Monthly Archives: June 2016

U14 HL V Lee Gaels – 29/6

 

Shamrocks 4-11, Lee Gaels 3-7

 

A second win in a row for the u14 hurlers as they beat Lee Gaels in Dripsey by 7 points. The teams were fairly well matched but on this occasion Shamrocks had that bit more hurling than the home team and were able to get scores at the vital times.

 

Lee Gales scored a goal from the throw-in but Shamrocks tapped over a few points from Harry Andrews and Mark Sisk. Things were fairly even up until midway through the first half when Seán Andrews burst through for two well taken goals. Harry Andrews also got in on the act and at half time Shamrocks were reasonably comfortable, leading 3-6 to 1-4 and playing well all over the field.

 

Lee Gaels rejigged their team for the second half and came right back at Shamrocks. Having seen a 9 point lead reduced to a 3 point lead mid way through the second half, the lads were in trouble but this was as close as Gaels got. Michael Foy in goal got some vital touches to dangerous shots and the full backline of Cian O’Flaherty and Fionn Herlihy put their bodies on the line on a few occasions. Mark Sisk will wake up sore once again in the morning after having a great battle with their excellent and physically strong centre forward.

 

Harry Andrews was on form from frees, Adam McSweeney who was simply everywhere scored two great points from midfield and Seán Andrews burst through with 7 minutes left to goal for his hatrick to give Shamrocks the cushion  they needed to see out the game.

 

Once again, it was a great team effort from all over the field. The half backs of Philip Dorney and Eoin O’Flynn cleared some ball in the second half. The half forwards of Adam Maye and Tim Sheehan won good ball and drew fouls at times which resulted in pointed frees. And Derry Howard from the u12’s played his first full u14 match and kept the ball moving and is improving with every outing. Shamrocks were short players tonight so every belt could have been costly but the players just got up and got on with it. Well done. Thanks also to the great travelling support as well.

 

U14 Panel away to Lee Gaels, 29/6/16. Back row, l to r: Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney, Cian O'Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Adam McSweeney, Derry Howard. Front, l tor: Adam Maye, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Eoin O'Flynn, Tim Sheehan.

U14 Panel away to Lee Gaels, 29/6/16. Back row, l to r: Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney, Cian O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Adam McSweeney, Derry Howard. Front, l tor: Adam Maye, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Tim Sheehan.

 

 

 

 

U12 HL V Aghada – 27/6

 

Aghada 4-2, Shamrocks 0-2

 

If ever a result did an injustice to a game, then this was it!  Whilst Aghada were the better side overall, Shamrocks battled away all night without any reward. They had a good number of scoring chances but luck deserted them on the night.

 

Shamrocks has 18 players togged out – the best by far this year – and agreed with Aghada to play 15-a-side. Shamrocks had a very young team out and all players got plenty of playing time. A tight first half, where Shamrocks missed some scorable opportunities, was highlighted by some tremendous hooking & blocking by our lads, especially the younger ones. Shamrocks turned around 1-2 to 0-0 in arrears.

 

The second half was nip and tuck for the most part but three late goals put a distorted slant on the scoreboard. Manager, Stephen Keane, was delighted with the display and whilst it is another defeat, the performance more than made up for it.

 

The lads are now free from games until August and this is a blessing! A number of them are carrying niggling injuries which can only be cleared up with rest. Enjoy the break lads! We had, as usual, a great travelling support and thank you all.

 

Panel – Sam Foy, Barry O’Mahony, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Robert Barrett, Michael Foy, Ferdia Hayes, Derry Howard, Dara McCormack, Euan Clarke, Aidan Brady, Kieran May, Cian Lynch, Fionn Herlihy, Cathal O’Donovan, Conor Coleman, Nigel Kearney-O’Sullivan, Shane O’Mahony.

 

 

U8 Hurling Blitz – 25/6

 

Shamrocks travelled to St. Michael’s grounds in Mahon on Saturday last for a U8 Hurling Blitz.

They were grouped with Sliabh Rua, Valley Rovers & Sarsfields. They had nine players togged out with a number of apologies due to holidays.

 

The standard was very high and our lads were more than comfortable in this company. As always, the excitement was at fever pitch with some tremendous pulling & striking.All in all, a great morning’s work.

 

Thank you to parents, grandparents, siblings & friends for making it such an enjoyable morning.

