Aodh Ruadh (@1.25) vs Cloughaneely (@4.33)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Aodh Ruadh will win

Aodh Ruadh – Cloughaneely Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 12:00

GROUP B Aodh Ruadh V St NaulsSaturday, 3.30pmBy a country mile this is the match of the day in south Donegal between two clubs with real ambitions of taking a county title.Aodh Ruadh lost out to Glenfin in last years final.They were reduced to 12 men in an otherwise rancour free encounter with Naomh Muire last weekend.Niall Murray and Sean Taylor saw red, but it appears they will appeal the Cian Dolan matter as he appears to have been sent off on two yellows.Dolan in particular would be a big loss against a St Nauls side that are strong in central slots.The Griffins, Daniel Brennan, Lee McBrearty and Brendan McCole give them a strong spine and they also have the talented Peadar Mogan and John Rose to spur their efforts.Aodh Ruadh have been hit with injuries and will look to Eamon McGrath, Colm Kelly and Shane McGrath for inspiration, but it might be an away win.

But despite their obvious dominance and clever approach play, the Ballyshannon boys made very hard work of this victory, posting 12 wides and seven of those coming from good positions in the second half.It was a classic combination of youth and experience with the '40 Something' club of Packie McGrath, Kerry Ryan and Demot Slevin along with almost '40 Something' Martin Gallagher and the talented Dylan Gallagher, Michael McKenna and Paddy Gillespie punching holes in the Cloughaneely rearguard.But flame haired midifielder Kerry Ryan had a superb second half and drove his side forward.However it was a clinically finished goal from Ryan Granaghan after a good pass from Paddy Gillespie that really turned this game.The losers were ahead by 0-4 to 0-2 when Granaghan found the net to change the outcome of this match.But Aodh Ruadh created, but spurned a plethora of chances and would ony have themselves to blame had they managed to lose this affair.The losers put on the ageless Denis Boyle and he obliged with two well struck points in the 41st and 44th minutes.But he lacked consistent support as Ballyshannon got a bigger hold on matters and ground out a deserved victory.Cloughaneely had a good opening half and centre-forward Declan McGarvey was very prominent in the early stages along with full-forward Ciaran McFadden.Gerard Maguitre looked dangerous at times, but the quality of ball going into their full-forward line was quite poor.Their best period came in the opening eight minutes with three points on the board.Cloughaneely settled very quickly and playmaker Declan McGarvey clipped over a fine pointed free after four minutes.This was quickly followed two minutes later by a fine finish from full-forwrad Ciaran McFadden to double their lead as Aodh Roadh struggled to get into the game.And McGarvey stretched the lead to three points with a sweet effort in the 8th minute.Aodh Ruadh were finding it difficult to match their physically powerful opponents in the early stages, but gradually grew into the match.Dermot Slevin, whose father Liam won a Fermanagh JFC with Erne Gaels Belleek in 1963, was creating some chances for the Ballyshannon who finally got off the mark in 15th minute.Ryan Granaghan was fouled, and Cloughaneely full-back Michael Mulhern rashly kicked the ball away and Slevin pointed.Three minutes later Aodh Ruadh added another point when Slevin converted another free to leave the minimum between the sides.But Cloughaneely had a great chance of a goal in the 20th minute when Ronan Cannon put a great through ball to full-forward Ciaran McFadden, who was one-on-one with Ballyshannon keeper Karl O'Brien.McFadden seemed to slip but Aodh Ruadh keeper O'Brien pulled off a brilliant save.The burly Gerard Maguire then extended Cloughaneely's lead with a well struck point to leave Cloughaneely leading by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.Aodh Ruadh threw on Cian McGloin for Christopher Goan at the interval and Paddy Gillespie, who made a big difference, for Michael McNeely.Gillespie's hard running caused problems for Cloughaneeely constantly throughout the second half.And, they were deserving winners although their wayward shooting gve their fans some anxious moments.

If interested in attending on behalf of Aodh Ruadh please contact club secretary Lisa McTernan. Youth Matters conferenceCLG Dhun na nGall are hosting a Youth Matters conference on the health and well-being of our youth on Saturday, 12th October in Letterkenny IT. Jason Quigley will be guest speaker and a number of county players from both ladies and men's football and hurling teams will also be in attendance. Each delegate will get a courtesy pack sponsored by O'Neill's. The event will run from 9.30am to 2pm. Clubs are asked to send delegates from age groups 12 to 15, and 15 to 18.

