Monthly Archives: May 2014

U12 HL V Tracton – 30/5


Tracton 6-13, Shamrocks 2-3


Tracton hammered Shamrocks in Minane Bridge on Friday night in the league. Tracton should be nowhere near this grade as they are hammering everyone in their path – in many ways Shamrocks learned more from the game they Tracton did.


It was 1-10 to 2-0 for Tracton at HT. Shamrocks were very competitive early on before Tracton got on top throughout. The lads tried very hard throughout and never gave up. It was fantastic to see 15 young hurlers togged out – some younger members of the club have decided that they want to represent Shamrocks in hurling which is great to see.


Thanks to all the parents and players and to our mentors Aidan O’Leary and John Herlihy. Football training with the u14’s next Tuesday at 6pm.


Panel: Sean Andrews, Jeff Farquhar, Conor Hourihan, Robert van Pelt, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Cian O’Flaherty, Derry Howard, Fionn Herlihy, Ferdia Hayes, Robert Barrett, Eoin O’Flynn & Michael Foy.




Adam Maye in action V Tracton in Minane Bridge.

Adam Maye in action V Tracton in Minane Bridge.

Jack Barrett Memorial Friendship Trophy – 30/5


Shamrocks 2-14, Kinsale 1-7


Kinsale visited Shanbally to play for the Jack Barrett Memorial Friendship Trophy, on Friday last. It was a magnificent May evening and Shamrocks hurled well in the opening half recording two splendid goals from Darragh O’Sullivan. Kinsale were quite competitive but Shamrocks hurling prowess stood them well and many of the scores were excellent. At the break Shamrocks led 2-10 to 0-4.


Kinsale took the game to Shamrocks in the second half but our backs were not found wanting and weathered many a storm. Centre back Brian Sweeney excelled with fullback Senan Andrews in mighty form too.
This was the teams last competitive game before their championship outing next Friday, June 6th, in Carrigaline versus Tracton. With this form and some final preparations, the team will be ready for the fray.


Team: M. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, J. Shanahan, S. Keane, S. Collins (Capt.) D. Scriven, F. O’Neill, C. O’Neill, D. O’Sullivan. Subs: D. Hayes, D. O’Neill, R. Twomey, J.Wilson, P. Andrews.
Shamrocks Panel with the Jack Barrett Cup,  30/5/14. Back, l to r: Darragh O'Sullivan, Cathal Kidney, Brian Sweeney, Stephen KEane, Darragh Scriven, Alan McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen, Stephen O'Reilly. Front, l to r: Seán Kidney, Jack Wilson, Fergus O'NEill, Joseph Shanahan, Seanán Collions (capt), Chris O'Neill, David Hayes, Senan Andrews. Goalie Michael O'Neill somewhere in the background!

Shamrocks Panel with the Jack Barrett Cup, 30/5/14. Back, l to r: Darragh O’Sullivan, Cathal Kidney, Brian Sweeney, Stephen Keane, Darragh Scriven, Alan McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen, Stephen O’Reilly. Front, l to r: Seán Kidney, Jack Wilson, Fergus O’Neill, Joseph Shanahan, Seanán Collins (capt), Chris O’Neill, David Hayes, Senan Andrews. Goalie Michael O’Neill somewhere in the background!

U14 CFC V Dripsey – 28/5


Shamrocks 7-20, Dripsey 7-3


Shamrocks and Dripsey scored a massive 14-23 between them in Shanbally on Wednesday evening but it was Shamrocks who pulled away in the second half to record the 1st round championship win in Rebel Óg East C grade. They now play the winners of Castlelyons and St Catherines in the quarter final at a later date.


Shamrocks were no doubt the better team all through but found it hard to shake off the determined Dripsey challenge, who stayed in touch largely through 4 goals either side of HT. Shamrocks played up the slope in the first half and despite Dripsey scoring an early goal, Shamrocks settled down to dominate and pick off their scores, virtually all from play. They moved into a commanding 3-7 to 1-0 lead coming up to HT but let Dripsey right back into the game by conceding 3 goals in 5 minutes. After playing all the football, Shamrocks were ahead by only a goal at HT, 3-7 to 5-0.


The players got a bit of a chasing at HT from mentors Jed O’Flaherty and Pa Andrews. It worked, but it took 5 minutes for it to kick in as Dripsey incredibly went ahead in the game by scoring 1-1 straight after HT. Shamrocks never panicked and one or two positional switches seemed to work the oracle and Shamrocks got on top all over the field and more importantly started scoring heavily. Inside 10 minutes, the game was over as they tagged on 3-6.


