Well done to Jerome Cahill and Craig Morgan who were on the Tipperary minor team that overcame Limerick. Best of luck to Niall O’Meara and the Tipperary team in the League semi-final.
In the third round of the county league MacDonaghs had a four-point away victory over Éire Óg Annacarty on a 0-21 to 1-14 scoreline. MacDonaghs had the aid of the breeze in the first half. Although the home side had the first score MacDonaghs settled quickly and a Cian Darcy free had the sides on level terms. Three more white flags in succession put the visitors into a three-point lead. After nineteen minutes Kilruane, playing smart hurling, had opened up a five-point gap. Annacarty came more into the game and with twenty-nine minutes gone had reduced the deficit to three. They added 1-1 in injury time to lead by the minimum. A point from Conor Cleary put the sides level as they adjourned to the dressing rooms with the score MacDonaghs (0-10) Annacarty (1-7).
Justin and Jerome Cahill were introduced for the second half and Justin in particular was to prove very influential at wing-forward. The injured Thomas Williams was replaced between the sticks by Conor Doheny at the interval. MacDonaghs opened the second half brightly and some lovely combined play saw Craig Morgan bring the best out of Annacarty keeper, Darragh Mooney. Annacarty hit the front with a point, but Justin Cahill replied to leave the teams all square again. Anncarty pointed again, but Thomas Cleary cancelled this out. Justin Cahill fired Kilruane into the lead in the 37th minute and they gradually took control of the game. With four minutes of normal time left MacDonaghs had an eight-point cushion. Thomas Cleary had departed the scene earlier after he took a heavy belt of the hurl on the leg. Justin Cahill failed to see the game out as well. He was withdrawn to avoid exacerbating a hamstring problem. Annacarty scored the last four points without reply, but Kilruane had victory wrapped up at this stage. Team: Thomas Williams, Eoin Hogan, Éanna Hogan, Stephen Cleary, Liam Gibson, Willie Cleary, Conor Austin, Craig Morgan, Darragh Peters (0-3, )James Williams (0-2), Conor Cleary (0-2), Cian Darcy (0-9), Eoin Williams, Paddy Ryan and Thomas Cleary (0-1). Subs: Justin Cahill (0-2), Jerome Cahill (0-1), Conor Doheny, Cormac Williams (0-1) and Declan Barrett.
In the first round of the minor hurling championship MacDonaghs are at home to Silvermines on this Friday, 14th April at 6.30pm. They travel to Roscrea to take on the home side on Thursday 20th April at 6.30pm.
MacDonaghs (4-7) drew with Lorrha/Rovers Gaels (5-4) in the football championship.
In the quarter-final of the Féile MacDonaghs just edged out Borrisokane on a 0-6 to 1-2 scoreline. The sides were level on 0-2 each at the interval. Team: Eoin Carroll, Jack Gleeson, Cian White, Danny Cahalan, Georgie O’Leary, Rory Grace (0-2), Neasa Minogue, Sean Hayes, Sean Williams, Oisín Williams, Ciaran Coffey (0-1), Kevin Naughnane (0-2), Jack Mulcahy (0-1), Zack Dervan and Paul Dwyer. Subs: Andrew Hayes and Darra Hannon.
Kilruane MacDonaghs (Bán) lost to Borrisokane in the football championship on a 6-5 to 4-6 scoreline.
Cumann na mBunscol
Cloughjordan Schools qualified for the North hurling final with victories over Lorrha (5-5 to 0-3), Birdhill (5-2 to 1-4) and Dunkerrin (2-1 to 1-2).
Cúl Camp Cúl Camp
The annual Cúl Camp will be held in MacDonagh Park, 3rd-7th July. Last year a record-breaking 169 participants enjoyed a fun-filled week at the camp. Don’t miss out this year. Application forms will be available in the near future.
The MacDonaghs Juvenile and Camogie clubs are organising their annual Clothes Collection between Monday, 22nd May and Saturday, 27th May. We had a tremendous response in previous years and we anticipate that supporters will rally to the cause once more.