Monthly Archives: July 2014

U14 Hurling Challenge V Crosshaven- 28/7


Shamrocks played Crosshaven on Monday night in a hurling challenge. Both teams were short due to injuries but it served both teams well in their preperation for their upcoming championship matches – in particular Shamrocks who are playing Thursday night. Crosshaven won by 2 goals but the Shamrocks management of Pa Andrews and Colin O’Sullivan were happy with the game and committment of the players. They will surely improve for the outing – their first in a while. Our thanks to Pat O’Neill who refereed the game and to Crosshaven who travelled down to fulfill the fixture.



U10 Hurling Blitz – 26/7


11 Shamrocks u10 hurlers made the trip to Innishannon on Saturday morning last and competed against Ballinhassig, Courcey Rovers and Valley Rovers. The standard was very high and the Shamrocks lads can be proud of their efforts. Once again thanks to the parents and siblings for their wonderful support and to Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan who are doing great work with this group, being out with either the u8’s of the u10’s nearly every Saturday morning. Training continues every Monday at 6.30pm.


Shamrocks panel at the Blitz, 26/7/14

Shamrocks panel at the Blitz, 26/7/14

JAHC Quarter Final V Valley Rovers – 26/7


Valley Rovers 3-11, Shamrocks 2-8


When the final whistle was blown in Ballygarvan Valley Rovers were deserving winners of this quarter final Hurling championship. They simply put in an impressive second half where they hurled with determination and more conviction than some of our lads.


Shamrocks had the perfect start and two early goals from Chris O’Neill and Fergus O’Neill. Alan McCarthy sent over two long range points as well. Unfortunately Alan was soon sidelined due to a hand injury and his loss was huge.


We had a four point advantage at halftime 2-5 to 0-7. Both teams found it difficult to register early scores in the second half but unfortunately Valley Rovers capitalised on some shortcomings to register two easy goals. This set them up to drive on with much more effort and determination. In the final minutes Shamrocks threw the kitchen sink at them, but stout defending and near misses denied Shamrocks a victory they badly needed.


Overall Shamrocks came up a little bit short in many positions. However we had lads who never gave up. Barry Mulqueen, Brian Sweeney, Chris O’Neill, Aonghus Boland and Fergus O’Neill all gave of their best.


We must thank and acknowledge the players for putting in a fine effort this season and progress was certainly made. The introduction of some minor players to the panel made a significant contribution.


Our numbers were tight with only twenty available for the Valley Rovers game. Progress is being made and with magnificent work being done at minor level we can surely look forward to great hurling days ahead.


Coach Declan O’Neill was full of praise for the players and they put in some great training sessions during the year which were enjoyable and worthwhile. Thanks is also due to his colleagues John Hanley, Pat O’Neill and John Twomey (Shanbally) who worked very closely with him. Hurling is a great game and there is no doubt that the work put in this year will bring rewards in the future.


Team: M. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, S. Andrews, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, B. Sweeney, S. Kidney J. Shanahan, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, S. Collins, S. Keane, D. O’Sullivan, C. O’Neill, F. O’Neill. Subs used – J. Tuohy, A. Boland, C. O’Grady.

U16 FL V Ballygarvan – 25/7


Shamrocks 3-13, Ballygarvan 2-4


Another 2 league points for the u16 footballers after this victory over Ballygarvan in the Friday evening sunshine in Shanbally.


The opening half was close and very well fought by 2 teams that appeared well matched. Matt Field opened the scoring inside 3 minutes when he ghosted in behind the Ballygarvan defence to slot home a nice goal. Ballygarvan came bqack into the game, punishing some sloppy Shamrocks play early on, and led 2-2 to 1-1 after 15 minutes. Slowly but surely Shamrocks got on top in the lead up to halftime and some nice points from David Andrews, Nathan Hayes, Mark Hitchmough and Andrew O’Grady and a well worked goal finished to the net by Adam O’Keeffe enables Shamrocks to go in at the short whistle leading by 2-5 to 2-3.


Shamrocks dominated the second half but again it took a while to push Ballygarvan out of the way. Sub Ruairí Meighan, Cillian Hayes, Field, O’Grady, Andrews and Cormac Scriven up from full back all got points to push them 2-11 to 2-4 ahead before Nathan Hayes billowed the net after drifting forward from half back to seal the convincing win in the end. Training continues next Tuesday.


Panel on duty: C. Corkery, C. Scriven, N. Hayes, D. Barry, C. Hayes, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, M. Field, M. Hitchmough, S. Downey,  S. Flavin, A. O’Keeffe, R. Meighan, C. Hayes, C. Murphy.

MFL V Crosshaven – 20/7


Shamrocks 6-13, Crosshaven 0-4


Shamrocks minor footballers had a very comfortable win over the hosts in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon last. 


Apart from the first 5 minutes when Shamrocks took some time to find their feet after a long football lay off, this was mostly one way traffic and there isnt much to report really. Shamrocks led 3-9 to 0-1 at the break, Crosshaven did make more of a game of it in the second half but never even remotely threathened a comeback. 


The goal scorers were Andrew O’Grady, Seán Kidney, Tom Murphy, Adam O’Keeffe (2) and Matt Field while Aonghus Boland, Mark Hitchmough and Coby O’Grady along with the aforementioned players did most of the point scoring.


Training continues this Tuesday.


Team on the day: Eric Desmond, Shane Kelleher, Cormac Scriven, Chris Hayes, Coby O’Grady, Tom Murphy, Andrew O’Grady, Nathan Hayes, Aongus Boland, Mark Hitchmough, Seán Kidney, Brendan Crowley. Subs used – Adam O’Keeffe, Matt Field, unused – Darragh Scriven. 

