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MCHC County Final V Lisgoold – 28/9

 

Shamrocks 2-16, Lisgoold 1-12

 

Shamrocks are county champions of the C grade at Minor hurling level after a 7 point win over Lisgoold at Ballincollig on Sunday last. Shamrocks were the better team and deserved their win but were given a mighty battle by the Lisgoold players who lifted their game especially in the second half. But Shamrocks always had at least a 3 point cushion all through and kept Lisgoold at arms length before pushing on in the closing 5 minutes to seal the win, a win that has been 11 months in the making, as captain Aonghus Boland acknowledged afterwards in his victory speech.

 

Lisgoold had the first point of the game before Andrew O’Grady pointed a free and the dangerous David Andrews pointed from play inside the first 5 minutes. Lisgoold gave themsleves a massive boost when they got through for a goal after 7 minuteto lead but the Shamrocks reply was immediate; from the puck out Andrew O’Grady controlled a slightly wayward pass on the run through the middle and billowed the Lisgoold net from 7 yards out. Shamrocks now led 1-2 to 1-1 after 8 minutes. This goal started Shamrocks best period of teh game and they were the dominant team up to halftime. With Darragh Scriven’s running from midfield causing all sorts of problems for Lisgoold, along with a dominant halfback line, Shamrocks started to tag on the points from Scriven, Boland, O’Grady from a free and a 65 and David Andrews who was threathening a goal everytime he got the ball inside. Shamrocks led 1-9 to 1-2 with 7 minutes left before HT. Lisgoold stayed in touch through their reliable free taker who was benefitting from some dubious free’s given by the referee. At one stage in the second half, the referee awarded Lisgoold NINE frees in a row. Anyway, just before HT, David Andrews got inside his marker and expertly finished to the far corner of the net to push Shamrocks 2-9 to 1-6 ahead; indeed he could have had 2 more goals on two different occasions – first when he burst through again only to see his piledriver go just over the bar andsecondly, in the last play of the half, David was also through on goal but the referee blew up for halftime in the middle of the movement – a full 30 seconds before normal time was up! All David got for his troubles was a nasty slap behind the ear from one of the oppositon players after the whistle. Shamrocks led 2-10 to 1-6 and were in a healthy position.

 

Lisgoold came out fighting in the second half and punished all these frees given away. They had clawed the deficit down to 3 points and were right back in the game. Shamrocks scored their first point of the second half a full 14 minutes in from an Andrew O’Grady free (he didnt miss one all afternoon) and that was a vital score. For the next 10 minutes or so, the teams cancelled each other out on the scoreboard, one of which was a vital point from supersub Rory Horgan who made a difference when he came on. He scooped up the 5th rebound no less from one of the Shamocks attacks and slotted it over for a vital point that put Shamrocks 4 points up again. Mark Hitchmough and Aonghus Boland caught some great high ball and Shamrocks were keeping Lisgoold out at the other end. Cormac Scriven brought off one great save when the lead was at 6 points while at the other end, O’Grady, Andrews and Horgan capped the win with some delightful scores. The referee blew the final whistle and Shamrocks had won a county champions, our first sine 2001 when the u16 hurlers won a C hurling title.

 

The last few weeks have been full of superlatives for this team and players and it was almost inevitable that they were going to win something at this level sooner rather than later. For the u16 players who were involved in the panel and team, I suppose it makes up for the loss in their county final. To have one team knocking on the County Championship door in Shamrocks is somewhat rare and wonderful – to have two is just brilliant and for the last 6 weeks in particular, these players have given total committment to the cause. This panel started training in October last year with the Winter Training Program and it was days like yesterday that made it all worthwhile. It takes a special group of players to do what they did.

 

There were some happy men on the sideline yesterday. Bainisteoir David Nolan, ably assisted by Peter Crowley, Kevin O’Grady and Dick Andrews were thrilled by the win. Along with John Jordan who has been present at every training session and match, this was sweet. The work these people have selflessly put in behind the scenes has been incredible. Garrett Flynn has been an inspired choice as physical trainer and his work has been central to this success. Underage Chairman John Twomey and Adult Chairman Pat McCarthy were also happy men yesterday in Ballincollig. Shamrocks captain Aonghus Boland accepted the championship trophy on behalf of the team and in his excellent victory speech, he thanked the team, management, supporters, referee, the Ballincollig club for the use of their excellent pitch and last but not least a sporting Lisgoold team who lost nothing in defeat.

