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MHL Final V St Vincents – 29/10

 

Shamrocks 0-19, St Vincents 2-11

 

Inside a short few weeks, the Shamrocks Minor team has won two League finals, football versus Tracton and hurling versus St. Vincents. Both games had a lot in common, the opponents were very formidable sides and it required huge commitment and leadership to reach the winners podium. These Shamrocks youngsters have what it takes and at Ballincollig’s magnificent playing pitch the city and South-East teams served up a late Autumn classic.

 

 
The opening twenty minutes was rather pedestrian and both sides showed signs of having not played hurling for several weeks. However, as each minute passed the tempo rose and at the break the teams were level Shamrocks 0-8 to St. Vincents 1-5.
 
 
The second half saw the intensity grow by the minute and scores were exchanged regularly. Shamrocks were three points in front and looking good when St. Vincents rattled in a great goal to make it all square. Then each side exchanged points to let it level 2-10 to 0-16 after sixty minutes. The Referee called for five minutes of added time. This put both sides to the acid test.
 
 
The city lads drew first blood with a well taken point but in return the O’Grady led team countered with three magnificent points and bag another great hurling title. The game was won and the faithful Shamrock following were in wild celebrations. Their lads had not let them down and gave them a great start to the October weekend.
Congratulations to all our brave and valiant Minor Players, their Coach and Mentors too, you have done our Club some service.
 
Team; Cormac Scriven (goal) James Lynam, David Barry, Joseph O’Keeffe, Rory Mehigan, Cillian Hayes, Mark Hitchnmough, Shane Downey, Andrew O’Grady (Capt.),  Christopher Hayes, Matthew Fleming and David Andrews.
Subs;  Shane Flavin, Daniel O’Mahony, Cathal Murphy, Damien Allen.

Co JAFC Final V Gabriel Rangers – 23/10

 

Gabriel Rangers 2-13, Shamrocks 2-7

 

Shamrocks wonderful run in the JAFC came to an end at the final hurdle as Gabriel Rangers made sure that West Cork won every single club championship available in Cork this with a fully deserved 6 point win over a Shamrocks team that were out gunned and out played for the most part but never gave up and played right to the final whistle. In reality, Gabriel Rangers were in total control of this game and only for 2 late consolation goals by Shamrocks in injury time, would have won by far more.

 

The strong easterly wind played a significiant part in this game. Shamrocks played with it in the first half and opened the scoring after 3 minutes through Cannice Caffrey. However, every score up to half time was hard worked as the dangerous Gabriels forwards opened up the Shamrocks defence with some slick passing and movement. Gabriels were the better team throughout that half as they dominated possession and led 0-9 to 0-7 having played against the strong breeze. Six different Shamrocks players scored in that high class first half when the game was at its most competitive. Such was the strenght of the wind, Gabriels went in at HT in the much stronger position.

 

Shamrocks needed a good start to the second half but the exact opposite happened. An early point for them was followed by a disaster of a short kick out to the Gabriels corner forward who fed the onrushing full forward and he slotted neatly past Fergus O’Neill. Game over 5 minutes into the second half, 1-10 to 0-7. Gabriels started played with style now and opened up more daylight with another 1-2 with 15 minutes left, 2-13 to 0-7. The scored 2-4 in 13 second half minutes just after the break to effectively end the tie as a contest.

 

Shamrocks were playing for pride at this stage and were in danger of not scoring in the second half. After both teams made 5 substitutions each, the last 15 minutes of normal time were scoreless. Shamrocks never gave up and scored 2 goals in 1 minute in injury time to leave a somewhat respectable score on the board. Andrew O’Grady and Alan McCarthy scored the goals.

 

While defeat was the order of the day, the club and especially the players and management can be extremely proud of their run this year. Its been a superb achievement to even win the divisional championship. Roll on next year already and thanks to everyone involved in this proud run. Best of luck to Gabriels in the Munster Championship V Mullagh from Clare. 

