MacDonaghs take on Borris-Ileigh in the quarter-final in Toomevara on this Friday evening at 7.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.
A 3-17 to 1-16 loss to Nenagh Éire Óg in the fourth round has almost certainly ended championship aspirations for 2016. Although there are two games left, qualification now appears to be out of reach. On a perfect evening for hurling in Puckane, MacDonaghs were first off the mark when Declan Barrett, who was deadly accurate throughout the game, pointed a free. In the first quarter both sides traded point for point and were level 0-5 each after fifteen minutes. Nenagh found the net in the fifteenth minute and this score handed them the initiative. A second goal in the twenty-fourth minute opened up a seven-point gap. Ultimately, these goals were to be the difference between the teams. At the interval the score was 2-9 to 0-9 in favour of Nenagh. MacDonaghs hurled much better in the second half but never did enough to bridge the gap. The nearest they got was five points. A 16 to 9 free count in favour of Nenagh didn’t help matters. Team: Conor Doheny, Colm Williams, Cormac Williams, Brendan McAdams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett (0-8), Bob Dooley, Conor Austin (0-1), James Keogh (0-1), Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Robert Austin, Liam Gibson (0-3), Pat Williams, Eoin Williams (0-2) and Kevin Ryan (1-0). Sub: Cormac Mannion.
MacDonaghs and Roscrea played out a draw in the second round the championship in Toomevara. This valuable point helps keep qualification hopes alive. Final score: MacDonaghs 1-15, Roscrea 0-18. The team hurled much better than in the opening round. Sean McAdams, sent off in Toomevara game, was a major loss, but Arran Conroy made a welcome return and Tommy Dooley was introduced in the second half. Cian Darcy, operating at centre-back, hit the first point of the game from a free. Roscrea enjoyed a purple patch and fired over four points on the trot. Fears that this was going to be a repetition of the indifferent first half against Toomevara were dispelled when Martin Grace tapped over a point from close range. The crucial score of the game came in the sixteenth minute. The impressive Kian O’Kelly knifed through the Roscrea defence, offloaded to Kevin Shinners who sent a rasper to the net. This put MacDonaghs ahead by 1-4 to 0-5. By the interval Roscrea had edged in front and the scoreboard read 0-10 to 1-6 in their favour.
Cian Darcy, switched to midfield, won the throw-in and put the sliotar sailing over the bar to bring the teams level. In a cracking second half both sides vied for supremacy. The tackling was intense and frees were hard earned. The Magpies defence was superb with Craig Morgan outstanding at full-back. Jack Dunne advanced off his line to prevent a certain goal and a timely interception by Kevin Oakley saved the day on another occasion. As the game drifted into injury time MacDonaghs had nosed two points ahead. However, Roscrea drew level with two pointed frees. To say that the last free was harsh would be an understatement. The final group game against Nenagh will take place on Wednesday, 3rd August in Puckane at 7.00pm. A win or a draw will see MacDonaghs into the quarter-final. The return of Sean McAdams to centre-forward should help inject new life into the forwards. Team: Jack Dunne, Kevin Oakley, Craig Morgan, Oisín O’Meara, Arran Conroy, Cian Darcy, Cormac Mannion, Jerome Cahill, Jake O’Kelly, Nathan Ryan, Rory McCarthy, Kian O’Kelly, Martin Grace, Kevin Shinners and Devlin Courtney. Sub: Tommy Dooley.
In the latest round of the championship MacDonaghs had a 5-11 to 0-10 away victory over Nenagh Éire Óg. Team: Rory Grace, Eoin O’Meara, Páidí Williams (1-0), Kevin Naughnane, Neasa Minogue, Aaron Morgan, Colm Cleary, James Loughnane, Paul O’Neill (1-0), Nathan Lynch (2-7), Ciaran Coffey, David O’Sullivan (1-2), Paul Dwyer, Kevin McDonald (0-1) and Oisín Carroll. Subs: Georgie O’Leary, Shane Whelan, Fionnan Hurley and Cian White.
MacDonaghs qualified for the semi-final with a home victory over Portroe. In the semi-final Moneygall will provide the opposition.
On last Thursday Coolderry and CRC Gaels came to MacDonagh Park where the home side fielded two teams against the visitors. Panel: Simon Austin, Tom Austin, Tommy Burriss, Zack Clarke, Michael Cleary, Shane Cleary, Fearghal Doheny, Cathal England, Cillian Franks, Cormac Gaynor, John Hannan, Cian Hayes, Michael Hennelly, Lucas Jones, William Jones, Johnny Naughnane, Brian O'Meara, Donnacha O'Meara, Jack Quinlisk, Ray Quinlivan and Darragh White. 8-year-olds Tommy O'Meara, Charlie Kennedy and Cormac Kennedy & 7-year-olds Darragh Gaynor and Thomas Gaynor made their debuts.
106 patrons have now pledged €6,020. We have contributions from Arizona, Chicago, Perth, Kilkenny, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Burgess, Lorrha, Nenagh and all corners of the parish. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to have your name included as a patron. “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor. For as little as €50 you too can become part of the club history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. There are just a few weeks left to have your name included as a patron. The book will go to print at the end of August.
Thanks to Stephen Carty and Sean Sheppard, New York who sponsored gear bags for the senior team. Both Stephen and Sean are former Kilruane MacDonaghs players.
The club wishes a speedy recovery to Dan Darcy who was hospitalised after taking ill during the Toomevara and Knockshegowna junior game.
The club would like to extend sympathy to the O’Meara family, Glenahilty on the death of Eileen O’Meara.