitch.
There was championship disappointment also for the under 16s in the past week. They exited against Four Masters in a third leg play-off, 0-12 to 1-4 the final scoreline. Nevertheless the team put in a great effort this year into the training. The side still have two outstanding items of domestic business to attend to, the PJ Roper tournament and the Frank O’Neill cup.
Aodh Ruadh under 13s won their first game of the season against Saint Naul’s last Saturday. They will face Ardara in the park this Saturday at 1pm. Under 13 training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4.30pm.
The skills test results have been totted and there was just one point between first and second in a great competition. Some great performances, especially from younger members of the team. Results and awards at this Friday’s training at 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. That will be followed by the under 8s trip to the Castle Adventure Open Farm next Saturday.
We will be meeting down at the Farm at 12 noon. The trip finishes up at 2pm and players can be collected then. There is NO charge for this trip and it is open to ALL under 8 players, whether they were able to attend the Euroshot challenge or not. Under 8 management will be collecting €20 for the trip to Galway from next week’s training onwards.
The under 12s travelled to the Cross in Killygordon last Thursday to play Setanta in the B final. Both teams were evenly matched and treated the large crowd to a very entertaining game. There was little between the sides, but the Setanta lads ability to score goals proved the difference as they ran out winners 4-4 to 1-7.
It was a great achievement by this young squad to reach the B final. They worked very hard throughout the season. The next action for the lads is the Aodh Ó Dálaigh Tournament on 4th October. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the game, your support all season is much appreciated.
The under 16s made the long trip to Scarvey on Thursday last to take on a strong Buncrana team in the league semi-final. The lads were up against a very skilful outfit who top the Donegal and Derry Leagues.
Although we were well beaten, the lads deserve great credit for their never say die attitude as they battled for every ball against a team who have 13 players on the county under 15 and 16 squads. Next up for the under 16s is the championship semi-final on 17th September against the Buncrana men again. Many thanks to Buncrana who put on a great spread of food afterwards for the lads, it was much appreciated.
Well done to Annette Lloyd who was part of the Scotland ladies team that defeated Derry on Sunday to book their place in the junior ladies All-Ireland final.
The Aodh Ruadh under 13s got their first win of the season with a 6-4 to 5-10 victory over Killybegs in Fintra. Among the goals was Roisín Daly, Laoise Kelly and Caoimhe Keon. Others to have good games included Caitlin McGarrigle at wing back, Aine Hill between the posts, Ella Clancy in midfield, Emer O’Brien at wing forward, Síofra Hughes at centre back and Alicia Clyne at full back.
Best of luck to Alicia Clyne, Bridín Maguire, Caoimhe Keon and Síofra Hughes who are training with the Donegal under 13 development squad over the next three months.
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.
The summer snowball standing at the fine amount of €650 was won by Mrs Philbin of Donegal Town on 52 numbers. The €400 jackpot prize was shared between Ann Gallagher of Erne Street, Ballyshannon and Ann McAndrews of Pettigo. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey centre. Books priced just €10.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,000. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Sean O’Mahoney, Rathmore; Kathleen O’Neill; Frances Drummond, Finner; Chrissie Roper, Erne Dale Height; and Rita McGullion, Belleek. Next draw in McGinley’s Bar with a Jackpot of €1,100 on Sunday at 8.30pm.
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.
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