Sweeney points the way for Dungloe

Sweeney points the way for Dungloe
Dungloe had three points to spare at the end of what turned into shoot-out between Dungloe’s Adrian Sweeney and Daire McDaid, in Rosses Park.

Dungloe had three points to spare at the end of what turned into shoot-out between Dungloe’s Adrian Sweeney and Daire McDaid, in Rosses Park.

Dungloe 0-11

Termon 0-8

Former All-Star forward, Sweeney, who is having a fantastic season in the famous red and white, ended the game with a personal tally of eight points with five of the tally exquisite strikes from play.

U-21 star McDaid posted all but one of Termon’s tally, with four from placed balls, in an almost faultless display of marksmanship. He missed a couple from the wrong side for a left footed player .

Conor Greene, who linked well with Sweeney in the Dungloe attack, kicked two points while minor Adam Neilly, kicked the other point for the locals. Christy Conaghan kicked the other Termon point.

Dungloe, with Noel McBride and Raymond Sweeney pulling the strings in the middle of the field throughout, enjoyed the Lion’s share of possession. But a combination of over elaboration and over indulging in short passing in tight positions and a no nonsense Termon rearguard that were not in the mood for taking prisoners, saw them struggle.

And in the end it came down to the lethal left boot of Adrian Sweeney and a better balance to their formation that saw them just about shade it on the scoreboard.

This was the first victory over the men in maroon and white in two seasons - the corresponding game last year ended in a draw at the Burn Road and Termon had two points to spare in the league in Rosses Park.

McBride and Raymond Sweeney took early control around the middle of the park and Adrian Sweeney and Greene taunted the Termon rearguard. But some wayward shooting saw the locals register three bad wides before Greene raised the first white flag and five minutes.

One minute later Sweeney knocked over his first of the day for a 0-2 to 0-0 lead with seven minutes on the clock.

The locals continued to do most of the pressing but amazingly they did not score again for the next 13 minutes as they were frustrated by the well oiled Termon rearguard. And with Daire MacDaid pointing either side of a Christy Conaghan score it was Termon who led 0-3 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter.

But Dungloe finished the half strong and courtesy of points from Adam Neilly and two Sweeney specials to one in response from McDaid, the locals had their noses 0-5 to 0-4 in front at half-time.

Three quickfire points on the resumption, one from Conor Greene and two in-a-row from Sweeney, saw the Rosses men move four clear, 0-8 to 0-4 with just three minutes gone on the second half clock.

McDaid made it a three point game twice before Sweeney polished off a great move to make it a five point game with a little over five minutes of normal time remaining.

But in true Termon fashion they refused to buckle and went all out in the closing minutes but all they had to show for their efforts were two late McDaid points.

In a game where championship heart and grit were wanted as mush as football ability Sweeney and Greene along with Martin Redmond dug deepest for Dungloe. Noel McBride in the first half raked the skies with a number of brilliant fetches while Raymond Sweeney was solid throughout for the winners.

Jack Scally, Gavin Ward - after a nervous first quarter - Shaun Sharkey and Cory Gallagher were the Dungloe men that stood on the bridge any time Termon treated.

Daire McDaid, with his seven points, was the undoubted star man for Termon. And unforunatley for the Burn road men with the exception of Christy Connaghan in the opening quarter hour, McDaid ploughed a lone furrow up front.

All their other big game performers were at the back where Shaun O’Donnell, Sean McDaid and Anthony McGrenra plugged the dyke on a number of occasions.

Dungloe: C Sharkey; J Scally, G Ward, D Boyle; C Gallagher, S Sharkey, D Curran; R Sweeney, N McBride; G Walsh, C Greene (0-2), M Redmond; A Neilly (0-1), Adrian Sweeney (0-8,3f), Eoin Redmond. Subs: D McCarron for A Neilly (h/t); B Curran for E Redmond (50); E Scally for C Gallagher (55); A Hanlon for C Greene (58).

Termon: M Boyle; J O’Donnell, S O’Donnell, S McDaid; D Conaghan, A McGrenra, D O’Donnell; K McDaid, J Gallagher; D McDaid (0-7,4f), S McElwaine, A Sweeney; D McFadden, C Conaghan (0-1), C McDaid. Subs; J McCafferty for S McElwaine (18),N McElwaine for D Conaghan (h/t); Austin Marron for D McDaid (44).

Referee: S McLaughlin (Malin).

Aodh Ruadh

Football

Aodh Ruadh got their intermediate championship off to a good start with a solid display to see off Downing. The reserves got a walk over.

