Aodh Ruadh chalked up their 11th win in 14 league outings when they earned a 1-10 to 2-13 away win against Glenfin. The Ernesiders had to play into the wind in the first half, but points from Philip Patton (3f), Seamus Kane, Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward and Shane McGrath ensured they reached the break levelling pegging with the hosts at 0-6 apiece. Glenfin struck with a goal early in the second, but Aodh Ruadh were unfazed and hit back with a green flag of their own thanks to Johnny Gethins. A goal from Seamus Kane shortly after put the visitors firmly on the front foot as they out-scored the hosts 2-7 to 1-4 in the second 30 to take the points and go five clear at the top of the division 2 table. Philip Patton finished the day with seven points to his credit, five from dead balls, while David Dolan, Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward and Shane McGrath chipped in a brace apiece.
Slightly less luck for the reserves down in Glenfin, with the hosts taking points on the back of a 2-15 to 1-15 win.
A potential return to top flight football is beginning to look like a real possibility now for Aodh Ruadh, although the side still require six points from their remaining four games to absolutely guarantee promotion. Ballyshannon last graced the top flight in 2007 and the interim has seen the club spend six seasons languishing in division 3 before last year’s promotion. James O’Donnell’s men will be hoping to take another step towards making division 1 football a reality when they take on MacCumhaill’s in early September. Before then intermediate championship takes priority on Sunday, 20th August when Naomh Ultan are the guests and then Ballyshannon travel to Carndonagh on Saturday 26th. This weekend though is a free weekend for Aodh Ruadh and a welcome opportunity to recharge batteries ahead of an intense finish to the season.
The minors championship aspirations ended with a 3-14 to 0-10 defeat to Naomh Conaill in Glenties last Wednesday. Their last game in the round robin stages is set to be a trip to Dungloe on Tuesday, 15th August.
Under 16 training continues this Wednesday, at 6pm and on Friday at 6.30pm.
The under 14s carved out a 2-14 to 4-6 victory in their championship clash with Dungloe in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday.
Under 10s training continues on Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The team’s next blitz is an away jaunt to Trillick in Tyrone on Saturday 19th August. We’ll be organising a bus for the trip and all intending to travel should notify team management at Friday training so that we get an idea of numbers.
Under 8 training continues as usual on Fridays at 6.15pm.
Commiserations to Realt Ruadh who lost out in their Intermediate Championship semi-final against Saint Eunan’s on Sunday.
The under 16s host Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday in their third league game at 7pm. All players are to be up at the park for 6pm. Under 16 training continues on Thursday at 7.45pm.
The under 13 have their first challenge game of the season on Wednesday at 7pm against Grange in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday’s). All players are to be at the dressing rooms for 6.15pm. We will have another challenge on Saturday against Glencar Manorhamilton. The games are in Manorhamilton at 11.30am. We will meet at Father Tierney Park at 10am to arrange lifts prior to travelling to down to Manorhamilton.
We had our annual trip to Croke Park on Sunday and what a day of hurling we were treated to. Thirty eight of us made the trip and saw three great games, the highlight being the senior game where Galway dethroned All-Ireland Champions Tipperary with former juvenile hurling guest Joe Canning claiming the winning point with a magnificent strike in the last seconds of the game. We had a long, but very enjoyable day.
The under 16s are due to take on Four Masters in the league this Tuesday at 7pm in Donegal town. Meanwhile the under 12s are set to host MacCumhaill’s in Father Tierney Park on Thursday at 7pm.
Training for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.
Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly has a new range of club gear available now. There are images available to view on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page where the post is currently pinned at the top. There’s some amazing value for the stuff you’re getting and there should be something there for everyone. Chris is holding a sizing session this Wednesday 9th August from 5pm to 7pm up in the club house, Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, with a additional sizing sessions on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th August. Times for those second session will be confirmed nearer the time. Sizes available are as follows. Hoodies run from 7-8 to 2XL and are available in ladies sizes. Quarter zip tops run from 7-8 to 2XL. Skinny bottoms run from 5-6 to XL. Polo Shirts run from S to 2XL. Green / lime green Tees run from 5-6 to 2XL. Anyone looking for more information on the gear can reach Chris at 086-8813553.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week’s €400 jackpot was won by Joe Smith of Bundoran. The stand up prize of €170 and the big Ferris wheel spot prize went to Mary Feely of Manorhamilton. Next week’s spot prize will be a €25 sheet of ride tokens sponsored by Bundoran Adventure Park. There was no winner of the snowball so it rolls up to €375 on 47 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,000. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12. In the lucky dip €20 went to Eamon and Anne Maguire, Clyhore; Pat Loughlin, Tonery; Rose Gallagher, Portnason; Darren O’Mahoney, c/o Pat’s Bar; and Michael Rosney, Tullamore. Next draw is in McGinley’s Bar with a jackpot of €4,000 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.