MacDonaghs got the better of Newport in the first round of the championship on a 2-16 to 1-15 scoreline in Toomevara. On a perfect day for hurling, MacDonaghs had the aid of a light diagonal breeze in the first half. Very little separated the sides for most of the first half. In fact, they were level on seven occasions during that period. The Magpies had three goal chances but failed to convert them. However, just before the break they had a piece of good fortune. An innocuous delivery from James Cleary was mishandled by the Newport keeper and the green flag was raised. Darragh Peters surged through for a point and MacDonaghs went to the dressing room with the scoreboard 1-9 to 0-8 in their favour.
On the resumption, Jerome Cahill, who had suffered a leg injury in the first half, was move to full-forward. However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Jerome was a constant threat on the edge of the square where he made an immediate impact. He took a pass from substitute Finnian Mannion and the net was shaking. Cormac Mannion and Cian Darcy added points and suddenly there were nine points between the sides. It was an uphill struggle for Newport after that. The MacDonaghs half backline of Conor Austin, Tomás Hogan and the very impressive Craig Morgan thundered into the game and let very little through. Deep into injury time Kilruane were still eight ahead. Cian Darcy and Jerome Cahill had been called ashore at this stage. Newport scored 1-1 in added time, the goal coming from a penalty.
Team: Conor Doheny, Bob Dooley, Stephen Cleary, Tom Dooley, Craig Morgan, Tomás Hogan, Conor Austin, Jerome Cahill (1-2), Caoilainn Conroy, James Cleary (1-1), Conor Cleary (0-4), Darragh Peters (0-2), Cormac Mannion (0-1), Brendan McAdams and Cian Darcy (0-6). Subs: Finnian Mannion, Nathan Ryan, Niall Shinners, Kevin Oakley and Sean Cleary.
On this Sunday MacDonaghswill face Kiladangan in Toomevara at 12 o’clock.
MacDonaghs took on Naomh Barróg, Dublin in the final of the Billy O’Meara tournament in MacDonagh Park last Saturday. The visitors took the honours with Phyllis O’Meara presenting the trophy to the winning. Thanks to all who supplied refreshments and looked after the catering. Naomh Barróg visited the Thomas MacDonagh Centre before returning to the capital.
The November draw will be held in Bomber’s Bar on this Friday night. Joan Ryan, Cloughkeating, who won €15,000 in the October draw, will be presented with her prize. All are welcome.
”Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013 Heirs to a Proud Tradition” is now on sale in the local shops in Cloughjordan and in Sullivans, Ardcroney. You can also reserve your copy by contacting Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.The 560 page hardback publication costs €30.
The North Tipperary G.A.A. Board Convention will be held in the clubroom on Thursday, 8th December.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 9th December at 8.00pm.