Monthly Archives: August 2017

JAFC Quarter Final V Ballinhassig – 29/8


Shamrocks 1-14, Ballinhassig 1-14 (Sun Aug 27th)


The first game ended in a draw in Ballygarvan after Ballinhassig made a strong finish to bring the game to a replay. Shamrocks led 0-6 to 0-1 after 10 minutes after playing some great football but Ballinhassig got right back into it with a goal. Shamrocks then scored a goal at the other end after a great move, finished by Cannice Caffrey. Ballinhassig finished the half stronger and that left the HT score at 1-8 to 1-5 for Shamrocks.


Shamrocks retreated into their own 45 in the second half, inviting Ballinhassig onto them and trying to cathch them on the break. The gap was at 4 points for most of the second half and with 10 minutes to go it was 1-13 to 1-9 for Shamrocks. However, Ballinhassig hit a purple patch and kicked over 4 points in a row from play to draw the game. Shamrocks went ahead late on from a Darragh O’Sullivan free but Ballinhassig didn’t give in a equalisied with the last kick of the game, which could easily have been a goal. It was too dark to play extra time so onto Ballygarvan again the following Tuesday night………


Shamrocks 2-13, Ballinhassig 0-11 (Tue Aug 29th)


Shamrocks rebounded better in the replay than Ballinhassig. Again, the pattern of the game was similar to the drawn game with Shamrocks racing ahead early on by 0-6 to 0-2 after some fine points from the forwards. The half back line were solid all through the game as well. The rest of the half saw the teams trade points. Just before HT, the real turning point arrived as the Ballinhassig centre back received a straight red card and it was advantage Shamrocks on the field and on the scoreboard, 0-10 to 0-7.


Again Shamrocks retreated into their own 45 and invited Ballinhassig onto them, causing a few uncomfortable moments as Ballinhassig brought the margin down to 2 points on 2 occasions. However, the goal Ballinhassig badly needed never materialised and it was Shamrocks who put the game beyond Ballinhassig with 10 minutes to go with Darragh O’Sullivans goal, 1-13 to 0-10. It really was game over at this stage and O’Sullivan added to his goal with another one 5 minutes from the end.


Players used over the 2 games: F. O’Neill. R. Harrington, S. Hurley, D. Barry, J. Browne, S. Kidney, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, A. O’Grady, D. Andrews, P. Brady, C. Caffrey, J. Shanahan, D. O’Sullivan, R. Twomey, M. Hitchmough, S. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. Collins, M. Jordan, N. Hayes.

U12 HL V Whitescross – 28/8


Whitescross 2-6, Shamrocks 1-3


Our U12 hurlers resumed after their summer recess with an away fixture with Whites Cross. We were very flat throughout this game and the home team deserved their win. Despite that, we had plenty of chances and could have won this game. In fairness to the lads, they kept going to the end and that is very encouraging.
Thanks as always to the grandparents, parents and friends who came to support us.


Panel – Sam Foy, Kieran May, Aiden Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Dara McCormick, Michael Foy, Robert Barrett, Conor Coleman, Cathal O’Donovan, Josh Bartlett, Aaron Clarke, Nigel O’Sullivan- Kearney, David Davis Taggart.

U16 FC V Kilbrittain – 28/8


Kilbrittain 3-10, Shamrocks 1-7


To follow

U10 HL v Crosshaven – 26/8


The under 10 hurling league resumed this Saturday when we welcomed Crosshaven to Shanbally to play an early morning fixture.


Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way as our young lads went down to a strong visiting side. At times we looked very good and put together some great passages of play, but our opponents had more great passages of play than we did and therefore had the better outcome. In fairness on the day Crosshaven deserved the win.


We will learn from this game as we have done from others over the season and come back the next day stronger. The most important thing is that we have a great bunch of young lads who are happy to get up early on a Saturday morning put on the Shamrock’s Jersey and always give it their best. Thank you John Jordan for taking on the referee duties for the morning.


Team Sheet – David Herlihy, Calum O’Neill, Euan Clarke, Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Mahony, Luke Jordan, Jason O’Driscoll, Harry O’Leary, Shane O’Flynn, Calum Gregson, Jay Taggart, Donal Herlihy, Ryan Doolan. 

MFC V Kinsale – 24/8


Kinsale 4-17, Shamrocks 4-6


No report available

U8 Hurling Blitz – 19/8


Our first blitz following the summer break took us to Togher, home of the famed St. Finbarr’s H&F Club on Saturday morning.Due to holiday commitments, we were short a number of our regular lads and travelled with six players. This did not prove to be a barrier as the 6 lads tore into the action from the first whistle and won all their games.


We played Youghal, Courcey Rovers and our near neighbours, Carrigaline. The lads that have stuck with us for the year to date have improved beyond recognition, particularly the younger lads. Well done to all.
Thanks to Andrew O’Neill, who once again stepped into the breech as our “young referee”!!No blitz this coming Saturday but we will be kept going from first Saturday in September to end of October between Hurling & Football blitzes.


Team – Calum O’Neill, Ollie O’Brien, Ryan Doolan, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy & Shane O’Flynn.

