Monthly Archives: March 2014

JAHL V Valley Rovers – 31/3


Shamrocks 2-13,  Valley Rovers 2-7

Shamrocks were playing their second game in the Junior Hurling League and after losing to Kinsale in round one a win was imperative.  
The team on duty did just that and this game was played on very difficult ground conditions. Early on players were rusty as there was a gap of one month since the Kinsale game.  At halftime Valley Rovers led 2-3 to 0-5. The second half saw Shamrocks coming more into the game and most importantly picking off some fine scores to seal a deserved victory.
Well done to all the players and of course there were some fine individual performances too.


Team – Ml. O’Neill, Jason Browne, Stephen O’Reilly, Senan Andrews, Sean Kidney, Brian Sweeney, Ronan Murphy, Alan McCarthy, Darragh Scriven, Barry Mulqueen, Cathal Kidney, Stephen Keane, Senan Collins, Fergus O’Neill, Joe Shanahan. Subs ued – Roy Twomey, Coby O’Grady, Colin Brady.

MFL V Whitescross – 29/3


Shamrocks 1-7, Whitescross 0-5


The Minor Footballers had a hard fought win over Whitescross in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last. Underfoot conditions were tricky with the heavy drizzle making ball handling and keeping upright difficult. However, the Shamrocks players did just enought to grind out the win.


Nathan Hayes got the Shamrocks goal in the first half and they led 1-4 to 0-3 at halftime. Shamrocks survived a battling second half from Whitescross who tried all they could to close the gap but some great defending from Shamrocks limited their scoring chances, while up front David Andrews kicked a few vital points to keep Shamrocks ahead. Thats 4 from 4 now for the footballers. Hurling next week.


Players on duty – D. Raleigh, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, D. Barry, C. O’Grady, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, D. Andrews, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, E. Desmond, A. Boland, C. Scriven, R. Horgan.

U10 & U8 football Blitz – 28/3


Last Friday night was the last night of the Indoor Academy for this winter term. The club decided to run a fun football blitz for all players under 10 and under 8.


It was a great success. We had healthy numbers and once the 5 teams were picked and the first ball ball was thrown in, it was all action, fun, games, goals, points, sweat, glory and participation for the big numbers of our future players who turned up on the night.


Each team played 7 games during the 2 hours and got refreshmenst at the midway point.


Our thanks to the organisers Shane O’Donovan, Seamus O’Flynn, Patrick Andrews, Deirdre Twomey on Administration and to John Jordan who refereed every game.  Thanks to the players and the parents who supported the event.


We hope to see everyone outdoors on Saturday April 5th, with hurley, helmet and gumshield at the ready. 11.15am to 12.45pm every Saturday from now until the end of June (with a break for fixture clashes and communion).




Team Green - Mark Galland, Aiden Brady, Josh Barrett, Diarmuid Cahill, Nathan O'Sullivan, Barry O'Mahony

Team Green – Mark Galland, Aiden Brady, Josh Barrett, Diarmuid Cahill, Nathan O’Sullivan, Barry O’Mahony


U16 FL V Grenagh – 23/3


Grenagh 3-9, Shamrocks 4-3


Shamrocks u16’s had an early start on Sunday morning as they made the journey to Grenagh to play their first Football league game of the campaign.


Unfortunately  numbers were very tight on the day and so the lads had to play 11 v 12 for the whole game. Scores were very hard to come by in the first half and the lads trailed by 1-4 to 2 points at the interval.


Grenagh started brightly and goaled again immediately after the restart and followed up with 2 points to leave the lads trailing by 2-6 to  2 points. Midway through the 2nd half Shamrocks hit a purple patch with 2 goals from Dylan O’ Flaherty, one from Christopher Hayes and another from Andrew O’Grady and now led by 2 points. Shamrocks then a penalty saved after a foul on O’ Flaherty. Another point scored by Mark Hitchmough was’nt enough as Grenagh scored 1-3 late on. There were excellent performances on the day from Nathan Hayes,Shane Flavin and Dylan O’ Flaherty.


Team: Shane Flavin, Cormac Scriven, Nathan Hayes, Dave Barry, David Andrews, Mark  Hitchmough, Andrew O Grady, Killian Murphy, James Lynam, Christopher Hayes, Dylan O’ Flaherty.


U12 FL V St Catherines – 22/3


St Catherines 6-5, Shamrocks 4-1


The visitors to Shanbally took the spoils after the first game of the year. Again, numbers are extremely tight at this age group, just like the 14’s; however, the Shamrocks players on duty today played their hearts out and can be proud of their display, in particular their second half display against a very good St Catherines team.


Catherines started the stronger and were 2 goals up inside the first 5 minutes. They chipped away at the scoreboard and were 3-4 to no score ahead 10 minutes before halftime. Then Shamrocks came right back into the game with a goal from Adam Maye and a point from Seán Andrews. The half time score was 4-5 to 1-1 in favour of the visitors.

Stand in mentor Pa Andrews asked the lads to win the second half and to never give up. The players responded and played some great football. Adam Maye went on to claim his hat trick of goals while Seán Andrews also slammed in one. It was great to see the never say die attitude of the players.