 

A special word of thanks to the supporters who once again were out in force to roar on the lads. This writer was on the dugout side of the pitch but when a Shamrocks player took a shot at the posts from the far side, we all knew immediately whether it was going over or not such was the cheer and noise from the Shamrocks supporters. Magnificent.

 

After the trophy and the players had been paraded once again through Shanbally, Coolmore and Ringaskiddy, this time on Kevin O’Gradys truck, the Ferry Boat Inn laid on food and refresements for the players, mentors and parents. Our thanks to them. And once again, the captain of the victorius Shamrocks team brought the cup the few short steps up to Bernie and Breda Andrews along with the members of he Andrews clan which featured sons, daughetrs, players, grandsons, grand daughters, cousins and many more besides. Again, a wonderful moment.

 

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

 

The game was recorded professionally so will be available on DVD soon. More details to follow on that.

 

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U8 Hurling Blitz – 27/9

 

Shamrocks travelled to Cloughduv this morning for an U8 hurling Blitz, trhe final one of the year. They had 13 players togged out and fielded 2 team for the forst time this year. Both teams keenly contested a total of 6 games against various opponents and held their own in all games. Most have at least another year at this age group, some even have 3 more years!

 

Pa Cronin, the Cork Senior Hurling Captain met with all the teams and stood for photos etc. A great experience for the lads. All players got medals at the end.

 

Our thanks to John Jordan and Paul O’Sullivan for helping out and also to the parents and siblings who were magnificent supporters. A special word of thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan who have driven this and the u10 age group all season.

 

U14 Hurling Tournament V Ballinhassig – 26/9

 

Shamrocks 4-12, Ballinhassig 2-7

 

A good win for the Shamrocks side in the Tournament organised by Passage GAA. The lads played Passage last week and one could see the benefit of that game in them in this game. They played some lovely hurling at times and this was a much better team performance from the week before.

 

Ballinhassig were short a few on the night hut this shouldnt take from Shamrocks display. They led 2-9 to 1-6 at HT and pressed on in the second half. All players played their part on the night in a game that was expertly refereed by Pat O’Neill. Shamrocks added further goals in the second half.

 

Training continues every Tuesday at 6pm and the next game in the tournament is at home to Crosshaven next weekend sometime.

 

Team: S. Andrews, S. Browne, C. Murphy, J. Sisk, E. Seymour, S. Flavin, D. O’Flaherty, R. Mehigan, H. Andrews, J. Lynam, C. Hayes, S. Geary, S. Downey, R. Van Pelt.

U14 Hurling Tournament V Passage – 21/9

 

Passage 4-10, Shamrocks 0-5

 

Shamrocks travelled to Passage on Sunday evening to play their first game in the Dan O’Mahony u14 hurling tournament,  which is organised by the Passage club. Shamrocks came up against opposition who are playing a grade higher than them and found the going tough all through. However, they battled hard at all times and thats what the mentors are looking for from this tournament as they cast an eye to next years team.

 

Shamrocks were competitive early on after Passage had opened with a goal and scored some points from Cillian Hayes who was hurling well at midfield. But Passage were finding scores much easier to come by at the other end and led 3-6 to 0-3 at HT.

 

Shamrocks battled hard throughout the second half and cannot be faulted for effort. Shane Downey brought out a great save from the Passage keeper midway through the second half. Howver, passsge finished comfortable winners in the end.

 

The idea of this tournament from a Shamrocks point of view is to get as many hurling games as possible and to learn a few things on the way and hopefully their hurling will improve.

 

Team: R. Van Pelt, J. Sisk, C. Murphy, S. Browne, D. O’Flaherty, R. Mehigan, E. Seymour, C. Hayes, S. Flavin, S. Andrews, S. Downey, H. Andrews, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll, F. Herlihy.

