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MHC Semi Final V Cobh – 31/8

 

Shamrocks 2-12, Cobh 2-11

 

This was heart stopping stuff down in Camden on Sunday night but at the end of it all, Shamrocks are through to the final of the Rebel Óg East C Hurling Championship final after a one point win over gallant losers Cobh.

 

This game had it all really. Brilliant scores, goals and points, red cards, saves, late drama, heart, a change of colours for Shamrocks to yellow jerseys due to a colour clash with Cobh, sweat, speed, skill and unfortunately in the end, a winner and a loser. And lucky for Shamrocks, its they that came out tagged with the winners label on this occasion, but only just.

 

Shamrocks played with the wind in the opening half on a muggy wet evening for hurling and they were straight out of the traps. They dominated possession and went 6 points to 1 up after 15 minutes. Rory Horgan, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady from 2 frees, Coby O’Grady and Darragh Scriven who had opened the scoring all had Shamrocks points and they were motoring well. Then Cobh were reduced to 11 players (12 a side) when one of their players got a straight red and it looked all over at this stage really. But sometimes in sport, the team with the man disadvantage can lift their game and so they did. They slowly got to grips with the Shamrocks challenge and chipped away at the scoreboard coming up to halftime and rattled the net just before it to leave the score 0-9 to 1-3 for Shamrocks at HT with it all to play for in the second half.

 

In the second half, Shamrocks seemed to drift out of the game while Cobhs main players, including their their full back, and in particular their powerful midfielder and wing forward ran the show out around the middle of the field. At the three quarter stage, Cobh were dominating possession and their free taker was red hot from frees and 65’s; he put over everything from all angles. Shamrocks couldnt do anything and going into the last 10 minutes, Cobh had drawn level after Darragh Scriven and David Andrews had swopped points with the Cobh free taker. Then Cobh scored their 2nd goal and that was soon followed by a quick Cobh point from way out the wing and the Shamrocks challenge was sinking fast; Cobh were up 2-9 to 0-11 with 6 minutes to go. However, Shamrocks never panicked. They made a few switches and refused to give up. They got the all important first goal with 2 minutes to go when desperate Cobh defending failed to keep sub David Raleigh from tapping home a rebound from a David Andrews shot.

 

This was championship hurling at its best now and all of a sudden Shamrocks had a bit of momentum. 2 attacks later, with Cobh a solitary point ahead with the game entering injury time, a long Shamrocks delivery was batted down by Rory Horgan to himself and he slammed home the sliotar from 5 yards out to the back of the Cobh net. Incredibly, after watching Cobh do most of the hurling from the 15th minute, Shamrocks were now ahead. Cobh attacked quickly and won a free out the wing. They elected to put it over the bar and the referee blew the final whistle from the puckout. Shamrocks had stolen this one no doubt but it showed that hurling is never over until the final whistle. Cobh were devasted and Shamrocks were delirious. They now have a final to look forward to sometime next week against Lisgoold.

 

Panel: Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, Nathan Hayes, Tom Murphy, Mark Hitchmough, Seán Kidney, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Aonghus Boland, Coby O’Grady, David Andrews, Rory Horgan, David Raleigh, Christopher Hayes, David Barry, Adam O’Keeffe, Killian Murphy, Matthew Field, Shane Flavin, Brendan Crowley, Eric Desmond.

 

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Darragh Scriven looks up V Cobh, MHC Semi Final, 31/8/14

Darragh Scriven looks up V Cobh, MHC Semi Final, 31/8/14

U12 FL V Cill na Marta – 27/8

 

Shamrocks 2-4, Cill na Martra

 

Shamrocks and Cill na Martra drew their final league game in Cill na Martra on Wednesday evening in a game played in constant rain. All Shamrocks players played well on the day and we thank them for their committment this year. Unfortunately, they didnt qualify for the league final on this occasion.

