Monthly Archives: September 2016

U10 FL V Kinsale – 26/9


Kinsale 4-07. Shamrocks 4-03


This was a game of two conflicting half’s dominated by the very strong wind. Shamrocks played with the wind in the first half and scored 4-03 after playing some lovely football. We had a panel of sixteen players and each one got a lot of valuable playing time. Our backs were to the wall in the second half and Kinsale with the aid of the wind came slowly back in to the game. It was a draw entering the final two minutes but we conceded 1-01 to leave Kinsale the winners. This was our first defeat of the season at this level. Thanks to the players and parents who travelled in great numbers again.

Co JAFC Quarter Final V Brian Dillons – 25/9


Shamrocks 2-15, Brian Dillons 1-10


Shamrocks are into the semi final of the Co JAFC after a controlled and deserved win over Brian Dillons on Sunday evening in Ballygarvan. Shamrocvks were the better team all through and apart from a spell midway through the second half when Dillons threathened a comeback, they always looked the likely winners.


Both teams played with packed defences in the first half isolating players inside when the other team had possession. Shamrocks were better at penetrating this wall of Dillons defenders with precise passing both from the hand and foot. Brian Dillons led for the only time inside 5 minutes when their big midfielder caught a high ball into the 21 yard line and he pointed. The same midfielder was to move to full forward in the second half as Dillons went in search of goals. Shamrocks captain Barry Mulqueen responded to this point and Shamrocks were up and running. They kicked on and their inside line were winning plenty of possession and winning frees which Darragh O’Sullivan was popping over. Midway through the first half, Shamrocks led 0-5 to 0-3 playing down the Ballygarvan hill but against the breeze. Brian Dillons will rue some costly misses in that half as well as their shooting let them down at times. They also picked up 4 yellow cards which was to prove costly in the second half. Shamrocks continued to probe the Dillons defence and Mulqueen scored a magnificent point on 21 minutes from way out. Shamrocks took inspiration from this and into the game came David Andrews who scored a quickfire 1-1 to drive home the Shamrocks advantage, adding to Philip Bradys point from play. They led 1-8 to 0-4 at halftime and the belief was there that this game was winnable.


Shamrocks expected a fierce Dillons onslaught in the second period but in reality they were always in control. They opened up an 8 point advantage after points from Joe Shanahan and  Cannice Caffrey, 1-11 to 0-6. Brian Dillons, a big physical team, needed to score goals from 25 minutes out and managed to score a quickfire 1-1 of their own after 8 minutes of the second half to give themselves real hope, 1-11 to 1-7. However, the Shamrocks responce was magnificent as they scored 4 points from play through Brady, Shanahan and Caffrey. The forwards were playing well in the extra space afforded them and once again Shamrocks went 6 points up with 12 minutes to go, 1-13 to 1-7. Brian Dillons kept at it at the other end and gave the Shamrocks defenders some work to do but the work ethic and desire to win was superb. They did win a penalty but they blasted it over the bar. Soon afterwards onrushing sub Stephen O’Neill finished a soccer style sweeping move to the Dillons net after it was crossed in low by Caffrey and that was it. Joseph Shanahan scored a vital point after a great run and point another sub (all subs made contributions) Jonathan Tuohy put the icing on the cake with a great run and point of his own just before the end. Dillons got 2 late red cards.


This was a great team effort in fairness from everyone. The divisional win seems to have lifted the monkey off their back and they played without fear on Sunday – some of their play and movement was superb. They go on to play Cloyne in the County Semi Final, possibly next week, further details to follow.


Panel: F O’Neill, M. Prout, S. Hurley, Cathal Kidney, Jason Browne, D. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, B. Mulqueen, M. Jordan, J. Shanahan, A. McCarthy, D. Andrews, D. O’Sullivan, P. Brady, C. Caffrey. Subs used – J. Tuohy, S. Kidney, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, R. Harrington. Not used – J. Wilson, C. Corkery, D. Scriven, D. O’Neill.

Co MCHC Semi Final V St Patricks – 24/9


St Patricks 1-16, Shamrocks 3-5


Played in very difficult conditions in St Mary’s in Enniskeane the West Cork Lads were worthy winners after recording 17 scores to Shamrock’s 8 over the hour. Being without your talisman player and top scorer, was a huge burden in such a vital game. The absence of Andrew O’Grady was the difference between winning and loosing.


