Sports Award for John Twomey – Jan 2020
JAFL V Ballygarvan – 26/1
Shamrocks started their season with defeat on Sunday morning in Ballygarvan, 4-10 to 1-7. They were short key players but the players on show battled hard throughout. Training continues.
MFL DÓM V Ballinhassig – 22/2
Ballinhassig 8-6, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-4
A typical start of season game played in heavy conditions. For many, this was their first game playing for Diarmuid Ó Murchús and despite an encouraging first half, it showed in the performance.
Ballinhassig led 3-3 to 2-0 at half time, having played with the strong wind. Ó Murchús were reasonably happy with that scoreline as they turned to play with the wind. However, nothing went right for them as Ballinhassig took over completely and Ó Murchus were under constant pressure from the throw in. The goals flowed and it was all over. The 12 men (down a player due to injury) simply had no answer in the second half. Still, the season is up and running and the teams performances will only get better. Michael Nugent and Shane Darcy got the Ó Murchús goals in the first half.
Players on duty – D. O’Brien, C. Herlihy, O Merchant, A. McSweeney, A. Power, R. Keal, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, A. Maye, C. Finn, C. O’Flaherty, H. O’Connell, M. Nugent
JAFL Shamrocks v Ballymartle – 27/2
Shamrocks 0-14 V Ballymartle 0-4
Last night (Thurs) we headed to Riverstick to take on Ballymartle under lights in their 2nd Pitch. We had a tremendous turnout of Players (22), great even to see Roy Twomey there, though carrying an injury. It all adds to the support that exists this year for our strong panel. Some serious players were also unavailable for this tie.
The Selection team of Dave O’Neill (Manager), Pat Mc Carthy, Dick Andrews and John(Socket) Twomey were busy and under pressure to name the starting 13, with 8 subs who could equally have started. There was a great expectant buzz as we headed out. It was great to see that all of the Hurling management were there to support the lads as well. Echoing our Chairman Kieran Lynam’s insistence that we are all together this year for the Players.
It was a great clear, chilly night for football, on a firm surface. The fall of ground in that pitch (the one we all played on over the years) is quite pronounced and we were against it in the first half. The team that started was as follows: J. Wilson(Keeper), N.Hayes, S.Kidney. B.Scannell,M.Hitchmough, S. Andrews. Coby O Grady, Alan McCarthy. Cillian Hayes, D.Andrews, D. Scriven,A. O’Grady, C. O’Neill. It was tough defending that led us to be ahead at halftime on a scoreline of 0-2 Ballymartle, 0-4 Shamrocks. Definitely our Fitness showed in the 2nd Half. Coby was outstanding at midfield; our forwards combined well, and some serious defending kept them at bay. All our Subs came on and contributed to maintaining our Tempo. Jack made a vital save to keep that distance between the teams.
Subs: J. Tuohy, T. Murphy, J. Lynam,S. Collins,S. Downey, S. Hurley,D. Barry and C. Kidney.
Great satisfaction all round. It is going to be a serious competition for places on this team. Showing commitment at Training is going to have a serious impact. The Brent Geese outside Gobby and Monkstown Creek will head back to the Arctic this week..but our season is about to get more serious over the next few weeks. Just a note to our Hurlers, plans are almost ready to get us up and running.
MFL DÓMs v Grenagh – 1/3
Grenagh 4-10, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-9
A second loss in a row but a much better turnout and performance. Grenagh were a good footballing side and deserved their win but the Ó Murchús lads played their part in a fine game of football that was played on two pitches in Crosshaven!
Grenagh had an early goal from their dangerous full forward line and despite a reply from Harry Andrews (who did most of the scoring), Grenagh pushed on before half time and led 3-4 to 1-2 and had a nice cushion as the teams changed pitches.
The concession of an own goal didnt help Ó Murchus on the scoreboard but they finished strong with a few nice points from play. An encouraging performance and a step in the right direction from the lads in what is a learning curve with everyone with this new team.
Panel on duty: D. O’Brien, R. Keal, C. Herlihy, A. Power, F. Herlihy, P. Cotter, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, H. O’Connell, C. Deane, S. Andrews, M. Sisk, A. Maye, H. Andrews, R. Twomey, D. Ryan, P. Murphy.