On this Wednesday night the senior hurlers take on Nenagh Eire Og in the quarter final in Toomevara at 7.30 p.m.
Junior B Hurling
The junior B hurlers earned a place in the league semi-finals when they had an away draw against Nenagh Eire Og on a 1-10 to 0-13 scoreline. The game saw the return to action of Willie Darcy after a three year sabbatical and he turned in an impressive performance. MacDonaghs had the better of matters in the first half and at the end of the first quarter they had opened up a six point gap, helped by a goal from Mark Spain. Nenagh finished the half well and reduced the gap to two at the interval. In the second period Nenagh started to gain the upper hand and entering the final few minutes they held a two point advantage. However, a magnificent point from centre back Pat Conway and another from Mike Reddan left the sides all square at the final whistle. The teams will meet again in the semi-final in Nenagh on Tuesday June 28th. Team: Robert Ward, Timmy Walsh, Alan Darcy, Cian Williams. Willie Darcy, Pat Conway (0-1), Robert Austin, James Keogh (0-6), Michael Reddan, Morgan Conway, Denis Cahill (0-1), Declan Barrett (0-1), Ronan Boyle, Mark Spain (1-0) and Sean Hayes. Sub Ian O Brien.
Junior A Hurling
The junior A hurlers play Knockshegowna in the second round of the championship on this Sunday June 26th.
The U-14 hurlers kept firmly on course for a semi-final spot with a 2-12 to 0-4 home win against Toomevara, reversing a narrow defeat against the same opposition in the away fixture. Having played against the wind MacDonaghs still enjoyed a two point lead at the interval. On the resumption Darragh Peters added two unanswered points. Then a brace of Rory McCarthy goals, punctuated by a Cian Darcy point, swung the game decisively in favour of the home team who finished strongly to record their third successive victory. Darragh Peters made a welcome return after a wrist injury and made an impressive contribution to the win. The management team will be pleased that MacDonaghs defence wasn’t breached but will be hoping for more penetration in the attack. Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Kieran Brereton, Paul Guidera, Conor Lillis, Cian Darcy (0-1), Brendan McAdams, James Cleary (0-1), Darragh Peters (0-6) , Declan Elderfield, Rory McCarthy (2-1), Jerome Cahill (0-2), Tommy Dooley (0-1), Kevin Shinners and Craig Morgan. Subs: Martin Grace and Liam Hannon.
Kilruane N.S. lost to Loughmore N.S. in a thrilling county final in Semple Stadium on a 5-6 to 3-6 scoreline. Kilruane led by four points at the break with captain Craig Morgan crashing home a brilliant goal. On the restart the mid team went ahead with Brian McGrath, brother of Noel, having an outstanding game, A great goal from Cormac Mannion brought the sides level. Brian McGrath goaled for Loughmore but a gritty Kilruane side responded with Conor Lillis raising a green flag. As both teams fought tooth and nail for supremacy it was Loughmore who finished the stronger to take the title in what was generally regarded as the best of the finals in a two day feast of hurling. Craig Morgan was outstanding for Kilruane and he got great support from Jake Morris, Sean Quinlan, Tommy Dooley, Mark O Neill, Arran Conroy and Conor Lillis. Team: Mark O Neill, Sean Quinlan, Arran Conroy, Shane O Meara, Jake Morris (0-1), Oisin O Meara (0-1), Tommy Dooley (0-1), Ben Healy, Conor Lillis (1-0), Christopher Moyles, Craig Morgan (1-3) and Cormac Mannion (1-1). Sub: Dylan Moran Despite this defeat it was a great year for the school which won both the North hurling and football championships.
The A team drew with Roscrea in the second round with the B team losing out.
The U-10 had a busy schedule recently. They entertained Roscrea in MacDonagh Park on Tuesday and then last Saturday travelled to play Durlas Og.
Training for all U-6, U-8 and U-10 players continues each Monday evening in MacDonagh Park at 7 o clock. There has been a great attendance of both players and parents for these sessions.
Best of luck to Jack Peters and the Tipperary minor team who play Clare in the Munster semi-final in Semple Stadium at 7.30 p.m. on this Friday evening June 24th. The Kilruane MacDonaghs minor hurlers will open their campaign with a game against Roscrea in Moneygall at 7.30 on Thursday June 30th.
The annual Cul hurling and camogie Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 for one child, €100 for two children and €135 for three children. The camp is open to all boys and girls 6 to 14 years old inclusive. Over seventy participants have already registered for The Camp and as arrangements for the are now being finalized any outstanding applications should be forwarded immediately to Gilbert Williams.
The juvenile club is holding its annual Bag Packing in Dunnes Stores on Friday evening July 1st and all day Saturday July 2nd. Every family which has a player involved with Kilruane MacDonaghs from U-6 up to U-16 will be expected to help out .All parents are being personally contacted by the respective managers to ensure that every family is represented at this very important fundraiser. All families will be expected to commit at least one parent for a two hour stint on either day. This was a tremendous success last year and even greater parental participation on this occasion should see last year’s returns surpassed.