Monthly Archives: August 2013

U12 FL Semi V Whitescross – 31/8


Shamrocks 2-12, Whitescross 1-6


Shamrocks are through to play St Vincents in the final of the Grade C League after accounting for Whitescross by double scores in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last.


The teams looked evenly matched early on with Shamrocks playing into a slight breeze up the pitch. The teams were level 0-2 to 0-2 after 15 minutes but then Shamrocks seemed to get a grip on things somewhat, in particular after Dylan O’Flahertys long range free went all the way to the Whitescross net. This gave Shamrocks a big boost and they added a further point from Seán Browne to lead 1-4 to 0-5 at halftime.


Once again, Shamrocks made some positional switches for the second half and they did the trick. The main one of swopping Cian O’Flaherty and Robert Van Pelt proved to very successful. Cian was on the end of many moves, helping himself to a few points while linking up well with Seán Andrews (now at midfield) and his brother Dylan, who once again was top scorer and proved a handful for the Whitescross defence all through.


Van Pelt in goal was a revelation – when Whitescross came strong at Shamrocks midway through the second half looking for their much needed goal, he brought off at least 4 brilliant saves; throwing himself in front of the attackers on occasions to thwart the inside line. His defenders in front of him, Evan Seymour and Dylan Gregson (returning from injury) were also strong when counted. Mark Sisk’s confidence grew as the game went on while young Fionn Herlihy stuck to his task all through at half back.


Besides the aforementioned players, Seán Browne at midfield had a good first half in particular and always did something constructive with the ball, normally laying it off for the scoring forwards. Jody Sisk battled hard and laid off some important ball as well; Sam Geary won some good ball in the corner and drew vital frees which were slotted over while Luke O’Driscoll and sub Jeff Farquer also made telling contributions.


The second half mostly belonged to Shamrocks who got on top from midfield and apart form the Whitescross fightback midway through the second half, they were always in control after Seán Andrews belted home a brilliant goal after 5 minutes of the second half. The lead of 6 points at that stage was stretched to 9 thanks to points from the 2 O’Flahertys; Whitescross did get a goal themselves but Shamrocks went down the pitch and slotted over more points to leave them deserving winners by 9 points.


The final against St Vincents will be played the weekend of Friday September 13th, exact time, venue and date to be decided. Shamrocks will train this Wednesday at 6pm. Further training schedules to be decided.


There was an accidental nasty clash of heads before half time between Harry Andrews of Shamrocks and the wing back from Whitescross, also called Harry! Both players received treatment on the field and well done to the mentors/parents from both sides who reacted quickly to the situation. We’re glad to report that Shamrocks Harry, after a visit to the hospital is fine this evening. Indeed, typical of Harry, he was back out on the green in front of his house pucking sliotar with his brother and teammate Seán only 4 hours later!


Panel on duty – C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, F. Herlihy, L. O’Driscoll, S. Browne, D. O’Flaherty, H. Andrews, J. Sisk, R. Van Pelt, S. Geary, D. Gregson, J. Farquer.  




Back row, l to r: Evan Seymour, Dylan O'Flaherty, Sean Browne, Sam Geary, Luke ODriscoll, Jody Sisk. Front: Robert Van Pelt, Harry Andrews, Sean Andrews, Fionn Herlihy, Dylan Gregson, Mark Sisk, Cian O'Flaherty, Jeff Farquer.

Back row, l to r: Evan Seymour, Dylan O’Flaherty, Sean Browne, Sam Geary, Luke ODriscoll, Jody Sisk. Front: Robert Van Pelt, Harry Andrews, Sean Andrews, Fionn Herlihy, Dylan Gregson, Mark Sisk, Cian O’Flaherty, Jeff Farquer.

MCFC V Cill na Martra – 29/8


We were well beaten by Cill Na Martra tonight in the minor football championship in Ballinora.


From the first whistle we found ourselves to be under immense pressure. This Cill Na Mathra team were superior to us in every department on the pitch. They were physically stronger and the age difference was evident from the start. 


This game was over as a contest well before half time. We started with the majority of the team that played so well in the last round against Whitescross. No one can be faulted for their effort, time and commitment they showed throughout the season. Only two of the panel of nineteen players we had on duty tonight are overage for next season. 


Team manager Mr. Kieran Lynam and his assistant Kevin O Mahony thanked the players for the honesty and commitment that they gave to Shamrocks throughout the season. He reminded them that the majority of them will be playing minor again for the next two years. 


This now leaves this group to concentrate on their own age group, ie U16 hurling & football where they have a busy schedule for the next few weeks. The minor footballers have one league match to play and are also invited to play in the Ballypheane Festival in mid September.


