Best wishes to Niall O’Meara and the Tipperary team in the National League Final.
MacDonaghs will play Nenagh in the first round of the county championship in Toomevara on Sunday, 30th April at 3.30pm.
MacDonaghs kicked off the hurling campaign with a 3-15 to 2-8 home victory over Silvermines. The Magpies lined out without Nathan Ryan and Devlin Courtney. Since the team played in the U16 championship in 2015 and number of players have fallen by the wayside. Silvermines and Kilruane were evenly matched, but the influence of county minors Jerome Cahill and Craig Morgan was the main difference between the sides. The visitors raised the first white flag, but a point from Luke Dervan put the teams level. A Craig Morgan free put the Magpies into a lead they were never to lose. With sixteen minutes gone on the clock Luke Dervan stuck one in the onion bag after great work by Jerome Cahill. In the 26th minute Luke Dervan raised his second green flag after taking a pass from Kian O’Kelly. At the interval MacDonaghs were firmly in the driving seat with the score 2-7 to 0-4 in their favour. On the resumption Kilruane hit three points on the trot and when Kian O’Kelly whipped a peach of a ground ball to the net in the 40th minute the game was over as a contest. Fifteen points now separated the sides. To Silvermines credit they kept battling away and two goals helped them reduce the deficit to ten at the final whistle. Team: Páidí Williams, Kevin Oakley, Mark O’Neill, Jack Dunne, Ben Chadwick, Jerome Cahill, Oisín O’Meara, Craig Morgan (0-7), Luke Morkan, Kian O’Kelly (1-3), Sean McAdams (0-2), Owen Usman, Dylan Moran, Luke Dervan (2-3) and Matthew Spain. Subs: Eoin England and Patrick Hayes.
MacDonaghs travel to Roscrea to take on the home side this Thursday 20th April at 6.30pm. This time is subject to change.
In the Féile semi-final MacDonaghs lost out to a stronger Borris-Ileigh side in Dolla.
MacDonaghs (Bán) just edged out Burgess in the football championship on a 1-5 to 0-5 scoreline.
MacDonaghs took to the field in Kilcolman after three losses so hopes were not high. The Magpies got off to a good start with a point. Burgess pushed hard and after two excellent saves by goalie Tom Austin Kilruane broke down the field and Jack Mulcahy scored a goal. MacDonaghs stayed ahead to lead at half-time with the score 1-3 to 0-1 in their favour. Burgess came out all guns blazing in the second half, but the boys in black and white held firm and two points saw MacDonaghs prevail by three points. Team: Tom Austin, Cathal England, Darragh Spillane, John Quinlisk, Paul Molloy, Jack Mulcahy (1-1), Shane Cleary, Tristan Madden (0-2), Eamon Coonan (0-1), Conal Daly, Liam Foley, Andrew Hayes (0-1) and Danny Cahalan.
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.