Monthly Archives: February 2011

Minor Football V Tracton – 27/2

Shamrocks 3-8, Tracton 2-11


Shamrocks and Tracton played out a very enjoyable draw at Shanbally and a blustery Shanbally on Sunday morning. A draw was a fair result in what was both teams first game of the year; the game was closely fought all through and bodes well for both teams as they set out on their long year of fixtures.

U13 Football V Clondrohid – 27/2

Clondrohid 1-7, Shamrocks 8-11


Shamrocks made the long trek to Clondrohid (outside Macroom) on Sunday afternoon last and made the journey worthwhile with a comfortable win. This was the first ever meeting between Clondrohid and Shamrocks at any level in either grade so history of a kind was made between the two clubs.


Due to a very poor turn out we had just the bare number of players travelling but that did not stop the lads from putting in a great performance on the day. Playing with the wind in the first half we got off to a great start and were leading by four points after a few minutes but Clondrohid made it very hard for the lads and at the break we were leading 2-04 to 1-00.


Clondrohid started the second half the stronger team but the lads got the first score and settled down after that to run out winners on a comfortable scoreline. Well done to Adam Jones who scored 4 goals on what was a great team performance generally.


Junior A Football League V Carrigaline– 27/2

Carrigaline 1-5, Shamrocks 1-6


Shamrocks opened their Carrigdhoun/Carbery League account with a last minute win over Carrigaline in Carrigaline on Sunday afternoon last. Shamrocks timed their run to perfection as they only led for the first time with 1 minute to go after Joseph Shanahan finished off a flowing Shamrocks move to the back of the Carrigaline net. Carrigaline could rightly claim that they deserved something out of this game as they did have plenty of scoring opportunities and possession but Shamrocks nabbed them on the line. Carrigaline led 1-3 to 0-1 early on, scoring a quick goal and a couple of points. Joe Shanahan with 2 and a cracker from Cannice Cafferey left Shamrocks 1-4 to 0-3 down at halftime. Conditions were heavy and scoring was always going to be a problem and so it proved.


However, the introduction of 3 Shamrocks players at halftime seemed to give Shamrocks added imputus and they gradually got on top of Carrigaline in the second half. More ball seemed to work its way inside and the forwards were unlucky at times that the ball didnt end up in the Carrig net. But it eventually did and Shamrocks took the 2 league points. While it was a bonus to take the win, everyone knows that there is an amount of work to put in which im sure the players and managament will respond to.  Next game next Sunday at home to Clan na nGael (Drimoleague) at 3pm. It was great to see 25 players togged out today as well.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. Herlihy, K. Hegarty, G. Ronayne, C. Brady, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, P. Lordan, B. Cusack, B. Mulqueen, C. Cafferey, D. O’Sullivan, S. Keane, J. Shanahan. Subs used – C. Ronayne, S. Collins, S. McGarry.

U15 Football V Tracton – 26/2

Shamrocks 2-4, Tracton 3-4


Shamrocks went down by a goal to Tracton in the first league game of the new league year. It was a very encouraging display in difficult circumstances from the lads on display and it bodes well for the season ahead. A theme that was repeated throughout the underage this weekend – poor player turnout – stymied the lads on duty. All our underage league competitions this year are 12 a side and we just managed to scrape together the minimum. But the players on duty gave everything they had, despite being reduced to 11 players for the last 10 minutes. Tracton were the better team in the first half with the aid of the breeze and led by 5 points at the break, 1-3 to 0-1 at half time, Alex O’Sullivan with the lone Shamrocks score.


However, a half time re-evaluation seemed to work the trick as, despite an early goal consession which put Tracton 7 points up, Shamrocks never gave up and a few positional switches seemed to work. They showed great determination to claw their way back to within 3 points at the end and indeed can count themselves somewhat unlucky that 2 late attacks for the equalising goal broke down at the last stage. However, some of the lads ran themselves to a standstill and can look forward to a good years football ahead if that attitude is kept up.


On the day, David Raleigh was simply outstanding in the Shamrocks goal, he must have made 6 top class saves, including one from a penatly. Coby O’Grady continues to improve in defence. Joe O’Brien and Rory Horgan, both carrying injuries ran until they could run no more. Darragh Scriven played a lot of ball as did Andrew O’ Grady in the second half. Alex O’Sullivan led the line well all through Aonghus Boland was his usual competitive self and played very well on the wing. Next training session this Wednesday March 2nd at 4.30pm at the Track.


Team: D. Raleigh, C. O’Grady, S. Kelleher, J. O’Brien, B. Crowley, R. Horgan, A. Boland, A. O’Sullivan, D. Scriven, N. Hayes, A. O’Grady

Under B 21 Football Championship – 12/2

Ballinhassig 7-14, Shamrocks 0-2


Shamrocks and Ballinhassig met on Saturday afternoon in Ballygarvan. Unfortunately from a Shamrocks point of view, the final score was Ballinhassig 7-14, Shamrocks 0-2. By all accounts and from reading the scoreline, this game was over from an early stage as Ballinhassig began their scoring spree on a wet afternoon.


Team: Jack Wilson, Aaron Hickey, Stephen Hurley, Jonathon Tuohy, Alan Dunne, Cathal Kidney,  Joey Brady, Alan McCarthy, Roy Twomey, Cannice Cafferey, Brian Cusack, Darragh O’Sullivan, Stephen Downey, Donie Murphy.  There is no back door for this competition so thats the end of Shamrocks under 21 footballers for 2011. However, it was good to see Shamrocks enter an under 21 team in competition after many barren years without one and hopefully they can all come together for the hurling version in the summer. The team are all very young and have many more years ahead of them.

Sam Maguire Visit to Parish Schools – 10/2


The Sam Maguire Cup, accompanied by Cork dual star Eoin Cadogan, visited the Primary Schools of the Parish last Thursday (February 10th). A great day was ensured for all the local boys and girls, many of whom play with the juvenile club. They were decked out in theirCork colours which made for a great sight; and of course they posed for that all important photograph with the most famous cup in Irish sport. Our thanks to John Twomey (Shanbally) who organised the availability of the cup, to Eoin Cadogan himself who stayed around all morning; and to the management of the 3 schools for allowing the kids a break from the all important classwork. Lets hope to see this day occuring over and over again (maybe with the Liam McCarthy?).

Underage AGM – 3/2

The Juvenile Club held their annual AGM last Thursday, February 3rd in the Clubhouse in front of a decent attendance. The outgoing officers, John Twomey (Chairperson), Paddy Andrews (Secretary) and Gretta Sweeney (Treasurer) presented their comprehensive reports for the year 2010. The various managers/selectors for each age group were read out and see one or two changes from last year. John Twomey thanked all the underage coaches for their help with the Academy over the year.


The following are the underage officers for 2011. Chairperson – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy); Vice Chairperson – Peter Crowley, Secretary – Patrick Andrews (jnr); Treasurer – Paddy Andrews. Board Officers – Paddy Andrews and Peter Crowley. As one can see from the above, Gretta Sweeney stepped down as the Treasurer after many years service; John Towmey also thanked her for her committment over the years.