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MHL Final V Cobh – 19/10

 

Shamrocks 6-14,  Cobh 4-12

 

A second final in two days for our young hurlers, and a second league title. The story goes on for the U16/Minors combination as a brilliant second half powered them to an 8 point victory over Cobh in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon in the Rebel Óg East C Hurling League.

 

Cobh could not have asked for a better start. They caught Shamrocks cold by scoring 2 goals and a point inside the first 4 minutes, without reply. Shamrocks were on the ropes but slowly grew into the game after that early setback. Andrew O’Grady was striking the ball sweetly from frees and he started the Shamrocks fightback by landing a few scores from way out the field. Cobh were still causing problems at the other end with their strong direct running at the Shamrocks backs that opened up the defence. But some of their attacks were thwarted by some last gasp defending which kept Shamrocks in the game, 2-4 to 0-5 behind with 10 minutes to the break.

 

Meanwhile, Rory Horgan was becoming a huge influence on the game at the other end, using his physicality to good effect to open up scoring opportunities for both himself and others. He really set the Shamrocks comeback ball rolling with a fantastic run and ground shot to the roof of the Cobh net after 21 minutes and then Andrew O’Grady picked up a loose ball inside the Cobh full back line and drilled another bullet to the Cobh net. After the early goals conceded, Shamrocks were more then happy to go in level at HT, 2-5 apiece.

 

Shamrocks were the better team in the second half, one that featured 8 goals and 26 points. Shamrocks went in front after an early Andrew O’Grady goal and they were never led after that. David Andrews was growing in influence out on the right wing and he knocked over a few points. Darragh Scriven then added another goal and Shamrocks led by 7 points, 4-10 to 2-9 with 15 to go. Cobh replied with a goal and a point to close the gap to 3 points. However, Shamrocks kicked on again and Rory Horgan scored a wonderful goal off his left side from 20 yards out to leave Shamrocks 6 points ahead, 5-12 to 4-9 with 5 minutes left.

 

Once again, Cobh refused rto give in and scored 3 points on the trot to give themselves hope but Andrew O’Grady completded his hatrick at the other end when his 30 minute free went all the way to the net, whether he meant it or not we don’t know. Shamrocks tagged on a pair of points from O’Grady again and Aonghus Boland.

 

Aongus Boland accepted his 3rd trophy this season from Ronan Cogan, representing Rebel Óg East. Ronan thanked both teams for a great sporting contest. Boland thanked the mentors, the players and the supporters for their support while praising the efforts of the gallant Cobh side.  The victorious panel then went to the FBI for refreshments afterwards with their families and supporters. The club wish to thank the FBI for their hospatility once again.

 

Shamrocks have now qualified for the knockout stages of the County League. More details to follow. Well done to all on a magnificent victory. Its easy to forget that this same minor team played and lost a Minor Football Final only the previous Monday so for them to pick themselves up and perform at such a high level is just magnificent. Not to mention the U16’s who had played another final on Saturday!

 

Panel on the day – C. Scriven, D. Barry, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, A. Boland, A. O’Grady, C. O’Grady, D. Andrews, R. Horgan, M. Hitchmough, C. Hayes, B. Crowley, S. Flavin, R. Mehigan, E. Desmond.

 

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The winning panel - Back Row, l to r: Rory Horgan, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Brendan Crowley, Shane Flavin, Cormac Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O'Grady, Darragh Scriven, Tom Murphy. Front, l to r: Sean Kidney, Eric Desmond, Christopher Hayes, Coby O'Grady, Aonghus Boland, David Andrews, Nathan Hayes, Ruairi Mehigan.

The winning panel – Back Row, l to r: Rory Horgan, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Brendan Crowley, Shane Flavin, Cormac Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O’Grady, Darragh Scriven, Tom Murphy. Front, l to r: Sean Kidney, Eric Desmond, Christopher Hayes, Coby O’Grady, Aonghus Boland, David Andrews, Nathan Hayes, Ruairi Mehigan.

U16 HL Final V Grenagh – 18/10

 

Shamrocks 2-11, Grenagh 3-7

 

Shamrocks pulled of a late victory over a battling Grenagh side in the final of the hurling league, in a game played in Grenagh on Saturday afternoon. Losing by 3 points having already played 3 minutes of injury time, Grenagh could be forgiven for thing that they had gotten revenge for both championship final defeats to Shamrocks over the past 2 months. However, as is the case so often this year with this Shamrocks side, they never gave up and first Christopher Hayes scored a spectacular equalising goal into the top corner of the Grenagh net and then  2 minutes later, in the 65th minute of this thrilling contest, David Andrews scored the winning point with the last puck of the game. Grenagh were absolutely deflated while Shamrocks were delirious with a win that seemed entirely out of grasp just 5 minutes previous.

