Ballygarvan 2-6, Shamrocks 2-9
Shamrocks Minor Footballers made the short trip to Ballygarvan a winning one as they came away with a 3 point victory. This was the first game that Shamrocks had close to a full panel to pick from and it showed as they picked up their first win of the season. They were helped in no small part by two early goals which Shane Horgan and Rory Horgan slotted home after a few mistakes in the Ballygarvan defence. Ballygarvan came back into as the first half wore on and created more scoring chances at the other end; however Shamrocks did go in at halftime leading by a point 2-3 to 1-5; Shane Horgan, Tony O’Mahony and Alex O’Sullivan with the Shamrocks points.
The second half again was close but Shamrocks did just about enough to deserve their win. Cathal Kidney was winning great ball from kickouts and feeding the forwards who, while missing quite a few chances, kept the scoreboard ticking over through both Horgans, Alex O’Sullivan (who had a fine game for an under 15 player) and Kidney from a free. Shamrocks led by 3 points with 10 minutes to go but Ballygarvan broke downfield and finished off a pitch lenght move to draw level. However, Shamrocks finished the stronger with a couple of late points to run out deserving winners. Its hurling next Sunday away to Tracton at 4pm.
Team: J. Raleigh, A. Dunne, S. O’Brien, J. O’Driscoll, P. Barry, C. Walter, C. Kidney, T.O’Mahony, S. Horgan, A. O’Sullivan, R. Horgan, J. O’Brien (12 a side competition). Subs D. Kelleher, J. Hanlon, J. Lynch.
Shamrocks 3-5, Whites Cross 2-9
Once again the under 13 footballers were involved in a thriller and once again they came out on the wrong side of a single point defeat. The game started at a brisk pace with some end to end action but very little scoring; Whitescross were first on the scoreboard and took a three point lead before the lads hit back with two points but Whitescross got another two points and then on the stroke of halftime David O’Sullivan scored a goal to level the game on a score line of 1-02 to 0-05.
We brought on Stephen Fox for his debut and he scored a great goal to give us the lead but again Whitescross got two points to keep them in touch; Shamrocks then got a goal and a point to stretch the lead but Whitescross came back and scored a goal to keep only two points between the teams. We then scored two more points and in the last few minutes Whitescross scored another goal and point to level the game and in the final minute Whitescross got a point to take the lead and run out winners on a score line of 3-05 to 2-09.
It was a great game to watch. The team was Cory Caffrey, Eoin Horgan, Cormac Scriven, Joseph O’Keeffe, Criostoir Corkery, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough, Daniel Carroll, David O’Sullivan, Christopher Hayes, Ruairi Meighan and Killian Murphy. Subs used were Adam Jones, David Howard, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Stephen Fox and Shane Flavin.
The only problem now seems to be in the new underage structure, that’s the end of the under 13 football season and its not even April yet. Anyway, more information will hopefully be forthcoming at the meetings, along with hurling fixtures.
Shamrocks 5-13, Kinsale 0-6.
The Shamrocks junior footballers got their league campaign back on winning terms after a comfortable victory over a Kinsale team; short a few regulars on the day. Last year Kinsale beat Shamrocks in the championship 1st round and the home team were determined to reverse that result from the word go. They owned possession in the first half and with some nice football being played, they stormed into an early 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes and just kept going to half time, such was the dominance. Brian Sweeney at full forward proved a real thorn in the Kinsale side and he along with Joe Shanahan and Cathal Kidney did almost all of the 2-10 first half scoring for the greens. Barry Mulqueen at midfield was outstanding for Shamrocks (and he got a point last week in the hurling – sorry Bar!) and he along with the halfback line and his midfield partner Alan Mac ensured that Shamrocks forwards had plenty of possession. The intensity in the second half dropped somewhat as Shamrocks emptied the bench but they still managed to put together some flowing moves, resulting in Seanán Collins, Dave O’Neill and Michael Prout scoring second half goals. Next game is against Kilmacabea (a big test against the league leaders) on Friday April 8th at home, followed by CHAMPIONSHIP against Carrigaline the week after.
