The senior hurlers lost out away to Lorrha in the second round of the county league on a 3-10 to 0-17 scoreline. There was very little between the sides all through, with the scores level on eight occasions. MacDonaghs started brightly and hit three points without reply and were in a good position at the interval, with the teams all square. However, they failed to make full use of the breeze in the second half and could never impose themselves on the game. They held a slender one point lead as the game drifted into added time, but a lack of composure in the defence allowed Lorrha in for the winning goal. Mikey Costello showed a welcome return to form and Niall O’Meara was outstanding at centre-back. Kevin Quinlan put in a solid hour in the middle of the park, with Liam Gibson having his moments in attack. However, the team in general failed to fire on all cylinders and while the return of Brian O’Meara and Justin Cahill will strengthen the side, there are many positions up for grabs, as the first round of the championship against Nenagh on Sunday April 8th draws ever nearer. Team: Ger Corcoran, Paudie Kelly, Murty Walsh, Eanna Hogan, Willie Cleary, Niall O’Meara, Kevin Ryan, Jonathan Cahill, Kevin Quinlan (0-1), Liam Gibson, Ray McLoughney( 0-7, 5f, 65 & 1P), Thomas Cleary, Shane Quinlan, Pat Williams (0-2) and Mikey Costello (0-6). Subs: Freddie Williams, Eoin Williams, Kieran Cahill (0-1) and James Williams. Referee: Liam Hogan.
Best wishes to Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary, Darragh Peters and the Nenagh CBS team in the All-Ireland Colleges A final in Semple Stadium on Saturday.
The U-14 hurlers defeated Borrisokane in the quarter-final of the Feile on a 7-7 to 0-3 scoreline. Team: Mark O’Neill, John Blagdon, Aaron Conroy, Sean Quinlan, Oisin O’Meara, Cian Darcy (0-1), Craig Morgan, Jerome Cahill (0-1), Ben Healy, Conor Lillis (1-0), Martin Grace (1-0), Rory McCarthy (0-2), Cormac Mannion, Kevin Shinners (5-2) and Tommy Dooley. Subs: Liam Hannon (0-1), Sean McAdams, Nathan Ryan, Rob Banaghan, Seamus O’Meara, Jake O’Kelly, Kevin Oakley, Luke Dervan, Eoghan Mulcahy, Christopher Moyles and Jack Dunne.
The junior A hurlers are away to Burgess in the first round of the league on this Sunday April 1st at 11.30.
The U-12 footballers took on Ballina in two games in the Premier 12s in MacDonagh Park. In the group 1 game MacDonaghs played with the breeze in the opening half and goals from Luke Morkan helped them into an interval lead with the score 2-4 to 0-1 in their favour. Ballina dominated the second half and the home side fought a tough rearguard action to deservedly hold out for a draw. Sean McAdams and Louis Kennedy excelled in defence with Jack Dunne making some fine saves between the sticks. The forwards moved well in the first half but had settle for a limited supply of ball on the turnover. Final score: MacDonaghs 2-4, Ballina 1-7. Team: Jack Dunne, Louis Kennedy, Sean McAdams, Mark O’Neill (Capt), Dylan Moran, Luke Morkan, Kian O’Kelly, Devlin Courtney, Matthew Moyles, Matthew Spain and Owen Usman. In the group 4 game Ballina came out on top on 2-9 to 3-2 scoreline. MacDonaghs had the advantage of the breeze in the first half. Aaron Morgan was outstanding at midfield and goals from Sam Darcy, Jack Dwan and Ben Cahalan sent them into break five points ahead. The visitors monopolised possession in the second half and ran out deserving winners. Team: Conor Quinlan, Cian Spillane (Capt.), Kieran Spain, Eoin England, Paidi Williams, Daniel Costello, Aaron Morgan, Owen Farrell (0-1), Sam Darcy (1-0), Ben Cahalan (1-0) and Jack Dwan (1-1).
Peil na nOg
The U-14 footballers play Newport/Ballinahinch in the semi-final of Peil na nOg in MacDonagh Park on this Thursday evening at 6.30pm.
The following thirty participated in the Award 1 Coaching Course in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex, hosted jointly by the camogie and hurling clubs: Sean Ward, John O’Meara, Christy Morgan, Jody Hurley, Tommy McDonald, Michael O’Neill, Michael O’Meara, John Mulcahy, Alan Carroll, Cian Williams, Eoin Williams, Robert Ward, Johnny Peters, Jack Peters, Michael Loughnane, Timmy Walsh, Matt Cleary, Mick Cleary, Michael Grace, Gilbert Williams, Fiona Ryan, Lisa Dwan, Siobhan O’Leary, Carmel O’Brien, Pamela Hayes, Peter McCarthy, Tom Quinlisk, Michael Daly, Damien Franks and Paul Callan. Damien Young (Drom-Inch) was the course tutor, assisted by Tadhg O’Connor (Roscrea). Thanks to Carmel Daly who provided the tea and refreshments on the final night of the course.
The monthly meeting of the club committee takes place on this Friday March 30th at 8.00pm. All committee members are requested to attend.