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JAFC Quarter Final V Ballygarvan – 30/6


Ballygarvan 1-11, Shamrocks 1-4 


Another disappointing evening for the Club and its supporters, with our Junior Footballers failing to advance in the championship played in Belgooly.


Shamrocks were poor and indecisive throughout the game and on the night their opponents were but a shadow of their great team of a few years ago. With any reasonable amount of form and zeal the game was their for Shamrocks. However, the form was flat and well removed from what was required to win a championship game.


Shamrocks scored one point in the first half and registered a goal when the Ballygarvan ‘keeper was adjudged to have carried the ball over the line. Ballygarvan registered five points with only one from play.


Despite the best exhortations from Coach Mark Hickey the second half was flat and lacked any real conviction. We must credit our backline players and goalkeeper who kept the opposition under control for most of the game, but on the other side of the field very little happened.


Poor finishing and wasteful kicking up front was the order of the day, unfortunately.


Team;  Fergus O’Neill, Colin Brady, Steven O’Reilly, David Hayes, Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Robert Harrington, Michael O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Caffrey, Philip Brady, Barry Mulqueen, Dara O’Sullivan, Brian Sweeney, Joseph Shanahan. Subs used – Senan Collins and Stephen O’Neill.


U10 FL V Ballinhassig – 24/6


Shamrocks 2-6, Ballinhassig 2-4


Shamrocks just about got the better of Ballinhassig in a game played in Ballinhassig on Monday night. It was a great game – Ballinhassig led by 4 points at halftime but the Shamrocks lads dominated the second half to run out 2 point victors in the end. They remain unbeaten all year.


Manager Seamus O’Flynn is delighted with progress and reports that all players played well. They play Gleann na Laoi on Wednesday night in a challenge game.

U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 22/6


Shamrocks entered a team in Whitechurch in what was our second hurling blitz at this level this year.


They are proving to very successful for the Shamrocks lads and the old chesnut of not getting enough games for our young players, in particular in hurling, is certainly being addressed in 2013.


Shamrocks played Nemo Rangers, Mayfield and the hosts Whitechurch and once again, while stressing that scores are not officially kept, its pleasing to note once again that Shamrocks won all 3 games.


Managers Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan and all the parents and players (who all played well it must be said) who travelled up to Whitechurch for a 10am start are to be complimented. Well done to all.


Players on duty – Marc Galland, Michael Foy, Cathal O’Brien, Eoin O’Flynn, Aiden Brady, Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett and Fionn Gallagher.

JAHC V Ballymartle – 16/6


Ballymartle 4-17, Shamrocks 1-10


The scoreline tells its own story and a youthful Ballymartle side filled with gifted players and excellent hurling acumen, made light of the Shamrocks challenge.


Unfortunately for Shamrocks, too many players underperformed and it was left to the few to salvage any pride. Shamrocks led briefly after ten minutes when our best forward on the night Seanán Collins scored a cracking goal. A succession of needless frees were conceded which enabled Ballymartle to pick off easy scores. Shamrocks always laboured in their quest for scores.


The concession of some very soft goals at vital times proved to be a huge blow from which we could not recover. It was a hugely disappointing night for the team and the Club.


Again Michael Prout performed magnificently with Senan Andrews, Barry Mulqueen, Brian Sweeney and Alan McCarthy salvaging some pride for the Club. After a lay-off of three months due to injury, Stephen O’Reilly came on as a substitute and he got into the game quickly and finished with a resounding performance. 


Team;  Ml. O’Neill, Ml. Prout, Barry Mulqueen, Senan Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Fergus O’Neill,  Alan McCarthy Stephen O’Neill, John O’Leary, Jamie Murphy, Brian Cusack, Dara O’Sullivan, Seanán Collins, Stephen Keane.  Subs used –  Stephen O’Reilly, Joey Brady, Coby O’Grady.


John Kerins Memorial Tournament V Fermoy – 15/6


Fermoy 4-3, Shamrocks 2-3


We played Fermoy in the semi-final.

We put together a strong team with a good mix of  experienced and younger players.

We started well and were unlucky not to have at  least one goal and one point scored early on. 

As the half progressed, Fermoy came more into the  game and they hit us for three goals and two points in 6 or 7 minutes before half time. Unfortunately, we failed to register a score in the  first half.


The lads were disappointed at the break as they  felt that the start they had should have kept them in touch.