U10 HL V Tracton – 28/8


Tracton 2-5, Shamrocks 2-5


Shamrocks and Tracton played out an exciting draw on Wednesday night in Shanbally.


It was a very closely fought game with Shamrocks securing a draw with a last minute goal.


Again, our basic skills were exposed as our blocking, hooking, catching, lifting were inferior to the oppositions.


However, we didn’t lack for spirit and through hard work by all, we got our deserved draw in the end. We had 15 togged out on the night and all played.

Squad – Sean Andrews, Mark Sisk, Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Adam Mc Sweeney, Harry Andrews, Aidan Brady, Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian James, Derry Howard, Ferdia Hayes, Jack O’Leary, Robert Barrett, Adam Maye.

Cian James and Jack O’Leary picked up nasty injuries during the game but both were fine later.


Again parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters etc turned out in great numbers to support us and for this we are extremely grateful. Thanks to Tracton also for turning up in big numbers.


We will now join with u12 panel for training on Wednesday nights for the month of September – a text will be sent to all concerned.

U12 FL Playoff V Grenagh – 27/8


Shamrocks 5-7, Grenagh 2-6


Shamrocks u12 footballers are through to the C grade league semi final against Whitescross after a second victory over Grenagh on Tuesday evening. With 3 teams finishing level in second place, this game along with the Semi final was played to determine who will play St Vincents in the final on September 14th.


Shamrocks made the journey to Grenagh again and funnily enough, the pattern of the game followed the pattern from the game back in May. The first half was low scoring with the halftime score being 0-2 each. Shamrocks had played up the hill and were reasonably happy at that stage. The backs had dealt well with the early Grenagh attacks; Cian O’Flaherty in goal made some vital interceptions while Evan Seymour dealt with any high ball pumped in.


The selectors of Jed O’Flaherty, Pa Andrews and Aidan O’Leary, mindful of the second half display back in May, decided to go for it in the second half. They moved Cian into the forwards and made some other adjustements, moving some prominent players forward. And it worked. Shamrocks started to get on top and through great play from Seán Andrews and Dylan O’Flaherty who did the majority of the scoring from centre forward, they opened up a 9 point gap, 4-2 to 0-5.


Grenagh responded by scoring 2 goals of their own with 10 minutes left but the Shamrocks lads reasserted themselves and Cian O’Flaherty and Jody Sisk, along with a few points from Dylan O’Flaherty sealed the deal for Shamrocks. It was a great team effort all through.


They play Whitescross in football this Saturday at 12pm in Shanbally. Football training this Thursday at 7.15pm.


Team on duty – C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, M. Sisk, F. Herlihy, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, S. Browne, L. O’Driscoll, J. Sisk, R. Van Pelt, J. Farquer






Cian O'Flaherty scoring a goal V Grenagh, 28/8/13

Cian O’Flaherty scoring a goal V Grenagh, 28/8/13

U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 24/8


Shamrocks played 3 Blitz Hurling games on Saturday morning last in Ballinhassig. 


They beat Courcey Rovers and Carrigaline in close games. They drew with Kinsale in the other. Overall, the management were happy with the standard from the Shamrocks players. 


Shamrocks had 8 players and with the consent of the opposition, Shamrocks played all games 8-a-side. They had a mixture of young and old and all played excellently.

Players – Michael Foy, Josh Bartlett, Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, Cathal O’Donovan & Barry O’Mahony. 


Again, the team had wonderful support and thanks to all for making the effort. 


This was the last u8 Blitz of the year. The lads have had a very good run this summer and they all enjoyed their games.

Obviously, they will need to refine their basic skills and hopefully the return of the Academy will assist with this. 


Big thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan who has been brilliant with the lads all year.

U10 HL V Courcey Rovers – 22/8


Courcey Rovers 6-0, Shamrocks 0-4


Courcey Rovers proved that bit too good for a gallant Shamrocks u10 hurling side in Shanbally on Thursday evening. They got 4 early goals and that was the defining part of the game. However, from there to the end of the game, the teams were more or less evenly matched but the Shamrocks lads just couldnt put the ball into the opposition goal.


After being 5-0 to 0-1 down at halftime, the Shamrocks lads could have packed in but after a few positional switches, made a great effort of it in the second half and all players played a significant part in the competitive action that unfolded, the spirit shown was excellent. Fionn Herlihy and Harry Andrews scored some nice points and the rest of the players were not afraid to get stuck in.


