A draw with Kildangan earned the senior hurlers a place in the quarter final where they will face Toomevara.
The U-12 hurlers had their third successive win when they overcame Roscrea in MacDonagh Park on a 3-2 to 1-4 scoreline. MacDonaghs enjoyed a five point interval lead but on the turnover Roscrea gradually reduced the deficit until only one point separated the sides. The result could have gone either way but a late goal sealed the issue in favour of the home side. Team: Niall Shinners, Sean Quinlan, Brendan McAdams, Declan Elderfield, Roisin Cahill, James Cleary, Paul Guidera, Jerome Cahill, Cian Darcy, Darragh Fogarty, Rory McCarthy, Willie Ryan, Craig Morgan, Kevin Shinners and Martin Grace. Subs: Tommy Dooley, Sean Harty and Oisin O Meara.
Dan O Meara Tournament
The U-16 hurlers defeated Shinrone in the Dan O Meara tournament final on a 3-11to 1-11 scoreline. Shinrone made the brighter start and had a five point lead after the first quarter. By halftime MacDonaghs had reeled in the opposition and both sides were locked together at six points each. The tempo of the game increased in the second period as both sides strove for supremacy. However, MacDonaghs finished the stronger to capture the trophy for the first time. Team: Robert Ward, Conor Austin, Alan Darcy, Tomás Hogan, Anton Banaghan, Jack Peters, Jack Banaghan, David Williams Capt. (1-2), Stephen Cleary, Dean O Meara, Jamie Heffernan, Andrew Brennan (1-0), Ian McSherry, Kieran Cahill (1-6) and Aidan Boyle (0-2). Subs: Simon Delahunty and Conor Cleary (0-1).
Last Saturday the minor hurlers participated in the Christy Ring Tournament hosted by the Glen Rovers club in Cork. In the opening game MacDonaghs played out a draw with Cappoquin of Waterford. A last minute point from a free earned the Deise team a draw with the final score MacDonaghs 0-10 Cappoquin 1-7. The next game was against Abbeyside from Waterford who were in the other group. This match was included in the format to ensure that all panel members got a game and the result had no bearing on the tournament. The final game was against the Kerry minor development squad with MacDonaghs requiring a win to proceed to the final. After a great contest the Kerry team emerged victorious on a 1-10 to 1-6 scoreline. The players and officials were treated royally by the Glen Rovers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in one of the traditional strongholds of Cork hurling. A comprehensive report can be found on www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The u-14 hurlers lost away to Roscrea on a 2-6 to 0-5 scoreline and home to Toomevara on a 5-10 to 1-10 scoreline. Despite these defeats they still remain in the hunt for a semi-final spot.
U-8 & U-6 Hurling
The U-8 hurlers had a great tussle with Upperchurch-Drombane in MacDonagh Park last Friday with both sides displaying great skill and determination. Simultaneously the U-6s took on their mid counterparts in a most enjoyable encounter. Thanks to Upperchurch for travelling to MacDonagh Park. We hope to make a return visit to Drombane in the not too distant future.
Coaching for all U-6s, U-8s, U-10s and U-12s continues each Saturday morning at 11 o clock in MacDonagh Park. Any selector who cannot attend must arrange cover.
Applications for Munster final tickets must be made to Michael Cahill before Saturday July 4th. A limited number of family tickets are available.
It’s all systems go for the Cul Camp which commences in MacDonagh Park on Monday July 6th at 10 o clock. Eighty seven participants have registered for the Camp which lasts for a week and finishes at 2.30 each day. Parents should note that there is no need to bring the receipt of payment on the first morning.
Lory Meagher Cup
Former Kilruane MacDonaghs senior hurler Seamus McLoughney was part of the Tyrone senior hurling squad which qualified for All-Ireland final of the Lory Meagher Cup. Seamus was introduced in the second half in Tyrone’s win against Longford. Tyrone will play Donegal in the final in Croke Park.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Paddy Cahill Church Road. Paddy played hurling with Kyle and won a North junior medal with MacDonaghs in 1950. He was a shrewd judge of hurling and was a senior selector in 1970. Paddy was a founder member of the Thomas MacDonagh Park Committee and a faithful follower of MacDonaghs. The club would also like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Daniel Ryan Ardcroney and to Eithne Cleary Ardcroney on the death of her mother.