The u-16 hurlers began their campaign with a hard earned two point away victory against Nenagh Eire Og on a 1-14 to 1-12 scoreline. All through the game there was very little between two evenly matched sides. MacDonaghs were quickly into their stride and captain Niall O Meara on target with a number of well taken points. He also added a goal before Nenagh began to find their feet and at the interval the teams were locked together at 1-6. It was score for score in the second half and as the game entered the final minutes the contest seemed destined to end in a draw. Sean Kelly was switched to full-forward and he raised two white flags to secure a valuable brace of points for MacDonaghs. Team: Robert Ward, Eoin Burns, Eanna Hogan, Robert Austin, Jack Peters, Justin Cahill (0-1), Alan Darcy, David Reddan (0-6), Eoin Williams, (0-1) Jamie Heffernan, Thomas Cleary, Sean Kelly (0-2), James Sullivan, Niall O Meara (1-3) and Kieran Cahill (0-1). Sub: Aidan Boyle.
They followed up with a good home victory against Templederry. Opportunist goals from Eoin Williams and Thomas Cleary in the first half helped set MacDonaghs on the road to victory
The u-12 hurlers lost out to Nenagh Eire Og in the second round of the championship on a 1-5 to 0-3 scoreline. The teams were on level terms at break. In a very competitive game the result was in doubt up to the final minute when Nenagh scored the only goal of the game to secure victory. Team: Niall Shinners, Tom Dooley, Keelan Troy, Cormac Boyle, Jack Farrell, Darragh Peters, Caolainn Conroy, Abhain Coleman (0-1), Cian Darcy (0-1) Kieran Brereton, Kieran Lillis, Conor Doheny (0-10, Cillian Finn and Ciaran Spillane. Sub: Paul Guidera.
In the third round Kilruane MacDonaghs are at home to Toomevara on Tuesday July 1st at 6.30 p.m.
The junior hurlers had a four point win against Nenagh Eire Og in the second round of the championship on a 1-10 to 0-9 scoreline. MacDonaghs began brightly and a James Williams goal after four minutes put them into a four point lead. They opened up a seven point midway through the half but Nenagh finished strongly to reduce the lead to five at the interval. The MacDonaghs defence was outstanding in the second half and held out against constant Nenagh pressure. Team: Ruan Casey, Freddie Williams, Colin England, Timmy Walsh, Scott Hodgins, Kevin Ryan, Fergal England, Denis Cahill, Michael Reddan, James Williams (1-0), Thomas Williams (0-4), Jason Darcy (0-1), Pat Conway (0-1), Declan Barrett (0-2) and Darren Killackey (0-2). Sub: Niall Murphy.
The u-10 hurlers won the Naas tournament last Saturday. On Friday they received an eleventh hour invitation to participate when a team from Cork had to withdraw. Manager Christy Morgan had no hesitation in accepting an opportunity to play in a prestigious tournament whose previous winners include James Stephens and Dicksboro from Kilkenny. In the group stages they had victories against Ahane of Limerick and Roscrea. In the semi-final they overcome Gorey of Wexford and defeated the hosts in the final. Captain Cian Darcy was presented with the cup after an exciting final. The club would like to thank the Naas club for their hospitality and Cheryl Hayes who looked after the first aid throughout the day.
Hurling coaching for all primary school boys continues on this Saturday at 11 o clock. Jimmy Cahill and his team will be on duty.
Brian O Meara lined out at full forward on the Tipperary minor team, which defeated Clare in the Munster semi-final.
Congratulations to Maureen Shelly Cloughjordan who won €5,000 in the weekly Tipperary Lotto Draw.
The annual Cul Hurling and Camogie Summer Camp commences in MacDonagh Park on next Monday July 7th. All participants should be present at 9.45 a.m.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Hill family Ardcroney on their recent bereavement.