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U21 HC Semi Final Replay V Ballygarvan – 31/8


Shamrocks 2-11, Ballygarvan 1-12


They say that a good start and a good finish are the two most important ingredients for winning a game. Shamrocks got off to a fine beginning with 1-1 to 0-0 and it helped the team to settle.Credit Ballygarvan with their own efforts which saw them overhaul this advantage midway through the first half and go into the dressing rooms at halftime leading 1-7 to 1-4. Shamrocks were hurling with some inconsistency in the later part of the first half. That had to be righted at halftime.


The second half saw the ‘Liam McCarthy lads” show greater urgency in their play and midwaythrough, they held a four point lead. Goals win games and Darragh Scriven delivered with ten minutes to go and the game turned on its head again.The Shamrock lads had their tails up and were a point in front after sixty minutes. There were four minutes of added time and Ballygarvan threw the “kitchen sink” at them. Shamrocks absorbed everything and recorded another point. They were only going to settle for a win on this occasion.


Team: Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney, Joe O’Keeffe, Mark Hitchmough, Rory Meighan, David Barry, Oisin Boland, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Coby O’Grady, Darragh Scriven, Brendan Crowley, Christopher Hayes.


Shamrocks will play Tracton in the South-East Final on Sunday September 4th in Ballinhassig at 6.30pm. We wish them further success.


Warmup V Ballygarvan, U21 BHC Semi, 31/8/16

Warmup V Ballygarvan, U21 BHC Semi, 31/8/16

MCFC Semi V Tracton – 30/8


Tracton 3-8, Shamrocks 1-9


Shamrocks and Tracton met in the champinship semi final on Tuesday night and for the second year in a row, Shamrocks exited the championship at the Crosshaven venue. Shamrocks just didnt do enough on the night to earn the win and Tracton deserved to go through as they just about had a little bit more potency in the forward line and struck for 3 goals at important times.


Shamrocks opened with a point playing with the srtrong breeze but it was Tractons forwards who did more damage at the other end, scoring two goals after slicing open the Shamrocks defence on both occasions. Shamrocks were chasing the game thereafter but a lot of their play either broke down through mishandling or shots that were driven wide. The tally mounted in the first half but Shamrocks stayed in touch courtesy of a few frees and 2 nice scores from play. The halftime score was Tracton 2-3, Shamrocks 0-6 with a big half needed to turn things around.


Shamrocks tried very hard in the second half. They brought the defecit back to one point after HT with two fine points but once again, Tracton opened up the Shamrocks D and buried goal number 3 to open up a 4 point gap. Reset and start again. Shamrocks upped it once again and midway through the second half, they were rewarded with a penalty which was dispatched to the Tracton net to make it 3-4 to 1-8. Shamrocks really needed a goal from some other avenue but the Tracton backs were having none of it. Both teams swopped points before the end but Tracton were comfortable enough to see it out and earn a place in the final.


MFC V Tracton, 30/8/16. Back row, l to r: A. O'Grady, R. Meighan, D. Barry, J. Lynam, D. O'Sullivan, D. O'Mahony, C. Hayes, C. Corkery, C. Scriven, S. Flavin, K. Murphy, M. Hitchmough. Front, l to r: D. O'Flaherty, J. Sisk, C. Hayes, D. allen, D. Andrews, J. O'Keeffe, C. Murphy

MFC V Tracton, 30/8/16. Back row, l to r: A. O’Grady, R. Meighan, D. Barry, J. Lynam, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Mahony, C. Hayes, C. Corkery, C. Scriven, S. Flavin, K. Murphy, M. Hitchmough. Front, l to r: D. O’Flaherty, J. Sisk, C. Hayes, D. allen, D. Andrews, J. O’Keeffe, C. Murphy

U14 CFC Semi Final V Lisgoold – 29/8


Shamrocks 1-13, Lisgoold 2-9


A brilliant game of football went Shamrocks way on Monday night in Whitescross and as a result, they now find themselves in the final of the competition.


Lisgoold were very tough opponents and looked all set at HT as they led by 2-6 to 0-3 and were very dangerous especially in the forwards. They played with the hill and Shamrocks did well to be only that 9 points down at HT, 2-6 to 0-3.


Shamrocks needed a big performance in the second half and twn minutes in, there was still 9 points in it. However, Shamrocks were beginning to get on top and started to feed their forwards after some changes. They got a boost of a goal and tipped away at the points. Entering the last 5 minutes, the gap was down to 3 points, then 2, then 1 and finally Shamrocks equalised entering injury time. It was pulsating stuff now entering the final minute of injury time and Shamrocks broke up the field and scored the winning point from a free to send them into the final against St Vincents, a final which is fixed for September 10th. A great team performance and well done to all involved and to the large travelling support of parents and siblings.


