Monthly Archives: March 2017

MFL V Kinsale – 30/3


Kinsale 3-16, Shamrocks 0-4


Kinsale proved too strong for Shamrocks in the league at a wet Shanbally. Kinsale played with the strong breeze in the first half and effectively finished off the game as they led 1-12 to 0-1 at HT withtheir forwards scoring from all angles. Shamrocks improved in the second half but the damage was done and it was way too late for a comeback of any kind.

U14 F Challenge V Mayfield – 27/3


Shamrocks 5-11, Mayfield 3-5


A good run out for both teams ahead of the Féile as Shamrocks played some good football at times to take the win against B1 team Mayfield in Mayfield. Well done to all

JFL V Valley Rovers – 19/4


Shamrocks 2 – 10  Valley Rovers 1 – 9


The Club’s Junior Footballers collected another brace of valuable League points at Shanbally on Sunday last with a merited win over Valley Rovers from Innishannon.   A handful of Under 21 players who were involved in championship the previous day took part and acquitted themselves quite well.


The visitors possessed some fine footballers who by their skills and play demonstrated that they have operated on high levels in the past,  Credit our lads, they were up for the test and we experienced a very close and worthwhile game.    Goals win games, and we converted two beauties, a first half strike from Sean Courtney and second half one from Darragh O’Sullivan.
They came at the right time and instilled security in to our lads play.


We had to withstand a telling final ten minutes when the visitors set up camp in our half recording 1 -3 to bring them within striking distance, but the clock was not on their side.
It was good stuff for the Month of March and the Mentors can feel happy that things are beginning to move in the right direction.


Team; F.O’Neill. S.Kidney,  V.Hurley,  R.Harrington,  M.Hitchmough, C. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, M. Jordan, B. Mulqueen (Capt.),  J. Shanahan,  A. O’Grady,  D. Andrews, R. Twomey, D. O’Sullivan,  S. Courtney.
Subs; D. O’Neill,C. Kidney,J. Browne, S. Collins, D. Barry.     

U21 FC V Courcey Rovers – 25/4

Courcey Rovers 3-15 , Shamrocks 2-10


Shamrock suffered defeat in this first round tie at sunny Belgooly against a physically strong Courcey Rovers outfit. Shamrocks were slow out of the blocks in the first ten minutes and gave Courceys a head start of 2-2 to 0-0 before Shamrocks came up the field against the wind to register their first point. The first score settled the Shamrocks nerves and we began to play some decent football to pull the deficit back. Dave Barry was tasked with picking up Courceys danger man for the remainder of the hour and he did so with great endeavour and proved once again how good of a man marker he is. Shamrocks created three good goal chances in the last 15 minutes of the half but the Courceys defence stood firm and kept each one out. The teams traded points up until Shamrocks were rewarded for sticking to the task when Shane Downey blasted to the back of the Courceys net to get Shamrocks back in contention. Half time Score Courceys 2-9 Shamrock 1-6.


Shamrocks turned to play with the wind in the second half and needed a good start to eat into the Courceys lead. In the first minute, a long high ball into the square was fumbled by the Courceys keeper into the net to give Shamrocks the bit of luck that went against them in the first half. The scoreboard read 2-9 to 2-6, game on! Shamrock plugged away for the next 5 mins and needed a few points to keep momentum going but the Courceys defence again applied the pressure to limit Shamrocks to wayward shots. When Shamrocks had their luck at one end Courceys found it at the other end when a misplaced pass from a Courceys forward rebounded off his teammate into the path of the onrushing mid fielder who made no mistake in dispatching to the net. This was a hammer blow to Shamrocks who had done so well to get back in the game. Courceys tacked on a further two points to leave the score board reading 3-11 to 2-6. From then on Shamrocks were forced to create goal chances in a packed Courceys defence. Coby and Andy O Grady along with Cillian Hayes, Dave Andrews, Daragh Scriven and Shane Downey did their best to create opportunities but again the solid Courceys defence stood firm. We did manage to tack on a few points which is testament to the good attitude in this group of players who never threw in the towel.