 

Grenagh played with the aid of a gale force wind in the first half. Shamrocks more than held their own and Andrews up top was getting them the scores, mostly from play. Shane Flavin with the opening point and Andrew O’Grady with 2 frees also got on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Grenagh freetaker was on form and anything inside the halfway line he was pointing. There was never more than a point between the teams in that opening half. Shamrocks were more than happy to go in at the break leading by 0-6 to 0-5 with the wind to come.

 

Grenagh never lay down in the second half facing the breeze. They scored an early goal in the second half after a goalmouth scramble and led 1-5 to 0-6. Shamrocks tagged on a pair of points from David Andrews and Cillian Hayes. Shamrocks then got an Andrews goal 12 minutes into the second half and led by 2 points. We thought that Shamrocks would kick on from there but Grenagh themselves showed great heart and character playing into the wind. They were the ones who were doing all the hurling now and scored another scrambled goal midway through the second half to move a point up. Both teams cancelled each other out over the next 10 minutes without scoring. Shamrocks eventually equalised with 5 minutes remaining from an Andrew O’Grady free out on the right wing which he struck beautifully.

 

So entering the last 5 minutes of normal time, the teams were level. The next score was always going to be vital and the home team got it after the ball broke out to their half forward. He hit a rocket to Cormac Scrivens net. Into injury time now and Grenagh led by a goal. But there had been a couple of injuries in the tough conditions and there was time left. Shamrocks stuck at it and Hayes, just like last week in the football when he scored a beauty to the top corner from wing back, struck again to level it before Andrews scored the winner, mucsh to the delight of the Shamrocks players, mentors and supporters.

 

Ed Warren of Rebel Óg East complimented bith teams on an excellent game of hurling for this time of year, a game that could have gone either way up until the very end. He presented the Shamrocks captain, Mark Hitchmough, with the Rebel Óg East C Hurling League trophy. Mark thanked the mentors especially after the match, people who have put massive effort into this project all year long. He also thanked the players, the parents, the supporters and Grenagh for a fantastic match.

 

As a result of the win, Shamrocks have now qualified for the knockout stages of the County Hurling League, which will be run off on a knockout basis.

 

Panel on the day: C. Scriven, D. Barry, N. Hayes, C. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, R. Meighan, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, M. Field, S. Flavin, S. Downey, D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour, A. O’Keeffe.

 

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U16 Hurling League Winners, 18/10/14

U16 Hurling League Winners, 18/10/14

MFL Final V Clondrohid – 13/10

 

Clondrohid 4-11, Shamrocks 1-11

 

The curtain came down on our minor football season last night above in St. Vincents when we were beaten in the minor football league final. We have lost three times this season in the minor football and all to Clondrohid. They beat us in the league, the semi final of the championship and also in the league final. In fact we finished on top of the league only to lose out in the final play off. The lads can feel very proud of themselves for the effort, time and committment that they gave us this season. Indeed some of them also are also involved with the junior set up. The score line didn’t reflect on the way the game was played. At the half time whistle the sides were level at 1-03 to 0-06. Clondrohid got the early break through in the second half and we had to play catch up. With seven minutes to go there was still only a kick of a ball between the two teams. Clondrohid finished the stronger and ran out worthy winners at the end. We would like to wish them the best of luck in their quest for county honours in both the league and championship.

 

Panel. David Raleigh, Shane Kelleher, Sean Kidney, Tom Murphy, Coby O’Grady, Cormac Scriven, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Nathan Hayes, David Andrews, Brendan Crowley, Eric Desmond, Christopher Hayes, David Barry, Shane Flavin, Ruari Mehigan, James Lynam, Adam O Keeffe.

U14 Hurling Tournament – 12/10

 

Tracton 4-13, Shamrocks 1-5

 

Shamrocks u14’s closed out their season on Sunday morning with a defeat to Tracton in the Passage Tournament. Shamrocks were short some regulars due to soccer so Tracton gave them 3 players to make it 14 a side.

The Shamrocks players battled hard and there were some great performances. Luke O’Driscoll was Shamrocks best player in his new position of corner back. Daniel O’Mahony played in goal because of an ongoing toe injury and he played a great game and hit plenty of ball. Robert Van Pelt will be delighted with his goal in the second half. Shane Downey also scored some nice points. Sam Geary left his usual corner forward position and was spotted at one stage in the full back line! Overall, the manager Pa Andrews was happy with the outing and the players performance. That’s now the last game of the season and training will now stop on Tuesday nights. Thanks to Tim Hayes and John Jordan who helped out as well.

 

The season started back on February 2nd and in that time, the u14’s played a total of 21 matches, 11 hurling and 10 football. This is way more than the 16 that the mentors had planned at the start of the year. The highlight was the run to the semi finals of the football championship. 1 player, Evan Seymour played all 21 games while Jody Sisk played 20. This is the type of commitment needed to be successful. Well done to both. Thanks to the management, to the parents and especially to all the players who played a part this year. While they didn’t win any trophies, with more hard work, the lads will surely have success down the line. Just keep practising the hurling over the winter and we hope to see all the players back in 2015.

