Monthly Archives: April 2015

MBHL V Grenagh – 30/4


Shamrocks 2-18, Grenagh 4-12


Apparently, Shamrocks came back from 14 points down at HT to salvage a draw in Grenagh, so well done on a great second half.


No report available.

U14 HL V Lee Gaels – 30/4


Lee Gaels 6-5, Shamrocks 3-11


Shamrocks and Lee Gaels (Dripsey & Gleann na Laoi) played out a very enjoyable and entertaining game of hurling in Shanbally on Thursday evening before the visitors took home the league points after a great effort from the Shamrocks lads.


It was an up and down game for the most part. Shamrocks were on fire inside the first 10 minutes and raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead mainly through the strong play of Sean Browne and midfield (he has really improved) and Seán Andrews. However, once the Lee Gaels players started to get the ball into their excellent full forward, Lee Gaels began to get on top. He was unstoppable and actually scored all Lee Geals scores, including 4-2 by halftime. Shamrocks had scored a beautiful goal through Harry Andrews and were led at HT by 4-2 to 1-8.


Straight after the restart the same Lee Gaels player had another 2 goals, they led by 8 points playing with the wind and this game was as good as over we all thought. But this Shamrocks team took a giant step forward in the second half by really showing their fighting spirit for the first time on a hurling pitch. They got stuck in and they got to grips with the Gaels player who was eventually forced out the field to look for the ball. The backs in particular were outstanding. In the meantime, all the other players were working hard and Shamrocks managed to score 2 goals at the other end and were unlucky not to grab a draw in the end of a pulsating finish.


This game featured the first ever one-on-one hurling penalties at our pitch and one was sent wide and the other was saved resulting in a point. It was great to see 15 players togged out for hurling once again. The lads are now playing competitive hurling on a more regular basis, its not often a team scores 3-11 at u12 level and still end up losing. Next game is away to Whitescross next Thursday.


Team: C. Hourihan, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, A. McSweeney, D. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, S. Browne, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, R. Van Pelt, S. Geary, L. O’Driscoll, D. Gregson, F. Herlihy, A. Maye.


Seán Browne solos away against Lee Gaels, 30/4/15

Seán Browne solos away against Lee Gaels, 30/4/15

U12 FL V Fr O’Neills – 29/4


Shamrocks 1-9, Fr O’Neills 1-3


Shamrocks made their first ever trip to Fr O’Neills beautiful pitches in Balymacoda and made it count with a hard earned win over the home side.


18 players and plenty of parents/drivers mobilised themselves for the long trip and everything went off to a tee. Shamrocks played against the wind in the first half and controlled matters but really didn’t have the return on the scoreboard that they deserved, through some sloppy shooting, fumbled ball and the Fr O’Neills keeper who was very competent inside. Harry Andrews poked home an early goal and Derry Howard finished off a good team move. Shamrocks led 1-1 to 0-1 at HT.


Fr O’Neills were a transformed team after the break and scored a cracking goal with their first attack to draw level. For a 5 minute period there after, they were the better team, mostly through midfield dominance. Shamrocks weathered the storm somewhat and started to get a few points at the other end – Harry Andrews from 2 frees, Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn and the two subs Ferdia Hayes and Josh Bartlett all got on the scoresheet to push Shamrocks over the line.


A special mention to all the parents and grandparents who volunteered to drive. It was great to see a convoy leaving Shanbally to tackle the Tunnel traffic! It was a real team effort and all players got on the pitch at one point or another. Shamrocks are now top of the table and play Carrigtwohill in their next game on Saturday week.


Panel: D. O’Brien, M. Foy, M. Sisk, A. McSweeney, F. Herlihy, D. Carroll, H. Andrews, S. Darcy, E. O’Flynn, C. O’Flaherty, D. Howard, D. McCormick, A. Maye, A. Clarke, J. Bartlett, F. Hayes, J. O’Leary, J. O’Keeffe.

JAFL V Ballymartle – 27/4


Shamrocks 2-9, Ballymartle 0-7


Shamrocks got back on winning ways with a good victory over Ballymartle in Shanbally on Monday evening. This win was both timely and worthwhile as Shamrocks go into their final week of preparation for the Football Championship versus Valley Rovers on Saturday evening next at Ballinhassig at 7pm.

Some of the best scores came from direct play and competent kicking in front of goal. The game saw our backs defend manfully on several occasions and if we can get well-won ball at midfield, into our inside forwards quick and early, then our opponents will have a real tussle on their hands next Saturday.


This game and the outing on Friday last with Carrigaline has helped the team and mentors to get things into shape.


At halftime Shamrocks led 1-5 to 0-4 and again outscored Ballymartle in the second period. Overall it was a solid and encouraging performance and hopefully provide the launch pad for a victory against The Rovers. Well done to all the lads.



U16 HL V Ballinora – 27/4


Ballinora 2-13, Shamrocks 3-8


Again a make shift team played a match and Lost  league points but  … A great sportsman once said that “the sweetness of victory, only tastes as good when compared to the bitterness of defeat”.


