Monthly Archives: August 2015

Inter County Under 15 Hurling Tournament for the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup – 29/8


The South East Cork Board staged the Annual Inter County Under 15 Hurling Tournament for the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup, at Liam McCarthy Park, Ballygarvan on Saturday August 29th. Waterford, Cork, Limerick Clare and Tipperary participated and after some great games of Hurling, Cork deservedly defeated Tipperary in the Final 0-12 to 0-6.


This win was a big boost for Cork Under age hurling and we can, hopefully, look forward to seeing some of these lads wearing the County colours at higher grades later on.


Eddie Hanley presented the cup to the winning Cork Captain.  The Tournament was first played in 1996.
Representing Shamrocks at the Tournament were, Pat O’Neill, Patrick Andrews, John Twomey, John Hanley and his brother Eddie.  The Ballygarvan Club are to be complimented for the hosting the competition.

U8 Hurling – 29/8


Shamrocks brought a panel of 12 players to u8 hurling blitz in Brinny this morning.


We played Sliabh Rua, Courcey Rovers and Ballygarvan. Manager, Shane O’Donovan was thrilled with the performances and made special mention of the younger lads. Thanks to all who travelled and supported.

JAFC Final V Ballinhassig – 30/8


Ballinhassig 1-11, Shamrocks 1-9


Shamrocks came agonisingly close to a first South East Football title in 21 years in Riverstick on Sunday but in the end, it was the all conquering Ballinhassig who took home the honours for the 2nd time in 4 years.


Shamrocks had high hopes going into this game that they would end their drought and confidence was high but it was plainly obvious that Shamrocks lost this game in the 14 minutes after half time. Leading 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, Ballinhassig took over completely at midfield and won every ball in the air. They suffocated Shamrocks and scored 4 points from 4 kickouts between the 35th and 39th minutes to move 0-9 to 0-7 ahead. They continued to dominate and Shamrocks couldn’t even get the ball out of their own half. As if things couldn’t get any worse, their burst of dominance was underlined when a high ball into the Shamrocks square was spilled and the Ballinhassig full forward toe pocked home the easiest goal he’ll ever score. Talk about a hammer blow. That made it 1-9 to 0-7 with 15 left.


Earlier on, the first half belonged to Shamrocks and their patient (sometimes slow) hand passing build up play began to pay off coming up to HT. The 2 sides were evenly matched for the first 20 minutes with the teams swopping points at regular intervals. Barry Mulqueen, Darragh O’Sullivan, Philip Brady from a free and Cannice Caffrey with 3 great points from play were the Shamrocks scorers. Shamrocks dominated the last 10 minutes of the half with loads of possession and felt confident going in at HT with the 2 point lead.


However, Ballinhassig came out determined to reverse things and cleaned up at midfield until Shamrocks brought on Brian Sweeney. His introduction stemmed the tide and settled Shamrocks somewhat and after the Ballinhassig goal to put them 5 points up, Joe Shanahan collected the ball out on the 45 yard line and went on a mazy run around and through defenders before crashing home a low shot to the Ballinhassig net from the 21 yard line. Shamrocks were back in the game with 13 minutes left.


Ballinhassig worked the ball upfield and stretched the lead to 3 points again before Shamrocks responded with 2 points, one a magnificent effort from Brian Sweeney from way out the field, them other from Darragh O’Sullivan. The score read Ballinhassig 1-10, Shamrocks 1-9 with 5 minutes to go. This was as close as they got as a few fumbling errors cost Shamrocks when they desperately needed to get the ball into the forwards. Ballinhassig remained calm and broke upfield to kick what would be the insurance point. Shamrocks didn’t get an opportunity to fashion a goal chance in the 2 minutes of injury time. Referee Alan O’Connor blew the final whistle and Shamrocks were left to ponder another final defeat. Such a pain!


The team, players and management deserve great credit for their displays this year. Nobody gave them a chance at all and its hoped that all the players will stay on next year to give it another go. Also, well done to the magnificent supporters who were in tremendous voice today. The roar for the goal was massive! Best of luck to Ballinhassig in the county.