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It was a game in which the Ballyshannon girls never really got on top. The Ernesiders are scheduled to play our last league game against Ardara this Saturday in Father Tierney at 3pm. Thanks to Dungloe for their hospitality, and a special thank you to the parents for driving and providing some welcomed vocal support on the sidelines. It's a very important game and we would love to see a good home support to help us try and bring this over the line and reach the semi-final stages. On the occasions when we did find a way through we didn't capitalise on our opportunities and the break saw us going in well down to the home side. We looked fatigued and sluggish and we found it difficult to break down the opposition. The under 13 girls winning streak came to an end when they came up against a strong Dungloe side in the second last game of the league series. Aodh Ruadh produced some fine patches of support play and defended heroically, but it wasn't Ballyshannon's day and we left ourselves too much work to do and Dungloe ran out comprehensive victors in the end. The second half began much brighter for us and we competed and won many of the individual battles across the pitch.

Red Hughs V CloughaneelySunday 3pmCloughaneely are fancied to go all the way in this competition after doing well to survive in Division One of the league.This weekend they meet last years Junior A champions from Crossroads.Home advantage is always crucical and the Stephen McMenamin, Gerard Melaugh, Peadar McGlinchey and Calvin Bradley-inspired Red Hughs will certainly not lack in confidence.But they face seasoned opponents who still have the powerful Maguire clan, the elegant John Fitzgerald and Darren Ferry in a club with a number of dual players.Naomh Brid almost shocked Cloughaneely last week, so that could have been the jolt they needed to boost their chances.Red Hughs will bring plenty of skill and steel to the table, but it looks like Cloughaneelys greater power and experience of playing at a higher level, will prevail.

Downings V Naomh MuireSaturday, 6.30pmDownings are reigning All-Ireland Gaeltacht champions and will be anxious to improve on their first- round display against St Nauls.They are at home in this all Gaeltacht affair against a Naomh Muire side who gained a last gasp draw against 12 man Aodh Ruadh last week.Sean Yank Boyle is Naomh Muires scoring talisman and he is well supported by Padraig McCafferty, Adam OBrien and Jack ODonnell.Opponents Downings will look to the scoring skills of Lorcan Connor, the McClaffertys, Keelin McGroddy and Oisin Boyce.Both sides will be keen to get two points on the board and it could be a very close encounter.Home advantage might just sway it for Downings.

FootballAodh Ruadh powered their way into the IFC semi-finals with a comprehensive 2-19 to 0-8 victory over Naomh Muire in Glenfin on Saturday. Subs: Ryan McKenna for S McGrath (BC); Darren Drummond for N Murray; Paddy Gillespie for S Gillespie; Michael Ward for O'Halloran. Aodh Ruadh's team and scorers against Naomh Muire were as follows. That was followed an almost uninterrupted run of points from Philip Patton (3), Cian Dolan, Oisin Rooney, Niall Murray, Shane McGrath and Shane Gillespie which saw Ballyshannon taking a 0-9 to 0-3 lead in at the break. Naomh Muire continued to battle, but when Nathan Boyle netted his second goal nine minutes from time the writing was well and truly on the wall. The sides swapped points at the start of the second half before a clever ball from Philip Patton put Nathan Boyle through to slam to the net. Both sides took time to settle into the game, with the Annagry men opening the scoring 12 minutes in, Johnny Gethins cancelling that out shortly after. A great all-round team performance from the Ernesiders and they will look ahead to this weekend's IFC semi-final against Cloich Cheann Fhaola with a quiet sense of optimism. Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Johnny Gethins (0-1); Shane Gillespie (0-1), Johnny Gallagher (0-1), Sean Taylor; Cian Dolan (0-1), Conor Patton (0-1); Nathan Boyle (2-2), Philip Patton (0-5, 1f), Oisin Rooney (0-2); Diarmuid McInerney (0-2), Niall Murray (0-2), Shane McGrath (0-1).

