Despite an impressive opening quarter the senior hurlers were beaten in the first round of the county qualifiers by Cappawhite. The remaining games are against Portroe and Drom-Inch.
The u-12 hurlers had a good home win against Boris-Ileigh on a 4-7 to 1-5 scoreline. They had a four point advantage at halftime and three second half goals helped secure the points against a useful Borris-Ileigh side. Team: Anthony Spillane, William Ryan, Abhainn Coleman, Cormac Boyle, Conor Austin, Tomás Hogan, Darragh Peters, Aidan Boyle (1-5), Finnian Mannion, John Healy (0-1), Conor Cleary, Bob Dooley, Niall Shinners (1-0), Sean Cleary and Conor Doheny (1-1). Subs: Caolainn Conroy, Peter Blessing and Mark Tierney
The junior hurlers showed a marked improvement on their first round performance when they had a narrow home win against Burgess on a 0-15 to 0-14 scoreline. With they aid of the breeze Burgess opened brightly and had the first three points. MacDonaghs settled and hit four points without reply. At the break MacDonaghs trailed with the scoreboard 0-8 to 0-6 in favour of the visitors. The second half was keenly contested between two evenly matched sides. As time was ticking away Burgess held a slender one point lead but Kilruane finished strongly and points from Michael Reddan and Brian O Meara earned victory by the minimum of margins. This valuable brace of points keeps their championship hopes alive. The next game is against Moneygall. Team: Ger Corcoran, Liam Gibson, Colin England, Pádraig Kelly, Kevin Ryan, Ruan Casey, Fergal England, Michael Reddan (0-1), Denis Cahill, Jonathan Cahill (0-2), Shane Williams, Thomas Williams (0-5), Brian O Meara (0-7) and Darren Killackey.
In the first round of the championship the u-16 hurlers were beaten away by a much stronger Nenagh side.
Team: Robert Ward, Alan Darcy, Eanna Hogan, P.J. Cleary, Eoin Williams, Justin Cahill, David Williams, David Reddan, Niall O Meara, Robert Austin, Keith Kelly, Thomas Cleary, Sean Kelly, Ronan Boyle and Morgan Conway. Sub: James Sullivan. In the second round they are at home to Burgess.
Best of luck to Seamus Hennessy and the Tipperary minor hurling team in the Munster final against Cork.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the relatives of the late Frank Diamond, Kitty O’Meara and Mary Egan. Frank Diamond won a North junior hurling medal in 1956 and in 1960 he captained the Kilruane MacDonaghs team which won the county final. At the funeral club members, including many of his former playing colleagues, formed a guard of honour.
Well done to the Thomas MacDonaghs senior football team which defeated Loughmore in the second round of the county championship. Stephen Murphy, Kevin Quinlan,Darren Kilackey and Shane Quinlan lined out on this combination team which has now qualified for the county quarter-final.