Minors Win Again
The minor hurlers guaranteed themselves a quarter final spot with a 3-17 to 2-10 away victory against Eire Óg Nenagh. They followed up their first round victory against Templederry with an impressive display against a good Nenagh side. With county minor Brian O Meara leading by example MacDonaghs had the better of matters in the first half and were not flattered by a one point interval lead with the score 1-8 to 1-7. On the resumption Kilruane continued to dominate and a Niall O Meara goal helped to open a seven point lead. Nenagh fought back and reduced the deficit to three points. Then full forward Sean Hayes latched on to a Sean Kelly cross to raise a crucial green flag. Four unanswered points helped seal an important victory. The final group game will be at home to Newport Gaels. Team: David Reddan, Niall Murphy, Eanna Hogan, Timmy Walsh, Scott Hodgins, William Cleary, Justin Cahill (0-1), Keith Kelly, Pat Conway, James Williams (0-2), Brian O Meara (1-10), Ronan Boyle, Niall O Meara (1-3), Sean Hayes (1-0) and Eoin Williams. Sub: Thomas Cleary and Sean Kelly (0-1). For a more detailed report log on to website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The u-14 hurlers booked a semi-final spot with a 4-7 to 1-7 away victory against Templederry Kenyons. They have two remaining group games against Toomevara and Kildangan. Team: Keelan Troy, John Healy, P.J. Cleary, Conor Austin, Peter Blessing, Jack Peters (0-2), Aidan Boyle (0-1), Tomás Hogan, Raymond Kelly, Conor Cleary, Stephen Cleary, Jack Banaghan (0-1), Bob Dooley, Andrew Brennan (2-0) and Kieran Cahill (1-3). Subs: Patrick Ryan, Sean Cleary (1-0), Dean O Meara, Jason Burns and Darragh Peters.
The u-12 hurlers lost out to Roscrea in St. Cronans Park in the sixth round of the championship on a 2-3 to 0-4 scoreline. Despite this defeat they are still in the hunt for a semi-final place. The final group game will be at home to Nenagh Eire Óg. Team: Niall Shinners, William Ryan, Keelan Troy, Dean O Meara, Jack Farrell, Darragh Peters, Caolainn Conroy, James Cleary, Cian darcy, Paul Guidera, Abhain Coleman, Cormac Boyle, Conor Doheny (0-4), Kieran Brereton and Róisín Cahill.
The junior hurlers were beaten by Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on a 2-14 to 1-8 scoreline. Toomevara had the assistance of a stiff breeze and built up a ten point interval lead. MacDonaghs fared better in the second half without ever threatening to take the points. They must now win the two remaining group games to secure a quarter final place. Team: Ruan Casey, Timmy Walsh, Colin England, Freddie Williams, William Cleary, Kevin Ryan, Fergal England, Michael Reddan, Jason Darcy, Denis Cahill, James Williams, Ronan Boyle, Declan Barrett and Darren Killackey. Subs: Declan Troy, Niall Murphy and Sean Hayes.
Seamus Hennessy captained Tipperary to victory against Limerick in the Munster u-21 semi-final. Ray McLoughney was introduced in the first half while Eoin Hogan was also on the panel.
Kilruane MacDonaghs play Toomevara in MacDonagh Park on Monday July 28th. Check fixtures for time.
The final session of Saturday hurling coaching, before the traditional August break, takes place this weekend. Gilbert Williams and his team will be in charge.
The club would like to extend sympathy to the Lawlor family Templemore Road and the Hassett family Ballystena on their recent bereavements.