All they need now is to train and play together on a regular basis and we’ll see more improvement. The next u12 game is on Saturday April 5th, an away hurling game to Grenagh. Training continues on Tuesday evenings, 6pm. Hurling this week.


Panel on duty – Robert Van Pelt, Sam Kramer, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, Derry Howard, Seán Andrews, Declan Carroll, Harry Andrews, Daniel O’Brien, Adam Maye, Conor Hourihan, Fionn Herlihy.




Conor Hanrahan in possession V St Catherines, 22/3/14

Conor Hourihan in possession V St Catherines, 22/3/14


MFL V Canovee – 22/3


Shamrocks 2-6,  Canovee 0-7


Shamrocks made the long trip to Canovee count with a 5 point win over Canovee in Carraig a’ Droichid on Saturday afternoon last. 


The weather turned to rain and hailstone just at throw in which made for  very heavy and slippery conditions.


The first half was very close and Shamrocks began to dominate play but we failed to take our scoring chances and just before halftime we let Canovee back into the game to score two quick points to lead at the break on a score line of Canovee 0-04, Shamrocks 0-02.


The second half began with Shamrocks winning possession and taking the lead by scoring 1-01 from play; Canovee tried to come back but the lads dug deep and scored another 1-02 to lead at this stage by 2-05 to 0-05. Canovee were by now trying to score goals but our goalkeeper and backline were fantastic and they snuffed out all their attempts to limit them to getting only two points from play.


Then in the last minute we got another point to run out 5 point winner.


We had fourteen players on the day and the team was D. Raleigh, S. Kidney, D. Barry, M. Hitchmough, C. O’Grady, C. Scriven, D. Scriven, D. Andrews, A. O’Grady, T. Murphy, C. Hayes, A. Boland. Subs were B Crowley and N. Hayes

JAFL V Ballinhassig – 16/3


Ballinhassig 3-11, Shamrocks 0-11


Shamrocks lost out to Ballinhassig in the Junior A Football League in a game played in Ballinhassig on Sunday afternoon last.


It was a frustrating afternoons work from Shamrocks who had the lions share of possession throughout but couldnt convert that dominance into the required scores. Ballinhassig, on the other hand, made maximum use of their ball and scored almost every time they attacked.


Shamrocks started brightly but the wides count was increasing early on. Shamrocks played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and despite some points from David Hayes, Barry Mulqueen and Stephen Keane early on, they trailed at the break by 2-6 to 0-5, after Ballinhassig had run straight down the middle of the Shamrocks defence to score two vital goals. The goal just before halftime was a real killer goal for Shamrocks who faced a very difficult task in the second half.


Shamrocks tried manfully to get the vital scores needed to make a right game of it but didnt come within a whisker of creating that vital goal chance needed to pull this one out of the fire. Meanwhile, Ballinhassig made hay when they attacked on the few occasions and scored a fortuitous goal past Fergus O’Neill via the post with 15 minutes remaining to open up a 10 point lead. Shamrocks battled on and despite points from Chris O’Neill, Brian Sweeney and a late Alan McCarthy duo, they eventually went down by the 3 goal margin.


Due to St Patricks Day falling on a Monday, training this week is on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm. With a Junior B team confirmed and the league starting in April, coupled with the A team playing Championship in a few weeks, its time for numbers at training to reach their earlier levels.


Panel: F. O’Neill, R. Murphy, S. Andrews, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, B. Sweeney, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, C. O’Neill, R. Twomey, S. Keane, J. Brady, G. Prout, J. Wilson, D. O’Neill.

U16 FL V Crosshaven – 8/3


Shamrocks V Crosshaven


Shamrocks received a walkover from Crosshaven. The players on duty did a training session instead.

JAHL V Kinsale – 2/3


Kinsale 0-12, Shamrocks 0-6


Shamrocks suffered a 6 point defeat to Kinsale in their first hurling game of the year.


The game was played in Kinsale’s new second pitch and the strong wind blew right down the pitch and favoured Shamrocks in the first half. Such was its strength, Shamrocks needed to be ahead by a good few points at halftime to face the second half onslaught. However, the greens found scores hard to come by and despite some nice scores from Fergus O’Neill, Stephen Keane, Seanán Collins and a beauty from Roy Twomey, it was Kinsale who led 0-5 to 0-4 at HT. A mountain to climb for Shamrocks.


The second half went the way of the home side, although they didnt have everything all their own way. The overworked Shamrocks defence put in a great shift and cleared plenty of ball and pressurised the Kinsale forwards into mistakes. However, the necessary bite up front wasnt there and after Cathal Kidney from play and a monster free from Michael O’Neill right into the teeth of the wind had brought Shamrocks back to within 2 points with 15 minutes left, Kinsale tagged on the insurance points to run out 6 point winners.


Next hurling match is at home to Valley Rovers next Sunday at 3pm, training for all players continues Monday and wednesday at 7.30pm.


Team: M. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. O’Reilly, D. Hayes, S. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, R. Murphy, J. Tuohy, F. O’Neill, R. Twomey, S. Keane, D. Scriven, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, C. Kidney. Subs used – C. O’Grady, J. Wilson.