A 2-18 to 0-20 victory over Roscrea in Ballingarry in the fourth round keeps us in the hunt for a place in the semi-final. MacDonaghs had the aid of the light breeze in the first and were quickly into their stride with a brace of points from Declan Barrett and one from Martin Grace. After ten minutes the sides were level on 0-4 each. Niall Shinners slotted over a point from a free and he struck a decisive blow in the 12th minute with a green flag. Pat Conway found the net in the 29th minute to leave the Magpies 2-10 to 0-11 points ahead at the break.
Roscrea enjoyed a greater share of the possession in the second half but found the MacDonaghs defence in a stubborn mood. At the other end our forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over. In the 59th minute the Roscrea keeper Enda Moloney blazed a penalty over the bar and this was the closest they came to finding the net. Niall Shinners had the final say when he was on target from a 65.
In the final round Knockshegowna will provide the opposition this weekend. Fixture details to be confirmed.
Team: Thomas Williams, Brendan McAdams, Gavin McAvinchey (Capt), Oisín O’Meara, Martin Grace (0-1), Tomás Hogan, Conor Austin, Caoilainn Conroy (0-1), Shane Williams, Mark O’Neill (0-1), Justin Cahill (0-5), Declan Barrett (0-3), Tom Dooley, Niall Shinners (1-7), Pat Conway (1-0). Subs: Kevin Ryan, Mark O’Meara, Kevin Oakley, David O’Sullivan.
In the quarter-final of the ‘A’ championship we had to give second best to a very good Borris-Ileigh team on a 3-7 to 1-5 scoreline. We led up to the final quarter, but the home side finished strongly and were deserving winners. Our second team recorded a 5-2 to 1-4 home victory over Newport in the latest round of the championship.
Our teams had mixed fortunes last week. In the ‘A’ quarter-final our first team gave a very good account of themselves before losing out to Borris-Ileigh in MacDonagh Park on a 3-8 to 2-6 scoreline. Our second team got the better of Portroe in Ardcroney and now face Kiladangan in the semi-final.
On last Sunday morning we hosted Roscrea for a number of enjoyable games. Thanks to Roscrea for travelling.
The first Draw takes place on Friday, 18th September. Thanks to all our subscribers and promoters for their loyalty over the years and we look forward to your continued support of this important fundraiser for the club.