Kilruane MacDonaghs News
In what was probably the best ever second performance by a team in the black and white jerseys the seniors just failed to topple Toomevara in the county championship. MacDonaghs shot an incredible 1-19 in that memorable second half as they turned an eleven point interval deficit into a four point lead. Toomevara were reeling as Kilruane lifted their games to new heights and hit some fantastic scores. The defence which had looked vulnerable in the first half put the shackles on the Toomevara forwards. However, just when it seemed that victory was in our grasp Toomevara struck for two late goals. Bitter disappointment for players, management and supporters but the overwhelming emotion was that of pride. The pain of defeat was tangible in the dressing room and it was plain to see that this reverse hurt the players deeply. The loss will either make or break this team. The early indications are very heartening and hopefully this reverse will firm the resolve of everybody to drive on in 2014.
The junior hurlers edged out Roscrea in the first round of the championship in Moneygall on a 1-12 to 0-14 scoreline. At the interval MacDonaghs held a one point lead. Pat Conway scored the crucial goal in the final quarter to help clinch a narrow victory. Team: Ger Corcoran, Colm Williams, Martin Walsh, David Slattery, Conor Austin, Pat Williams, Cian Williams, Liam Gibson (0-2), Alan Darcy, Robert Austin, Shane Quinlan, David Williams (0-1), Paddy Ryan (0-1), Pat Conway (1-2) and David Reddan (0-6). Subs: Caoilainn Conroy and Bob Dooley.
The U14s opened their campaign with a hard earned win against Kildangan in Puckane on a 1-10 to 0-6 scoreline. On a beautiful evening for hurling MacDonaghs dominated the early exchanges, but didn’t translate their superiority into scores. Some poor shooting and a tendency to bunch hampered scoring efforts. At the break Kilruane had two point advantage with the score 0-6 to 0-4. In the second half there was very little between two evenly matched sides, with Jerome Cahill and Oisín O’Meara outstanding for MacDonaghs. A penalty save by Mark O’Neill and an opportunist goal from Devlin Courtney in the final quarter tipped the balance in favour of Kilruane. Team: Mark O’Neill, Kian O’Kelly, Oisin O’Meara, Eoghan Mulcahy, Jack Dwan, Jerome Cahill, Cian Spillane, Jake O’Kelly, Nathan Ryan, Tommy Dooley, Craig Morgan (0-5, incl 0-4 from frees), Sean McAdams, Luke Dervan, Ben Healy (0-1) and Devlin Courtney (1-4). Subs: Dylan Moran and Kevin Oakley. The next outing is at home to Borrisokane.
The U12 A team had mixed fortunes in recent games. They lost out away to Ballina on a 2-6 to 1-5 scoreline. They gave a very good account of themselves and were unlucky not to come away with at least a share of the points. They rebounded to record a home victory against Lorrha and overturned an eleven point interval deficit to draw away to Toomevara. Panel: Páidí Williams, Louis Kennedy, James Loughnane, Dylan Moran, Kieran Spain, Laura Shinners, Matthew Moyles, David Sullivan, Matthew Spain, Aaron Morgan, Kian O’Kelly, Conor Quinlan and Eoin O’Meara. The B team got the better of Ballina on a 2-4 to 1-4 scoreline and followed up with a 2-2 to 1-3 away victory against Toomevara. Panel: Cormac Doheny, Paul O’Neill, Shane McAteer, Pádraig Coonan, Colm Cleary, Fionnan Hurley, Oisín Carroll, Barry Shanahan, Ben Cahalan, Kevin Naughnane and Kevin McDonald.
The annual Kellogs Camp takes place in Thomas MacDonagh Park July 1st to 5th. The cost remains the same as last year: first child €55, second child €45 and third child €40. Application forms should be returned immediately to Gilbert Williams 0872176452. Places in the camp can also be booked on line at www.gaa.ie/culcamps. Promotional packs of Kellogs Cornflakes and Rice Crispies feature a unique code, which can be used by parents online to receive a €5 discount.
Congratulations to the Hayes family Ardcroney who won €200 in the County Draw.
A great effort by Sean McAdams ensured victory for Lahorna in the U13 cup finals of the Munster inter club handball competition with victories against Hospital and Mallow.