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U14 CFC R1 V Clondrohid – 29/5


Shamrocks 6-10, Clondrohid 6-6


Shamrocks entertained Clondrohid in Shanbally on Friday evening in the first round of the Football championship. Both theses teams remained unbeaten and were top of their respective leagues going into this fixture. This was the first championship game for many of these lads, it had all the ingredients for a cracker and it certainly lived up to its expectations.


Shamrocks lost the toss and played down the hill in the first half so to take advantage they felt they needed to clock up a big score. An early goal a point from wing back Sean Browne was the perfect start and the lads scored further goals from Dylan O Flaherty, Sean Andrews and Sam Geary. Clondrohid scored a few themselves and were well in the game at half time, the score reading Shamrocks 4-6 Clondrohid 3-3.  


Strong words of encouragement were spoken at half time and the lads responded immediately with a cracker of a goal from Dylan O’Flaherty, however this was cancelled out immediately with a goal at the other end. At this stage Clondrohid were on top and had a few more points on the board before disaster struck. The referee showed a red card to a Shamrocks player for an apparent stamp on a player. He was the only one in the ground who saw this incident. The player himself was distraught as he didn’t know why he was sent off.


Shamrocks were down a man with fifteen to play and looked to be in trouble.   Clondrohid were then awarded a penalty and scored and were now only a goal behind. Shamrocks rallied and a goal from Billy Hughes lifted the lads – a few vital saves from Cian O’Flaherty denied Clondrohid and Shamrocks got over the line. The final score read Shamrocks 6-10 Clondrohid 6-6.


Panel – Cian O Flaherty, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, Andrew Egan, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Billy Hughes, Ronan Conolly, Luke O Driscoll, Sam Geary, Mark Sisk, Robert Van Pelt and Adam Maye.




The Sisk brothers in championship action V Clondrohid, 29/5/15

The Sisk brothers in championship action V Clondrohid, 29/5/15


JAHL V Valley Rovers – 25/5


Valley Rovers 1-17, Shamrocks 0-11


From a Shamrock perspective this was a ‘Jeckyl & Hyde game’ and the bad man was in control in the opening half. One couldn’t imagine such a poor display with the host club leading 0-12 to 0-2 at halftime. Then the good man stepped in for round two and a transformation occurred which had our opponents on the back foot for the remainder of the game. Shamrocks scored nine smashing points and if Lady Luck was kinder a few goals could have been included as well.


To win and to achieve success, the will, desire and ambition must be on top of the agenda from the throw-in. Victory only comes to those who are fearless and who will never settle for failure and defeat.


Johnny Tuohy led the charge and showed what true grit and courage will achieve. Great to see Mark Hitchmough make his debut garnished with a beautiful point. Can we have more of this please with all putting their shoulders to the wheel from the first whistle. We have all the requirements but, please lads, show it on the pitch

u12 HL V Kinsale – 25/5


Shamrocks 3-5, Kinsale 3-5


Both teams played out great game of hurling in Kinsale on Monday evening and in the end, a draw was the result.


Shamrocks led at HT by 1-3 to 0-3 after Harry Andrews with 2 points from frees, Derry Howard from play and Eoin O’Flynn with a goal had given Shamrocks the advantage. 


They were looking good midway through the second half as Shamrocks opened up a 3-4 to 1-3 lead after further goals from Harry Andrews from a powerfully struck free and a Josh Bartlett effort but Shamrocks took their eye off the ball somewhat and Kinsale scored 2 goals direct from a sideline cut and a long range free and it was all square. Neither team was able to get the winner in the remaining 5 minutes and so it finished up level.


Shamrocks are making progress slowly in their hurling at this level; some players more than others but it was pleasing to see that their first touch, that most important of components in hurling, has taken a step forward since the last game. Keep practising at home. They have a busy June between hurling and football so lets keep it together at this age group. Thanks to all the players and supporters who made the trip to Kinsale. 


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

John Kerins Qualifying – 24/5


Shamrocks took part in the annual John Kerins u11 Football Tournament on Sunday in Passage West’s GAA grounds. Shamrocks had to enter the qualifiers this year due to the high number of participating teams.


Shamrocks had 12 players available for selection on this occasion, for what was an 11-a-side competition featuring 3 games of 12 minutes a side in each game.  Unfortunately, Shamrocks didn’t qualify on this occasion, losing to Crosshaven and Ballygarvan (both srong) before finishing on a winning note by beating the host club Passage.  


The lads were outstanding all day, they played over 70 minutes of football and they never gave up. What was most pleasing was that there was scope to experiment a little bit with the players and the mentors learned a lot over the few hours. Our thanks to the players, the parents and supporters and to the three coaches on the day Seamus O’Flynn, John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Pa Andrews. Thanks also to the John Kerins Tournament Organising Committee (An Garda Síochána), to Passage GAA and to our opponents and referees.


Panel: F. Hayes, A. Brady, M. Foy, S. O’Flynn, J. Bartlett, J. O’Keeffe, F. Herlihy, E. Clarke. Front: J. O’Leary, A. Clarke, D. Howard, D. McCormick, H. O’Leary.



