Shamrocks 2-13, Grenagh 2-7
A quite incredible second half performance from Shamrocks got them their first win at under 12 this season. After playing so well in many games and improving without much success on the scoreboard, its nice for the lads who are putting in the effort to get a moral boosting win.
It was a game of 2 halves, dominated by the strong wind. Grenagh played with it to their backs in the first half and went in at halftime leading 2-6 to 1-1, Evan Seymour with the Shamrocks goal. It was a battling first half from Shamrocks who enjoyed plenty of possession and attacks considering the wind but shooting from 25 yards out was proving difficult. A few switches seemed to keep Grenagh from adding to their total; despite the 8 point gap and some silly mistakes which cost the lads 2-1, there was enough to suggest that maybe a comeback in the second half was on – it all depended on Shamrocks getting some early scores.
And did they what. Shamrocks owned the ball from the throw in and scored a cracking 1-7 in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Seán Andrews scored the all important Shamrocks goal that put them ahead for the first time, following a flurry of points from Dylan O’Flaherty, his brother Cian (moved out from goal) and Harry Andrews. Shamrocks were further boosted by some outstanding defending from Evan Seymour, Mark Sisks blockdowns and young but tigerish Fionn Herlihy. Robert Van Pelt showed safe hands in goal, while Jody Sisk was busy throughout, getting stuck in wherever needed.
Grenagh, after being stung by that blitz, realised that they were behind and came right back into it but further good work from Luke O’Driscoll, Keith O’Donoghue Howe who won good ball in the corner forward position and Shane Donegana who was always willing kept Grenagh to only a point. Shamrocks broke up the pitch and tagged on a few points, mainly from frees to close out the game. Sam Geary at corner forward also had a great second half.
This was the lads first win and hopefully they can kick on from it. They play Whitescross next Wednesday in a hurling league game, away at 7.30pm. Therefore, they will train on Monday at 7pm. With numbers tight, it was great to see practically everyone available ready for action and rearing to go in a Shamrocks jersey. Two players are currently on the injured list with hand injuries, namely Sean Browne and Dylan Gregson and the club wish them a speedy recovery and hope to see them back soon.
The Club’s biennial Golf Classic took place on the Monkstown course on Monday May 20th.
Shamrocks took part in a u10 Hurling Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning but unfortunately were beaten in their 3 games. However, for some it was their first ever hurling matches and no doubt hurling coaching will bring them on.
Thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Richard Murphy who are doing great work with this group.
St Vincents 5-13, Shamrocks 2-9
Shamrocks under 12′s made the trip to Knocknaheeny on Friday night and after a good display from our lads, had to give way to an older home side.
Shamrocks played some excellent football in the 1st half and deservedly led by 2 points at halftime. The homeside gradually got on top however in the second half – the Shamrocks lads made some slips ups in front of goal and they got tired naturally.
However, they are making great progress and the future looks bright for them. Our thanks to Aidan O’Leary and Dick Andrews who looked after the team on the night and to the parents who supported the lads and provided transport.
Whitescross 8-20, Shamrocks 0-3
Shamrocks lost out to unbeaten Whitescross on Sunday morning. While the scorline doesnt look good, the team are fielding and the players are trying very hard.
Full report to follow hopefully.
Shamrocks 2-14, Carrigaline 3-5
Shamrocks avoided elimation from the competition at an early date with a fully comprehensive win over Carrigalines second team in a match played in Camden in Crosshaven on Sunday morning.
If Shamrocks lost they were out because they played a Preliminary game earlier on. This was Carrigalines first outing, in the 1st Round proper so they survive to fight another day. However, Shamrocks wont care and this win opens up a window that may last until July, depending on results.
The game was dominated throughout by the fierce crosswind that blew right across the pitch and made football difficult, in particular at the start as the teams tried to adapt to the tough conditions. Shamrocks were first to score as Cannice Caffrey rifled over a point from play from a 20 yard angle out that was akin to a player shooting from way out the wing in normal circumstances, so bad was the wind.
However, Carrigaline struck for 2 quick goals, from long balls in and opened up a 2-0 to 0-2 point lead on 10 minutes. Even this early on, it seemed that Shamrocks were the better team and never panicked, always busy on the ball and threathening danger in attack. They scored a few points, again mostly from play, to come right back into it and lead 0-7 to 2-0, after 20 minutes. Their forward line was getting nice ball, direct and largely clever and with purpose. And they added 2 goals in the last 10 minutes of half time, first from Philip Brady (MOM) and secondly from Brian Sweeney who was excellent all through. Shamrocks now had a 2-7 to 2-1 lead and turned to face the hill in confident mood.
Carrig started well in the second half and added a few points to bring the gap back to 4, eventhough Shamrocks never really looked in danger at any second half point. They proceeded to kick some wonderful points, 5 in a row all from play, to open up a 9 point gap. They really were all excellent scores from Philip Brady, Brian Sweeney, Cannice Caffrey, Darragh O’Sullivan and sub Stephen O’Neill who was prominent when introduced. Philip Bradys scores were a thing of beauty and every single time he got the ball, he had the Carrigaline defence ringing the alarm bells.
Shamrocks were 10 points up, 2-13 to 2-3 with 10 left. Carrigaline did make a valiant effort in the last 7 minutes with 1-2 but it was all over at that stage.
Shamrocks will be happy with the rebound after the disappointmet against Tracton. 2-14, of which 2-11 was from play was impressive enough. When the forwards get good ball, they will trouble any defence with their skill and alertness. The whole side played their part today, including the defence with their ability to deal with the ariel ability of Carrigaline. With a few regulars to come back into the side like Michael Prout, Joseph Shanahan (just back from his travels) and Barry Mulqueen, not to mention Dave Hayes (both returned from Oz and was outstanding), the greens can look forward with confidence going forward. Shamrocks now have a break until the end of June/early July, depending on other results elsewhere.
Meanwhile its hurling training starting this Tuesday, 7.30pm. Ted Hanley Park.
Panel on duty – Fergus O’Neill (captain), S. Andrews, C. Brady, J. Tuohy, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, D. Hayes, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, S. Collins, S. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Brady, S. Keane, S. Downey, J. Raleigh, D. O’Neill, B. Cusack.
Shamrocks made trip to Whitechurch a successful one on Saturday morning by playing in 3 games and winning all 3 games.
Report to follow.