We started the second half well and had a point  immediately. 
We then hit a purple spell where we scored two  goals and two points to bring us back to within two points of the  lead.
We were playing great stuff with all the lads making a significant contribution.


Fermoy broke and scored a point from a free to  extend their lead to a goal.


We had a number of opportunities after that,  including a ball off the line following a scramble.
Fermoy, to their credit, kept plugging away and in  the last attack of the game, scored another goal.


Final score – Fermoy 4-3 – Shamrocks  2-3.


Selectors – Dick Andrews, Shane O’Donovan and  Seamus O’Flynn wrere delighted with the second half display. 
The younger lads stepped up to the plate and we  should be stronger in this tournament over the next 2/3 years. 
Medals were presented afterwards by John Kerins’  widow and Tony Davis.








Shamrocks V Fermoy, John Kerins Shield Semi Final, All eyes on the ball

Shamrocks V Fermoy, John Kerins Shield Semi Final, All eyes on the ball





U14 HC V Whitescross – 13/6


Whitescross 4-12, Shamrocks 1-5


Shamrocks were very competitive in the early stages of this championship match played in Ballygarvan. Seán Andrews got things off to a flying start with a nicely struck point from the half forward line. Joseph O’Keefe quickly followed up with a nicely struck free from the 21 yard line. However Whitescross came thundering into the game with some powerful hurling notching up 3-8 in the first half. To be fair, the Shamrocks lads battled bravely but Whitescross had some powerful hurlers in key positions. Mark Hitchmough was superb in goals pulling off some fine saves and setting up attacks with some decent puck outs. Unfortunately, Shamrocks were not able to take scores due to some resolute defending by Whitescross. However, Joseph O’ Keeffe did catch the Whitescross defence napping with a finely struck goal from a free on the twenty fifth minute leaving the half time score of Whitescross 3-8 to Shamrocks 1-2.


The second half resumed with one change of personnel, that being Killian O’ Mahony for Sam Geary at corner forward. In the second half good teams usually choke the opposition and Whitecross proceeded to do just that to Shamrocks. Shane Downey and Cathal Murphy tried their best in the full back line but despite their best efforts Whitescross began to pick off some nice points. Cillian Hayes really began to thunder into the game at left half back and was a constant thorn in Whitescross’  side as he gained valuable possession and drove forward at every opportunity.


Ruairi  Mehigan, at right half back, also won valuable possession and surged forward at every opportunity but Shamrocks were unable to notch off any scores though coming close a number of times. James Lynam played the captain’s role and played his heart out at centre back . Joseph O’ Keffe had the difficult job of containing their best hurler at centre field while David O’Sullivan at centre forward found it difficult to make headway.


Under 12 players Dylan O’ Flahertay and Seán Andrews battled on the wings in the half forward lines but were well marked by two fabulous players. David Johnson and Killian O’Mahony tried their best in the full forward line but their supply was limited due to the dominance of Whitescross. The game finished on a scoreline off Whitescross 4-12 to Shamrocks 1-5. The Shamrocks boys are to complimented for their brave efforts and it is clear underage hurling in the club has a future with these boys. This Whitescross team will definitely walk the C grade championship and one may wonder why they didn’t compete in the B grade with the quality of players at their disposal.


Shamrocks Team : Mark Hitchmough, Cathal Murphy, Shane Downey, Ruairi Mehigan, James Lynam (captain), Cillian Hayes, Joseph O’Keeffe, Dylan O’ Flaherty, David O’ Sullivan, Seán Andrews, Sam Geary and David Johnson. 
Sub – Killian O’ Mahony for Sam Geary.


Recent deaths in the Parish

It was with much regret that we learned of the death of Mrs. Joan Fitzgerald, Marian Terrace, Shanbally. One of the village’s most respected ladies, she was a native of Charleville in North Cork.
Her late husband Gerald, was a Vice-president of the Club. In the recent year she enjoyed a jackpot win in the Clubs weekly lotto.
She will be sadly missed by her family, neighbours and many friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.
Seán Flaherty of Ringaskiddy and late of The Marsh, has also been called to his reward.
One of life’s true gentlemen, he was a wonderful extrovert with fine voice to entertain in song and story. Seán is one of the last natives of the original Marsh, one of the oldest and historic parts of Ringaskiddy. Seán worked in Dunlops for many years and wherever he went he was hugely popular. His pleasant manner endeared him to many.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and family, many relatives and large circle of friends. Ni beidh a leithéad ann arís agus ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam dílis.

