The junior hurlers take on Moneygall in Toomevara on this Saturday in the third round of the championship at 7.30pm. The winners will be in pole position to qualify for the quarter-final, while the losers are highly unlikely to make the knockout stages. Martin Walsh is ruled out with a broken bone in the hand, but Colm Williams is available for selection. Manager Matt Cleary can also call on the services of returned exiles Eoin Hogan and Declan Barrett.
Best wishes to Niall O’Meara and Justin Cahill who line out with the Tipperary U21 team in the Munster semi-final in Semple Stadium on this Wednesday.
The U12s finished the group stage with a home win against Silvermines on a 5-7 to 2-6 scoreline. This may be good enough to secure a quarter-final spot. We await confirmation. This was a great team performance against a very useful Silvermines side. Although Silvermines opened the scoring with a point, it was MacDonaghs who led by six points at the break with the score 1-5 to 0-2. David Sullivan with a haul of 5-1 and Aaron Morgan with a tally of 0-5 took the scoring honours, while Páidí Williams was outstanding between the sticks. Team: Páidí Williams, Louis Kennedy, James Loughnane, Dylan Moran, Kieran Spain, Matthew Moyles (0-1), Matthew Spain, Eoin O’Meara, Conor Quinlan, Aaron Morgan (0-5) and David Sullivan (5-1). Subs: Laura Shinners and Nathan Lynch. Earlier in the week they had a 2-5 to 1-6 away victory against Borrisokane.
The U14s lost out to Roscrea in the fourth round of the championship in St. Cronan’s Park. MacDonaghs were severely depleted for this clash with Luke Dervan, Jake O’Kelly, Kian O’Kelly, Carl Williams, Jack Dwan, Jack Dunne and Ben Healy unavailable. MacDonaghs trailed by three points at the interval, but the home side pulled away for a deserved win in the second half. The club wishes a speedy recovery to Oisín O’Meara who sustained a broken finger in the game. Team: Mark O’Neill, Owen Usman, Jerome Cahill, Joseph Donnelly, Dylan Moran, Nathan Ryan, Eoghan Mulcahy, Tommy Dooley, Sean McAdams, Alan Spain, Oisín O’Meara, Kevin Oakley, Cian Spillane, Craig Morgan and Devlin Courtney. Subs: Eoin England and Seamus O’Meara.
The U16s opened their championship campaign with a good home win against a strong Newport side on a 4-14 to 0-9 scoreline. Aided by the breeze in the first half MacDonaghs had the better of matters and were ahead 3-12 to 0-4 at the break. Cian Darcy was rampant in that period at wing-forward and Darragh Peters ruled the roost at centre-back. In the second half MacDonaghs let tempo of their game drop and Newport regrouped to stem the flow of scores. Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Brendan McAdams, Oisín O’Meara, Martin Grace, Darragh Peters, Kieran Brereton, James Cleary (0-1), Tom Dooley, Cian Darcy (3-7), Rory McCarthy (0-2), Conor Lillis (0-2), Craig Morgan, Kevin Shinners (1-0) and Sean Quinlan. Subs: Jerome Cahill (0-2), Paul Guidera, Christopher Moyles and Cormac Mannion.
The minor hurlers lost out to Kildangan in Puckane on a 4-11 to 0-14 scoreline. They are away to Borris-Ileigh on this Thursday at 7.30pm.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held on Thursday July 25th at 9.00pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
The juvenile club’s annual Bag Packing fundraiser takes place in Dunnes on Friday August 23rd and Saturday August 24th. It is hoped that all families who have juvenile players lining out with Kilruane MacDonaghs will help out on one of the days.