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Co FC Semi Final V Adrigole – 19/11

 

Adrigole 5-8, Shamrocks 3-11

 

Shamrocks bowed out of the county championship on Sunday afternoon in Kilmichael. This game could have gone either way after 60 minutes of pulsating football played out between 2 evenly matched teams but Adrigole gained momentum in the last 5 minutes with two goals after a few breaks had gone their way. However, the Shamrocks lads lost nothing in defeat and can look back on the year with great pride for all their efforts.

 

Both teams enjoyed periods of dominance over the other throughout the game. The first half was straight forward enough – Shamrocks were the better team in the opening 15 minutes while Adrigole were the better team in the second 15 minutes. In the Shamrocks period of dominance, Derry Howard and Mark Sisk scored goals while Cian O’Flaherty and Shane Darcy from frees were the main Shamrocks scorers. However, at this point the Shamrocks captain Harry Andrews had to go off injured and this didn’t help matters – Shamrocks couldn’t build on their early 5 point advantage and Adrigole, through good football and strong running, got on top and went in at HT leading 3-3 to 2-3. All to play for in the second half.

 

The Shamrocks lads played up the slight hill in the second half and things started to get very exciting. They threw everything at Adrigole and scored 3 points to level the game up half way through. Adrigole went a point ahead but then Shamrocks scored a great team goal from dangerman Cian O’Flaherty and Shamrocks led by 2 points with 8 minutes to go. A few bewildering decisions baffled both sides and Shamrocks lost focus. Adrigole levelled matters with a goal of their own. Momentum seemed to swing their way and a controversial goal won it straight after, despite a last gasp Shamrocks effort to force extra time. It just wasn’t to be. The very best of luck top Adrigole in the final.

 

Thanks to all our players for a great year – they exceeded expectations no doubt. Thanks to their parents who drove all over the county in support. Thanks to the management team of Pa Andrews, Dick Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty and Seán Kideny, assisted as always by John Jordan for their efforts with the team throughout the year. Its important that this team stay together and that was the final message from the mentors in the dressing room after the game. See you all in 3 months time.

 

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

 

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Shamrocks V Adrigole, Semi Final County Champ, 19/11/17

U14 Co FC Quarter Final V Carraig na bhFear – 12/11

 

Shamrocks 2-13, Carraig na bhFear 2-6

 

Shamrocks are into the semi final of the B2 Football Championship after this deserved win over Carraig na bhFear in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon. The game proved a tough one but Shamrocks always led and were comfortable enough in the end.

 

Shamrocks elected to play with the strong breeze in the first half and they went in leading 0-10 to 0-1 at HT, after dominating possession and getting some scores from Cian O’Flaherty, Mark Sisk, Derry Howard, Shane Darcy and Eoin O’Flynn. Carraig na bhFear werent going to lie down without a fight and made life difficult for Shamrocks in the second half; they scored 0-2 without reply before adding a goal to leave 4 points between the teams after 10 minutes of the second half.; however, Cian O’Flaherty scored a viatl goal almost sraight away and with the wind having eased a bit, added another 1-1 before Carraig na bhFear added a furtehr goal. However, Shamrocks held on for a merited win. Well done to all the players on a great performance.

 

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

U14 FC Final V Tracton – 28/10

 

Shamrocks 5-13, Tracton 3-6

 

Shamrocks captured the B2 West title in Minane Bridge on Saturday afternoon with a deserved win over the hosts. Shamrocks were the better team throughout and controlled the game from the start.

 

Derry Howard scored an early Shamrocks goal and this set the tone for the afternoon. Shamrocks added on some points and were in control 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. They added a further goal from a Cian O’Flaherty penalty before Tracton played their best football of the game to bring the margin back to 4 points at HT, 2-4 to 0-6.

 

Shamrocks reasserted their superiority on the resumptiomn and this is where the game was won. Cian O’Flahertys goal from the throw in was followed up with 3 quick points and Shamrocks had an 11 point lead. The backs were playing great stuff and allowed Tracton only a few glimpses of the goals that they badly needed. Further goals from the flying Derry Howard and the hard working Mark Sisk copperfastened the result, along with points from Harry Andrews, Adam Maye and Jack O’Leary.

