Kilruane MacDonaghs News
The seniors play Nenagh Éire Óg in Dolla the second round of the championship on this Sunday April 28th at 1.30pm.
The U14 hurlers play Borrisokane in the North Féile final on this Sunday April 28th. Time and venue to be confirmed. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to Darragh Peters, James Cleary, Brendan McAdams and Niall Shinners who were part of the North Tipperary U16 hurling squad which defeated South Tipperary to win the Garda Cup. In the semi-final they got the better of West Tipperary. Len Gaynor was a selector.
Cian Darcy lined out at centre-back on the North Tipperary U15 hurling team which lost to South Tipperary in the final of the Roger Ryan tournament in Toomevara. Rory McCarthy was introduced and Martin Grace was also on the panel.
The junior A hurlers were beaten 0-20 to 0-9 away to Borris-Ileigh in the first round of the league. Unfortunately, this game clashed with a soccer cup final and consequently the team was shorn the services of a number of players. The home side was always in control of this encounter and after playing with the stiff breeze they enjoyed a ten point interval lead. It took Kilruane twenty two minutes to register their first score, a pointed free from Kevin Ryan. MacDonaghs enjoyed more possession in the second half, but failed to make it tell on the scoreboard.
Team: David Reddan (0-1), Fergal England, Martin Walsh, David Slattery, Stephen Cleary, Pat Williams, Cian Williams, Alan Darcy, Kevin Ryan (0-2), Michael Reddan, Robert Austin, Conor Cleary (0-3), James Williams (0-3), Mark Spain and Paddy Ryan. Subs: Caolainn Conroy, Danny Reddan and Morgan Conway.
Borris-Ileigh: Keith Maher, Mattie Vahey, Aidan Dwyer, Thomas Fahy, Liam Ryan, Seamus Burke, Angelo Walsh, Mark Bourke, Maurice Ryan, Mattie Stapleton, Aidan Cowan, Willie Donnelly, Cathal Bourke, Brendan Kenny and Tommy Kavanagh.
Referee: Martin Griffin (Silvermines)
The junior B hurlers travelled to Shannon’s shores to take on Ballina in the first round of the league and despite a good second half performance lost out on a 1-15 to 2-8 scoreline. The home side was on top in the first half as MacDonaghs took time to get into their stride. The visitors defence was under constant pressure, but held their line intact for the half. At the other end centre forward Mark Spain scored a peach of a goal. Alan Darcy floated a 65 into the danger area and Mark judged the flight to perfection to flick the sliotar to the net. The interval score was 0-11 to 1-3 in favour of the Lakesiders.
MacDonaghs grew in stature as the second half progressed. Cian Williams and Bob Dooley were very prominent. Conor Austin revelled in his switch from midfield to wing-back. A second goal from Mark Spain gave Kilruane renewed hope. Danny Reddan chipped in with the score of the day. To the astonishment of everybody Danny hand passed the sliotar over the bar. Foul cried Ballina and all in black and white jerseys seemed to agree. However, Danny is an expert on the rules and along with referee Kieran Delaney he knew that this type of score is perfectly legitimate. The selectors sent goalkeeper David Williams into the attack for the final ten minutes, with substitute John Reddan going between the sticks. However, a late goal by Ballina gave them the necessary breathing space to hold on for victory.
This was a spirited performance from this young team. Nine of the starting fifteen were under 21. Tremendous credit is due to the manager Pat Shanahan whose persistence in hunting down potential players paid off. To have eighteen players present in Ballina on Friday evening at seven o’clock, is an achievement in itself. The next outing is away to Portroe and the management hope to have the services of Robert Austin, Freddie Williams, Morgan Conway and Michael Reddan for this game.
Team: David Williams (0-1), Timmy Walsh, Fergal England, Caolainn Conroy, David Mooney, Alan Darcy (0-2, free & 65), Cian Williams, Stephen Cleary (0-1), Conor Austin (0-1), Bob Dooley, Mark Spain (2-0), Ian McSherry, Aidan Boyle (0-2 frees), Paddy Ryan and Danny Reddan (0-1). Subs: Conor Doheny, John Reddan and David Slattery.
Under 12 Football
The U12 A team recorded their first win of the campaign with a thoroughly deserved 6-6 to 5-2 home victory against Inane Rovers. This win keeps them in the hunt for a semi-final spot. Nobody can accuse this team of being disciples of the Donegal brand of football. They are more in the mould of Barcelona; all out attack and score more than the opposition. They have already being involved in two high scoring matches and this followed the same pattern. However, the defence has tightened up considerably and with further improvement could go on to qualify for the semi-final.
First half goals from Matthew Spain, James Loughnane and Kian O’Kelly helped MacDonaghs to a two point interval lead on a 3-3 to 3-1 scoreline. On the resumption Inane struck for 1-1 to edge two points ahead. MacDonaghs retorted quickly with a Shane McAteer goal. Further green flags from Matthew Moyles and Kian O’Kelly stretched the advantage to nine. A late penalty for the Roscrea side left seven between the teams at the final whistle. This was an encouraging performance by MacDonaghs. A feature of the game was the quality of the kick outs from Páidí Williams. He kicked them with length and accuracy off the ground. Páidí also made some excellent saves and couldn’t be faulted for the goals that beat him. The defence was much more solid, with Louis Kennedy outstanding. The midfield and forwards linked well together and always looked threatening, with Kian O’Kelly, Matthew Spain, Matthew Moyles and Aaron Morgan very impressive.
Team: Páidí Williams, Kieran Spain, Conor Quinlan, Dylan Moran, Louis Kennedy, Kian O’Kelly (2-0), Matthew Moyles (1-2), Aaron Morgan (0-1), James Loughnane (1-0), Shane McAteer (1-0) and Matthew Spain (1-2). Subs: David Sullivan and Sam Darcy. The next game is away to Borrisokane on this Friday at 6.30pm.
The B team found the going tough against a strong Inane side and despite their best efforts the visitors prevailed. Team: Pádraig Coonan, Eoin O’Meara, Paul O’Neill, Oisín Carroll, Colm Cleary, Fionnan Hurley, Cormac Doheny, Barry Shanahan, Kevin Naughnane, Kevin McDonald and Ben Cahalan.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held on Thursday April 25th at 8.30pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
The launch of the New County Draw takes place in the Nenagh Éire Óg Complex on this Thursday April 25th. Promoters will be doing a forensic trawl of the parish in the coming weeks to reenlist existing subscribers and to recruit new members. The club has produced a special brochure which will be distributed to supporters.