 

Team: F. O’Neill, M. Prout, S. Hurley, C. Kidney, M. Hitchmough, C. O’Neill, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, M. Jordan, J. Shanahan, A. McCarthy, D. Andrews, C. Caffrey, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – J. Browne, J. Tuohy, S. O’Neill, B .Sweeney, S. Andrews. Unused – S. Kidney, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, J. Wilson, C. Corkery, R. Twomey, D. Scriven.

 

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Shamrocks Co JAFC Final Panel, 23/10/16 - Back row, l to r: Chris O'Neill, Jack Wilson, Stephen Hurley, Jonathan Tuohy, Barry Mulqueen, Seanán Collins, Dave O'Neill, Mark Jordan, Cathal Kidney, Philip Brady, Alan McCarthy, Andrew O'Grady, Criostóir Corkery, Darragh Scriven, Cannice Caffrey. Front, l to r: Brian Sweeney, Fergus O'Neill, Joseph Shanahan, Seán Kidney, Jason Browne, Mark Hitchmough, Michael Prout, Stephen O'Neill, Roy Twomey, Senan Andrews, David Andrews, David Hayes, Darragh O'Sullivan.

Shamrocks Co JAFC Final Panel, 23/10/16 – Back row, l to r: Chris O’Neill, Jack Wilson, Stephen Hurley, Jonathan Tuohy, Barry Mulqueen, Seanán Collins, Dave O’Neill, Mark Jordan, Cathal Kidney, Philip Brady, Alan McCarthy, Andrew O’Grady, Criostóir Corkery, Darragh Scriven, Cannice Caffrey. Front, l to r: Brian Sweeney, Fergus O’Neill, Joseph Shanahan, Seán Kidney, Jason Browne, Mark Hitchmough, Michael Prout, Stephen O’Neill, Roy Twomey, Senan Andrews, David Andrews, David Hayes, Darragh O’Sullivan.

 

U10 FL Blitz – 8/10

 

Shamrocks travelled to kilbrittan to compete in the last U10 football matches for the season. They were drawn against Coursey Rovers in the first game and this proved to be a tough assignment. Courseys were a much bigger and physical team to us and this was the telling factor as they beat us by 5 points. All the panel played and accounted very well for themselves.

 

The 3rd & 4th place play off had us up against Sliabh Rua. This turned out to be a very evenly contest and only a kick of a ball separated the two teams in the end with Shamrocks winning on a scoreline of 1-09 to 2-03. The new format that was adapted by the board this year for the U10 hurling and football proved to be a great success.

 

Special thanks again to all the parents and guardians who without fail supported this group all season. Transport was provided by the parents. Great credit must also go to the group of players who will have a great future going forward if we can all stick together. The selection committee consisted of Andrew O Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Sean Kidney and Shane O Donovan. The time and effort they put in throughout the season is a credit to them. The club would like to thank them for this commitment.

MCFL Final V Tracton – 9/10

 

Shamrocks 2-9, Tracton 0-11

 

What a weekend of football its been in the club. The juniors qualify for their first ever adult county final in 85 years on Saturday and not to be outdone, the minor footballers add the league title a day later after this hard fough win over Tracton in Shanbally on the Sunday. Tracton had beaten Shamrocks in the championship earlier in the year so the team knew that only a top class display would suffice here and thats what they did just about in the end.

 

The first half was close all the way with play swinging up and down the field throughout. Shamrocks opened up with the first two scores but Tracton fought hard and kept in touch up until HT, where the score stood at Shamrocks 0-6, Tracton 0-4. Shamrocks had to play without captain Mark Hitchmough who received a black card after 20 minutes but despite this blow, they knuckled down thereafter. Among the Shamrocks scorers in the first half were David Andrews, Andrew O’Grady who was on form on the frees and Cillian Hayes.