U8 Football Blitz – 19/7


Shamrocks U8 footballers travelled to Innsihannon to play in a blitz last Saturday morning. They had a very young team out but played very well on the day against Crosshaven, Valley Robvers and Courcey Rovers, winning 2 and losing 1 game. Once again, thanks to the parents and supporters, to Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan for looking after the lads and a special thanks to Deirdre for providing treats for the lads afterwards!

JAHL V Ballymartle – 19/7


Ballymartle 3-17, Shamrocks 0-9


The Shamrock side on duty was put to the sword by a polished and articulated Ballymartle team and unfortunately our side were playing catch-up over the hour.  Despite the best efforts of a few, victory was never in doubt. Ballymartle led 1 – 10 to 0 – 1 at the break. 


The second half saw the visitors push on to accumulate a commanding lead.
This was Shamrock’s first hurling outing in three weeks, so despite the defeat the match practice will be of some benefit as we get ready for championship next weekend. 
It was good to see Johnny Tuohy back after a ten week exile in the Scottish Highlands.
He showed great form, as did Chris O’Neill and David Hayes with youngster Sean Kidney showing up well yet again.  Coby O’ Grady and Ronan Murphy put in fine contributions too. 
Team: Ml. O’Neill, D. Hayes, C. Kidney, R. Murphy, S. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, C. O’Grady, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, D. Scriven, D. Collins, J. Tuohy, D.O’Sullivan, C. O’Neill and R. Twomey.

U16 HC V Brian Dillons – 14/7


Shamrocks 3-13, Brian Dillons 0-4


A totally dominant second half display enabled Shamrocks to move into the Semi Final of the East Board Grade C hurling championship.


Brian Dillons were very competitive in the first half in particular. They played with the significant breeze which as usual for these part, blew right down the pitch towards the big turbine. They really put it up to Shamrocks but the home side battled hard to lead 1-6 to 0-3 at halftime with the wind to come on their backs. Cillian Hayes at half forward scored the gaol midway through the first half and some nice points from Chris Hayes bursting through the middle for a brace, Matt Field, the hard working Killian Murphy at full forward and 2 beauties from James Lynam and Andrew O’Grady at midfield gave Shamrocks a comfortable position at HT.


The expected second half dominance did materialise, however Brian Dillons fought to the bitter end and made it competitive up until 10 minutes into the second half by whcih time Shamrocks had moved into a 2-8 to 0-4 lead, Murphy with the second gaol. With David Barry doing a good job on Dillons best player, Shamrocks were able to stretch out and further points from Hayes, O’Grady and Lynam and a goal from Hayes enabled them to cruise home by a deserved 18 points.


Shamrocks now move on to play Dripsey on August 4th in Ballygarvan in the semi finals.


Team (12 a side) – Cormac Scriven, Nathan Hayes, David Barry, Chris Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Shane Downey, Andrew O’Grady, Cillian Hayes, Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Matt Field, Killian Murphy. Subs used – Ruairí Meighan, Cathal Murphy, Adam O’Keeffe.


JAFC V Valley Rovers – 12/7


Shamrocks 3-11, Valley Rovers 1-10


Shamrocks had a fully deserved win over Valley Rovers in Ballygarvan on Saturday night. After a slow enough start after which they found themselves 0-4 to 0-2 down after 15 minutes, Shamrocks gradually grew into the game and scored 2 vital goals in the lead up to halftime to leave the score 2-2 to 0-4 for Shamrocks.


Shamrocks played up the hill in the second half but had the aid of a slight breeze. They scored some nice points to move 2-4 to 0-4 ahead and then struck for a goal that knocked the stuffing out of Valleys. This and the fact that Valley Rovers were reduced to 14 men with 20 minutes remaining meant that Shamrocks were in a great position. They went 11 points ahead, 3-9 to 0-7 with 13 minutes to go. To be fair to Rovres, they came forward and without ever threathening to win the game, got a few scores back and it finished up in a comfortable enough 7 point Shamrocks victory.


Shamrocks now move on to play Ballygarvan in the SE Semi Final at a later date. Training continues next week.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. Hurley, M. Prout, D. Hayes, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, E. O’Mahony, C. O’Neill, C. Cafferey, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, J. Shanahan. Subs used – G. Prout, S. O’Neill, S. Collins.





Shamrocks Panel V Valley Rovers

Shamrocks Panel V Valley Rovers


U12 FL V Tracton – 12/7


Tracton 7-5, Shamrocks 2-4


Tracton deservedly got the better of Shamrocks in this league game in Shanbally on Saturday morning last. They were bigger and older and scored 4 goals in the first half to grab hold of the game. Shamrocks scored some nice points through Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn and Ferdia Hayes to keep in touch at halftime, 4-2 to 0-4 for the visitors.


Tracton scored some early points before Adam Maye got a great goal to give Shamrocks some hope. However, Tracton reasserted themselves to run out 16 point victors.


This was surely one of the youngest ever Shamrocks teams at u12 level. Due to holidays and injury, no players on the age were available and indeed, exactly half the team were u9 players. They never gave up and its great to see them so enthusiastic and willing in the Shamrocks jersey. The experience of playing in these games will no doubt stand to them. Our thanks to the parents and the players themselves for letting them play to make up the team on the day.


Team: Aiden Brady, Mark Sisk, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Derry Howard, Fionn Herlihy, Cian O’Flaherty, Aaron Clarke, Michael Foy, Ferdia Hayes, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett.


Hurling training for u12 and u14’s this Tuesday at 6pm. The next u12 game is a hurling league game in 2 weeks.