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June 8th 2005

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Four Masters defeated by Aodh Ruadh in Championship second leg match in Ballyshannon
Aodh Ruadh 0-11 Four Masters 0-08

Benny Byrne fights to break free from Aodh Ruadh's Michael Gallagher.
Photo: Jason McGarrigle

By Sean Dunnion

Four Masters travelled to Fr. Tierney Park on Saturday evening, May 28th, for the second leg of the preliminary round of the Raidio Na Gaeltachta Senior Championship. It was a game of the proverbial two halves, played in horrendous conditions with a near gale-force wind and rain blowing down the field from the Rock Hospital end. The home side used the elements to good effect in the first half and had raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead after twenty minutes when the task was made even more difficult for Four Masters with Karl Lacey very harshly sent off for two bookable offences.
The Ballyshannon men had increased their lead by half-time to 0-11 to 0-2 with Barry Ward (0-6) and Michael Ward (0-3) tormenting the Masters defence with some excellent scores.
Four Masters opened brightly in the second period and had early scores from Shane Carr and Michael Doherty. They continued to chip away at the Aodh Ruadh lead with further points from Michael Doherty, and reduced the lead to just three points. However, they were unable to get through for that elusive goal they needed to overhaul the lead built up by the Ballyshannon men and the tie now must now go to a third game in a few weeks time.
The reserves made it through to the first round proper after a late penalty was converted by Rory O’Donnell to snatch a 2-05 to 1-08 draw. They now advance to meet St. Michael’s.

Donegal Town FC play Finn Harps
in charity fundraiser

PHOTO: Under the gaze of the Harps keeper, James Gallagher, the Harps defender does well to keeps Tino from getting a shot on goal.
Photo: Jason McGarrigle.

The Donegal Town & District Finn Harps Supporters Club held a very successful charity match on May 24th between Donegal Town FC/ Ocean FM and Finn Harps FC in aid of the Donegal Cancer Support Group.
A large crowd of 200-300 people turned up to the Hospital pitch to watch what was a very entertaining game of football. Finn Harps fielded a very strong team with nine first team players and Felix Healy gave debuts to Mark Rossiter, an ex-Sunderland player, and to Stephen Capper, the much anticipated new signing for Harps, who has also played at Sunderland and has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level up to U21s.
The game started at a very fast pace - the Donegal Town side played very well in the first 20mins keeping Harps at bay and Fintan Doherty nearly gave the home side the lead as he latched on to a bad pass from a Harps defender and shot just over the crossbar. Both sides were moving the ball around well on the fantastic surface of the Hospital pitch. Harps took the lead on the 20th minute with a header from debutant Mark Rossiter. Harps second came soon after when the lively Chris Breen scored with a tap in, then Ross Connolly and Michael Funston scored to leave Harps 4-0 up at the break.
The main event started at halftime when the under 10 rivals of Donegal Town FC and Killymard United battled it out on the pitch in what were two very competitive matches and it was good to see that the local rivalry is well and truly alive. The second half of the charity game saw Finn Harps manager Felix Healy coming on to play for Harps and proved he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. The game restarted on much the same note as the first half, with Chris Breen scoring his second of the night. Letterkenny brothers, Thomas and Fintan Bonner, added a goal apiece to give Harps a 7-0 nil lead with half-an-hour left. At that point the Donegal Town side threw caution to the wind and started to play some very good football. They started to find their passes and go forward at pace before finally making a deserved breakthrough on 68mins, when Terry O’Doherty cut in from the left wing, passed the ball to Aaron Slevin and his cross found Fintan Doherty who finished the ball to the back of the Harps net. The Donegal attack was boosted when Ocean FM presenter, Paul Gallagher, came on - maybe he was thinking of a career change knowing the Finn Harps manager was looking on. He played well and nearly set up a goal for Peter Donaghey only for the Harps keeper James Gallagher to save his close range effort.
The game finished 7-1 to Harps. Overall the match was played in good humour - the only controversial moment came when referee John McGlanaghey booked Ocean FM’s Paul Gallagher late on. Rumours have it that it was for diving but we’ll have to wait for the referee’s report to see. Donegal Town FC deserve a lot of credit for the way they played. Considering they finished their playing season several weeks ago they managed to win the last 20 mins 1-0, against a Finn Harps side who are in the middle of their season playing top class teams in the Eircom league premier division, week in week out. After the game soup and sandwiches were provided in Dom Breslin’s Pier 1, where the Supporters Club made a presentation of commemorative plates to both teams to mark the occasion. A good time was had by all and I can safely say that the match analysis lasted a lot longer than 90mins.
The Supporters Club would like to say a huge thank you to the management and players of Finn Harps, who took time out in the middle of their season to come over and play in a charity match and to the management and players of Donegal Town FC for a very good-humoured, competitive match and we wish them good luck in the premier division of the Donegal league next season. Thanks to everyone associated with Donegal Town FC who provided the fantastic facilities, and refreshments at the Hospital pitch, especially Frank Sweeney and Paddy Martin for all their help in organising the event. Thanks to Ocean FM for all their on-air advertising, especially to Paul Gallagher who was a big help in organising and playing on the night. Thanks to the people who worked on the gate and helped with car parking and to the match officials, referee John McGlanaghey, linesmen Liam Farren and Ralph Wilson, who all did a brilliant job in letting the game flow. Thank you to Liam Farren for sponsoring the commemorative plates for the teams, Paddy Ward for providing the PA system on the night and to Liam Hyland of Donegal Times for his generous donation and help with in advertising the event. We would also like to say a big thank you to Michael and Dom Breslin and the staff of Pier 1 for providing the after-match refreshments free of charge. I would personally like to thank all the members of the Donegal Town & District Finn Harps Supporters club who helped out with selling tickets and on the night, especially Andrew McElhiney who worked tirelessly in organising the game. Most of all a massive thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause by showing up on the night or buying a ticket and to anyone who contributed in any way who I haven’t mentioned. We are delighted to tell you that the total amount raised on the night for the Donegal Cancer Support Group, was the fantastic sum of €2,312. Once again just to say thank you to one and all for making the event such a huge success.
Niall Martin, Secretary

