Monthly Archives: March 2013

MHL V Clondrohid – 31/3

Shamrocks and Clondrohid played their opening game in the Minor Hurling League in Shanbally today. The weather conditions were very poor indeed for hurling and a big well done to all players for turning in a very sporting game in what were almost impossible conditions.


Shamrocks have had to consider long and hard whether to enter a minor hurling team due to various outstanding circumstances; at one stage they were going to pull out but there are determined hurling people involved with this group and they wouldnt let this thing go. Backed up by some committed players, parents and the under 16 team, Shamrocks fielded today with 14 players, eventhough they were down some of their more prominent players on the day itself.


Clondrohid ran out impressive winners; indeed the game was over at half time as they led by 12 points having played with the wind and the rain. Shamrocks were on a hiding to nothing and probably the youngest team to wear the Minor hurling jerseys ever went out and hurled their hearts out in the second half. Andrew O’Grady looked threathening every time he got ball inside and ended up with 1-2.


The mentors were pleased with the effort on the day and the hurling season is up and running; with just a few more additions they will be very competitive. Training will be tied in with the under 16’s on Wednesday. We wish David Raleigh a speedy recovery from his knee injury which he suffered towards the end when he went over awkwardly.


Players on duty: N. Hayes, S. Kidney, D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, S. O’Brien, C. Scriven, D. Scriven,  B. Coffin, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, B. Crowley, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes.

JAFL V Ballygarvan – 26/3

Ballygarvan 1-20, Shamrocks 1-6

This game was played in sub zero temperatures.  However this did not deter Ballygarvan from running into a eight point lead in the first fifteen minutes and holding Shamrocks scoreless.  It was over as a contest at the break with the home side 1 – 14 to 0- 3 ahead.


Scores were even in the second period 1 – 3 to 0 – 6. Ballygarvan had a mixture of experience and youth and they were fast out of the blocks for every ball. On the other hand Shamrocks were missing a few reliable regulars, who certainly would have made a difference on the night.  Goalkeeper Fergus O’Neil excelled and the Ballygarvan forwards kept him on his toes.  Seanan Collins put in a huge effort up front with Senan Andrews, Colin Brady, Michael O’Neill, Robbie Harrington and Canice Caffrey always giving of their best.


A lot of work must be done between now and the championship and hopefully, many of our players, after a bit of soul searching, will measure up to the requirements.

Team: Fergus O’Neill, Senan Andrews, Colin Brady, Dave O’Neill, Cathal Kidney, Robbie Harrington, Michael O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Canice Caffrey, Dara O’Sullivan, Oin O’Mahony, Joey Brady, Aaron Hickey, Senan Collins, Steve O’Neill.  Subs used:  Brian Cusack, Jack Wilson and Stephen Downey.


MFL V Crosshaven

Shamrocks received a walkover from Crosshaven.

Underage Disco


A great night was had at the Underage Disco this evening in Pfizer Sports & Social Club.  All kids were in great spirit and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


DSCN0908DSCN0901Rocking the boat!


We would like to thank all who organised the evening and to everyone who helped out on the night.  Looking forward to the next one!!



JAFL V Ballymartle – 15/3

Ballymartle 1 – 13, Shamrocks 2 – 7

Shamrocks had eighteen players togged-out for competition with Ballymartle despite six regulars being unavailable on the night.


The lads on duty got off to a flying start with two excellent points recorded in the first few minutes.  This was as a result of direct and no-nonsence football.   Alas. when Ballymartle made their very first excursion into Shamrock’s territory they scored a very soft goal and quickly the gloss was knocked of the fine start.
However Shamrocks responded magnificently and great goals from Ciarán Carragher and Joey Brady lifted the the spirits leading 2-2 to 1-0.  For the remainaing twenty minutes of the first half Shamrocks scored just 1pt to Ballymartles 7pts.  Ballymartle led 1 – 7 to 2 – 3 at the break.


Shamrocks resumed with an early point and dominated the first ten minutes but poor finishing and cumbersome play put very little on the scoreboard.  Ballymartle went on to score another 6pts to Shamrocks 3pts leaving a goal between them at the end.  Ballymartle were sharp and competitive and was it not for some poor finishing particularly in the second half the winning margin could have been more.


Shamrocks need to be near full strength for every game if they are to gain league points.
Team; J. Wilson, D. Hayes, C. Brady, D. O.Neill, M. O’Neill, S. Andrews, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, J. Brady, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, C. Hartigan, S. O’Neill. Subs used – A.Hickey, J. Browne and S. Keane.

