Aodh Ruadh continued their faultless start to the season with a hard earned victory over a Letterkenny Gaels on a dirty night in Fr Tierney Park.
Aodh Ruadh . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Letterkenny Gaels . . . . . . . 1-11
The locals were out of the traps like greyhounds in the first half, but it was to prove a close fought 30 minutes of incredible quality considering the awful conditions.
First blood went to the visitors when Shane Graham's '45 fell short and Sean McDonagh got a flick on the ball to force Peter Boyle to produce a brilliant reaction save to palm over.
David Dolan answered three minutes later, slotting over from a dead ball after play had been brought back for a foul. Shortly after, some neat interplay from the hosts was finished off with David Dolan clipping over his second point in as many minutes.
Then Eamon McGrath picked out David McGurrin who slipped home a precise shot to get the green flag fluttering.
With just six minutes gone it got better again for Aodh Ruadh. Seamus Kane went on a driving run through on goal and finished with an unstoppable rasper to the top left corner.
Letterkenny brought the hosts back down to earth with a bump. A Gaels attack found the home defence under-manned and John Doran tapped into the empty net to make it a double scores game, 2-2 to 1-1.
Aodh Ruadh were still playing good stuff though and Philip Patton was on hand to convert after more fine build up play from the hosts.
Mark Hunter and Conor McBrearty pointed as the Letterkenny men found their rhythm. They drew level before Aodh Ruadh finished the half the stronger and David Dolan and Eamon McGrath knocked over for a 2-6 to 1-7 halftime lead.
David Dolan, David McGurrin and Diarmaid McInerney posted early points on the resumption to a solitary response from McBrearty and Aodh Ruadh led by six with nine minutes remaining.
But McBrearty converted three close in frees in quick succession to reduce the margin to three. But in the end Aodh Ruadh held on for a deserved win
Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle; Michael Ward, Damian Cleary, Calum O'Halloran; Johnny Gethins (0-1), Colm Kelly, Niall Harley; Eamonn McGrath, Kerry Ryan; David McGurrin (1-2), Seamus Kane (1-1), Diarmaid McInerney (0-1); David Dolan (0-5,1,f) Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Philip Patton (0-1). Subs: Ryan McKenna for Philip Patton (17), Jason Granaghan for Kerry Ryan (38); Gary Carty for Ryan McKenna (57) Ronan Drummond for Colm Kelly (black, 59)
Letterkenny Gaels: Shane Graham; Conor Coll, Ciaran Cannon, Kevin Kilkenny; Ciaran Lynch, Darren Hunter, Conor Brown; Brendan O'Brien, Paddy Doherty (0-2, 1f); Sean McDonagh, Mark Hunter (0-3), Shane McGlade; Cormac Cannon, Conor McBrearty (0-6, 5f), John Doran (1-0).
Seamie ‘Coshia’ Friel and Oisin McFadden got the goals as Gaeil Fhanada run out comfortable winners over Urris at Triagh Locha on Saturday evening.
Gaeil Fhánada . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Urris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5
The locals dominated from very early and with Michael O’Connor’s men winning all the key battles the precious points were in the bag long before the last whistle.
Sean McDaid, Conor Bradley, Darren Grant and Peter Devine were the men on target for the Inishowen side who were short a number of regulars.
Gaeil Fhánada: Brendan Friel; Ciaran Coll, Patrick Heraghty, Conor McGonigle (0-1); Paul Coyle (0-1), Cathal Martin, Frank Sweeney; Fergal Friel (0-2), Ryan McGonigle (0-1); Oisin Shiels, Seimi ‘Coshia’Friel (1-2), Joe Blaney (0-1), Mark Friel, Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel (0-4), Johnny Friel, Oisin McFadden (1-0) for Frank Sweeney, Shaun McElwaine, Enda Coll, Aidan Heraghty for Conor McGonigle, Ken Dempsey for Cathal Martin, Brian McVeigh for Johnny Friel.
Urris: Johnny Noone; James Griffin, Sean McDaid (0-1), Declan Grant; Michael Grant, Kieran Doherty, Andrew Doherty; John McCarron, Ryan Doherty; Conor Bradley (0-1), Darren Grant (0-2), Paddy Doherty, Bernard Friel, Peter Devlin (0-1), Mark McLaughlin, Alan Friel, Dermot Moyne.
All square in Downings
Gary ‘Ban’ McClafferty led the charge as Downings earned a well deserved share of the points with Buncrana on Saturday evening in Downings.
Downings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-11
Buncrana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-11
Downings led 0-6 to 0-4 at halftime and had to withstand a good deal of Buncrana pressure in the second half.
Downings: John McGroddy; Patrick McGinley, David Hay, Brian Trearty; Kevin Doherty, Bryan McGinley, Shay Coyle; Sean McBride, James Lee McBride; Alan Pasoma, Oisin Boyce, Ben McBride; Colin Gallagher, Gary ‘Bán’ McClafferty, Shane Boyce.
Buncrana: Sean Parker; Conor Grant, John Doherty, Mickey Gallagher; Kevin O’Loughlin, William McLaughlin, Aidan Stokes; Aidan McColgan, Caolan McGonagle; Aidan Doherty, Odhran Doherty, Oisin O’Flaherty; Oisin Doherty, Kevin Treacy, David Bell.
Good away for Naomh Ultan
Burt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
N Ultan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Naomh Ultan notched up a fine win in Burt on Sunday with their nose for goals helping them to a 3-9 to 1-5 win.
Donal Gallagher hit Naomh Ultan’s first goal inside the opening fiv e minutes as the visitors got off to a blistering start. They led by 1-2 to no score before Burt found their range with Christopher McDermott and Conor Harkin hitting 1-1, but Dermot Gallier hit a couple of long range points and N Ultan led by 1-4 to 1-1 at half-time.
The second half was all about the Dunkineely men with Seamus O'Brien hitting an early goal and Declan Murrin, Gallier and Peadar Alvey all on the mark before O'Brien found the net for a second time 10 minutes from the end and were well worth their 10 point win.
Burt scorers: C Harkin 1-1; J Boyle 0-2; P McHugh 0-1; C McDermott 0-1
N Ultan scorers: D Gallier 0-5; D Gallagher 1-0; S O'Brien 2-0; A Lyons 0-1; A Duddy 0-1; D Murrin 0-1; P Alvey 0-1