In the semi-final, we had a 2-15 to 1-11 away victory over defending champions Burgess. With the opposition fielding most of last year’s team, the general feeling was that this would be a bridge too far for the Magpies. Although not fully fit, Aaron Morgan started at full-forward, and his presence on the edge of the square was a big boost for MacDonaghs. Before the game, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Johhny Grace (Burgess). Kilruane hit the ground running and had four points on the board before Burgess opened their account with a point in the thirteenth minute. We led 1-8 to 0-5 at the break with Brian O’Meara raising the green flag in the 27th minute after his long-range effort deceived the Burgess keeper.
The home team had an impressive third quarter, and after thirty-eight minutes, the teams were level on 1-9 each. The momentum appeared to be with Burgess, but MacDonaghs dug deep and opened up a three-point gap as the game entered injury time. In the 65th minute, the Burgess goalkeeper made a great save from Aaron Morgan, but Jack Mulchy latched on to the rebound with a one-handed pull to finish to the net. Páidí Williams tacked on a point from the middle of the field to leave a seven-point cushion at the final whistle.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Danny Cahalan, David O’Sullivan, Cian Moyles, Sean Hayes, Ciaran Coffey, Eamonn Coonan, Brian O’Meara (1-0), Cathal England, Cormac Doheny, Páidí Williams (0-12, 0-9 placed balls), Jack Mulcahy (1-1), Eoin Carroll, Aaron Morgan (0-1), Nathan Lynch (0-1). Sub: Paul Dwyer.
In the final, we play Silvermines in Templederry this Sunday, 3rd December, at 12.00pm. Admission is by ticket or Tap & Go. Silvermines go into the game as red-hot favourites and have been touted as likely County champions before a ball was pucked in this championship. MacDonaghs have exceeded expectations by reaching the final and have nothing to lose against very fancied opponents. With four U17s in the starting lineup and only five players up to the age, it will take a herculean effort by the players to come out on top. Support will be crucial, so we are asking everybody to shelve the Christmas shopping and get to Templederry on Sunday. The management team of Thomas Williams, Niall O’Meara and Eanna Hogan have done tremendous work with this group. Let us get behind them on Sunday,
The Annual General Meeting will be held this Friday, 1st December at 8.30pm. All members are invited to attend. Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in Cloughjordan Church on Sunday, 3rd December at 11.00am.
Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to the Cloughjordan U13 football team on their 4-3 to 1-8 victory over Upperchurch NS in the County final in Littleton. Cloughjordan played with the wind in the first half and got a great start with two goals from Tommy Ryan and a third from Conor Greene. Upperchurch were bigger and stronger, but Cloughjordan tagged on great points from Tiarnán Casey and Conor Greene. The second half was backs to the wall stuff, but goalkeeper David Walsh made a few fantastic saves. Ben Williams swept up a lot of ball. Tiarnán Casey won kick out after kickout, and Ben Shields, Luke Flannery, and Darrell King worked tirelessly. Isaac Hussey Sheahan and Dara Greene never stopped tackling, and Ciara Austin, Harry Williams, Brian Quinlisk and Jody Williamson worked their socks off. A great move from the back saw Tommy Ryan slot in his third goal to seal the deal. Commiserations to Upperchurch who played their part in a fantastic final.
Cloughjordan U11 girls’ team gave a tremendous display in their County final but were edged out by Presentation School Thurles on a 3-2 to 1-4 scoreline. Kilruane NS U13 football team had to give second best to an excellent New Inn team in the County semi-final in Borrisoleigh.
The jackpot next week will be €5,100. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for 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 €1,550.
Ardcroney Community Field
A public meeting will be held this Wednesday, 29th November at 8.30pm in Ardcroney Hall. This meeting will provide an opportunity for our community to come together and discuss future development at Ardcroney Community Field. Your presence and input are valuable and we encourage you to attend and share your thoughts and contribute to the meeting. Together, we can make a positive impact on Ardcroney Community Field.