MacDonaghs came out the wrong side of a 1-25 to 2-15 scoreline against Thurles Sarsfields in the second round of the championship, played in a sunny Templemore. The Magpies lacked the services of Justin Cahill, Darragh Peters and Thomas Williams while Thomas Cleary and Eoin Williams are out of action with long-term injuries. Kilruane were quickly out of the blocks and although Thurles had the first point Cian Darcy rifled a rasper to the net in the 2nd minute after great work by Kieran Cahill. Brian O’Meara raised the second green flag after four minutes and the 2-1 to 0-1 on the scoreboard made pleasant reading. A talented Thurles side gradually found their feet and fired over six points in succession. MacDonaghs kept in touch and both sides worked some wonderful scores. Sarsfields led by 1-13 to 2-5 at the interval.
The impressive Jerome Cahill slotted over the first score of the second half. A Pa Bourke free cancelled this out. The Magpies were now thundering into the game and hit four points in succession to reduce the gap to the minimum and it was game on. With nine minutes left only a point separated the sides. Thurles, with a stronger bench, finished well though the margin of victory was flattering. It was a noble effort against the champions. MacDonaghs will now face a massive challenge as they take on championship favourites Kiladangan in the quarter-final of the North championship in Dolla on Sunday, 11th June at 7.30pm.
Team: Conor Doheny, Éanna Hogan, Jack Peters, Ray McLoughney, Willie Cleary, Seamus Hennessy, Eoin Hogan, Jerome Cahill (0-1), Craig Morgan, Kieran Cahill, Niall O’Meara (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-1), James Williams (0-3), Brian O’Meara (1-4) and Cian Darcy (1-5). Subs: James Cleary and Declan Barrett.
In the fourth round of the league MacDonaghs will be away to Nenagh on this Sunday. Check fixtures.
Cumann na mBunscol
Ardcroney N.S U13 team captured the county ‘E’ hurling title with a 4-13 to 3-5 triumph over Clomore N.S. in Semple Stadium. Paddy Kelly, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscol, presented the trophy to captain Jack Ryan. The Ardcroney U11 hurlers were just edged out 2-11 to 3-7 in the ‘D’ final by Mullinahone. It was a tremendous achievement to have two teams in Semple Stadium and one title was a satisfactory return.
In the county semi-final MacDonaghs had a narrow 2-6 to 1-4 home victory over Ballina. In the county final, played in Semple Stadium, they claimed the title for a third time with a 5-4 to 0-3 victory over Killenaule. The previous titles were won in 2009 and 2012. This latest triumph brings the club’s tally of county titles to an impressive 52 alongside the 151 divisional successes. MacDonaghs had led by 1-2 to 0-3 at the interval after playing against the wind. After the game captain Brian O’Meara was presented with the trophy by Tipperary star Ronan Maher. Team: Cillian Franks, Cathal McIntyre, Cathal England, Brian O’Meara, Cian Moyles, Shane Cleary (0-1), Cillian Healy, Cormac Gaynor, Ray Quinlivan (1-1), William Jones and Michael Cleary (4-2). Subs: Johnny Naughnane, Dara O’Looney, Darragh White, Jack Quinlisk and Paul Molloy. Congratulations to players and management on this wonderful achievement. MacDonaghs now proceed to the Munster championship.
The juvenile and camogie clubs would like to thank everybody who supported the annual clothes collection and helped to make it such an outstanding success.
The new County Draw commences on this Friday, 2nd June. There is a €500,000 Prize Fund with 30 prizes every month including two cars. In May the Star Prize is a Renault Kadjar worth €30,000.The last draw was very successful for the club. We had nine winners with Joan Ryan claiming €15,000 in October and Len Gaynor pocketing €5,000 in December. You can join by contacting any member of the committee or co-ordinator Carmel Daly 087-2409854.
The annual Kellogg’s Cúl Camp will be held in MacDonagh Park 3rd to 7th July. Parents are encouraged to apply online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie as this will lessen the administrative load on the organisers. Application forms will be distributed through the schools to facilitate parents who are not in position to register online. The first child in a family costs €60, the second child €50 and the third and subsequent children €40. Last year we had 169 participants who enjoyed a fun-filled week.