The minor hurlers guaranteed themselves a semi-final spot with a home victory against Borris-Ileigh on a 1-23 to 0-17 scoreline. The scores flowed freely on both sides and MacDonaghs enjoyed a four point lead at the interval, with the scoreboard reading 0-11 to 0-7 in their favour.
Midway through the second half three points separated two evenly matched the sides when Kilruane struck a purple patch. Justin Cahill slotted home a goal and Seamus Hennessy hit three points from play to put daylight between the teams. MacDonaghs maintained that advantage until the final whistle. They have two games left away to Lorrha & Dorrha and home to Roscrea. The results of these games will determine the placings in the group. Team: Ger Corcoran, Timothy Walsh, Freddie Williams, Scott Hodgins, Kevin Ryan, Thomas Williams, William Cleary, Declan Barrett, Seamus Hennessy (0-4), Pat Conway (0-3), Jonathan Cahill (0-5), Jason Darcy (0-1), James Williams (0-1), Brian O Meara (0-9) and Justin Cahill (1-0). Subs: Keith Kelly and Niall O Meara. For a more detailed report log on to www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The u-14 hurlers had a good home win against Moneygall on a 4-5 to 1-2 scoreline. The foundation for victory was laid in the first half when Kilruane scored all four goals. The team has been improving gradually since the start of the championship and are still in contention for the last semi-final place. Team: Dean O Meara, Jack Banaghan, P.J. Cleary, Aidan Boyle, Tomás Hogan, Jack Peters, Sean Cleary, Robert Ward ( 0-1), David Williams, Ian McSherry (0-1), Alan Darcy , Kieran Cahill (0-3), Andrew Brennan (1-0), Raymond Kelly (1-0) and Jamie Heffernan (1-0). Subs: Simon Delahunty and Jason Burns.
The junior hurlers had an away victory against Moneygall on a 1-13 to 2-7 scoreline. They had a dream start with a goal inside thirty seconds from Thomas Williams. At the interval they had a two point advantage with the sore 1-9 to 1-7. As the game entered the final quarter, MacDonaghs opened a four point gap but couldn’t pull away and in the end two points separated the sides. Their final group game will be against Silvermines. Team: Ger Corcoran, Freddie Williams, Colin England, Padraig Doheny, Kevin Ryan (0-2), Mick Cleary, Liam Gibson, Shane Williams (0-1), John Reddan, Jonathan Cahill (0-4), Edmond Morkan (0-2), Michael Reddan (0-1), Declan Barrett, Stephen O Leary and Thomas Williams (1-3). Subs: Pat Conway, John Ryan and George O Leary. Full report on website.
The u-10 hurlers had a useful challenge match against the Drom-Inch in the Ragg. Panel: Cormac Mannion, James Cleary, Kieran Brereton, Darragh Peters, Paul Guidera, Darragh Fogarty, Araon Conroy, Brendan McAdams , Kevin Shinners, Sean Quinlan, Cian Darcy, Rory McCarthy, Tom Dooley, Niall Shinners, Jack Farrell, Ethan Hayes, Mark Culbert, Martin Grace, William Ryan and Christopher Moyles.
Congratulations to the Kilruane MacDonaghs u-12 camogie team on winning the county final.
The u-14 and u-16 panels head to Croke Park on this Saturday for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals. Bus leaves Kilruane at 9.00 a.m. and Cloughjordan at 9.15.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Mick Murphy of Kyle.