Aodh Ruadh continued their good form with an easy victory over an understrength Burt side who could only bring 16 players to Ballyshannon on Saturday evening.
Aodh Ruadh 4-8
Aodh Ruadh started and finished the first half in style with David McGurrin finding the net. The opening goal came on three minutes with the second goal on 30 as Aodh Ruadh took a 2-4 to 0-2 lead to the dressing room.
In between there was plenty of huff and puff but very little football. The rain in the afternoon left the pitch very slippery and both teams found it difficult to exert any control.
Burt managed just two points against the breeze, two frees on 12 and 31 minutes. Ciron Whoriskey ensured that they had little openings with a superb defensive display, his hit on Mark Coyle midway through the half, one of the highlights.
David Dolan, Ryan Granaghan and Conor Patton had points from play for the home side while Peter Boyle hit a wonder free from his wrong side and a metre from the 45m sideline on 19 minutes.
The second half was largely academic but it did produce a third goal of some beauty on 43 minutes. It was finished by Jamie McDonald but the approach work by Johnny Gallagher bursting through the middle and then two passes from David McGurrin and David Dolan set up McDonald to finish in style.
Burt did get two points from play, both from county hurling captain Joe Boyle and eight minutes from the end Sean Mullen hit their only goal. However, in added time David Dolan created a fourth goal for Pauric Patton to palm home.
The win keeps Aodh Ruadh clear at the top but their crunch game comes in two weeks’ time when they travel to Urris. Their two other games left are at home to Naomh Brid and Red Hugh’s.
For Burt, it was a poor result and edges them closer to the relegation zone. Apart from the McHughs and Joe Boyle, they lacked any cutting edge in the last third of the field.
Aodh Ruadh: P Boyle (0-1,f); M Ward, D Cleary, C Whoriskey; J Gallagher, E McGrath, C Patton (0-1); R McGurrin, J O’Donnell; E Lynch, D McGurrin (2-2,1f), R Drummond (0-1); R Granaghan (0-1), D Dolan (0-2), J McDonald (1-0). Subs., D McInerney for McDonald 48; P Patton (1-0) for R McGurrin 54; N Thomas for O’Donnell, K Keon for Lynch, both 58.
Burt: C McDermott; S O’Donnell, R McDermott, S O’Donnell; D Gallagher, R Grant, P McHugh; P McDermott, E McDermott (0-1); S McHugh, J Boyle (0-3,1f), D Grant (0-2,2f); M Coyle, S Gillespie, S Mullen (1-0). Subs., P Henry for P McDermott 51; P McDermott for M Coyle, black card 54.
Referee: C Doherty (N Conaill)
First half goals enough for Naomh Columba
Glen came out on top in this clash in what turned out to be a very scrappy affair which got heated at times throughout the game which saw the referee dish out lots of cards to both teams.
Naomh Columba came out of the blocks the quickest and with the Oisin McGinley registering 2-2 for the home team in the first half which saw the Glen men cruising at half time 2-7 to 1-3.
With the Milford men being down to 14 men after Christopher Barrett was sent off for 2 yellow card offences near the end of the first half, this seemed to spue on the Milford men and they came out in the second half all guns blazing and made a great start to the second period.
They held the Naomh Columba lads to only 3 points and tallied up 8 points themselves. Naomh Columba were lucky in the end to come out on top which keeps them in contention for the Division Three honours.
Naomh Columba: Shane O’Gara; Kieran McBrearty (0-1), Martin Cunningham, Barry Carr; Pauric Ward, Michael Maguire, Kevin McNern(0-1); Andrew O’Gara, Paddy Byrne (0-2,2f); Stephen Jones, Philip Doherty(0-2), Gavin McGinley(0-1); Philip McNern, Jamie McGinley, Oisin McGinley(2-3, 2f). Subs: Ryan Gillespie for Philip Doherty, Pauric Cunningham for Stephen Jones, Declan McGuire for Philip McNern, Noel McGinley for Oisin McGinley(inj)
Baile na nGallóglach: Shaun Gallagher; Gavin Grier, Garrett Horlan, Cormac Friel; Dean Burgess, Patrick Curley,Thomas Evesson(1-0); Johnny Logue, Joseph Cullen; David Curley(0-5, 1f), Christopher Barrett (0-3,1f), Cathal McGettigan (0-1, 1f); Patrick Peoples, Christopher McCafferty(0-1), Kane Barrett (0-1,1f). Sub., Adam Serrinta for Patrick Curley (black card)
No game in
The Division Three clash between Buncrana and second placed Naomh Colmcille did not go ahead in Buncrana as the home side did not field and that game will now go for arbitration. Buncrana were not happy that they had to field without their county player, Darach ‘Jigger’ O’Connor and with pressure also on their county minors to not play.
Carndonagh also failed to field against Naomh Brid as they were unable to gather a team.