Best of luck to Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill and the Tipperary U21 team in the Munster final against Clare.
In the third round of the championship the U16s travelled to St.Michael’s Park and overcame Toomevara on a 5-13 to 4-5 scoreline. MacDonaghs played into the Nenagh end and were quickly off the mark when the impressive Jerome Cahill pointed. Cian Darcy raised the first green flag after a good move involving an incisive run by Rory McCarthy and a deft flick by Jerome Cahill. The home side opened their account with a point before full forward Kevin Shinners buried the sliotar in the net. Cian Darcy added a point from a free and with six minutes gone the visitors were seven points ahead. Toomevara were forced to switch their corner backs in a vain attempt to curb the influence of Jerome Cahill. A lack of conviction by a MacDonaghs defender allowed Toomevara in for a goal, but MacDonaghs responded promptly with a Cian Darcy free and an effort from Kevin Shinners. Tomevara scored their second point, but this was cancelled out when Darragh Peters lofted a ninety yard free from the left wing over the black spot. Toomevara scored their fourth point, before Kevin Shinners had the final say with a white flag to leave the interval score 2-6 to 1-4 in favour of MacDonaghs.
In the opening half Kilruane hadn’t fired on all cylinders and the selectors asked the players to up the tempo for the second period. Darragh Peters slotted over two successive 65s to open a seven point gap. MacDonaghs then spurned a point from a close in free which was passed to a player who was standing too near (shades of last year’s U14 final). The sliotar was swept down field and unsurprisingly ended up in the net. What should have been a nine point lead had now been cut to four. Hopefully, a valuable lesson has been learned from this mistake. MacDonaghs responded well to this set back and had a stroke of good fortune when a peach of a lineball from Cian Darcy went all the way to the net. Cian added two points and buried a twenty metre free to put MacDonaghs firmly in the driving seat. Failure to win a ruck on the twenty metre line presented Toomevara with a goal chance and they added a point to cut the deficit to eight. A point from Craig Morgan extended the gap to nine, before poor defending let Toomevara in for their fourth goal. This reverse seemed to sting MacDonaghs into action. Darragh Peters was on target with a long range free. Cian Darcy popped over his fifth point and Craig Morgan brought the scoring to a close with MacDonaghs fifth goal. An eleven point win in Toomevara is not to be sneezed at and a total of 5-13 will win most games. Jerome Cahill, Darragh Peters, Cian Darcy, Kieran Brereton, Kevin Shinners and substitute Craig Morgan contributed handsomely to victory. However, many players know that their performance was below par. Some old problems resurfaced. Our hurling was not direct enough, some defenders abdicated responsibility under pressure, few of our players matched the work rate of Jerome Cahill and one or two were reluctant to play their position, resulting in a lack of shape. All of these problems can be rectified for the stiff tests that lie ahead.
Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Brendan McAdams, Nathan Ryan, Martin Grace, Darragh Peters (0-4), Kieran Brereton, James Cleary, Tom Dooley, Cian Darcy (3-5), Rory McCarthy, Conor Lillis, Cormac Mannion, Kevin Shinners (1-2) and Jerome Cahill (0-1). Subs: Sean Quinlan and Craig Morgan (1-1).
In the fourth round MacDonaghs had a home victory against Borrisokane on a 7-13 to 0-9 scoreline. However, the scoreline doesn’t give true reflection of the game. Rory McCarthy had the first point after fifteen seconds, but for the remainder of the half MacDonagh struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over. At the interval the score was 2-2 to 0-7 in their favour. Alarmingly, the free count was 12 to 3 in favour of the visitors. Most of the frees fell into the lazy or careless category. The selectors had moved Darragh Peters to midfield in the first half and this helped the flow of scores in the second half. With a slight breeze at their backs MacDonaghs cast off the shackles in the second period. Darragh Peters exuded class all through the game and led by example. The bustling Rory McCarthy, in the number eleven shirt, had a very productive hour. Cian Darcy was well policed in the opening half, but sprung to life on the turnover. Brendan McAdams was as solid as a rock at full-back. Paul Guidera staked a claim for a permanent berth with a good performance at corner-back. James Cleary was very consistent throughout the hour, while Kieran Brereton was effective at wing back. Niall Shinners intact kept his line intact while Kevin Shinners, Arran Conroy and Tom Dooley had their moments.
Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Brendan McAdams, Paul Guidera, Kieran Brereton, Darragh Peters (1-5), Nathan Ryan, James Cleary, Tom Dooley, Cian Darcy (3-3), Rory McCarthy (0-4), Cormac Mannion, Sean Quinlan, Kevin Shinners (2-1) and Martin Grace. Subs: Declan Elderfield (1-0) and Sean McAdams.
The U14 hurlers lost their final group game to Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. Despite this defeat they have qualified for the quarter-final against Borrisokane which takes place in Gardiner Park on next Wednesday August 14th at 6.45pm. This was a high quality game between two evenly matched teams. MacDonaghs had the better of the opening exchanges but a Toomevara goal helped them gain a two point advantage at the interval. In a keenly contested battle MacDonaghs edged into a three point lead in the second half. However, a second Toomevara goal proved to be the decisive score of the game. MacDonaghs launched a series of attacks in search of the winning goal but all to no avail. The team can take great heart from this performance as they face a crucial away quarter-final against Borrisokane. Luke Dervan made a satisfactory debut in goals and Mark O’Neill was a very competent replacement at full-back for the injured Oisín O’Meara. Jerome Cahill gave a typical all action display at centre-back, while Sean McAdams worked like a beaver at midfield and in the attack. Tommy Dooley showed a welcome return to form at wing-forward. With Oisín O’Meara ruled out with a broken finger and doubts about the availability of some other players, MacDonaghs face a massive task in the quarter-final against Borrisokane.
Team: Luke Dervan, Kian O’Kelly, Mark O’Neill, Eoghan Mulcahy, Joseph Donnelly, Jerome Cahill, Nathan Ryan, Carl Williams, Jake O’Kelly, Tommy Dooley, Craig Morgan, Sean McAdams, Dylan Moran, Ben Healy and Devlin Courtney. Sub: Jack Dwan.
The U8 panel travelled to Puckane and played three games against Kildangan. Thanks to Kildangan for the invitation. Panel: Tom Austin, Daniel Cahalan, Zack Clarke, Michael Cleary, Eamon Coonan, Cathal England, Peter Flannery, Alfonso Galero-Kleboe, Diego Kalero-Kleboe, Andrew Hayes, Colm McAteer, Cathal McIntyre, Paul Molloy, Cian Moyles, Jack Mulcahy, Johnny Naughnane, Darragh O’Leary, Brian O’Meara, Eoin O’Neill, David Persse, John Quinlisk, Ray Quinlivan and Darragh Spillane.
Congratulations to Bernie Meagher, Kilkeary who won €500 in the monthly County Draw.
The club extends best wishes to Paddy Ryan and Deirdre Reddan who were married last Thursday. Paddy was part of the backroom team with the senior hurlers.
Congratulations to Róisín Cahill and Niamh Costello who were members of the Tipperary U16 camogie team which won the All-Ireland final.
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 €6,800. Tickets cost €2 each and three are on offer for €5. The draw on next Monday night is in Patsy’s Bar.