 

Panel – Calum O’Neill, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Donal Herlihy, Calum Fitzgerald, Seamus O’Mahony, Jason O’Driscoll, Liam Walsh & Billy Hanna.

U12 HL V Castlelyons – 23/6

 

Shamrocks 1-5, Castlelyons 1-5

 

A fair result in the end as both teams finished level in Shanbally on Thursday evening. Shamrocks had 16 young players togged off for this one and all got game time as the squad was rotated throughout.

 

Castlelyons started the brighter and went 1-3 ahead playing with the wind. It looked bad for Shamrocks at that point but they settled down somewhat and managed to battle back to score 1-1 before HT to leave 2 point between the teams at HT.

 

Again, Castlelyons started the brigher and opened up a 4 point lead, 1-5 to 1-1 mid way through the second half. However, they werent to score again and the Shamrocks players were determined to get something from the game. They scored two great points from from play through Dara McCormick and Aiden Brady and then two Eoin O’Flynn frees went over and the game finished level. Well done to all the players and to the parents for their invaluable support. The lads are making progress and its important that they keep practising at home all the time.

 

Panel: S. Foy, N. O’Sullivan, M. Foy, E. O’Flynn, R. Barrett, D. Howard, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, K. Maye, E. Clarke, C. Lynch, B. O’Mahony, A. Clarke, D. McCormick, F. Hayes, C. O’Donovan.

 

U14 HL V Castlelyons, 23/6/16. Back row, l to r: J. Jordan (mentor), N. O'Sullivan, M. Foy, E. O'Flynn, R. Barrett, D. Howard, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, S. Keane (bainisteoir). Front, l to r: K. Maye, E. Clarke, C. Lynch, B. O'Mahony, A. Clarke, S. Foy, D. McCormick, F. Hayes, C. O'Donovan

U14 HL V Castlelyons, 23/6/16. Back row, l to r: J. Jordan (mentor), N. O’Sullivan, M. Foy, E. O’Flynn, R. Barrett, D. Howard, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, S. Keane (bainisteoir). Front, l to r: K. Maye, E. Clarke, C. Lynch, B. O’Mahony, A. Clarke, S. Foy, D. McCormick, F. Hayes, C. O’Donovan

 

 

U14 HL V Crosshaven – 21/6

 

Shamrocks 7-13, Crosshaven 3-4

 

A comfortable win for the u14 hurlers on Tuesday evening against Crosshaven. This was their first win of the season at hurling but it had been coming as the lads were keen, enthusiastic and have definately been improving.

 

After Crosshaven scored an early goal, Shamrocks settled down and the two Andrews boys Harry and Seán were in good form, and soon had 2-5 on the board. Mark Sisk was having a great battle at midfield with the Crosshaven midfielder and also got on he scoresheet. Shamrocks went in at HT leading 4-9 to 1-1.

 

The full panel of 16 players that togged off were rotated throughout the second half and everyone made a valuable contribution on what was Shamrocks best hurling display of the year. Some players played in new and different positions and not a word of complaint and it was great to see the attitude of the players. Well done to them all and also a big thanks to our support on the line who cheered on every score and play. Hurling training on Saturday morning at 11.15am.

 

Panel: M. Foy, F. Herlihy, C. O’Flaherty, P. Dorney, A. McSweeney, A. Brady, M. Sisk, T. Sheehan, S. Andrews, A. Maye, H. Andrews, D. O’Brien, E. O’Flynn, F. Hayes, R. Barrett, D. Howard.

 

Panel v Crosshaven, u14 HL: Back, l to r: M. Sisk, D, Howard, C. O'Flaherty, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, E. O'Flynn, A. McSweeney, P. Dorney, S. Foy. Front, l to r: A. Brady, F. Herlihy, R. Barrett, T. Howard, M. Foy, A. Maye, D. O'Brien, F. Hayes.

Panel v Crosshaven, u14 HL: Back, l to r: M. Sisk, D, Howard, C. O’Flaherty, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, E. O’Flynn, A. McSweeney, P. Dorney, S. Foy. Front, l to r: A. Brady, F. Herlihy, R. Barrett, T. Howard, M. Foy, A. Maye, D. O’Brien, F. Hayes.

