Clonakilty 4-17, Shamrocks 2-10
Shamrocks travelled to Clonakilty to play their second last league game of the year on Friday night and suffered a 13 point defeat at the hands of the hosts, who went top of the table as a result of the win. Shamrocks hadnt played any game since being eliminated from the Junior A Championship in mid August while Clonakilty were pushing for top spot and had played 2 league games the previous week. As a result, Clon had the advantage over Shamrocks coming in and looking at the way the game panned out, it followed the expected pattern. This was also Shamrocks first ever game of hurling under floodlights and their first ever game in Clonakiltys fantastic new complex, in Anahilla, on the far side of the town.
The first 3 scores of the game were goals, 2 to Clonakilty and one, a beauty from Stephen Keane, to Shamrocks. After that opening 10 minutes when Shamrocks matched their opponents, Clonakilty opened up a bit and started to knock over the points, along with another goal. They opened up a 3-6 to 1-4 lead at halftime. It was a respectable effort from Shamrocks but their shooting wasnt as accurate as Clon’s.
After Clonakilty got an early goal and a few points to stretch further ahead, Shamrocks suddenly upped their game from nowhere and the whole game livened up considerably. They got right on top all over the field and indeed had the deficit down to 4 points after Gary Ronayne rifled home a great effort from 30 yards out, after great points from Mickey Prout and Stephen O’Neill. However, the next 3 scores went to Clonakilty straight away and they kept ahead until the end. Shamrocks used up all their subs as Clonaklity finished with the last 5 points, mainly from frees.
The Club ran a bus to this game for players and supporters and it proved to be an enjoyable experience. Thanks also to Clonakilty who provided us with food afterwards in their impressive clubrooms/bar.
Shamrocks have one league game to go against St Colums at home, on a date yet to be fixed. Shamrocks are in 3rd last position in the leage table with the bottom 2 to go down to Section 3. A win against Colums would almost guarantee staying up in section 2.
Team: R. Twomey, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, F. O’Neill, G. Ronayne, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, T. O’Mahony, C. Kidney, J. Raleigh, S. Keane, S. O’Neill. Subs used – C. O’Sullivan, B. Cusack, P. Andrews, J. Wilson, S. Downey.
Shamrocks hosted an U8 football blitz last Saturday. The teams that competed were Gleann Na Laoi, Ballinacurra, Brian Dillons & Shamrocks. All four teams were evenly matched and some great games were had. Shamrocks opened up with a very had earned win over Gleann Na Laoi on a score line of 1-03 to 0-04. They then had to rely on a last minute goal by Sean Andrews in our game against Ballinacurra to draw the match. We then defeated Brian Dillons in our last game to leave our lads on a high.
Some fantastic performances were given by all the players. These players have all started with our Academy and now are getting their rewards on the playing pitch. Much credit must go to the coaches of Jed O’Flaherty, Dick Andrews, Kieran Kramer & John Jordan for looking after these lads. Thanks also to all the parents who made refreshments and especially to Roisin & Catherine who looked after the kitchen duties for the day. Thanks must also go to Frank Van Pelt who was again on hand with his camera.
It was great to see a large gathering of supporters for all four teams as parents, Grandparents, brothers and sisters turned out to see the stars of tomorrow. All the teams were treated to refreshments and the large following were well looked after by the girls in the kitchen. Panel of players involved - Fionn Herlihy, Declan Carroll, Fionn Mehigan, Derry Howard, Michael Foy, Jack O’ Leary, Nathan O’Sullivan, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Mark Sisk, Sam Creamer, John Coleman, Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Craig O’ Flaherty, Robert Van Pelt.
Shamrocks 6-15, Grenagh 5-8
This was the third time that Shamrocks and Grenagh have met this year at this age group (between hurling and football) and each and every game has been thrilling ,end to end stuff with high scores being registered on both sides. The 12 a side certainly lends itself to open attacking football and this was evident again in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. It was the quarter final of the East Region and the sides had been well matched earlier on in the season.
