Monthly Archives: February 2014

MFL V Brian Dillons – 1/3

 

Shamrocks 3-6, Brian Dillons 1-3

 

Shamrocks Minor Footballers got their second win of the season after a hard fought win over Brian Dillons on Saturday afternoon last.

 

Shamrocks played up the hill and against the wind in the first half and despite being slow to start, they scrapped their way to a 1-1 to 0-3 HT lead courtesy of a David Andrews point and an OG from one of the Dillons players.

 

The second half saw some changes and Shamrocks drove on down the hill. The back were outstanding throughout and they fed the players up front plenty of possession to do the damage. Shamrocks battled to a 9 point advantage at the final whistle, 3-6 to 1-3.

 

Among the scorers were Brian Coffan with 1-1, the goal from a penalty, Darragh Scriven with another goal and Aonghus Boland, who was making his return from a spell out, who bagged 0-3 late on to seal the win with some clever play at corner forward.

 

Training continues on Tuesday at 5pm at the pitch.

 

Team: D. Raleigh, S. Kidney, D. Barry, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, D. Scriven, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, A. Boland, K. Murphy, E. Desmond. Subs used – C. Hayes, B. Coffan, C. Scriven, T. Murphy.

 

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David Barry about to receive possession V Brian Dillons, 1/3/14

David Barry about to receive possession V Brian Dillons, 1/3/14

 

U14 FL V Ballinhassig – 1/3

 

Shamrocks 2-14, Ballinhassig 2-4

 

This was the second of two games played in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last, and the second of 2 victories.

 

The 14’s got their first win of the season after a fully deserved win over Ballinhassig. The first 5 minutes were tight but then Shamrocks took a stranglehold on the match. They scored 1-6 without reply to open up a sizable gap between the teams approaching HT. Shane Downey with the goal (a cracker right into the top corner), along with points from Cillian Hayes, Seán Andrews, Daniel O’Mahony, Downey and Dylan O’Flaherty who was deadly accurate all afternoon and the Shamrocks lads were moving nicely, playing some nice, controlled football. Ballinhassig hit back with 1-2 of their own by Shamrocks reasserted themselves to lead by 1-8 to 1-2 at HT.

 

Shamrocks were in control throughout the second half. They could have added to their tally but some goal bound efforts went narrowly wide. Further points from Downey, Andrews, O’Flaherty, Seán Browne and Hayes and a great goal from Seán Andrews confirmed their superiority, eventhough Ballinhassig struck for a late goal of their own. Killian O’Mahony did some great work in defence after he was moved back there in the second half, as did Daniel O’Mahony.

 

The attention now switches to hurling over the next few weeks, with hurling training for this group along with the u12’s on this coming Tuesday at 6.30pm sharp.

 

Team: R. Van Pelt, C. Murphy, J. Sisk, S. Andrews, E. Seymour, D. O’Mahony, S. Downey, D. O’Flaherty, C. Hayes, S. Browne, K. O’Mahony, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary.

 

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Shane Downey charges through the Ballinhassig Defence

Shane Downey charges through the Ballinhassig Defence

U8 Academy Hurling Blitz – 22/2

 

Shamrocks held an U8 hurling Blitz on Saturday afternoon last in the NMCI Ringaskiddy for all our young players who take part in our weekly Academy, both indoor and outdoor.

 

This was a fun and and enjoyable event where each and every player got 6 matches, refreshmensts and a medal afterwards for competiting. Once the first ball was thrown in until the last puck almost 2 hours later, every player had given their all and went home happy.

 

Our thanks to all the players who participated and to their parents for their comtinued support. Also to John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), John Jordan, Deirdre Twomey and the girls out front, Pa Andrews, Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan for running and organising the 2 hour event.

 

It was such a success, that we hope to run a football one before the end of March, probably on a Friday night. Further details to follow on that.

 

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U14 FL V Ballinora – 22/2

 

Ballinora 6-7, Shamrocks 3-1

 

This was Shamrocks first league game of the year and they just had enough players to field the required 12 on this horrible day for any outdoor sport.

