Monthly Archives: August 2012

MFL V Aghinagh – 23/8

Aghinagh 5-18, Shamrocks 1-6


A very frustrating and humbling night for underage football in the club. Aghinagh made the trip to Shanbally and absolutely blew away the challenge of the Shamrocks Minors (a young minor team, down a couple of players on the night it must be said). Still though.


The gap between the teams was evident after 5 minutes when Aghinagh led 0-6 to 0-0 and basically, the first 45 minutes of the game was shooting practice for the visitors. Their speed of play and thought was way too much for Shamrocks and its hard to fathom how so many players have gone backwards in so short a time.


The halftime score was 2-12 to 0-2 and at this stage Aghinagh were being told to kick to ball over the bar. This was in part due to a great display of goalkeeping by David Raleigh in the Shamrocks goal. He made stop after stop and only for him, it could easily have been 11 or 12 goals. When the score was 5-16 to 0-2, Aghinagh took off their best players at the midway point in the second half and moved their corner forward, who was doing absolute wreak to the Shamrocks backs throughout and was having a great time, into goal. This along with the Shamrocks mentors regigging the team meant that the last 15 or so minutes was more even and meant that the referee didnt have to blow it up early.


Roy Twomey was the only Shamrocks player who threathened the scoreboard, he scored 1-5 of the 1-6.


Championship coming up on Sunday September 2nd.

Under 15 Hurling

Shamrocks played 2 matches this week, beating Crosshaven on Monday night 2-11 to 4-3 in the league before making the trip to Dripsey on Wednesday to play the home team in the championship and were well beaten on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-5.


Hopefully reports on both to follow.

Junior A Football Championship Semi V Tracton – 21/8

Tracton 1-12, Shamrocks 0-9


Tracton juniors once again got the upper hand on Shamrocks in championship action, this time in the Semi Final of the football championship. This game was played in Brinny (after someone finally came to a decision about the venue) and considering the recent rain that fell, the Valleys pitch was in reasonable nick, if a little heavy.


Tracton led early on courtesy of that goal and just about held off Shamrocks throughout the hour. Both teams found scoring hard to come by in the 1st period with Tracton just about shading it 1-4 to 0-6, after Shamrocks had finished the stronger through points from Alan McCarthy, Simon McGarry and Joe Shanahan. All to play for at halftime as the fairly strong wind blew SW straight across the pitch with two committed teams going at it.


The throw in resulted in the changing of the match. Shamrocks attacked and Joseph Shanahan, at centre forward rattled the crossbar. The ball was cleared and Tracton scored a vital point at the other end straight away. They followed this up with a further 3 points within 5 minutes and allied to their new found total ariel dominance around the middle third, took over. It basically was game over and despite Shamrocks 2 point burst with 8 minutes left, which left the scores 1-10 to 0-9, Tracton closed out proceedings with 2 points of their own after Shamrocks had committed men forward in the persuit of the all illusive goal that they needed, but they didnt come close once.


Team: F. O’Neill, J. Touhy, S. O’Reilly, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. McGarry, C. Cafferey, S. Keane, P. Brady, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, J. Shanahan. Subs used – D. O’Sullivan, S. Andrews, B. Cusack



Junior A Hurling Championship – 14/8

Ballymartle 4-16, Shamrocks 0-12


Shamrocks were dumped out of the championship by Ballymartle’s second team last Tuesday night.


Apart from Joe Shanahans first half free taking which was excellent (mostly frees created by himself) and a 10 minute burst in the second half that yielded an unanswered 4 points, Shamrocks were destroyed. The lads tried their best in fairness but we all knew this result was coming for a long time.


Ballymartle got an early 2 goal blast and led 2-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Shamrocks were under serious pressure at this stage but did respond, with Shanahan looking lively. He slotted over a few frees and allied to Stephen Keanes goal bound effort that flashed over the bar, brought the deficit back to 4 points. But Bally responded with 2 late points and they led 2-9 to 0-6 at half time.