Cloughaneely squeeze through as McGee halts Naomh Colmcille

McGurrin's ability to take on his man and ride tackles makes him a formidable opponent, particularly at reserve level, and he demonstrated this to the full as the second period swung into action reeling off three quality scores after Fanad had threatened to stage a mini revival through Ciaran Mac Giolla Colla and a Martin free. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Karl O'Brien; Adam Clarke, Patrick McCaffrey, Packie McGrath; Chris Goan, James O'Donnell, Dan Warnock; Kerry Ryan, Conal Sweeny; JJ Cassidy (2-0), Dermot Slevin (0-1), Eoin Doherty (0-1); David McGurrin (0-7), Anthony Coughlin (0-1), Michael Ward (0-8). However, experience and nous will only get a team so far, you also need running power and the ability to carry the ball and with the likes of Eoin Doherty, Conal Sweeny and McGurrin, Aodh Ruadh had this in spades. It also helped having four recently crowned All-Ireland champions running through the spine of the team in the form of Ward, Slevin, Kerry Ryan and Packie McGrath. However, the Gaels began to run out of power and ideas as the game entered its final third and two from Friel and an Oisin McFadden point were the last of their scores. Ward was the standout performer of the Masters' winning quartet; firing over five points with his customary class during the remainder of the first half while Slevin probed for gaps and was involved in the move that saw Cassidy find the back of the net after good work by McGurrin. A Ward free and a point from Dermot Slevin should have settled Aodh Ruadh but McClafferty pounced at the other end to fire past Karl O'Brien putting the Fanad men right back into the ascendancy once again. At the other end Aodh Ruadh continued to keep the umpires busy and again it was Ward and McGurrin to the fore, knocking over two and three more points respectively after Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin had found the mark. The famous old lighthouse in Fanad will have guided many a vessel through choppy waters over the years, but it looked like Aodh Ruadh's reserve championship title defence had hit the rocks as they shipped 1-4 in the opening 15 minutes in Killygordon. Meanwhile, playing in a sweeping role in front of the full-back line McGrath's experience began to rub off on his younger partners either side, with Daniel Warnock in particular having a superb game making some telling interceptions and tackles. A Doherty score and three points from McGurrin saw the Ballyshannon men reach the break six points to the good on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-4. Aodh Ruadh's previous outing saw them succumb meekly to Saint Naul's and it looked like it might be more of the same here, but there is nothing like the white heat of knock-out football to focus minds. Aodh Ruadh reserves recovered from a shaky opening period in their quarter-final clash with Gaeil Fhnada on Saturday to run out comfortable 2-18 to 1-9 winners with Michael 'Sticky' Ward and David McGurrin sharing 15 points between them while JJ Cassidy provided two cool finishes in either half to raise the green flag. Sean Friel in particular was causing problems for the Ballyshannon defence, pointing in the third minute before drawing two frees soon after which were clipped over by Seamus Martin while Brendan McClafferty found space to put the Gaels four up by the 10th minute. Subs: Ronan Drummond for Packie McGrath HT, Odhran McGarrigle for JJ Cassidy; Ryan O'Brien for Adam Clarke; Mark O'Brien for Anthony Coughlin; Caolan Drummond for Dermot Slevin; JJ Goan for James O'Donnell; David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Niall McCready. Sandwiched between that flurry of points was Ballyshannon's second major as Cassidy again fired coolly to the bottom corner following great work by the marauding Sweeny.

The sides were level at half-time. There was great intensity in the second half and every ball was fought for ferociously. HurlingThe under 16s season ended last Thursday with the A championship final against Setanta. This young under 16 team had a great season, winning the league, the Ulster g Sport and the Seamus Grimes Trophy. At the end of such a great game it was a pity there had to be a loser, but it was the lads from the Cross who won by the minimum, 2-9 to 0-14 . Despite being played in horrendous conditions in Donegal town with torrential rain at times, both teams served up a thriller. This was a hard defeat for them to take, but there is no doubt they will come back even stronger in 2020.

The opening weekend of games in the Donegal Intermediate Championship last weekend served up plenty of entertainment, championship drama and close contests.Going into this year's competition, the feeling was that any number of teams were in contention for honours.

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