Shamrocks under 12 footballers were in action against Ballinora in Waterfall on Wednesday evening last. The game was very evenly contested in the first half with some great scores from both sides. The score at the interval read Ballinora 3-4 to Shamrocks 4-4.
Some positional changes were made at half time which proved fruitful for Shamrocks as they ran out comfortable winners in the end by a score of 7-5 to 3-5. This was a great team show from Shamrocks with some of their younger players excelling on the night. The Fox brothers were outstanding,the younger of the two David grabbing 4 goals while Steven dominated all over the pitch. Well done on a great team performance.
Team on duty was Adam Jones, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Michael Hammet , Ruairi Mehigan, Daniel O Mahony, Cillian Hayes, David O’ Sullivan capt, Shane Downey, Steven Fox, Dylan O Flaherty, Joseph O Keeffe, Evan Seymour, Shane Flavin and David Fox.
Ballygarvan 7-15, Shamrocks 2-5
Shamrocks got their expected heavy defeat from a slick Ballygarvan in the Minor hurling Championship. These two teams played each other in the league during the week and the sad fact from that game was that this game was always going to go the same way. Make no mistake, this is a strong Ballygarvan hurling team and they had fellas all the way from goalkeeper, to corner back to corner forward who could hurl. Their striking, first touch and their catching in particular were in complete contrast to some of the Shamrocks players, some who dont have many of the basics. While the Shamrocks lads played their heart out and must be commended for that, they simply dont do enough of hurling and therefore results like the above are inevitable. However, if this bunch of lads can be kept together up to at least u21 with way more emphasis on hurling, they can form the nucleaus of our Junior team for years to come.
Ballygarvan had the game wrapped up after 13 minutes as they fed their lethal corner forward plenty of ball and he did as he liked; Shamrocks had no answer to him and had 4 goals and 3 points to his name before Shamrocks knew what was happening. However, they stuck with it; never giving up, and playing with the strong breeze managed to notch up 2-3 by halftime, the goals from Sean O’Brien and an absolute beauty from Tony O’Mahony along with points from Rory Horgan and Roy Twomey. But it was a damage limitation exercise really at this stage and everyone knew it. The HT score was 5-8 to 2-3 in favour of Ballygarvan, who were turning to pay with the strong enough breeze.
The second half, apart from a few Shamrocks attacks which yielded points for Rory Horgan and Tony O’Mahony again, was shooting practice for Ballygarvan and the game petered out to its inevitable end.
Team: J. O’Driscoll, P. Barry, J. Raleigh, C. Cusack, C. Kidney, J. O’Brien, R. Twomey, S. Horgan, S. O’Brien, R. Horgan, T. O’ Mahony, D. Kelleher, L. Garvey.
Just twenty four hours after recovering from an absolute drowning we were back in action again with this group of lads. Ballygarvan proved a way too strong for us in this re arranged hurling league match. We fielded a very young team due to the holiday season but couldn’t cope with a Ballygarvan outfit that were out shining us in every position on the pitch. Credit is due to the younger players who helped fullfill this fixture
Clondrohid 2-7, Shamrocks 1-4
We made the long journey west last Sunday to play the home team in the minor football league. The game started brightly for a young Shamrocks team and we soon found ourselves leading after 20 minutes on a scoreline of 1-01 to 0-02. A torrential downpour for the remainder of the first half left both teams struggling to play any football whatsoever. We regrouped at half time and tried to dry off as best we could so we could try and get back playing again in the second half.
A more stronger and bigger Cill Na Martra team coped better with the elements and when the heavens opened again half
way through the second half, both teams just waited for the final whistle to blow. Cill Na Martra ran out winners by 6 points.
Shamrocks 0-16, Ballinhassig 4-1
A strange game and result at Shanbally on Tuesday evening but Shamrocks held on for the 3 point win. With both teams being out of the championship coming into the game, it was always going to be a low key affair with Shamrocks having that bit more to play for as they can still reach the league semi finals. Both teams were short a number of regulars but it gave the home side anyway an opportunity to play some of our younger players, indeed the forward line that finished the game was extremely young.
Just looking at the scoreline tells you it was 16 scores to 5 yet Ballinhassig nearly won this game on a limited amount of possession. They proved to be plucky opponents and despite being outplayed for long spells, gave themselves a fighting chance of getting something from the game entering the last 5 minutes. However, Shamrocks broke up the field and scored the insurance point from Darragh O’Sullivan.
Some of the Shamrocks play and scores, in particular in the first half, were outstanding; the forwards really clicked at times and put together some great moves; resulting in scores from play from Seanán Collins (4 points), Darragh O’Sullivan, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Cafferey, Philip Brady and Brian Sweeney who caught a great kickout and belted it straight over. Ballinhassig scored 1-1 at the other end but it was Shamrocks leading 0-11 to 1-1 at halftime and looking good.
Ballinhassig had the slight breeze in the second half and managed to stay in contention thanks to 3 goals, 2 of the lucky variety. Shamrocks kicked a number of wides and took wrong options at times but did just enough to win by 3 in the end.
Shamrocks are now 3rd in the League Cup competition and have completed their program. We just have to wait for the other clubs now to finish off their games to see if we qualify for a Semi Final at a later date.
Team: F. O’Neill, J. Browne, S. Hurley, S. Andrews, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, J. Tuohy, P. Lordan, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, S. Collins, C. Cafferey, D. O’Sullivan, S. Downey, J. Raleigh. Subs used – J. Wilson, R. Twomey