U10 Hurling Blitz – 11/10

 

The u10 hurlers played in their final blitz of the year in Inis Eonáin this morning and played Courcey Rovers, Valley Rovers and Ballinhassig, winning 2 from 3 games. Shamrocks had 12 players togged and ready for action. Only one player was on the age so next years u10’s should be stronger.

 

Congratulations to James and Darragh who played their first blitz. All the lads played well on the day. Thanks to the parents and supporters once again and to Seamus and Shane on the sideline. That was the last u10 hurling blitz of the year, we’re expecting a football one next Saturday. Training continues on Monday at 6.30pm.

U16 FC Co Semi Final V Newmarket – 11/10

 

Shamrocks, 4-12, Newmarket 3-8

 

Less than 48 hours after winning the East title on Thursday night, Shamrocks faced off against the Rebel Óg North representatives Newmarket in Ballyanley on Saturday afternoon and they saw off the challenge of the North West Corkmen in fairly impressive fashion. Shamrocks were full value for the win and only for a bit of tiredness and complacency setting in in the last 5 minutes, the result would have been even more impressive.

 

Newmarket started impressively and scored a goal after 20 seconds after the ball broke inside the Shamrocks full back line. The next 10 minutes or so were even with both teams cancelling each other out on the scoreboard. David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady and James Lynam had Shamrocks points. Shamrocks gradually got to grips with the Newmarket challenge which maily came from their players in the middle third of the pitch and their lively wing forward. By the midway point of the first half it was 1-3 to 0-3 for Newmarket but then Shamrocks caught fire in 5 wonderful minutes between the 19th and 24th minutes. First Adam O’Keeffe stabbed home a rebound to the Newmarket net after finding himself in the right place at the right time. In the next attack, Andrew O’Grady made a great run and jink inside before blasting to the bottom corner. And then in the 24th minute of the half, wing back Christopher Hayes scored a brilliant goal when he got on the end of a great team move on the left hand side of the goal and blasted right across the keeper to the far top corner. At this point Shamrocks led by 3-4 to 1-3 and that 5 minute spell was crucial and would prove the winning of the match. At HT, Shamrocks led 3-5 to 1-4.

 

Shamrocks scored the first point of the second half through David Andrews. From there on until the 50th minute, Shamrocks remained in charge of proceedings. Andrew O’Grady added his second goal after 10 minutes of the second half and Shamrocks were cruising at 4-8 to 1-5 in front. A few substitutons were made and they all made vital contributions as well. Shane Downey hit the post with a shot, Dylan O’Flaherty set up a score while Cillian Hayes kicked a great point as well. Shane Flavin got on the ball a lot when moved out to midfield. But naturally, the legs were beginning to tire on the Shamrocks players and Newmarket finished strong and scored 2-2 in the last 5 minutes but at that stage, the game was over and the referee blew the final whistle shortly afterwards.

 

The final is not fixed yet and Shamrocks opponents are not known as of yet either but it will most likely be next Saturday afternoon. Details to follow.

 

Panel on duty: C. Corkery, R. Mehigan, C. Scriven, C. Hayes, N. Hayes, D. Barry, M. Hitchmough, M. Field, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, A. O’Keeffe, S. Downey, Cillian Hayes, S. Flavin, D. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, D. O’Mahony.

U16 FC Final V Grenagh – 9/10

 

Shamrocks 2-7, Grenagh 1-5

 

Shamrocks Underage remarkable season goes on and on. After last nights hard fought win over Grenagh in Ballygarvan under lights, we have now  completed the Rebel Óg U16 championship double in Hurling and Football.

 

Grenagh started the better of the two teams last night and found themselves 4 points to two up as their two wing forwards were causing us a few problems with their pace. Soon we found our feet and after a great movement which started in our own defence, Mattie Field showed his strength and skill to find the back of the net to put us in the lead for the first time. Mark Hitchmough then added a point from a forty five to leave us leading at half time on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-04.

 

We started the second half in fine style and scored two unanswered points from Mark Hitchmough and David Andrews. Grenagh then came back at us and scored a goal to leave only a kick of a ball between the sides, 1-6 to 1-5. David Andrews then showed his great goal scoring power as he found the back of the Grenagh net to leave us leading on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-5. Andrews again and Andrew O’Grady ensured that we done the double when they added a point a piece in injury time to leave the final score 2-7 to 1-5.

 

A special thanks must go to Ballygarvan for the use of their pitch and also we must thank again the parents and supporters who travelled again in great numbers to support this great group of lads. The team captain, David Andrews accepted the cup from Mr. Pat Bouse of Rebel Óg East and in his speech he thanked the mentors of Kieran Lynam, Kevin O Grady, Dick Andrews, John Jordan and John Twomey along with Peter Crowley, David Nolan and trainer Garret Flynn.

