Courcey Rovers 0-18, Shamrocks 0-8
The visitors to Shanbally took all 2 league points on offer on a beautiful evening for hurling at Shanbally Wednesday evening. Courcey Rovers had a strong panel on duty and looked sharp in everything they did and looked to be ahead of Shamrocks in terms of hurling done.
Courcey Rovers were first to settle and went into an early 2 points to nil lead before Seanán Collins drove over 2 Shamrocks frees. Courcey Rovers really upped it in the next 10 minutes and scored 5 unanswered points. Goalkeeper Michael O’Neill pulled off one fabulous save in this time as well.
Barry Mulqueen then registered Shamrocks first point from play in 2012 with a neat finish. Shamrocks seemed to take a bit of inspiration from this and finished the half stronger. Half time score Courcey Rovers 0-8, Shamrocks 0-4.
Shamrocks made 3 changes at the break and started the second half like they were going to make a real fight of it. Some lovely scores from Michael Prout, Seanán Collins and Darragh Collins saw them close the gap to 0-11 to 0-8 at its closest point. However, Courcies reasserted themselves and closed out the game with a flurry of points.
Considering where Shamrocks have been coming from already this year and the poor start, this was much better in general from the home side, the obvious problem is the inability to trouble the scoreboard unlike the teams around us. With more hurling training and the right attitude, it is hoped to remedy this problem. Training Sunday morning at 11.30am
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, C. Brady, B. Sweeney, D. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, B. Cusack, S. Collins, M. Prout, P. Andrews, S. KEane, D. Collins. Subs used – S. O’NEill, C. Kidney, J. O’Driscoll, R. Murphy.
Crosshaven 3-7, Shamrocks 2-6
Shamrocks suffered their first defeat of the league in Shanbally on Tuesday night after the visitors swept away with the 2 points. We’d like to thank the Shamrocks players who tried their utmost in trying circumstances on the night and indeed played some great football at times. Mention must go to Roy Twomey who was simpley outstanding on the night.
Training (hurling and football) on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm.
Shamrocks 7-14,Ballyphehane 1-1
The home team Shamrocks had an easy win over an under strength Ballyphehane in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. This league is proving to be hard to figure out with many teams not having been graded properly. Shamrocks lost to Whitechurch by 38 points by won this one by 30 and indeed it could have been more but for some sloppy play in front of goal, which the coaches will look at in training during the week (Monday at 4.30pm) and Wednesday at 5pm (hurling).
The selectors made various changes throughout the game to try and mix things up. To list the scorers would be unfair as everyone played their part. The only disappointing aspect was that het again, we only had 13 players.
Starting Team: S. Flavin, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, R. Meighan, D. O’Flaherty, J. Lynam, S. Fox, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan, D. Fox, S. Andrews, J. O’Keeffe.
The club held a players meeting in the clubrooms on Thursday night to discuss the poor start to the season both on the field of play and on the training pitch the past 2 weeks. An honest and open debate was had by all and it is hoped that the current malaise will be a distant memory before long.
Ballygarvan 4-7, Shamrocks 1-12.
An agonising defeat for Shamrocks in the Semi Final of the B Championship, in a game played in Shanbally on Bank Holiday afternoon last. The players and selectors will be wondering for a long time how they managed to lose this game of football which was played in excellent spirit throughout from both teams. Shamrocks could have won this game 3 times over but a combination of bad luck, terrible misses in front of the goal and 2 brilliant saves by the Ballygarvan keeper saw them through to the final.
This really was a cracking game of championship football which was above the B standard. Both teams are to be complimented on an open display of ball with many twists and turns, especially in the second half. This half, which had Ballygarvan playing down the hill with the strong breeze had everything and could have gone either way, right up until the dying minutes of the game.
Shamrocks, playing with the breeze in the first half were first to settle and scored some nice points through Cannice Caffrey (who scored 0-8 from play and frees and was everywhere on the pitch throughout) and James Raleigh up from wing back. Shamrocks built up a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after 15 minutes but one felt with the strength of the breeze that this wasnt enough. It certainly wasnt when Ballygarvan punished some slack ball handling by one of the Shamrocks forwards by putting together a full pitch length move to bury the ball in the back of the Shamrocks net.
