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MacDonaghs travelled to Borrisoleigh on Saturday in the first round of the County League and came away pointless with the home team prevailing on a 2-22 to 3-11 scoreline. The visitors featured just nine of the team that triumphed over Borris-Ileigh in last year’s North championship. The home team were much sharper all through and appeared more advanced in their championship preprarations. In the first half Borris-Ileigh had the advantage of the breeze which mysteriously disappeared for the second period. The hosts started well but a goal by James Williams in the ninth minute had the sides level 1-2 to 0-5. A second green flag by James Williams in the 13th minute put the Magpies three points ahead. Borris-Ileigh found the net in the 24th minute to edge a point ahead. They finished the half strongly to lead by 1-14 to 2-6 at the break.  Although Kieran Cahill reduced the gap with a point on the resumption Borrris-Ileigh gradually assumed control. The withdrawal of Darragh Peters at the interval with a shoulder injury didn’t help matters. In the end the home side ran out comfortable winners. Team: Conor Doheny, Bob Dooley, Willie Cleary, Éanna Hogan, Ray McLoughney (0-1), Darragh Peters, Conor Austin, James Cleary, Liam Gibson, Kieran Cahill (0-4), Conor Cleary (0-2), Eoin Hogan (0-1), James Williams (3-1) Thomas Cleary (0-1) and Cian Darcy (0-1). Subs: Stephen Cleary, Eoin Williams, Cormac Williams and Declan Barrett. Incidentally, the free count was 17 to 9 in favour of Borris-Ileigh.  The next game is home to Kiladangan on the weekend of 26th March.



MacDonaghs are away to Burgess in the first round of the league on this Sunday in Kilcolman at 12.30pm.



The footballers open their campaign with a home game against Ballina on Sunday at 2.00pm. This time is subject to change.


Under 16

Two late goals helped MacDonaghs snatch a 5-5 to 3-10 victory over Kiladangan in Puckane in the first round of the championship. MacDonaghs led at the interval on a 3-3 to 1-7 scoreline but had to come from behind to take the points on offer. Team: Kevin McDonald, James Loughnane, David O’Sullivan (1-0), Colm Cleary, Shane Whelan, Kian O’Kelly, Ben Chadwick, Nathan Lynch (0-2), Matthew Spain (1-1), Aaron Morgan ((1-0), Páidí Williams (1-0), Matthew Moyles (0-2), Louis Kennedy (1-0), Jack White and Conor Quinlan. Subs: Paul O’Neill and Barry Shanahan.


Under 12

In the first round of the football championship MacDonaghs (Dubh) played out an exciting draw away to Nenagh. MacDonaghs scored 3-2, the home team replying with 2-5. After a competitive first half Nenagh held the interval advantage of 1-3 to 1- 1 with Ray Quinlivian finding the net for the Magpies.  In the second half MacDonaghs fought back with Cian Hayes notching 1-1 and Peter Flannery chipping in with a goal. From 1 to 11 players put in a fantastic effort and stayed going to the end. Many thanks to the parents who brought their children the match. Team:  Paul Molloy, Cian Moyles, Simon Austin, Cian Hayes, Brian O’Meara, Peter Flannery, Killian Healy, Cathal McIntyre, Shane Cleary, Donncha O’Meara and Ray Quinlivian.



The following membership fees will apply for 2017: adult players €50; non playing adults €30; juveniles and minors €30. Membership cards are now available. The deadline for renewal of membership is 31st March. Membership is compulsory for all players, both juvenile and adult.


Club Package

The following special €200 club packages offer savings to all our members: (1) Adult players can join the weekly Club Lotto, County Draw and renew membership for €200; (2) Non playing adults can join the Club Lotto, County Draw and renew membership for €200; (3) Parents of juveniles will be given one annual Club Lotto and one County Draw subscription plus family membership for €200. In effect, all who avail of these packages will have free membership in addition to annual Lotto and County Draw subscriptions. A family of two adults and two juveniles can make a saving of €120. Anybody availing of this package will be entered into a draw for two All-Ireland hurling tickets.


The Munster juvenile team competitions, comprising six players from each county, were played on Sunday in Ballydesmond, Cork. Local players participating were Eoin Carroll, Jack Mulcahy and Ryan Gillick who played in the U12/13 section where they lost in the quarter-final to Cork. Rory Grace played in the U14/15 section and the team had a narrow victory over Cork, went on to beat Clare and then Waterford in the final. The winning Tipperary team now go forward to play the All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks time.



Sympathy is extended to Ivor Hayes on the death of his father William, Finnoe, Carney.