Monthly Archives: February 2012

U21 Football Championship – 26/2

Shamrocks 3-9, St Bridgets  0-5

Shamrocks played their first round Under 21 Football championship game at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi on Sunday morning against St. Bridgets (a combination of Crosshaven and Belgooly).


A perfect start saw Shamrocks have the ball in the St. Bridgets net from the throw-in thanks to a great run from centre forward Tony O’Mahony.  Shamrocks led throughout and at halftime the score was 3-2 to 0-5 in their favour. St. Bridgets took the initiative at the start of the second period but some fine defending from the backs and safe handling by the ‘keeper kept them at bay and indeed held them scoreless.


The defence was led and marshalled by centre back Cathal Kidney and we had a fine display from Conor Walters too.  Sean O’Brien never put a foot wrong and again he was one of our most accomplished performers. Team Captain Canice Caffery put in a huge effort and picked off some excellent points from play and free kicks. Tony O’Mahony made some great runs at centre forward, contributing two goals.
Team:  Jack Wilson, Conor Walters, Sean O’Brien, James Rahilly, Cathal Kidney, Jonathan Tuohy, Alan McCarthy, Canice Caffery, Roy Twomey, Tony O’Mahony, Damien Kelleher, Joey Brady, David Murphy.


Next round against Ballygarvan who beat Courcey Rovers after extra time. This game is not yet fixed but will be played either next weekend or the week after.
Team Selectors; Pat McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen and Dave O’Neill

U13 Football – 25/2

Shamrocks 4-0, Whitechurch 11-17


Not much to say really. Shamrocks were absolutely annihilated by a vastly superior Whitechurch side in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. There was definately a quirk in the grading system with Whitechurch playing in the same grade as Shamrocks here. They are way too good for this grade and indeed, wouldnt look out of place 2 grades above.


The game was effectively over after 5 minutes with Whitechurch launching attack after attack from the throw in and leading 2-3 to no score.


All Shamrocks could do was battle to the end in very tough circumstances and they were rewarded with 4 goals, one in the first half from Shane Flavin and 3 late goals from Flavin again, David Fox and Seán Andrews. It quite hard to make out how this league will pan out as Shamrocks won their first game handy but suffered this 38 point defeat here. What is known is that the next game, an away game against Cill na Martra on Saturday March 10th at 3.30pm will be very tough as well. Training this Wednesday at 4.30pm.


Team: D. O’Flaherty, J. Lynam, E. Seymour, C. Hayes, S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, K. O’Mahony, S. Fox, D. Fox, S. Flavin, K. O’Donoghue-howe. Subs used – S. Andrews, D. O’Leary.

MFL V Nemo Rangers – 19/2

Shamrocks 2-11, Nemo Rangers (3) 1-2


A very satisfactory performance all round was the verdict of  ‘stand-in Manager’ Kieran Lynam, after Shamrocks proved too accomplished for their City visitors in Division 3 of the Minor Football league, played in Shanbally on Sunday last.
Team Captain Tony O’Mahony led the charge with a commanding performance at centre back and his colleagues both big and small responded in kind. Shamrocks led at half-time 2-2 to 1-1 having played with the hill.
Some words of advice from Kieran and his assistant Alan Geary at half-time saw the team move up a gear in the second half and went on to record a very merited win.
Team;  Dave Raleigh (goal), Conor Walters, James Raleigh (0-2), Daniel O’Reilly, Sean Kidney, Tony O’Mahony (0-2), Darragh Scriven, Sean O’Brien, Rory Horgan, Angus Boland (0-1), Roy Twomey (0-5), Brian Coffan (1-1), Coby O’Grady (1-0), Luke Garvan and Nathan Hayes (great grandson of the ledgendary Dave Dunne).



Special advisers on the day – Kevin O’Mahony, John Hanley, John Twomey, Liam Shanahan, Black Sid and Hing Pong Lee, Chinese Vice-president visiting with Christy Cooney.

