12 Aug 2022

Goals do the trick as Carndonagh beat Aodh Ruadh in IHC semi-final

Carndonagh were big winners against Aodh Ruadh just three weeks ago in the SHC. And although they faced a much stiffer challenge in Convoy on Friday, the Inishowen side till possessed the wherewithal to progress to the final of the Donegal IHC

Goals to the trick as Carndonagh beat Aodh Ruadh in IHC semi-final

Carndonagh's Dara McCormack is surrounded by Aodh Ruadh players in the Donegal IHC semi-final in Convoy. Photo Thomas Gallagher

Goals win matches as a physically more powerful and craftier Carndonagh side showed against a game but outgunned Aodh Ruadh in an entertaining Donegal IHC semi-final at the Donegal GAA Centre.

Carndonagh 4-17
Aodh Ruadh 0-14

Luke White, Cathal Doherty, Cian Doherty and sub Jack McLaughlin grabbed the all important goals as they exploited any lapses in the Ballyshannon full-back-line.

But the scoreline scarcely does justice to a gritty Aodh Ruadh side who had a much stronger showing than in their recent SHC encounter with the Inishowen men in Ballyshannon, when Carndonagh waltzed to a 5-14 to 0-7 win.

It was Aodh Ruadh who had the better start on Friday and they went two points clear from Senan Rooney and Aaron Cullen.
It took Carn a while to settle, but they went on to score the next five points from Wexford native Luke White, who was a major threat throughout, the excellent Cian Doherty, Cathal Doherty, Eoghan Kelly, Dara McCormack and White.

Aodh Ruadh hit back with points of their own from the outstanding Kyle McNulty, Aaron Cullen (free) and a Rooney free to leave just two points between the sides.

But Carn struck for the first of their killer goals, when White cleverly doubled on a loose ballot to put his side ahead by 1-8 to 0-5 just after Cathal Doherty flicked over a point.

It got even better for Carn when Cathal Doherty found the net but Aodh Ruadh responded with well struck points from Cullen and McNulty as the team from Foden led by 2-9 to 0-9 at the interval.

Carn turned up the pressure after the break with points from McCormack and Cian Doherty and Cathal Doherty found Cian Doherty with a claver pass and the wing forward coolly picked his spit to put Carn into a 3-12 to 0-11 lead.

That was effectively the clinching score as Ballyshannon continued to battle hard but just did not have the finishing power to really trouble their rivals. Both sides ran the bench and Carn got their final goal which was a fine individual effort from sub Jack McLaughlin, who pulled off a great catch before rounding his man and cracking home a great goal.

Aodh Ruadh continued to fight hard and their vocal manager John Rooney was not too happy when it looked like Senan Rooney was about to find the net when referee Trevor Moloney blew up the play for a free.

Aodh Ruadh launched a number of high balls deep into the Carn defence, but Padraig Doherty and James Monagle were rock solid. Carndonagh now go forward to meet Sean MacCumhaill’s in the county final.

Carndonagh scorers: Luke White 1-5, 2f; Cathal Doherty 1-4; Cian Doherty 1-3; Jack McLaughlin 1-0; Dara McCormack 0-3; Eoghan Kelly and James Monagle 0-1 each.
Aodh Ruadh scorers: Senan Rooney 0-4, 4f, Aaron Cullen 0-4, 2f; Kyle McNulty 0-4, Caelan Drummond and Brendan Gillespie 0-1 each.
Carndonagh: Stephen Burns; Conor Lafferty, Padraig Doherty, Mark Diver; Sean McCreamer, James Monagle, Cormac Monagle; Luke White, Danny Monagle; Cian Doherty, Conor Fagan, Eoghan Kelly; Cathal Dohety, Dara McCormack, Paddy Monagle. Subs: Jack McLaughlin for Conor Fagan (44),Mick Nelson for Paddy Monagle (47), Matthew Porter for Dara McCormack and Dermot Doherty for McCreamer (54), Christy McCormack for Cathal Doherty (58)

Aodh Ruadh: Ciaran Daly; Conor Kennedy, Adam Rami, Peter Horan; Ryan Keenaghan, Caelan Drummond, Pat Cassidy; Brendan Gillespie, Senan Rooney; Kyle McNulty, Martin Larkin, Ryan Ayres, Rory Cullen Mick Reddin, Aaron Cullen. Subs: Conal Sweeeny for Peter Horan (12 inj) Ciaran Kilgannon for Mick Reddin (h-time), Dan Downey for Rory Cullen (40), Jason Patterson for Martin Larkin (45), David Breen for Adam Rami (52), Adam Clarke for Ryan Ayres (56)

Referee: Trevor Moloney (Buncrana)

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