In the fourth round the minors lost out to Roscrea in MacDonagh Park on a 2-15 to 1-8 scoreline. MacDonaghs started impressively playing into to the scoreboard end. Cian Darcy put over a point from a free and soon after raised a green flag. He added two more points from play and Darragh Peters chipped in with a point from centre-forward. Roscrea, who were slow to settle, responded with two points and with fifteen minutes gone the scoreboard read 1-4 to 0-2 in favour of MacDonaghs. Stephen Cleary was outstanding at full-back and must have impressed the watching u-21 selectors. The home side was then suffered a hammer blow when Cain Darcy limped off injured. His departure weakened the attack and upset the balance of the team. Roscrea began to find their rhythm and by the interval had their noses in front on a 1-6 to 1-5 scoreline. On the resumption Roscrea struck for 1-4 without reply and the game began to gradually slip away from MacDonaghs. They battled to the end and there were many encouraging performances from a side that has been severely depleted by retirements, injuries, emigration and the unavailability of some other players for reasons unknown. This MacDonaghs team were North Féile champions in 2009, but have lost the services of eight of that side in four years.
Team: Niall Shinners, Conor Doheny, Stephen Cleary, Brendan McAdams, Caoilainn Conroy, Conor Cleary, Bob Dooley, Conor Austin, Tom Dooley, Cian Darcy (1-3), Darragh Peters (0-3), James Cleary (0-1), Kevin Shinners, Mark Tierney and Finnian Mannion. Subs: Sean Cleary and Sean Quinlan.
Both of our U12 teams bowed out of the championship at the quarter-final stage. The A team came up against a very impressive Roscrea side who were worthy winners. The B team found the going tough against a strong Templederry team and despite a battling performance had to give second best. Thanks to all the players and selectors for their hard work during the year.
The U14 hurlers play Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on this Wednesday at 6.30pm.
At last week’s committee meeting the outgoing senior management team of Jim Williams, Mick Ryan and David Quinlan were unanimously reappointed for 2014. John Casey will again be responsible for the physical training into the early part of the season. The selectors have enlisted the services of an outside coach for the new year and his identity will be revealed at a later stage.
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
The Lotto jackpot now stands at a very attractive €6,600. Tickets cost €2 each and three are on offer for €5.
Best of luck to Roisín Cahill, Niamh Costello and the Tipperary U16 camogie team who play Galway in the All-Ireland final in Portlaoise on this Saturday at 12 noon.