Shamrocks U9 Footballers hosted Gleann na Laoi (Kerry Pike) and Whitescross in a Blitz on Saturday morning last and everyone went home happy after an hour and a half of football action.
The first game of the morning between Shamrocks and Whitescross was by far the most competitive and featured some great scores from both sides. Some of the younger Shamrocks players made their first ever start in a Shamrocks jersey and lets hope that they go on and have long and successful playing careers with the club.
We hope to get more blitzes for the lads before the season is out; in particular in hurling after the training that has been done. We’re looking at participating in a hurling Blitz around the end of July, start of August. In the meantime, keep practicing lads at home as due to holidays etc, no organised training sessions will take place before then.
Our thanks to Whitescross and Gleann na Laoi for travelling down and participating.
Panel: Michael Foy, Mark Sisk, Declan Carroll, Fionn Herlihy, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Meighan, Nathan O’Sullivan, Adam McSweeney, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Mark, Derry Howard.
Shamrocks 4-8, Crosshaven 1-6
Shamrocks as expected are through to the next round of the Junior Hurling Championship after this mertied victory over a battling Crosshaven side in Carrigaline on Thursday night.
There is no doubting that Shamrocks were the better team on a difficult night for hurling. They had the better first touch, striking and goal scoring ability, in particular in the full forward line and this was really the difference between the teams. The weather didnt allow for any kind of fancy hurling and with Shamrocks poor enough record in the last 4/5 years in this competition, a win at this stage is all that matters and despite a poor second half, they can now focus on football championship and then the quarter final of the hurling at a later date while Crosshaven are going home. Thats the reality.
Shamrocks played against the wind in the first half and did well. They controlled possession early on but it was Crosshaven who were on the board first after 10 minutes. However, Shamrocks responded in the best way and indeed, you wont see a better goal all year. Straight from the puckout, Seanán Collins pulled on a ball on the ground first time into Gary Beatty at fullforward who controlled it moving away from goal. Meanwhile Fergus O’Neill had set off through the middle from midfield and Garys pass into his path at full tilt was on a platter and Fergus duly gathered and walloped home the leather from 10 yards. A goal to grace any occasion, especially in the conditions.
This was the catalyst for Shamrocks to really open up and they played some excellent hurling to set up the forwards with plenty possession. Seanán Collins, on free duty until he went off injured in the second half whipped over a pair while goalkeeper Michael O’Neills sweet long rang striking drew 2 swift points from 70 yards out. Shamrocks were now in command and they added another goal when the ever dangerous Stephen Keane kicked home a major 5 minutes before halftime. Shamrocks went into the break in a comfortable position at 2-6 to 0-2 ahead.
The second half naturally saw a deterioration in the Shamrocks performance and might be cause for concern down the line. While the 2 goals were very well worked scores from play, featuring clever play again from Stephen Keane who assisted both (Gary Beatty and Tony O’Mahony), not one point came from play and indeed only 3 or 4 shots were even registered in the whole half. Crosshaven battled away as is their want and the closest they came was within 5 points. But Shamrocks responded with Beattys goal and this really did kill off Crosshaven.
So plenty of food for thought for the Shamrocks management before the quarter final outing (I think its against the loser of Ballymartle and Valley Rovers). Shamrocks will switch over to football now for Saturday week and will then refocus on the hurling. For now, lets get everyone out training, starting this Saturday at 7pm.
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, J. Browne, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, S. Andrews, F. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. O’Neill, S. Collins, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, G. Beatty, S. Keane. Subs used – T. O’Mahony, D. Collins, C. Kidney, D. O’Neill.
Mayfield 3-4, Shamrocks 2-4
Shamrocks made their annual trip to Páirc Ui Rinn for the John Kerins Memorial Football Tourmnament (u11). This year, we were drawn against Mayfield in the semi final of the Plate section. And after a fantastic half an hour of football, Mayfield came out on top by scoring a last minute goal.
The teams were evenly matched and this game could have gone either way in reality. Mayfield started the better and were soon 2 points up but Shamrocks, through the hard running of Cillian Hayes and Dylan O’Flaherty started to come back into it. Cillian scored a point to get Shamrocks off the mark. Mayfield scored a goal at one end but Shamrocks replied with a Cillain Hayes goal at the other end. HT score read Mayfield 1-3, Shamrocks 1-1.
The second half proved great entertainment for the big crowd up in the stand with matters swaying to and fro up and down the pitch. Twice Shamrocks drew level, once with a brace of points from Hayes and O’Flaherty and a second time from a Shane Downey goal, after he had thundered right into the game at half back.