 

Panel on duty: Mark Sisk, Cian O’Flaherty, Robert van Pelt, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Fionn Herlihy, Dylan Gregson, Robert Barrett, Daniel O’Brien, Conor Hourihan, Adam McSweeney.

U16 HC Co Semi Final V Clyda Rovers – 25/8

 

Shamrocks 1-7, Clyda Rovers 1-7

 

The club’s first county hurling semi final in a good while ended in stalemate after both sides played their hearts out in very telling conditions in Carraig na bhFear on Monday night. We started well and were matching a more physical Clyda team in the early battles. Scores were hard to come by for both teams. At the half time whistle we were trailing on a score line of 0-04 to 0-02.

 

We regrouped and started to get more into the game in the second half. After three Andrew O Grady points the scores were tied at 0-05 a piece entering the final stages. Two pointed frees for Clyda was followed by a very fortunate goal for them. The final whistle was fast approaching and so it seemed was our county challenge. Another O Grady point was followed by a David Andrews one to leave just a goal between the two clubs. Our never say die attitude was to be rewarded when the brilliant Nathan Hayes found the back of the Clyda net to leave it all square and the clock well into injury time. Another two minutes was played but no winning score was got by either side. Extra time could not be played due to the fading light both sides will battle it out again next week to decide who goes on to contest the county final.

 

Team. Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Chris Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Ruari Mehigan, Andrew O Grady, Matt Field, David Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Shane Flavin, Cillian Murphy. Subs. Shane Downey, Daniel O Mahony, Adam O Keeffe, Evan Seymour, Christeoir Corkery, Cathal Murphy.

U10 Hurling Blitz – 23/8

 

The u10 hurlers travelled to Minane Bridge again on Saturday morning and this time played Courcey Rovers 1 and 2 and Carrigaline in a hurling blitz. They won one and lost two games with the emphasis on fun and participation. This is a squad that is one year under the age but their hooking and blocking skills were excellent and the managament duo of Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan were very happy with the lads and their hurling skills.

Well done to all the parents and grandparents for their support. No training this Monday due to u12 training at 1.30pm and the u16 match in Carraig na bhFear.

JAFL V Valley Rovers – 23/8

 

Shamrocks 1-15, Valley Rovers 1-10

 

Shamrocks and Valley Rovers played out a very open and competitive league game on Saturday afternoon last in Shanbally before Shamrocks did just enough to get the league points.

 

Valleys gave Shamrocks plenty of it throughout the game but all the Shamrocks players played well on the day and scored in bursts to set up the win. Michael O’Neill scored the second half goal and a few points driving forward while super sub Bernard Hickey also slotted over a point from play, amongst other incidents!

 

Jack Wilson in goal did very well and even had time to nonchalantly grab the ball off the goal line after it had struck the post and pass it off to Stephen Hurley as if it was a training session. Calmness personified.

 

The 2 league points will go a long way towards Shamrocks chances of qualifying for a playoff place in the league. One league game to go against Carrigaline.

 

Team: J. Wilson, J. Tuohy, S. Hurley, B. Hickey, M. O’Neill, R. Harrington, S. Andrews, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, C. O.Neill, C. O’Grady, B. Sweeney, J. Shanahan, S. Collins.

MHL V Kinsale – 22/8

 

Shamrocks 4-15, Kinsale 0-4

 

Shamrocks had a comfortable victory over Kinsale on Friday evening in Shanbally and they are now joint top of the table as a result.

 

After a slow enough opening 15 minutes, after which Shamrocks led 0-4 to 0-1, Shamrocks sent on u16 players David Andrews and the game was put to bed as a result. He scored 2 goals straight away and set up numerous other scores, including Eric Desmonds goal. Others to add their name to the score sheet in that half were Darragh Scriven from midfield, Aonghus Boland and Brendan Crowley with a neat point from the half forward line and Andrew O’Grady who slotted over 2 frees. Shamrocks led 3-8 to 0-2 at halftime.