So the first round was negotiated and the players have to take a bow in getting out of a tricky situation. All players made handsome contributions and 7 different players got on the scoreboard. The next game is a football league game away to Clondrohid next Thursday. Clondrohid is about 5 miles beyond Macroom so we’ll have to be leaving Shanbally Cross at 5.30pm. Football Training for u12/u14 continues next Tuesday at 6pm.


Team: Robert Van Pelt, Evan Seymour (0-1), Cillian O’Mahony, Jody Sisk, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’Mahony, Shane Downey (3-4), Dylan O’Flaherty (2-7), Cillian Hayes (0-3), Seán Andrews (1-2), Luke O’Driscoll (0-1), Seán Browne (1-2). Subs used – Dylan Gregson, Harry Andrews.


U14 Football Panel V Dripsey, 28/5/14. Back row, l to r: Cillian O Mahony, Cillian Hayes, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O'Mahony, Shane Downey, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk. Front, l to r: Luke O'Drsicoll, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Robert Van Pelt, Seán Andrews, Dylan O'Flaherty.

U14 Football Panel V Dripsey, 28/5/14. Back row, l to r: Cillian O Mahony, Cillian Hayes, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’Mahony, Shane Downey, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk. Front, l to r: Luke O’Drsicoll, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Robert Van Pelt, Seán Andrews, Dylan O’Flaherty.



U8 Football Blitz – 24/5


Shamrocks u8 footballers took to the field in an u8 football blitz in Brinny (Valley Rovers) on Saturday morning and aquitted themsleves very well.


The lads played Crosshaven, Courcey Rovers and Carrigaline and all players played very well. Well done to all the parents who supported and to Shane O’Donovan and Liam Lynch who took the team.


Panel on duty: Diarmuid Cahill, Cathal O’Donovan, Barry O’Mahony, Kieran May, Zach Johnson, Calum Gregson, Harry O’Leary, Cian Lynch.


U8 Football Blitz, 24/5/14

U8 Football Blitz, 24/5/14



U14 FL V Kinsale – 24/5


Kinsale 5-8, Shamrocks 4-9


Kinsale and Shamrocks served up a thriller in Kinsale on Saturday morning last which resulted in a victory for the home side by 2 points.


Shamrocks can feel that they should have gotten something out of this game as they largely dominated possession throughout. They had more of the possession against a good footballing Kinsale team; they created more goal chances overall but they just couldnt apply the finish when it mattered most in front of the Kinsale posts.


Kinsale got inside for 2 quick fire goals in the first half and it looked ominous at this stage. Shamrocks were having most of the possession but despite points from Cillian Hayes and Shane Downey, they found themselves down by 3-4 to 0-5 at half time.


Shamrocks threw everything at wilting Kinsale in the second half but found the Kinsale keeper unbeatable, he was outstanding to stop many Shamrocks attacks. In that second half, Seán Andrews with 2 goals, Shane Downey from a penalty and Dylan O’Flaherty with a classic predators style goal got Shamrocks back into it but time ran out on the brave Shamrocks effort in the end.


The lads play Football Championship against Dripsey on Wednesday night.


Panel: R. Van Pelt, C. O. Mahony, C. Murphy, J. Sisk, E. Seymour, D. Gregson, S. Downey, C. Hayes, D. O’Mahony, D. O’Flaherty, B. Hughes, S. Andrews. Sub – S. Browne.


Daniel O'Mahony bursts out V Kinsale, 24/5/14

Daniel O’Mahony bursts out V Kinsale, 24/5/14

JAHL V Courcey Rovers – 19/5


Courcey Rovers 1-15, Shamrocks 1-10


This game was played on an excellent pitch with the home side keen to exert their authority early on. Unfortunately Shamrocks were slow to get into their strike, but some brave defending led by Senan Andrewsat fullback saw the teams go into the halftime break with Courceys leading 0-8 to 0-5.
Some of the Shamrock players moved up a gear the second half and being more competitive especially in the forwardline, the home side were under more pressure.With four minutes remaining Shamrocks were one point behind. A free to level the game did not generate the equaliser. Courceys responded and a long ball down the field was smartly finished to the net.


Perhaps this game should have been won, despite the team being short a few key players.
However, the graph is going in the right direction and with a little more dedication and sharpness our day will come.
Joe Shanahan is returning to form and team Captain Senan Collins led by example. The Minor pair of Sean Kidney and Darragh Scriven are progressing well.


