Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Well done to both Tipperary teams on their victories in Semple Stadium. Niall O’Meara was unable to take his place on the hurling panel due to a leg injury.
The junior hurlers got the better of Toomevara in the second round of the championship in Moneygall on a 1-11 to 0-11 scoreline. This was a long overdue victory against the Greyhounds in this grade. Captain Alan Darcy lost the toss and MacDonaghs had to face the stiff breeze in the opening half. The defence had to absorb constant pressure and Toomevara went into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead. The selectors moved Darragh Peters to midfield and Conor Cleary went from corner to wing-forward. These changes helped Kilruane gain a foothold in the game and the gap was reduced to three. Before the interval Toomevara hit four unanswered points to leave the score 0-9 to 0-2 in their favour.
Considering the strength of the wind, this was not an unhealthy position for MacDonaghs. The backs had been outstanding in the first half but the work rate from some of the forwards was below par. In his halftime talk Matt Cleary demanded increased effort from the attack. On the resumption it was Toomevara who drew first blood and extended their advantage to eight points. With the elements at their backs MacDonaghs began to dominate and Ronan Boyle scored the crucial goal to turn the game. Kilruane opened up a three point lead and had a number of chances to widen the gap. Toomevara exerted late pressure but a free and a 65 were dealt with by the MacDonaghs defence.
Team: Niall Shinners, Cian Williams, Freddie Williams, Brendan McAdams, Tomás Hogan, Declan Barrett (0-1), Conor Austin, Alan Darcy, Caoilainn Conroy, Aidan Boyle (0-1), Diarmuid Cahill (0-1), Darragh Peters (0-1), James Williams (0-1), Pat Conway (0-2) and Conor Cleary (0-3). Subs: Ronan Boyle (1-1) and Robert Austin.
The next game will be against Templederry in Dolla on this Sunday July 13th at 1.30pm.
The minor hurlers take on Toomevara in Moneygall on this Wednesday July 9th at 7.30pm.
The U16s recorded a 1-22 to 2-10 victory away to Toomevara in the first round of the championship. On a perfect evening for hurling MacDonaghs deservedly took the points. They led by 0-14 to 1-5 at the break. Although Toomevara reduced the gap to four points on two separate occasions in the second half, Kilruane finished strongly with Luke Dervan rifling the sliotar to the net for the last score of the game. While there is room for improvement this was a very satisfactory start to the campaign. In the defence Conor Lillis was outstanding in his new role at full-back while Oisín O’Meara was as solid as a rock in the corner. Cian Darcy was rampant at midfield with his partner Jerome Cahill hovering up an amount of ball. In the attack Sean McAdams worked like a beaver, Craig Morgan was a constant threat and Kevin Shinners took his scores well.
Team: Mark O’Neill, Sean Quinlan, Conor Lillis, Oisín O’Meara, Arran Conroy, Martin Grace, Nathan Ryan, Jerome Cahill, Cian Darcy (0-11), Cormac Mannion (0-1), Craig Morgan (0-3), Jake O’Kelly (0-1), Tommy Dooley (0-1), Kevin Shinners (Capt) (0-4) and Sean McAdams (0-1). Subs: Luke Dervan (1-0) and Devlin Courtney.
Kilruane MacDonaghs are home to Kildangan on Monday July 14th at 6.30pm.
The U14 hurlers lost out away to Borris-IIeigh on a 5-3 to 2-8 scoreline. MacDonaghs had first use of the breeze and led by seven points at the break. However, in the second half Borris-Ileigh gained the upper hand and were deserving winners.
Team: Páidí Williams, Eoin England, Jack Dunne, Louis Kennedy, Cian Spillane, Mark O’Neil (Capt), Dylan Moran, Devlin Courtney, Nathan Lynch, Aaron Morgan (0-2), Sean McAdams (0-4), Patrick Hayes, Conor Quinlan Kian O’Kelly (1-1), Matthew Spain (1-1). Sub: Luke Morkan.
The U12 ‘A’ team lost at home to Kildangan by 0-8 to 1-4 in their final group game. MacDonaghs were very solid in defence all through but failed to take their opportunities in the attack. Despite this reverse, they have qualified for the semi-final.
Team: Rory Grace, Eoin O’Meara, Shane McAteer, Paul O’Neill, Páidí Williams, Nathan Lynch (1-1), Aaron Morgan (0-3), Eoin Carroll, Cormac Doheny, Colm Cleary and David Sullivan. Sub: Luke Donnelly.
Both ‘A’ and ’B’ teams are scheduled to play their semi-finals on Friday July 18th.
One hundred and nine participants enjoyed a very successful Kellogs Cúl Camp in Thomas MacDonagh Park. The activities were conducted in glorious sunshine under the watchful eye of Games Development Administrator David Needham. Each participant received a jersey, shorts, socks, gear bag, hurley grip and sliotar. Tipperary hurler Denis Maher was a very welcome visitor and he engaged with all the different groups. The club would like to thank David Needham and his coaching staff of Breige Quinn, Maria Ryan, Doireann Kennedy, Michael Breen, Mark Gennery, Freddie Williams and Éanna Hogan for their professionalism during the week. Thanks to Shauna Tooher, Amy Quinlisk, Sarah O’Sullivan, Ciara Gibson, Gráinne Gibson, Cian Darcy and Niall Shinners who provided invaluable assistance to the coaches. A special word of thanks to Emby Foote and Carmel Daly who looked after the catering in their customary efficient and friendly manner. We are grateful to Michelle Shinners who was on hand to take photos during the visit of Denis Maher. The photos can be viewed on www.kilruanemacdonaghs. Com. Great credit is also due to Michael Cahill and the Fás workers who had MacDonagh Park looking resplendent.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Fr. Flannan Hogan Mount St. Joseph Abbey and to the family of the late Patrick Kelly, Moanfin.
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