Kilruane MacDonaghs qualified for the North final with a hard earned 1-16 to 1-14 home victory against Nenagh. MacDonaghs led by two points at the break, with the scoreboard reading 1-6 to 0-7. The goal had come in the twentieth minute after Jerome Cahill had knifed through the Nenagh defence, offloaded to Kevin Shinners who whipped a ground ball into the net.
In the second half MacDonaghs extended the lead to four but a Nenagh goal changed the complexion of the game. With ten minutes to go Nenagh were reduced to fourteen players. This numerical advantage proved to be more of a hindrance than a help to MacDonaghs as all semblance of shape disappeared. Deep into added time the sides were level on 1-14 each. Jerome Cahill was fouled under the stand and Cian Darcy bisected the posts with a massive free. Devlin Courtney added the insurance point to book a place in the decider for the twelfth time.
Team: Mark O’Neill, Sean Quinlan, Conor Lillis, Oisín O’Meara, Arran Conroy, Martin Grace, Nathan Ryan, Cian Darcy (0-10), Cormac Mannion, Craig Morgan, Sean McAdams, Jake O’Kelly, Tommy Dooley, Kevin Shinners (1-2) and Jerome Cahill (0-3). Subs: Rory McCarthy, Devlin Courtney (0-1) and Luke Dervan.
The final against championship favourites Kildangan is provisionally fixed for Sunday, September 28th at 2.00pm. It will take a massive effort by the players to reverse the group result when Kildangan had ten points to spare. We need our supporters to turn out in droves on the day to drive the team over the line.
There has been a phenomenal demand for tickets for the replay. With the unprecedented demand well in excess of the expected supply, there is no way all requests can be facilitated. Unfortunately, the ill-judged announcement by the G.A.A. hierarchy that family tickets can be purchased has created unrealistic expectations among parents and children that extra tickets are available for this match. The reality is that we are getting exactly the same amount of tickets for the replay and all children’s tickets must come out of that allocation. Parents are urged not to raise false hopes among children that tickets in multiples of fours and fives will be given to any family.
Kilruane MacDonaghs had a well contested game against Shinrone in MacDonagh Park on last Friday evening.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held on Thursday, September 25th at 8.00pm.
Well done to Cormac Doheny, James Loughnane, Louis Kennedy and Matthew Spain who were on the Tipperary team of six that won the Munster final on Sunday with wins over Clare and Cork. A good victory against Clare was followed by a tough contest with Cork, Tipperary winning 79 points to 77.