Scores were hard to come by and at halftime the West Cork lads were in front 0-7 to 1-2. With the aid of the elements St. Pats went into a seven point lead only for Shamrocks after a very spirited revival to cut the lead to one point. However, that was as near as we came and some late well taken points from frees and play saw St. Pats go through. The incessant rain and high winds made playing conditions very difficult for both teams. Full credit to all the players for their brave efforts.


Shamrocks can hold their heads up, they recorded a wonderful ‘East Championship Final victory’ recently and we will all look forward to more great hurling days in the future. Well done to all concerned and the very loyal supporters who came out in hail, rain and sunshine.


Team List: Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Joseph O’Keeffe, Ruairi Mehigan, Mark Hitchmough, James Lynam, Shane Flavin, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes, David O’Sulllivan, Matthew Fleming, Shane Downey, Daniel O’Mahony, Cathal Murphy, Damien Allen, Jody Sisk, Christóir Corkery, Cillian Hayes.


MFL Semi Final V Lee Gaels – 19/9


Shamrocks 5-13, Lee Gaels 2-8


Shamrocks minor footballers have qualified for a final after this drama filled win over Lee Gaels on Monday evening in Ballygarvan.


Shamrocks led by 3-9 to 0-1 at HT after a scintillating and dominating performance in the first half. It was one way traffic and it was a case of how much Shamrocks would win by. They scored early and often and enjoyed almost the entire possession of the ball.


The first 20 minutes of the second half were the polar opposite. Lee Gaels dominated and attacked at will. Shamrocks went out of the game totally and Gaels had their tails up. They brought the scoreline back to 3-9 to 2-6 with 13 minutes left but Shamrocks scored a badly needed goal on the break thereafter and that gave them a bit of a cushion to control the game until the end.

Juniors 2016


Saturday night’s celebrations had hardly been completed after a thrilling South East Junior Football championship victory over Ballinhassig, when the Shamrock Ladies carved their own piece of history. The Ladies under 11 side were competing in the Mid-Cork Final against Grenagh. This was a close and thrilling game and it took a huge effort in the final quarter to take the title. Shamrocks won 3-6 to 2-4 and in doing so brought the Club its very first Ladies Football honour. A very worthy Captain Cloe McGrath accepted the trophy on behalf of the team.
Congratulations to the girls and the Team mentors and wonderful supporters.




The Junior Football Final victory was well overdue and it was all of 22 years away back in 1994 since we last won. The final that year was against Valley Rovers played in Riverstick. It went to two games, the first having ended in a draw. The replay was on the Sunday morning of All Ireland Football Final day in Riverstick.The drawn game was played on September 4th, Shamrocks 2-7 to Valley Rvs. 0-13. The replay took place on the 18th at 12 noon at Riverstick. The team were treated to a “full Irish” in John Carmody’s Owenabue Inn in Carrigaline that morning The team then travelled to Shanbally for as pre-match routine and afterwards set off for Riverstick in Braham Brennan’s bus. Played in continuous rain Shamrocks were up for it and won 0-7 to 0-4. Captain fantastic was Dick Andrews and he accepted the trophy amid wild excitement. Pat Murphy took the ‘man of the match’ award.
Team: P. Cusack, D. Andrews (Capt.), A. Ahearne, Ml. Lannon, Ml.Kidney, P. Murphy, D. O’Flaherty, P. Ryan, A. Geary, M. Hickey, A. O’Driscoll, S. Kelly, B.Beale, J. O’Callaghan, J. Dineen. Subs: O. Ó Cearbhuill, B. Hickey, S. O’Flynn, B. Timlin, A. O’Neill, A. Punch, D. Collins, K. O’Mahony, M. Geary, P. Andrews, D. O’Neill.


History was made in Junior Football that year when the Club completed the Double. The B Junior Football Team won their championship too to make it an unique feat.Shamrocks defeated Valley Rovers in the final played in Camden on Sunday December 11th. Brilliantly led by team Captain Seamus O’Flynn, they led from start to finish and won 2-8 to 0-6.
Team: A. Punch, B. Hickey, S. Horgan, K. Roche, C. Doyle, F. O’ Flaherty, M. Geary, W. Pierce, C. McDonnell, D. O’Neill, R.Dreivers, F.Collins, C. McSweeney, S. O’Flynn, (Capt.)P. Andrews (1-5). Subs. J. O’Flaherty, R. Lannon, P. Prout.