 

Well done to all the players, parents, supporters and mentors on a job well done; onto the county championship now.

 

 

Panel: D. O’Brien, P. Dorney, F. Herlihy, D. Carroll, A. McSweeney, J. Coleman, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, D. Howard, C. O’Flaherty, A. Maye, H. Andrews (capt), T. Sheehan, A. Brady, J. O’Leary, E. O’Flynn, J. Bartlett, R. Barrett.

 

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Winning FC Panel V Tracton, 28/10/17. Back Row, l to r: J. Jordan (mentor), C. Coleman, J. O’Leary, F. Herlihy, D. Howard, S. Darcy, P. Dorney, M. Sisk, T. Sheehan, J. Coleman, C. O’Flaherty, A. McSweeney, J. O’Flaherty (mentor), D. Andrews (mentor). Front, l to r: A. Brady, J. Bartlett, D. McCormick, E. O’Flynn, D. O’Brien, H. Andrews (capt), R. Barrett, A. Maye, D. Carroll. Not included is manager Pa Andrews who took the photo!

U12 FL Final V Lee Gaels – 15/10

 

Shamrocks 1-10, Lee Gaels 1-7

 

Great scenes of joy were witnessed in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon! After a rousing contest which was in the balance right up to the final whistle, Shamrocks emerged as deserved victors. The inclement weather did not in any way take from the performances of both teams. Lee Gaels had travelled to us earlier in the year and were soundly beaten. We had heard on the grapevine that a number of their players were unavailable for that fixture and knew that they would be vastly improved on this occasion. They did not disappoint!

 

They took the game to us from the start and picked off two very well worked points early on. Our lads took a while to get going but for some strong defending, we would have been in serious trouble. We gradually came into the game and got the scoreboard moving.
We were not a clinical in front of goal as we were in the semi-final; as a result we were never able to open a sizable lead. We had a 1 point lead at the break – 0-5 to 0-4.

 

The management took the half time break to try and compose the lads, who were strangely subdued. These are normally a noisy, busy bunch but we felt that the occasion was overpowering them. The second half started like the first. Our opponents took the game to us and scored a goal straight away. Things did not look good but at least we had time to rectify the situation.

We again crawled our way back into the game and a stunning goal from Dara McCormick gave us a lead we never surrendered. The last quarter was end to end, with many chances being created and missed by both teams. The excitement on the bank was to behold and I’m completely convinced that our supporters pushed us over the line!

 

A major plus for us was the performances of our younger players. Cian Lynch contributed 2 points, Cathal O’Donovan with 1 point. I don’t think anyone ran more than Ewan Clarke! Barry O’Mahony took over seamlessly from him late on. Zach Coughlan lasted the full game as did Kieran May and their contributions were huge – well done lads. Sam Foy took over midfield duties from his brother towards the end and played wonderfully well as he has all season. It must be said that our experienced campaigners all stepped up be it in the backs, midfield or forwards – they know who they are and a big well done!

 

Aaron Clarke suffered a nasty ankle injury during the game and is in a boot for the next couple of weeks – speedy recovery Aaron and congratulations on a fine season. To our loyal supporters, thank you most sincerely for your efforts all year and we were delighted to finish the season with a trophy for ye all! 

 

I have to mention our manager/ coach – Stephen Keane assisted by Seamus O’Flynn. There is no doubting those two mens dedication and drive without which this season would have ended a long time ago. 

 

Our captain, Eoin O’Flynn, accepted the winning shield on behalf of the team from Patrick Andrews, stepping in for the Rebel Og East Chairman, Liam Shanahan, otherwise engaged. This was our last U12 fixture of the year and what a year it has been! 

 

Panel:Josh Bartlett, Kieran May, Robert Barrett, Zach Coughlan, Aiden Brady, Ewan Clarke, Michael Foy, Dara McCormick, Ferdia Hayes, Aaron Clarke, Sam Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian Lynch, Cathal O’Donovan, Barry O’ Mahony, Conor Coleman, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Shane O’Mahony, Evan Twomey, Harry O’Leary.

 

The victorious u12 Football Panel after beating Lee Gaels in the final in Shanbally, 15/10/17.

