Kilruane MacDonaghs News

Munster Semi-Final
Well done to Niall O’Meara, Eamon O’Shea and the Tipperary team on the victory against Limerick.

Munster Final
Applications for tickets should be made to Michael Cahill by 30th June.

Primary Game
Páidí Williams, Cloughjordan N.S. lined out on the Tipperary Primary Game hurling team against Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds.

Challenge Cup
Kilruane MacDonaghs qualified to meet Upperchurch-Drombane in the final of the Johnny Devitt Cup with a 1-20 to 1-18 victory against Ballingarry in Borrisoleigh. It was, however, a victory achieved at a cost as Thomas Cleary suffered a dislocated finger in the final quarter —it was initially feared that it was broken — and is ruled out of the Toomevara game. Amazingly, no free was awarded even though the blow to the finger was received after Thomas had released the sliotar. MacDonaghs started without Brian O’Meara, Niall O’Meara, Darragh Peters, Kieran Cahill, Cian Darcy and Justin Cahill — he was introduced in the second half. Liam Gibson is also out with a long-term injury. The absence of so many gave other players a chance to stake a claim for inclusion in the game against Toomevara.

While it wasn’t a vintage performance, there were many positives aspects. A score of 1-20 (1-18 was scored from play including all twelve first half points) will win most games. Eight different scorers made a contribution to the final tally. In the final quarter when momentum was with a highly motivated Ballingarry side, MacDonaghs showed great resolve and composure to come from behind, get their noses in front and stay ahead until the final whistle.

With the aid of the light breeze, MacDonaghs began impressively and were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead after twelve minutes. In the seventeenth minute a goal by Thomas McGrath brought the sides level on a 0-8 to 1-5 scoreline. There was little between the sides for the final ten minutes of the half with the interval score 0-12 to 1-8 in favour of MacDonaghs. On the resumption, Ballingarry drew level. Points from Tomás Hogan and James Williams gave MacDonaghs a two-point advantage. Ballingarry struck a purple patch and reeled off four points in succession to hit the front for the first time. Kevin Ryan responded with a white flag. Both teams traded points and with fifty minutes gone Ballingarry were still a point ahead. James Williams fired home a goal to give MacDonaghs a two-point cushion. In the final minutes each side scored a brace of points to leave Kilruane two in front at the finish.

Team: Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan, Jack Peters, Páidí Kelly, Willie Cleary, Seamus Hennessy, Ray McLoughney, Declan Barrett (0-1), Kevin Quinlan, Conor Cleary (0-1), Mark O’Meara, Tomás Hogan (0-2), Thomas Cleary (0-4), Kevin Ryan (0-5) and James Williams (1-4). Subs: Justin Cahill (0-2), Jonathan Cahill and Conor Austin (0-1).

North Championship
On this Friday, 26th June Kilruane MacDonaghs take on Toomevara in the third round of the North championship in Nenagh at 7.30pm. With a number of MacDonaghs players ruled out through injury the pundits have plumped for Toomevara to advance. However, the players are ready to give one mighty effort. It will be all hands to the pump to achieve victory. Supporters can play their part by getting to Nenagh and really getting behind the team. We need to see you and hear you. This is not an evening for silent supporters or polite applause. Get behind the team and drive them over the line.

Under 14
MacDonaghs bounced back from their first round defeat to record a 3-9 to 2-9 home victory against Toomevara. Team: Páidí Williams, Paul O’Neill, Conor Quinlan, Louis Kennedy, Kieran Spain (0-1), Dylan Moran, Matthew Spain, Shane McAteer, James Loughnane (1-0), Matthew Moyles (0-1), David O’Sullivan (0-2), Owen Farrell, Aaron Morgan (0-2), Kian O’Kelly (2-3) and Rory Grace. Sub: Kevin McDonald. In the third round Kilruane will be away to Nenagh on this Wednesday, 24th June at 7.00pm.

Cúl Camp
The Kellogs Cúl Camp commences on this Monday, 29th June and continues to 3rd July. Only a few places left. First come, first served. Book now to avoid disappointment. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 for further information.

Féile Camogie
Well done the U14 camogie team that reached the plate final in the Féile. Unfortunately, Laura Shinners was injured in the semi-final victory and was unable to participate in the final.

Féile Handball
Congratulations to Mathew Spain, James Loughnane, Louis Kennedy and Sean Hayes (Kildangan) on winning the 60×30 division 1 Féile Cup, making it three in a row for Lahorna. Congratulations to Cormac Doheny, Rory Grace, Kian O’Kelly and Jack Mulcahy on winning all five matches to bring home the first ever 40×20 title to the Lahorna club.

Sympathy
The Kilruane MacDonaghs club extends sympathy to the family of the late Michael Haverty, MacDonagh Avenue. Michael played wing-back on the 1964 juvenile team that won the county Rural title and both the Rural and Urban/Rural divisional titles. Michael’s sons, Martin and Michael emulated their father by also winning county and divisional juvenile medals with MacDonaghs. Michael’s coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours and club president, Tom Cleary, chairman, Matt Cleary and the 1964 juvenile captain, Billy O’Shea, led a guard of honour that flanked the funeral cortege on Michael’s final journey to Cloughjordan Church.

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