 

Kinsle made more of a game of it in the second half and Shamrocks had to fight for their scores up the hill. Andrews completed his hatrick of goals late on while Scriven, Boland and O’Grady tagged on a few points. The backs kept things tight at the other end to keep a clean sheet. Focus now turns to Monday nights u16 game v Clyda Rovers followed by the MHC Semi Final against Cobh on Sunday next week.

 

Team: C. Scriven, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, D. Barry, C. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Scriven, B. Crowley, A. Boland, A. O’Grady, S. Flavin, E. Desmond, D. Andrews.

MCFC Semi Final V Clondrohid – 20/8

 

Clondrohid 4-9, Shamrocks 1-4

 

We travelled the long journey to Canovee last evening to play Clondrohid in the semi final of the minor football championship. It was a journey just too far for this team as we came up against an excellent Clondrohid outfit who were superior in every position in the pitch.
We found ourselves still in touching distance coming up to half time but two very costly errors in the last two minutes of the half led to two Clondrohid goals to leave the score line 2-03 to 0-02.

 

We regrouped and made a few positional changes but still couldn’t breakdown the Clondrohid defence. Clondrohid kicked over some more points from play and then got another two goals inside two minutes to leave the game over as a contest. We scored 1-02 in the second half but lost out in the end to a very talented Clondrohid team. It’s now back to the hurling and training and matches are continuing to the build up of our minor hurling championship semi final versus Cobh on Sunday 31st August.

 

Team- Eric Desmond, Shane Kelleher, Coby O’Grady, Cormac Scricen, Sean Kidney, Mark Hitchmough, Tom Murphy, Andrew O Grady, Aonghus Boland, David Andrews, Brendan Crowley, Darragh Scriven. Subs used- Mathew Field, Adam O Keeffe, Shane Flavin, Chris Hayes and David Barr.

U16 HC Final V Grenagh – 16/8

 

Shamrocks 4-6, Grenagh 1-11

 

Shamrocks are Rebel Óg East C grade Hurling Champions after a tough battle against gallant losers Grenagh in Brinny on Saturday afternoon last.

 

This was Shamrocks first hurling final in any grade in over 10 years and a win was important in the continuing development of hurling in the club. Shamrocks were the better team in the opening period but found scores hard to come by, despite way more possession. Andrew O’Grady opened his impressive point scoring tally from the throw in with surging run and neat point after 30 seconds. The Shamrocks backs in particular were catching almost every high ball out of the sky in impressive fashion and were providing the forwards with plenty of possession but plays seemed to break down at vital points in front of goal, while a few goal chances went a-begging due to last minute Grenagh defending.

 

After 12 minutes, the score was still 0-1 to 0-0 in favour of Shamrocks but then Shamrocks went on a bit of a scoring burst through O’Grady (who was brilliant throughout from frees) and led 0-4 to 0-1 before Shamrocks burst through for 2 vital goals. The hard working David Andrews scored the first after a great run through the middle while Matthew Field scrambled home another for goal number 2 and Shamrocks looked well set at HT, 2-4 to 0-2 ahead.

 

The second half was much tighter. Andrew O’Grady put Shamrocks further ahead with a monster 95 yard free which he judged to perfection in the crosswind. David Andrews then slotted home a great team move after great work by Cillian Hayes on the wing and Shamrocks led by 3-4 to 0-3 with 20 minutes to go. But Grenagh were slowly showing signs of revival even after halftime and responded immediately to the Shamrocks goal up the other end with a great goal of their own. This seemed to lift them and suddenly they got on top. They had restructured their team by this stage and the Shamrocks lads seemed to drift back in numbers. As a result, the Shamrocks puckouts were being won by the extra Grenagh players in their halfback line and it was game on.

 

Shamrocks were struggling to get the ball into their FF line with 12 minutes to go and Grenagh chipped away with a few points. With 3 minutes of normal time left, they had the deficit reduced to 3 points, 3-6 to 1-9. However, under emormous pressure, u14 player Cillian Hayes made a drive forward from the 45 and saw his low shot enter the Grenagh net to open up a 6 point lead entering injury time.