Shamrocks went in leading by 0-7 to 1-1 at halftime and it could and should have been more – Joey Brady and Roy Twomey but hit the Ballygarvan woodwork with goal bound efforts coming up to halftime while Tony O’Mahony was chipping away at the defence, looking dangerous everytime he got the ball along with Twomey.
The second half was excellent fare and was real championship fare. Shamrocks faced a mammoth task to keep a very good Ballygarvan team at bay and it was made all the harder after Jonathon Tuohy had to leave the field just before halftime through injury. This opened up lots of space in the Ballygarvan full back line and with their full forward, Cork Minor player Dan McCarthy deliberately isolated inside, it was obvious what Ballygarvan were going to do – drive it into him and get him to take on his man. And that they did and it contributed hugely to Ballygarvan winning the game.
After conceding 1-2 in one minute just after halftime (the goal an own goal from one of the Shamrocks defenders), Shamrocks regrouped against again the wind and responded with some lovely scores from Joey Brady, Tony O’Mahony and Cannice Caffrey and a cracking goal by Roy Twomey to lead by 6 points. It really should have been over at this stage (for the first time) but Ballygarvan broke downfield again and their afore mentioned corner forward kicked another goal and a point before Shamrocks responded again through Alan McCarthy and Caffrey again and led by 3 with 7 minutes left. The game was really there for the taking again at this stage but the opportunity wasnt taken yet again.
Ballygarvan played direct ball into their full forward line and they garnered a penalty which was dispatched to the net to make the game level. Their tails were up at this stage and they sensed the win – and this they did with a four point final flourish to send the Shamrocks players to their knees at the final whistle. A fabulous effort went to nothing but they played some great football at times but the fact that they didnt put the game to bed earlier on will haunt them for a few days yet. However, it is hoped to see these players play on in the years ahead and form the nucleus of the Junior A (and B) teams over the next few years.
Teams – J. Wilson, J. Tuohy, C. Walter, J. Raleigh, C. Kidney, S. O’Brien, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, D. Kelleher, T. O’Mahony, J. O’Driscoll, R. Twomey, J. Brady, A. Hickey.
Ballygarvan – Gearoid Dunton; Fergal Ahern, Jack Naidoo; Matthew Thomas, Emmet Ahern, Jason O’ Callaghan; Jack O’ Halloran; Luke O’ Sullivan, Conor Weir, Philip Seymore; Dan McCarthy, Micheal O Se.
Subs: Killian Mannion for Jason O’ Callaghan, Danny Dineen for Philip Seymore.
Scorers: Dan McCarthy 1-5, Conor Weir 2-1 (1 pen), Micheal O Se 1-0, Jack O’ Halloran 0-1.
My thanks to Aine O’Callaghan, Ballygarvan PRO for the Ballygarvan team and scorers.
The club will be holding a refresher coaching course in the clubrooms on Saturday week, March 24th from 10am to 1.30pm. This will be a course aimed at anyone who is currently involved in coaching any members of the underage in the club or indeed and more specificially anyone who wishes to get involved at any level (for example the Parents etc or coaches in the Academy).
The course is free of charge and will be based on the Foundation level course, with a bit of Theory and some field exercises.
Anybody interested please give your name to underage Chairman John Twomey (Ring) or SUnderage Secretary Patrick Andrews.
Shamrocks 2-5, Lisgoold 0-5
This U15 side began their campaign with a good victory on Sunday over Lisgoold in what was a low scoring game where both defences were on top.
Shamrocks began the match rather slowly and found themselves four points behind with the first quarter over. While having had a few opportunities in front of goal the opportunities were spurned.
However persistence does pay off and two well taken goals by Cillian Murphy and Cormac Scriven left the scpre 2-3 to 0-5 at the short whistle.
