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In the relegation semi-final, we have been drawn to play Upperchurch Drombane. This game is likely to take place on the weekend of 1st October.

 

U17

Despite a great second-half rally, we lost 0-23 to 3-10 against Borris-Ileigh in the North ‘A’ final. Borris-Ileigh went into the final as favourites and deservedly led by 0-11 to 1-6 at the interval. They dominated possession in the first half, and MacDonaghs were fortunate to be just two points adrift at the break. Michael Cleary scored the Kilruane goal from a penalty in the 17th minute after Cian Moyles had been hauled down. Three excellent points from Tommy O’Meara also helped the Magpies keep in touch.

On the restart, Borris-Ileigh continued to have the upper hand, and with forty-one minutes gone, had opened up a nine-point gap. To MacDonaghs credit, they kept plugging away. In the forty-fourth minute, Brian O’Meara latched on to a pass from Charlie Kennedy and scored a cracking goal. A minute later, Brian knifed his way through the Borris-Ileigh defence, but his effort was saved by the keeper. Charlie Kennedy collected the rebound and buried the sliotar in the net. The large MacDonaghs following was now in full voice. A brace of Michael Cleary frees levelled matters, and it was anybody’s game with three minutes of normal time left. Borris-Ileigh were on the ropes, but a point from the impressive Tom Delaney saw them edge in front. They added three more white flags to claim the title.

Team: Tom Austin, Cian Hayes, Cathal England, Simon Austin, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan, Cormac Kennedy, Shane Cleary, Cillian Healy, John Hannan, Cian Moyles (0-2), Tommy O’Meara (0-3), Brian O’Meara (1-0), Ray Quinlivan, Michael Cleary (1-5 frees). Subs: Charlie Kennedy (1-0), Hugo Healy.

In the County quarter-final, we had to give second best to a powerful Holycross side in Toomevara.

Meanwhile, our second team booked a place in the ’C’ semi-final with a 2-22 to 0-20 victory over Thurles Gaels in MacDonagh Park. We led 1-8 to 0-8 at the interval.

Scorers: Michael Hennelly (0-10, 0-6 frees), Lucas Jones (2-0), Fiachradh Ahearn Woods (0-4), Dara O’Looney (0-3), Johnny Naughnane (0-2), William Jones (0-1), Thomas O’Brien (0-1), Coilin Doris (0-1).

A  0-21 to 2-11 victory over Borrisokane in Ballinderry secured a spot in the County final where we will play Portroe. The game was originally fixed as part of a doubleheader in Kilcommon. Both clubs secured Ballinderry as an alternative venue. Thanks to Shannon Rovers, who made their pitch available and to Mark Houlihan Lorrha, who obliged by officiating. Against the wind, Borrisokane were quickly out of the blocks and put 1-1 on the scoreboard. MacDonaghs found their feet after the sluggish start and led by 0-11 to 1-5 at the break. A brace of Michael Hennelly frees increased MacDonaghs lead to five before Borrisokane responded with 1-2 from frees to leave the sides level. Michael Hennelly was on target from three frees in succession to give Kilruane a three-point advantage. They managed to keep their noses in front until the end for a deserved four-point victory. Michael Hennelly gave an exhibition of free taking, putting 0-16 between posts and adding 0-4 from play for good measure. I believe this is the highest number of points scored by a Kilruane MacDonaghs player in any grade in any era.

Team: Cathal McIntyre, Fearghal Doheny, Jack Quinlisk, Cormac Gaynor, Johnny Naughnane, Fiachradh Ahearn Woods, Donnacha O’Meara, Michael Hennelly (0-20, 0-16 frees), Thomas O’Brien, Lucas Jones, Dara O’Looney. Sub: Cathan Gaffney. This is an 11-a-side competition.

In the final, we will play Portroe this Sunday with time and venue to be confirmed. Check our social media pages for details. We are asking all our supporters to get behind this team in the final. It is a tremendous achievement to be contesting the final with our second team.

 

U13

A large crowd from the parish descended on Dundrum for the County finals. The foul weather necessitated a change from the original venue in Clonoulty. The ‘D’ final against Rockwell Rovers was played on the outside pitch, which held up well after the recent inclement weather. MacDonaghs controlled this game from the start. Ciaran Foote opened the scoring with a point in the second minute. Three minutes later, Ciaran raised a green flag, and Jack Ryan tacked on a point. Shane Carroll and Sean Whelan were dominating midfield while Colin Gaynor and Robert Cleary mopped up anything that got through. Rory McLoughney chipped in with a point in the eighth minute, and Shane Caroll found the net in the twelfth minute. Ciaran Foote added a pair of points before the interval to leave MacDonaghs firmly in the ascendancy on a 2-6 to 0-0 scoreline.

Liam Dollery and Harry Gannon were introduced for the second half, and both got on plenty of ball. Kilruane continued to monopolise possession, but the scoring rate dropped. The Rockwell keeper denied Ciaran Foote and Liam Killackey with two excellent saves. The selectors emptied the bench in the final quarter, and all the players saw action as the club claimed its 62nd County title. After the game, Ann McGrath PRO Tipperary Coiste na Óg, presented the trophy to Odhran Goulding.