 

Shamrocks lost the toss and were forced to play against the gale blowing right down the field. It was all hands on deck in the first half as the idea was to keep down the Ballinora score as much as possible. Underfoot conditions were very slippy, the rain was incessant not to mention the wind. Shamrocks did very well in that half overall and would have been happy coming up to half time as they were “only” losing by 0-6 to 0-0. Getting the ball to halfway was proving a difficult task in the conditions. However, just before haltime Ballinora scooped up a short Shamrocks kickout and they blasted it home to leave the HT score 1-6 to 0-0 in favour of the home side. Having said that, the comeback was managable.

 

Some switches were made in an attempt to get Shamrocks those vital early scores but despite Shane Downeys early point from play, the lads left their workrate down for 10 important minutes and unfortunately in that time, Ballinora struck for 3 quick goals to effecitively finish off the game. Again, some switches seemed to work for Shamrocks and without ever threathening to win the game, they got 3 goals from play courtesy of Luke O’Driscoll, Shane Downey and Killian O’Mahony.

 

The selectors after the game were happy enough with the application shown. Obviously the lads need to keep the concentration for all the game and it was that 10 minutes midway through the second half when they should have been pushing on that was their downfall. However, training is where those type of things are ironed out and it takes place every Tuesday at the pitch, 6.30pm sharp.

 

Next Saturday the lads are at home to Ballinhassig, 2pm. Big turnout needed.

 

Players on duty: D. O’Mahony, J. Sisk, C. Murphy, S. Andrews, E. Seymour, R. Van Pelt, S. Downey, L. O’Driscoll, D. O’Flaherty, S. Browne, K. O’Mahony, H. Andrews.

 

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Action from Shamrocks V Ballinora, 22/2/14

Action from Shamrocks V Ballinora, 22/2/14

 

 

JAFL V Belgooly – 22/2

 

Belgooly 2-9, Shamrocks 0-5 

 

South-East Cork Champions Belgooly were in impressive form for their league encounter with Shamrocks played in blustery conditions on their home pitch which was in excellent condition.

 

Belgooly were into top gear from the throw-in and despite facing the elements were 4 points clear after 23 minutes. On the 24th minute Shamrocks recorded their first point and added three more in quick succession to go into the half time break on even scores.

 

The home side started the second half full of determination and increased their lead 1-6 to 0-4 after 14 minutes. On the 15th minute Shamrocks recorded their first and only score of the second half. The South-East Champions, aided by the elements, increased their score to come out worthy winners 2-9 to 0-5.

 

There is every reason to be disappointed, after two fine wins in recent weeks. It is early in the season and the footballers will be back in action over the St. Patrick’s weekend when they play Ballinhassig.

 

The Junior Hurlers will take to the stage in Kinsale next Sunday March 2nd at 3pm. 

 

Team: Fergus O’Neill, Senan Andrews, Steven O’Reilly, Robert Harrington, Cathal Kidney, Michael Prout, Michael O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Alan McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen, Philip Brady, David Hayes, Darragh O’Sullivan, Chris O’Neill, Michael Golden.

 

MFL V Tracton – 22/2

 

Shamrocks 6-6 ,Tracton 0-6

 

Shamrocks got their season off to a winning start with a comprehensive win over Tracton on Saturday afternoon last.

 

The gale force wind proved difficult for the lads to deal with throughout the game. Shamrocks played against it in the first half and this is where they laid the foundations for their victory as goals from David Andrews, Coby O’Grady, Killian Murphy and tom Murphy gave them a 4-2 to 0-6 HT lead turning to play with the wind.

 

The lads kept it tight in the second half and brought on some subs so everyone got plenty of game time on the day. Further scores from Darragh Scriven and Brian Coffan finished off the visitors challenge. They had played and beaten Cobh in Cobh on the Thursday night in a challenge game so they have gotten things off to a good start overall, along with good numbers and enthusiasm at training.

 

Training is on every Tuesday at 4.45pm at the pitch. The next match is at home to Brian Dillons next Saturday at 2pm.

 

Players on duty: D. Raleigh, S. Kideny, S. Kelleher, M. Hitchmough, C. O’Grady, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, E. Desmond, K. Murphy, C. Scriven, C. Hayes, B. Coffan, D. O’Reilly.