Team/Panel: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, A. McCarthy, B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, J. Shanahan, M. Prout, D. O’Sullivan, P. Brady, C. Caffrey. Subs used – S. Kidney, B. Sweeney, D. Scriven, M. Hitchmough, R. Twomey. Others: J. Wilson, S. Collins, A. Boland, R. Murphy, S. Hurley, C. O’Grady, S. Downey.




Shamrocks V Ballinhassig, JAFC Final, @ Riverstick, 30/8/15. Back row, left to right: Darragh Scriven, Ronan Murphy, Shane Downey, Jack Wilson, Barry Mulqueen, Stephen Hurley, Alan McCarthy, Fergus O Neill, Brian Sweeney, Alan McCarthy, Cathal Kidney, Seanan Collins, Philip Brady, Roy Twomey, Mark Hitchmough, Sean Kidney. Front, l to r: Senan Andrews, Aonghus Boland, David Hayes, Darragh O Sullivan, Jason Browne, Jonathan Tuohy, Robbie Harrington, Michael Prout, Chris O Neill, Joe Shanahan, Cannice Caffrey, Coby O Grady.

Shamrocks V Ballinhassig, JAFC Final, @ Riverstick, 30/8/15. Back row, left to right: Darragh Scriven, Ronan Murphy, Shane Downey, Jack Wilson, Barry Mulqueen, Stephen Hurley, Alan McCarthy, Fergus O Neill, Brian Sweeney, Alan McCarthy, Cathal Kidney, Seanan Collins, Philip Brady, Roy Twomey, Mark Hitchmough, Sean Kidney. Front, l to r: Senan Andrews, Aonghus Boland, David Hayes, Darragh O Sullivan, Jason Browne, Jonathan Tuohy, Robbie Harrington, Michael Prout, Chris O Neill, Joe Shanahan, Cannice Caffrey, Coby O Grady.

U12 Football Challenge V Crosshaven – 29/8


Crosshaven 5-7, Shamrocks 5-0


Once again, Shamrocks took on a higher graded team, in this case a Crosshaven team top of their table. It proved to be a Jeykll and Hyde display from Shamrocks.


After starting the brighter, Shamrocks went out of the game and Crosshaven’s strong players came to the fore. They scored 5 goals in a row and it was desperation time for Shamrocks. They managed to steady the ship somewhat and Harry Andrews scored a goal just before HT. HT score was Crosshaven 5-4, Shamrocks 1-0.


A bit of a talking to at HT worked the trick and Shamrocks came more into it. They scored a couple of quick goals through Cian O’Flaherty, Derry Howard and Mark Sisk. The rest of the game was played out in an even manner more or less with all the subs getting game time.


This is the end of the football season for the u12’s. They had a good year and can count themselves unlucky that they didn’t qualify for the final of the league. Attendance at training and matches has been excellent with the attitude spot on. Our thanks to the managers/coaches of Stephen Keane, Pa Andrews and Seamus O’Flynn ably assisted by John Jordan and Catherine Sisk on communications. If something was stirring at u12, Catherine made sure the players and parents knew about it! Well done to the players and parents for their support also.

U16 FL V Grenagh – 27/8


Grenagh comfortably won this league game played in Grenagh on Thursday night. Grenagh are still involved in league and championship and were sharper throughout, apart from a couple of scoring rallies form Shamrocks.


What was noteworthy was that Shamrocks never once gave up. Grenagh led by 2-5 to 1-1 at HT, Dylan O’Flaherty with a goal and a point from play midway through the half.


Grenagh played good fast football and tagged on more scores before Ruairí Mehigan with agreat goal and Cillian Hayes from a point reqistered Shamrocks scores in the second half. Fair play to the lads for battling on until the end. Thanks to them and to John Twomey (Ring) and the parents for making the long trip through the tunnel traffic and squally showers to support and encourage the players.


Team: S. Flavin, C. Murphy, E. Seymour, D. O’Mahony, Nikita, J. Sisk, R. Mehigan, C. Hayes, S. Downey, D. O’Flaherty, J. O’Callaghan, S. Fox, C. O’Mahony, S. Geary.