Crumlin Classic at Murvagh

Photo by Jason McGarrigle: Tim Kelly presents sponsorship cheque to Diarmuid Barry

Donegal GC (Murvagh) was the venue on Friday 3rd June 2005 for the annual fund-raising event in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Teams of four teed off at 12 noon for a competition in a shotgun start that is played in a classic format (2 scores to count at all holes). The very generous main sponsors on the day were the Kelly Group and many other sponsors also contributed to this very deserving cause.
The committee, under the chairmanship of Diarmuid Barry, left no stone unturned in their efforts to generate maximum financial income - the Murvagh outing, and similar ones held elsewhere throughout Ireland, help to raise much needed cash for this nationally important facility. This year’s outing was, once again, a tremendous success.
On the playing front, acquiring good scores was a problem for some of the participating teams but, still, everyone enjoyed playing a course that was in top class condition. No such problems were encountered by the winning team that came from the host club. Backboned by the one and only Bob Dore, who is a class act when it comes to classics. The other team members of Stephen Anderson, Adrienne Anderson and John McBride chalked up 90 points to ensure that they brought in the top score on the day and they can now look forward to participating in the national finals of the same competition at the ‘K Club’ in October. Dermot Clarke had difficulty in keeping his Old Castle Bar team focussed at times throughout the round but he eventually coaxed them into second place on 87 points. Tim Kelly (sponsor) was delighted to lead his team into 3rd place on 86 points, ahead of many other fancied combinations from the Frosses/Mountcharles area. Una Anderson was particularly pleased to present the Bobby Anderson Memorial Trophy to the winning team and this has ensured that it will remain in the Ballintra area until next year’s event. Presentation of all prizes took place at a very enjoyable banquet in Harvey’s Point Hotel that night and results were as follows (sponsors in brackets)
1st (Quality Court Hotel), Stephen Anderson, Adrienne Anderson, John McBride, Bob Dore, 90points. 2nd (Old Castle Bar) Dermot Clarke, Padraig Farragher, Daniel Ward, Hugh Dillon, 87 points. 3rd (Tim Kelly team) Tim Kelly, Walter Kearns, Phil Munnelly, Shiela Kelly, 86 points. 4th (The Four P’s) Tom Douglas, Roy Hanna, Ivan Honak, Tom Woods, 86 points. 5th (Killybegs Fishing Enterprises) Tom Rawdon, Dominic Mullin, Manus Boyle, Martin Herron, 86 points. 6th (Downings Bay Hotel) Barry Gallagher, Hugh McBride, Willie Russell, Aenas Conaghan, 86 points. 7th (PA Dorrian and Co) Eddie Hegarty, James Doherty, Dessie Noble, Chris Neff, 85 points. 8th (PCL) Carmel Bonner, Mary Cowley, Seamus McGarvey, Fred Sweeney, 85 points. 9th (Doyle Fishing Co) Michael Doyle, (Jun), Jimmy Cunningham, John Kelly, David Cannon, 84 points. 10th (Gallagher’s Bakery & Siac Ltd) Hugo Sweeney, Mark Sweeney, Tony Cornyn, Denis ‘C’ Kelly, 83 points. 11th (Abbey Hotel) Paddy Woods, John ‘Greens’ Gallagher, Damien Wilson, Colm O’Rourke 83 points. 12th (The Allingham Hotel) Peter McIntyre, Mick McVann, Mick Cahillane, Tony Ryan, 83 points. Ladies Team (Anderson Auctioneers) Eithne Diver, Mary Gallagher, Una Anderson, Edith Cranwell, 72 points.

