The U21 hurlers qualified for the semi-final with a 1-13 to 0-13 win against Borris-Ileigh in Toomevara. A goal from Niall O’Meara mid-way through the second half proved to be the crucial score in this very competitive encounter. MacDonaghs had to line out without the injured Thomas Cleary and his loss was sorely felt. He did enter the fray at the start of the second half but his mobility was very restricted and he was withdrawn shortly before the end. Hopefully he will be fit for the semi-final. The selectors experimented with Kieran Cahill and centre-back and pushed Niall O’Meara up to centre-forward. The jury is out on this move and it would come as no great surprise if roles are reversed the next day.
The sides were level on five different occasions and the margin between them never exceeded four points. Playing with the aid of a slight breeze Borris-Ileigh hit the ground running and fired over three unanswered points. Conor Kenny, operating in a deep role at centre-forward, was very influential in this opening period. Kilruane settled and Niall O’Meara, who had a great tussle with Dan McCormack, hit two points from play and one from a free to bring the sides level. Neither side could establish dominance and at the interval MacDonaghs led on a 0-8 to 0-7 scoreline. Borris-Ileigh were guilty of some poor shooting in the first half and should have been ahead.
On the resumption Jack Peters was deployed to shadow Conor Kenny and this he did to good effect. MacDonaghs enjoyed territorial advantage in the second half but failed to make it pay on the scoreboard. They hit fourteen wides and spurned two goal chances. Niall O’Meara’s goal, after some slick interplay among the Kilruane forwards, opened up a four point gap but a dogged Borris-Ileigh side kept plugging away to the end. This was a workman like display with Niall O’Meara, Jack Peters, Justin Cahill and Conor Austin prominent, while Kieran Cahill finished well. Greater accuracy would have ensured a more comfortable victory but it was encouraging that the chances were created and hopefully they will go over the bar the next day.
Team: David Reddan, Stephen Cleary, Éanna Hogan, Jack Peters, Tomás Hogan, Kieran Cahill (0-1), Conor Austin, Justin Cahill (0-3), Alan Darcy, David Williams, Niall O’Meara (1-6), Conor Cleary, Robert Austin, Eoin Williams (0-1) and Bob Dooley. Subs: Thomas Cleary and Aidan Boyle.
Latest indications are that the county U16 final will take place on Saturday November 16th.
The club has decided to embark on the process of formulating a five year which will help shape club policy from 2014 to 2018. We are anxious to hear the views and suggestions of all parishioners: young and old, men and women, players and officials, members and non members. An Open Forum will be held in the clubroom on Friday, November 15th at 8.00pm. Everybody over sixteen years of age is invited to attend and share their ideas and vision for the future of the club. Five specific topics will be discussed: (1) Coaching & Games Development; (2) Club Structures & Administration; (3) Finance & Fundraising; (4) Facilities & Development; (5) Communications/Pr, Social & Cultural. Jimmy Minogue from Nenagh Éire Óg and Jackie Meagher from Toomevara will act as facilitators for the Forum which have group sessions to ensure that everybody’s voice is heard and everybody’s suggestions are recorded. Proceedings will finish at 10.00pm with refreshments for all present.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held on Wednesday November 27th at 8.00pm. This is the last meeting before the AGM so it is essential we have full attendance.
The Annual General Meeting has been pencilled in for Friday, December 13th at 8.00pm. Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm. All members are asked to keep that date free in their diary.