Team: Mark Gaynor, Rian Harte, Odhran Goulding, Robert Cleary, Colin Gaynor (0-1), Sean Whelan, Shane Carroll (1-0), Jack Ryan (0-1), Iasaac Hussey Sheahan, Ciaran Foote (1-4, 0-2 frees), Rory McLoughney (0-1). Subs: Harry Gannon, Liam Dollery Ben Sheils, Luke Flannery, James Last, Daniel O’Brien, Liam Killackey, Cathal McLoughney, Aidan Fahey, Tom Hannan, Sam Harding.

 

In the ‘A’ final, Kilruane MacDonaghs faced red-hot favourites Cashel. The West side had blown every other team out of the water on their path to the final, racking up impressive tallies. MacDonaghs were attempting to retain the title, a feat achieved by our U12 teams in 2010 and 2011. The U12 championship was the forerunner of the U13 competition. Cashel were seeking to win their first underage ‘A’ County championship in forty years. A huge crowd had assembled for this clash.  Piper Ger Neville from the Moycarkey Band paraded the teams before the players and supporters stood to attention for Amhrán na bhFiann. All-Ireland final referee Fergal Horgan was in charge of the whistle, and his presence added to the sense of occasion.

Cashel went on the attack from the start, and it took a brilliant save from Shane O’Meara to deprive them of an early goal. In the fourth minute, Cashel opened the scoring with a point. Conal Bonnar’s charges were dominating possession, but the MacDonaghs defence was holding solid with Tadhg Teefey and Mark Cleary marshalling their forces to good effect. Scores were at a premium in the first quarter before Cashel added their second point in the sixteenth minute. MacDonaghs eventually got off the mark in the nineteenth minute when Senan O’Leary pointed a free. Cashel restored their two-point advantage with a free in the twenty-fourth minute. The Magpies finished the half strongly. Jack O’Meara, now operating at centre-forward, fired over a trademark point, and the impressive Michael Hutchinson raised a white flag to leave the sides tied on 0-3 each at the break.

Considering Cashel had been on top in the first half, Kilruane were happy to be on level terms at the interval. Supporters were hoping that the team would replicate their third quarter North final performance. On the resumption, Michael Hutchinson put the Magpies in front for the first time with his second point. Cashel replied with a point to restore parity. A Senan O’Leary free edged MacDonaghs ahead for the second time. A Cashel point had the teams all square for the third time. Six scoreless minutes followed. A Cashel point from a free broke the deadlock. In the final quarter, they added five more points. The MacDonaghs defence was heroic in this period. Friend and foe marvelled at the outstanding saves from Shane O’Meara. Tadhg Teefey was giving a performance for the ages at full-back. One flick to prevent a certain goal drew gasps of admiration from all present. Kilruane kept battling away and kept in touch. We needed a goal to stage a grandstand finish. Paul Williams was unlucky to see his effort whiz by the left post. It was not to be our day, and despite the team leaving everything on the field, we had to give second best to Cashel on this occasion with the final score 0-11 to 0-5 in their favour.

Team: Shane O’Meara, Ben Williams, Tadhg Teefey, Cian O’Looney, Mark Cleary, Dylan Hussey Sheahan, Tiarnan Casey, Jack O’Meara (0-1), Michael Hutchinson (0-2), Lukah Williams (Capt), Tarla Doris, Senan O’Leary (0-2 frees), Paul Williams. Subs: Colin Gaynor, Tommy Ryan, Ciaran Foote, Jack Ryan, Conn Foley.

It has been a terrific season for our U13 teams. One County and two North titles is no mean feat. We will take that any year. Over two years, we have won three County and four Divisional titles. Thanks to the management team of Martin O’Looney, Mark O’Leary, Matt Cleary, Aidan Ryan, John O’Meara, Michael Dollery, Liam Grace and Enda McLoughney who have invested a huge number of manhours in preparing the teams. The ‘D’ team played twenty-four games while the ‘A’ team played twenty. The players have been the beneficiaries of coaching that lacked nothing in quality and quantity. The challenge for the club is to ensure that the same standard of coaching is replicated when players progress to the U15s next year.

 

 

U7

Last Wednesday, we travelled to Kilcoleman to play Burgess. On Saturday, we headed to Dolla for a Blitz with Silvermines, Moycarkey Borris, Ballybrown and Portroe.

 

Camogie

Congratulations to the U13 Camogie team that won the County Development final with a 6-1 to 4-0 victory over St. Mary’s on Saturday.

 

MacNamee Award

Congratulations to Damian Lawlor, who won a MacNamee Award for the best GAA Publication with his book “After the Storm”.

 

Lotto

The jackpot next week will be €4,100. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for your continued support.

 

Bingo

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.

 

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen Hassett (née Sherlock), Behamore, Cloughjordan.