Best of luck to Niall O’Meara, Craig Morgan, Cian Darcy and the Tipperary team in the Munster Final against Limerick.
A twelve-point loss in MacDonagh Park scuttled hopes of qualifying for the League final. Score: Toomevara 3-21 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-18. The damage was done in the first half when Toomevara scored goals in the 5th, 13th and 25th minutes. Jerome Cahill was introduced at the first water break for the injured Conor Cleary. At half time the writing was on the wall with Toomevara ahead by twelve as the scoreboard read 3-10 to 0-7 in their favour.
Craig Morgan who lined out at full-back went off at half time – presumably he was allowed play only 30 minutes by Liam Sheedy. Cian Darcy was withdrawn after 40 minutes. Jerome Cahill operated on the half forward line in the second half and he was a constant threat, firing over three points from play and three more from placed balls. Toomevara led by thirteen at the second water break and always looked likely winners. MacDonaghs now focus on their preparations for the championship.
Team: Conor Doheny, James Cleary (0-1), Craig Morgan, Eanna Hogan, Tomás Hogan, Kieran Cahill (0-1), Mark O’Neill (0-1), Sean McAdams, Aaron Morgan, Darragh Peters (0-1), Caoilainn Conroy, Páidí Williams (0-1), Cian Darcy (0-2, 0-1 free), Willie Cleary (0-4, 0-3 frees), Conor Cleary. Subs: Jerome Cahill, Martin Grace, Conor Austin, Robert Austin (0-1), Oisín O’Meara, Paddy Ryan.
A goal with the second last puck of the game by Declan Barrett earned the Magpies (3-18) a share of the points with Borris-Ileigh (1-24) in an exciting encounter in MacDonagh Park. MacDonaghs had the aid of the breeze in the first half but it was the visitors who were first off the mark with two points. Niall Shinners limped off the field in the 14th minute and his replacement James Williams made an immediate impact with a white flag. At the water break Borris-Ileigh led by 0-6 to 0-5. A goal for Borris-Ileigh in the 22nd minute gave them a five-point cushion and it looked like the game was slipping away from MacDonaghs. However, green flags by Tom Dooley (23rd minute ) and James Williams (31st minute) helped edge the home team into a 2-10 to 1-11 interval lead.
On the resumption Borris-Ileigh hit a purple patch and struck five unanswered points to take a three-point lead. A Conor Cleary point helped stem the tide. At the second water break Borris-Ileigh led by 1-20 to 2-13. With 48 minutes gone MacDonaghs trailed by five and it looked like Borris-Ileigh, with the breeze at their backs, would see the game out. However, Kilruane kept plugging away and stayed in touch. Deep into added time MacDonaghs won a free on the half backline. Diarmuid Cahill floated it into a congested goalmouth. Somehow Declan Barrett managed to secure possession and fired the sliotar to the net from close range to bring the sides level. It had been a gritty and spirited display by team which augurs well for the upcoming championship.
Team: Thomas Williams, Brendan McAdams, Gavin McAvinchey, Conor Austin, Martin Grace, Diarmuid Cahill, Oisín O’Meara, Pat Conway (0-1), Eoin Hogan (0-1), Niall Shinners (0-2 frees), Robert Austin, Conor Cleary (0-4, 0-1 free), Declan Barrett (1-9, 0-5 frees, 0-2 65s), Paddy Ryan, Tom Dooley (1-0). Subs: James Williams (1-0), Shane Williams, Finnian Mannion, Eoin England.
MacDonaghs (1-19) kept in the hunt for a semi-final spot with a five-point away victory over Portroe (1-14). The Magpies had the assistance of a light breeze and were quickly into their stride with three points inside six minutes. At the water break the visitors led by 0-6 to 0-3. On the restart Portroe got a major boost when a long range free was finished to the net by the full-forward. It was real championship hurling at this stage with every ball vigorously contested. At the interval the sides were deadlocked with the scoreboard reading MacDonaghs 0-9 Portroe 1-6.
The management shuffled the deck for the second half with Tom Larke and Jack Mulcahy entering the fray. MacDonaghs started the half with more purpose and points from Páidí Williams (free) and Jack Gleeson edged them into a two-point lead. The Magpies kept their noses in front from there to the end but could never shake off a competitive Portroe side. In the 35th and 40th minutes Páidí Williams floated over two sidelines from opposite sides of the pitch in the style of Joe Canning. At the second water break MacDonaghs led by 0-16 to 1-9. The issue still remained in doubt until Páidí Williams fired home a goal from a twenty metre free in the 58th minute to open a seven-point gap. The home side kept plugging away and reduced the deficit to four points at the final whistle.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Shane McAteer, Cormac Doheny, Paul Dwyer, Ciaran Coffey, Aaron Morgan (0-1), Ross Austin, Rory Grace, Eoin Carroll, James Loughnane, Niosa Minogue (0-1), Pádraig Coonan (0-3), Jack Gleeson (0-2), Páidí Williams (1-12, 0-2 from play), Kevin McDonald.
Subs: Tom Larke, Jack Mulcahy, Eoin O’Meara.
The U15 team travelled to Toomevara and lost out to the home side by 1-15 to 2-9. In the ‘A’ championship our U13s drew with Nenagh in Ardcroney while the second team lost by four points to the same opposition. Our U11 teams enjoyed mixed fortunes. Our first team had a home victory over Toomevara while the Greyhounds prevailed when the second teams clashed. Out third team had a great tussle with Nenagh and just shaded the verdict.
The first of our two scheduled Cúl Camps took place in MacDonagh Park last week. With the exception of Tuesday the weather obliged. To adhere to Covid Guidelines the capacity was limited to 100 participants. County Chairman Joe Kennedy visited on Wednesday and was very impressed with the efficient organisation of the Camp. Thanks to Conor Sheedy (Head Coach) and his assistant coaches Craig Morgan, Kian O’Kelly, Katie O’Meara, George O’Leary, Abigail Quinlivan, Tara Nolan, Jake McEvoy and Aoibhe Murphy who organised a varied programme of activities. Parents Helen O’Meara, Lynsey Dunne, Deirdre Grace, Marie Walsh, Carmel O’Sullivan, Majella Gaynor, Mark Carey, Marie Foote and Noirín Nolan provide invaluable assistance which was very much appreciated. Denis Powell, Tommy Houlihan and their colleagues on the Fás Scheme had MacDonagh Park in its usual pristine condition for the Camp. A special word of thanks to the Camp co-ordinator Michael O’Meara who ensured that proceedings ran smoothly.
Niall O’Meara and Eanna Hogan are organising a Summer Camp in Ardcroney School 9th to 13th August from 9.00am to 2.00pm each day. Activities include hurling, football, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Participants will be in with a chance to win numerous spot prizes such as Bourke Sports Vouchers and a signed Tipperary jersey.
The cost of camp is €60 for the first child and €50 for subsequent children. To book a place in the Camp text the name, date of birth, parental contact number and any medical condition of child to Niall 0862587189 or Eanna 0872189512.
The Jackpot has climbed to €3,500. Tickets are available from the usual outlets or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.