There still is a lot of hurling work to go into the team; they have only played matches and blitzes so far this year so the next step is training. There are moves to incorporate u10 hurling training into the u12 hurling training, who will train every Wednesday throughout September at 6pm, games and weather permitting. More details to follow on this. In the meantime, they play Tracton at home next Wednesday at 7pm in their last hurling league game.


Our thanks again to the parents who turned out in great numbers to support the lads who included Michael Foy, Mark Sisk, Cian James, Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Adam McSweeney, Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Aidan Brady, Adam Maye, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Daniel O’Brian.





JAFL V Courcey Rovers – 19/8


Courcey Rovers 2-7, Shamrocks 0-9


Shamrocks made the journey to Ballinspittle to play the home side in their penultimate league game.


The fact that both teams were out of both league and championship contention meant that the game was played at a leisurely, almost pedestrian pace where the objective of just getting the game played was foremost in everyone’s mind.


The referee was a no show and the game was a 13 a side affair, until the second half when it became 14 a side. Courcey Rovers slipped in for 2 goals in the 1st half and led 2-4 to 0-5 at the break – Cannice Caffrey, Seanán Collins, Dave Hayes and Michael Prout getting on the Shamrocks scoreboard.


The second half was played out at the same pace and Courceys held on; Fergus O’Neill at one stage made a spectacular black on a Courcies forward and it was the talk of the locker room afterwards. Brian Sweeney kicked a few scores before the stand in referee blew the final whistle much to everyones relief!


Shamrocks players who made the journey were F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, A. Hickey, D. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, J. Wilson, S. Collins, D. Hayes, S. Keane, S. Downey, B Sweeney.

U16 C Hurling League Playoff V Grenagh – 19/8


Shamrocks 6-18, Drispey 1-8


Shamrocks took care of Dripsey in the semi final of the league on Monday evening in Shanbally, on a perfect evening for hurling.


Dripsey had beaten Shamrocks by 2 points in the championship back at the end of July so Shamrocks had some motivation to reverse that result in this game. They went about their business with authority and a no nonsense approach to Dripsey. They attacked every ball, picked out better placed players when needed and targetted the inside Dripsey line early on.


David Andrews was the main beneficiary of this approach. He had 4-1 from play racked up by the 20 minutes after some good approach work from the players out the field who ran at the Dripsey defence and drew the man all the way into the inside line, where Andrews did the rest. It was impressive stuff and knocked the stuffing out of the visitors. After 20 minutes Shamrocks led 4-1 to 0-1. The sides traded 3 points each from there up until halftime, Mark Hitchmough and Darragh Scriven with the pick of the Shamrocks scores – Hitchmough must have been 90 yeards out on the wing while Scriven caught a huge ball in midfield from a puckout from his brother Cormac, turned, soled down the middle of the pitch and struck over a beauty from the 45.


Dripsey needed a blistering start to the second half to have any hope but it was Shamrocks who carried out from where they left off with some early points and 2 quick goals, Andrews with his 5th goal from play and Christopher Hayes also getting in on the goal scoring act. Tom Murphy, Nathan Hayes and Andrew O’Grady from frees also slotted over points as the game was well and truly over 20 minutes form the end. This was a great team performance all round – the lads have most definately improved their hurling from the start of the year and the attitude from them is first class.


Shamrocks now play Lisgoold this weekend (either Friday night or Saturday) and the game will be on in Lisgoold.


Team: C. Scriven, S. Kidney, N. Hayes, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, D. Scriven, B. Crowley, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Andrews. E. Desmond.



U10 Monster Football Blitz – 17/8


Shamrocks played in the under 10 Monster Football Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning last.


The games were 9-a-side and Shamrocks had 10 players available for duty. They beat Tracton and Crosshaven while they drew with Sliabh Rua.


Mentors Seamus O’Flynn and John Jordan were very happy with the lads and all players got plenty of game time. They will be organising training sessions soon to help the lads hone their basic skills further.


Thanks to the all the parents and supporters who were very encouraging and got right behind the team.

JFL V Tracton – 14/8


Shamrocks 1-8, Tracton 1-6


Shamrocks had a 2 point win over Tracton in Shanbally in the league on Wednesday night.


Tracton played with the wind advantage in the first half and led 1-4 to 0-6 at halftime. Shamrocks kicked some good scores in that half, Cannice Caffrey and Philip Brady among the scorers. They turned to play with the breeze with confidence high that thay would win the game.


Shamrocks dominated the second half and Seanán Collins early goal set up the win. Michael Prout also scored a great point in that half.


Shamrocks play Courcey Rovers on Monday night in Ballinspittle, throw in is at 7.15pm.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, C. Brady. S. Hurley, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, B. Sweeney. A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Keane, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – S. Downey, J. Wilson.