Well done to Tipperary on the victory over Clare. Great to see Niall O’Meara back in the picture after recovering from injury. Applications for All-Ireland semi-final tickets must be made to Michael Cahill or Matt Cleary before this Saturday, 29th July. Family tickets will be available. Should Tipperary prevail against Galway there will be no family tickets for the final so parents are encouraged to take their children to Croke Park on 6th August.
MacDonaghs lost 1-23 to 0-12 against a much sharper Éire Óg side in the second round of the championship, played in Nenagh. This is a game the Magpies will quickly want to forget. Although Conor Austin floated over the opening point of the game in the first minute it was all downhill after that. After twenty minutes MacDonaghs were still in touch, trailing by six points to four. Nenagh dominated the remainder of the half and led by 1-11 to 0-6 at the break. Any hopes of a revival were quickly snuffed out on the resumption as Nenagh tacked on four points without reply to their tally. Although MacDonaghs kept battling away the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion. An alarming feature of this game was the inability of our forwards to win any volume of breaking ball. This malaise is also infecting our senior forward line as was very evident in the game against Upperchurch. The next game will be at home to Burgess on the weekend of 6th August. Team: Thomas Williams, Bob Dooley, Brendan McAdams, Colm Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Liam Gibson, Cormac Williams (0-1), Robert Austin, Conor Austin (0-1), Mark O’Meara (0-5), Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Thomas Cleary (0-2), Cormac Mannion (0-1), Niall Shinners and Pat Conway. Subs: Alan Darcy, Paddy Ryan, Finnian Mannion, Shane Williams (0-1) and Tom Dooley.
Despite scoring 1-21 the minor hurlers returned pointless from Puckane against a Kiladangan team that put 4-17 on the scoreboard. We scored enough to win the game but any day you concede 4-17 you are unlikely to find yourself in the winners’ enclosure. The home team led 2-13 to 1-10 at the interval. Although MacDonaghs reduced the deficit to two points in the 34th minute Kiladangan continued to exploit the fragility in the centre of our defence to chalk up the necessary scores for victory. Craig Morgan gave an outstanding display up front. He finished with a tally of 0-12 (0-10 from placed balls). He was often double-marked and won the majority of those ten frees himself. Against Nenagh our defence was the Achilles Heel of the team and proved to be so once more. There is an obvious remedy and until that is implemented we will not be serious championship contenders. The Magpies remain in the hunt for a qualification spot with a home game against Lorrha/Rovers Gaels on this Wednesday, 26th July at 7.00pm. Team: Páidí Williams, Kevin Oakley Mark O’Neill, Ben Chadwicke, Nathan Ryan, Sean McAdams (0-1), Luke Morkan, Jerome Cahill (0-5), David O’Sullivan, Owen Usman, Craig Morgan (0-12), Matthew Spain (1-1), Luke Dervan (0-1) and Kian O’Kelly. Sub: Aaron Morgan, Devlin Courtney (0-1) and Dylan Moran.
MacDonaghs had to give second best to a very good Nenagh Éire Óg side in the second round of the championship.
Ballina proved too strong for MacDonaghs in MacDonagh Park. The visitors had first use of the stiff breeze and built up a commanding lead by the interval. Kilruane kept plugging away in the second half but couldn’t reel in Ballina.
MacDonaghs made the short journey to Puckane to take on the home side on 19th July. Thanks to Kiladangan for the invitation.
A meeting of the club committee will be held in the clubroom on this Thursday, 27th July at 8.30pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
Thanks to our main sponsor Damian Mulcahy of Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney who presented a new set of jerseys to the club.
Congratulations to Finbar McLoughney who won €200 in the County Draw.
An Information Board, recounting the feats of William Spain, was unveiled in the clubroom on last Friday night. William from Moanfin, Kilruane was the first All-Ireland dual medallist in the history of the GAA, winning in football with Limerick (Commercials) in 1887 and in hurling with Dublin (Kickhams) in 1889. He was the first player to score a goal in an All-Ireland football final and the first player to score three goals in an All-Ireland hurling final. William emigrated to America in 1890. In that year he scored 2-5 in the first ever Gaelic football game under lights. Lining out for New York Gaelic against Port Chester Sarsfields, William was the star of the game which was played in Madison Square Gardens. Relatives of William Spain attended the function with Rodgie Spain and Mary Kelly (Spain) officially unveiling the Information Board. Thanks to Paddy Williams who carried out the research on this famous parishioner and gave a very interesting talk on the Spain family. Paddy would like to acknowledge the assistance of P.J. Maxwell (Nenagh Éire Óg).
Congratulations to Philip Quinlan and Denise Gaffney who were married last Friday.