The u-21 hurlers had a good first round victory against Portroe in Puckane. MacDonaghs were against the breeze in the first half but enjoyed the greater share of possession. Seamus Hennessy was dominant at centre back and the introduction of Niall O Meara after twenty minutes helped spark the forwards into life. A goal by Shane Quinlan just before the break turned the tide in favour of Kilruane. Five minutes into the second half Shane got inside the Portroe defence to raise another green flag and when Jonathan Cahill whipped the sliotar the net a place in the second round was assured. Team: Ger Corcoran, Freddie Williams, Gavin McAvinchey, Liam Gibson, William Cleary, Seamus Hennessy (0-3), Pádraig Kelly, Mikey Costello (0-2), Justin Cahill (0-3), Declan Barrett, Thomas Williams, Jonathan Cahill (1-5), James Williams, Shane Quinlan (3-0), and James Williams. Subs: Niall O Meara (0-3), Eanna Hogan, Timmy Walsh and Eoin Williams. Full report on website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The senior hurlers chalked up their second successive win in the county league with a six point home victory against Templederry Kenyons on a 3-11 to 0-14 scoreline. The selectors continued their policy of experimentation and blooded seventeen year olds David Reddan and Justin Cahill. David kept a clean sheet on his debut and Justin played like a veteran in the number five shirt. The sides were evenly matched throughout though MacDonaghs had the upper hand at midfield where Mark O Leary and Ray McLoughney were in fine form. The three goals proved to be the decisive scores. Jonathan Cahill ghosted in behind the Templederry defence to tuck the sliotar away for the first and Martin Walsh booted home the second after a ruck developed on the edge of the square. This helped MacDonaghs to a six point interval lead with the scoreboard reading 2-7 to 0-7 in their favour. They maintained this advantage to the finish thanks mainly to a great goal by Mark O Meara after he had done all the spadework himself. The final group game will be at home to Cashel King Cormacs on this Saturday at 3 o clock. Check county fixtures. Team: David Reddan, Liam Gibson, Gavin McAvinchey, Pádraig Kelly, Diarmuid Cahill, Brian O Meara, Justin Cahill, Mark O Leary (0-3), Ray McLoughney (0-3), Mark O Meara (1-0), Denis Cahill (0-1), Mikey Costello (0-1), James Williams (0-1), Jonathan Cahill (1-2) and Martin Walsh (`1-0). Subs: William Cleary, Darren Killackey and Niall Madden. Check website for a more detailed report.
The junior hurlers lost out to Roscrea in MacDonagh Park in the second round of the junior league on a 0-16 to 1-9 scoreline. Roscrea had the better of matters in the first half and led by six points at the break. They extended that lead to eight before MacDonaghs rallied towards the finish and a late Darren Killackey goal reduced the final deficit to four points. Team: David Reddan, Freddie Williams, Martin Walsh, Timmy Walsh, Fergal England, Ruan Casey, William Cleary, Michael Reddan, Declan Barrett, Pat Conway, Jonathan Cahill (0-4), Niall Madden, Colm Williams (0-1), Thomas Williams and Denis Cahill. Subs: Darren Killackey (1-4), Diarmuid Cahill, David Slattery, Finbar McLoughney and Sean Kelly
Kilruane N.S. participated in the county final of the camogie Mini Sevens in Thurles. In the first round they lost to Cahir and in the second game the eventual champions Carrig Birr beat them. This was the first time the school had reached the final stages of this competition and the girls acquitted themselves very well. At the same time the boys from Kilruane N.S were contesting the county semi-final of the hurling Mini Sevens in the Ragg. In the first game they beat Clonoulty N.S. but lost out to Gaelscoil Bhride Thurles in the second round. They needed to win the last game to book their place in the county final. However, after a hard fought game Loughmore N.S. had two points to spare. Thanks to Len Gaynor who looked after the team.
Peil na nÓg
In the quarter final of Peil na nÓg the under fourteen footballers had a good home win against Portroe. MacDonaghs had the first use of the strong wind and a hat trick of goals from Aidan Boyle and one from Conor Cleary helped to lay the foundations for victory. Team: Anthony Spillane, Ciaran Spillane, Abhain Coleman, Cormac Boyle, Tomás Hogan, Stephen Cleary, Peter Blessing, Sean Cleary, Darragh Peters, Cillian Finn, Aidan Boyle, Bob Dooley, Cian Darcy, Conor Cleary and Finnian Mannion. Subs: Conor Austin, William Ryan, Keelan Troy, Kieran Brereton and James Cleary. On this Wednesday evening they play Ballina in the championship in MacDonagh Park at 6 o clock.
Ardcroney N.S. students took part in the inter schools handball county championship. Niall Shinners, Niall Ryan and William Ryan competed in the u-13 section with Kevin Shinners, Jerome Cahill, and Daniel Ryan competing in the u-11. Rosin Cahill took part in the u-13 girls’ section. All participants gave excellent account of themselves with Jerome Cahill, Daniel Ryan and Roisin Cahill becoming county champions. Jerome and Daniel went on to compete in the Munster championship beating the Kerry and Clare champions to reach the final just losing to Cork by two aces. Roisin also acquitted herself very well in the Munster championship. Thanks to Martin Spain for all his expert coaching.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to Rose Cahill on the death of her mother Eileen Ryan and to the McCarthy family Behamore on the death of Breda McCarthy.