The under 10s attended Melvin Gaels end of year blitz in Kinlough last Saturday. After an opening loss to Devenish they rallied well and got wins against Bundoran and Melvin Gaels. The second team won both their games against Melvin Gaels and Bundoran with strong performances across the pitch. Fielding for Aodh Ruadh were Danny Breen-Brosnan, Séimí Campbell, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Diarmaid Flood-Dolan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Ryan Keenaghan, Eoghan Kelly, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, Cillian Meehan, David Roper, Drew Ryan, Aidan Sweeny and Aonghus Sweeny.

Our final blitz of the year takes place in Fr Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October. Corofin and Erne Gaels are the visiting teams.

The curtain came down on the under 12 season on Sunday with the hosting of the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament. In existence since 1982, this year’s event was one of the best tournaments we’ve had. The following teams took part Tuam (Galway), Easkey (Sligo), Drumcliffe (Sligo), Manorhamilton (Leitrim), Keady (Armagh) and ourselves. The competition was played on a round robin basis with games of 20 minutes, ensuring all teams had lots of hurling. In round one Easkey were victorious over Drumcliffe in the Sligo derby, a very young Aodh Ruadh team had a good win over Manorhamilton and Tuam had a narrow win over the Armagh boys. Round two saw a big win for Keady over Drumcliffe, holders Easkey had an easy win over Aodh Ruadh, while Tuam had their second win beating Manorhamilton. The top two teams were to contest the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final while third and fourth were to play for the Primary League shield so round three was going to be make or break for a number of teams. This round saw important victories for Keady over Manorhamilton, Easkey continued their pursuit of four-in-a-row of titles with a win over Tuam, while Drumcliffe had a narrow win over Aodh Ruadh. Round four saw a victory for Drumcliffe over Manorhamilton in a northwest Leitrim Derby, a determined Tuam team had a good win over Aodh Ruadh where their extra physical strength proved decisive and Easkey suffered their first defeat in this tournament in a number of years at the hands of Keady. The stage was now set for the final round and the final places were still to be decided, Tuam had a narrow win over Drumcliffe, Easkey had a facile win over Manorhamilton while Keady defeated the home team over in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The round robin section was now over and it was time for the calculators to come out as three of the teams finished on eight points, it took scoring difference to separate Tuam, Keady and holders Easkey. When all was totted up Easkey (+74) and Keady (+65) qualified for the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final and Tuam (+45) were through to the Primary League Final against Drumcliffe. Both these finals were full of everything that’s great about hurling; Passion, skill and determination. In the Primary League final after a great game Tuam showed that goals win matches as they completed a two-in-a-row on a 2-3 to 0-3 scoreline.

The Aodh Ó Dálaigh final was a classic between two very evenly matched teams. The large crowd were treated to a classic where the first goal was to prove crucial and it was the West Sligo men who got it early in the first half. Every ball was ferociously contested and Easkey led at half time 1-2 to 0-1. The strength of the Easkey panel proved crucial in the second and after a titanic battle they ran out worthy winners 2-5 to 0-2 against a gallant Keady team who never gave up.

The presentations took place on the Park. Chairman of Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurling committee John Rooney thanked the Daly family for allowing them to run this tournament annually, he thanked all the teams who took part on the day and thanked all the members of the juvenile committee who helped running the event. He called on the newly appointed Principal of Creevy NS Aoibhínn Kelly to present the Primary League Shield on behalf of all the local national schools in the area. Ms Kelly thanked all involved in organising the event, she complimented all the teams on their skill levels, as a Sligo woman she was happy to see Sligo teams in both finals. She presented the runners up medals to Drumcliffe and then called on the Tuam captain to accept the Shield on behalf of the Galway team.

John Rooney then thanked all those who helped out as umpires and linesmen and thanked all the refs who did a great job which was made easier by the attitude of all the teams who just wanted to play hurling, the refs were Peter Horan, Niall McCready, Ciaran Rami and John Rooney.

Michael Daly presented the runners up medals to a great Keady team, before handing over the Aodh Ó’Dálaigh Shield to the joint captains of Easkey.

Before finishing John Rooney thanked the Aodh Ruadh Park Committee and the club for the wonderful facilities which we all enjoy.

The final under 8 and under 10 blitz takes place in Convoy on Sunday, details will be circulated during the week. The club run the first annual 5K on Sunday 12th October. Registration on the day from 1 pm - 2.30 pm before runners and walkers go under starter’s orders at 3 pm. There are category prizes for the boys and girls in the under 14, under 16, under 18, senior and over 40 age grades, with trophies for the first man and first woman home. Registration fees are as follows. Under 16s €5; Adults €10; families €20.

