Monthly Archives: May 2012

U13 Football V Carraig na bhFear – 29/5

Carraig na bhFear 7-10, Shamrocks 3-13


Its not often that a team scores 3-13 and still end up getting a 9 point beating but unfortunately for Shamrocks, they were in that position on Tuesday night in their last league game of the year. As had been pointed out in the previous report, the year had featured depleted sides taking to the field. On this occasion, Shamrocks had virtually all their players available and this made a huge difference to the performance. When the lads are all present and the attitude is right, they can compete with most teams.


However, throughout the year, the lack of a proper goalkeeper has cost the team with too many goals shipped, especially at vital times in the games. Some of the outfield players have seflessly stepped into the breach but in reality, the difference was glaring for all to see tonight. While Daniel O’Mahony did as good as he could in the Shamrocks goal, the Carraig na bhFear keeper was simply outstanding and saved about 5 certain goals in the second half alone.


The visitors led 5-2 to 2-7 at half time, with both sets of forwards putting together some nice moves. Shamrocks just about kept in touch with goals from Shane Flavin and David O’Sullivan along with points from Ruairí Meighan, Cillian Hayes, Dylan O’Flaherty, O’Sullivan and James Lynam.


Carraig na bhFear scored a quickfire 1-2 at the start of the second half to further stretch their lead but Shamrocks, despite facing an onslaught from the visitors showed great courage and fighting spirit to keep scoring points away at the other end, despite the best efforts of the Carraig na bhFear goalkeeper. Joseph O’Keeffe got amoung the scores while substitute Cillain O’Mahony managed to squeeze a late goal inside the post of the visiting keeper.


We hope to continue with the hurling games, probably against Cloyne away Monday week.


Panel : D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, S. Downey, J. Lynam, C. Hayes, S. Fox, J. O’Keeffe, R. Meighan, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Flavin, D. Fox. Subs used – S. Browne, C. O’Mahony

Breda Coveney RIP

On Tuesday last May 22nd 2012, Breda Coveney, late of Loughbeg, was laid to rest at Barnahalley Cemetery, after Requien Mass at the Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary in Shanbally.


Breda was wife of Jerh. Coveney, one of the great pioneering Under Age Coaches in the history of The Shamrock Club.   He started in the late 1950’s and in the 1960’s he coached the Club’s Under 14 Hurling teams to five successive South-East Cork Titles and two County Titles. Breda was a native of Carrigaline, and when Jerh was training the Teams, she would cycle to Ringaskiddy to meet him. In those days the teams trained in the old Naval Recreational Grounds beyond Hosford’s Avenue.  Just about 100 yards from the pitch there was a great old Oak tree and she would wait for him there.


Her Mass was said by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. John Newman.   The cermony was a complete celebration of 53 years of marriage to Jerh, her magnificent family, Helen, Theresa, Pauline and Brendan and of course her grandchildren too who meant so much to her.  Breda was a wonderful caring wife and mother, she was very much into the outdoors with flowers, vegetables and Country Markets.   Travel was another hobby and no destination was too far or too big.  She enjoyed the game of Bridge for many years where she build up many lasting friendships. Her Mass was very fittingly opened with a magnificent rendering of that great May Hymn, imortalised by the great Scottish Tenor Canon Sydney McEwan, “Queen of the May”.  The huge attendances at both her removal and funeral bore true testimony to the great qualities of this very dear lady.


Ar  dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.

Junior Hurling League V Ballymartle – 23/5

Ballymartle 1-13, Shamrocks 0-11


Shamrocks have developed a habit of playing well in defeat over the last few games and it continued out in Riverstick on Wednesday afternoon last. This was Shamrocks last game before championship on June 3rd against Tracton and it has to be said, despite certain limitations in certain parts of the team, the performances have slowly been getting better with more exposure to the small ball.


Ballymartle were probably the best team Shamrocks have faced all year so far yet they made a very competetive effort to grab the points here but a lack of an all important goal, especially in the second half when they brought the deficit down to 2 points at one stage, didnt help matters.


Shamrocks went ahead early on from Michael O’Neills 65 and things were pretty even for the first 10 minutes as the sides exchanged points.However, over the course of the next 15 minutes, Ballymartle went on a scoring burst and scored 1-4 without reply to move into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at halftime, Seanán Collins and Barry Mulqueen with the other Shamrocks points.


Shamrocks played some excellent hurling in the second half against the slight breeze and made Bally fight all the way to the end for the win. Seanán Collins and Michael Prout (now at midfield) scored early points and it was 1-6 to 0-6 after 5 minutes of the second half. The teams cancelled themselves out for the remainder of the game with Shamrocks trying without success for that goal while Ballymartle kept that 3 point gap more or less all the way to the final few minutes when they slotted over 2 late frees, despite points from Joe Shanahan and further scores from Prout, Mulqueen and Collins.


