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06 Oct 2022

Gillespie and McMahon fire Aodh Ruadh past Naomh Muire into LGFA IFC final

Aodh Ruadh put in a solid second half performance against a lively Naomh Muire team to book their Donegal LGFA Intermediate Championship final tickets where they will take on Ardara

Gillespie and McMahon fire Aodh Ruadh past Naomh Muire into LGFA IFC final

Aodh Ruadh players celebrate their victory in the Donegal Intermediate Championship semi-final PHOTO: BRIAN DRUMMOND

A super-charged second half display from Aodh Ruadh was enough to seal progression to the Donegal LGFA Intermediate Championship final against Ardara.

Aodh Ruadh 4-13
Naomh Muire 2-8

And once again it was the powerful Cait Gillespie and the ever-accurate Eimear McMahon, who provided the bulk of the scores for the home side in Ballyshannon.

The deadly duo finished with a total of 3-9 of Aodh Ruadh's total against a game Naomh Muire who made a real battle of it in the opening half. The home side led by 2-7 to 2-4 following an action-packed first half where Caroline Sharkey at full-back and Erica Hanna caused the excellent Tara Khan and her defence some anxious moments.

Aoibhinn McGarrigle and Caitlin McGarrigle opened the scoring for Aodh Ruadh. But they were rocked by a lightning goal from Naomh Muire's Kate Gillespie and points from Caroline Sharkey with McMahon responding for Aodh Ruadh to leave the visitors leading by 1-2 to 0-2 after 10 minutes.

McMahon replied with another point before Gillespie blasted to the net to put Aodh Ruadh ahead by 1-3 to 1-2.

But Naomh Muire looked deadly on the break and Erica Hanna found the net after a great pass from Saoirse Bonner. That super strike put Naomh Muire in front by 2-3 to 1-4 but the double act of Gillespie combined for the latter to goal and put them into a 2-4 to 2-3 lead as the frenetic pace never flagged.

It was point for point in the run-up to half time with Aoibhinn McGarrigle and McMahon on target for Aodh Ruadh and Sharkey replying for the visitors as Ballyshannon led by 2-7 to 2-4 at the break.

Not surprisingly the pace dropped on the resumption as Aodh Ruadh, aided by a slight slope and breeze, took a firm grip on the match and restricted their outgunned opponents to four points as they tacked on 2-6.

Gillespie and the athletic Caoimhe Keon got the goals while McMahon provided the bulk of the points with sub Ciara Cavanagh, and Ailbhe O'Donnell responding for Naomh Muire.

Aodh Ruadh scorers: Eimear McMahon 1-9, 3f; Cait Gillespie 2-0; Caoimhe Keon 1-0; Aoibhinn McGarrigle 0-2; Terri Gallagher 0-1 Caithlin McGarrigle 0-1.
Naomh Muire scorers: Erica Hanna 1-0; Kate Gillespie 1-0; Ailbhe O'Donnell 0-4, 2f; Caroline Sharkey 0-3; Ciara Cavanagh 0-1.

Aodh Ruadh: Bregeen Maguire; Grainne Maguire, Sarah Gallagher, Hannah Doherty; Maeve McCloskey, Caithlin McGarrigle, Anna Rafferty; Caoimhe Keon, Orla Keon; Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Cait Gillespie, Cara O'Loughlin; Eimear McMahon, Terri Gallagher, Tara Khan. Subs: Erin O'Loughlin for Maeve McCloskey (h-time); Siofra Hughes for Terri Gallagher (51),
Naomh Muire: Megan Burns; Emer Moloney, Hannah Gallagher, Amy Hanna; Katy O'Donnell, Anne Rose Quinn, Roisin Rodgers; Sarah Doherty, Tara O'Donnell; Sadhbh Ni Bhaoill, Ailbhe O'Donnell, Erica Hanna; Kate Gallagher, Caroline Sharkey, Saoirse Bonner. Subs; Orla Cavanagh for Emer Moloney (23), Ciara Cavanagh for Sadhbh Ni Bhaoill (44), Caroline Boyle for Katy O'Donnell (56).
Referee: Greg McGrory (Four Masters).

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