MacDonaghs qualified for the county quarter-final with a 1-21 to 1-9 victory against JK Brackens in Toomevara. Shane Bourke opened the scoring with a point with Brian O’Meara cancelling this out at the other end. By the 16th minute Brackens had edged two clear but after nineteen minutes the sides were level. MacDonaghs were dominating but weren’t making it show on the scoreboard. Four goal chances were spurned and the tally of wides reached nine in the first half. Against the run of play, Brackens found the net in the 24th minute with Shane Bourke applying the finishing touches to put them two points ahead. At the interval Kilruane had closed the gap to the minimum with the scoreboard reading 0-9 to 1-7 in favour of the Templemore outfit.
Lorcan Egan extended the lead with the opening score of the second half. A shower of biblical proportions made conditions difficult for both sides. MacDonaghs began to throw off the shackles and hit six points without reply to go four points ahead. In the 39th minute Lyndon Fairbrother reduced the deficit with a point. This was Brackens last score of the game. Thomas Cleary restored the four-point advantage. MacDonaghs received a setback when Thomas Williams was shown the red card in the 40th minute. Conor Doheny took over between the sticks with Kevin Ryan being sacrificed. Kilruane dug deep and began to dominate in every sector. They added a further 1-5 with Brian O’Meara raising the green flag in the 50th minute. It had been an outstanding second half performance.
Team: Thomas Williams, Ray McLoughney, Jack Peters, Darragh Peters, Willie Cleary, Niall O’Meara, Eoin Hogan, Seamus Hennessy (0-3), Justin Cahill (0-2), Kevin Ryan (0-1), Kevin Quinlan, Cian Darcy (0-4), Thomas Cleary (0-3), Brian O’Meara (1-4), and Kieran Cahill (0-4). Subs: Conor Doheny, Conor Cleary and Éanna Hogan. MacDonaghs face Éire Óg Annacarty in the quarter-final in Semple Stadium on Saturday, 26th September at 3.30pm.
After a terrific tussle with Kildangan the minor hurlers were just edged out in the semi-final on a 6-8 to 1-19 scoreline. MacDonaghs gave their best display of the season. They played with great intensity, tackled with ferocity and put over some great scores. At half-time they led by 0-11 to 2-3. MacDonaghs were in no way flattered by the two-point advantage. Kilruane made a terrific start to the second half and opened up a nine-point lead. However, Kildangan are a formidable side and they rallied. The Kilruane defence came under considerable pressure and the direct running of the Kildangan forwards yielded four goals. MacDonaghs never gave up and their display won many admirers. Thanks to all the players and management who put in a huge effort during the year.
Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Brendan McAdams, Conor Lillis, Jerome Cahill, Darragh Peters, Oisín O’Meara, Craig Morgan (0-6), Martin Grace, Kevin Shinners, Sean McAdams (0-3), Cian Darcy (0-4), Cormac Mannion (0-2), Tom Dooley (1-1) and James Cleary (0-3). Sub: Devlin Courtney.
In the first round of the Plate MacDonaghs lost out to Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on a 5-11 to 4-9 scoreline. Team: Pádraig Coonan, Paul O’Neill, Páidí Williams (1-2), Eoin O’Meara, Kevin Naughnane, Shane McAteer, Rory Grace, David O’Sullivan, Colm Cleary, Oisín Carroll, Aaron Morgan (2-7), Cormac Doheny, Barry Shanahan (1-0), Kevin McDonald and Fionnan Hurley. Subs; James Loughnane,Cillian O’Neill and Colm Cleary. On last Saturday MacDonaghs travelled to Murroe to participate in a tournament along with the host club and Ballina.
Paddy Quinlan Tournament
The annual Paddy Quinlan U10 tournament was held in MacDonagh Park on last Saturday. Burgess overcame MacDonaghs in the final. In the Plate final Shannon Rovers took the honours with a victory against Kildangan while the MacDonaghs ‘B’ team got the better of Burgess ’B’ in the Shield final. David Quinlan presented the trophies and medals. Thanks to Christy Morgan and Joe Cahill who refereed the matches and Mary Peters who took photographs. A special thanks to Liz Williams and Margaret O’Neill who supervised the catering and to all the ladies who supplied refreshments and helped out on the day. Well done to the U10 management team who organised the tournament in a very efficient and professional manner.