Four Masters and Aodh Ruadh will contest the Southern Minor Championship final after Aodh Ruadh defeated Dungloe on Monday night while Four Masters proved too strong for Ardara last week.
Aodh Ruadh had just a point to spare over Dungloe in Dunkineely with goals from David McGurrin and Colm Kelly, but it took late points from Eamonn McGrath to see them through by 2-9 to 1-11
The final is fixed for Bundoran tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7.30 p.m.
sIn the first semi-final last week, Four Masters proved convincing winners over Ardara by 3-9 to 1-4.
The Four Masters Minors put in a fantastic performance to overpower Ardara in this Divisional semi final played in Dunkineely. A good start laid the platform for the victory with Four Masters much the better team in the first half. A good opening point from Dillon Ward in the first minute set the tone, with Four Masters dominating all over the pitch early in the game. Points from Dillon Ward (20m free), Caolan Loughney, and Jason Carr soon followed before the first goal from Emmett Doogan. A good ball in from Darren Doherty was quickly off loaded to Doogan, who blasted low into the corner. With Ardara struggling, the Donegal Town men kept the scoreboard ticking over. A well worked team goal then followed with Pauric Carr scoring it. After catching a high ball into the left corner, Carr then drove to goal, gave a quick one two with Patrick Reid and finished past the defender on the line. With Ardara all at sea, the boys continued to attack at every opportunity, a high ball into the square from the left ended with Patrick Reid fisting the ball into the net after it was kept in by Emmett Doogan. Ardara then got up the field to get their first score from a good team move. The half time score read 3-09 to 0-01 to Four Masters.
The second half started after a torrential downpour which lasted the whole second half which made the playing conditions very difficult. Ardara to their credit upped their performance in the second half and started to bring the score closer. Hitting two in the opening ten minutes gave them hope, with Ardara competing a lot better over the field. A fisted point from Kevin Breslin was Four Masters only score in the second half with over fifteen minutes left. Ardara reduced the margin with a well taken goal but it proved too little too late. The final score read Four Masters 3-9 Ardara 1-5.
Well done to all the players and management who have put in a huge effort over the last couple of years. Tony Cornyn, joint Manager of the Four Masters Minor Team, with Michael Breslin, commented, “we are all absolutely delighted. This is a huge victory for the team and highlights the massive effort that all the lads have put in on the training field and in each and every game they have played. This is a great team and their efforts and dedication are paying off”.
This is first Minor team to reach the Minor Divisional Final since Kieran Keeney’ County winning Minor team of 2007.
Team: Ryan Haughey, Caolan Loughney, Dylan Kennedy, Kalvin McShane, Daire Quinn, Leo McHugh, Daniel Bennett, Jason Carr, Kevin Breslin, Nathan Ward, Dillon Ward, David Harron, Emmett Doogan, Darren Doherty, Pauric Carr. Subs used: Patrick Reid for Darren Doherty (blood sub), Darren Doherty for Nathan Ward, Sean Meehan for David Harron.
Minor Championship Division 1
Dungloe 1-11 2-9 Aodh Ruadh
Ardara 1-5 3-9 Four Masters
Under 16 League Division 2
Kilcar 1-9 1-7 Four Masters
Under 12 League Division
N Conaill 3-12 1-6 Killybegs
Ardara 1-8 2-3 N Naille
N Muire 4-11 2-3 Aodh Ruadh
Under 12 League Division 2
Kilcar 2-11 3-8 Naomh Ultan
Naomh Columba 2-7 1-3 Na Rossa
Minor Championship Division 2
Na Rossa 1-9 0-8 Naomh Brid
Under 16 League Division 2 01/08/2013 @7.30pm
Bundoran v Kilcar Referee Mark Brown
Monday 12th August
Under 12s Vase Blitz Final.
Dungloe v Four Masters v Bundoran in Dungloe, 6.30.
Under 12s Finals Review
Last Monday evening 5 finals took place in the under 12s league competitions. In division 1 Naomh Conaill were crowned championship winners after defeating Killybegs in Glenties. In the division 1 shield Ardara were victors in a very tight game against St Nauls. In the banks Naomh Muire proved to strong for Aodh Ruadh as they lifted the Plate trophy.
Two finals were up for contention in division 2. Firstly in Towney arguably the game of the night saw Naomh Ultan come back from a big have time deficit to force a replay against Kilcar in the championship final. In the shield final Naomh Columba proved to strong for Na Rossa as they won comfortably.
Congratulations to all winners on the night and to their opponents on making the competition as good as it was.From all on the southern board.
Donegal U-16s Qualify For Buncrana Cup Semi Finals
In Cookstown last Saturday the Donegal Under 16s squad competed in a 5 team round robin competition with the team topping the group qualifying for that final Buncrana Cup semi final position.
First up were Down and an emphatic performance from the team as they kept Down scoreless to register their first win 1-9 to 0-0. A great start for Sean Paul Barrett’s men as they sent out a statement to the other teams that failing to qualify wasn’t an option.
Next up were Armagh and this time they had 4 points to spare winning by a scoreline 1-7 to 0-6 to continue their great start to the competition.
Antrim were also going well at this stage as they defeated Armagh and Monaghan and it was that big game next. Donegal new if they could come through against Antrim that they would be very close to qualification. In a very tight game both teams were showing nerves but the lads dug in and grounded out a 2 point win 1-7 to 1-5.
In their final game another impressive performance as they hammered Monaghan 1-7 to 0-2 points to book their place in the Buncrana cup semi final which will take place on the weekend of Saturday 10th August.
Buncrana Cup Semi Final draw
The draw has been made for the semi finals of the Buncrana Cup which will take place on Saturday 10th August.
Donegal v Derry, Cavan v Tyrone
Times and venues to be confirmed.
Og Sport on Saturday 17th August
Naomh Columba are the hosts for this years U15s Og Sport competition. It will take place on Saturday the 17th in Glen. Clubs should contact SRB secretary as soon as possible if they will be entering a team.The draw will take place the morning of the competition.