Best wishes to Niall O’Meara, Eamon O’Shea, Darragh Peters, Cian Darcy and both Tipperary teams in Croke Park on Sunday.
In the last sixteen MacDonaghs will play one of the following: Roscrea, Portroe, J.K. Brackens or Mullinahone. This game will not take place until the divisional finals have been completed.
MacDonaghs secured a place in the quarter-final with a comfortable, if far from impressive, 1-18 to 0-10 victory against Silvermines in Dolla. The home side had the advantage of the breeze in the first half but it was the outstanding Eoin Hogan who opened the scoring when he surged forward from defence and sent the sliotar sailing over the bar. The first half was very pedestrian with an alarming lack of urgency in the MacDonaghs forwards in particular. After eighteen minutes the sides were level on four points each. MacDonaghs put on a spurt and hit four unanswered points. Silvermines replied with two points to leave the half-time score O-8 to 0-6 in favour of the visitors.
The selectors were in a benevolent mood and opted not to make wholesale changes in personnel at the interval. However, any notions that MacDonaghs would up the tempo were quickly dispelled. The game ambled along and by the 50th minute Kilruane had a five-point cushion. Then Robert Austin knifed through the defence to tuck the sliotar in the corner of the net — two other gilt-edged chances had been spurned. This goal seemed to inject a bit of life into the proceedings and MacDonaghs hit five points in the closing minutes while Silvermines replied with two white flags to leave an eleven-point margin at the finish. While the game won’t inspire local bards to pen commemorative ballads it was mission accomplished. A place in the quarter-final final has been nailed down with one game left. On this Saturday, 14th August MacDonaghs will play Burgess in Puckane at 7.00pm. The result will decide second and third places in the group.
Team: Conor Doheny, Páidí Kelly, Brendan McAdams, Conor Austin, David Mooney, Eoin Hogan (0-5), Martin Grace, Alan Darcy, Pat Conway, David Williams, Robert Austin (1-0), James Cleary (0-4), Jonathan Cahill (0-5), Mark O’Meara and Bob Dooley. Subs: Aidan Boyle (0-3), Caoilainn Conroy, Finnian Mannion and Tom Dooley.
MacDonaghs have qualified for the quarter-final .Our opponents won’t be known until the other group is completed.
MacDonaghs lost out to Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on a 5-14 to 3-16 scoreline. Toomevara had the breeze in the first half and dictated the trend of play. MacDonaghs stormed back into the game in the second half and although they just came up short they can approach the quarter-final with confidence. They have one group game left against Borris-Ileigh but a semi-final berth is now out of reach. Team: Paidí Williams, Jack Dunne, Oisín O’Meara, Dylan Moran, Eoghan Mulcahy, Jerome Cahill (0-6), Nathan Ryan, Devlin Courtney, Jake O’Kelly, Tommy Dooley (0-1), Sean McAdams (0-2), Luke Dervan (1-2), Kevin Oakley (1-0), Craig Morgan (1-5) and Alan Spain. Sub: Jack Dwan.
The U14s are away to Roscrea in the quarter-final on this Wednesday, 12th August at 7.00pm.
The U8s and U6s travelled to Dolla and had played a number of very enjoyable matches against Silvermines. Thanks to Silvermines for their hospitality on the evening.
Lahorna entered U13 and U15 teams in the Munster inter-club 60x30 championships. In U13 Cormac Doheny, Rory Grace, James Loughnane and Áine Spain overcame Broadford and then got the better of Ballina in a closely-contested final. In U15 Sean McAdams, Kian O’Kelly, Louis Kennedy, Daire Madden and Matthew Spain played a straight final against Mallow to take the title.