John Kerins Memorial Tournament – 18/6

 

Shamrocks travelled to Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday for the annual John Kerins Memorial U11 football competition. We had high hopes for this group of lads who are showing great potential over the last few seasons. A lot of work over the long winter evenings in the National Maritime College and on the pitch is now starting to show rewards. We quailfied for the semi finals of this after beating Crosshaven, Passage & Douglas in the qualifiers which was hosted in Shanbally at the end of May.

 

We were pitted against Whitechurch in the semi final. We soon found ourselves in a tough contest and were 5 points down approaching half time. Some good team work resulted in us kicking over four points without reply. Eoin O’ Flynn then scored a great goal to leave us up by two points at the break.

 

Words of encouragement were spoken at half time and this resulted in the team playing some great football to take control of the game. Each player upped their game to leave us winners at the end on a scoreline of 3-06 to 3-01.

 

Up next was Mayfield in the final. The two were lead around Pairc Ui Rinn behind the Ballpheane Pipe Band. We were dealt a blow before the start of the game when our midfield player, Ferdia Hayes had to go to Southdoc but after treatment was able to return to the field of play and resumed his midfield position for the second half.

 

We started great in the final and dominated possession in the early stages of the game. Sharp shooter Eoin O’Flynn scored two goals in the first half to leave Shamrocks leading by seven points approaching the short whistle. We left Mayfield back into the game and they scored 1-02 without reply to leave us leading by only 2 points at half time.

 

More words of wisdom and encouragement were spoken to the lads and when the game resumed we again started in great form again. Some lovely points were scored and when Eoin O’Flynn got his third goal it left us in a commanding lead which we never gave up, final score Shamrocks 4-6, Mayfield 1-5

 

Great scenes of delight were witnessed at the final whistle. The very large and vocal Shamrock support were in great form. The trophy was presented to our captain Eoin O’Flynn and all the players on the panel received their winners medals. The day still wasn’t over as the routine victory parade took place through Shanbally & Ringaskiddy and on to the Ferryboat Inn for the party. The club would like to thank Sarah & her staff for their hospitality they showed us at such short notice.

 

The club would also like to thank the excellent Shamrocks supporters who turned out in the green & white in great numbers. Special praise must go to the team selection committee. Minor players Andrew O’Grady and Mark Hitchmough took charge of this team earlier on in the year. They took the training in the pitch and the indoor training in the NMCI. The words that they spoke to the lads throughout the tournament were of great benifit. In fact both Andrew & Mark were players on the team that last won the John Kerins Memorial in 2007. Minor players James Lynam and Cristeoir Corkery also helped out with this team throughout the year. Shane O Donovan, John Jordan & John Twomey made up the backroom team.

 

Panel of players, Sam Foy, Barry O Mahony, Aaron Clarke, Robert Barrett, Dara McCormack, Aidan Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Cathal O Donovan, Cian Lynch, Kieran May, Evan Browne, Evan Twomey, David Herlihy, Harry O Leary, Shane O Mahony, Nigel O Sullivan Kearney, Ewan Clarke, Calum Gregson

 

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John Kerins Panel, 18/6/16 - Back row, l to r: Evan Browne, Calum Gregson, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes, Michael Foy, Eoin O'Flynn, Cathal O'Donovan, Ewan Clarke, Aiden Brady, David Herlihy. Front, l to r: Harry O'Leary, Aaron Clarke, Cian Lynch, Barry O'Mahony, Nigel O'Sullivan Kearney, Dara McCormick, Sam Foy, Shane O'Mahony, Evan Twomey, Kieran Maye

John Kerins Panel, 18/6/16 – Back row, l to r: Evan Browne, Calum Gregson, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Cathal O’Donovan, Ewan Clarke, Aiden Brady, David Herlihy. Front, l to r: Harry O’Leary, Aaron Clarke, Cian Lynch, Barry O’Mahony, Nigel O’Sullivan Kearney, Dara McCormick, Sam Foy, Shane O’Mahony, Evan Twomey, Kieran Maye

JAHC V Kinsale – 17/6

 

Kinsale 2-8, Shamrocks 0-13

 

A most disappointing evening for the junior hurlers in the first round of the championship as they suffered a one point defeat to Kinsale. Shamrocks will spend a long time wondering how in the world they lost this game.

 

Kinsale played with the wind in the first half and went into a 0-2 to 0-0 lead early on before Shamrocks went 0-3 to 0-2 ahead. The teams were pretty much even in that half and Shamrocks were playing well. At HT, the teams went in level at 0-6 to 0-6 apiece.