U11 Football

U11 Football

U8 Hurling Blitz – 23/5


Shamrocks travelled this morning to Innishannon to take part in the latest u8 Hurling blitz. For the first time in quite a while, we managed to field 2 teams and credit is due to the boys that made themselves available.


It was a fantastic morning for hurling and the conditions suited our lads who proceeded to give an excellent account of themselves.


In all we played 6 games (20 mins duration each) and we were well up to the standard.


Unfortunately, one of our players, Luke Jordan, picked up a nasty leg injury in the first game and was unable to continue.

The good news is that he is recovering well and is raring to go to the next blitz!

Best wishes, Luke and your spirit is admirable!



Again, we were tremendously supported and thank you to grandparents, parents, siblings etc for travelling in big numbers.

Next u8 blitz is in 2 weeks and texts will be sent closer to the time.


I would call on all the players to practise their skills at home as this is where all the hard work is done.


Special thanks to Stephen Keane for his assistance this morning.


Panel of players this morning – Ewan Clarke, Calum Gregson, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Liam Walsh, James Keane, Luke Jordan, Barry O’Mahony, Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, Josh Busteed, Shane O’Flynn & Calum O’Neill.

U14 FL V Kiltha Óg – 20/5


Shamrocks 6-10, Kiltha Óg 1-3


Shamrocks kept their good run going in the football league with this comprehensive win over Kiltha Óg on Wednesday evening at Shanbally, when conditions were perfect for football. Kiltha Óg, a football combination of Castlemartyr and Dungourney, were no match for a Shamrocks team who were on top from the get go. It must be said that this was Kiltha Ógs second team but nevertheless, Shamrocks went about their business in an efficient manner, and many players got on the scorsheet. Shamrocks led at halftime by 3-7 to 1-2, Dylan O’Flaherty with a first half hatrick. The second half was more of the same really and Ronan Connolly, Sam Geary, Seán Andrews, Billy Hughes, Harry Andrews (1-4 from play off the bench) and Seán Browne added more scores, along with Andrew Egan from the first half.


So overall, a job well done as the players get ready for the big test in the championship on Friday of next week – Clondrohid at home at 7.30pm. Clondrohid will be miles better no doubt. The lads hope to train next Wednesday at 6.30pm and its important that everyone is present. It was also great to see 17 players togged out tonight.


Panel: C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, C. Hourihan, S. Browne, D. Gregson, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, A. Egan, B. Hughes, R. Connolly, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary, R. Van Pelt, H. Andrews, A. Maye, M. Sisk.

JAHL V Ballymartle – 16/5


Ballymartle 3-18, Shamrocks 0-9


An expected lopsided win for Ballymartle in the Track on Saturday evening in the JAHL. Shamrocks were outplayed by a far better hurling side who mainly did their scoring in bursts when they wanted to.


Ballymartle led by 2-10 to 0-6 at HT; the opening 10 minutes had been competitive enough but Bally took over coming up to halftime. Shamrocks had played with the aid of the strong breeze in the first half but Ballymartle were always comfortable.


Again, the opening exchanges of the second half were even enough before Ballymartle decided enough was enough and they stretched away again to win comfortably. Some Shamrocks players were able to compete well with the Ballymartle lads but ultimetly, it was totally one sided for the 5th or 6th year in a row. In fact, Shamrocks didn’t score one single point from play in the entire game – minor player Andrew O’Grady did all the scoring from frees, some of which were excellent. But there is a mountain to climb before the championship – Shamrocks are relying almost entirely on their young minor players to field at junior level – its just not fair on them and they trying to win their own championship. Where are all the adult junior players gone?


Team: C. Scriven, S. Kelleher, C. Kidney, S. Kidney, R. Murphy, S. Andrews, J. Browne, B. Mulqueen, J. Tuohy, A. O’Grady, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, D. Andrews, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey. Subs – C. O’Grady, D. O’Neill, M. Hitchmough.

U14 FL V Tracton – 14/5


Shamrocks 3-10, Tracton 2-9


Shamrocks came from behind to defeat Tracton in the league on Thursday evening in Minane Bridge.


Tracton were the better team in the first half and led 0-8 to 0-5 at Ht. Shamrocks had started with a few points from Dylan O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews and Ronan Connolly before Tractons greater physical strength took over and they started to tag on the points. They moved into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead before Shamrocks recovered coming up to half time with 2 important points.


Shamrocks were in a right battle and things got even tougher straight away after HT when Tracton scored a great goal from their ever dangerous half forward. They now led 1-8 to 0-5. Shamrocks never panicked however and responded almost immediately with a great individual goal from Billy Hughes. This seemed to lift the lads and they took over and started to tag on the points. A Seán Andrews free put them in front with 10 minutes to go and a further two goals from Billy Hughes to complete his hatrick sealed the win, before Tracton scored a late goal themselves.


