first_imgAODH RUADH GAA NEWS:FootballAodh Ruadh sustained their first defeat of the season in the compact confines of Crampsey Park in Inishowen last Saturday. Urris got off to the ideal start with a goal two minutes in, but that was to be their only score of the half and Aodh Ruadh reeled off five unanswered points to go into the break with a two point advantage. Urris came out strong in the second half hitting six unanswered points, before a Peter Boyle free staunched the flow. The closing stages were more evenly fought, but the homesters still emerged the victors winning on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9. We have a full report with pictures to come from the game up on The reserves also came unstuck against Urris, coming out on the wrong side of a 4-12 to 0-14 scoreline. It was a topsy turvy game, where Urris made the utmost of two spells of dominance to run out winners. The hosts lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at half time, but Aodh Ruadh came out with renewed vigour and streaked into a three points lead before being hauled back in the latter stages of the game. It was a bitterly disappointing end to a tightly contested game. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Mickey McNeely and the returning duo of Darren Gettins and Christopher Goan. We have a full match report with pictures to come from the game up on Donegal have qualified for the NFL Division One semi-final the CCC have brought forward a round of starred fixtures to allow the All-county league go ahead. This sees Aodh Ruadh back on the road to Inishowen, this time to Newtowncunningham on Saturday where they’ll face Naomh Colmcille. Throw-in times weren’t available at time of mailingThe minors lost their rescheduled game against Naomh Conaill 3-9 to 0-11. The minor league campaign came to an end on Sunday when they faced Naomh Conaill in Glenties. The Aodh Ruadh men started well with everyone putting in a huge performance in the first half with some great work from Philip Patton, Shane McGrath and Connor Kennedy up front. However they suffered a huge blow when Callum ‘Cookie’ O’Halloran, who was outstanding, got a black card in the dying minutes of the first half. The half time score saw the Ballyshannon men with a three point lead, 0-8 to 0-5, and all to play for. They came out strong again in the second half with another point straight from the throw in but with 45 minutes gone in the game the tables turned with a goal from a quick Naomh Conaill free. From this point on the Aodh Ruadh men just ran out of steam and despite the best efforts of Eugene Drummond, Colm Doyle and Conal Sweeney the Glenties men managed to poke holes in the Ballyshannon defence hitting the back of the net twice more within the space of three minutes. The full time whistle saw Naomh Conaill with a seven point advantage, 3-9 to 0-11 a disappointing end to the game after such a promising first 45 minutes.The under 16s had a good win over Dungloe on Friday finishing ahead by two points despite conceding a penalty in the last few minutes. Dungloe took their time to settle and Aodh Ruadh got off to a good start. They had a well taken goal by Odhrán O’Neill and four points on the board while Dungloe had only registered a single point. There were great performances all round the field particularly from Odhrán Kennedy, Sean Taylor, Michael McKenna and Ronan McMullin who did a great job in defence. Matteo Rivenna got off to a flying start in midfield where he was involved in the build up to a few scores and got a nice point of his own. His midfield partner Conall Sweeny worked hard, running at the Dungloe defence and contributing three points. Up front Dylan Gallagher gave a class performance in tracking back and helping out in defence while pushing forward when the chances came. Dylan’s superb goal effort came off the post at a time when Dungloe could have been finished off, but to their credit they kept going until the end. Conor O’Donnell, Jack Greene and Matthew Rodgers were probably best for Dungloe. Shane Dorrian’s confidence in free-taking is growing and he nailed an important score as the game came to a close. This Dungloe team beat this Aodh Ruadh team twice at under 14 level by 11 points and 13 points so the achievement on Friday is something the team should be proud of. The final score was 1-13 to 1-11. Our next game is away to Naomh Mhuire on Sunday.Under 14 training this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and Saturday from 11am to 12 noon. The under 14s will have a challenge match this Friday, 10th April against Naomh Bríd at 5pm. All players to be on the pitch for 4.30pm. The team’s first league fixture will be on Saturday, 25th April when they travel to take on Dungloe in the league.Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.Under 8 and under 6 training recommences this Friday, 10th April, running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday’s Field).Hurling The senior hurlers recorded their second win of the season on Monday evening against Saint Eunan’s in a sun-drenched O’Donnell Park. The Ernesiders were slow to start and the home side were three points to the good within the first five minutes. Aodh Ruadh eventually found their rhythm and slowly clawed their way back into the game picking off scores, eventually going in at half time with a five point cushion, 0-8 to 0-3. The second half started in much the same vein as the first, with Saint Eunan’s quickest out of the blocks. With the aid of a stiff breeze they had erased Aodh Ruadh’s lead within five minutes of the restart. Aodh Ruadh dug deep again and with Jack Matthews and Ciaran Kilgannon leading the charge from midfield the Ballyshannon men found their feet and slowly gained the upper hand. In contrast to their previous game against Setanta, Aodh Ruadh had nine players on the score sheet, with Eddie Lynch (0-4) and Paul Teague (0-3) doing their bit in the forward line. This was a much improved team performance from the Ballyshannon men with Barry Farragher, Diarmuid Gillespie and Darragh Cleary all making