 

Kinsale scored an early point in the second half to go 0-7 to 0-6 ahead but then Shamrocks took over for the next 20 minutes. Andrew O’Grady was on form from frees and Shamrocks moved into a winning position with 15 left on a scorelone of 0-10 to 0-8 and were on top all over the field. Then the game changed on a long high ball into the Shamrocks square which may have come off a Shamrocks stick and trickled over the line. Kinsale ahead 1-8 to 0-10. Frees for Shamrocks then started to go wide and a few goal chances were missed. O’Grady and Fergus O’Neill put Shamrocks ahead again 0-12 to 1-8 but then goal number 2 – a long high ball in as an attempted point went all the way to the Shamrocks net.  

 

Incredibly, Shamrocks were behind and Kinsale’s tails were up and with 5 minutes to go, this game was only going to have one winner no matter what Shamrocks tried. The lads are going to have to dissect this one and pick themselves up for whatever back door game is next. With a few players to come back onto the panel, they can certainly do that as they have the ability.

 

Team: C. Scriven, J. Tuohy, C. Kidney, J. Browne, M. Hitchmough, C. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, A. O’Grady, A. McCarthy, F. O’Neill, A. Boland, D. Andrews, S. Collins, S. O’Neill.

 

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Johnny Tuohy drives up the line V Kinsale in JAHC in Riverstick on 17/6/16

Johnny Tuohy drives up the line V Kinsale in JAHC in Riverstick on 17/6/16

U14 FL V Crosshaven – 17/6

 

Crosshaven 3-9, Shamrocks 1-11

 

The u14 footballers of Shamrocks and Crosshaven served up a cracking game of ball in Camden on Friday evening before the home side came out on top after a topsy turvy game. Both teams lead at different stages but the one that counts is the 60th minute.

 

Shamrocks played with the wind in the first half and led 1-8 to 2-3 at half time (the Shamrocks goal from Adam Maye). The forwards were in great form but the backs were under pressure and conceded those two goals that kept Crosshaven right in the game.

 

Crosshaven went ahead in the second half but Shamrocks battled hard but a host of chances went abegging – a combination of legs in the way, wides, some great defending from Crosshaven and some outstanding goalkeeping from the Crosshaven keeper kept Shamrocks from scoring that all important goal they needed. Meanwhile, when Crosshaven attacked at the other end, they did damage and invaribly scored.

 

It was a courageous performance from Shamrocks especially in the second half but they can be proud of their part they played in a high class game of football. Well done to Crosshaven and we’ll be seeing them on Tuesday night in the huling league, at home at 4.30pm.

 

Team: D. O’Brien, F. Herlihy, C. O’Flaherty, P. Dorney, A. McSweeney, D. Carroll, M. Sisk, S. Darcu, S. Andrews, T. Sheehan, A. Maye, H. Andrews. Subs used – D. Howard, J. O’Leary.

U12 HL V Laochra Óg – 11/6

 

Laochra Óg 3-7, Shamrocks 2-2

 

Shamrocks made the long trip to the Gaeltacht of Muscraí in Baile Bhurine and came away empty handed after a long day. Shamrocks were short a couple of players while one or two players suffered sickness during the game. To be fair, Laochra Óg had a couple of excellent players and deserved the win. Shamrocks were only 2 points down at HT but Laochra Óg finished the stronger.

 

Full report to follow.

U8 Football Blitz – 11/6

 

Our U8s took to the field for the second time this season when they participated in a Football Blitz at St. Vincent’s club last Saturday.
We had 13 players togged out and all got plenty of playing time. We played Delaneys, Grenagh & Whites Cross.
Our lads were excellent and had scores been kept, it would have produced comprehensive wins for us in all 3 games.

 

Our underage Chairman, John Twomey, honoured us with his presence and indeed filled the role of our “young referee” with some style!
Parents, grandparents,siblings and friends turned up in great numbers and provided wonderful support to the young lads.
Hopefully, we will have a Hurling Blitz on 25th June and texts will be sent next week with update.

 

Our thanks to Deirdre for sending texts and reminders to all.

 

Panel – Calum Fitzgerald, James Keane, Calum O’Neill,Shane O’Flynn, Donal Herlihy, Ryan Doolan, Luke Jordan, Liam Walsh, Seamus O’Mahony, Matt Maplebeck, Harry O’Leary, Ollie O’Brien & Billy Hanna.
 

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