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


Semi Final V Lisgoold in Whitescross, 27/8/16. Back row, l to r: H. andrews, M. Foy, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, D. Gregson, S. Andrews, C. O'Flaherty, J. Coleman, P. Dorney, M. Sisk. Front, l to r: E. O'Flynn, A. Brady, T. Sheehan, R. Barrett, F. Herlihy, D. O'Brien, D. Howard, D. Carroll, A. Maye

Semi Final V Lisgoold in Whitescross, 27/8/16. Back row, l to r: H. andrews, M. Foy, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, D. Gregson, S. Andrews, C. O’Flaherty, J. Coleman, P. Dorney, M. Sisk. Front, l to r: E. O’Flynn, A. Brady, T. Sheehan, R. Barrett, F. Herlihy, D. O’Brien, D. Howard, D. Carroll, A. Maye



U16 CFC V Cill na Martra – 27/8


Cill na Martra 6-21, Shamrocks 3-11


Just like they did at u14 level 2 years ago to this group, Cill na Martra ended Shamrocks interest in the football championship with this thoroughly convincing win over the hosts in Shanbally on Saturday evening. Cill na Martra just had too much football skill and scoring ability for the Shamrocks lads who once again tried hard all through but came up against a superior team on the day, a team who will be hard to beat in the C grade on this display.


Shamrocks played against the breeze in the first half and did most of their scoring in a 5 minute spell mid way through the half, scoring some nice points from Cillian Hayes, Shane Downey and Dylan O’Flaherty. However, either side of this Cill na Martra controlled the game and scored 1-6 before the Shamrocks burst and more importantly they also scored 2-1 in the lead up to halftime and those 3 goals gave them a nice cushion at HT, 3-7 to 0-4.


The second half was very high scoring from both sides but in reality, Cill na Martra were in total control all through. The closest Shamrocks came to them, even playing with the wind, was 10 points, 3-11 to 1-7. Cill na Martra scored their 5th goal shortly after, Shane Downey burst through for Shamrocks 2nd goal straight after but that really was as good as it got. Cill na Martra controlled the skies, especially on their own kickouts, fed their forwards and they were far too slick and strong for the Shamrocks backs. In fact, they put on a shooting clinic, scoring 3-14 against the wind and barely kicking a wide, if at all. Shamrocks at the other end tapped on a few consolation points and another goal from Downey but this game was over a long way out.



U10 FL V Sliabh Rua – 24/8


Our under 10 footballers had another successful evening in the football league last Wednesday night in Shanbally against Sliabh Rua. This result leaves them unbeaten in the league and was their third football victory in a row. The Sliabh Rua lads had also been unbeaten up to this match and we had expected this game to be the toughest challenge we had faced so far.


The game started with our boys seeing most of the ball, but scores initially seemed to be hard to come by. Once the boys found their range the scores came thick and fast to leave Shamrocks with a commanding lead at half time. Sliabh Rua played with the advantage of the hill in the second half, but they failed to capitalize on it and they never really got the ball beyond our defense. Some more well taken scores ensured Shamrocks won comfortably in the end. Our Under 10’s will go on during the month of September to play both Kilbrittain and Kinsale in football. We’ll be hoping our good run continues.


Team for the evening, Josh Bartlett, Dara McCormack, Nigel O’Sullivan Kearney, Barry O’Mahony, Calum Gregson, Cathal O’Donovan, Conor Coleman,Kieran Maye, Zack Coughlan, Cormac Brady, David Taggart, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Diarmuid Cahill,Sam Foy.

U14 FC Quarter Final V St Catherines – 24/8


Shamrocks 7-13, St Catherines 3-8


Shamrocks are through to the semi final of the u14 C grade chamopionship after a fully deserved win over St Catherines on Wednesday evening last. This was their second time this year making the trip to Ballynoe and they made it a winning one on both occasions.


The real groundwork for this victory was laid in the first half as Shamrocks totally dominated and played some lovely football to open up a 4-7 to 0-4 lead apprioaching HT. The home side gave themselves some hope with 2-1 scored just as halftime approached. The score at the break was Shamrocks 4-7, St Catherines 2-5.


Shamrocks knuckled down in the second half and controlled matters. A couple of early scores settled them down and the subs made valuable contributions when introduced. All in all it was a solid team performance overall with patches of wonderful football played at times. Well done to all and to the parents/supporters who made the trip once again into East Cork and roared on the lads all through. The semi final against Lisgoold will be played hopefully early next week, further details to follow.


Team: D. O’Brien, D. Gregson, A. Brady, T. Sheehan, C. O’Flaherty, P. Dorney, M. Sisk, A. Maye, S. Andrews, S. Darcy, H. Andrews, E. O’Flynn. Subs used – F. Herlihy, M. Foy, J. Coleman, R. Barrett


U14 FC away to St Catherines./ Back row, l to r: J. Colerman, P. Dorney, C. O'Flaherty, D. Gregson, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, S. Darcy, M. Sisk. Front: E. O'Flynn, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, M. Foy, D. O'Brien, R. Barrett, T. Sheehan, A. Maye

U14 FC away to St Catherines./ Back row, l to r: J. Colerman, P. Dorney, C. O’Flaherty, D. Gregson, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, S. Darcy, M. Sisk. Front: E. O’Flynn, F. Herlihy, A. Brady, M. Foy, D. O’Brien, R. Barrett, T. Sheehan, A. Maye

U21 BHC Semi Final V Ballygarvan – 23/8


Shamrocks 2-11, Ballygarvan 0-17


This was hurling as it should be, great scores, great saves, a huge will to win and courage over and beyond the call of duty. In Ballinhassig on Tuesday evening the Shamrock followers were treated to a display by our brave young under 21 hurlers that would give one great faith in the future.


