After a 0-26 to 0-23 quarter-final loss to Borris-Ileigh in the North championship, attention now focuses on the first round of the County championship against Toomevara, which is scheduled for the weekend of 30th July. MacDonaghs started sluggishly in this encounter and Borris-Ileigh, against the breeze, led by 0-3 to 0-0 after three minutes. MacDonaghs improved as the half progressed, but at the end of the first quarter Borris-Ileigh had a four-point cushion. In the second quarter, MacDonaghs outscored Borris-Ileigh 0-7 to 0-4 to leave them trailing by the minimum at the break. Both sides had goal chances in the opening half with Jerome Cahill unfortunate to see his goal disallowed for a very debatable square ball infringement.
The sides went score for score in the second half and were level on no less than seven occasions. The turning point of the game came in the 63rd minute. Borris-Ileigh led by a point at this stage. Craig Morgan was surging forward in the attack when he was fouled. The free wasn’t given. Almost immediately, Borris-Ileigh won a free that resulted in a point. MacDonaghs had to go hunting for a goal, but Borris-Ileigh struck the insurance point for victory.
MacDonaghs had nine different scorers and struck fourteen points from play.
Team: Conor Doheny, Cormac Doheny, Kieran Cahill, Jack Peters, Eoin Hogan (0-2), Niall O’Meara (0-1), Conor Austin, James Cleary (0-1), Craig Morgan (0-2), Willie Cleary (0-9, 0-7 frees, 0-1 65), Jerome Cahill (0-2), Aaron Morgan (0-3), Cian Darcy (0-2), Seamus Hennessy (0-1 free), Conor Cleary. Subs: Thomas Cleary, Devlin Courtney.
In the second round of the championship, we lost 3-15 to 1-15 against Ballinahinch in Nenagh. After playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half, we led 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval. Two minutes into the second half, Ballinahinch drew level. In added time, Ballinahinch held a two-point lead and added 1-1 to their tally to seal victory.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Sean Quinlan, Cormac Doheny, Eoin England, Paddy Ryan, Tomás Hogan, Keith Broderick, Rory Grace, Kevin Oakley, Devlin Courtney, Jack Mulcahy (0-1), Conor Cleary (1-4), Eoin Carroll (0-9, 0-6 frees), Brian O’Meara, Oisín O’Meara. Subs: Jonathan, Cahill, Eoin Williams, Paul Dwyer, Kevin Shinners (0-1).
In the third round, we play Nenagh in Toomevara this Friday, 14th July, at 7.30pm.
A 4-8 to 0-4 home victory over Kiladangan secured a place in the semi-final of the ‘B’ football championship. There was very little between the sides in the first half with Kilruane 0-4 to 0-2 ahead at the break. It wasn’t until the final quarter that MacDonaghs breached the Kiladangan defence for the crucial goals that tilted the balance of the game.
Team: Johnny Naughnane, Simon Austin, Danny Cahalan, Sean Hayes, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan, Cathal England, Cillian Healy (0-2), Cian Moyles (1-0), Andrew Hayes (2-0), Jack Mulcahy, Tristan Madden (0-2 frees), Michael Cleary (0-3 frees), Eoin Carroll (1-1, 0-1 45), Brian O’Meara. Subs: Shane Cleary, Ray Quinlivan, Cian Hayes, Tom Austin, Colin Doris,
The semi-final takes place on Wednesday, 19th July, with time and date to be confirmed.
In the third round of the championship, we lost 3-9 to 1-12 against Borris-Ileigh in MacDonagh Park. The next round is away to Newport this Thursday, 13th July, at 7.00pm.
Both our teams recorded victories over Nenagh in Ardcroney last week.
117 attended our first Cúl Camp in MacDonagh Park last week. Thanks to head coach Conor Sheedy (Roscrea) and his assistant coaches Kevin Naughnane, Danny Cahalan, Brian O’Meara, Cian Moyles, Alli O’Kelly, Mollie Kennedy, Gráinne O’Meara (all Kilruane MacDonaghs), Conor Kennedy (Lorrha), Rachel Doran (Roscrea) and Josh Doran (Roscrea) who organised a week of fun-filled activities for the participants. They got invaluable help from Saoirse Whelan, Ava Gaynor, Sarah Cleary, Orlaith Cleary, Cian Hayes, William Jones, Michael Cleary and Donncha O’Meara. Thanks to parents Pamela Gaynor, Ann-Marie Casey, Mairéad McLoughney and Ed Heneghan, who assisted with the supervision. Co-ordinator Michael O’Meara ensured that everything ran smoothly during the week. The second Cúl Camp will commence on Monday, 17th July.
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Congratulations to Lukah Williams, St. Michael’s NS, Cloughjordan who played in the INTO exhibition game during the interval of the Kilkenny and Clare semi-final in Croke Park. Lukah acquitted himself well, scoring 1-1 in the number eleven Clare jersey.
The New Draw has been launched. There is a total prize fund of €600,000 with 10 car prizes, 20 Lotto jackpots plus 10 extra weekly draws. Thanks to all who joined the last Draw, and we look forward to your continued support.
The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot now stands at €1,400.
The jackpot next week will be €3,100. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for your continued support.
Congratulations to Shane Quinlan and Sarah Higgins, who were married last Friday and to Morgan Conway and Leanne O’Dwyer, who were married last Saturday.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Fiona Phelan, Roscrea and to the family of the late Stephanie Keays, Lahorna.