We qualified for the Junior ‘C’ final with a hard-earned 3-12 to 2-14 away victory over Ballina. We had the aid of the light breeze in the first half. The teams traded points in the first quarter and were tied on 0-3 each. MacDonaghs hit a purple patch and scored 1-3 to surge six points ahead. Eoin O’Meara had raised an opportunist green flag in the 20th minute after the Ballina keeper parried a shot. The home side finished the half strongly to leave the interval score 1-6 to 0-5 in favour of the Magpies.
With a freshening breeze at their backs, Ballina cut the deficit to three points with the opening score of the second half. A Louis Kennedy point and a free from Diarmuid Cahill put Kilruane five ahead. In the 34th minute, Pat Williams was first to react when the sliotar came back off the post, and he whipped it first time to the net. Points from Martin Grace and David O’Sullivan gave the visitors a ten-point cushion with thirty-nine minutes gone.
Ballina were gradually getting a grip on the game and hit 1-4 without reply in a nine-minute spell to leave just three points between the teams with eleven minutes left. MacDonaghs responded with a peach of a goal from David O’Sullivan. He drifted inside his marker and pulled first time to beat the Ballina keeper with a daisy cutter. With 62 minutes gone, we were five points ahead. Ballina piled on the pressure and added 1-1 in injury time to cut the deficit to the minimum. Some outstanding scrambling defence prevented the equaliser, and MacDonaghs were in the final.
Team: Alan Quinlan, Arran Conroy, Fergus England, David Mooney, Sean Hayes, Shane Williams, Cormac Williams, Diarmuid Cahill (0-5, 0-4 frees), Finnian Mannion, Eoin O’Meara (1-0), Martin Grace (0-1), David O’Sullivan (1-2), David Williams (0-1 free), Louis Kennedy (0-2), Conor Quinlan (0-1). Subs: Pat Williams (1-0), Declan Barrett, Paul O’Neill, Brian Banaghan.
In the final, we will take on championship favourites Silvermines in Toomevara with details of the fixture to be confirmed. This will be the first time since 1996 that our third adult team will contest a North final. On that occasion, our Junior ‘B’ team lost to Templederry. The club is asking all our supporters, young and old, to get to the final and support the lads.
In the preliminary quarter-final, we play Moneygall/Clonakenny this Sunday, 29th October, in Borrisokane at 12.00pm.
The jackpot next week will be €4,600. 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 €1,500.
Congratulations to Lorrha on their victory in the County final, and we wish them the best of luck in the Munster Championship.
Friends of MacDonaghs
“Friends of MacDonaghs” is aimed at enabling supporters of the club to contribute to the ongoing success and development of our club and teams. We have devised a number of options, all aimed at making the initiative accessible to businesses and individuals across our community and further afield. We have had a great response so far, and the signs will soon be going up on the stand.
One of the key features of the Friends of MacDonaghs initiative is that we will, as a club and as a community, be backing ourselves. Our jerseys and all club gear will be re-branded with the ‘friendsofmacdonaghs.ie’ logo, and with our new club motto ‘One Club, One Community’. Contact any committee member for further details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information about the various packages on offer can be found at https://www.kilruane.com/friends-of-macdonaghs/
The club extends sympathy to Andy Whelan & family on the death of Rita Whelan (née Hogan), MacDonagh Avenue & formerly Urra, Puckane.