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

Our Prediction:

Aodh Ruadh will win

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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