Following a good win over Lorrha in their play-off match, the Junior team are now through to the semi-final of Division 3 Munster League. This game is expected to be played this Friday night July 12th.
The first round of the 'B' championship is fixed for this Tuesday July 9th against Silvermines. In the second round Kilruane take on Moneygall at home on 23rd July.
Thanks to St. Cillians who travelled to Ardcroney last week for an under 14 practice match.
The under A league starts this Monday in Ardcroney v Toomevara, followed by Burgess on Monday 15th. Newport are also in our group.
In the second round of the championship the junior hurlers lost out to Nenagh in Toomevara on a 0-16 to 0-14 scoreline. MacDonaghs had to lineout without Colm Williams who is on vacation, while the injured Tomás Hogan is a long term absentee. On a glorious July evening two well matched teams served up a very competitive match. Referee Kieran Delaney was economical in his use of the whistle and let the play flow freely. The sides were level on nine occasions during the hour. Nenagh struck the opening point from wing-forward Conor Ryan but MacDonaghs began wrestle control of the game. Liam Gibson was very influential in the middle of the park and he fired over the equaliser. Pat Conway put Kilruane ahead with a point and David Reddan was on target from a brace of frees. Cian Williams passed a sideline ball to Pat Williams who offloaded to Alan Darcy and the midfielder hit a sweet point. Nenagh began to claw their way back into the game and raised two unanswered white flags to reduce MacDonaghs lead to two. David Reddan was unerring from another placed ball to restore the three point cushion. Nenagh hit a purple patch with three points in a row to leave the sides all square. David Williams slotted the sliotar over the crossbar to edge Kilruane in front again. Nenagh scored their seventh point to leave the sides level approaching the break. The industrious Robert Austin, who had a fine game, registered the final score of the half, to leave the scoreboard reading 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of MacDonaghs.
On the resumption Nenagh drew level but a Liam Gibson point put MacDonaghs ahead. Nenagh regained parity before Liam Gibson lofted a 65 over the black spot. Nenagh upped their game and three points without reply gave them a two point lead. It looked like they would drive on and close out the game but MacDonaghs kept plugging away. A point from Shane Quinlan cut the leeway to the minimum. David Reddan had the sides level for the eighth time when he converted his fifth free. Both sides fought tooth and nail for supremacy and it was advantage Kilruane when Liam Gibson reeled off his fourth point. Nenagh drew level and the scoreboard read 0-14 each, as time ticked away. A MacDonaghs defender was pulled for over carrying and Nenagh availed of the opportunity. They quickly added another point to leave Kilruane searching for a goal in the dying moments. It was not to be and despite a very encouraging display MacDonaghs came away pointless. Their performance merited more. They looked very impressive when playing our traditional direct hurling. However, some over indulgence in carrying the ball in the attack and a tendency for the full forward line to vacate the premises proved counter-productive. Manager Matt Cleary has left the players in no doubt that the hurling must be direct and that players must play their positions. When every player buys into this Kilruane MacDonaghs could have a big say in this championship.
Team: Ger Corcoran, David Slattery, Martin Walsh, Stephen Cleary, Cian Williams, Pat Williams (Capt), Conor Austin, Alan Darcy (0-1), Liam Gibson (0-4), David Williams (0-1), Shane Quinlan (0-1), Robert Austin (0-1), David Reddan (0-5), Pat Conway (0-1) and Mark Spain.
Referee: Kieran Delaney Toomevara
The minor hurlers had to give second best to Newport in MacDonagh Park on a 3-16 to 2-11 scoreline. MacDonaghs had to field without the injured Tomás Hogan, while Aidan Boyle has crossed the Atlantic for the summer. Team: Niall Shinners, Conor Doheny, Abhain Coleman, Brendan McAdams, Conor Austin, Stephen Cleary, Caoilainn Conroy (0-1), Darragh Peters (0-1), Cian Darcy (0-2), Bob Dooley (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-4), Finnian Mannion, James Cleary (0-1), Mark Tierney (2-0) and Martin Grace. Subs: Rory McCarthy, Tom Dooley, Kevin Shinners (0-1) and Cormac Mannion. They are away to Kildangan on this Wednesday at 7.30pm.
Kilruane MacDonaghs and Nenagh shared the points in the third round of the championship. Each team scored 2-5. Luke Dervan, Jake O’Kelly, Kian O’Kelly were all unavailable because of holidays, while Jack Dwan was on the injured list. The visitors were the better side in the first half and were two ahead at the interval on a 1-4 to 1-2 scoreline. MacDonaghs shaded the second half and a goal from Craig Morgan helped build a four point lead. They held Nenagh scoreless for over twenty minutes but the town outfit finished strongly to leave the sides all square at the final whistle. MacDonaghs are away to Roscrea on this Wednesday at 6.45pm.
Team: Mark O’Neill, Eoghan Mulcahy, Oisín O’Meara, Karl Williams, Dylan Moran, Jerome Cahill, Nathan Ryan (0-1), Tommy Dooley, Sean McAdams, Alan Spain, Craig Morgan (2-3), Cian Spillane, Jack Dunne (1-0), Ben Healy (0-1) and Devlin Courtney. Subs: Kevin Oakley and Seamus O’Meara
The U12 B team lost their final group match away to Templederry. However, with three victories under their belts they had already secured a semi-final slot. Team: Cormac Doheny, Paul O’Neill, Pádraig Coonan, Barry Shanahan, Shane McAteer, Oisín Carroll, Nathan Lynch, Kevin Naughnane and Kevin McDonald. The A team face Silvermines in MacDonagh Park on this Friday at 6.45pm.
Almost ninety children enjoyed the annual Cúl Camp in MacDonagh Park last week. Len Gaynor was the efficient supervisor, assisted by coaches Sheila Ryan Toomevara, Katie Kennedy Lorrha, Brian Hogan Lorrha, Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan and Niall O’Meara, who carried out their duties in a very professional manner. Siobhán O’Leary, Paula McSherry, Sarah Coonan, Jack Peters and David Williams provided invaluable assistance with supervision. Emby Foote looked after the catering for the coaches. The highlight of the week was the visit of Tipperary star Brendan Maher on Friday, while county chairman Sean Nugent also made an appearance.
It was a great weekend for the Lahorna team who participated in the Féile in Limerick. The parade from Páirc na nGael to O’Connell Street on Friday evening was a spectacular event. A surprise victory over Cashel and a tremendous win against Clogh from Kilkenny had the boys in the division one final against the host club Hospital. The Limerick team took the first game 21-16, but Lahorna triumphed in the second game 21-9 to claim the title. Well done to Jerome Cahill, Sean McAdams and substitute Matthew Spain.
The club extends its sympathy to David and Áine Quinlan on the death of baby Lily.