Twenty two years was a long wait, but Saturday night’s victory fashioned out of raw courage and huge commitment made it all worth while. Let the wagon roll on to Carrigaline for the County game on Friday night next September 23rd, under lights at 7.45pm

U10 HL V Lee Gaels – 16/9


Shamrocks traveled to play Lee Gaels in Inniscara on Friday evening for their last U10 hurling game of the year. This turned out to be a very entertaining game with both sides giving it their all. Lee Gaels opened the scoring with two quick fire goals that rattled the Shamrocks defense. Some quick adjustments were made and the lads soon settled down to play some excellent hurling. Some good points were scored from frees and also then just before the break we got two well deserved goals after some great pressure and build up play. This seem to settle us down and after the break we continued to play some lovely hurling. We ran out deserved winners in the end on a scoreline of 4-05 to 2-02.



Shamrocks had sixteen players on duty with another few missing which will give us great hope for the U12/U14 competitions in a few seasons time. Special thanks must go to the parents who were on the road at 5pm to ensure everyone got there on time. We finish our U10 season next Sunday 25th September at 10.30 am with a three team tournament in Kinsale against the home team and Kilbrittan. A full report of the U10 playing season will follow after them games

JAFC Final V Ballinhassig – 17/9


Shamrocks 0-9, Ballinhassig 0-8


Shamrocks are South East Junior A Football Champions for 2016 after a titanic struggle with last years champions Ballinhassig in Belgooly on Saturday night. Shamrocks were hanging on in the end in a low scoring contest as Ballinhassig pushed for the equaliser but the defence, who were magnificient as a unit, held out to claim Shamrocks first success at this level since 1994.


Shamrocks were never led in this game. Darragh O’Sullivan (0-5) opened the Shamrocks scoring inside 5 minutes from a free and soon after finished off a great team move to slot over from play. The inside Shamrocks full forward line were dangerous every time they got possession and soon after Cannice Caffrey pointed another flowing movement and Shamrocks were motoring well, 0-3 to 0-0. Ballinhassig started to gain a foothold around the middle and the Shamrocks backs came under pressure. Fergus O’Neill in the Shamrocks goal had to be alert to a few occasions and Ballinhassig started to open up the Shamrocks defence. They picked off some scores and went in at HT level 0-5 to 0-5 after another O’Sullivan free and a superb Caffrey point from play for Shamrocks. All to play for in the second half.


Shamrocks had the aid of the slight breeze in the second half. They switched around their forward line at the start of the second half with Joseph Shanahan going to full forward. He gave Shamrocks the start they needed after 3 minutes with a beautiful left footed inswinger after one of his mazy runs and Shamrocks were up and running. Belief started to creep in from there and Shamrocks opened up a significiant 3 point gap with 15 minutes to go after further points from O’Sullivan and Caffrey, 0-8 to 0-5.


At this point Shamrocks were in control but once again, Ballinhassig came forward in droves without ever threathening the Shamrocks goal. Possession was the name of the game in the second half with most of the play featuring multiple triangles of handpassing around the middle third. This suited Shamrocks no end. They drew a line at their own 45 yard line and made Ballinhassig work very hard to even get inside it. Some heroic defending kept them at bay. Ballinhassig brought it back to a one point game with 8 minutes left 0-9 to 0-8 and amazingly there were no other scores left in the game. Ballinhassig will rue their 14 wides and Shamrocks can count themselves lucky that they didnt have their shooting boots on but to be fair, most of those wides were under serious pressure from the outstanding Shamrocks backs.


Barry Mulqueen was the captain of the team. He accepted the trophy from the Rúnaí of the Board, Declan O’Neill. Pat Desmond, chairman, conscience of the occasion, asked Declan as a proud Shamrocks man to present the trophy to a fellow clubman. Barry was fulsome in his praise for the referee and his officials, the Belgooly pitch, the superb Ballinhassig team and mentors and the whole club of Shamrocks. This was a significiant statement as this truly was a whole club achievement after 22 years. Many people in the club have soldiered on without success at adult level for many’s the year and this was sweet payback time. The club absolutely needed a major trophy at adult level and now this will be celebrated for a good while.


For many players, this was a magical feeling. There is a cohort of them who have been trying without success to win a SE football medal for 10 years plus. Yesterday was special for them. Just to see the look on their faces at the end was magnificient. They had battled on and now they are champions! Well done to them and to the management on a great year.


Cathel Kidney was presneted with the Man of the Match award after the game.


Panel – Fergus O’Neill, Michael Prout, Stephen Hurley, Cathal Kidney, Jason Browne, Chris O’Neill, Mark Hitchmough, Barry Mulqueen, Mark Jordan, Joseph Shanahan, Alan McCarthy, David Andrews, Cannice Caffrey, Philip Brady, Darragh O’Sulluivan. Subs used – David Hayes, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen O’Neill. Subs not used – Robbie Harrington, Senan Andrews, Roy Twomey, Jack Wilson, Brian Sweeney, Criostóir Corkery, Seanán Collins, Darragh Scriven, Seán Kideny, Dave O’Neill.