Team: F. O’Neill, K. Hegarty, S. Hurley, G. Ronayne, C. Brady, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, J. Browne, J. Shanahan, C. Kidney, J. Sweeney, B. Sweeney, D. O’Neill. Subs used – D. O’ Sullivan, S. Collins, S. Downey, J. Wilson, P. Andrews.
Shamrocks 5-6, Cill na Martra 2-19
Cill na Martra made to long journey from an Ghaeltacht Mhuscraí a winning one as they recorded a 4 point win over a gallant Shamrocks side on Sunday afternoon last. Cill Na Martra were a good team, They started the stronger side and were 1-03 to 0-00 in the first ten minutes before Shamrocks got on the scoreboard with 1-01. There was end to end action with both teams scoring points Shamrocks (3) and Cill Na Martra (6). Then on the stroke of half time Shamrocks got a second goal to make it 2-04 to 1-09.
The second half started with Cill Na Martra getting a point and we got a third goal to level the match but Cill Na Martra seemed to be able to score points from any angle. They were better footballers and always seemed to take the right option when in possession. They started to put a gap of eight points between the sides but to give credit to the lads they kept going and got another goal and two points, then with about two minutes remaining Shamrocks got a fifth goal to peg it back to three points but try as they might they could not break down Cill Na Martra who got another point to run out winners on a score line of 5-06 to 2-19.
The team was Cory Caffrey, Eoin Horgan, Cormac Scriven, Joseph O’Keeffe, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough, David Andrews, Daniel Carroll, Andrew O’ Grady, David O’Sullivan, Ruairi Meighan and Killian Murphy. Subs used were Adam Jones, James Lynam, David Howard and Shane Flavin. Good to see bigger numbers togged off this week. Training continues next weekend.
Shamrocks 1-13, Crosshaven 2-6
Shamrocks started their hurling season with a hard fought win over Crosshaven in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon last. Crosshaven had a game the previous week under their belt and it showed in the first half as they were slightly the better team, especially coming up to halftime when the scored a quickfire 1-2 to lead at the break 1-5 to 0-4, Seanán Collins, Brian Sweeney and Mickey Prout with the Shamrocks points. Shamrocks were happy enough to turn top play into the bottom goal with the breeze with that deficit to make up. And they secured 3 points in quick succession at the start of the second half and they were only a point behind. But Crosshaven broke away at the other end to punish a slip up in the Shamrocks defence to cancel out the good work at the other end. However, Shamrocks main men around the middle 1/3rd, like the returning Brian Sweeney at left half back, Seanán Collins at centre, Fergus O’Neill on the other wing along with Michael Prout, Alan McCarthy who hit a load of ball once he settled down and Joe Shanahan were feeding nice ball into Barry Mulqueen and Stephen Keane in the forwards who were beginning to show promise. Stephen Keane bundled home a goal and suddenly Shamrocks went in front with 10 minutes to go, a lead they didnt lose. Some of the Shamrocks scores were right out of the top drawer and will have pleased the new management team of Liam Shanahan, Jim Ronayne, Pat Murphy and Pat O’Neill going forward. Details are sketchy at this stage as to whether we’ll have a game next weekend but the management hope to have something in place.
Meanwhile training for EVERYONE continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Team: D. O’Neill, D. Roche, C. Brady, S. Andrews, B. Sweeney, S. Collins, F. O’Neill, G. Ronayne, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, S. Keane, C. Kidney, J. Shanahan, P. Andrews.
Lisgoold 1-2, Shamrocks 5-13
Shamrocks made their second away journey a winning one with a comfortable win over Lisgoold in Lisgoold on a wet Saturday afternoon. This game was the opposite of the game on St Patricks Day for Shamrocks – they were always in control, even from the first whistle and indeed could even have won by more in the end such was the dominance. However, credit to an extremely young home team – they battled all the way with only one under 15 player available on the day and they certainly deserved their beauty of a goal just before the end.