 

Shamrocks started the second half like they meant business and struck for 2-2 in a devastating 6 minute period. First a quickly taken free on the 50 yard line was worked through 4 pairs of hands to Shane Flavin at the edge of the square and his finished smartly to the Tracton net. O’Grady and David O’Sullivan had scored points either side of that goal and next to follow was a David Andrews goal after his strong run. With 20 minutes to go, Shamrocks were in a strong position, leading 2-8 to 0-4. However, Tracton were determined that this wasnt going to be their lot and they stormed right back into the game and totally controlled the last 20 minutes. Only for some superb shot stopping by Criostóir Corkery in the Shamrocks goal and some heroic blockdowns, it could have been a remarkable comeback. After Tracton brought the score back to 2-8 to 0-10, Shamrocks finally managed to get a much needed score through Cillian Hayes 3 minutes from the end to seal the win. A great team performance overall once again from everyone.

 

Liam Shanahan, Chairman of Rebel Óg East, presented the league trophy to Shamrocks captain Mark Hitchmough after the game.

 

Team: C. Corkery, D. Barry, J. O’Keeffe, S. Downey, M. Hitchmough, R. Meighan, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, S. Flavin, D. O’Flaherty, D. Allen. Subs used – C. Scriven, D. O’Sullivan, J. Lynam, D. O’Mahony

 

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MCFL Winning Panel V Tracton, 9/10/16. Back row, l to r: C. Scriven, D. O'Mahony, J. Lynam, C. Corkery, D. Barry, R. Meighan, A. O'Grady, D. O'Sullivan, S. Flavin. Front, l to r: C. Hayes, S. Downey, D. O'Flaherty, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, J. O'Keeffe, D. Allen.

MCFL Winning Panel V Tracton, 9/10/16. Back row, l to r: C. Scriven, D. O’Mahony, J. Lynam, C. Corkery, D. Barry, R. Meighan, A. O’Grady, D. O’Sullivan, S. Flavin. Front, l to r: C. Hayes, S. Downey, D. O’Flaherty, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, J. O’Keeffe, D. Allen.

 

Co JAFC Semi Final V Cloyne – 8/10

 

Shamrocks 2-13, Cloyne 2-6

 

Shamrocks have qualified for their first adult county final since 1933 after this fully deserved 7 point win over Cloyne in Carrigtwohill on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Shamrocks controlled this game from start to finish and got their tactics and match-ups spot on, enabling them to control the tempo of the game, keep Cloyne at bay and then to play the ball and the game to their own strenghts.

 

Shamrocks were never behind and opened the scoring through the hardworking Joe Shanahan early on. They went ahead 0-2 to 0-0 soon after before Cloyne registered their first score. Shamrocks were playing with a plan and played some lovely football at times, using the open space of the huge pitch to their advantage. Cloyne won most of the kickouts in the first half through their greater physicality but Shamrocks never let that throw them and they kept feeding ball inside to the dangerous forwards after they patiently won it back. Cannice Caffrey kicked a couple of scores while Darragh O’Sullivan also got on the scoresheet. Shamrocks led 0-4 to 0-3 with 5 minutes to go to halftime.

 

This was the point in the game that Shamrocks put one leg in the final. They scored 2 goals in succession in the space of 2 minutes. First a Cloyne kickout was fielded by David Andrews who fed Joseph Shanahan who rattled the Cloyne net. 1-4 to 0-3. A minute later a high ball in wasnt dealt with by the Cloyne defence and Shanahan again fed the onrushing Darragh O’Sullivan who’s goalbound shot was deliberately blocked by a Cloyne leg. Penalty for Shamrocks – O’Sullivan dispatched it emphatically to follow up the earlier goal just before and Shamrocks were leading 2-4 to 0-3. Cloyne added a point to leave it 2-4 to 0-4 at halftime with Shamrocks firmly in the driving seat.

 

Shamrocks stretched their lead in the second half. They worked the ball into dangerous positions and all their scores, bar one, came from play. They went 2-8 to 0-6 ahead after further points from Shanahan, Philip Brady and David Andrews. Cloyne started to go for goals from this point but thE Shamrocks defence held firm. Shamrocks kept responding to Cloyne scores and at one point, with 11 minutes to go led by 11 points, 2-11 to 0-6 after further points from David Hayes, Shanahan and O’Sullivan. Cloyne got a goal back with 10 minutes left but Shamrocks tagged on a vital score straight away to keep themselves in charge. Cloyne did pepper the Shamrocks goal and were rewarded with a penalty for a non-existant footblock. The Rock Diarmuid O’Sullivan dispatched it to the net but it was way too late for them. Shamrocks played out the last few minutes to reach that elusive county final. A great team performance all round.

