In a game in which defences dominated MacDonaghs came out the wrong side of a 1-9 to 0-10 scoreline against Toomevara in the first round of the county championship in Dolla. Ultimately, a 20th minute goal from Jack Delaney proved to be the difference between the sides. It all had begun brightly for the Magpies. Playing against the diagonal wind, they dominated possession. Niall O’Meara was outstanding at centre-back and the attack was getting a liberal supply of the ball. Rather ominously, however, our forwards were making little headway and the ball was coming out too easily. Despite the difficulties up front, MacDonaghs were in a good position with just ten minutes to go to half-time with the score 0-2 to 0-1 in their favour. However, indecision in the defence allowed Toomevara in for a goal and a team that had been gasping for air in the opening quarter found a new lease of life and led at the break by 1-4 to 0-3.
Cian Darcy opened the scoring with a point in the second half to reduce the deficit to three. In a dogged second half battle MacDonaghs struggled to put the necessary scores on the board. However, with ten minutes to go the lead had been cut to one. Despite the best efforts of the players they couldn’t drive on from this favourable position and Toomevara deservedly took the points.
Team: Thomas Williams, Eoin Hogan, Jack Peters (Capt), James Cleary, Darragh Peters, Niall O’Meara, Craig Morgan (0-1), Seamus Hennessy (0-1), Justin Cahill, Jerome Cahill (0-1), Kieran Cahill (0-3 from frees), Conor Cleary, Ray McLoughney, Cian Darcy (0-2) and Thomas Cleary (0-2). Subs: Sean McAdams and Stephen Cleary. Attention now switches to the North championship with Lorrha providing the opposition in Borrisokane on this Saturday, 21st April at 6.30pm.
In the first round of the hurling championship MacDonaghs crossed the border and shared the points with Borrisokane in Gardiner Park. The visitors put 0-14 on the board in reply to 1-11 from the home team. MacDonaghs hit the ground running and registered five points before Borrisokane opened their account. As the half went on Borrisokane got into their stride and led by 1-6 to 0-8 at the interval. On the resumption a brace of points edged MacDonaghs ahead but they couldn’t open up a match-winning lead. The result was in the balance until the final whistle with Borrisokane equalising from a free in injury time. Team: Páidí Williams, Ben Chadwick, Mark O’Neill, Louis Kennedy, Patrick Hayes, Sean McAdams Capt (0-4), Luke Morkan (0-1), Devlin Courtney (0-2), Owen Usman, David O’Sullivan, Kian O’Kelly (0-5), Fionnan Minogue (0-1), Aaron Morgan (0-1), Eoin England and Mathew Spain. Subs: Niosa Minogue and Colm Cleary.
Under 16 Football
In the first round of the ‘A’ championship MacDonaghs travelled to Puckane and got the better of the home side on a 3-8 to 3-4 scoreline. A flying start gave the visitors a five-point lead. However, Kiladangan gradually seized the initative and led by 3-2 to 0-5 at the interval. In the second half green flags from Nathan Lynch, Páidí Williams and Oisín Williams helped the Magpies to a hard-earned victory. Team: Kevin McDonald, Cillian O’Neill Reidy, Shane Whelan, Niosa Minogue, Ciaran Coffey, Nathan Lynch (1-1), Colm Cleary, James Loughnane, Páidí Williams (1-6), Barry Shanahan, David O’Sullivan, Jack White, Oisín Carroll, Aaron Morgan and Kevin Naughnane. Subs: Eoin O’Meara, Cian White, Oisín Williams (1-0) and Eoin Carroll.
The footballers made an encouraging start to the championship with a victory over Kiladangan in Puckane. On this Sunday, 21st April they are away to Moneygall at 5.00pm.
MacDonaghs (Dubh) made home advantage tell with a victory over Newport in Ardcroney.
On Sunday, 13th May the juvenile committee is organising a fundraising dance in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex. Music is by Declan Aungier and dancing is from 9.00pm to 12.00. All proceeds go to the Féile fund.
Ardcroney Community Field Committee is organising a Table Quiz in the “Frolics Pub” Carney on this Friday, 20th April at 9.00pm. Proceeds from the Quiz will help fund the purchase of a new mower. Ardcroney Community Field is a major asset to both the GAA and Camogie clubs and is in regular use for training and matches. In order to maintain the pitches in the proper condition a new mower is essential. Members are asked to support the Quiz and those who are unable to attend can make a contribution to any member of the committee.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Liam Ryan, Corner House, Cloughjordan and formerly Annagra, Donegal.