JAFL V Ballygarvan – 19/2

Shamrocks 2-9, Shamrocks 0-5.


This was the first league game for both and Ballygarvan opened it up with a comfortable victory over Shamrocks in Ballygarvan on Sunday morning last. From a Shamrocks point of view the managers and selectors expected a bit of rustiness at seasons start but allowing for that, the display was most definately below par and will not suffice for the year ahead. Manager Pat McCarthy was a disappointed man afterwards and let the players know in the dressingroom afterwards – lots of improvement needed and expected, both on and off the field.


Shamrocks actually started much the brighter and put together some lovely moves, none more so than the games opening point from one of Shamrocks best players on the day, Barry Mulqueen, a flowing team move finished off from 40 yards out. Shamrocks were enjoying plenty of possession at this stage but things seemed to break down inside the 40 yard line. In the meantime Ballygarvan had started to inch their way slowly into the game and kicked a few scores. They punished some sloppy play in the Shamrocks defence by blasting home two quick fire goals coming up to half time to give themselves a 5 point cushion at halftime, 2-1 to 0-2.


Shamrocks again started brightly after the throw in and sub Seanán Collins kicked a great score to bring the deficit back to 4 points. It went to 5 and back to 4 after Stephen O’Neills point. Whatever chance Shamrocks had of clawing back the gap disappeared after Ballygarvan got completely on top for the next 15 minutes and basically did as they pleased and kicked over 6 points in a row and the game was all over. Shamrocks plugged on until the end with one goal chance going abegging with time almost up.


One positive from the mornings events was the return of Michael O’Neill and Eoin O’Mahony to the Shamrocks colours and im sure they will be good additions as the year goes on. Also, 23 players togged out bodes well for the Junior B’s who’ll be swinging into action soon enough. Colin Brady, who had to go to hospital as a precaution after receiving a blow to the mouth, is fine after treatment.


Team: F. O’Neill, D. O’NEill, S. Hurley, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, N. Hayes, B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Keane, A. McCarthy, S. O’Neill. Subs used – C. Brady, S. Collins, J. Browne, S. Jordan


U13 Football V Grenagh – 11/2

Shamrocks 7-9, Grenagh 3-3


Shamrocks got off to a good start in the league after a fantastic second half performance against Grenagh on Saturday afternoon. Due to ongoing work at Grenagh’s pitch, the match was played on Shanballys bottom pitch which has taken on a lot of water in the last 2 weeks or so; the top half of the pitch near the clubhouse is particularly heavy. However, both teams turned in a whole hearted display in the conditions which is typical of this age group anyway.


Grenagh played down the hill in the first half and settled faster and led 1-3 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. However, from there until the half time break, Shamrocks began to dominate from defence out and the inside forward line, in particular Shane Flavin started to get the ball in the right places. Shane stuck away 2 goals and a point while David O’Sullivan, ever dangerous throughout, slotted over some frees. The halftime score read Shamrocks 3-5, Grenagh 3-3.


Shamrocks turned to play with the hill in the second half and after a close opening 5/6 minutes, really got on top of Grenagh throughout the field. Led by James Lynam in defence who was outstanding, the other backs rose to the occasion and gaps seemed to open up in the Grenagh defence. Again Flavin was on the end of two moves to blast to the net while Seán Andrews really made a difference after bring introduced, scoring 1-2. Dylan O’Flaherty, emergency goalkeeper on the day, did very well and his handling was excellent.


A few positional switches were made in the last 10 minutes to find out more about the players should the need arise later in the season. The one thing this team does is that they play at 100% until the final whistle – a good attribute that every team needs.


Team: Dylan O’Flaherty, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’Mahony, James Lynam, Shane Downey, Stephen Fox, Cillian Hayes, David O’Sullivan, David Fox, Keith O’Donoghue, Shane Flavin, Killian O’Mahony. Sub used – Seán Andrews

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