an impact on the game when they were introduced in the second half. Aodh Ruadh held their nerve to the end and won on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-11. The senior hurlers are out again next Sunday in Strabane where they take on Strabane Shamrocks.Last Thursday night was a busy night for underage hurling. The minors made the long trip to Burt to take on the famed home team. We travelled with the bare 15 due to injuries and players not making themselves available, but the 15 that travelled certainly gave it their all and were a credit to the club. We started the game well and were seven points up coming towards half-time when the Burt men hit for a brace of goals. The second half was a ding dong battle with both teams going hard at it. Burt fought back and levelled the game, Aodh Ruadh went a point up and despite the best efforts of the Inishowen men we held out for a great victory on a 2-10 to 3-6 scoreline. As any hurling fan knows anytime you claim a victory in Burt is a great achievement. The lads last Thursday showed tremendous character to clinch victory in this great game where both teams gave it everything. The lads are on the road again this Thursday as they make the long trip to Carndonagh to take on the home team.On the same night in Father Tierney Park, the under 14s started their league campaign with a game against Burt, this team have put in a great effort at training over the last month. They started this game in a whirlwind fashion scoring a goal with the first attack of the game. The game was nip and tuck throughout the first half and both sides were level at half-time. The Burt lads ability to take their scores was the difference between the teams as they ran out winners 4-3 to 2-4. It was an encouraging start for the lads. Only a couple of months ago it looked like we wouldn’t be able to field at this age group but through their hard work and perseverance we now have a panel of 18 players. The under 14s have a busy week ahead as they travel to Ballybofey to play MacCumhaill’s and on Thursday they are at home to Carndonagh.On Saturday Donegal finished their division one Ulster League campaign with a disappointing defeat in Letterkenny against Armagh. Donegal were by far the better team but they hit too many wides and there was also some very poor decision making by the home team. Two of our minors started and did very well, Brendan Gillespie was corner back and had a great game with some very tenacious tackling. Oisín Rooney was centre forward and his strong running caused Armagh a lot of problems. He also got on the score board with a brace of points from play. Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan were also part of the match day squad. Unfortunately Donegal were on the wrong end of the 4-6 to 3-7 scoreline. Donegal are back in action in the Ulster Championship on Saturday, 30th May when they take on Derry. This Saturday we have our ninth annual Hurl-A-Thon in the Mercy Hall, the fun and craic starts at 10am and continues throughout the day to 10pm. It’s always a great day of fun and sport for young and old. Our under 8s are first into action from 10am to 12 noon, the under 10s are next from 12 noon to 2pm, the under 12s are in action from 2pm to 4pm, while the under 14s take to the floor from 4pm to 6pm. From 6pm to 10pm we’ll have under 16s and minors. Parents and other adults all are welcome to partake in this fun event. If you’re about on Saturday drop in for a cuppa and a bit of craic, please support this event and sponsor the participants.LadiesUnder 8 and under 10 girls football commences on Monday 13th April in the Mercy Hall from 6-7pm. This will be for three weeks and then outside training will follow in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. €2 per session. Under 8 training is for all girls born in 2007 and 2008; under 10 for those born in 2005 and 2006. If you have any queries please contact Gabrielle McGloin 0872902245; Louise Foy 0876388562; or Donna Meade 0866045094.Club kitWe 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 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 For further details call Chris on 0868813553.De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen TributeRunning in tandem with our Come Dive With Me event, a De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen tribute. A get together is planned for all former De La Salle staff and students on Saturday the 18th April. A small memorial plaque will be presented to Tom Cullen’s family for his grave in Belleek Cemetery. The projected schedule for the day is as follows4.45pm: Placing of plaque at Belleek Cemetery.5.45pm-6pm: Food and refreshments in the Bridgend.7pm-7.30pm: Discussion and reminiscences. Collection towards cost of memorial plaque and food.9.30pm-10pm: Adjourn to Dorrian’s Hotel to support Aodh Ruadh Come Dive With Me fundraiserAnyone with De La Salle photos or video is asked to forward it to Thomas Gallagher at [email protected] He will accept emails, photos, newspaper clippings and these will be displayed in The Bridgend on 18th April.Abbey Centre BingoThe Game Seven winter snowball at the handsome sum of €725 was won by Chloe McGee-Gilmore, Ballyshannon on just 41 numbers! The summer snowball will be introduced shortly. The €400 jackpot was shared between Margaret McCaffrey, Killeen and Teresa Ward, Assaroe View. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Books priced at €10, or half books for €5.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,100. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 3, 6, 12, 14 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Robert Sheerin, Assaroe View; Mary McNelis, Baker’s Court; Fiona O’Donnell, Foyagh; John and Clare Hughes, Bundoran Road; and Paul McIlwaine, Cashelard. Next draw in Dicey Reilly’s with a Jackpot of €5,200 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to [email protected] NEWS: AODH RUADH MINORS SUFFER DEFEAT TO NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: April 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more