Team (13 aside) Crisotoir Corkery, David Barry, Sean Kidney (Captain) Shane Kelleher, Mark Hitchmough, Joesph O Keeffe, Andrew O Grady, Coby O Grady, Cillian Hayes, Daragh Scriven, Daniel O Mahony, Davis Andrews and Shane Downey. Subs Ruairi Meighan, David O Sullivan, Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Brendan Crowley and Damien Allen.


JFL Shamrocks v Tracton – 26/3

Shamrocks 2-10 Tracton 0 -6


The Junior Footballers, despite tight numbers, made their visit to Minane Bridge a fruitful one and collected another brace of valuable league points.


For the second week in succession we put up a winning score of 2-10 and of course the goals were vital in securing victory long before the final whistle.


The opening half was poor overall and despite wind advantage Shamrocks led 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time. A few telling words from the Mentors and a more positive approach saw our lads play with real conviction in the second half. They were rewarded and outscored Tracton 2-4 to 0-3 despite facing a strong breeze. Well done to all on duty.


Team; F. O’Neill, J. Wilson, S. Hurley, S. Kidney, J. Tuohy C.O’Neill, J.Browne, M. Jordan, J. Shanahan, S. O’Neill, D. O’Sullivan, R.Twomey, S. Courtney, A. O’Grady, D.Andrews.

U10 HL V Mayfield – 25/3


Shamrocks u8 Hurlers travelled to St. Vincents on Saturday morning for their first hurling blitz of the year.
Nearly 300 children participated in this morning’s event, no doubt helped by the beautiful weather conditions.


We fielded one team and had 8 players in attendance. We were grouped with Douglas, Passage & St, Finbarr’s and were excellenet all through. Thank you to the parents and friends who travelled to support us.


Panel – Callum O’Neill, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Billy Hanna, Ryan Doolan, Donal Herlihy

U12 FL V Tracton – 18/3


Shamrocks 5-15, Tracton 1-3


Shamrocks travelled to Minane Bridge Saturday afternoon to fulfill our first league fixture of the season. Shamrocks ran out comfortable winners after a commanding display.
We won the toss and played against a significant breeze in the first half. We played sensibly into the wind with short hand and foot passes being the order of the day.
Our older lads led by example and despite a number of poor misses early on, we went on to score a respectable 2-5 against the wind. Half-time score – 2-5 to 0-3.


Shamrocks took over completely in the second half; scores came thick and fast. We had the luxury of withdrawing a number of our older players, allowing the younger ones to gain valuable experience.
The management were greatly encouraged by the performances of all the players, particularly those still eligible for U10 team. Scores were well spread throughout the team which was impressive.
We will meet more difficult opponents during the year but that is not to take anything away from Tracton who fielded a very young team themselves. We have a gap of over 5 weeks to our next game and we will try and arrange a game or two in the meantime.


Thank you to grandparents, parents, siblings and friend who travelled in big numbers – it felt like a home fixture!


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Kieran May, Robert Barrett, Sam Foy, Euan Clarke, Aidan Brady, Barry O’Mahony, Michael Foy, Ferdia Hayes, Aaron Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn, Zack Coughlan, Cian Lynch, Diarmuid Cahill, Cathal O’Donovan, Callum Gregson, Harry O’Leary, David Herlihy, Evan Twomey.

U16 FL V Ballinora -18/3


Ballinora 4-6, Shamrocks 3-4


Our captain Dylan O Flaherty deserves great credit for his time and effort in making sure that Shamrocks were able to field an U16 football team this season. We are short of numbers in this age group but Dylan got a team together and performed very well indeed. In fact with a bit more self belief and training this team can hold their own with some of the teams in the league. We started the game in good for and dominated possession for the first fifteen minutes. Scores were hard to come by for both teams. Some goalmouth action at both ends of the pitch just before half time saw Ballinora take a five point lead at the short whistle on a score line of 2-04 to 1-02. Again we started the second half in good form and found ourselves leading by two points entering the final ten minutes. Ballinora fitness then told and the scored two unanswered goals to leave them winning at the final whistle on a score line of 4-06 to 3-04. Again great credit is due to the lads who togged out for us. We had some U14 players playing and they accounted for themselves very well indeed. We also had two new players, Shaun Allen & Valdo Lawson starting and speaking with them afterwards they really enjoyed themselves. Our coach Alan McCarthy had great words of encouragement for the team and with a bit more effort in training will be of huge benifit to them.
Team, Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Dylan Gregson, Aaron Twomey, Shaun Allen, Ronan Connolly, Dylan O Flaherty, Andrew Egan, Sam Geary, Valdo Lawson, Daniel O Brien.


