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

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).

GROUP C Naomh Colmcille V BurtSaturday, 6.30pmThe former Donegal and Ulster junior champions from in and around Newtowncunningham had a good start with victory over Gaeil Fhanada last weekend.They are powered by Daniel Clarke, Willie Gillsepie, Matthew Crossan and William Lynch.Burt ran Naomh Columba very close in Hibernian Park and were just edged out in the end.Sean McHugh, Calvin Gallagher and the ageless Ciaran Dowds are all central to this dual clubs efforts.Burt will be hurting from that home defeat and that might just carry them through in this derby affair.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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He thanked all the clubs who had attended and thanked the Daly family for their support for the tournament. Hugh Daly's daughter Anne, a former primary school teacher spoke of the links between the local primary schools and the Aodh Ruadh club and underlined the importance of these links. She then went on to present the Primary Shield to the Abbeyknockmoy captain she was assisted by her two nephews Ben and Joey. All teams made their way to the Aras where there was a feast of food for everyone prepared by the parents of our under 12 squad. At the full time whistle it was the Derry boys who claimed the title by five points. On Sunday we held the Aodh Dlaigh under 12 hurling tournament in Pirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It was end to end stuff where the intense rivalry that exists between Derry and Tyrone was plain for all to see. We have a great gallery of pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org. At the end of the league section Ballinascreen and Dungannon qualified for the Aodh Dlaigh Final and both Abbeyknockmoy teams met in the Primary League Final. He presented the runner-up medals to Dungannon before presenting the Aodh Dlaigh Shield to the delighted joint captains from Ballinascreen. John Rooney welcomed all to the presentation. She spoke of the recent successes of the Aodh Ruadh hurling teams at all grades. The Galway lads were able to field two teams. John Rooney thanked all who had helped organising the tournament. The Aodh Dlaigh Final was a classic game where two very skilful and committed teams tore into each other from the very moment the ball was thrown in. It was without doubt one of the best games of hurling at any grade ever seen in Ballyshannon. He thanked all who helped on the day especially the referees Peter Horan, Chris Kelly and himself. Michael Daly then spoke of his late father and how proud the Daly family are of this tournament and complimented all the teams on the quality of hurling on display at the tournament. This tournament has been going since 1982 and honours the contribution the late Hugh Daly and his family have made to the GAA locally and throughout the county. The tournament was staged in a round robin format with loads of hurling for all the players taking part. The following clubs took part in this year's event Ballinascreen (Derry), Dungannon (Tyrone), Abbeyknockmoy (Galway), MacCumhaill's and Aodh Ruadh.

GROUP ANaomh Brid V Naomh UltanSunday, 3pmAs derby matches go they dont come any more attractive than this south Donegal battle.Both clubs operate from a relatively small catchment area, but both have great fighting qualities.Naomh Brid certainly tested Cloughaneely in their opening game last weekend, while Naomh Ultan are always best when under pressure.It could be a battle of the marksmen between Cian Kennedy of Naomh Ultan and Darragh Brogan for Naomh Brid. Peter Alvey and Dermot Gallier are key figures for the Dunkineely side while Callum and Matt Gallagher (sons of manager Matt) add some power and panacheA diddicult one to call, but home advantage might just sway it for Naomh Brid.