Unexpected easy passage for Aodh Ruadh to U-21 final


Peter Campbell


Peter Campbell

Unexpected easy passage for Aodh Ruadh to U-21 final

Daniel Warnock on the break for Aodh Ruadh

Aodh Ruadh had a very comfortable semi-final win over Naomh Conaill, who finished with 11 men and also had a man black carded.


In a one sided affair, the Ballyshannon side had just too much up front with ten different scorers. Naomh Conaill were disappointing and then lost their cool near the end.

Aodh Ruadh will meet the winners of the other semi-final St. Eunan's v Gaoth Dobhair, which takes place tomorrow in Glenties
Aodh Ruadh were simply outstanding in the opening half. Shane McGrath had two good goal chances excellent saved by Tony Byrne before the breakthrough goal on 13 minutes. Ironically the pass for David McGurrin to fire home was provided by Shane McGrath
The goal put Aodh Ruadh 1-4 to 0-3 ahead. The opening quarter was quite even with the sides level on three occasions.
Eoghan McGettigan and Philip Patton traded points inside the opening minute. Jeaic Mac Ceallabhui edged Naomh Conaill ahead but David McGurrin responded.
Charles McGuinness had a Naomh Conaill point before Tony Byrne denied Shane McGrath a goal, but from the rebound, McGrath fisted over.
Aodh Ruadh took the lead for the first time on ten minutes when Philip Patton pointed and then came the first goal.
Niall Harley added a good point after the goal before Philip Patton provided the pass for Shane McGrath to backheel home the second goal in spectacular style. It was a goal that would not have been out of place in the Champions League.
McGrath added a point beore JD Boyle had the only other Naomh Conaill point of the half. Eight minutes from the break, Aodh Ruadh struck for a third goal, Eamonn McGrath starting and finishing a great move which saw Oisin Rooney provide the return pass.
Before half-time David McGurrin (2) and Daniel Warnock had further points to leave Aodh Ruadh ahead by 3-9 to 0-4 at the break. It was a very open first half with all scores from play.
Charles McGuinness had an early second half point for Naomh Conaill but Oisin Rooney and David McGurrin replied before an Ethan O'Donnell delivery was fielded by McGuinness, who found the net on 39 minutes.
But there was no let up from Aodh Ruadh as David McGurrin had their first point from a free on 43 minutes and Nathan Boyle became the six member of the forward line to find the posts on 48.
Ethan O'Donnell had a goal for Naomh Conaill on 50 minutes before they lost Tony Byrne, who had gone to midfield for the second half, to a second yellow card. They also lost Charles McGuiness to two yellows.
They also lost JD Boyle to a black card as Aodh Ruadh finished with points from McGurrin (free) and Darren Gethins, to complete a scoring list for Aodh Ruadh from No. 6 to 15.
Just before the end Naomh Conaill also lost Eoghan McGettigan and Kevin McGettigan as they finished with 11 men, losing their discipline completely.

AODH RUADH: Sean Taylor; Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Cian McGloin; Jason Granaghan, Eamonn McGrath (1-0), Paddy Gillespie (0-1); Niall Harley (0-1), Darren Gethins (0-1); Philip Patton (0-2), David McGurrin (1-6,2f), Nathan Boyle (0-1); Shane McGrath (1-2), Oisin Rooney (0-1), Daniel Warnock 0-1). Sub., Conal Sweeny for N Boyle inj 57; Caolan Drummond for Warnock 58; Michael McNeely for D Gethins 63.

NAOMH CONAILL: Tony Byrne; Michael Doherty, Kevin McGettigan, Charlie McDonald; Ultan Doherty, Logan Quinn, JD Boyle (0-1), Ciaran Thompson, Ethan O'Donnell (1-0); Jeaic Mac Ceallabhi (0-1), Kieran Gallagher, Charles McGuinness (1-2); Johno Molloy,Eoghan McGettigan (0-1), David Keaney. Subs., James Boyle and Shane McDevitt (0-1) for U Doherty and M Doherty, both ht; David Stanislawczk for J Mac Ceallabhui; Jamie Cranley for J Molloy, both 56; Oliver Stanislawczk for JD Boyle, bcard 58

REFEREE: Jimmy White (Killybegs)

FOOTNOTE: A minute's silence was observed at the death of Patsy Furey, a former chairman of the Naomh Conaill club.