Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Congratulations to Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary, Darragh Peters and the Nenagh CBS team on their historic victory against Killkenny CBS in the Croke Cup final. Joe Williams and Charlie McLoughney were the last club players to win Croke Cup medals when St. Flannans overcame St. Kierans in 1958.
Congratulations to Darragh Peters, James Cleary and Niall Shinners who lined out on the Nenagh CBS U-15 team which defeated Templemore in the Munster final in Templederry. Darragh captained the side.
The senior hurlers face Nenagh in the opening round of the championship in Toomevara at 6.30pm on this Sunday.
Junior A Hurling
The junior A hurlers got their campaign off to a winning a start when they had a 0-16 to 0-12 away victory against Burgess. This youthful team, which included seven U-21s, including four minors, displayed tremendous commitment and work rate. Three seventeen year olds: Conor Austin, Tomas Hogan and Conor Cleary made their league debuts and gave a good account of themselves. Twenty eight year old Willie Darcy was the veteran of the side, with the remainder of the team all U-23, except for Liam Gibson. It was the youngest junior hurling team ever to leave the parish.
Kieran Cahill opened the scoring with a point from a free. Burgess raised two white flags to lead for the one and only time in the game. A second Kieran Cahill free put the sides on level terms. He added another from play and MacDonaghs went into the lead that they maintained to the final whistle. At the break Kilruane had a three point cushion, with the score 0-9 to 0-6. Early in the second half Burgess cut the gap to the minimum, with points from a free and a 65. MacDonaghs hit a purple patch, striking seven points without reply, to surge eight points ahead. They received a further boost in the eighteenth minute when Kevin Nealon’s goal effort from a twenty metre free was saved. As Kilruane began to tire in the final ten minutes, Burgess hit four points, but a defiant Kilruane defence kept the goal intact. Team: David Reddan, Cian Williams, Sean Hayes, Conor Austin, Tomas Hogan, Liam Gibson (0-1), Pat Conway (0-1), Willie Darcy (Capt), Scott Hodgins, Conor Cleary (0-1), James Williams (0-4), Declan Barrett (0-1), David Williams (0-1), Niall Murphy (0-2) and Kieran Cahill (0-6).
Junior B Hurling
The junior B hurlers travel to Portroe to take on the home side in the first round of the league on this Monday at 6.00pm.
The U-16 footballers had a hard earned two point away victory against Borrisokane on a 4-3 to 2-7 scoreline. Considering MacDonaghs had to line out without Darragh Peters and James Cleary, who had played with Nenagh CBS earlier in the day, this was an encouraging result. The home side enjoyed a greater share of possession all through, but Kilruane were more economical with their scoring efforts. Although the visitors had first use of the breeze, it was Borrisokane who were first off the mark with a point. MacDonaghs were using the direct ball effectively and the impressive Conor Lillis latched on to a long delivery and finished to the net, to open the account. He repeated the feat a few minutes later and MacDonaghs were five points ahead. Borrisokane hit back when Gary Ryan scythed his way through the Kilruane defence and crashed home a great goal. They added two points before Kieran Brereton found the net from close range to leave the score 3-0 to 1-3 in favour of MacDonaghs at the break.
With the breeze at their backs in the second half, Borrisokane went on the offensive and reduced the deficit to four with a point. Cian Darcy soloed his way in from midfield and shot to the net, the turning point of the game. Kieran Brereton added a point to give MacDonaghs a six point cushion. It was all hands on deck for the remainder of the game. The gap narrowed to four before Niall Shinners struck a valuable point. Borris responded with a goal and a point to leave the minimum between the sides. It took some heroic defending by Kilruane to prevent an equaliser. Brendan McAdams was outstanding, making some vital interceptions and clearing his lines on numerous occasions. Captain Caolainn Conroy raised the siege when he surged up field and kicked an inspirational point. Kilruane held firm in the last few minutes for a two point victory. Team: Cormac Boyle, Brendan McAdams, Jack Farrell, Willie Ryan, Ciaran Spillane, Caolainn Conroy (0-1), Declan Elderfield , Cian Darcy (1-0), Kieran Lillis, Niall Shinners (0-1), Rory McCarthy, Conor Doheny, Conor Lillis (2-0), Kieran Brereton (1-1) and Conor Kelly. Sub: Kevin Shinners.
Peil na nOg
The U-14 footballers lost out at home to a very useful Newport/Ballinahinch in the semi-final of Peil na nOg. The visitors had a comprehensive victory against Nenagh in the previous round and they hit the ground running, slotting over the first five points, without reply, as MacDonaghs struggled to come to terms with their pacey forwards and midfielders. The selectors moved Cian Darcy to centre-back and Jerome Cahill went to the middle of the field. Both players flourished in their new roles and Kilruane began to find their feet. Kevin Shinners tucked the ball in the corner of the net and quickly added a point. Newport replied with two points to leave the interval score 1-7 to 1-1 in their favour. On the restart, they kicked three unanswered points to leave them nine ahead. They looked set for a comfortable victory. However, Cian Darcy threw MacDonaghs a lifeline when he blasted a close in free to the net. They home side stormed into the game and further green flags from Sean Quinlan, Kevin Shinners and Craig Morgan left just two points between the teams. As Kilruane launched an all out offensive they were hit on the counter attack by a Newport goal which helped secure victory. Despite the defeat, it was a spirited performance from MacDonaghs. Team: Luke Dervan, Aaron Conroy, Martin Grace, Liam Hannon, Rory McCarthy, Jerome Cahill (0-1), Conor Lillis, Cian Darcy (2-0), Ben Healy, Cormac Mannion, Craig Morgan (0-1), Oisin O’Meara, Eoghan Mulcahy, Kevin Shinners (2-1) and Jake O’Kelly. Subs: Sean Quinlan (1-0) and Jack Dunne.
The U-12 footballers lost out away to Toomevara on a 3-7 to 2-5 scoreline. Toomevara were dominant in the first half and led by twelve points at the break. Kilruane showed considerable improvement in the second half, with captain Sean McAdams leading by example at midfield and substitute Aaron Morgan having a major impact on the game. The deficit was reduced to five at the end, but the home side were deserving winners. Team: Jack Dunne, Sean McAdams, Louis Kennedy, Mark O’Neill (0-1), Luke Morkan, Owen Usman (0-1), Matthew Moyles, Devlin Courtney, Matthew Spain (1-1) and Kian O’Kelly. Subs: Craig Morgan (1-2) and Patrick Hayes. The next game is away to Inane Rovers on this Friday. Check fixtures for confirmation of time.
Denis Keogh Tournament
The Denis Keogh Memorial 7-a-Side hurling and Camogie tournament, in aid of the Childrens Hospital Crumlin, takes place in MacDonagh Park on this Easter Saturday, commencing at 12 noon. Admission is €5, with free entrance for children. There will be raffles for trailers of timber and other attractive prizes. The bouncing castle, face painting and pony rides will keep the kids occupied, while patrons can enjoy the live music from ‘’Erins Own’’ and ‘’Out of Diesel’’. For €5 you can eat all you’re able at the BBQ. Your support would be appreciated for this worthy cause.
Supporters can now play the Club Lotto online. Log on to www.kilruanemacdonaghs. com and select your numbers. Tickets cost €2 each, with three on offer for €5.