 

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MCHC County Semi Final V Kilbrittain – 20/9

 

Shamrocks 3-15, Kilbrittain 3-8

 

A powerful second half from Shamrocks propelled them into the Final of the Rebel Óg C hurling Championship after this win over Kilbrittain on Saturday in Ballygarvan. Shamrocks were facing a 2 point HT deficit and were lucky to be only that much behind as they failed to really spark in the game up to that point. However, a 15 minute spell after HT that yielded a superb 3-7 including a hatrick of goals from David Andrews pushed Shamrocks onto the comfort zone and although Kilbrittain battled on to the end, the lads new from a fair bit they were back in another County Final.

 

Kilbrittain looked dangerous in the first half and after Aonghus Boland had opened Shamrocks account with a point, Kilbrittain punished some sloppy Shamrocks wides and went 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes and they looked the hungrier team. Shamrocks made a vital positional switch at this point and it seemed to work as they slowly grew into the game coming up to HT, scoring some nice points from Boland again, Darragh Scriven and Andrew O’Grady and David Andrews from frees. Shamrocks were back in the game at 1-5 to 0-6 behind a HT.

 

The right things were said in the Shamrocks dugout because Shamrocks blitzed Kilbrittain after HT, scoring a magical 3-7, which featured that hatrick from Andrews, a couple of frees from the same player and also Andrew O’Grady from out the wing, a great point after a strong run from Coby O’Grady, a monster score from Scriven at midfield and some beautifully struck points from the wing from Aonghus Boland who was very much to the fore in the second half.

 

Shamrocks were in total control now with 15 minutes to go, they were leading by 3-12 to 1-6. Kilbrittain never gave up and gave Shamrocks plenty of problems towards the end of the game, especially in the last 6 or 7 minutes when they got through for 2 goals which the lads will not be happy about. But overall, all players made valuable contributions and at this stage of the year, its about getting results. Lisgoold, who Shamrocks beat in the East final, beat the West champions St James in the other semi final straight after so Shamrocks will play Lisgoold next Sunday in the County Final, in Ballincollig with a 2.30pm throw in. Training will continue midweek.

 

Panel: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, C. Hayes, S. Kidney, A. O’Grady, T. Murphy, D. Scriven, C. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, A. Boland, B. Crowley, D. Andrews, R. Meighan, J. Lynam, E. Desmond, D. Barry, S. Flavin, K. Murphy, M. Field, A. O’Keeffe.

 

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Goalmouth action

Goalmouth action

U16 FC V Dripsey – 15/9

 

Shamrocks 2-7, Dripsey 1-4

 

Shamrocks qualified for the Semi Final of the championship after a hard fought and tough battle against Dripsey in Ballinora on Monday night.

 

With the recent exploits in hurling, Shamrocks only had the round 1 game a week ago as football preparation and it must have been hard for the lads to try to pick themselves up after losing the county final last Friday night. However, they eventually got motoring after the lay off and deserved the win.

 

The first half was a strange one. Shamrocks must have owned 80% of possession but wasted practically all of it, understandable after all the hurling. They kicked 10 wides before they got on the scoreboard through Nathan Hayes – a full 28 minutes into the game. Before that, Dripsey had scored 1-3 mostly on breakaways and must have been happy with their position coming up until halftime. But Hayes’ point started a mini scoring spree and this was crucial as it was soon followed by a goal from Adam O’Keeffe and a point from Killian Murphy. At halftime, Dripsey led 1-3 to 1-2 having played down the hill.

 

Shamrocks continued to dominate possession after the break and playing down the hill, found scores a little bit easier to come by. Mattie Field with a point and another one from Killian Murphy put Shamrocks a point ahead for the first time before Field gathered inside and slotted home a vital goal that put Shamrocks 4 points up with 15 minutes to go. They tagged on a few scores through David Andrews and Shane Downey and moved 2-7 to 1-3 ahead entering the last 5 minutes. Dripsey went in search of a goal but could only manage their one and only second half score, a point, in injury time. It was a good 2nd half performance from all the players.

 

Panel: C. Corkery, C. Scriven, D. Barry, Chris Hayes, A. O’Grady, N. Hayes, D. Andrews, J. Lynam, M. Hitchmough, A. O’Keeffe, M. Field, K. Murphy, S. Flavin, S. Downey, Cillian Hayes, E. Seymour, C. Murphy, D. O’Flaherty.