U8 Football Blitz – 14/10

 

Question – Who were the first team from Shamrocks to play in the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh? Answer – The U8 Footballers!!

 

Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted Saturday morning’s Monster Football Blitz. Over 170 Football Teams were registered to play at this magnificent venue during the day,
Huge credit to Colm Crowley, Paudie O’Brien, Sean Crowley et al for running an event of this size without a hitch. In fairness the players, mentors and supporters made life a bit easier for them by complying with their instructions during the day.

 

The blitz was played on the outer all weather pitch and the surface was immaculate. Shamrocks had 14 mighty men with them and were able to enter two teams. Grandparents, parents, relatives and friends were able to view proceedings from the elevated viewing area which added to the atmosphere. We played great football during the morning taking on the likes of Diarmuid O’Mathuna’s from West Cork, Whitescross, Courcey Rovers and Castletownroche from North Cork. Victories were recorded against all.

 

This was a thank you to all the players who had turned out for us during what has been a hugely satisfying and enjoyable season. Thank you to all our supporters for their encouragement during the morning and indeed during the season. This was our last U8 Football Blitz of the year.

 

Panel: Calum O’Neill, Shane O’Flynn, James Keane, Donal Herlihy, Seamus O’Mahony, Ryan Doolan, Billy Hanna,Ollie O’Brien,Calum Fitzgerald, Sean Og Lynch, Bradley Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Cotter, Gearoid Cotter & Patrick Keane.

U8 Footballers on the outside pitch at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, 14/10/17

U12 HL Final V Ballinora – 8/10

 

Ballinora 3-10, Shamrocks 1-11 AET

 

Ballinora hosted this very enjoyable hurling final last Sunday. Shamrocks had beaten the hosts earlier in the regular season and knew that the home team had revenge on their minds.
Nevertheless, we started well and had a couple of points on the board which settled us. The home side came into the game as the half wore on and it was tit-for-tat on the score board up to half-time.
H-Tscore – 4 points each.

 

The second half took the pattern of the first half and scores were scarce. We felt that a goal was going to settle the game and when a rather fortuitous goal was scored by he home side, things did not look good for us.
However, showing composure way beyond their years, our lads took the game by the scruff of the neck and with the last puck of normal time leveled the match.

 


Extra time – 10 minutes each way –  beckoned and we felt that the impetus was with us as we had finished strong in normal time. The first half of ET was nip and tuck. Ballinora scored another fortuitous goal and this gave them a huge boost. They followed this with a point and now we were really struggling. The second half of ET began and again our fellas rallied but found scoring difficult. We conceded a third goal but replied with one of our own immediately. The game finished with Shamrocks on the attack which says everything about the character of this team.

 


To be fair, Ballinora were better than us on the day but there is very little between these two magnificent teams. The  Shield was presented to the winning Ballinora captain by the Chairman of the East Board, Liam Shanahan (a proud Shamrock!). Liam commented very positively on the quality and standard of hurling by both teams.

 

Our hurling season is now over and has been very enjoyable. Whilst we would have loved to have won it out, it was not to be. Progress has been made and we now need to build on this. Huge shout out for the players who have been fantastic! Thank you to our supporters who have travelled the highways and byways during the year and have been 100% behind us all the way.

 


Panel: Sam Foy, Kieran May, Aiden Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Dara McCormick, Michael Foy, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Zach Coughlan, Josh Bartlett, Ferdia Hayes, Conor Coleman, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Barry O’Mahony, Cian Lynch, Euan Clarke, Shane O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary

U10 Hurling Blitz – 7/10

 

The Shamrocks under 10’s traveled to the village of Ballynoe to play our last 2 hurling matches of the season on Saturday the 7th of October. In a similar format to the football the week before the competition was run off in a blitz style with two semi finals, followed by a final and 3rd and 4th place match. Along with ourselves and the hosts St Catherines, teams from both Millstreet and Donoughmore were also in attendance. We were drawn against St Catherines in our semi final and having conceded some early scores in the first half we were left with a lot to do to get back in contention. A stronger performance from the Shamrocks lads in the second half saw us gain some ground on the home team,but we ran out of time in the end and victory went to St Catherines.