The second half was very keenly contested by both teams with Shamrocks giving an exhibition of tight marking. Great credit to half back line of Shane Kelleher, David Barry, and Nathan Hayes who defended heroically. They were ably assisted by Darragh Scriven and Koby O’Grady midfield. However with the retirement of Mark Hitchmough at centre forward Shamrocks lacked a physical presence though great credit to subs Joseph O’Keeffe, Daniel Carroll and Christopher Hayes who battled hard. One notable forward who did manage to swing a few crucial points in the second half was David Andrews at right half forward.
All in all a good victory and the boys are looking forward to their next match away to Grenagh on March 19th. Training this Friday March 16th at 5pm.
Panel on Duty: Nathan Hayes, Seán Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Dvid Barry, Brendan Crowley, Koby O’Grady, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Mark Hitchmough, Cormac Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Cillian Murphy, Joseph O’Keeffe, Daniel Carroll, Christopher Hayes, James Lynam.
Ballinhassig 3-8, Shamrocks 1-1
Shamrocks opened up their hurling campaign against Ballinhassig on Sunday morning last and suffered a fairly comprehensive defeat to the SE champions. One could argue that the scoreline was somewhat flattering to Ballinhassig as Shamrocks played some good hurling at times, in particular the backs who did very well considering the pressure they were under throughout.
However, as the scoreline suggests, it was the age old Shamrocks problem of not being able to score enough while Ballinhassigs scores came that bit easier. They scored 2 early goals to push 2-4 to 0-1 ahead and basically that was the margin between the teams for the rest of the game. Seanán Collins did pull a goal back for Shamrocks before half time after his long range free went all the way to the Ballinhassig net. Half time 2-4 to 1-1 for Ballinhassig.
Shamrocks, despite playing well enough at times in the 2nd half and trying many positional switches, couldnt manage a single score in the second half and Ballinhassig wrapped things up with a late goal. Shamrocks were down a few players on the day and it is hoped that they will be back soon to strengthen the team. All roads point to the first round of the championship against Tracton, which is not fixed yet; probably around early May. Shamrocks A hurlers next game is at home to Courcey Rovers on Wednesday March 28th. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights for all hurlers
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, S. Andrews, J. Browne, C. Brady, S. O’Reilly, M. Prout, F. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, T. O’Mahony, B. Cusack, A. McCarthy, S. Keane, J. Raleigh. Subs used – S. O’Neill, S. Downey
Belgooly 0-15, Shamrocks 0-7
Shamrocks slow start to the football season continued at heavy Shanbally (bottom pitch) on Saturday afternoon last. The players were kept in the dressing room after the poor show against Ballygarvan last time out; this time it was the turn of them being kept on the pitch to listen to the extreme disappointement of manager Pat McCarthy and fellow selectors.
Just like last time out, Shamrocks actually started very brightly and played some lovely football inside the first 10 minutes and were rewarded with scores from Cannice Caffrey from frees (our main scorer from frees throughout) and a fine point from Sephen Keane, who started on fire. But Belgooly’s strong running and greater fitness on the heavy surface then came into play. They went 4 points to 2 ahead before Shamrocks fought back to level the game at 5 points all at the short whistle.
Shamrocks played up the hill in the second hafl and it was going to take a big effort to hold off Belgooly. But it wasnt to be, nowhere near it in fact. The display was limp. The teams swopped early points before Belgooly took over completely for the rest of the game and were unlucky not to add a goal or three.
Shamrocks meanwhile at the other end were finding it difficult to even creat point scoring opportunities as most moves just broke down around the 45. Result – Belgooly, a team who played Junior B 6 months ago, tagged over multiple points (split by Caffreys free). The game was over a long way out and a most disappointing afternoon for the home team was complete.
Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, J. Browne, M. O’Neill, M. Prout, J. Tuohy. B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, E. O’Mahony, S. Keane, C. Caffrey, S. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, T. O’Mahony. Subs used – D. O’Neill, S. Jordan, J. Raleigh.
There’s a break now for a few weeks for the hurling.