Well done to Justin Cahill and Niall O’Meara who played on the Tipperary U-21 hurling team which overcame Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoímh. Justin had a steady game all through at left wing-back and Niall prospered when he went to mid-field in the final quarter.
Ardcroney came up against a strong Knockavilla outfit in the county U-11 final in the Ragg and had to give second best. The incessant rain caused the transfer of the finals to the Ragg from Semple Stadium, much to the disappointment of all the young players. It was a great achievement for Ardconey to reach the final and it was always going to be an uphill task against a much bigger school. They had some great victories along the way to the final. Team: Cian Spillane, Colm Cleary, Katie Morris, Matthew Spain, Pádraig Coonan, Kian O’Kelly, Laura Shinners, Conor Ryan, Barry Shanahan, Daniel Costello, Matthew Hodgins, Josh Geoghegan, Louis King, Devlin Courtney, Oisín Carroll and Keelan McGrath.
The second team travelled to Ballina for the first round of the championship and just came up short on a 1-4 to 1-3 scoreline. Captain Patrick Hayes won the toss and he elected to play with the wind. However, the home team settled quickly and registered the first point. A white flag from Luke Morkan brought the sides level. Cian Spillane was on target from a free to send MacDonaghs into the lead. Luke Morkan added a goal to extend the advantage to four. Just before the interval the Shannonsiders reduced the gap to three, to leave the score 1-2 to 0-3 in favour of Kilruane. The lead could have been greater but a few efforts for points went the wrong side of the posts. With the wind in their backs Ballina began the second half briskly and reduced the deficit to one. They were now dominating possession and were rewarded with a goal. It looked like they were going to surge further in front. However, MacDonaghs battled gamely and held Ballina scoreless for the remainder of the game. Sam Darcy fired over a point to leave the minimum between the sides. A few chances to equalize went spurned and the home side prevailed by a point. This was an encouraging performance. Páidí Williams excelled in the number one jersey and the defence put up stubborn resistance, with Kieran Spain very prominent. Luke Morkan had a tremendous game at wing-forward and at midfield. Sam Darcy was a constant threat up front and he was unfortunate not to add to his tally. Team: Páidí Williams, Kieran Spain, Patrick Hayes, Daniel Costello, Cian Spillane (0-1), Owen Farrell, Joseph Donnelly, Conor Quinlan, Luke Morkan (1-1), Ben Cahalan, and Sam Darcy (0-1).
The U-11 hurling team will pay the Clare champions in the Munster quarter-final in UL on Monday July 9th. Match report and photos of the county final can be viewed on www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
Christy Ring Cup
Congratulations to Thomas Williams who lined out in goals for the London team which defeated Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup final in Croke Park last Saturday.
Nicky Rackard Cup
Well done to Dinny Cahill who coached the Armagh senior hurling team to win the Nicky Rackard Cup against Louth in Croke Park.
The junior game against Toomevara scheduled for last Friday was postponed. It has been rescheduled for this Saturday evening in MacDonagh Park at 7.30pm.
Tickets for the Tipperary and Cork match must be ordered from Michael Cahill by this Thursday. A very limited number of family tickets are available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The juvenile club’s annual Bag Packing fundraiser will be held in Dunnes Nenagh on Friday June 15th and Saturday June 16th. Every family who has a player playing juvenile games with Kilruane MacDonaghs is expected to provide an adult to do a two hour stint. Managers will be in touch with the parents of players on all panels from U-6 up to U-16. The juvenile committee will endeavour to accommodate parents with their preferred time on the rota.
The annual Kellogs Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park, July 2nd to July 6th. The cost is €55 for first child, €45 for second child and €40 for third and subsequent children. Application forms have been distributed through the local primary schools and should be returned to Gilbert Williams.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Bridie Kenny Station Road and the family of the late Kevin Kelly Emmil on their recent bereavements.