U8 Football Blitz – 13/9

 

The u8 footballers played in a blitz in Minane Bridge on Saturday morning under the management of Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan. They won 2 games and lost 1. They played the 3 C’s – Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Courcey Rovers. Despite being a younger then their opponents, the 13 players togged out played great stuff and delighted the big travelling support of parents and siblings. Well done to them. Training continues Monday night at 6.30pm.

U16 CHC Co Final V Killavullen – 12/9

 

Killavullen 5-13, Shamrocks 5-9

 

Shamrocks came up just short in the County Final on Friday night in Páirc Ui Rinn after an incredible game of hurling. It was unfortunate that their journey came to an end in these circumstances but the lads can be extremely proud of their herculean efforts all year and in particular in the second half of this game when they threw everything at the Killavullen team who were cruising at HT.

 

Shamrocks never led in this game. After the teams traded some early points to be level at 0-2 to 0-2 apiece after 6 minutes, Killavullen started to get on top and they rattled off 3 points on the trot to open up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead. Their forwards looked dangerous at all times and if one was to pick out a difference between the teams, it was the greater scoring power of the Killavullen forwards – they simply had more of them and in their wing forward Michael Fresh, they had a player who did absolute wreak on Shamrocks in the first half, scoring a hatrick from play by HT despite a number of different markers. He started the goal scoring after 13 minutes but Shamrocks then struck for 2 goals inside a minute; the first from Mattie Field in the 18th minute when he flicked home an Andrew O’Grady free to the net and then a superb Mark Hitchmough goal after he had ran from the 45m line, switched onto his right and buried the sliotar from 10 yards out on the run.

 

Shamrocks were now level at 2-3 to 1-6 but Killavullen reasserted themselves and drove on until HT, feeding the ever dangerous forwards who responded with a goal in the 21st minute and a few points to open up a pretty sizable lead at HT, 3-9 to 2-4. Shamrocks had a mountain to climb at this stage.

 

Whatever was said in the dressing room at HT seemed to work the trick for Shamrocks. After the teams shared 4 early points (Shamrocks scores courtesy of Mark Hitchmough and David Andrews), Shamrocks got a bit of momentum going and took over completely from the halfback line on. Again, Shamrocks scored 2 goals in a minute, first from Andrew O’Grady in the 8th minute of the second half with a brilliant strike off his left side 15 yards out and this was followed a minute later by a David Andrews scrambled effort. The cheers from the magnificent Shamrocks support in the stand nearly blew the roof off. Shamrocks were now on top and Killavullen were rocked. Killavullen still led by a solitary point, 3-11 to 4-7 and here came the crucial period of the match. With Shamrocks tails up, they badly needed that equaliser from a psychological point of view but unfortunately they shot 3 consecutive wides from advantegous positions. If even one of these had gone over, who knows what the final outcome would have been.

 

Killavullen took heart and broke forward and scored a goal again from their half forward (his 4th) and they were up again by 4 points with 14 minutes to go. Shamrocks once again refused to lie down and Mark Hitchmough buried another rocket to the Killavullen net a minute later to bring Shamrocks within a point again. It was just brilliant hurling from both teams at this stage. However, once again, Shamrocks just couldnt reach out and draw level. Killavullen stretched their lead to 3 points, Shamrocks brought it back to 2 courtesy of an O’Grady free, then it went to 3 again and then with the game entering injury time, Shamrocks had it back to a one point game for the 3rd time in the second half. In the 1st of two minutes of injury time, they had a chance to draw level from a difficult free way out on the sideline but it tailed just wide. With most of the Shamrocks players committed to attack, Killavullen won the puckout, fed their centre forward inside and he finished it to Cormac Scriven’s net. Game, set and match to Killavullen. Shamrocks had one more desperate attack but it was cleared and the final whistle went and Killavullen were champions.

 

The lads were bitterly dissapointed to lose their first hurling match all year at this point. However, they have put in a tremendous effort throughout the year and the simple fact of the matter is that hurling is now in a much better place in the club thanks to this squad and their mentors. Shamrocks hurling is back on the map and the future looks bright irrespective what happened tonight. We congratulate Killavullen on their victory and focus on our positives.

 

There is so much to look forward to still, even at this stage of the season – the lads are in a hurling league final, the quarter final of the football championship (on Monday night), a minor hurling and football league final and a minor hurling county semi final next weekend. These guys are only getting started – the hurling curve is most definately going up!

