Kilruane MacDonaghs take on Drom-Inch in the third round of the county championship in Dolla on this Sunday, 10th May at 2.00pm. Both teams have qualified for the last sixteen of the county championship. The result will determine who tops the group. MacDonaghs are likely to field without the injured duo, Brian O’Meara and Kevin Ryan. Their absence will present two other players with an opportunity to stake claims for permanent positions on the team. It will be a massive task to overcome one of the favourites for the county title. Expect a ferocious effort from the MacDonaghs players. Nothing less will sufficie against a team that likes plenty of space. Your support would be appreciated.
Kilruane MacDonaghs chalked up their second successive win in the league when they travelled to Dolla and overcame Silvermines on a 2-15 to 2-6 scoreline. The final score rather flatters MacDonaghs as with less than ten minutes left the sides were level. However, MacDonaghs finished like thoroughbreds and hit 2-3 without reply to take the points on offer. The gloomy evening and greasy underfoot conditions made hurling difficult for the players. The home side adapted quicker and dominated the opening quarter, leading by 1-5 to 0-3 after sixteen minutes. MacDonaghs, playing in the green and gold jerseys, were second to the ball in many areas and Silvermines were winning most of the breaking ball — the team that wins breaking ball always dominates and this game was no exception. In the second quarter MacDonaghs upped their game and by the interval had drawn level. Half-time score: MacDonaghs 0-8, Silvermines 1-5.
The home team got a dream start to the second half with a goal. To the credit of MacDonaghs they kept their composure and nibbled away at the lead. They limited Silvermines to just one point for the remainder of the half. With ten minutes to go the sides were level. A reluctance by some MacDonaghs attackers to handpass the sliotar to a better placed colleague— this is a malaise that is affecting all our teams — and a tendency to solo into trouble, deprived us of a number of handy scores. Fortunately, these elementary errors didn’t cost us the game and, with the outcome in the balance, MacDonaghs found another gear and deservedly took the points.
Team: Conor Doheny, Páidí Kelly, Brendan McAdams, Colm Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett (0-1), Conor Austin, Alan Darcy, Kevin Quinlan (1-1), David Williams (0-2), Jonathan Cahill (0-3), Martin Grace, Bob Dooley, James Cleary (0-7) and Cian Williams. Subs: Pat Conway, Finnian Mannion, Aidan Boyle, Mark Spain (0-1) and Tom Dooley (1-0).
The Parish and Mini Leagues fell foul of the inclement weather on last Saturday. Confirmation takes place in Cloughjordan on this Saturday so the Leagues won’t resume until Saturday, 16th May.
Under 16 Football
Kilruane MacDonaghs bowed out of the championship in the semi-final when they came out the wrong side of a 1-6 to 1-5 scoreline against Inane Rovers in MacDonagh Park. After playing with a strong wind in the first half, the home side led by three points and the interval. This was never going to be enough against the elements. However, MacDonaghs fought a tremendous rearguard action in the second half and with ten minutes to go still held a point advantage. Pressure began to take its toll and Inane hit four points without reply to advance to the final. Team: Mark O’Neill, Cian Spillane, Jack Dunne, Jack Dwan, Kevin Oakley, Oisín O’Meara, Craig Morgan, Devlin Courtney, Jake O’Kelly (0-1), Nathan Ryan (0-1), Jerome Cahill, Alan Spain, Luke Dervan, Tommy Dooley (0-1) and Sean McAdams (1-2). Subs: Kian O’Kelly, Joseph Donnelly and Owen Usman.
Under 14 Football
MacDonaghs recorded their second win in the championship when they got the better of Lorrha/Rovers in MacDonagh Park on 4-8 to 2-1 scoreline. Team: Kevin McDonald, Conor Quinlan, Kian O’Kelly, Louis Kennedy, Páidí Williams (1-1), Dylan Moran (0-1), Kieran Spain, James Loughnane, Nathan Lynch (1-0), Colm Cleary, Shane McAteer (0-1), Matthew Moyles (0-4), Aaron Morgan (1-0), David O’Sullivan and Matthew Spain (1-1). Subs: Rory Grace, Cormac Doheny and Paul O’Neill.
The new County Draw has been launched with a €500,000 prize fund. There are two cars to be won every month plus twenty-eight other prizes. Last year Maura Grace came out of the drum for a Skoda Octavia car worth €15,000. The club is hoping that all existing members will rejoin and a forensic trawl of the parish will be undertaken to enlist new subscribers. The County Draw is a major source of revenue for the club. By joining you have an opportunity to win fantastic prizes and also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping Kilruane MacDonaghs and Tipperary. There are four payment options available: One payment of € €100; Two payments of €50; Monthly payment of €10; and Direct Debit.
The juvenile and camogie clubs are joining forces to organise a clothes collection from Monday, 18th May to Saturday, 23rd May. Clothes may be left in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex during that week. All club members are urged to do a spring clean and donate all clean unwanted clothes, also bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and soft toys. This is a painless and environmentally-friendly way to provide much-needed funds for the juvenile and camogie clubs.
Kellogs Cúl Camp
The annual Kellogs Cúl Camp is scheduled for 29th June to 3rd July in Thomas MacDonagh Park. The camp will have the usual 10.00am start in the morning and finish at the 2.00pm. The camp is open to all primary school children.
Going to the Dogs
The parish is “Going to the Dogs” on Saturday, 30th May in support of Lahorna Handball club.
The alley is temporarily closed as the roof is being replaced. The handball club is having a fundraising night in Thurles Greyhound Track on Saturday, 30th May to raise funds for the building of a 40 x 20 court. Tickets are €10 each and the club is asking for your support. A fun night is guaranteed with great prizes.
The club extends sympathy to Maura Lillis, Killowney on the death of her father, Brian Farrell, Kiltimagh, Mayo.