The junior hurlers qualified for the North final with a three point win against Kildangan on a 2-9 to 0-12 scoreline. This will be the club’s first appearance in the junior final since the victory against Moneygall in 1998. With the aid of the breeze, MacDonaghs made a good start with an Alan Ryan goal inside two minutes and after the first quarter had a five point lead. Kildangan finished the half strongly and reduced the deficit to three points at the break.
A goal from Thomas Williams inside thirty seconds gave Kilruane a tonic start to the second half. Kildangan piled on the pressure for the remainder of the game but the MacDonaghs defence proved very stubborn and Ger Corcoran’s line remain intact. The lead was reduced to two points before Thomas Williams pointed a free to leave three between the sides.
In the final they will face Toomevara in Nenagh on Sunday at 1.45 p.m..The last meeting between these teams in a junior final was in 1985 when MacDonaghs triumphed before going on to take the county title. Team: Ger Corcoran, Liam Gibson, Colin England, Pádraig Kelly, Kevin Ryan, Michael Cleary, Ruan Casey, Shane Williams, Denis Cahill, Michael Reddan (0-1), Edmond Morkan (0-2), Declan Barrett, Thomas Williams (1-5), Alan Ryan (1-0) and Stephen O Leary (0-1).
The minor hurlers play Nenagh Eire Og in the final on Saturday in Dolla on this Saturday at 5.00 p.m. .
Congratulations to the Thomas MacDonaghs senior football team which defeated Fr. John Keynons in the North final. Kevin Quinlan, Darren Killackey, Diarmuid Cahill and Stephen Murphy were all members of the successful squad.
A meeting of the club committee will be held in the clubroom on Monday October 1st at 8.30 p.m. . There are a number of very important items on the agenda so a full attendance is expected.
There was no outright winner in the All-Ireland forecast competition organised by the juvenile club. Limerick's unexpected appearance in the final threw a spanner in the works. A draw for two prizes of €250 will be made at next week’s Lotto draw in Graces.