MCHC Final V Grenagh – 12/9


Shamrocks 3-8, Grenagh 0-10


Shamrocks are once again Minor Hurling champions of the Rebel Óg East C Grade after a tough and uncompromising hours hurling against never say die Grenagh in the darkness of Mayfield on Monday evening. This game was real championship hurling with 110% committment from all the playes and even the mentors and supporters up in the stand. It made for a very exciting and tense game with Shamrocks ability to get goals being the key to the victory.


Grenagh opened the scoring early on in the very wet conditions and it took Shamrocks a full 10 minutes to register their first score. The early part of the game was evenly matched but Shamrocks got a boost after 13 minutes when it was 0-1 apiece when they broke through, passed to the unmarked David O’Sullivan inside and he made no mistake to rattle the Grenagh net. This was what the game needed and it got both teams going. Grenagh kept fighting and scoring and got to within 2 points before Chris Hayes and O’Grady pointed to leave the halftime score Shamrocks 1-4, Grenagh 0-4.


The game restarted with light fading fast in the gloom. Grenagh went about their business and scored 2 early points and had the momentum behind them at this point. Shamrocks were hurling well out the field against stiff oppositon but the scores werent coming their way. Shane Downey entered the game after 5 minutes of the second half and he was to have a big influence on the game, throwing himself about and generally making a nuisance of himself for the Grenagh backs. 


And it was his goal after 13 minutes of the second half, after good work by Chris Hayes, that really sparked the Shamrocks resurgence. He scrambled home the sliotar to the Grenagh net and Shamrocks were leading 2-4 to 0-7. Grenagh pointed again but within 3 minutes, Chris Hayes, who had a superb game all through, billowed the Grenagh net once again and all of a sudden Shamrocks were in a comfortable position, leading 3-7 to 0-9. Hayes again pointed after a monster O’Grady brace and eventhough Grenagh pointed to make it a 7 point game, Grenagh came searching for a much needed goal but Shamrocks battled away, kept them out and took the spoils in the end. The noise generated by the Shamrocks crowd really drove the lads on in the second half in particular.


Both teams go forward to play in the County Section at a later date – Shamrocks play St Patricks from West Cork


Panel: C. Scrievn, J. Lynam, D. Barry, R. Meighan, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keeffe, A. O’Grady, S. Flavin, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, M. Fleming, D. O’Sullivan. Subs: S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, D. Allen, C. Hayes (inj)


Winning Panel V Grenagh, 12/9/16. Back row, l to r: Kieran Lynam, Kevin O'Grady, Peter Crowley (all mentors), Liam Shanahan (chairman Rebel Óg East), Damien Allen, James Lynam, Cillian Hayes, Daniel O'Mahony, Ruairí Meighan, David O'Sullivan, David Barry, Criostóir Corkery, Cormac Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Matthew Fleming and three mentors Dick Andrews, David Nolan and John Jordan. Front row, l to r: Cathal Murphy, Shane Downey, Chris Hayes, Andrew O'Grady, Joseph O'Keeffe, David Andrews, Shane Flavin.

Winning Panel V Grenagh, 12/9/16. Back row, l to r: Kieran Lynam, Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley (all mentors), Liam Shanahan (chairman Rebel Óg East), Damien Allen, James Lynam, Cillian Hayes, Daniel O’Mahony, Ruairí Meighan, David O’Sullivan, David Barry, Criostóir Corkery, Cormac Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Matthew Fleming and three mentors Dick Andrews, David Nolan and John Jordan. Front row, l to r: Cathal Murphy, Shane Downey, Chris Hayes, Andrew O’Grady, Joseph O’Keeffe, David Andrews, Shane Flavin.

U14 CFC Final V St Vincents – 11/9


St Vincents 7-10, Shamrocks 4-5


The strong favourites St Vincents made no mistake over a gallant Shamrocks team in Passage on Sunday afternoon in the championship final. Shamrocks just cant seem to get the better of Vincents in 2016, this was their 4th out of 4 wins in a row over this Shamrocks team, two in football and wo in hurling. This was by far teh biggest clsh of teh two and looking at teh scoreline, one might be forgiven for thinking that it was one way traffic but it wasnt – the Shamrocks team were outstanding to a man and battled all day long in the muck, rain and wind and made Vincents battle for every inch of ground all day.