On the Shamrocks score sheet featured Oisin Boland, Alex O’Sullivan, Coby O’Grady (up from the back!), Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady with Brian Coffan making his seasonal debut and pulling the strings at midfield. Despite being under pressure due to various circumstances pre match, we managed to get the required numbers out on the day. And to both the players and their parents we are particularly grateful, especially for a 2nd game in 3 days on a wet afternoon in East Cork. They travelled 100 miles since St Patricks day morning, registering 2 wins. From the management – Thank you! Players on duty – David Raleigh, Shane Kelleher, Sean Kidney, Coby O’Grady, Joe O’Brien, Mark Hitchmough, Brian Coffan, Darragh Scriven, Alex O’Sullivan, Aonghus Boland, David Andrews, Andrews O’Grady. Sub used – Patrick Murphy. Sub not used – Rory Horgan (inj).
Grenagh 2-11, Shamrocks 4-7
We had an early start to St. Patrick’s day with an away match against Grenagh. It was an ideal morning for football. We fielded a very young team as some of our senior players were missing through injury. We started brightly and found ourselves leading through an Andrew O’Grady goal and two points from the excellent Aonghus Boland. Grenagh replied with a goal of their own and then scored three unanswered points. We got another point from the ever busy Patrick Murphy to leave us all level again as half time approached. Grenagh got three points from play in first half injury time to leave us trailing 1-07 to 1-03 at the break.
Great words of encouragement were spoken at half time and the lads responded in style. Now playing with the wind we clawed our way back into the game. A David Andrews goal was followed by two points from Alex O’Sullivan. Grenagh then hit a purple patch and went 2-11 to 2-05 ahead with seven minutes to play. Some positional switches were made and resulted in us scoring 1-03 from Alex O’Sullivan (Goal) and two points from Aonghus Boland and Darragh Scriven. Deep in to injury time, David Raleigh in goal made a great save and quickly launched a counter attack which resulted in Alex O’Sullivan scoring the winning goal that left us winners by two points. Great credit is due to this young team and their never say die attitude was rewarded in the end. Team. David Raleigh, Coby O’Grady, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Joe O’Brien, Tom Murphy, Alex O’Sullivan, Darragh Scriven, Aonghus Boland, Patrick Murphy, Cormac Scriven, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Brendan Crowley
Dripsey 5-6, Shamrocks 5-8
We travelled to Dripsey for our third game of the campaign and got off to a poor start with Dripsey scoring two goalsin the first few minutes but to give credit to the lads they battled hard and got a goal and a point to keep them in touch with Dripsey.T hough we were playing with the advantage of a strong wind we were trailing Dripsey all through the first half buton the stroke of half time we got a goal to draw level on a score of 4-02 to 3-05.
Shamrocks made one substitution at the break to bring on Daniel Carroll and he made a hugh difference linking up with Christopher Hayes down the wing so much that dripsey had no reply to them. Shamrocks took the lead scoring three points before Dripsey got on the score sheet. It was end to end action at this point and Daniel Carroll got two cracking goals but Dripsey came back with a goal and two points with only a few minutes left, our keeper made some great saves to keep us in the lead and run out winners on a score line of 5-06 to 5-08.
Players on duty were Cory Caffrey (his debut!), Joseph O’Keeffe, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Cormac Scriven, Eoin Horgan, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes, Andrew O’Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Ruairi Mehigan, Killian Murphy, Shane Flavin, Christoir Corkery, David Howard
Shamrocks went down to a heavy defeat against Clondrohid in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon. Again, they were short a few regulars but the lads battled gamely until the end and cannot be faulted for effort, against a team who fancy their chance of going all the way this year.
Clon na nGael 0-10, Shamrocks 1-1
Nothing seemed to go right for Shamrocks when they made the long trip to Drimoleague on Sunday afternoon last. The home side certainly were good footballers but Shamrocks had a frustrating afternoon all round – many wides were kicked while the home side were way more economical.