The dream of capturing the Frank McGrath Cup in the 1916 Centenary year evaporated in testing
conditions in Thomas MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan. Kiladangan retained their crown with a well-deserved 2-18 to 1-17 victory. The visitors dominated for most of the game and nobody can dispute the result. The club had put in a massive effort in preparing MacDonagh Park for the occasion. On Saturday evening the pitch and surrounds were in pristine condition. There was a neatly trimmed lush carpet of grass on the pitch and not a weed or a piece of litter could be seen. Alas! Not for the first time on an important occasion in Cloughjordan, the weather turned foul, making it a difficult day for players and spectators. The inclement weather affected the attendance but there was still huge support for MacDonaghs. The village was a sea of black and white as the Magpies took on the favourites.
Kiladangan settled quickly and had the first two points of the game. Even at this early stage it was clear the Kiladangan were adapting better to the conditions and had the better first touch. Eoin Hogan, operating at midfield, got the challengers off the mark with a point and Kieran Cahill levelled the game with a free. In the seventh minute Kieran was on target from a free to put MacDonaghs ahead for the one and only time in the game. The decisive score in the game came in the 9th minute
when hesitancy in the home defence allowed Tadhg Gallagher to find the net. This goal gave Kiladangan gave a cushion they maintained until the interval with the score 1-9 to 0-7 in their favour.
Justin Cahill had to retire injured in the 24th minute and he was replaced by Darragh Peters. MacDonaghs could ill afford the loss of Justin. Kiladangan opened the second half scoring with a point, Cian Darcy replying with a similar effort. With 36 minutes gone Kiladangan had a five-point advantage. MacDonaghs rallied and cut the deficit to two with four minutes of normal time remaining. However, Kiladangan finished the stronger and a Ray McLoughney goal in the 63rd minute came too late to affect the outcome. MacDonaghs can have few complaints about the
outcome as Kiladangan were on top in most departments. Players must dust themselves down for the challenge of Carrick Swan in the county championship on this Sunday, 25th September in Holycross at 1.45pm. More than ever the team needs supporters to get behind them.
Team: Thomas Williams, Ray McLoughney (1-0), Jack Peters, Éanna Hogan, Willie Cleary, Niall O’Meara, Seamus Hennessy, Justin Cahill, Eoin Hogan (0-1), Thomas Cleary (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-1),
Kieran Cahill (0-10), Cian Darcy (0-3), Brian O’Meara (Capt)(0-1) and James Williams. Subs: Darragh Peters, Tomás Hogan, James Cleary, Mark O’Meara and Jonathan Cahill.
MacDonaghs lost out to Roscrea in the first round of this competition. We wish a speedy recovery to Oisín Williams who sustained a fractured thumb in the game.
MacDonaghs participated in the Martin O’Leary tournament in Kilcolman on last Saturday. A draw with Borrisokane and victories over Burgess and Kiladangan gave Kilruane outright victory. Captain
Danny Cahalan was presented with the Martin O’Leary trophy. Thanks to Burgess for the invitation and their hospitality on the day.
Under 8 & Under 6
On last Saturday morning MacDonaghs travelled to Toomevara to participate in a blitz. Toomevara and Borrisokane were also involved. MacDonaghs had two U8 and two U6 teams in action.
New York Prize
The club is organising a major raffle with very attractive prizes. The winner has a choice of weekend flights and accommodation for two to the Tipperary New York Association Dinner Dance or flights and accommodation for the St. Patrick’s weekend in New York and be a guest of the Tipperary Association in the Parade.. The second prize is a weekend for two in a luxury hotel and the third prize is an evening meal for two. Tickets cost €5 and three are available for €10. The draw will take on Friday, 14th October.
Several local players were involved in the Munster juvenile handball finals played last weekend. In U16 Sean McAdams lost to his Kerry opponent on a 21-15 and 21-16 scoreline. Devlin Courtney and
Lahorna's John McGrath played in the U16 doubles but lost to Cork. Louis Kennedy lost out to a Waterford player in the U15 singles but in the U15 doubles James Loughnane and Cormac Doheny had a good win over Cork 14-15, 15-10 and 15-5. Rory Grace had no trouble against Cork, winning comprehensively. In the U12 doubles Jack Mulcahy teamed up with Ballina’s Evan Carey, overcoming Cork opposition on a 15-5 and 15-14 scoreline.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Mary Joe Kinehan, Crowle, Cloughjordan.