Drama before the game as the small goal posts were blown over by the very strong wind blowing right down the pitch. Luckily, nobody was on the field at the time but after much debate between the management of both teams, it was decied to go ahead with the game but to remove the small goals, play the full pitch and go from twelve a side to thirteen a side. It was the right thing to do and it had no effect on the outcome.


Shamrocks played with the wind early on and needed a big lead. They were straight into action on the scoreboard. The forwards were clicking nicely and started to score. Harry Andrews was on fire inside and he had 1-3 from play inside the first 10 minutes. Vincents broke away for a goal which was to keep them in it somewhat but Shamrocks controlled it there after and delivered some great scores, none more so than the 3rd goal which was a full pitch lenght move where the ball was worked through many pairs of hands before the ball was fed to the onrushing Sean Andrews who buried it high into the Vincents net. A superb team goal and Vincents were in trouble. This was 10 minutes before HT and Shamrocks led 3-5 to 1-0 with the big wind. However, the next 10 minutes proved to be the key part of the match as Vincents attacked, scored and proceded to win every Shamrocks kickout against the wind, setting up their inside forwards who bagged a priceless 2-4 in the lead up to haltime. All the hard work Shamrocks had done was blown away in the wind. HT they led by only a point, 3-5 to 3-4 with a mountain to climb.


Shamrocks held out and fought hard for the first 10 minutes against the wind and hill but the inevitable happened 10 minutes in. Vincents had gone ahead 3-7 to 3-5 at this point but the first goal was always going to be teh defining moment and once it came, the heads dropped a bit. Another soon followed and such was the struggle against the wind, that really was it with 15 minutes to go. Shamrocks emptied the bench and brought on all their subs, who all performed well for such a young age, Rebert Barrett scored the only Shamrocks goal in the second half. St Vincents used the wind advantage to tag on more points and goals while the Shamrocks lads on duty never threw in the towel.


Overall, a fully deserved win for strong favourits St Vincents but Shamrocks gave them plenty to think about along the way. The Shamrocks players had a great run in the East championship with a very young team and things are certainly better at this end of the year than say seven months ago. This was the u14s 23rd match of the year. Well done to all the players on a great year so far and to the mentors Pa Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty, John Jordan and Catherine Sisk on communication. Thanks also to the parents and supporters who braved the elements to roar on the lads. The season is not over with at least 2 more games to go.


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


East U14 CFC Final V St Vincents, in Passage, 11/9/16. Back row, l to r: Michael Foy, Shane Darcy, Cian O'Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Philip Dorney, Dylan Gregson, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, John Coleman, Adam McSweeney. Front: Aiden Brady, Eoin O'Flynn, Tim Sheehan, Adam Maye, Daniel O'Brien, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Derry Howard.

East U14 CFC Final V St Vincents, in Passage, 11/9/16. Back row, l to r: Michael Foy, Shane Darcy, Cian O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Philip Dorney, Dylan Gregson, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, John Coleman, Adam McSweeney. Front: Aiden Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Tim Sheehan, Adam Maye, Daniel O’Brien, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Derry Howard.

JAFC Semi Final V Ballymartle – 10/9


Shamrocks 2-7, Ballymartle 1-8


It will be a repeat of the 2015 final between Shamrocks and Ballinhassig after Shamrocks just about got the better of Ballymartle on Saturdfay night in Belgooly. This was a low scoring, bruising encounter and it was only with 7 minutes to go that Shamrocks went into the decisive lead. Shamrocks will know a repeat of this performance against the current holders will not do at all.


Ballymartle played with the strong breeze in half number 1 and opened the scoring. Shamrocks leveled and looked the better team playing against the breeze. They went a goal up 1-2 to 0-2 after 8 minutes and were in control. Ballymartle battled back into the game and approaching HT were 1-3 to 0-5 behind. With the second last kick of the half, they got a real boost when a free from way out the wing ended up in the Shamrocks net. 1-5 to 1-3 at halftime for Ballymartle.


Shamrocks played with the wind in half number 2 but took an age to get going. Ballymartle offered up serious resistance around the middle of the field in particular. The teams traded points every so often and the margin was one point with 7 minutes to go when Shamrocks capitalised on a Ballymartle slip in defence and scored a goal to not only put themsleves in front by two with time running out but to drag their perfornmance off the floor. Ballymartle brought it back to one but Shamrocks pushed it out to two again and the defence held on in the frantic last few minutes.


Captain Barry Mulqueen talks to the players in the pre match huddle

Captain Barry Mulqueen talks to the players in the pre match huddle