A great victory for Naomh Muire this evening keeps Naomh Muire seniors on top of the division three and keeps their promotion hopes on track in a dramatic game at the Banks this evening.
With a breeze blowing diagonally across the field a big crowd gathered in anticipation of this clash. Making one enforced change from last week's starting fifteen, manager Danny O'Donnell brought in Sean the Point with Pádraig McCafferty moving back into defence.
Aodh Rua marshalled by former county player Niall Mc Cready in defence and with the still threatening Brian Roper up front were a handful for the home side. Charlie Doherty watched from the sidelines as points were exchanged in the first half, with the visiting team playing well as expected. Aodh Ruadh started with a slightly breeze in their favour but it was N. Mhuire who came out fastest and had 1-1 on the board after seven mins with Harry Harden finding the back of the net and Ciaran McGinley slotting over from twenty yards. Aodh Ruadh experience did kick in and Roper, David Doherty and Michael Ward firing over scores to help them move to even things up at six points each. Further points Michael Gurn and A. McGurn moved Aodh Ruadh to ten points while two points from Tom McHugh and a Paul Boyle point left the half time score at 1-05 to 0-10.
Playing into the bakery end in the second half the home team had some work to do. The second half proved to be a tense affair with both teams trading scores. Doherty added additional good scores while Naomh Muire had Daragh White fire over two 45's as well as a good long range effort. Roper fisted over a point with twelve mins to go to keep Aodh Ruadh with a two point lead. Tom McHugh fired over another score while D. McIntyre scored for Aodh Ruadh. The last ten minutes saw Naomh Muire go all out and it looked as if it would not be their day when Sean Boyle saw his effort come back of the bar. Owen Grant brought N. Muire to within two points but with time running out a tactical change saw John Pigeon take a great ball at full forward and laid it off to the right man in Ciaran 'Moses' McGinley who fired high to the roof of the net. A nail-biting finish and an excellent home victory in the end. A good effort from Aodh Ruadh with David Doherty, James O'Donnell and Michael Ward showing well while Owenie McGarvey, Thomas Duffy and Shaun Gallagher were impressive for N. Muire. Three wins out of three for Naomh Muire and another excellent evening of football.
N. Mhuire: S. Gallagher, R.O'Donnell, T. Duffy, D. Gallagher, P. McCafferty (0-1), S. Ferry, S. Gallagher, B. Gillespie, O. McGarvey, H. Harden (1-1, f), O. Grant (0-1), P. 'Yank' Boyle (0-1), S 'Yank' Boyle, T. McHugh (0-2), C. McGinley (1-2, 1f). Subs: D. White (0-3) for S. Ferry, A. O'Gara for S. Boyle, J. Pigeon for O. Grant.
Aodh Ruadh: P. Kane, M. Ward, C. Whoriskey, P. O'Reilly, P. McGee, N. McCready, K. Ryan, J. O'Donnell, M. Gurn(0-1), A. McGurn(0-2), D. Doherty(0-4), D. McIntyre(0-1), M. Ward(0-4), T. McIntyre (0-1), B. Roper (0-2).
Ref: M. Mulhern