Aodh Ruadh (@1.25) vs Cloughaneely (@4.33)

Our Prediction:

Aodh Ruadh will win

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

Up front everyone took on their share of the responsibility, reflected in the fact that five of the starting forwards scored while Orla Keon was unlucky not to net what would have been goal of the season. It takes a panel to win a county title and every single one of the 25 players in the squad played their role in bringing this title back to Ballyshannon, whether it was in games or ensuring high standards of competition training. Ballyshannon outscored Mountcharles 1-2 to no score in that closing period to collect a fully-merited win and claim a historic county title for the club. Aodh Ruadh girls claimed a first ever under 16 a grade county title with a deserved win at a damp Tir Chonaill Park on Sunday afternoon. The full back line read play well all day, while the half backs threw up a wall which Saint Naul's had huge problems trying to penetrate. We have a full match report and pictures up on ine Hill was superb between the posts and her kicks from turnover ball were noticeably effective in putting Aodh Ruadh on the attack. Conditions made handling and shooting difficult, but Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's managed to serve up an enjoyable decider with good spells of quality football from both sides. Hughes O'Brien a truly masterful reader of the game while her centrefield partner harried relentlessly and was enthusiastic in the attack. The second quarter saw goals from Caitlin McGarrigle and Tia McFarland, but Saint Naul's got a goal just before half-time and were well in the hunt at 2-3 to 1-2. It was an excellent team performance from the Aodh Ruadh girls. They should take real pride in that contribution. Important also to recognise the important contribution of the substitutes, not just in this game, but across the course of the season. Midfielders Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Niamh Hughes were both excellent. The scores were slow to come and Aodh Ruadh lead by 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. The third quarter saw both sides giving it everything, but with Saint Naul's missing a penalty and Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien hitting Aodh Ruadh's third goal there was six points between them going into the last 15 minutes.

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.

Celia Byrnes took a 40 line and a 150 house on the same game. Abbey Centre BingoKathleen Flanagan of Belleek is the September bingo thousandaire after scooping the 1,000 jackpot, well done Kathleen. Winners of the 100 houses were Paddy Kane, Felicity Byrne, Della von Bock, Peggy Coughlin and Mary Gallagher. The snowball again survived so it rolls on to a mighty 1,450 on 51 numbers this week, it's sure to be won soon! Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced just 10. Mary Fletcher of Sligo won the stand-up game prize of 165. The other 150 houses were shared.

We hope it will be a great day for the club and we urge all the Ballyshannon faithful to get down to Glenfin in big number and really get behind both the teams. The reserves will be taking on Red Hugh's at 3pm with the seniors locking horns with Cloich Cheann Fhaola at 5pm. Glenfin provides the venue for both our seniors and reserves semi-final outings this Saturday.

Deaths in Donegal - Wednesday evening, October 2

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.

Naomh Columba V Gaeil FhnadaSunday, 3pmThose bounding young men from Glen came through a searching test against Burt last week and will be keen to continue in that vein this weekend.Aaron Doherty, Ryan Gillespie, Paddy Byrne, Pauric Ward and Christopher Byrne are all big players for the team from the south west.Opponents Fanad rely on the towering Michael Sweeney to win clean possession in the middle of the park while Mark McAteer is a key figure up front in the absence of Seamie 'Nannie and Seamie Cosia Friel.But, home advantage should be a big help for the men from Glen.

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.

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.

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).