U10 Ladies v Douglas


Abbey McLoughlin making a great run up the wing


The under 10 ladies started off their season in style with a great win over Douglas.  A score line of 1-7 to 0-2 showed Shamrocks dominated the game scoring 1-5 in the first half with a goal from Sophie Geary and some lovely points from Abbey McLoughlin, Sophie Geary and Ciara O’Flynn.  There was some lovely play from the young side throughout the match.


Ellie Murphy defended well from start to finish.

Ellie Murphy defended well from start to finish.

Douglas worked hard in the second half stopping great attacks from Shamrocks who only managed to score a further 2 points in the second half.  Shamrocks back-line proofed to strong for Douglas and blocked every attack they made.

Great work from all the girls on a cold Saturday morning.  Well done to the girls and mentors keep up the good work.

U11 Football Blitz – 9/3

Shamrocks played in an u11 Football Blitz on Saturday morning against Brian Dillons in Mayfield Community School. We only had 10 players on the day but Dillons gave us 2 players so we fielded 2 teams of 6 and everyone got plenty of game time.



Thanks to all the parents for their support and to the mentors on the line. Hopefully full report to follow.

U14 FL V St Catherines – 3/3

St Catherines 14-13, Shamrocks 2-5


Shamrocks played their first game against previously unbeaten St Catherines and were down a load of players for various reasons.


However, the lads on duty tried their hardest, especially in the second half but untimatly were annihilated.



MFL V Bride Rovers – 2/3

Bride Rovers 2-10, Shamrocks 1-5


Bride Rovers made the trip to Shanbally a winning one on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon last, over a gallant but once again, extremely young Shamrocks team.


Due to a number of defections by older players due to various reasons, the Minor team in 2013 will rely heavily on our u16 panel and things wont always go their way.


For instance today, the Shamrocks lads played well in the first half, with the aid of the breeze to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 at halftime and they were going ok. However, some wrong options were taken in the second half, in particular the idea of trying to score goals all the time and also, the physical strength of the Rovers players shone through. In addition, some of the players got a little frustrated in that second half, one of them getting sent off 15 minutes from the end. These small little things were discussed by the panel and mentors afterwards and will be addressed hopefully for the next few matches. They are a young but promising group and despite the scoreline today, they have competed very well in their two matches so far, training is going well and all this after the team was nearly pulled from the competition 2 weeks ago.


The returning Alex O’Sullivan opened the Shamrocks scoring with Brian Coffan adding a few frees before Coby O’Grady slotted home the goal after 15 minutes of the first half. Slowly but surely, Bride came into the game and score 0-2 themselves to leave it 1-4 to 0-2 at the break.


The largely dominated the second half and chipped away at the Shamrocks lead, leveled it and then went 3 points clear with 10 to go. A Shamrocks shot hit the post just after that and with the man advantage, Bride added on a further goal to run out deserving 8 point winners.


Minor (and u16) training this coming Wednesday night, 7.30pm, up at the pitch under lights.


Team: D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, A. O’Sullivan, D. Scriven, S. O’Brien, L. Garvan, B. Coffan, C. Scriven, B. Crowley, C. O’Grady. Subs used – N. Hayes, C. Hayes.






Shamrocks Minor Football 2/3/13


JAFL V Carrigaline – 1/3

Shamrocks 2-10, Carrigaline 0-9


Shamrocks got their first win of the season under their belt with a deserved 7 point win over old rivals Carrigaline in “Friday night lights”.


The foundations of this victory lay in the 2 goals that Shamrocks scored through the boot of Stephen O’Reilly early on and a rocket of a shot from Darragh O’Sullivan mid way through the second half.


In fact that goal was the highlight of a largely confident second half display from the visitors who performed much better after a lethargic first 30 minutes. Eventhough they started very well and led 1-1 early doors, Carrigaline came back into the game and brought it back to a 2 point game at the break, 1-4 to 0-5. Indeed it could have been a Carrig lead but Fergus O’Neill made one brilliant stop in the Shamrocks goal just before halftime.


However, a much better Shamrocks second half resulted in some fine scores from sub Stephen O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Michael Prout and Cannice Cafferey. Shamrocks ran out comfortable winners in the end. The management were reasonably pleased afterwards.


Training continues ONCE a week in the NMCI Ringaskiddy, Mondays at 7pm. Some players have yet to appear.


Team: F. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, C. Brady, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, S. Andrews, C. Cafferey, A. McCarthy, Ciarán, B. Sweeney, S. O’Reilly, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan, J. Brady. Subs used – P. Brady, S. O’Neill, A. Hickey.