Easy for Aodh Ruadh against Naomh Colmcille

Easy for Aodh Ruadh against Naomh Colmcille
Michael Daly sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

This was a facile win for Aodh Ruadh at home to a weakened Naomh Colmcille who managed only one point from play, and two over 60 minutes.

Aodh Ruadh . . . . . . . . . 1-9

Naomh Colmcille . . .. 0-2

A second win in the round robin series for Peter Gallagher’s charges, means they are in a strong position to progress, they meet Naomh Ultan next time.

In truth, the visitors asked very few questions. The highlights were hard to come by, but the pace of Paddy Gillespie from wing back, the economy and intelligence of Colm Kelly, the tigerish defending of Michael Ward and the attacking nous of several forwards, notably Shane McGrath can’t be ignored.

Leading 0-5 to 0-1 at the short whistle Aodh Ruadh were at times wasteful in the second half (8 wides) but the four man move for the 52nd minute goal (Philip Patton, Colm Kelly, Conor Patton and scorer Diarmuid McInerney was a thing of beauty.

A pointed free from Joe Donaghey in the failing embers of a scorching day was the visitor’s only second half score.

Five points from five different scorers saw Aodh Ruadh lead comfortably by 0-5 to 0-1 at half time.

After a 16 minute delay, the game got under way after a minutes’ silence was observed in respect of soldier Gavin Carey whose body was recovered from the sea near Tullan Strand on Sunday morning.

Aodh Ruadh boss Peter Gallagher declined to comment on his team selection, county minors Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle notably left on the bench, but both were introduced during the game.

With all but one attacker inside the Aodh Ruadh half, Naomh Colmcile showed little first half ambition for scoring. Paddy Gillespie showed Boltesque speed at times, a cameo first half burst and pick up from three metres behind his man underlining his pace.

Up front Aodh Ruadh found it more crowded than a McElhinney’s Sale, but bit by bit they found the scores, David McGurrin, Philip Patton both on target with Michael Lynch fisting a reply for the visitors after a testing lob from Michael Friel.

Aodh Ruadh created two goal chances in the first half, Gillespie combining with Philip Patton whose final shot appeared to be foot-blocked and on 24 minutes Naomh Colmcille keeper Gary McDaid saved brilliantly as Diarmaid McInerney spun and shot goalward.

In between all that Seamus Kane hit the score of the half peeling the ball with the outside of his right foot while David Dolan and Diarmaid McInerney from a free on 28 minutes left the home side comfortably ahead 0-5 to 0-1 at the break.

Apart from a fine Peter Boyle save from Michael Friel, the visitors seldom offered a second threat and clearly missed a plethora of players injured, working or abroad.

Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle; Callum O’Halloran, Colm Kelly, Michael Ward; Paddy Gillespie, Kerry Ryan, Niall Murray; Damien Cleary, Cian Dolan; Philip Patton (0-2), David McGurrin (0-1), Diarmuid McInerney (1-2, fs); Seamus Kane (0-1), David Dolan (0-1), Michael Sticky Ward. Sub Shane McGrath (0-1) 29 mins for Kane; Conor Patton (half time) for Murray; Nathan Boyle (39) for Dolan; Jason Granaghan (52) for Ryan; Oisin Rooney (54) for McGurrin.

Naomh Colmcille: Gary McDaid; Shane Mcateer, Ricky Hegarty, Michael Lynch (0-1); Paul Friel, Stephen Gallagher, Joe Donaghey (0-1,f); Michael Friel, Daniel Clarke; Eddie Gillespie, Willie Lynch, Oisin Hasett; Kelvin Callaghan, Gerard McDaid, Alec Devenney.

Referee: Tony Gallagher (Red Hughs).