Grenagh played with the wind in the first half but Shamrocks opened the brighter with scores from Alex O’Sullivan and goals from Tom Murphy and an absolute beauty from Rory Horgan, who got on the end of a team move with a well timed burst through the centre and he buried the ball low to the net. Shamrocks were ahead 2-2 to 0-1 at this stage and looked good. Grenagh however gradually came back into the game and their nippy forwards proved a handful for the Shamrocks backs as the half wore on. They put together some fine moves themselves to go ahead at the break 2-5 to 2-4. Shamrocks had a lot of work to do in the second half as despite being only a point down having played with the wind, the lads knew that this wasnt exactly their best football of the year – a lot of ball was given away needlessly in the first half.
Shamrocks scored a point fom play from Alex O’Sullivan straight from the throw in but Grenagh broke forward and scored a goal up the hill to go a goal up. But the Shamrocks players never panicked at this stage – they gradually wore down Grenagh around the middle and the switch of Aonghus Boland from left to right wing forward certainly helped matters. He kicked 3 points from play in the last 20 minutes and was involved in all that was good from a Shamrocks point of view. Alex O’Sullivan scored the equalising goal from a great move again and allied to his excellent free taking Shamrocks were 5 points up. Again, Rory Horgan burst through the middle and rattled the net, before Grenagh struck for another goal at the other end. It was score a minute stuff at this stage with Shamrocks holding the determined Grenagh at bay. Sub David Andrews finished off another move to put Shamrocks ahead by 8 before Grenagh threw everything at the Shamrocks back and notched up another 1-2 to close the gap to 4. However, Shamrocks closed out the game with further scores from O’Sullivan and Boland put the icing on the cake.
It was a great team effort from all the lads, including the 5 subs who came on. Shamrocks now play Western Gaels on a date, time and venue yet to be announced, probably next weekend. Training this Monday evening at 6.30pm.
Panel – D. Raleigh, C. O’Grady, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, B. Coffan, B. Crowley, R. Horgan, D. Scriven, A. O’Sullivan, A. Boland, A. O’ Grady, T. Murphy, C. Scriven, P. Murphy, D. Andrews, J. O’ Brien, N. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keeffe.
Lisgoold 3-8, Shamrocks 2-10
Shamrocks and Lisgoold played out a thrilling game of ball at a very windy Shanbally on Saturday afternoon with the victory going to the visitors with literally the last kick of the game. The Shamrocks players will spend many weeks wondering how they lost this game – they simply threw it away with some crazy decisions and wayward passes, positional changes that were made without the knowledge of the selectors and a quite glaring inability to tackle properly – they finished with 10 men (12 a side) and must have committed well over 40 fouls. But as one of the selectors said afterwards, maybe this dramatic defeat will teach them a lesson in the long run as they go out into the adult world of GAA.
Lisgoold played with the gale force wind in the first half but Shamrocks opened the scoring through a Shane Horgan point. Lisgoold slotted home their first goal from a penalty after their full forward was pulled down (the first of many) inside the square. Damien Kelleher kept Shamrocks in touch with a point as Shamrocks were doing well into the gale. The 2 teams were tit for tat in the opening 30 minutes and Shamrocks were the happier team at HT, Shamrocks 0-7, Lisgoold 1-4, Roy Twomey slotting over some frees.
Shamrocks turned to play with the gale force wind in the second half; Lisgoold opened the scoring with their first attack but Shamrocks tagged on a point from Tony O’Mahony. But whatever happened between there and the first half, there was a very noticable breakdown in their kick passing, which normally went straight to a Lisgoold player. Then came what many at the time thought was the turning point in the game, with Shamrocks a point up. Playing with a gale, Shamrocks took a short kickout, the back spilled the ball and it ended up in the back of the net. From the kickout, Shamrocks gained possession but yet another kick pass went astray and the Shamrocks covering player received his second yellow – Shamrocks down to 11 players. They faced a tough task now but slowly but surely edged their way back into it as time slipped away, Roy Twomey slotting away a penalty after Rory Horgan was fouled inside the square. They went 2 points up after sub Brian Coffin finished off a great team move to the back of the Lisgoold net and Tony O’Mahony whipped over a quite outrageous point from way out the right wing and Shamrocks were 3 points up entering injury time (mostly for bookings to Shamrocks players).