Shamrocks displayed plenty of hunger and heart in defeat and all roads lead to the championship match. Shamrocks are in a much better position hurling wise now than they were 2 months ago and lets get all players out training next week and make one big push to beat Tracton.


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Browne, S. Collins, B. Cusack, D. O’Neill, D. Collins, J. Shanahan. Subs used – J. Sweeney, J. Wilson.


Shamrocks players before JHL V Ballymartle, 23/5/12





Junior Hurling League V Carrigaline – 20/5

Carrigaline 1-16, Shamrocks 2-10


Once again Shamrocks turned in a decent display in this league game but once again went away empty handed. The fact that once again Shamrodks had to play the last quarter of the match with 14 players (due to injured players having to go off) certainly didnt help.


Once again Shamrocks were slow to settle and Carrigaline raced into an early 4 points to 1 lead. The rest of the half was even enough but Shamrocks shot 6 wides in that period and they would later regret them misses. Gary Beatty was on free taking duty and he put over a few while he had one goal bound shot expertly saved by the Carrigaline keeper. At the other end the backs were keeping things tight in and around the goal in front of Michael O’Neill, who helped himself to 0-2 throughout the hour from placed balls. Half time Carrigaline led 0-8 to 0-5.


Carrigaline went 4 points up straight from the throw in at the start of the 2nd half but the goal Shamrocks and the game needed arrived shortly afterwards through a first time pull from Gary Beatty. This sparked the game up a notch and it was very competitive from there until the end, neither side getting on top and the scoreboard being kept busy. Carrigaline buried a 21 yard free to move 2 points up with 20 left but Joseph Shanahan (returning from injury) burst through the middle from a breaking ball and scored a great goal and Shamrocks were back in it.


Despite further points from Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill, Joe Shanahan Michael Prout and Fergus O’Neill, the extra man caught up with Shamrocks and Carrigaline scored the last 2 points to run out 3 point winners after a very competitive game. Afterwards, the Shamrocks selectors were reasonably happy with the display, in particular the first touch with is getting slowly better with more training and games. Puck around Tuesday veneing followed by another league game Wednesday away to Ballymartle.


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, D. O’Neill, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, S. Keane, B. Cusack, P. Andrews, G. Beatty, J. Sweeney. Sub used – S. Downey.


To follow

U13 Football – 16/5

Whitescross 6-10, Shamrocks 1-3


Once again Shamrocks suffered a severe beating in the u13 league. Its been a frustrating year for this group with low turnouts at training, having to pull out of the hurling league, all the excuses under the sun for not turning up for matches and severe beatings.


Once again Shamrocks were depleted for this fixture and in reality the game was over after a mere five minutes – Whitescross had scored 4-4 in that time to Shamrocks not even attacking. The halftime score read 5-6 to 1 goal, Shane Flavin having lobbed the visiting keeper.


The second half was much improved and Shamrocks were way more competitive. Next game is home to Carraig na bhFear next Wednesday at home.


Panel on duty: D. O’Mahony, C. Murphy, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, J. Lynam, S. Downey, C. Hayes, J. O’Keeffe, D. O’Flaherty, K. O’Mahony, D. Fox, S. Flavin, S. Geary

Junior Hurling League – 16/5

Valley Rovers 0-10, Shamrocks 1-6


Despite the result this was a very encouraging display from the home side as they lost out to Valley Rovers by the odd point in a game played at Shanbally on Wednesday evening. The fact was that Rovers had a very strong team out on the night and indeed, after moving 0-7 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes looked like they were going to give Shamrocks a hurling lesson such was their speed, teamwork and dominance.


However, an understrenght Shamrocks kept themselves in touch with 3 unanswered points coming up to half time through Fergus O’Neill and Seanán Collins with 2.


The selectors asked the players for a committed display in the second half and that they got. Despite being down to 14 men for the last 25 minutes, Shamrocks fought tooth and nail for every ball, in particular the backs who were outstanding. The game was nip and tuck up until the very end but Shamrocks found the extra man down too much to contend with and couldnt quite bridge that gap in the last 5 minutes despite second half points from Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill (who was safe throughout in goal and scored a long range free) and a lovely first time pull from Nicky Hayes which sailed over the bar from out on the wing.


So there is definetly something to work on there and training continues this Friday night with 2 games to follow next Sunday and Wednesday, away to Carrigaline and Ballymartle respectively.


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, N. Hayes, S. Downey, D. Collins, B. Cusack. Subs used – P. Andrews, J. Shanahan


Junior B Football League – 15/5

Shamrocks 2-5, Ballinhassig 1-6


Shamrocks recorded their second win in a row to put themselves in contention for the playoff stages of the B Football league with a narrow victory over a tough Ballinhassig side in Shanbally on Tuesday evening last.