St John Bosco success at Ulster championships

When the Ulster Track and Field c/ship were held at the Finn Valley Centre today St John Bosco athletes had numerous successes
Amy Brogan, 3rd in 80m Under 13 Girls. Gemma Haughey 3rd in the Shot and 1st in the Javelin Under 13 Girls. Ben Sheridan 3rd High Jump Under 12. Morgan McShane 4th in the Long Jump Under 13 Boys.Ciara Griffin 4th Under 13 Girls  Ball Throw. Ciaran Cornyn  4th in Under 12 Boys 60m. Clare Brady 4th in Under 11 Girls Ball Throw. Louise Harvey 1st in High Jump and 60 Hurdles and 2nd in 600m.
The children’s Under 10 Games held in conjunction with the championships had the following St John Bosco athletes winning medals: Ryan Haughey, Kalvin McShane, Daire Quinn, Rosin McDaid, Emma Brady, Karen Tracey, Elaine McIntye
Well done to all who travelled and competed and supported
Eamon Harvey

U14 girls in winning form

Four Masters U14 girls team with coach Deirdre Dillon, kit sponsor Dr O’Kennedy & Angela Mehegan. Photo Jason McGarrigle

Four Masters U14 girls received a welcome boost in their campaign when they were presented with a new set of jerseys by Dr A O’Kennedy. To date their performance has been excellent with wins over Aodh Ruadh, McCumhaills and Bundoran at home. The all important fixture, Four Masters v Bundoran (away) took place Last Monday, 6th June, with Four Masters winning by 1 point on a scoreline of 6-9 to 6-8. The team was greatly inspired by a gutsy display by Rachel Crawford in the All-Ireland semi-final U14 County Championship against a strong Cork side winning by 3-11 to 3-10. Congratulations to the team and mentors and to underage players who travelled to Mullingar to support their club player and their county.

Copany Rovers Notes

Copany Rovers U12s won the Southwest Schoolboys League last week defeating Erne Wanderers 2-0. Great credit to all the team and management for this outstanding achievement.
The club would like to thank Donal and Maura Gallagher, The Bay Bush, Ballintra, for sponsoring a meal for the team and management in Pier 1.
The U12s played St Catherines in the first round of the cup, defeating them 2-1. They now play Eany Celtic in the semi-final on Tuesday 7th June. Copany held their U10 blitz on Sunday 29th May. This was a great success with four teams competing for the Tony Curristan Memorial Cup - Drumbar being the outstanding team in the end. Congratulations to our goldenball winners, Ralph Wilson, Jim McManus, Tommy McFadden, Violet Wilson, and Breda Kilpatrick.
The club’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th June at 8.30pm in the Seven Arches, Laghey. All club members, senior players, parents of all underage players, please attend. Everybody welcome.

Donegal Town mascot on International Duty in Lansdowne Road

Last week was an amazing week one for Simon McGinty (11) who beat all competition on national radio to take to the field as mascot alongside the star-studded Ireland and Israeli teams at last Saturday’s critical world cup qualifier.
To win the competition Simon had to deliver an exciting commentary from a past Ireland international match, live on the Gerry Ryan show on Wednesday 1st June. Simon chose the famous Robbie Keane goal in the Ireland 1-1 draw with Germany in the World Cup 2002.
Simon of Dublin and St. Ernans, Donegal Town, is a past pupil of Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala and is son of Brendan and Pat McGinty, he has one sister, Laura. Simon, who is football crazy and a Newcastle supporter, told the Donegal Times that he hopes someday to follow in the footsteps of his hero, Donegal man Shay Given.
Simon, who was the Israeli mascot, certainly brought luck to that team. Coming back from 2-0 down they survived everything the Irish threw at them to earn a draw - an expensive two points lost to the home side.

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