Well done to Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill, Craig Morgan and the Tipperary U21 team on the tremendous victory over Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.
A 2-24 to 3-16 loss against Killenaule in the second round of the county championship leaves us in a precarious position in the group. Toomevara’s victory over Annacarty has given us a glimmer of hope. On last Saturday evening a strong wind was blowing in Templetuohy. The toss was going to be crucial and the South champions had first use of the elements. The MacDonaghs defence struggled from the first whistle and the high ball in particular caused consternation. A goal by Kieran Bergin in the second minute put the Magpies on the back foot for the remainder of the game. Even against the strong wind Kilruane looked capable of scoring but unfortunately the Killenaule attack looked threatening whether the ball went in high or low. At the break MacDonaghs trailed 2-10 to 1-7 but considering the strength of the wind this was not an insurmountable deficit.
When Thomas Cleary fired over a point on the resumption a revival looked on the cards. However, this proved to be a false dawn as by the 37th minute Killenaule had opened an eight-point gap. The MacDonaghs forwards found it difficult to penetrate as Killenaule crowded their defence. At the other end the Killenaule attack continued to give the Kilruane defence a torrid time. Nobody could dispute that the better team won and the margin of victory did not flatter them. The reality is that 3-16 will win most games but the concession of 2-24 almost certainly guarantees defeat.
MacDonaghs must now regroup for the Annacarty game and the North final. It is time for everybody to stick together. Supporters must rally behind the team. We are still in both the North and County championships.
Team: Thomas Williams, James Cleary (0-1), Seamus Hennessy, Stephen Cleary, Ray McLoughney, Darragh Peters, Eoin Hogan, Justin Cahill (1-0), Niall O’Meara (1-1), Craig Morgan, Conor Cleary, Cian Darcy (0-8, 0-6 from frees , Jerome Cahill (0-2), Thomas Cleary (1-2) and Eoin Williams (0-1). Subs: Kieran Cahill (0-1), Declan Barrett, Tomás Hogan and Caoilainn Conroy.
Borrisokane will provide the opposition in the semi-final in Puckane on this Thursday at 6.30pm.
In the latest round of the championship MacDonaghs lost at home to Lorrha/Rovers Gaels on a 2-22 to 5-5 scoreline.
A 3-13 to 1-10 victory over Kiladangan has secured a semi-final spot in the championship.
Congratulations to our latest winners in the Tipperary Draw: Ita Cleary, Ardcroney (€2,000) and John Mulcahy, Ardcroney (€200).
Congratulations to the U13 Camogie team that overcame Moycarkey-Borris to win the County League final.