On this Sunday, 26th September Kilruane MacDonaghs play Roscrea in the final group game in Toomevara at 5.00pm. The club will not be selling tickets for the game. Tickets can be purchased on www.tipperary.gaa.ie and supporters can also pay at the gate.
In the final group match Kilruane MacDonaghs lost out by 1-22 to 1-14 against Nenagh in Toomevara. Nenagh hit the first two points but Eoin Hogan got MacDonaghs off the mark in the 6th minute. Good work by Conor Cleary in the 9th minute created a goal chance for James Williams who crashed the sliotar to the net. The departure of Diarmuid Cahill with an injury in the first quarter was a major blow and worse was to follow when Conor Cleary had to leave the field before the interval with a hand injury. Nenagh had a three-point advantage at the break with the scoreboard reading 0-14 to 1-8 in their favour.
On the resumption MacDonaghs cut the deficit to the minimum with points from James Williams and Declan Barrett. However, as the half wore on Nenagh regained the initiative and a goal in the 55th minute put the issue beyond doubt. The sides will meet again in the semi-final on the weekend of 3rd October. It will take a mammoth effort by the team to reverse this result. Hopefully, the management will be able to select from a full deck.
Team: Thomas Williams, Oisín O’Meara, Gavin McAvinchey, Cormac Doheny, Caoilainn Conroy, Diarmuid Cahill, Martin Grace, Pat Conway (0-1), Eoin Hogan (0-1), Conor Austin (0-2), Declan Barrett (0-3, 0-2 frees), Niall Shinners (0-1 free), James Williams (1-3), Conor Cleary (0-2), Paddy Ryan (0-1). Subs: Shane Williams, Kevin Ryan, Cormac Mannion.
In the third round we lost out to Roscrea in MacDonagh Park on a 3-12 to 1-12 scoreline. This was a good performance from the team considering we played the final quarter with 14 men and a few players were unavailable. We led by a point at the interval but fell three behind by the second water break. The numerical disadvantage began to tell down the home strait. We ran out of steam in the closing minutes as Roscrea finished with a flourish to claim the points on offer. Mark O’Meara gave an outstanding display at centre-back, reading the game brilliantly and delivering direct ball to the forwards. Despite this reversal, we remain in the hunt for a semi-final spot with victory essential in the final game against Ballina.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Fergus England, Martin Walsh, Louis Kennedy, David Mooney, Mark O’Meara, Paul Dwyer, Kevin Oakley, Rory Grace (0-2), Cormac Mannion (0-5, 0-3 frees), James Loughnane, Eoin England, David O’Sullivan (0-1), David Williams (1-1), Kevin McDonald. Subs: Kevin Ryan (0-3 frees), Eoin O’Meara, Seamus O’Meara.
In the County semi-final our second team came out the wrong side of a 0-9 to 2-2 scoreline away to Mullinahone. It was a great effort by the team against a very useful Mullinahone outfit. Our first team lost by 3-11 to 1-13 against Ballina in the quarter-final. They now play the winners of Silvermines and Nenagh in the Plate Final.
Last Sunday morning our panel of 26 travelled to Newport to play in a Blitz with the home team and Newtownshandrum of Cork. Thanks to Newport for the invitation and their hospitality.
The Jackpot has climbed to €4,500. Tickets are available from the usual outlets or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.
The new Draw commences on 1st October with a €500,000 Prize Fund. There are 11 cars to be won with a total of 30 prizes each month. Our promoters are currently canvassing the parish to recruit both new and existing members for this Draw.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Francie Ryan, Ardcroney. Francie won a North U15 medal with MacDonaghs in 1951 and lined out at full forward on the junior team that overcame Lorrha to win the 1964 North final. He was a passionate and vocal supporter of MacDonaghs and took great pride in seeing his son Alan play a pivotal role in the 2003 County intermediate final victory over Burgess.
As a mark of respect the Tricolour flew at half mast in MacDonagh Park. His coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours and club members formed a guard of honour as Francie was taken to his final place of rest.
Sympathy to the family of the late Leo Banaghan Snr, Cloughjordan and our former parish priest Fr. Tom Hannon on the death of his brother Jackie.