Overall, a great comeback with lots of team spirit shown. The players believed in themselves when the chips were down and got their reward. All players played their part including the 4 subs when introduced. Their next game is at home to Kiltha Óg (Castlemartyr and Dungourney) next Wednesday night.


Panel: C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, J. Sisk, D. Gregson, A. Egan, C. Hourihan, D. O’Flaherty, R. Connolly, S. Andrews, L. O’Driscoll, B. Hughes, S. Geary, H. Andrews, A. Maye, M. Sisk, R. Van Pelt.



U14 FL V Tracton, 14/5/15: Back row, l to r: E. Seymour, A. Egan, D. O'Flaherty, S. Andrews, B. Hughes, L. O'Driscoll, S. Geary, C. Hourihan, J. Sisk. Front, l to r: R. Connolly, D. Gregson, A. Maye, C. O'Flaherty, M. Sisk, H. Andrews, R. Van Pelt.

U14 FL V Tracton, 14/5/15: Back row, l to r: E. Seymour, A. Egan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, B. Hughes, L. O’Driscoll, S. Geary, C. Hourihan, J. Sisk. Front, l to r: R. Connolly, D. Gregson, A. Maye, C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, H. Andrews, R. Van Pelt.

U12 FL V Carraigtwohill – 13/5


Shamrocks 4-7, Carraigtwohill 3-7


Shamrocks and Carrigtwohill played out a great game of football in Carrigtwohill on Wednesday evening before Shamrocks just about recorded the win after a great fightback in towards the end of the game.


Carrigtwohill played down the hill with the aid of the wind in the first half and the Shamrocks lads found things difficult. They were defending well with Carrigtwohill possessing some good players, especially around the middle and they put the lads under serious pressure. Carrig opened up a 1-6 to 0-2 lead coming up to half time before Shamrocks were awarded 2 penalties. Both penalties were expertly put away by Cian O’Flaherty. After being outplayed for most of the half, the Shamrocks lads went in behind only losing by 1-6 to 2-2 and they could count themselves lucky as they didn’t play up to scratch.


Carrigtwohill started the second half by scoring a quick goal and again, they looked likely winners. But some of the Shamrocks players really stepped up to the plate and the move of Eoin O’Flynn to full forward worked as he was dangerous every time the ball was moved into him. Shane Darcy kicked a few points, sub Aaron Clarke kicked another vital score before O’Flynn scored a quickfire 2-1 from play to turn things around. Shamrocks had to withstand a great Carrigtwohill effort in the closing stages but they just held on to record their forth win in a row at this grade.


Well done to all the players, all 20 of them, who made the trip along with a large travelling support. That was 2 long away trips away for them in a row and the club appreciates their support and enthusiasm.


Shamrocks will switch to hurling next week and their next game is away to Kinsale on Saturday May 23rd at 2pm.


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


U12 FL V Carrigtwohill, 13/5/15. Back row, l to r: Steve Keane (mentor), Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Declan Carroll, Ferdia Hayes, Cian O'Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Darcy, Fionn Herlihy, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Mark Sisk, John Jordan (menotr). Front, l to r: James O'Keeffe, Cathal O'Brien, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Daniel O'Brien, Eoin O'Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Darradh McCormick, Derry Howard, Pa Andrews (mentor)

U12 FL V Carrigtwohill, 13/5/15. Back row, l to r: Steve Keane (mentor), Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Declan Carroll, Ferdia Hayes, Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Darcy, Fionn Herlihy, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney, Mark Sisk, John Jordan (menotr). Front, l to r: James O’Keeffe, Cathal O’Brien, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Daniel O’Brien, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Darradh McCormick, Derry Howard, Pa Andrews (mentor)


Photos to follow

U16 CHL V Carraig na bhFear – 11/5


Carraig na bhFear 5-23, Shamrocks 0-2 

Team: D O’ Mahony, C Murphy, J Lynam, J Sisk, C Hayes, E Seymour, R Mehigan, A. O ‘Keeffe, S Downey, S Flavin, D O’Flaherty, D O’Sullivan, L O’Driscoll, S Andrews, S Geary, N Zigunuv, J Lenihan, J O’Callaghan.


It doesn’t  look good but, Carrig na bhfear will probably go on to contest the league final this year in hurling. It was a match we were probably never going to win.
But I want to thank the players who gave all the effort they could, in spite of the superior size age and talent of the opposition. R. Mehigan ran his legs of in the second half, leading by example as captains should. Well done Ruairí!  Cillian Hayes played out of his normal position due to a last minute reshuffle. He came in to his own in the second half taking on the opposition from half back with long runs and unlucky not to convert on three or four occasions.
Players turned up to play carrying injury and illness and even the footballers who normally do not turn out for hurling turned up to show a united team front for their team mates and club so as to avoid fines and sanctions for non fulfilment of fixtures. Thank you for that….Good luck to the boys doing Junior cert!!!!


During this period we will have “non contact”  skills football training to prepare for the rest of the season for the whole team.

The older members are to train hurling with the minors  “non contact” skills hurling training.