After Kerry winning the All-Ireland this year, there were still two fairly happy men in Ballyshannon. Johnny J Patton and his team Yes Patsy have won the Fantasy race for Sam 2014, along with the top prize of €500. His final tally was 309 points. He was pushed most of the way by Paul McLoone and his team Abbey Utd on 257 points with John Keon and his team Lakeside Lads finished in third place with 253 points. In fourth place we had Rachel Patton and her team Dunmuckrim Dolly Bird on 249 points while Karol Foley and her team Biggest Losers finished in fifth place on 248 points.

The final leader board will be available on the website, and also in Ballybookies, Owen Roes bar and the Bridgend Bar.

There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €2,500. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 10, 16, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Jimmy McGee, Roscor; Sean Gormley, Ballintra; Imelda Drummond, Abbeylands; Margaret Gahan, Tirconaill Street; and Bridie Corr, Bundoran. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €2,600 takes place at 8.30pm in Dicey Reilly’s, on Sunday.

Cill Chartha

The seniors and reserves travelled to Glenswilly for the first matches in the 2014 championships and both came away with two great victories. This Sunday are home to St Michael’s. Please note there will be traffic restrictions in place due to limited parking at the grounds due to the ongoing works on the new training pitch parking available at the “dye house” we would be grateful if people would take note of this to ease any congestion in Towney on the day.

Ongoing works continue on the new training pitch in Towney ongoing progress can be viewed on our website.

The Under 13s are playing Four Masters in the Division 2 Semi-final in Mouncharles this Wednesday evening. There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €7,300 this week’s numbers were 5, 7, 23 and 26 winners were: €50 Oisin O’Donnell (Coguish) €30 John Francis Doogan (Ballymacfadden) and €20 Mary and Gart McDevitt (Killybeg). Lotto Plus numbers 2, 4, 13 and 20 there was no winner.

Glenswilly

The senior championship got underway on Sunday last with a home tie against Kilcar. Unfortunately both teams suffered narrow defeats. The next round of games is on Saturday away to Bundoran with throw in at 4 pm for the Reserves and 5.30 pm. The U13 boys were up in Malin last Friday evening in the league and recorded a great victory, next up is Burt at home Wed1st Oct at 6.15 pm. This is the boys last league game of the year. The winning Lotto numbers this week are 3,6,10,11 and this week’s winner is Danny McGlynn from Glenfin. The Jackpot now stands at an inviting €5260. This weeks seller is Hughie McDaid. The club has been granted a licence to run bingo in the hall and there is a meeting to discuss same on 8th October at 9pm. It is hoped as many as possible will attend to share ideas and experiences, if you have any thoughts or queries please contact Paul Lapsley on 086 8222887. The boxing is now underway with training every Monday and Wednesday night. The Battle of the Swilly 2 : will take place on the October Bank Holiday Sunday 26th in the Silver Tassie Hotel. Anyone interested in the Caretaker role at the Club under the Community Employment Scheme, can contact Sharon McGinty on 086 3629737. The winners of the girls underage draw were, Thomas Molloy,Ollie Fitzpatrick,Julia Mc Fadden and Keith O Grady. Many thanks to the sponsors of the event namely, Donegal Stationery,Cormac Gallagher,Power Nail Guns, Hughie McDaid, Geraldine Diver,Sarahs 2 Dozen Treats and Christy Galligan, Thanks to James Pat McDaid for doing the draw.

Naomh Ultan

The Royal Flush draw results for September 28 were 7, 20, 22 and 23. There was no winner of the jackpot of €520, consolation prizes went to Rose Cunningham, Roger Meehan and Martin McGinley. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €540. Congratulations to our senior side who defeated Moville on a score line of 2-9 to 1-5 Saturday last in the Junior A Championship semi final in Ballybofey.

They are now through to the championship final where they will face off against Urris, the game is fixed for Sunday October 12th. The U16 side lost out to Naomh Columba last Saturday in the first leg of their Division Two championship semi final. Hard luck to our U13 side who lost out in the Division Two regional semi final. Despite a great effort they went down by a few points to a stronger Dungloe team.

Gaeil Fhánada

Best wishes to former player William McAteer, who manages Castledawson, in the Derry Intermediate final on Sunday 12th October.

Also best of luck to another Shannagh man, Paddy Carr, who is Burren manager in the Down county final against Kilcoo.

The U8 Blitz in Termon this Saturday morning starting at 11 am. Teams taking part are Termon, Fanad Gaels, Gweedore, and Cloughaneely.

The lotto numbers drawn were 2. 3. 7. 15. 17. Bonus 5. No jackpot winner. €100 Winner: Danny Shiels. Ballywhoriskey; €50 Winner: Sally and Patsy Gallagher. Meenlaragh. Next week’s jackpot €3650.