U21 BFC V Valley Rovers – 18/3


Shamrocks 2-9, Valley Rovers 1-11


Shamrocks came out on the right side of a bruising first round U21 football championship tie at wind swept  Riverstick on Saturday afternoon. Our opposition was the formidable Valley Rovers who have a pick of 40+ players for U21 competitions, versus Shamrocks 19. Nevertheless Shamrocks led by outstanding captain Sean Kidney stood up to the task and played some outstanding football at times and defended with great determination when required. Shamrocks played with the gale force wind in the first half up the hill at Ballymartles splendid 2nd pitch. We needed to build a big lead going in at half time and Andrew O Grady led the way with the first score after 25 seconds. As the backs stood up well to limit Valleys to wayward shots, the forwards responded at the other end with the first major marked by Brendan Crowley, a poachers  goal from inside the small rectangle. The second major was a splendid one, Mark Hitchmough released Shane Downey with a 40 yard pass in behind the defence. Downey who looked dangerous all day, collected the ball inside the 45 yard line, bore down on goal and fired a rocket to the roof of the net. Further scores were added by the impressive Cillan Hayes, Andrew O Grady, David Andrews and Downey to leave Shamrocks with a half time lead of 2-7 to 3 points.


It was always going to be a game of two halfs and script read that way in the 2nd half. When skill and invention was required in the first half, work rate, determination and heart was required in the second. The Valleys onslaught began in the second half and it was backs to the wall for this young Shamrocks side. Led by the acrobatic Criostoir Corkery who pulled off some great saves and the steely characters of Kidney and Dave Barry, Shamrocks stood up when needed. The half back line of Joesph O Keeffe, Hitchmough and Shane Kelleher carried ball forward when required. The O Grady cousins at midfield, Andy and Coby, compliment each other well. Andy the scoring chief coupled with Cobys outstanding work rate helped Shamrocks get a foot hold around the middle. Dave Andrews led the attack with intelligent running aided by two young minors Cillan Hayes and Daniel O Mahoney. Hayes popped up with an important score in the 2nd half one of two we managed to manufacture. The second was an unorthodox effort from Hitchmough but they all count at this level. Downey and Crowley were limited in terms of possession but they were not found wanting in terms of work rate. Shamrocks held out to record a one point victory and now move on to face the winners of Courcey Rovers and Crosshven next Saturday afternoon. The absent Darragh Scriven and the returning from injury of Ruairi Meghian, Damien Allen and David O Sullivan along with young Cathal Murphy and Shane Flavin will strengthen Shamrocks for the next round. The future is bright with this young Shamrocks squad. Shamrocks Abu ☘


Team.  C. Corkery, S. Kidney, D.Barry, S. Kelleher, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keeffe, C. O’Grady, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Andrews, D. O’Mahony, S. Downey and B. Crowley


U14 FL V Tracton – 14/3


Shamrocks 7-12, Tracton 1-5


Shamrocks got their season off to a winning start in Moinane Bridge with a big win over Tracton. Shamrocks got off to a great start and scored 4 goals in the first 7  minutes to give themselves a comfortable cushion. The rest of the half was more even as Tracton grew into the game. At halftime, Shamrocks led 6-5 to 1-4.


Both teams found time to get on the scoresheet in the second half but once Shamrocks opened the scoring, they never looked back. All 17 players played and made good valuable contributions and while the forwards did the majority of the scoring (all scored from play), it was a whole team effort from no 1 all the way to no 17.


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