 

 

We were up against Donoughmore in the playoff game to decide 3rd and 4th place. They had also been defeated in their earlier match by Millstreet. We started the game well and had two excellent points on the board early, one of these was from a sideline. But Donoughmore rallied and had 2 goals and 2 points scored against us to lead 2-02 to 0-02 at half time. The Shamrock’s were asked to give it their all at half time and to put everything into their last half of hurling for 2017. They took to the field fired up and absolutely rattled the opposition. This was one of the best displays of hurling they played all year and ran out clear winners in the end.

 

 

A special thank you to all involved and helped out with the team this year in particular John Twomey, John Jordan, Seamus and Stephen. Thank you to the parents who are the best supporters in the country and a massive thank you to the under 10’s themselves who are a fantastic bunch of young lads and were always great ambassadors for the club. 

 

 

Team Sheet – David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Liam Dorney, Shane O’Mahony, Cathal O’Donovan, Barry O’Mahony, Seamus O’Mahony, Jason O’Driscoll, Shane O’Flynn, Calum O’Neill, Euan Clarke, Harry O’Leary, Cian Lynch, James Keane, Luke Jordan

 

U14 FC Semi Final V Kilbrittain – 7/10

 

Shamrocks 0-13, Kilbrittain 1-9

 

Shamrocks qualified for the B2 West 2 final with this exciting 1 point win over the home side on Saturday evening. Both teams were evenly matched throughout but Shamrocks showed great character by finishing the stronger when facing a 3 point deficit with 10 minutes left.

 

Shamrocks got the better of the first 20 minutes and led 0-6 to 0-1 at that point; however, the home side got the final 4 scores of the half to leave the HT score 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of Shamrocks. Shamrocks had a battle on their hands.

 

Kilbrittain slowly started to get on top in the 3rd quarter and a run of 1-2 without reply sent them into a 3 point lead. Shamrocks made a few switches at this point and their shape improved as a result. Shamrocks scored a point, Kilbrittain replied but Shamrocks finished with the final 4 points of the game, the last from a close in free, to qualify for the final against Tracton. Well done to the players who dug deep and thanks to the great travelling support.

U14 Football Challenge V Crosshaven – 3/10

 

With both clubs playing playoff games in the near future, Shamrocks and Crosshaven played out a useful challenge in the fading light of Camden on Tuesday night. There was goals aplenty throughout the contest after Shamrocks led 1-5 to 1-2 at HT. 

 

Shamrocks Panel – D. O’Brien, A. Brady, F. Herlihy, J. Coleman, A. McSweeney, P. Dorney, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, D. Howard, C. O’Flaherty, A. Maye, T. Sheehan, J. O’Leary

U12 FL Semi Final V Castlelyons – 1/10

 

Shamrocks 6-9, Castlelyons 2-0

 

Shamrocks came into this game this morning without having played football in some time. We were on red alert as our opponents were the only team to defeat us during the regular season.

 

We knew that a good start was hugely important as it would settle us down. In fairness, we started like a train and had a decent lead until conceding 2 goals before half-time.  We spurned a number of good opportunities during the first half but took heart from the fact that we were winning our battles all over the field. We took the opportunity at half time to refocus the lads and to let them know how well they were playing. We also let them know that with a little bit of composure, we would pile on the scores.

 


The second half started well for us and thanks to a number of soft goals, we pulled away from our opponents. To be fair to Castlelyons, they kept going and fought to the very end. They must be sick to death of us at this stage following our hurling victory against them last Friday week! We had fine performances all over the field; notably from a number of our younger players.

 

We have now qualified for the final of this competition; dates, venue etc to follow. Our aim at the start of the year was to try and get to the finals of both hurling and football competitions. Now that we have achieved this, we need a huge effort from everybody – not just the players – to try and win them. We had our biggest audience of the season today and it was great that the lads gave them a performance – thank you to all!
Our regular goal keeper, Josh Bartlett suffered a nasty leg injury during the week and we wish him a speedy recovery.

 

Panel: Sam Foy, Kieran May, Robert Barrett, Zach Coughlan, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Dara McCormick, Ferdia Hayes, Aaron Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn, Cathal O’Donovan, Conor Coleman, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Barry O’Mahony, Euan Clarke, David Davis-Taggert, Shane O’Mahony.

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