Kerry Ryan was the toast of Ballyshannon on Saturday night after his injury time goal snatched a late win for Aodh Ruadh in their local derby clash with Naomh Brid, in Trummon.
Naomh Brid 0-16
Aodh Ruadh 2-11
The veteran forward fisted to the Naomh Brid net in the first minute of injury to earn Aodh Ruadh a one point win and to maintain their unbeaten run in the AllSportStore.com Division Three league.
The goal was a cruel blow for Naomh Brid who seemed to have done enough to bag both league points in this high quality encounter played before a good crowd.
Naomh Brid were the best team in the first half and with Shane Walsh, Paul McGrory, Gerard Gallagher and Ciaran Gallagher in scoring form, they raced into an early lead, 0-4 to 0-1 after 13 minutes. David Dolan scored the Aodh Ruadh point.
Aodh Ruadh did come more into the game as the first half wore on but Brogan was clinical from frees and Shane Walsh and Paul McGrory also raised white flags.
Dolan (4) David McGurrin (2) and Pauric Patton hit the Aodh Ruadh second quarter points but the locals led by three at half time, 0-8 to 0-5.
Dolan and McGurrin reduced the margin to one within five minutes of the restart, but Naomh Brid pulled four clear, 0-11 to 0-7, thanks to three unanswered points from Brogan, McGrory and Shane Walsh.
But a David Dolan goal followed by two quick fire points saw Aodh Ruadh lead by one 1-9 to 0-11 in the early part of the final quarter.
The sides were level twice before Shane Walsh, Brogan and Clint Walsh posted three points to propel Naomh Brid back in front.
Stephen Ward did pull one back for the men from Fr Tierney Park, but Declan McCafferty seemed to have sealed the win when he pointed on the hour mark.
But Ryan and Aodh Ruadh had not given up and they were rewarded with the late goal.
Naomh Brid: Pauric McDaid; Gary McCafferty, Ross Gallagher, Sam Burgess; Clint Walsh (0-1, 1f), Sean Gormley, Conor Rooney; Cian Gallagher (0-1), Thomas Gallagher; Shane Walsh (0-4, 1f), Dermot Langan, Darragh Brogan (0-5, 3f); Declan McCafferty (0-1), Paul McGrory (0-3), Gerard Gallagher (0-1). Subs: Alan Quinn and Michael Travers.
Aodh Ruadh: Karl O’Brien; Paddy Gillespie, Damien Cleary, Calum O’Halloran; Jason Granaghan, Colm Kelly, Eamonn McGrath; Conor Patton, Niall Harley; David McGurrin (0-3), Mickey Ward, Ryan McKenna; Seamus Kane, David Dolan (1-5, 2f), Pauric Patton (0-1). Subs: Kerry Ryan (1-0), Stephen Ward (0-2).
Bell goal difference in Dunkineely
A David Bell goal in the first half was the big score in a hard fought and evenly contested Division Three clash in Dunkineely on Saturday evening.
Naomh Ultan 0-8
The goal in the middle of the opening half came somewhat against the run of play.
It helped the Inishowen men, powered by Caolan McGonagle in the middle of the field, to a 1-5 to 0-3 halftime lead.
Dermot Gallier with two and Cian Kennedy scored the first half points for Naomh Ultan who missed a bagful of scoring chances plus one good goal chance inside the opening ten minutes.
The locals were a little more clinical up front in the second half with minor star James Byrne capping a fine performance with three super points. Gallier and Kennedy scored the other two Naomh Ultan second half points as Brendan McCready’s men held Buncrana to just three points.
Naomh Ultan: Daniel Murrin; Andrew Blane, Jonathan Cassidy, Michael McGlynn; Conor Shovlin, Dermot Gallier (0-3), Paul Murrin; Aidan Duddy, Damien Quigley; Joe Alvey, Cian Kennedy (0-2,2f), David Gallagher; James Byrne (0-3), Alan Lyons, Peter Alvey
Buncrana: Sean Parker; Adrian Doherty, John Doherty, Stephen Doherty; Kevin O’Loughlin, Bruce Waldron, William McLaughlin; Caolan McGonagle (0-1), Garbhan Friel (0-1); Adrian Doherty (0-1), Odhran Doherty (0-1), Oisin O’Flaherty (0-2); Oisin Doherty (0-1), David Bell (1-0), Shane McLaughlin.
There were fiv e games originally fixtured in Division Three for Saturday night, but only two were played.
The game between Naomh Colmcille and Urris has been rescheduled and will now take place on Wednesday evening, June 22nd.
Meanwhile the match between Downings and Burt was postponed.
Letterkenny Gaels and Fanad Gaels was called off due to a bereavement in Fanad.