But there was yet another twist in the tale . Lisgoold were desperate at this stage and added a point from play; 2 minutes into injury time, they won the kickout way out on the left and the player was inevitably fouled – the resultant free kick had to produce something as time was up. Everyone was inside the 13 yard line at this stage and all that was needed was for a Shamrocks player to win possession and banish the ball. However, incredibly but at the same time following the pattern of the game up to that point, as the ball was floating in, someone in the square fouled a Lisgoold player and in the process received yet another yellow card – his second so it meant red. Lisgoold couldnt believe their luck and with the last kick of the leather, slotted home the resultant penalty and took the spoils. The Shamrocks players were absolutely gutted and rightly so. Thats the end of their season now, not a good way to end as Mark Hickey put in a lot of effort with the lads over the last few months. There is definately potential within the players but they need to look at themselves after the season and say did they really give it 100% at times. They know the answers themselves.
Team: Cal O’Mahony, Alan Dunne, Peter Barry, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Seán O’Brien, Tony O’Mahony, Rory Horgan, Conor Cusack, Roy Twomey, Shane Horgan, Damien Kelleher. Sub used – Brian Coffin.
Shamrocks 5-10, Tracton 3-7
Shamrocks put in a superb second half display in Shanbally on Tuesday evening in the under 15 football league. This was a playoff to decide who plays Clondrohid in the league semi final; and after Tracton, Shamrocks and Grenagh had all finished level on 6 points in their section, it was left to Shamrocks and Tracton to effictively play a quarter final. Tracton had beaten Shamrocks in the league game way back in February by a goal so a tight game was expected.
However, the strong wind blowing down the Shanbally pitch meant that whoever was playing with it would dominate possession and Shamrocks did just that in the first half, building up a 2-7 to 1-2 lead and it could have been more. Tom Murphy, playing at Full forward was at the end of the moves that led to the 2 lucky goals, while Mark Hitchmough, Patrick Murphy who had a great game and Alex O’Sullivan were among the point scorers. While the 8 point lead might have been enough in normal circumstances, the fact that Shamrocks were down to 14 men menat that the 2nd half was going to be a battle.
And it sure was as Tracton came at Shamrocks but the defence, in particular Brian Coffin who was now operating at fullback and Seán Kidney at corner back were having tremendous games. While at midfield the hard working Aonghus Boland and Rory Horgan fed the forwards just enough for Shamrocks to score 3-3 against the wind. Tracton got no closer than 6 points behind, thanks mainly to a converted penalty from Alex O’Sullivan, a goal from sub Joe O’Keeffe 30 seconds after being introduced and another goal from Mark Hitchmough. As mentioned above, Shamrocks have qualified for the league semi final AWAY to Clondrohid on a date yet to be fixed. We also have to travel to Clondrohid for the hurling championship. Keep an eye on the website for training and challenge game updates throughout September.
Team: C. Scriven, N. Hayes, C. O’Grady, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, B. Coffin, B. Crowley, A. Boland, R. Horgan, D. Scriven, A. O’Sullivan, P. Murphy, A. O’Grady, T. Murphy, M. Hitchmough. Sub used – J. O’Keeffe
Kilmichael 6-10, Shamrocks 5-8
Kilmichael made the long trip to Shanbally a winning one with a 5 point win over a largely out of sorts Shamrocks on a wet and windy Monday evening. They fully deserved their path into the final. The lack of a competitive quarter final seemed to affect the Shamrocks lads for long spells as their first touch let the lads down on numeous occasions. The Kilmichael team featured two very good players at midfield and full forward and the Shamrocks players were not really able to mix it physically with them as they did most if not all of the Kilmichael scoring.
Kilmichael played with the strong breeze in the first half and after a slow start when thery led 1-3 to 1-1, they went on a scoring spree to put daylight between the teams, 3-6 to 1-2 at HT. Killian Murphy had scored the Shamrocks goal after a fine team move. However, the 10 point half time defecit was going to be tough to claw back even with the wind as the lack of hurling from some Shamrocks players was very evident.
Shamrocks tried hard to reduce the HT defecit but every time they scored a goal at one end, Kilmichael were able to respond at the other end, into the wind and this was a major factor in their win. Shamrocks got as close as 3 points down with time almost up, they actually finished very strong but ultimately ran out of time. Cormac Scriven was by far Shamrocks best player as he got stuck in and cleared a load of ball from all over the backline.
Panel: J. Lynam, C. Scriven, D. Barry, J. O’Keeffe, N. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, A. O’Grady, D. O’Sullivan, K. Murphy, R. Meighan, S. Flavin.