After a shaky start the momentum and raw courage began to manifest itself. We defended bravely and Seán Kidney was back to his very best in front of outstanding keeper Cormac Scriven. Young Hitchmough was hurling with great authority and Dave Andrews knew no fear. At the break Ballygarvan led 0-10 to 0-6.


In the second period, when Ballygarvan seemed to be setting up a victory two great goals turned the game on its head and at full time the teams were even. Four added minutes were called by the referee with Ballygarvan going into a one point lead. Entering the fourth minute Shamrocks were awarded a free sixty metres out on the sideline. Robbie Andrews grandson, Andrew O’Grady stepped up to clinically put the slitor between the posts and get a deserved draw. Andrew was in sixth gear all night.

We salute all the players and substitutes, they wanted only one thing and that was victory for the green and white. On Wednesday evening next August 31st the two sides will contest the replay at Ballinhassig at 6.30pm.


Team: Cormac Scriven,Joe O’Keeffe, Sean Kidney, Mark Hitchmough, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Tom Murphy, Coby O’Grady, Chris Hayes, Darragh Scriven, David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady, Brendan Crowley.


U8 Football Blitz – 20/8


Belgooly hosted this morning’s blitz. A huge turnout of teams really signalled that the holidays were nearly coming to an end!


Shamrocks had 8 players togged out and also introduced 2 debutants – Sam Jordan & Patrick Keane – who will hopefully go on to have long and successful Football & Hurling careers with Shamrocks! They played Ballygarvan, Courcey Rovers & Crosshaven and I’m happy to report that all games were won!


Thank you to Belgooly for hosting the event; parents, siblings and friends for their fantasic support.


Panel – Sam Jordan, Patrick Keane, Ryan Doolan, Ryan Barrett, Billy Hanna, Ollie O’Brien, Donal Herllhiy, Shane O’Flynn, Luke Jordan & James Keane.

U12 FL V Lee Gaels – 20/8


Lee Gaels 3-2, Shamrocks 1-3


Shamrocks travelled to Dripsey this afternoon to complete their 2016 u12 Football League programme. Their opponents were physically stronger than Shamrocks in most positions but in fairness to the lads, they never gave up. In fact, had they taken a number of good chances in both halves, they could have come away with an unlikely victory.


Two goals in a minute midway through the first half were ultimately the difference between the teams. Shamrocks did fight back to score 1-1 before half time to reduce the margin to 1 goal.


The second half was hard fought and though Shamrocks only scored 2 points, they certainly held our own and at times had their oponents on the rack. Unfortunately, a couple of injuries (we had no subs!) and Lee Gaels ability to introduce fresh legs swayed the game in their favour. 


Shamrocks are almost certain to qualify for the semi-final and this game will have taken them on a good bit.Thanks to grand-parents, parents, family members and friends for travelling.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Sam Foy, Declan Carroll, Robert Barrett, Michael Foy, Dara McCormick, John Coleman, Ferdia Hayes, Fionn Herlihy, Conor Coleman, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian Lynch.

MCHC Semi Final V Kinsale – 20/8

Shamrocks 1-12, Kinsale 0-12


Shamrocks are into the East Board C grade final after this 3 point win over Kinsale in Minane Bridge on Saturday last. Shamrocks can count themselves very lucky to be in the final because for three quarters of this game, Kinsale were the better team and everything seemed to be going wrong for the fancied Shamrocks team. But the team seemed to step up a gear when the finishing line was in sight and rattled over 5 points in a row in the last 10 minutes to seal the win.


The very strong wind tried its best to spoil this game but it blew right across the pitch, negating any advantage for either side. Kinsale were up bigtime for this game and raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes. They were doing all the hurling and Shamrocks were not hurling with any authority at all at this point. The lads body language said it all and its to their credit that they battled out of this funk over the course of the next 45 minutes. They managed to score a great goal 10 minutes before HT and this seemed to lift them a bit but at HT, Shamrocks had a mountain to climb such was the lethargy of the first half display. Kinsale led by 2 at HT.


The second half was mostly Kinsale playing the better hurling for the 20 minutes after HT. Shamrocks bought the lead back to a point, Kinsale stretched it to 4, back to 2 and out to 3 with 12 minutes to go, 0-12 to 1-6. However, Shamrocks managed to get reserves of strenght from somewhere and took over and tipped away at the lead, eventually equalising with 4 minutes to go. They carried that momentum forward and struck 3 more points as time ran out and they were into a final, which is scheduled for September 3rd.


Team: C. Scriven, D. Barry, D. O’Mahony, C. Hayes, J. O’Keeffe, R. Meighan, D. Andrews, S. Flavin, M. Hitchmough, S. Downey, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes. Sub used – C. Murphy