 

A massive thank you to the management team of David Nolan, Dick Andrews, Peter Crowley, Kevin O’Grady, Kieran Lynam, John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Garrett O’Flynn (physical trainer) and mentor John Jordan. They can be very proud of the effort they have put into this (ongoing!) project.

 

Finally – the Shamrocks support was magnificent. Practically everybody who is a proud Shamrocks man or woman turned out in force tonight in the stand. And they were loud! The lads gave them plenty to cheer about. It was actually hard for the players to hear sideline instructions at times such was the volume of noise and cheering from the travelling support. While Killavullen had a sizable number there as well, i would guess that Shamrocks outnumbered them, and easily outnumbered the supporters for the B final afterwards. We hope to see them all again for the Minor games!

 

Panel: Cormac Scriven, Christopher Hayes, Nathan Hayes, Ruairí Meighan, Mark Hitchmough, David Barry, David Andrews (1-2), Cillian Hayes (0-1), Andrew O’Grady (1-4), J. Lynam (0-1), Matthew Field (1-0), Killian Murphy, Shane Flavin, Adam O’Keeffe, Daniel O’Mahony, Criostóir Corkery, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy.

 

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Shamrocks U16 panel who played the Co Final V Killavullen in Pairc Ui Rinn on 12/9/14. Back row, l to r: C. Hayes, N. Hayes, D. Barry, A. O'Grady, C. Scriven, C. Corkery, J. Lynam, M. Hitchmough, K. Murphy, S. Flavin, D. O'Mahony. Front, l to r: C. Murphy, C. Hayes, M. Field, D. Andrews, R. Meighan, A. O'Keeffe, S. Downey, E. Seymour.

Shamrocks U16 panel who played the Co Final V Killavullen in Pairc Ui Rinn on 12/9/14. Back row, l to r: C. Hayes, N. Hayes, D. Barry, A. O’Grady, C. Scriven, C. Corkery, J. Lynam, M. Hitchmough, K. Murphy, S. Flavin, D. O’Mahony. Front, l to r: C. Murphy, C. Hayes, M. Field, D. Andrews, R. Meighan, A. O’Keeffe, S. Downey, E. Seymour.

JAFL V Carrigaline – 10/9

 

Shamrocks 4-16, Carrigaline 1-3

 
Shamrocks easily won this game played in Shanbally on Wednesday evening. The early part of the game was even enough and indeed, Carrigaline scored an early goal to move ahead but Shamrocks got to grips with the game and the long layoff and started to pick off the scores. They scored some nice points from Stephen O’Neill, Roy Twomey with 2, Darragh O’Sullivan, Cannice Caffrey, Alan McCarthy and Barry Mulqueen. Just coming up to HT, Seanán Collins slotted home goal number one and that left the HT score 1-9 to 1-2 in favour of Shamrocks.

 

Shamrocks then went on a shooting spree in the second half as the Carrigaline challenge wilted with 3 further goals from Stephen O’Neill, Seanán Collins and Barry Mulqueen and some nice points from Mickey O’Neill amongst others.

 

As a result of this win, Shamrocks are guaranteed to finish in the top 3 of the league which means at least a Semi Final appearance after the other clubs play their outstanding games. TABLE HERE.

 

Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S. Andrews, R. Murphy, M. O’Neill, R. Harrington, M. Prout, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, R. Twomey, S. Collins, C. Caffrey, S. O’Neill, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Neill. Subs used – C. Kidney, S. Downey, D. Scriven, J. Wilson.

 

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Seanán Collins solos up the middle with plenty of support if needed

Seanán Collins solos up the middle with plenty of support if needed

U16 FC V Lisgoold – 8/9

 

Shamrocks 7-12, Lisgoold 1-3

 

Shamrocks are into the quarter finals of the u16 football championship after this very comfortable win over Lisgoold on Monday night. Some of these Lisgoold players must be sick of the sight of the Shamrocks jersey at this stage as this was their second loss in championship to the greens in 3 days. There is not much to report except to say that Shamrocks completely dominated the game from start to finish. Adam O’Keeffe top scored with 2-4.

 

Shamrocks move on to play Dripsey on a date as yet unknown, such is the volume of games that some of the players have yet to play in different competitions. In the meantime, they can now concentrate on the County Hurling Final on Friday night.

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