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Five star Aodh Ruadh extend winning run

Senior Division 3
30 April 2016
Urris 0-14
Aodh Ruadh 1-16
Crampsey Park.

Aodh Ruadh made it five wins on the bounce with an impressive win at a Crampsey Park venue which has always given the Ernesiders trouble on past visits.

The visitors got off to a good start with David McGurrin swinging over before Urris opened their own account from Peter Devlin.

The sides swapped points again with first Conor Patton and then Darren Grant raising white flags.

The next scoring exchanges again saw the sides inseperable with a Diarmaid McInerney free being answered by a score from Mark McLaughlin.

Urris edged in front for the front for the first time in the game thanks to an Alan Friel point before a 45 by Grant put two in it.

Aodh Ruadh rallied and three unanswered points saw them take the lead, another McInerney free followed by points from David Dolan and David McGurrin sending the visitors back in front

Urris came right back though with Darren Grant first levelling with a free before an Alan Friel dead ball saw the lead switch hands for the third time in the game.

It was to switch again before the break as Ballyshannon put in a concerted spurt ahead of the turnover.

First McGurrin levelled the game again before Conor Patton restored the lead after fisting over from a tight angle

Another McInerney free was followed by the game's only goal, David McGurrin on hand to hammer home the loose ball after two previous shots were blocked down. A point from Philip Patton left Aodh Ruadh decidedly in the ascendant at the break, leading on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-7.

The Ernesiders made it an unanswered 1-5 directly after the interval went David Dolan registered the first score of the new half.

A score from Alan Friel lifted the seige somewhat, but Aodh Ruadh hit back with a superb Dolan point from close to the sideline

Mickey Grant and Philp Patton swapped points before a closre range free from Alan Friel finally got the homesters into double figures.

Conor Bradley added a nice point from tight angle, but the flow of scores continued for Aodh Ruadh with Philip Patton splitting the posts, before McInerney fired over a spectacular off the outside of the boot.

Darren Grant managed to add three further points before the final whistle, two from placed ball, but a Diarmaid McInerney free ensured Peter Gallagher and James O'Donnell's men weren't to be seriously challenged in the closing stages.

The result sees Aodh Ruadh stretch their lead at the top of division three to three points, with neighbours Naomh Bríd back on seven points with the league programme's first quarter now complete.

Vital Statistics
Johnny Noone; James Cooke, Sean McDaid, Kieran Kelly; Mickey Grant (0-1), Aaron Doherty, Andrew Doherty; John McCarron, Ryan Doherty; Padraig Doherty; Darren Grant (0-6, 3f, 1 45), Barney Friel; Mark McLaughlin (0-1), Peter Devlin (0-1), Alan Friel (0-4, 2f).
Subs: James Griffin for Kieran Kelly; Conor Bradley (0-1) for Aaron Doherty; Niall McLaughlin for Peter Devlin; Declan Grant for Andrew Doherty; Kevin McLaughlin.
Aodh Ruadh
Peter Boyle; Michael Ward, Damien Cleary, Calum O'Halloran; Paddy Gillespie, Colm Kelly, Niall Murray; Kerry Ryan, Conor Patton (0-2); David McGurrin (1-3), Diarmaid McInerney (0-5, 4f), Eamonn McGrath; Philip Patton (0-3), David Dolan (0-3), Johny Gethins.
Subs: Ronan Drummond for Niall Murray (inj); Jason Granaghan for Ronan Drummond

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