 

The referee played 6 excruciating minutes of injury time, during which Grenagh scored 2 points while going for goals to leave Shamrocks victorious at the final whistle by a hard earned 4 points.

 

This was a massive win for the lads and inspirational captain Mark Hitchmough had the pleasue of receiving the trophy afterwards from East Board Vice Chairman and local Valley Rovers man Willie Casey. He thanked the referee, his own club Valleys for their perfect facilities and both teams for a great, hard fought battle with not one dirty stroke from 2 great teams.

 

This is a fantastic achievement for all the players on the panel, it was a truly great effort put in by one and all. The panel has grown in both numbers and maturity all year. Well done to all. Without doubt, a massive thank you and well done to the management team of David Nolan, Peter Crowley, Dick Andrews, Kevin O’Grady, John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and to the absent Kieran Lynam. Between them, they have overseen the Minors and u16′s who train together all the time. Also well done to John Jordan who as always is present for every Shamrocks underage team. A special mention to the teams physical trainer Garrett O’Flynn who has brought this team forward in so many ways and is always at hand to help out.

 

The cup was paraded through Shanbally, Coolmore and Ringaskiddy before looping around past the Andrews household where Club Vice President Breda was on hand to receive the cup on its journey to the FBI. The FBI put on a spread for the team, mentors and supporters afterwards. It was wonderful and a huge thanks to them from the club. It was fitting on a great day that captain Mark Hitchmough brought the cup up the few short steps from the FBI to the Andrews household where it was once again greeted enthusastically by Breda and her husband Bernie. It was no doubt a great fillip for them on their journey to recovery after recent illnesses. Mark was accompanied by all members of the Andrews clan – Dick, David, Seán, Harry, Lauren, Elizabeth, Michelle, Kathleen, Shane, Aidan, Carol and grandson Mark who was home from London for the match. A fantastic moment.

 

Shamrocks, as a result of this win, now play Clyda Rovers in the Semi Final of the County on Monday week in Carrig na bhFear at 7pm.

 

Panel: Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Christopher Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Ruairí Meighan, Andrew O’Grady, Shane Flavin, David Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Matthew Field, Daniel O’Mahony, Adam O’Keeffe, Shane Downey, Criostóir Corkery, Evan Seymour, James Lynam, Killian Murphy, Cathal Murphy.

 

 

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U14 HL V Castlelyons – 14/8

 

Castlelyons  9-9, Shamrocks 5-12

 

Shamrocks turned in a great display in the U12 hurling league before succumbing to league leaders Castlelyons on Thursday night in Shanbally.

 

The story of this team this year was that they were struggling to field a team for every game and this was the same again on Thursday evening with four players missing again through holidays.

Castlelyons started brightly scoring three points without reply and looked like they were going to take over until Shane Downey goaled to level. The game was fairly even after this with Shamrocks hurling well and contesting every ball and were unlucky to go in losing by 3-6 to 1-7 at half time. Shamrocks were dominant for the first 15 mins of the second half when Seán Andrews took the game by the scruff of the neck scoring 3-3. With ten minutes left Shamrocks found themselves still trailing by a point after playing the better hurling but went further behind when Castlelyons scored a couple of goals. Final score Castlelyons 9-9, Shamrocks 5-12. A highly entertaining game on the night from both sides. From our own point of view a vast improvement from when we started out in February.

Team on duty – Conor Hourihan, Evan Seymour, Dylan O’Flaherty, Seán Browne, Seán Andrews, Mark Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Daniel O’ Mahony, Shane Downey, Harry Andrews, Sam Geary.

MCFC V Ballyphehane – 14/8

 

Shamrocks 4-13, Ballyphehane 2-4

 

Shamrocks had a comfortable victory to the visitors to Shanbally on Thursday evening last. They now qualify for the championship Semi Final V Clondrohid and top the league table after this game that doubled up as league and championship. Full report not received.

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