Shamrocks looked to get a good start to the second half but whatever chance they had, was well and truly extermainated when yet another Shamrocks first touch went astray and the Ballymartle corner forward picked up the loose ball and slammed yet another one beyond the frustrated Michael O’Neill in the Shamrocks goal. That was game over.


Shamrocks did respond with some excellent scores from Shanahan and Keane (his 3rd excellent effort flashing just over the bar) but it was merely a 10 minute respite and the frees conceded soon followed. Ballymartle did as they pleased in the last 10 minutes. Joe Shanahan and Stephen Keane were Shamrocks best players on the night (both just back from holidays with no hurling done) while Stephen O’Reilly, Brian Sweeney and sub Cathal Kidney tried hard.


As so another hurling year goes by with a total of 2 wins this time in the entire hurling club (both against Crosshaven, last year it was 6, with the 21’s it could be a maximum 4).


Our thanks to the hurling mentors John Twomey (Shanbally), Declan O’Neill (who put in a massive effort in hurling and brought a new angle to training), Pat O’Neill, John Hanley and Dick Andrews. Your efforts are very much appreciated by the club.


Team: M. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. O’Reilly, S. Andrews, B. Mulqueen, B. Sweeney, J. Browne, F. O’Neill, T. O’Mahony, A. McCarthy, S. Keane, B. Cusack, J. Shanahan, G. Beatty, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – C. Brady, C. Kidney, D. Collins


Junior A Football League – 3/8

Shamrocks 3-10, Tracton 0-17


Shamrocks had a deserved 2 point win over Tracton on a perfect sod in Minane Bridge on Friday night last.


With the same two teams meeting in the Championship Semi Final on August 21st, it was a chance for both teams to do a little bit of experimenting and from a Shamrocks point of view, they gave a run out to as many B players as they could, after the summer lay off. It could prove vital preperation for their own Semi Final later on in the year (no date yet).


Tracton started way the stronger and were 3 points and loads of possession up after the first few minutes. Shamrocks slowly got themselves back into the game with Joe Shanahan prominent at centre forward. He scored a few points, while Brian Sweeney, David O’Neill and Brian Cusack finished off some fine moves to leave the half time score 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of Tracton.


Shamrocks turned in a battling second half display up the slight hill and into the breeze. Stephen Downey slotted home a goal to put Shamrocks ahead for the first time after a great move when he linked up with impressive substitute Tony O’Mahony and Cian Ronayne out on the right wing. The game really upped in tempo at this stage as scores came thick and fast. Joe Shanahan linked up beautfiully with centre back Senan Andrews who had powered up the middle and he struck home a great goal to move us ahead again by 3. Tracton then kicked a few wides while the full back line of Aaron Hickey, Peter Prout and Kevin O’Mahony made some telling last minute interceptions.


Shamrocks weathered the storm and worked the ball into Shanahan who planted the ball in the far corner of the Tracton next to open up a 5 point lead for Shamrocks with 5 minutes left. Tracton continued to press and kicked over 3 unanswered points but Shamrocks held on as time ran out.


So overall, a very enjoyable game for the hour and again, it was great to see so many B players making themselves available after the summer break and also on a bank holiday Friday night, with everyone getting a run out. Shamrocks scored 3-09 of the 3-10 from play which is always good going.


The A’s train next week on Monday, Wednesday (hurling) and Friday (all 7.30) and again it open to ALL players. When we get a date for the B championship, we’ll train together as a group.


Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, D. Roche, S. Andrews, J. Sweeney, B. Sweeney, J. Brady, C. Ronayne, J. Shanahan, B. Cusack, S. Downey, S. Jordan, D. O’Neill. Subs used – T. O’Mahony, A. McCarthy, J. Raleigh, P. Andrews


Munster Club Development Program – 1/8

Noel Crowley (filling in for Martin Coleman GDA) took the under 10 hurlers through their paces on Wednesday night last.


Our thanks to Noel and to the underage coaches (also from the Ladies Football) who turned up to observe. The next session will be with Martin Coleman and will involve the coaches actually taking the session themselves for a bit with observation by Martin etc.


Again, while the numbers of coaches present was reasonable, we need EVERYBODY available the next day on a date yet to be confirmed. Its the most important night of the three.