Best of luck to Páidí Williams and the Tipperary U20 team that takes on Limerick in the Munster final in the Gaelic Grounds on this Wednesday, 4th May at 7.30pm.
Best of luck to Craig Morgan, Cian Darcy, John Casey (Physio) and the Tipperary senior team against Limerick on Sunday.
In the fourth round of the League we lost out to Clonoulty Rossmore on a 0-19 to 0-17 scoreline in Clonoulty. With the light breeze in their backs the home team were quickly into their stride and led by 0-4 to 0-0 after four minutes. MacDonaghs settled and at half time the scoreboard read 0-14 to 0-9 in favour of Clonoulty. Cian Darcy and Aaron Morgan were introduced for the second half. MacDonaghs dominated the second half and with 58 minutes gone the sides were tied on 0-17 each. However, Clonoulty raised two injury time white flags to take the points on offer. MacDonaghs will rue spurning four gilt-edged goal chances — two in each half. Victory in the final group game against Borris-Ileigh is now essential to claim a semi-final spot.
Team: Conor Doheny, Eanna Hogan, Kieran Cahill, Conor Austin, James Cleary, Jack Peters, Eoin Hogan, Mark O’Neill, Matthew Moyles, Thomas Cleary (0-2), Jerome Cahill (0-5), Conor Cleary, Eoin Carroll, Kian O’Kelly (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Sean McAdams ( 0-2, 0-1 sideline). Subs: Cian Darcy (0-2, 0-1 free), Aaron Morgan.
In the fourth round of the League a depleted team was well beaten 6-26 to 2-11 by a superior Toomevara team in St. Michael’s Park. A Diarmuid Cahill goal in the first minute saw us enjoy a brief lead. However, a Shane Nolan goal from a 20m free in the fourth minute put the home side ahead and they controlled the rest of the game to run out comfortable winners.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Kevin Oakley, Declan Barrett, Paul Dwyer, Ross Austin, Kevin Ryan, Cormac Doheny, Caoilainn Conroy, Oisín O’Meara, Pat Conway (Capt), Paddy Ryan, Cormac Mannion, Sean Quinlan, Diarmuid Cahill, Niall Shinners. Subs: Eoin England, Arran Conroy, David Mooney. Our final group game is away to Kiladangan on this Friday, 6th May at 7.00pm.
In the second round of the League we recorded a 3-18 to 2-10 home victory over Portroe. It was fourteen-a-side as Portroe had only fourteen players. The rules of this non-competitive League allow teams to play with less than fifteen players. Team: Kevin Naughnane (Capt), Eamonn Coonan, Ross Austin, Danny Cahalan, Sean Hayes, Jack Mulcahy, Paul Dwyer, Rory Grace, Brian O’Meara, Tadhg O’Brien, Cian Moyles, Andrew Hayes Eoin Carroll, Cathal England. Subs: Tom Austin, Cian Hayes.
In the final group game our first team had a 4-7 to 3-7 home victory over Newport in the ‘A’ football championship.
Both our teams were in Féile football action at the weekend. Our first team competed in Division 2 in Monroe. MacDonaghs had a 2-4 to 1-4 victory over Upperchurch but lost to Moyle Rovers by 1-5 to 1-4. All teams finished on two points. Moyle Rovers finished top on the least scores conceded while MacDonaghs claimed the second semi-final place on goals scored. In the semi-final that was played on Monday we lost out to Ballina in Monroe on a 2-3 to 1-4 scoreline. Ballina led by 1-1 to 0-2 at the interval. Team: Johnny Naughnane, Donnacha O'Meara, Fearghal Doheny, Cormac Gaynor, Jack Quinlisk, Paul Molloy, Fiachradh Woods, Tommy Burriss, Killian Healy (0-2, 0-1 free), Thomas O'Brien (0-1), Michael Cleary, Michael Hennelly (1-1), Jack Kenneally, Shane Cleary, Cathal McIntyre. Subs: Tommy O'Meara, Darragh White, Dara O'Looney, Daniel Connolly. William Jones (Injured) and Ray Quinlivan (Sick) were absentees.
Our second team played in Division 8 in Templemore. They overcame Emly by 6-5 to 5-2 and lost to JK Brackens by 4-5 to 4-4. This was good enough to earn a semi-final spot where they lost to Annacarty by 4-11 to 2-0.
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Ardcroney NS qualified for the North Final in their competition. Victories over Scoil Eoin Naofa and Portroe secured a place in the final. In the final group game they lost to Borrisoleigh. Both these sides will meet in the final. Kilruane NS just missed out on a place in the final of their championship. They had victories over Birdhill and Kiladangan but lost 3-4 to 2-4 against Youghalarra who qualified for the final. Cloughjordan Schools are in action this week.
The Jackpot now stands at a very attractive €3,800. Tickets are available from the usual outlets or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.
Cloughjordan Heritage Volume X1 was launched in the Thomas MacDonagh Museum by Eamon O’Shea on last Friday night. Among the thirty-two articles featured in the book is an account of the first North Tipperary senior hurling championship that was played in Knocknacree in 1902 and a profile of Paddy Kelly, formerly of Southill who hurled with Kilruane MacDonaghs, fought in the Vietnam War and is now resident in Melbourne. The book, which costs €10 is available in the local shops and the Thomas MacDonagh Museum.
The club extends sympathy to the Ryan family, Dernasling, Ardcroney on the death of Tony Ryan, The Gallops, Naas, the Hill family, Whitstone on the death of Tom Hill and the Cleary family, Ballylusky on the death of Kathleen Cleary.