U14 FL V Donoughmore – 11/6


Shamrocks 8-16, Donoughmore 8-6


Shamrocks under 14 footballers got their first win of the season on Tuesday playing some delighful football against Donoughmore on what was a very miserable night.


Donoughmore began the game in fine form scoring 1-3 before the Shamrocks boys got to grips with the very slippery conditions. David O’ Sullivan and Joseph O’ Keefe stormed into the game and had the scoreboard level within fifteen minutes with some well taken scores. The launching pad for this dominance was the halfback line of Dylan O’ Flaherty, Ruari Mehigan and the team captain James Lynam. Donoughmore tried very hard during the remainder of the game and did get two fine goals and  a few points from frees though it must be said that Daniel O’ Mahony was excellent between the posts. Cillian Hayes, who was giving his marker a torrid time, finished the half with a fine individual goal leaving the score at the break 4-6 to 3-5 in favour of Shamrocks.



The boys didn’t need much talking to at half time as they sensed victory was within their reach and were back out on the field quickly ready to take the game to Donoughmore again. Both teams are to be complimented for the way the game was played despite the underfoot conditions. The opposition tried desperately to get back into the game in the second half but were ground down by a resolute Shamrock’s team performance. The full back duo of Cathal Murphy and Evan Seymour were the the unsung heroes of the night as they time and time again won balls that they had no right to win.Their clever distribution enabled David O’ Sullivan and Joseph O’ Keefe to work their magic in front of the posts and and they began to take fine scores. Cillian O Mahony in the half forward line began to win very good possession and distribute it very well while David Johnson and Darragh O’Leary battled very well to mop up loose ball in the full forward line. Shamrocks finished the game with a bagful of points with many players getting in on the scoring most notable of these was Ruairi Mehigan’s long range point. The final score was Shamrocks 8-16, Donoughmore 8-6  on what was a memorable night for the boys.
Team: – Daniel O’ Mahony, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Dylan O’ Flaherty, Ruairi Mehigan, James Lynam, Joseph O’ Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, David O’ Sullivan, Cillian O’ Mahony, Darragh O’ Leary, David Johnson.

U10 FL V Tracton – 10/6


Shamrocks 3-6, Tracton 2-0


This game was rescheduled from the weekend and was played in a constant downpour from start to finish.


However, this didnt take away from the comprehensive Shamrocks victory from this talented bunch of lads. Shamrocks dominated the game throughout and really should have won by more. This particular age group is 11 a side and Shamrocks had 14 togged out, which was encouraging considering the conditions. This group of players are undefeated in all games so far in 2013, in both codes. Everyone got a game and the manager Seamus O’Flynn was very happy with how things went on the night.


Squad on duty – Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, Declan Carroll, Daniel O’Brien, Adam Maye, Fionn O’Herlihy, Josh Bartlett, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Cathal O’Brien, Marc Galland.

JAHC V Tracton – 9/6


Tracton 1-18, Shamrocks 1-13 


On a beautiful Summer’s evening, with conditions ideal for hurling Tracton deservedly defeated Shamrocks at Liam McCarthy Park. Overall Shamrocks were well below par on the night and some recent good form displayed in league games completely deserted them.


Shamrocks started positively with ‘keeper Michael O’Neill pointing a long range free.  Unfortunately for Shamrocks the concession of needless free pucks enabled Tracton to register easy scores.


Shamrocks experienced problems in all lines of the field and many players were unable to get into the pace and thrust of the game.


Seven points separated the sides at the break and even though they put in some better efforts late in the game scores were very difficult to come by, especially goals.


As always Michal Prout excelled with a good hour put in by his first cousin Barry Mulqueen


Steve O’Neill  was the only forward to pose a serious threat to Tracton and again Brian Cusack couldn’t be faulted for his brave efforts.


The backdoor now awaits the team with a game against Ballymartle scheduled to be played next Sunday.  
Team;  Ml. O’Neill, Ml.Prout, Colin Brady, Senan Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Barry Mulqueen, David Hayes, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Jamie Murphy, Seanán Collins, Brian Cusack, Steve O’Neill, Stephen Keane, Brian Sweeney. Subs used:  Dara O’Sullivan and Stephen O’Reilly.