Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Kilruane MacDonaghs booked a place in the quarter-final of the North championship with a 3-22 to 1-10 victory against Borrisokane in Nenagh. This was the team’s fourth successive championship victory this year ( 2 in the North & 2 in the County). It was a subdued rather than vintage performance in a game that lacked any real intensity. The selectors will have been pleased with the spread of scorers. The entire forward line, the two midfielders and two of the substitutes scored from play, while Kieran Cahill chipped in with a point from a 65.
MacDonaghs led by 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval, despite having played against the breeze. On the resumption Kilruane took a firm grip of the game and ran out comfortable winners. Team:
Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan, Seamus Hennessy, Paidí Kelly, Eoin Hogan, Kieran Cahill (0-1, 65), Willie Cleary, Justin Cahill (0-3), Liam Gibson (0-1), Thomas Cleary (0-3), Brian O’Meara (2-5), Kevin Ryan (0-2), Eoin Williams (1-2), Niall O’Meara (0-2) and Mark O’Leary (Capt) (0-1). Subs: Ray McLoughney (0-1), Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Jack Peters, Mark O’Meara and Darragh Peters (Blood Sub).
In the quarter-final Kilruane MacDonaghs will play the winners of Ballina and Portroe. This game will probably take place in early July. With competition for places intensifying both in defence and attack, training and challenge games in the next few weeks should be very interesting.
The junior hurlers will open their campaign against Moneygall on the weekend of June 21st.
Under 14 Football
The U14 footballers lost out to a very strong Holycross side in the county semi-final on a 4-13 to 7-2 scoreline after a tremendous tussle in Borrisoleigh. MacDonaghs had first use of the breeze but it was the Mid champions who led by five points at the break. Early in the second half Holycross extended their advantage. However, against all the odds the smaller and lighter Kilruane side stormed back into the game to draw level before two late points secured victory for Holycross. Team: Jack Dunne, Kieran Spain, Cian Spillane, Louis Kennedy, Páidí Williams, Mark O’Neill, Dylan Moran, Devlin Courtney (2-2), Owen Usman, Matthew Moyles, Sean McAdams (1-0), Aaron Morgan, Matthew Spain (2-0), Kian O’Kelly (1-0) and Conor Quinlan. Sub: Nathan Lynch (1-0)
Under 14 Hurling
In the second round Kilruane MacDonaghs had a good home win against Newport on a 6-8 to 0-5 scoreline. Team: Páidi Williams, Eoin England, Jack Dunne, Kieran Spain, Cian Spillane, Mark O’Neill (0-1), Dylan Moran, Devlin Courtney (2-3), Owen Usman, Aaron Morgan (1-0), Sean McAdams (0-3), Matthew Moyles, Patrick Hayes, Kian O’Kelly (3-0) and Conor Quinlan (0-1). Subs: Louis Kennedy and David Sullivan.
The U12 ‘B’ hurlers got the better of Newport in MacDonagh Park on a 5-7 to 2-4 scoreline. Kevin McDonald took the scoring honours with a tally of 4-5. Kevin Naughnane also raised a green flag with Paul Dwyer and Oisín Carroll adding a point each. Team: Oisín Williams, Pádraic Coonan, Fionnan Hurley, Cian white, Oisín Carroll, Paul Dwyer, Georgie O’Leary, Kevin Naughnane and Kevin McDonald. Sub: Nathan Kennedy. On this Friday the ‘B’ team take on Silvermines in MacDonagh Park at 6.30pm while the ‘A’ team face Ballina at the same time.
Christy Ring Cup
Congratulations to Ray McLoughney who scored 1-2 in Kildare’s victory against Kerry in the Christy Ring Cup final in Croke Park.
The County Draw will commence on this Friday June 13th. You still have time to join. The draw has a prize find of €500,000, including two cars every month. The subscription is €100 which can be paid in full, in ten monthly instalments or by direct debit. This draw is a major source of income for the club and the revenue earned helps defray the huge cost of preparing all our teams and it also funds ongoing maintenance and development of facilities. Thanks to all who have supported the draw over many years and we look forward to your continued participation.
The annual Cúl Camp is scheduled for June 30th to July 4th in Thomas MacDonagh Park. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 first child; €45 second child; €40 third and subsequent children. This year the camp will have the usual 10.00am start in the morning but finish at the earlier time of 2.00pm. Application forms have been distributed through the schools. Places are limited so completed application forms should be returned immediately to avoid disappointment. For further information, contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
We are looking for team photos, action photos and photos of social occasions from the 1970s. The photos will be scanned and promptly returned. Please contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 if you can be of assistance.
The club extends sympathy to the Percy family on the death of Gordon Percy, Rathurles.