However, Mayfield got that late winner to advance. The lads played brilliant football at times in defeat, and indeed event organiser Tony Davis (a former work colleague of John Kerins) commented that it was the best game of the tournament up to that point, a tournament that also featured some of the bigger City and Carrigdhoun clubs.
Mayfield eventually went on to win the Plate Final; Shamrocks ran them so close and can be proud of their efforts! There are some more photos in the photo section of the site.
Panel: Cian O’Flaherty, Robert Van Pelt, Evan Seymour, Shane Downey, Seán Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Harry Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Cillian O’Mahony, Dylan O’Flaherty, Jake Morris, Darragh O’Leary, Sam Geary, Jody Sisk, Adam McGinty, Luke O’Driscoll.
A busy week indeed for these young players as a lot of them played again under 9 football away to Delaneys on Thurs night.
Shamrocks were outstanding on the night beating Delaneys comfortably. Players on duty were Derry Howard, Cian O Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Seán Andrews, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Nathan O Sullivan, Eoin O Flynn, Fionn Mehigan, Declan Carroll and Fionn Herlihy.
Shamrocks Under 8′s were in action on Wednesday 20th of June at home to Whitescross.
It was great to see the big numbers on the night – 19 players in total took to the field and they didn’t disappoint the large crowd with some very entertaining football. For some, it was their first ever time representing Shamrocks.
Thanks to Whitescross and we look forward to meeting again soon.
Shamrocks 0-20, Kinsale 0-7
Even though the numbers were tight at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi on Sunday afternoon, the players on duty achieved one of the best point scoring feats in years. Played in sunshine, the game was a very sporting one, with Shamrocks having their hand on the control stick throughout. Some excellent scores came from Joe Shanahan, Canice Caffrey, Philp Brady, Stephen Downey, Simon McGarry, Michael Prout and Oin O’Mahony.
At the break Shamrocks led 0-7 to 0-5. Another feature of this game was some of the dead ball kicking by full back Stephen O’Reilly. There is no doubt, but the lads on duty were sending out a very clear message to the absentees that places will be hard to come by with the next round of the championship looming. Team Manager Pat McCarthy had a broad smile on his face, something we haven’t seen for a while.
Team; Fergus O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen O’Reilly, Jamie Sweeney (Capt.), Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Michael O’Neill, Simon McGarry, Philip Brady, Cannice Caffrey, Eoin O’Mahony, Joseph Shanahan, Dave O’Neill, Stephen Downey, Stephen Hurley. Sub used Stephen Jordan for Jonathan Tuohy.
Ballygarvan 2-9, Shamrocks 0-10
This was Shamrocks last league game of the regular season and while they went down to a 5 point defeat to a strong Ballygarvan team who topped the league, Shamrocks couldnt have played any better in defeat.
The only aspect of this display that was wrong from a Shamrocks point of view was the final scoreline. Simply put, this was a game of ball well above B standard and both teams are to be congratulated on a great game. Shamrocks discipline, attitude and battling qualities were top class and the game was as clean as a whistle and was a doddle to referee. Indeed, throughout the season, Shamrocks attitude and discipline at B level has been excellent.
The watching A manager Pat McCarthy must have been pleased with some notable performances with the A championship coming up in a few weeks. Some players certainly caught the eye and it was good to see Simon McGarry and Darragh O’Sullivan make their first full starts of the year.
Ballygarvan opened up with 2 points but Shamrocks were being very competitive around the middle of the pitch and they scored 3 fantastic points from play through Stephen Keane and Darragh O’Sullivan. Indeed, Keane scored 5 great points from play from midfield and was everywhere throughout. Ballygarvan struck for their opening goal midway through the first half and maintained that lead up until halftime, 1-6 to 0-6. The only downside was that Shamrocks wasted some scorable chances at one end (8 wides) while Ballygarvan were way more economical at the other end (1 wide). Simon McGarry was the other Shamrocks scorer in that half which featured some excellent football from both sides. The Ballygarvan keeper also made 2 brilliant saves from Shamrocks goalbound efforts.
Ballygarvan just about did enough to hold off a stiff Shamrocks second half challenge. Shamrocks needed the first score in the second half but 3 chances went wide before Ballygarvan got on top midway through the second half. Shamrocks were getting tired at this stage and Ballygarvan pounced to score a quickfire 1-1 without reply to lead by 7 points, 2-9 to 0-8. However, Shamrocks refused to be knocked by this and never gave up – they finished the stronger with points from play through Roy Twomey and yet another from Stephen Keane.
On the night, the whole team, despite being short 7 regulars, cannot be faulted for their efforts. However mention must go to Jamie Sweeney who was like a new man in his new position of left half back. He was outstanding. The afore mentioned Stephen Keane was the same while Brian Cusack played his best football of the year. In the backs Kevin O’Mahony continues to defy his age while Jason Browne was outstanding as well, in particular in the first half.
