A 2-17 to 0-18 victory over Moneygall/Clonakenny in Toomevara secured a semi-final spot. It wasn’t a performance that set the heather blazing with the margin of victory rather flattering the Magpies. The combination opened much brighter and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after six minutes. Then Jerome Cahill scythed though the Moneygall/Clonakenny defence to score a tremendous goal and tie up the game. The teams were level five times in the first half and against the run of play MacDonaghs led by 1-10 to 0-10 at the break. The Magpies were struggling in a number of areas and but for the work of Niall Shinners, Darragh Peters, Craig Morgan, Jerome Cahill and Cian Darcy we could have found ourselves in arrears at the interval. In defence we had a few square pegs in round holes while in the attack some of our prominent players couldn’t get into the game. To the selectors’ credit, they made adjustments in defence after the opening quarter and it looked more secure for the remainder of the game.
In the second half MacDonaghs lead fluctuated between two and five points but they could never quite shake off Moneygall/Clonakenny. At midfield Mark O’Neill saw more of the action in this period and fired over three points from play. However, with four minutes of normal time left there were only two points between the sides. Up stepped Cian Darcy to rifle the sliotar to the net and secure victory. It was mission accomplished. The team hurled better in the second half but it is obvious that a few more positional changes are necessary to achieve a better balance in the team for the semi-final.
Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Darragh Peters, Tom Dooley, James Cleary, Craig Morgan, Cormac Mannion, Mark O’Neill (0-3), Martin Grace (0-1), Cian Darcy (1-7), Jerome Cahill (1-4), Sean McAdams, Conor Lillis, Kian O’Kelly (0-1) and Kevin Oakley. Sub: Luke Dervan (0-1)
This group brought their hectic playing season to an end with a series of games against Moycarkey-Borris in MacDonagh Park on a beautiful autumnal Saturday morning. On this Friday night the players, parents and coaches will gather in the Complex for their annual presentation.
Cumann na mBunscol
Cloughjordan Schools qualified for the County U13 football final with a 7-4 to 4-6 victory over New Inn.
Clare Minor Final
Congratulations to our new Parish Priest Fr. Pat Greed who was part of the management team with the Clonlara minor hurlers who won the Clare title for the first time since 1928.
Win a Car
The promotion of the 700 Draw is now in full swing with sellers from the GAA and Camogie clubs carrying out a forensic canvass of the parish in an effort to sell the full complement of tickets. We have received fantastic support to date with everybody aware that this draw is crucial in financing the installation of the Astro Turf at the Hurling Wall. The Star Prize, a Citroen C3 Car sponsored by Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, has grabbed the attention of the public. There is a total Prize Fund in excess of €20,000 with 12 prizes on offer. The draw will take place in the Corner House, Cloughjordan on Friday, 16th November. Tickets costing €100 are now on sale.
To make this draw a success we need the support of our parish exiles, those living in Ireland and abroad. We hope that everybody receiving this email will buy a ticket. We know that our parish exiles will want to row in behind the development of the Astro Turf project. You can contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452, email gilbertwilliams09 @gmail.com to secure your ticket. We know we can count on the support of our parish exiles.
The Annual General Meeting has been pencilled in for Friday, 30th November.