Commiserations to Niall O’Meara and the Tipperary team who must now take the scenic route in the championship after the loss to Cork.
In the second round of the county championship MacDonaghs take on Thurles in Templemore on Sunday at 3.30pm. Your support would be appreciated.
In the third round of the league MacDonaghs had a hard-earned 2-12 to 1-13 home victory over Knockshegowna. Two goals in the opening four minutes provided a dream start. The outstanding James Cleary got inside the Knockshe defence in the second minute and rifled the sliotar to the net. Two minutes later Cormac Mannion flicked the ball into the onion bag for MacDonaghs second goal. However, in the ninth minute Kilruane lost a man overboard when Paddy Ryan picked up a second yellow. This reverse was to make it a testing evening for MacDonaghs. Despite the numerical disadvantage, the home team led by 2-6 to 0-7 at the break.
On the restart Knockshe fired over three points to cut the gap to two. This burst from the visitors jolted MacDonaghs into action and, in their best period in the game, they raised four consecutive white flags to take a firm grip of the match. With a quarter of an hour to go the gap between the sides was seven. Knockshe continued to battle and deep into injury time Kilruane were five in front. A goal from Knockshe came too late to alter the destination of the points.
Team: Niall Shinners, Conor Austin, Brendan McAdams, Colm Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett, Cormac Williams, Alan Darcy (0-1), Liam Gibson (0-1), Pat Conway (0-1), Paddy Ryan (0-1), Mark O’Meara, Cormac Mannion (1-1), Jonathan Cahill (0-1) and James Cleary (1-6). Subs: Robert Austin, James Keogh, Tom Dooley and Sean Cleary.
Next on the agenda is an away game against Nenagh.
MacDonaghs overcame the hosts to win the Shield Final in the Holycross-Ballycahill Seven-a-Side hurling tournament. Seven teams participated. Thanks to Holycross for the invitation.
Cumann na mBunscol
Ardcroney N.S U13 hurling team advanced to the county final with a 6-5 to 1-8 victory over Annacarty N.S. in the Ragg. Ardcroney U11 hurling team also qualified for the county final when they overcame Ballycahill N.S. 5-5 to 1-4. Both deciders will be played in Semple Stadium.
In the North semi-final MacDonaghs got the better of Moneygall 6-3 to 1-4. In the final they played Ballina in MacDonagh Park on Monday.
The annual Juvenile and Camogie Clubs’ Clothes collection takes place all this week. Bags of clothes can be dropped into the Complex before 11.00am on this Saturday, 27th May.
The new County Draw commences on this Friday, 26th May. There is a €500,000 Prize Fund with 30 prizes every month including two cars. In May the Star Prize is a Renault Kadjar worth €30,000.The last draw was very successful for the club. We had nine winners with Joan Ryan claiming €15,000 in October and Len Gaynor pocketing €5,000 in December. You can join by contacting any member of the committee or co-ordinator Carmel Daly 087-2409854.
The annual Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will be held in MacDonagh Park 3rd to 7th July. Parents are encouraged to apply online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie as this will lessen the administrative load on the organisers. Application forms will be distributed through the schools to facilitate parents who are not in position to register online. The first child in a family costs €60, the second child €50 and the third and subsequent children €40. Last year we had 169 participants who enjoyed a fun-filled week.
The club extends sympathy to: John Joe Hyland, Bothar Mhuire, Cloughjordan on the death of his brother Paul, Cornwall, England; the family of the late James Armitage, Rathmore, Borrisokane and formerly Deerpark, Cloughjordan; and the family of the late Tony Brown, Knockbrack, Cloughjordan.