Team: M. O’Neill, R. Murphy, S. andrews, C. Kidney, S. Kideny, B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, J. Shanahan, A. McCarthy, D. Scriven, S. Collins, R. Twomey, D. O’Neill, S. Keane, F. O’Neill. Subs used – D. O’Sullivan.



U14 Hurling Challenge V Mayfield – 16/5


Shamrocks 6-10, Mayfield 6-10


As part of the plan to play as many games as possible at u14 hurling, Shamrocks went up a grade and played the visitors Mayfield in Shanbally on Friday night last and what a game.


The Shamrocks lads played great hurling all through and have come on in leaps and bounds from the start of the year. While it would have been nice to win, its the development of the players as hurlers thats the main aim for the selectors and if the players keep this up, they’re going about that development just fine!


The scoring was high – Shane Downey scored 3-1 by halfime, Cillian Hayes continued his excellent season in both codes by knocking over a few while Seán Andrews and Dylan O’Flaherty scored 1-1 and 1-3 respectively, and Daniel O’Mahony (improving with every game) also got in on the point scoring act. Robert Van Pelt in goal brought off some great saves while Cathal Murphy was the pick of the backs, another man showing vast improvement. Harry Andrews was outstanding when moved back corner back in the second half while Evan Seymour stuck manfully to his task on Mayfields best forward. Luke O’Driscoll kept the ball moving at both corner back and corner forward.


The selectors of both teams were very happy afterwards, especially after such a high scoring game ended up level at 6-10 each. It most definately was a worthwhile exercise for both teams and Shamrocks hope to return Mayfield the favour later in the year, perhaps in September up in Mayfield.


Harry Andrews breaks a Mayfield hurley

Harry Andrews breaks a Mayfield hurley


JAHL V Ballinhassig – 15/5


Ballinhassig 2-21, Shamrocks 1-16


On a beautiful May evening at Shanbally there were scores aplenty when Shamrocks entertained the Blues in the JHL.


This match was closely contested in the opening half and at the break the score saw Ballinhassig in front 1-10 to 1-8.
The blues started the second half in high gear with their former senior man Darren Dineen adding some long range points. Shamrocks finished strongly and seven of the team were among the scorers. This was their best scoring effort this season and the team spirit and determination must be commended too. Great goal efforts by Joe Shanahan and Captain Senan Collins were inches on the wrong side of the post. Cathal Kidney and Ronan Murphy put in sterling performances. This all augers well for the future.


Team: Ml. O’Neill, R. Murphy, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, B. Sweeney, B. Mulqueen, J. Shanahan, S. Collins, A. McCarthy, C. O’Grady, D. Scriven, F.O’Neill, S Keane, D.O’Neill. Subs used: R. Twomey and C. O’Neill.


U12 FL V Dripsey – 15/5


Shamrocks 10-14, Dripsey 7-4


Shamrocks scored a high scoring win over Dripsey on Thursday evening last in Shanbally. It was attacking football all the way from both teams with Shamrocks being able to find the scores easier than the visitors.


Shamrocks led by 5-7 to 2-1 at HT largely through goals from Dylan Gregson, Cian O’Flaherty, Derry Howard, Conor Hourihan and Jeff Farquer. Dripsey played better in the second half and got to within 7 points with 10 minutes left, but Shamrocks got on top again and Adam Maye finished with 4 goals and Sean and Harry Andrews kicked some nice points.


14 players were togged out, our most yet this year and all got plenty of game time and played well. Football training next Tuesday at 6pm.


Panel: D. O’Brien, M. Sisk, R. Van Pelt, A. McSweeney, Dylan Gregson, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, F. Herlihy, C. O’Flaherty, A. Maye, C. Hourihan, S. Kramer, D. Howard, J. Farquer.

Defibrillator & 1st Aid Training Course – 10/5


Well done to the 5 Shamrocks members who took part in the Defibrillator & 1st Aid Training Course which took place in the Ringaskiddy Community Centre on Saturday afternoon last.


Pat O’Connell and his team from the Cork City Branch of the Irish Red Cross were on hand to guide the participants through their paces all day. Our thanks go to them. Also to our underage Chairman John Towmey (Ringaskiddy) who organised the whole day and to Ger Twomey who took care of the culinary side of things – saving hearts is hungry work.


This was the first of 3 courses that members of the club will be taking part in over the next few months.