JAFL V Courcey Rovers – 16/2

 

Shamrocks 1-13, Courcey Rovers 2-4

 

Shamrocks got their second win of the Junior A Football season under their belt with a fully deserved win over a battling Courcey Rovers side in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon last.

 

After all the recent rain, the bottom pitch in Shanbally was in good nick for a game considering. But as is so often the case at this time of year, the strong wind which blew down the pitch towards the village did its best to spoil the excellent efforts of the players.

 

Shamrocks played with the wind in the first half and went about their business of trying to build up as much a lead as possible before the inevitable second half onslaught. And they were doing fine for most of the half. The half forward line of Cannice Caffrey, Chris O’Neill and David Hayes were getting on a lot of ball and delivering the points, mostly from play. The midfield of Alan McCarthy and Brian Sweeney were winning a good share of the possession while the backs were coping adequately with the sporadic Courcies attacks. Barry Mulqueen also got on the scoresheet and Shamrocks were leading by 0-8 to 0-1 with 25 minutes gone.

Courcey Rovers created a couple of goal chance just before halftime and scored an important major to leave the halftime score Shamrocks 0-10, Courcey Rovers 1-1.

 

Shamrocks turned to face the wind and the hill in the second half knowing that a lot of hard work was needed to keep ahead by the end. And this they did. The workrate was good throughout and all players made vital contributions. Some serious injuries to key players during the second half, allied to a scoring burst from Courcey Rovers mid way through the same half threathened to throw Shamrocks off. However, the subs brought in made vital contributions and Shamrocks kept their composure. Eoin O’Mahony and Cannice Cafferey had helped Shamrocks stay ahead before a cracking goal from the visitors brought them within 2 points of Shamrocks, 0-12 to 2-4 with 7 minutes remaining.

 

However, Shamrocks were awarded a penalty and Darragh O’Sullivan slotted home the resultant penalty. Shamrocks won the next kickout and this resulted in another vital point into the wind and that brought an end to the scoring, Shamrocks winning by 6 points.

 

Shamrocks are top of the table after 2 weeks. Apart from the injuries to some players, the management were happy with everything overall. Lets hope to see all players in action throughout the season, whether it be A or B football or indeed hurling. Training for ALL players continues this week.

 

The club would like to wish a speedy revovery to the three players who had to leave the field with injuries, 2 having to go to hospital, namely Mark Jordan, Michael Prout and Cannice Cafferey.

 

Panel on duty: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. Hurley, J. Tuohy, R. Harrington, M. Prout, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, D. Hayes, C. O’Neill, C. Cafferey, E. O’Mahony, B. Mulqueen, M. Jordan, D. O’Sullivan, C. Kidney, C. Brady, A. Shelly, J. Browne, P. Brady, J. Brady, J. Wilson, R. Twomey, A. Hickey, D. O’Neill, J. Shanahan, D. Kelleher, D. Scriven, N. Hayes, C. O’Grady.

JAFL V Kinsale – 9/2

Shamrocks 0-12, Kinsale 0-4

 

On a perfect morning for football after all the rain, Shamrocks headed to Kinsale to start the 2014 league campaign.

 

Shamrocks playing with the wind  were 3 points ahead after 10 minutes. Brian Sweeney and Alan McCarthy fielded some great ball at center field. The returning Chris O’ Neill and Cannice Caffrey in the half forword line were cutting through the Kinsale defence

 

At the half time whistle Shamrocks were leading 9pts to 2pts. In the second half Shamrocks were playing  against a  strong wind – the backs were on top from the word go and put up a great defence and no one was getting through. Fergus O’ Neill in goal was as solid as ever – Jonathan Touhy, Steven Hurley and Ronan Murphy were excellent in defence. Shamrocks won by 14pts to 5pts after an excellent hour of football.

 

Team Fergus O’ Neill, Jonathon Touhy, Ronan Murphy, Robbie Harrington, Michael Prout, Michael O’ Neill, Brian Sweeney, Alan McCarthy, David Hayes, Chris O’ Neill, Liam Redmond, Bernard Hickey, Eoin O’ Mahony, Cannice Caffrey.   

 

Training for ALL players continues on Monday at 7pm and at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

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