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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.

U10 Football Blitz – 30/9

 

This very talented group of lads played their finals of the U10 football leagues in a rain soaked Mayfield on Saturday. We were pitted against the much fancied Fermoy team in the semi final with the winners playing either Crosshaven or the host club Mayfield in the final. We were soon under the cosh as the much physically stronger and older Fermoy team carved us open time and time again in the first 10 mins. The difference in size and age was all too visible from the start. None the less our lads accounted well for themselves and never gave up the challenge.  We were well beaten at the final whistle.

 

It was Mayfield who were our opponents in the 3rd and 4th place play off. Again both teams found it difficult to adjust to the elements. Mayfield started the more brightly and were leading at the half time whistle by five points. We regrouped and asked the lads to finish their football season on a high and they responded in fine style. We dominated possession in the second half and ran out winners on a score line of 3-06 to 2-04. Overall the football season was a great success. The players, teachers and parents deserve all the credit for preparing these lads for hopefully greater things to come. A special word of thanks to Shane O Donovan who managed this team and was present every weekend with them for both the hurling and the football.

U14 HC V Castlelyons – 25/9

 

Castlelyons 6-15, Shamrocks 3-6

 

Shamrocks were well beaten in the county quarter final of the county in Castlelyons on Monday night. Castlelyons had too much hurling skill on display for the Shamrocks lads who nevertheless battled away until the very end.

 

Shamrocks led by an early goal from Robert Barrett but things went badly wrong from 2 puckouts not long after – they went straight to the corner forward who buried them. Two gifts and Castlelyons were up and running. Shamrocks settled down somewhat thereafter with Adam McSweeney getting another Shamrocks goal but they were once again undone when Castlelyons scored 4 goals in 6 minutes. The game was effectively over at this point as there was no way Shamrocks were going to come back from 14 points down. At halftime, Castlelyons led 6-5 to 2-3.

 

Shamrocks played better in the second half and kept Castlelyons out from adding to their goal tally. The Shamrocks mentors had changed the whole team around after the goals went in and Adam McSweeney scored a lovely point to start the second half. Harry Andrews, injured since early in the game and operating at corner forward, scored a 21 yard free. Shamrocks had reduced the deficit to 3 goals but Castlelyons finished out the game with a flurry of points to move forward to the next round.

 

Overall, its been a good year for the team – the big problem is numbers and availability and at times it was hard, even impossible, to get momentum going through training. Hurling is a game that needs to be practised all year round, not from May to September which is what happened this year with the winter month being dormant – the players MUST practise at home from here until next seasons start. The management would like to thank the players and their parents and grandparents for their time and effort driving all over the county in 2017 in support of our hurlers. While the lads didn’t win any silverware, they have definitely improved from 2 years ago and that’s encouraging going forward.

 

Panel – S. Foy, A. Brady, F. Herlihy, P. Dorney, H. Andrews, M. Foy, M. Sisk, J. Coleman, D. Howard, T. Sheehan, E. O’Flynn, R. Barrett, A. McSweeney, F. Hayes, R. Bartlett, C. Coleman.

U12 HL Semi Final V Castlelyons – 22/9

 

A marvelous win for Shamrocks in Castlelyons in the league semi final. Shamrocks had come into this game in poor enough form following their last league game against Whites Cross. However, they produced their best form of the season to overcome a gallant home side.

 

Friday evening traffic meant that Shamrocks did not have ideal preparation and they started slowly.  However, they picked up the pace midway through the first half and despite floodlight failure, they went into the break 1-2 to 0-3 in front. An extended break followed and allowed the lads to refocus minds and they started the second half much brighter.

 

Scores were hard to come by but the free taking was unerring. Ferdia scored a vital goal midway through the half and this gave Shamrocks some breathing space coming down the straight. Some fantastic defending, where lads literally put their bodies on the line, kept out a barrage of attacks from the home side. A goal about 10 minutes from time for the home side kept Shamrocks honest to the end. Shamrocks last attack resulted in a third goal and sealed a memorable win.

 

Compliments to the home side who were magnanimous in defeat and also to the referee who could easily have  called the game off when the lights went out. Mention also to Stephen Keane who hurled every ball with the lads and has now been rewarded with a final versus Ballinora. Shamrocks had a very vocal support and this played a huge part in our victory – thank you all! A bigger than normal panel travelled and unfortunately not everyone got game time. However, all can take credit as if the lads on the line were not pushing the lads on the field, Shamrocks would not be where we are!

 

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

 

U12 Hurling Panel V Castlelyons, 22/9/17

 

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