Aodh Ruadh (@1.25) vs Cloughaneely (@4.33)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Aodh Ruadh will win

Aodh Ruadh – Cloughaneely Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 12:00

The opening weekend of games in the Donegal Intermediate Championship last weekend served up plenty of entertainment, championship drama and close contests.Going into this year's competition, the feeling was that any number of teams were in contention for honours.

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It was a game in which the Ballyshannon girls never really got on top. The Ernesiders are scheduled to play our last league game against Ardara this Saturday in Father Tierney at 3pm. Thanks to Dungloe for their hospitality, and a special thank you to the parents for driving and providing some welcomed vocal support on the sidelines. It's a very important game and we would love to see a good home support to help us try and bring this over the line and reach the semi-final stages. On the occasions when we did find a way through we didn't capitalise on our opportunities and the break saw us going in well down to the home side. We looked fatigued and sluggish and we found it difficult to break down the opposition. The under 13 girls winning streak came to an end when they came up against a strong Dungloe side in the second last game of the league series. Aodh Ruadh produced some fine patches of support play and defended heroically, but it wasn't Ballyshannon's day and we left ourselves too much work to do and Dungloe ran out comprehensive victors in the end. The second half began much brighter for us and we competed and won many of the individual battles across the pitch.

If interested in attending on behalf of Aodh Ruadh please contact club secretary Lisa McTernan. Youth Matters conferenceCLG Dhun na nGall are hosting a Youth Matters conference on the health and well-being of our youth on Saturday, 12th October in Letterkenny IT. Jason Quigley will be guest speaker and a number of county players from both ladies and men's football and hurling teams will also be in attendance. Each delegate will get a courtesy pack sponsored by O'Neill's. The event will run from 9.30am to 2pm. Clubs are asked to send delegates from age groups 12 to 15, and 15 to 18.

Red Hughs V CloughaneelySunday 3pmCloughaneely are fancied to go all the way in this competition after doing well to survive in Division One of the league.This weekend they meet last years Junior A champions from Crossroads.Home advantage is always crucical and the Stephen McMenamin, Gerard Melaugh, Peadar McGlinchey and Calvin Bradley-inspired Red Hughs will certainly not lack in confidence.But they face seasoned opponents who still have the powerful Maguire clan, the elegant John Fitzgerald and Darren Ferry in a club with a number of dual players.Naomh Brid almost shocked Cloughaneely last week, so that could have been the jolt they needed to boost their chances.Red Hughs will bring plenty of skill and steel to the table, but it looks like Cloughaneelys greater power and experience of playing at a higher level, will prevail.

Deaths in Donegal - Wednesday morning, October 2, 2019

GROUP ANaomh Brid V Naomh UltanSunday, 3pmAs derby matches go they dont come any more attractive than this south Donegal battle.Both clubs operate from a relatively small catchment area, but both have great fighting qualities.Naomh Brid certainly tested Cloughaneely in their opening game last weekend, while Naomh Ultan are always best when under pressure.It could be a battle of the marksmen between Cian Kennedy of Naomh Ultan and Darragh Brogan for Naomh Brid. Peter Alvey and Dermot Gallier are key figures for the Dunkineely side while Callum and Matt Gallagher (sons of manager Matt) add some power and panacheA diddicult one to call, but home advantage might just sway it for Naomh Brid.

The sides were level at half-time. There was great intensity in the second half and every ball was fought for ferociously. HurlingThe under 16s season ended last Thursday with the A championship final against Setanta. This young under 16 team had a great season, winning the league, the Ulster g Sport and the Seamus Grimes Trophy. At the end of such a great game it was a pity there had to be a loser, but it was the lads from the Cross who won by the minimum, 2-9 to 0-14 . Despite being played in horrendous conditions in Donegal town with torrential rain at times, both teams served up a thriller. This was a hard defeat for them to take, but there is no doubt they will come back even stronger in 2020.

Up front everyone took on their share of the responsibility, reflected in the fact that five of the starting forwards scored while Orla Keon was unlucky not to net what would have been goal of the season. It takes a panel to win a county title and every single one of the 25 players in the squad played their role in bringing this title back to Ballyshannon, whether it was in games or ensuring high standards of competition training. Ballyshannon outscored Mountcharles 1-2 to no score in that closing period to collect a fully-merited win and claim a historic county title for the club. Aodh Ruadh girls claimed a first ever under 16 a grade county title with a deserved win at a damp Tir Chonaill Park on Sunday afternoon. The full back line read play well all day, while the half backs threw up a wall which Saint Naul's had huge problems trying to penetrate. We have a full match report and pictures up on aodhruadh.org. ine Hill was superb between the posts and her kicks from turnover ball were noticeably effective in putting Aodh Ruadh on the attack. Conditions made handling and shooting difficult, but Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's managed to serve up an enjoyable decider with good spells of quality football from both sides. Hughes O'Brien a truly masterful reader of the game while her centrefield partner harried relentlessly and was enthusiastic in the attack. The second quarter saw goals from Caitlin McGarrigle and Tia McFarland, but Saint Naul's got a goal just before half-time and were well in the hunt at 2-3 to 1-2. It was an excellent team performance from the Aodh Ruadh girls. They should take real pride in that contribution. Important also to recognise the important contribution of the substitutes, not just in this game, but across the course of the season. Midfielders Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Niamh Hughes were both excellent. The scores were slow to come and Aodh Ruadh lead by 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. The third quarter saw both sides giving it everything, but with Saint Naul's missing a penalty and Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien hitting Aodh Ruadh's third goal there was six points between them going into the last 15 minutes.

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Celia Byrnes took a 40 line and a 150 house on the same game. Abbey Centre BingoKathleen Flanagan of Belleek is the September bingo thousandaire after scooping the 1,000 jackpot, well done Kathleen. Winners of the 100 houses were Paddy Kane, Felicity Byrne, Della von Bock, Peggy Coughlin and Mary Gallagher. The snowball again survived so it rolls on to a mighty 1,450 on 51 numbers this week, it's sure to be won soon! Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced just 10. Mary Fletcher of Sligo won the stand-up game prize of 165. The other 150 houses were shared.

Downings V Naomh MuireSaturday, 6.30pmDownings are reigning All-Ireland Gaeltacht champions and will be anxious to improve on their first- round display against St Nauls.They are at home in this all Gaeltacht affair against a Naomh Muire side who gained a last gasp draw against 12 man Aodh Ruadh last week.Sean Yank Boyle is Naomh Muires scoring talisman and he is well supported by Padraig McCafferty, Adam OBrien and Jack ODonnell.Opponents Downings will look to the scoring skills of Lorcan Connor, the McClaffertys, Keelin McGroddy and Oisin Boyce.Both sides will be keen to get two points on the board and it could be a very close encounter.Home advantage might just sway it for Downings.