A 2-26 to 1-23 (AET) victory over Templederry in MacDonagh Park secured a place in the Divison 2 County League final against Loughmore Castleiney. A Niall O’Meara point in the 61st minute took the game into extra time. The sides were level on no less than fifteen occasions during the ninety minutes but in the second period of extra time MacDonaghs found that little bit of energy to carry them over the line.
Team: Thomas Williams, James Cleary, Eoin Hogan (0-1), Stephen Cleary, Ray McLoughney (0-1), Niall O’Meara (0-1), Robert Austin, Justin Cahill, Seamus Hennessy (0-4), Tomás Hogan (0-1), Kieran Cahill (0-8), Conor Cleary (0-4), Jerome Cahill (1-3), Declan Barrett (1-0) and Craig Morgan (0-3). Subs: Conor Doheny, Sean McAdams and Caoilainn Conroy.
The North semi-final against Toomevara will take place in Dolla on Friday, 27th July at 7.15pm.
MacDonaghs lost out to Borris-Ileigh on a 2-23 to 1-19 scoreline in Toomevara. Borris-Ileigh hit 1-3 without reply inside the first five minutes and held the same advantage at the interval. Although the gap was reduced to three in the third quarter, Borris-Ileigh were always in control and were deserving winners.
Team: Conor Doheny, Tom Dooley, Pat Williams, Conor Austin (0-3), Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett, Martin Grace, Cormac Williams (9-1), Cormac Mannion (0-2 from frees), Paddy Ryan, Robert Austin, Tomás Hogan, Bob Dooley (1-8, 0-5 from frees), Niall Shinners (0-2) and Eoin Williams (0-3, 0-1 from free). Subs: Mark O’Meara, Mark O’Neill (0-2) and Jonathan Cahill.
Our final group game is against Toomevara in MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan on Sunday, 22nd July at 7.00pm.
A semi-final spot was nailed down with a 4-20 to 3-16 home victory over Ballinahinch/Templederry. The visitors hit the ground running and were 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after five minutes and the home side were gasping for air. A goal from Eoin England in the 6th minute helped Kilruane gain a foothold in the match. The combination shaded the rest of the half but the Magpies continued to improve as the game wore on. At half-time the score was 2-12 to 1-12 in favour of Ballinahinch/Templederry. On the restart MacDonaghs reeled off three points in succession and it was game on. In the 40th minute Nathan Lynch kicked the sliotar to the net to put MacDonaghs in the lead for only the second time in the match. They fought doggedly to maintain this advantage and with one minute left were still two points ahead on the scoreboard. Páidí Williams knifed through the defence to bat the ball to the net to seal a place in the semi-final. Two points were added which gave a rather flattering look to the scoreboard as there was in reality only a puck of the ball between the sides.
Team: Kevin McDonald, Louis Kennedy, Mark O’Neill, Paul O’Neill, Fionnan Minogue, Sean McAdams (Capt), Aaron Morgan, Páidí Williams (1-5, 0-3 from frees), Luke Morkan, Nathan Lynch (1-4), Kian O’Kelly (0-10 from frees), David O’Sullivan, Matthew Spain (0-1), Eoin England (1-0) and Patrick Hayes. Subs: Owen Usman, James Loughnane (1-0) and Colm Cleary.
In the second round of the championship MacDonaghs are away to Ballina on this Friday, 20th July at 7.00pm.
In the latest round of the championship MacDonaghs are at home to Lorrha on this Wednesday, 18th July at 7.00pm.
Ardcroney was the venue for our games against Nenagh Éire Óg. MacDonaghs shaded the verdict in both matches after a great evening’s hurling. In the final group game MacDonaghs (Bán) lost to Lorrha in MacDonagh Park. On this Friday, 20th July they will take on Toomevara in the quarter-final in MacDonagh Park. MacDonaghs (Dubh) also have a home quarter-final on Friday evening.
Congratulations to our three winners in the July Draw: Erin Foote, MacDonagh Avenue (€2,000); Kay Cahalan, Ashley Park (€1,000); and Michael Cahill (€200).
The Juvenile and Camogie clubs are once again joining forces for the Annual Clothes Collection. This year proceeds will go to the Running for Josie Fundraiser which involves Seamus Hennessy doing the Antarctic Ice Marathon on 13th December in aid of Pieta House and Living Links. The Clothes Collection will take place between Thursday, 23rd August and Thursday, 30th August. Bags can be left in the Complex all that week.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Peg Brennan (née McCormack), MacDonagh Avenue and formerly Brownstown, Cloughjordan.