Aodh Ruadh came out on top this evening in the U14 county championship hurling final played at the Four Masters grounds in Donegal town. This much anticipated final between the county Feile champions Aodh Ruadh and a St Eunans team that had defeated the League Champions Carndonagh to reach the final was played in perfect hurling conditions.
A titantic battle between St Eunans PJ G allagher and Aodh Ruadh’s Tommy Winters was great to see. Early points from Eunans put them ahead but Aodh Ruadh hit back with three goals in a devastating ten minute period. However, St Eunans rallied with their defense battling hard. Two points followed from Eunans but crucially the Aodh Ruadh defense stopped a close in shot from PJ Gallagher right on the break to leave them with an eight point lead.
Aided by a breeze in the 2nd half Aodh Ruadh hit quick fire goals but St Eunans never quit and continued to seeking a way back into the match. The Aodh Ruadh keeper, in excellent form, made a series of great saves ensuring a comfortable win for the Ernsiders who finished with a brace of fine points despite strong pressure from the St Eunans defense. For Aodh Ruadh Tommy Winters (3-1) Kensi Ayres (1-0) and Cian McKenna (0-4) were prominent throughout. At the end Aodh Ruadh Captain Captain Tommy Winters was presented with the Cup as the Ernesiders headed home U14 County Champions for the second year in a row.
Referee James Callaghan