 

Shamrocks play the final against either Gabriel Rangers or Knocknagree on Sunday October 23rd in Páirc Ui Rinn at 2pm.

 

Team: F. O’Neill, M. Prout, S. Hurley, C. Kidney, M. Hitchmough, C. O’Neill, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, M. Jordan, J. Shanahan, A. McCarthy, D. Andrews, D. O’Sullivan, P. Brady, C. Caffrey. Subs used – A. O’Grady, S. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, B. Sweeney. Subs not used – S. Andrews, S. Kidney, R. Harrington, S. Collins, D. O’Neill, C. Corkery, J. Wilson.

 

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Co JAFC Semi Final V Cloyne in Carrigtwohill,. 8/10.16. Back row, l to r: R. Harrington, A. McCarthy, S. Collins, S. Hurley, B. Mulqueen, P'. Brady, B. Sweeney, C. Kidney, C. Corkery, D. O'Neill, M. Jordan, A. O'Grady, D. Andrews, J,. Wilson, D. O'Sullivan, M. Hitchmough. Front, l to r: F. O'Neill, S. Andrews, M. Prout, D. Hayes, S. O'Neill, J. Tuohy, C. O'Neill, C. Caffrey, S. Kidney, J. Shanahan.

Co JAFC Semi Final V Cloyne in Carrigtwohill,. 8/10.16. Back row, l to r: R. Harrington, A. McCarthy, S. Collins, S. Hurley, B. Mulqueen, P’. Brady, B. Sweeney, C. Kidney, C. Corkery, D. O’Neill, M. Jordan, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, J,. Wilson, D. O’Sullivan, M. Hitchmough. Front, l to r: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, M. Prout, D. Hayes, S. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. O’Neill, C. Caffrey, S. Kidney, J. Shanahan.

 

U10 HL Blitz – 1/10

 

The lads stepped up another grade on Saturday morning when we were pitted with Bride Rovers, Millstreet and the hosts, Whitechurch in the final u10 hurling matches of a great season.

 

The heavy pitch conditions and strong wind made it very difficult to play our usual high standard hurling. The first game against Whitechurch was very low scoring and it was the host team who prevailed at the end on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-02. The next game had us up against a much bigger and physical Milstreet team. We found it very difficult to find our range. The lads to their credit kept going to the end and never gave up. We lost out on a scoreline of 3-04 to 1-03. We fielded some of our U8 players and all the players got plenty of game time.

 

We travel to Kilbrittan next Saturday for the last football matches of the season. As usual thanks again to the ever reliable parents for the transport provided. The panel on duty were Cathal O’Donovan, Harry O’Leary, Barry O’Mahony, Euan Clarke, Josh Bartlett, Sam Foy, Kieran Maye, Darragh McCormick, Zach Coughlan,D avid Taggart, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Mahony, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Luke Jordan.

 

The U10 Hurling Panel in Whitechurch, 1/10/16

The U10 Hurling Panel in Whitechurch, 1/10/16

JAFL V Valley Rovers – 1/10

 

Shamrocks 1-10, Valley Rovers 0-13

 

Our final Junior Football League game was played in Brinny in glorious sunshine and it was a game which was contested by two evenly matched teams. A fresh wind prevailed and the home side had the advantage in the first half and led 0-7 to 0-3 at halftime. The second period saw Shamrocks very much to the fore and at the final whistle a draw was a fair result.

 

This match gave the Selectors an opportunity to provide game time for our substitutes who provide such a resolute backup to our championship team. The game was played from end to end over the hour and there was plenty of play and competition in all quarters.

 

Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, S. Hurley, R. Harrington, J. Tuohy, M. Hitchmough, J. Browne, M. Jordan, S. Kidney, D. O’Sullivan, P. Brady, S. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, B.Sweeney, S. Collins. Subs used – C. Corkery, A. McCarthy, D. Andrews.

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