In the third round of the County League, we lost 3-19 to 0-19 against Toomevara in MacDonagh Park. Fielding just six of the team that started in the County final, this was our best performance to date in the League. The final score doesn’t reflect the trend of play as there was very little between the sides until the final minutes. In fact, during the game, the teams were level on no less than nine occasions. The management will be pleased with 0-15 from play and the good form of established players such as Jerome Cahill, Eoin Hogan, Willie Cleary, James Cleary and Cian Darcy. For the second game in a row, the best player on the pitch was wearing a black and white jersey. James Cleary was man of the match against Drom with a sublime performance at full-back with Jerome Cahill stamping his class on this encounter against The Greyhounds. However, they will be less enamoured with the concession of the three goals, all preventable.
MacDonaghs took the lead straight from the throw-in with Cian Darcy bisecting the posts. Toomevara responded by hitting 1-3 to open up a five-point gap. The goal came in the fifth minute when we lost possession after a short puck out, and Adam Hall finished to the net. The Magpies shrugged off this blow and fired over six points with Willie Cleary (2), Eoin Hogan (0-2), David O’Sullivan and Jerome Cahill all on target. Approaching the interval, Kilruane were a point ahead when Jack Delaney cut in from the left flank to fire the sliotar to the net. At the break, Toomevara led by 2-6 to 0-10.
On the resumption, MacDonaghs hit the ground running and scored three points on the trot, one from Cian Darcy and a pair from Willie Cleary. With fifty-three minutes gone, the visitors had a slender two-point advantage. The game was in the balance. A Kilruane effort for a point dropped short. The resultant clearance found Mark McCarthy who raised Toomevara’s third green flag. They added a flurry of points to give them a flattering margin of victory. MacDonaghs next game is at home to JK Brackens on Friday, 27th April.
Team: Conor Doheny, Conor Austin, Eanna Hogan, Ciaran Coffey, Eoin Hogan (0-3), Jerome Cahill (0-2), Cormac Doheny, Matthew Moyles, James Cleary, David O’Sullivan (0-1), Cian Darcy (0-4), Willie Cleary (0-8, 0-4 frees), Paddy Ryan, Martin Grace, Robert Austin. Subs: Eoin Carroll (0-1), Jack Mulcahy, Rory Grace, Oisín O’Meara.
We play Roscrea in the semi-final. Details of the fixture have yet to be confirmed.
Cillian Healy was a member of the Tipperary panel that had a victory over Limerick in the first round of the championship.
In the first round of the North/Mid League, we are away to Gortnahoe Glengoole this Friday, 21st April, at 7.00pm. On Monday, 24th April, we are at home to Holycross Ballycahill at 7.00pm.
We travelled across the border to take on Kiladangan in Puckane. Playing with the breeze in the first half, MacDonaghs struggled to turn possession into scores, hitting a number of wides. A great finish to the net from Paraic Nevin and a point from Hugo Healy meant we went in at half time all square, 1-1 to 0-4. MacDonaghs started the second half brightly, and a Shay Óg Kennedy rocket raised the green flag. Following great work from Kallen Grace and the impressive Stasik Setikas, a Cormac Kennedy goal and a Hugo Healy point had us in control. However, Kiladangan stormed back with 1-2 without reply to level the game. MacDonaghs finished strongly, and a Tommy O'Meara goal and a point from Cormac Kennedy gave us a four-point win.
Team: Andrew Austin, Conor McGrath, Tommy Gaynor, Kallen Grace, Tom Campbell, Hugo Healy (0-2), Charlie Kennedy, Tommy O'Meara (1-0), Stasik Setikas, Cormac Kennedy (1-1), Shay Óg Kennedy (1-0), Oisín Carroll, Emmet Dwyer, Paraic Nevin (1-0), Arman Khan Wahid. Subs: Gerard O'Looney, Jack O'Meara, James Gould, Culann Haverty.
In the quarter-final, we are away to Portroe this Thursday, 20th April, at 6.45pm.
In the ‘A’ semi-final, we lost by eight points against a very useful Éire Óg outfit in Nenagh. Kilruane played against the wind in the first half and defended very well. Ronan Hayes, who was the MacDonaghs man of the match, made some vital saves to leave the team in a healthy position at half time, only three points down. However, Nenagh played much better in the second half, scoring an early point and a goal. Kilruane went in search of a goal to get themselves back into the contest, but Nenagh defended well and ran out deserved winners.
Team: Ronan Hayes, Tadhg Teefey, Dylan Sheahan, Colin Gaynor, Mark Cleary, Lukah Williams, Senan O'Leary, Jack O'Meara, Tiernan Casey, Ciaran Foote, Paul Williams, Shane O'Meara, Cian O’Looney. Sub: Robert Cleary. Referee: Gerry Treacy.
After six sessions, activities concluded last Saturday. Thanks to all the boys and girls who attended. A particular word of thanks to the coaches who provided a fun-filled programme over the six weeks.
Once again, the club is running two Cúl Camps, 3rd to 7th July, and 17th to 21st July. The Camps are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13. There will be a week of action-packed activities. Each participant will receive the Cúl Camp Kit pack, consisting of backpack, jersey and ¼ zip top. The cost is €75 for the first child; €60 for the second child; €50 for third and subsequent children. All booking is online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot now stands at €1,350.
The jackpot next week will be €3,000. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for your continued support.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Sean Hogan, Knockanpierce, Yewston and Silver Street, Nenagh; the family of the late Jimmy Murphy, Emill; and Fr. Pat Treacy on the death of his mother Rose Treacy (née McDaid), Townfields, Cloughjordan.