A point in injury time by Tomás Hogan secured a berth in the league final as Kilruane MacDonaghs got the better of Toomevara by 1-18 to 2-14`in Moneygall. The teams were level ten times during the hour and it looked like extra time was looming until Tomás Hogan intervened. The omens for MacDonaghs didn’t look great at the interval when they led by 0-11 to 1-7 after playing with the breeze. Mark McCarthy had scored the Toomevara goal after the Kilruane half-backline had been caught ball watching.
On the resumption, Willie Coffey put the sides on level terms and only one result looked likely. However, MacDonaghs displayed tremendous resilience and kept in the hunt despite Mark McCarthy finding the net a second time. As the clock ticked down Toomevara had a two-point lead. James Williams availed of indecision in the Toomevara defence to poach a goal. Eoin Brislane tied the game with a pointed free before Tomás Hogan hit the winner.
Team: Niall Shinners, Páidí Kelly, Brendan McAdams, Stephen Cleary, Caoilainn Conroy, Mark O’Meara, Declan Barrett, Conor Austin, Alan Darcy, James Williams (1-4), Robert Austin (0-2), Tomás Hogan (0-1), Bob Dooley, Jonathan Cahill (0-3) and James Cleary (0-6). Subs: Tom Dooley and Aidan Boyle (0-2).
Junior League Final
MacDonaghs will face Kildangan in the final on this Saturday in Toomevara at 7.30pm. With a liberal sprinkling on senior players on their team Kildangan will enter the game as red-hot favourites. However, MacDonaghs are more than capable of causing an upset. They will need massive support from the parish, so we hope that everybody will give this game top priority and get to Toomevara to drive on the lads.
Kilruane MacDonaghs will play Ballingarry in the semi-final of the Jim Devitt Cup in Holycross on Friday, 19th June at 7.30pm. The eagerly-awaited third round clash against Toomevara in the North championship takes place on Friday, 26th June in Nenagh at 7.30pm. Shelve all other plans for that evening.
MacDonaghs are away to Borris-Ileigh in their opening game of the championship on this Wednesday, 10th June at 7.00pm.
Kilruane MacDonaghs opened the campaign with a hard-earned 3-3 to 1-1 home victory against Lorrha. The visitors dominated possession in the second half and it took a few great saves by Oisín Williams to prevent certain goals. Team: Oisín Williams, Cian White, Cillian O’Neill, Jack Ryan, Eoin Carroll, Sean Hayes, Rory Grace (1-2), Kevin Naughnane, Adam Cleere, Ciaran Coffey, Georgie O’Leary, Zack Dervan and Paul Dwyer (1-1). Subs: Tom Larke, Sean Williams, Thomas Coonan and Danny Cahalan (1-0).
The U8s travelled to Toomevara on last Saturday and played in an enjoyable blitz involving the host club and Moneygall.
Kilruane N.S. were crowned North champions for the sixth time when they just edged out Ballina N.S. by 1-6 to 0-8 in the replay in Nenagh. An opportunist goal by Paul Dwyer in the first half turned out to be the crucial score. In the final minutes Ballina exerted tremendous pressure in search of the equaliser but the Kilruane defence, superbly marshalled by captain Aaron Morgan, held out. Congratulations to the panel and staff on this latest triumph. Team: Tristan Madden, Eoin O’Meara, Jamie Kennedy (0-2), Fionnan Hurley, Aaron Morgan (0-3), Cian White, Rory Grace, Georgie O’Leary, Paul O’Neill, Conor Tierney, Paul Dwyer (1-0) and Sean Williams (0-1). Kilruane will play Knockavilla in the county semi-final on this Thursday, 11th June in the Ragg at 11.30.
Best wishes to Rory Grace, Kilruane N.S. who will play on the Tipperary Primary Game football team against Kerry in Semple Stadium on Sunday.
Nicky Rackard Cup
Congratulations to Noel Larkin who was coach with the Roscommon senior hurling team that defeated Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup final. Noel is also coach with the MacDonaghs senior team.
The annual Kelllogs Cúl Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park, 29th June to 3rd July. Application forms are now available. To avoid disappointment, parents are advised to book immediately. For further information contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
Congratulations to Kevin Quinlan and Carmel O’Brien on their recent marriage in Malta.