U10 FL V Passage – 19/8


Shamrocks V Passage


First match back following the summer break saw us head to Passage on Saturday the 19th of August to play a football fixture. Following our good run of form in the early part of the season we wanted to continue where we left off before the break. Earlier in the summer we achieved some good results and most importantly we did it by playing some very good football.


Saturdays game didn’t disappoint and the two teams served up a cracking match that was very competitive right to the end. The Shamrock’s boys started the stronger with Cian Lynch, David Herlihy and Shane O’Mahony winning good ball in midfield and feeding the forwards with some accurate deliveries. Before long Calum Gregson had a couple of well taken goals in the back of the net and Passage were rattled. Harry O’Leary, Jay Taggart and Jason O’Driscoll fought for every ball that came to them and the pressure was on the home team. When they did manage to break out our defensive line made up of Euan Clarke, Calum O’Neill, Liam Walsh and Shane O’Flynn kept the scores to a minimum. Donal Herlihy playing in goal was very solid.


The Shamrock’s led at half time and we knew to expect a resurgence from the home team in the second half. It did come and Passage got some scores on the board early to lift their confidence. Our young backs competed strongly and our keeper pulled off some outstanding saves. You could see that the home team were getting fired up and the home support were beginning to get excited. But when it mattered Shamrock’s would win the ball, carry it down the field and our forwards would bury it in the Passage net. That was the difference on the day,our ability to move the ball into a scoring position and take our scores when we needed to.


By the time the final whistle went neither of the two young teams on the field were sure who had come out on top, as they were so engrossed in the action. They crowded around the referee seeking confirmation of the result.News that Shamrock’s had come out on top was greeted with a huge roar from the players in green.


This was a real team effort from our boys and every one of them played their part. The amount of games they are getting at this age bracket is improving them all hugely. Consider the fact that a good number of this team will still be under 10 again next year and the future looks bright for the Shamrock’s club.


Team Sheet – Donal Herlihy, Liam Walsh, Calum O’Neill, Euan Clarke, Shane O’Flynn, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Mahony, David Herlihy, Jay Taggart, Jason O’Driscoll, Harry O’Leary, Calum Gregson.

JAFL V Carrigaline – 17/8


Shamrocks 2-7, Carrigaline 0-3


No report available

U14 HL Semi Final v St Patricks – 9/8


St Patricks 10-9, Shamrocks 4-11


Shamrocks were well beaten in this semi-final played in Shanbally last Wednesday evening. They were very flat all through and this may have been as a result of our exertions from the evening before. No excuses though – Shamrocks were outplayed, out-muscled and ultimately outscored by the West Cork combination (4 clubs) Shamrocks were very disappointed of course as we has finished the regular season unbeaten and top of the league.The lads showed commendable spirit as we never gave up and hit a score that would win most matches comfortably. But let’s not despair, we have Championship coming up and with some serious training, I’m sure Shamrocks can finish the season on a high. Numbers are tight and recruitment of players is a top priority.


Again, we had a great support on the night – thanks to all! Best wishes to John & Adam Mc who didn’t finish the game through injury. Special thanks to Dick, Pa & Jed for their great work during the season to date.


Panel – Sam Foy, Robert Barrett, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Harry Andrews, Aiden Brady, Mark Sisk, John Coleman, Derry Howard, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Ferdia Hayes, Adam McSweeney, Dara McCormick, Adam Maye.

U14 FL Final V Clonakilty B – 8/8


Shamrocks 7-9, Clonakilty B 2-5


Shamrocks scored an emphatic win over their West Cork opponents in Passage GAA last Tuesday evening. A huge downpour greeted both teams before the throw-in which made for tricky handling initially. Shamrocks settled early and went 2 goals to no score up after 2 minutes. They went on to dominate the first half and only for some excellent defending by Clon, they would have racked up some score. As it stood, Shamrocks led by 5-5 to 1-2 at the break.


We tired a little after the break which was understandable due to the massive effort in the first half. A series of substitutions probably disrupted our rhythm but all of the panel deserved to share in this well earned victory. Shamrocks won all our league games comfortably and were worthy champions. Great scenes followed the final whistle and our supporters came on to the pitch to congratulate the lads.


Simon O’Brien, representing the West Board, presented our winning captain, the excellent Harry Andrews, with the victory shield. This win is a massive boost to the underage club and hopefully we can replicate this success at the other age levels before the year is out. Well done to all of the lads, not forgetting the lads away, Tim, Cian & Philip, and also to the mentors/ coaches Patrick, Jed & Dick. Thanks also to Seamus and Peter who took the team in their holiday absence. Thank you to our great support and also to John Twomey (Shanbally) for photographing the event.


Panel – Daniel O’Brien, Fionn Herlihy, Michael Foy, Declan Carroll, Harry Andrews, John Coleman, Mark Sisk, Shane D’arcy, Derry Howard, Adam McSweeney, Adam Maye, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Aiden Brady, Josh Bartlett, Robert Barrett, Dara McCormick, Jack O’Leary.




Harry Andrews (capt) receives the league trophy from Simon O’Brien, ref and representative of the West Board