JAFL V Kinsale – 25/8


Shamrocks won handy in the end.

U16 FL V Ballinora – 24/8


Shamrocks 6-15, Ballinora 3-5


Shamrocks played a gallant Ballinora side in the U16 East board football league in Shanbally last night. After the disappointment of losing in the championship the week before to Whitescross, it was a great credit to the players that they raised their game to the required level to succeed at this level.
Both sides exchanged some early points and then Stephen Fox took over and scored two quick fire goals to give us a cushion approaching half time. Shane Downey and Cillian Hayes were dominating the half forward line while Josh Linehan along with Dylan O Flaherty were also a thorn in the Ballinora side. Ruairí Mehigan got the better of the midfield battle and he was aided by the excellent Daniel O Mahony who is improving with every game he plays.
The young half back line of Sean Andrews and Jody Sisk contested every ball that came their way and indeed set up many attacking passage of play down both wings. The full back line of Cathal Murphy and Evan Seymour did their job with little fuse. Shane Flavin in goal again proved what a vital asset he is to this team. His saves and distribution were a joy to all that was present. The young subs of Cillian O Mahony, Sam Geary and Luke O Driscoll all got valuable playing time.
We finished up comfortable winners but the pleasing aspect of this was the attitude, desire and most of all the performance after last weeks tamely exit from the championship.



Thou shalt not pass Shane Flavin!

Thou shalt not pass Shane Flavin!

U12 Football Challenge V Valley Rovers – 24/8


The u12s played a great challenge against Valley Rovers tonight in Shanbally. Valleys play at a higher grade than Shamrocks and took the win. If Shamrocks had been able to convert a few of their at least 10 goal chances, it would have been much closer. Valleys won 7-2 to 0-8. But the lads competed very well all through but just couldn’t score! Management were happy enuf afterwards. Thanks to the players for a big turnout.


U21 BHC V Valley Rovers – 23/8


Shamrocks 1-13, Valley Rovers 2-9


Shamrocks were back in Under 21 Hurling championship action for the first time in recent years and showed what it takes to grind out a very merited victory with a great second half performance.


Shamrocks got on the score sheet early and after been level on two occasions the Rovers hit two goals to put distance between the teams. They led 2-6 to 0-6 at the break.


The Mentors made a few vital positional switches including moving Darragh Scriven to full forward and Andrew O’Grady to mid field. Darragh, who captained the side, showed great leadership and determination and put the ball over the Rover’s goal line to record our only goal.  At the other end his brother Cormac playing in goal, pulled off a fantastic save that uplifted the team too. Mark Hitchmough was back to his best form at centre back with Aonghus Boland putting in a fine effort too.


Coby hit two great points as well.  With time running out the Rovers were desperately defending a one point lead. They conceded a 65 metre free which was put over the bar by Andrew O’Grady. Great work by Brendan Crowley enabled Darragh Scriven to hit the winner and put the team into the semi final.


Team Manager Colin Brady and his fellow mentors were thrilled with the great character of this team.


Team:  Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney; Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough, Tom Murphy, Roy Twomey (0-2),  Darragh Scriven 1-3), Coby O’Grady (0-2), Andrew O’Grady (0-6), Christopher Hayes, Brendan Crowley, Aonghus Boland. Sub Matthew Fleming.

The Good Fish Company


The Club sends its best wishes and congratulations to a great friend and supporter, Denis Good, on the opening of his brand new Fish Shop and Sales outlet in the Carrigaline Industrial Estate on the Crosshaven Road.


The official opening took place on Saturday 22nd and the honours were executed by Mr. Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture and the Marine.


Denis Good has been a huge supporter and provider for our Under Age Club for many years.
Only earlier this year he presented a magnificent set of jerseys to our Minor Teams. Through his good will our Under age teams have never been short. 


Surely, the best way to show our appreciation is to support his shop and no doubt his huge range of fresh products will accommodate all tastes.