 

Panel: Criostóir Corkery, Cormac Scriven, Ruairí Mehigan, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Chris Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, James Lynam, Andrew O’Grady, Matthew Field, Adam O’Keeffe, David Andrews (capt), Cillian Hayes, Killian Murphy, Shane Flavin, Shane Downey, Cathal Murphy, Dylan O’Flaherty.

 

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The Shamrocks U16's celebrate with the cup under the Ballygarvan floodlights.

The Shamrocks U16’s celebrate with the cup under the Ballygarvan floodlights.

U14 Hurling Tournament V Crosshaven – 5/10

 

Crosshaven 10-9, Shamrocks 5-4

 

Shamrocks played their 3rd game of the Passage tournament on a wet Sunday evening and it was a performance to forget. Last week Shamrocks played some good hurling against Ballinhassig but this week it was the total opposite. Their first touch was non existant and Crosshaven, in particular in the second half just did as they pleased and simply waltzed through the Shamrocks team. It was hard to fathom how the lads cant show any consistency from week to week on the hurling field. Shane Downey and James Lynam were the only Shamrocks players to score on a miserable afternoon all round. Shamrocks play Tracton next week in their final game, details to follow. Training for anybody not involved in other activities on Tuesday at 6pm.

 

RVP Blockdown

RVP Blockdown

JAFL Final V Ballygarvan – 5/10

 

Ballygarvan 2-12, Shamrocks 1-6

 

Ballygarvan are the league and championship champions after seeing off the brave challenge of Shamrocks on Sunday morning in Riverstick. The game tuirned out as most people expected – Shamrocks put it up to a Ballygarvan team still in county championship action but ran out of steam in the end before Ballygarvan pulled away in the last 10 minutes or so.

 

The Shamrocks effort over the hour is not reflected in the scoreline. They battled hard throughout and pushed Ballygarvan all the way but a lack of scoring power up front compared to their opponents cost them. Shamrocks played with the wind in the first half and led 1-4 to 0-5 at HT with Cannice Caffrey scoring the goal after he expertly finished low to the Ballygarvan net 20 minutes in. The game was even enough at this point but Ballygarvan were doing enough to keep within a goal at HT, such was the wind advantage. Brian Sweeney and Barry Mulqueen also kicked some nice Shamrocks points on top of 2 frees from Joseph Shanahan.

 

Shamrocks turned to play against the wind in the second half and faced a mammoth task to keep Ballygarvan at bay. Again, it was level 10 minutes into the second half at 1-4 to 0-7 but Shamrocks hadnt scored and their play was breaking down too easy, they found it nigh on impossible to break through the Ballygarvan defensive wall that they erected on their 45 yeard line – very similar to the championship replay between the sides. Ballygarvan slowly got on top and moved ahead and soon after scored a vital goal to lead 1-8 to 1-4. Shamrocks scored their first point of the second half 16 minutes in from Caffrey and had the deficit down to 1-10 to 1-6 with 8 minutes to go (McCarthy free). They had a chance to go within one score at this juncture but two attempts at pointing a simple free in front of the posts went wide, Ballygarvan broke and scored a point to effictively end the game. They added a further 1-1 to win out by double scores – an unfair reflection on the part a gallant Shamrocks team played in the contest.

 

Well done to the players and management on all the efforts throughout the year. While silverware eluded them, they certanly made plenty of progress and the signs are good for next year and beyond.

 

Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, M. Prout, J. Tuohy, M. O’Neill, R. Harrington, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, J. Shanahan, C. O’Neill, C. Caffrey, S. Collins, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Subs – C. Kidney, S. O’Neill, S. Hurley, J. Wilson.

U8 Football Blitz – 4/10

 

Shamrocks travelled to Ovens on Saturday morning to take place in the final U8 football blitz of the year, an event hosted by Eire Óg. Shamrocks travelled with 16 players, their biggest turnout this year so far which was fantastic. As a result, they fielded 2 teams and each team played 3 games each with plenty of fun and participation. Out of the 6 games played, Shamrocks won 5 which was pleasing. All the players were brilliant on the morning.

 

Once again the coaches would like to thank the parens,s grandparents, siblings and supporters who have travelled throughout the division and beyond this year. Also, the club would like to thank Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan who have entered, organised and coached the team to all these blitzes, all year long. Our thanks to Paul O’Sullivan and John Herlihy who helped out on the morning. There is some great work going on in the club at these young age groups.

 

Afterwards, Cork dual player Damien Cahalane met with all the teams including the Shamrocks ones where he posed for photographs etc. All players got medals as well. This was the last u8 blitz of the year.

 

Training continues on Monday evening at 6.30pm.

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