So thats it for the league campaign. Shamrocks MAY have qualified for the playoffs of this league (4 points from 10) but that is not clear at this stage.
Meanwhile, all players are encouraged to train away with the Hurlers and the Footballers, training is for EVERYONE. The B Championship is provisionally pencilled in for July 24th.
(There are some action photos from tonights game in the Gallery section of this site)
Team: J. Wilson, K. O’Mahony, C. Brady, A. Hickey, J. Sweeney, R. Murphy, J. Browne, S. McGarry, S. Keane, B. Cusack, D. O’Sullivan, C. Ronayne, R. Twomey, J. Brady, S. Downey. Sub used – D. Roche.
Under 14 Hurlers made history 50 years ago.
On Friday June 1st 1962 Shamrocks won their first ever South-East Cork Under 14 Hurling title.
In the final played at Ballinhassig they defeated Kinsale comprehensively on a scoreline of 18-3 to 4-2.
This was the Clubs first ever Under 14 Hurling title. Shamrocks qualified for their first final in 1960 but were defeated by St. Patricks of Upton. The 1962 campaign was as thrilling one. In the Eastern side of the Division there was a three-way playoff involving Shamrocks, Carrigaline and Tracton. Carrigaline defeated Tracton and played Shamrocks in the semi-final on May 21st in Minane with Tracton’s Jimmy O’Flynn refereeing. A huge crowd attended this game and at half-time Carrigaline led 3-4 to 1-0. In the second half Shamrocks were in mighty form scoring five goals to Carrigaline’s one goal.
Shamrocks were in the final. In the County championship they defeated Bandon on June 21st the feast of Corpus Christi, at Upton 7-1 to 3-1. In the County semi final they played Inniscarra but lost 5-2 to 3-2. This was played on June 29th at Ballinhassig. The man singularly responsible for this historic feat was the Team Trainer and Coach Jerh. Coveney from Loughbeg. Jerh. was truly a master in this field bringing out the best in his players. He was hugely respected and went on to create many historic milestones for Shamrock Under age Hurling. The players involved in this 1962 team were, Sean McCarthy (goal) Derry O’Sullivan, Teddy O’Sullivan, John Crowley, Pat Tuohy, Michael O’Connor, Dan Regan, Michael O’Sullivan, Denis Dunne, Jimmy O’Neill,John Joe Shanahan, Liam Allen, Donie Kidney, Pat Twomey, Anthony Ronayne, Robbie McCarthy(Captain), Kenneth Murphy, Brendan Ronayne, Gerald Hanley and Michael McGrath. This team will never be forgotten and we also remember with great fondness and admiration those members who have been called to their reward. As a matter of interest, there were no under-age jerseys in those days. The Under 14′s wore the adult set. Sean O’Tuama
Tracton 0-15, Shamrocks 1-9
Shamrocks lost a golden opportunity to qualify for the SE JAHC Semi Final with a 3 point defeat to old rivals Tracton on a perfect Carrigaline sod on Sunday afternoon last.
Shamrocks so far this year have reserved their best hurling for the second half of games but on Sunday it was the opposite. Everything seemed to be going to plan at half time with Shamrocks leading 0-7 to 0-6, having played against a slight breeze. Joseph Shanahan was on fire at corner forward, rifling over 0-3 from play and causing the Tracton defence no end of problems. However, even at this stage it was clear that the rest of the Shamrocks attack was struggling to get involved and this manifested itself bigtime in the second half. Seanán Collins put over a pair of frees while Fergus O’Neill scored a beauty during the Shamrocks purple patch leading up to halftime in what was a very close first half. Shamrocks seemed to be going well at this stage.
The second half was a complete systems failure and its hard to fathom where it came from. The first touch deserted Shamrocks, indecision on the ball, scorable frees wide and what must have been 20 frees plus conceded, most of them put over by the Tracton free takers who were on form. Shamrocks were beaten all over the field and didnt score from play in the second half. Michael O’Neill, a goalkeeper, was Shamrocks top scorer with 1-1 and he rifled home a 21 yard free 2 minutes into injury time. But the game was long gone at that stage. We wish a speedy recovery to Barry Mulqueen who broke a knuckle during the game, but played on!
Shamrocks now enter the back door again and play the losers of the Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Courcey Rovers group, probably in two weeks time. Hurling training this Wednesday at 7.30 with Football training Friday for EVERYONE at 7.30pm
Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, C. Brady, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, N. Hayes, F. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, D. O’Neill, D. Collins. Subs used – R. Murphy, D. O’Sullivan, J. Sweeney.