The senior hurlers play Borrisokane in the first round of the county championship in Moneygall on Sunday evening at 5 o clock.
The junior A hurlers kept their qualifications hopes alive with a 4-19 to 1-4 win against Roscrea in Moneygall. MacDonaghs had the aid of the breeze in the first half and dominated possession from the off. However, some wayward shooting meant that the dominance wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. Eventually James Keogh got Kilruane off the mark when he fired over a difficult free from the stand side. Willie Cleary raised the first green flag when his long range free went all the way to the net. Scores began to flow more freely and at the end of the half MacDonaghs had a comfortable lead with the score 3-12 to 0-1 in their favour. Roscrea came more into the game in the second half but Kilruane still controlled the matters and added 1-7 to their total while the opposition tagged on 1-3, with Ger Corcoran denying them a second goal with a brilliant save. This group is still very delicately balanced and it looks like MacDonaghs will have to win their last game against Toomevara to book a quarter final spot. Team: Ger Corcoran, Cian Williams, Freddie Williams, Eanna Hogan, Willie Cleary (1-2), Pat Conway, Shane Williams, James Keogh (0-5), Willie Darcy (0-1), Michael Reddan (1-0), Thomas Cleary (0-4), Declan Barrett (0-2), David Williams ( 1-0), Kevin Quinlan (1-3) and Eoin Williams (0-1). Subs: Kieran Cahill (0-1), Denis Cahill and Alan Darcy.
The U-16 hurlers recorded their second successive win in the championship when they just edged out Ballina in MacDonagh Park on a 2-11 to 1-12 scoreline. This was a very encouraging victory as MacDonaghs had to line out without the services of Aidan Boyle, Abhain Coleman and Sean Cleary. The team showed great heart and commitment and contested every ball. A James Cleary goal in the tenth minute gave the home side the lead. They were never headed after that but couldn’t shake off a dogged Ballina side. Darragh Peters raised a second green flag in the nineteenth minute to open up six point gap. At the interval the score was 2-6 to 0-7 in favour of Kilruane. Ballina fought their way back into the game and with ten minutes left the sides were deadlocked. Conor Cleary fired over a brace of points and Cian Darcy added another to put three between the teams. MacDonaghs showed their true mettle in defending stoutly and despite constant Ballina pressure only one point was conceded in the final minutes. Team: Anthony Spillane, Kieran Brereton, Conor Austin, Willie Ryan, Ciaran Spillane, Tomas Hogan, Jack Farrell. Stephen Cleary (0-1), Bob Dooley, Kieran Lillis (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-6), Darragh Peters (1-1), James Cleary (1-1), John Healy and Cian Darcy (0-1).
The U-12 B hurling team qualified for the semi-final with a 4-7 to 2-1 home victory against Ballina. MacDonaghs enjoyed the greater share of possession throughout and led by four points at the break with the score 2-4 to 1-0. On the turnover a goal from Conor McDonald put the home team in the driving seat. Kevin Oakley and Cian Spillane chipped in with two more goals to put the issue beyond doubt. Team: Seamus O Meara, Jack Dwan, Daniel Clarke, Patrick Hayes, Jack Dunne (0-2), Luke Donnelly, Owen Usman, Devlin Courtney (1-1), Kevin Oakley (1-3), Eoin England and Luke Morkan. Subs: Conor McDonald (1-0), Cian Spillane (1-0), Dylan Moran (0-1) and Pearse Cahalan. The A team have already qualified for the semi-final of the Premier Competition.
The U-14 hurlers take on Toomevara in the semi-final on this Wednesday night. Check fixtures.
Junior C Hurling
The junior C hurlers play Silvermines in the first round of the championship in Toomevara on Sunday at 12 o clock.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Hoctor family Ballyhasty Cloughjordan, the Kelly family Ballycommon, the Austin family Soolmoy Ardcroney and the Carroll family Ardcroney on their recent bereavements.