Congratulations to the minor football team that claimed the county ‘B’ crown with a 2-11 to 1-3 victory over Moyne Templetuohy/Thurles Gaels in Dr. Morris Park on Saturday night. This was the first county minor football title to come to the club. MacDonaghs finished runners-up in the ‘A’ final in 1970 and the ‘B’ final in 2008. This time the Magpies made no mistake with a terrific display that saw the 53rd county title come to the parish. On a bitterly cold night MacDonaghs were quickly into their stride when the outstanding Karl Williams split the posts with a free and Craig Morgan added one from play. Moyne responded with a point before MacDonaghs hit 2-4 on the trot. The two goals arrived in the 12th minute, one better than the other. Kian O’Kelly was at the end of a great move to crash home the first. Almost immediately Jerome Cahil, who had started at full-back, drifted up the field in pursuit of Moyne danger man Conor Bowe. Jerome finished off another flowing movement by rifling the ball to the net. In the 19th minute Karl Williams made a great save from a penalty which he deflected over the bar. At the interval MaDonaghs had the game by the scruff of the neck as they led 2-7 to 0-3.
The scoring rate slowed in the second half but MacDonaghs never took their foot off the pedal. Once again Karl Williams opened the scoring with white flag from a free. Points from Matthew Spain, Owen Usman and Karl Williams saw the Magpies lead by 2-11 to 0-3 with ten minutes to play. The Mid champions never gave up and were rewarded with a goal from Sean Hayes in the 51st minute. It was too little too late with the boys in black in white defending stubbornly in the closing minutes as the combination sought another green flag. It had been a terrific team performance. Apart from the delightful football played, the most pleasing aspects of the performance was the fantastic team spirit that was evident and the ferocity of the tackling.
After the game the outgoing chairman of the Football Board Joe Hannigan presented the Hugh Kennedy Cup to joint captains Kevin Oakley and Nathan Ryan. Thanks to Liam O’Kelly (Manager), Niall O’Meara & Pat Murphy (Coaches), Damian Mulcahy & Eanna Hogan (Selectors) and June Whelan (First Aid) for all their work during the year.
Team: Karl Williams (0-4, 3 frees & a 45), Kevin Oakley, Jerome Cahill (1-0), Ben Chadwicke, Nathan Ryan, Sean McAdams, Mark O’Neill, Luke Dervan (0-2), Kian O’Kelly (1-0), Owen Usman (0-1), Devlin Courtney, Luke Morkan, Matthew Spain (0-3, 0-2 from frees), Craig Morgan (0-1) and Páidí Williams. Subs: Alan Spain, Aaron Morgan, Fionnan Minogue (Blood), Eoin England and Patrick Hayes.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on this Friday, 15th December at 8.00pm. It will be preceded by Mass for deceased members in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm. Everybody is invited to attend.
Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Len Gaynor who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Nenagh Guardian Sports Award on Friday, 26th January in the Abbey Court Hotel.