In the second round of the County League MacDonaghs had a 1-18 to 1-16 home victory over Loughmore Castleiney. On a perfect day for hurling on a pristine pitch the Magpies had the advantage of a very slight breeze in the opening half. The visitors hit the first point of the game but Cian Darcy fired home a peach of a goal in the second minute after pinpoint cross from Jerome Cahill. MacDonaghs were never headed for the rest of the game. At the first water break Kilruane led by 1-5 to 0-4.
With five minutes left in the half MacDonaghs still held a four-point advantage when Jack Peters got his marching orders. A Loughmore forward was steaming down on goal when he was upended by Jack. Loughmore took advantage of the numerical superiority and cut the deficit to the minimum by interval with the scoreboard reading 1-9 to 1-8.
The management introduced Conor Cleary and Eanna Hogan for the second half and began impressively with points from Mark O’Neill and Sean McAdams. Ten minutes into the half Loughmore were reduced to 14 when their full-back received a red card after a foul on Jerome Cahill. With 32 minutes gone the teams were deadlocked on 1-16 each. MacDonaghs finished strongly with Cian Darcy and Jerome Cahill on target from frees to seal victory.
Team: Conor Doheny, James Cleary, Willie Cleary, Jack Peters, Tomás Hogan, Kieran Cahill (0-1 free), Mark O’Neill (0-2), Sean McAdams (0-2), Aaron Morgan (0-1), Páidí Williams (0-2 frees), Caoilainn Conroy, Darragh Peters (0-1 free), Jerome Cahill (0-4 incl 0-2 from frees), Niall Shinners, Cian Darcy (1-4 incl 0-3 from frees). Subs: Conor Cleary (0-1 free), Eanna Hogan.
The next game will be at home to Toomevara on Sunday, 11th July.
MacDonaghs travelled to St. Cronan’s Park, Roscrea and came out the wrong end of a 3-19 to 3-14 scoreline against the home side in the second round of the League. For the second week in a row the Magpies were slow out of the blocks and Roscrea, aided by a stiff breeze, raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after nine minutes. At the first water break the score was 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of the home side. In the second quarter Roscrea hit a purple patch and led 3-11 to 0-6 at the break. Conor Cleary fired home goals in the 31st, 35th and 55th minutes to leave just three points between the teams. However, Roscrea showed the greater composure in the closing minutes to clinch victory. The third round is away to Toomevara on this Saturday, 3rd July at 7.30pm.
MacDonaghs face Burgess in the opening round of the championship in MacDonagh Park on this Wednesday, 30th June at 7.00pm.
The U17s made their exit from the championship when the lost out to Moneygall/Clonakenny in MacDonagh Park. The game was played in monsoon conditions and although MacDonaghs led at the interval the visitors were the better side in the second half and were deserving winners on a 6-9 to 4-4 scoreline.
The U13s faced Toomevara in the ‘B’ final in St. Michael’s Park but had to give second best to a formidable home side. Our second team had no joy in their games against JK Brackens and Thurles Gaels while our third U11 team played out an entertaining draw against Éire Óg in Nenagh.
The first Cúl Camp, which was completely booked out in a matter of days, commences on next Monday, 5th of July.
The Jackpot now stands at a very attractive €3,300. Tickets are available from the usual outlets or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.
Congratulations to the Spain family, Whitehall, Kilruane who won €200 in the recent Tipperary Draw.