 I want to thank everyone who gave a hundred percent on the night. You showed me a character that every team needs, and you have it.  


We have work to do, but if you would just believe in yourselves and work to attain your goals, we  can achieve what I said we could at the start of the season. 


The way the matches are broken up with hurling then football is unavoidable. Every team has the same fixtures, same problems!


A question to the players   ….. Can you give more? I want all of the footballers back in the fold.


Hurling or football we are one team, and we will train together


WE have training at Two on Saturday in Shanbally… FIT or UNFIT if your interested turn up … 


 If your not available let me know early, we can change it if there are too many missing..


Bingo Night – 25/4


The club held a Bingo night in the FBI on Saturday night last. A great night was had by all. Thanks to all our loyal supporters, Sarah, Sharon and the staff of the FBI, to Ann and Rosarie for organising the night and to all who donated spot prizes. It was  great to see the young and not so young enjoying themselves at bingo.

U12 HL V Crosshaven – 25/4


Crosshaven 3-1, Shamrocks 2-1


A wet afternoon in Shanbally and Shamrocks didn’t play well enough to stop Crosshaven getting the 2 league points. The players tried very hard and cant be faulted for their efforts but there is a realisation on managements part that as far as hurling goes, there is a lot of work ahead. It is IMPERATIVE that the players practice at home and get as much encouragement as possible from parents.


Crosshaven were the better team here and enjoyed way more possession throughout and indeed could have won by more. Shamrocks dangerous full forward Eoin O’Flynn was starved of possession and Shamrocks just couldn’t get the ball up to him enough for him to score. Crosshaven scored 2 of the sloppiest goals you will ever see in hurling in the first half when the ball could have been cleared from the defence on multiple occasions but ended up being poked over the goal line instead. Eoin O’Flynn scored a cracking Shamrocks goal and Fionn Herlihy put over a free for Shamrocks in that half. Crosshaven led by 2-1 to 1-1 at HT.


Shamrocks rejigged their team at HT and scored a soft goal themselves through Eoin O’Flynn straight after HT. The next 15 minutes were scoreless and the next score was always going to be vital. Alas, from a Shamrocks point of view, it went to the visitors as a mishit 65 went all the way through to the Shamrocks net.


Shamrocks just didn’t have enough to mount a serious attack to trouble the Crosshaven goal thereafter for the equaliser. Practise at home is the key for this group. They switch over to football now for the next 2 weeks.


Team: A. Brady, D. O’Brien, M. Foy, J. Bartlett, C. O’Flaherty, A. McSweeney, A. Maye, M. Sisk, F. Hayes, F. Herlihy, D. Howard, R. Barrett, E. O’Flynn, J. O’Keeffe.

JAFL V Carrigaline – 24/4


Carrigaline 2-12, Shamrocks 1-12


Shamrocks junior footballers struggle for wins continued in Carrigalines new (excellent) pitch on Friday evening after this 3 point loss to the home team.


Shamrocks played against the breeze in the first half and started very well and kicked 4 points inside the first 10 minutes and were giving an exhibition of attacking football and movement. All three of the full forward line, Philip Brady (Shamrocks best player), Darragh O’Sullivan and Roy Twomey were on the scoresheet from play at this point. One felt that there was no way they would keep this up and indeed, for the next 35 minutes, they were outscored by 13 points. Carrigaline just totally dominated all of a sudden and came forward in waves. They added a few points and then a goal to leave themselves 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at HT, with David Hayes getting a badly needed Shamrocks score before HT.


Carrigaline, playing against the lessening breeze it must be said, completely dominated the 20 minutes after HT and opened up the Shamrocks backs. They added on another goal after 4 players were queueing up and 5 more points and they led by 2-9 to 0-6 with 13 minutes to go.


Shamrocks decided that this wasn’t good enough and made some positional switches and finished much the stronger, kicking some nice points from Brady, Barry Muqueen and Cannice Caffrey before Darragh O’Sullivan slotted home a penalty. The gap was down to 3 points with another 2 minues to play but unfortunately time ran out on them.


Overall, while the result didn’t go their way, they can take encouragement from their stylish football at times as they look forward to the championship next week. One more league game before then, at home to Ballymartle on Monday night.


Team: F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, R. Harrington, R. Murphy, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, B. Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, B. Sweeney, C. Caffrey, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – S. Hurley, J. Wilson.


MBHL V Donoughmore – 23/4


Donoughmore 1-11, Shamrocks 1-10


Shamrocks were beaten by a point in this league game played in Shanbally on Thursday evening.

U12 Hurling Challenge V Nemo – 20/4


Shamrocks and Nemo Rangers played out a very useful challenge game in sunny Shanbally on Monday evening. all players present on both sides got a full game and the Shamrocks management were very happy with the game, especially with a league game coming up. This exercise was worth multiple training sessions – you just cant beat playing games. The final score was Nemo Rangers 7-4 to Shamrocks 3-2.