The first half was pretty even with Ballinhassig winning way more possession around the midfield sector, however some resolute defending from Shamrocks and bad shooting let them down. Shamrocks played down towards the clubhouse in that half and really should have been more than 1-2 to 0-1 ahead at half time considering the strength of the breeze.


But Shamrocks weren’t direct enough in their play and the one time they did, Joey Brady at full forward tipped home the half’s only goal. Jamie Sweeney, who threathened a goal early on when he rattled the post had earlier opened the scoring followed by a Stephen Keane point.


The second half was going to be a battle and it looked like a battle that Shamrocks were going to lose as Ballinhassig scored a goal from a penalty and then scored 3 points on the trot to open up a 1-4 to 1-2 lead with 15 minutes to go.


However, Shamrocks, now with a man advantage dug deep and showed lots of character throughout the pitch to fight their way back into contention. They got more competitive around the middle and first Tony O’Mahony and then Cian Ronayne got vital points to leave the game level. The key score followed soon after when Jason Browne, up from half back, finished a great team move to the back of the Ballinhassig net.


Shamrocks now led by a goal with 7 minutes to go; Ballinhasig threw everything at the Shamroxcks defence who were outstanding in that period in particular. They got one point but time ran out in the end for them and Shamrocks held on. Next game Tuesday June 12th away to Ballygarvan. We might try and organise a training session next week, depending on the hurling situation.


Team: J. Wilson, K. O’Mahony, P. Prout, A. Hickey, J. Browne, C. Brady, S. Hurley, T. O’Mahony, S. Keane, C. Ronayne, S. Jordan, B. Cusack, S. Downey, J. Brady, J. Sweeney. Subs used – N. Hayes, P. Andrews, P. Lordan.


U13 Hurling V Grenagh – 14/5

With Shamrocks withdrawing from the hurling league due to lack of hurlers, the management have decided to give the interested players as many games as possible.


So Shamrocks travelled to Grenagh on Monday with 9 available players and played the home side in  three 20 minute periods. The lads have not been exposed to enough games over the last few years and this was a satisfactory evenings work.


Players who took part were Daniel O’Mahony, Cathal Murphy, James Lynam, Evan Seymour, Joseph O’Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, Dylan O’Flaherty, Shane Flavin, Ruairí Meighan.

Junior Hurling League – 13/5

Kinsale 2-13, Shamrocks 2-7


Kinsale ran out 6 point winners over Shamrocks in Kinsale on Sunday afternoon last. Both team had been concentrating on the big ball in recent weeks and there was a fair bit of rustiness on both sides, in particular early on. Kinsale played with the strong breeze in the first half and went into an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead before Stephen Keane got the first of his two goals for Shamrocks.


It was tight enough in that half with Kinsale, obviously with the aid of the wind, finding the scores that bit easier to come by. Their free taker was on form throughout and punished any silly Shamrocks fouls – he must have scored 1-8 from frees in total. Meanwhile, Kinsale had moved 0-9 to 2-1 ahead at the break after Stephen Keane had scored his second goal and Seanan Collins had struck over a free into the wind.


Kinsale stretched their lead to 0-10 to 2-1 early on in the second half and both teams traded points over the next 10 minutes, Alan McCarthy really coming into the game at left half back, from where he struck over 4 points from play in the second half alone. However, the inability to get any real scoring return from play from the forwards cost Shamrocks and after a golden opportunity of a goal was completely missed in front of the Kinsale goal when the sides were level with 10 minutes to go, the home side broke upfield and dominated the remainder of the game and scored 1-2 from frees and wrapped up things with a late goal.


Shamrocks played some nice hurling at times and the touch, while still needing lots of work, was vastly improved from earlier in the season. The concession of so many frees to such a good free taker was another noteworthy point. However, with plenty of games and hurling training sessions over the next 3 weeks, theses problems will hopefully be ironed out. Next outing is a home game against Valley Rovers on Wednesday night.


After the game the Kinsale Captain received the Jack Barrett Cup which is played annually between the two clubs.


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, A. McCarthy, D. O’Neill, C. Brady, F. O’Neill, M. Prout, N, Hayes, S. Collins, B. Mulqueen, B. Cusack, D. Collins, S. Keane. Sub used – J. Wilson.


U13 Hurling update – 8/5

Due to a lack of committed hurelers and one or two injuries, Shamrocks have had to withdraw from the u13 hurling league. We are down to about 12 hurlers and with 9 league games on 9 Mondays in a row, it was felt that was not feasible for the team.


What the mentors have decided to do is to try and play the original teams on the same original dates in 10 a side or whatever, in a kind of a blitz format, on as many Mondays as possible. This will enable the 12 or so players who are interested to get plenty of game time in a Shamrocks jersey.


The footballers have one game nest week and also need to play Carrig na bhFear at a later date