Juvenile Reports

U16 FL V Tracton – 24/4


Tracton 6-7, Shamrocks 4-5


We traveled to Minane Bridge to take on Tracton in the U16 B1 football league. Again due to lack of numbers we had to rely on some of our U14s to help us out to full fill the fixture. The game started well for us and we were three points to the good after the early exchanges. Tracton the got on the score sheet with two points play and the opened up a bit of daylight between the teams when they scored two quick fire goals. We responded well and got a goal and a point before the half time whistle.


Both teams got early scores in the second half but Tracton then started to open up our very young defence and were finding scores a lot easier to come by than our forwards. To the lads credit they never gave up and two late scores put some credibility on the score board. We lost on a score line of 6-07 to 4-05. Great credit must go to our U14 stars who helped us out namely, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, and Daniel O Brien. A warm welcome also to Brian O’Leary who made his debut for us and showed some great skill and determination over the sixty minutes.


Team, Evan Seymour, Dylan Gregson, Jody Sisk, Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Adam McSweeney, Dylan O Flaherty, Aaron Twomey, Brian O Leary, Andrew Egan, Harry Andrews, Daniel O Brien, Shaun Allen & Sam Geary.

U12 FL V Lee Gaels – 24/4


Shamrocks 5-8, Lee Gaels 3-6


Shamrocks recent good form continued tonight with a richly deserved victory over Lee Gaels. We started brightly but could not register the scores to take control of the game. Again it took the shock of conceding a goal to wake us up and to be fair, we took over for the remainder of the game bar the last couple of minutes. We scored some fine points in the first half to level the scores before finding the net 3 times before half-time to take a commanding lead of 3-6 to 1-1 into the break.


We started the second half slowly and again conceded an early goal. However, we went on to score a couple of goals and points to ease to victory. We made a good number of changes where our younger players got a chance to shine. This will stand to us long term as the experience of playing at a higher grade and level will bring these lads on a ton.


We must mention that due to the non appearance of a referee, the Lee Gaels coach agreed to ref the match and did a marvellous job. We had our usual big support and thank you to all – the lads really appreciate your support. Our next match is a Football fixture away to Lisgoold this coming Friday evening and we would hope that everybody will make a big effort to attend.


We have won all of our Hurling and Football matches to date and we would hope to continue this run. Dara and Aaron picked up knocks during the game and we wish them speedy recoveries – Thanks to Elaine and Olivia for their assistance with the lads.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Kieran May, Robert Barrett, Aidan Brady (C), Sam Foy, Michael Foy, Dara McCormack, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Cathal O’Donovan, Ferdia Hayes, Charlie Nyhan, Euan Clarke, Cian Lynch, Calum Gregson, Harry O’Leary, David Davis Taggart, Zach Coughlan, Barry O’Mahony, Nigel O’Sullivan Kearney, Evan Twomey, Conor Coleman, Shane O’Mahony.

U12 HL V Castlelyons – 23/4


Shamrocks 4-3, Castlelyons 4-2


Shamrocks had a storming start to this game and had 4 goals scored by the 10th minute. We were playing against a slight breeze and drove the ball into the full forward line at every opportunity.
We won a lot of breaking ball and took full advantage of this. However, we took our foot off the accelerator once we had our goals scored and the locals tore into the game. By half-time, the gap was down to 1 point  4-0 to 3-2.


We took the opportunity at half-time to take stock and to try and re-energise the lads. In fairness, we started the second half well and by mid way had added 3 points to our half-time score.
However, from there to the end was all Castlelyons and our backs supported by our midfield and half forwards, defended gallantly. We conceded a goal near the end to reduce the margin to 1 point and despite a number of close calls, we held out for a hard earned victory. We were missing a number of our regulars today but in fairness a number of younger lads stepped up and played their hearts out. Not a stand out performance but a vital win nonetheless and we remain unbeaten after 3 games. Our next Hurling game is against Lisgoold this coming Friday and texts will follow with suitable information. Thank you to the parents and friends who travelled this morning.


This game was deferred from last Wednesday evening to accommodate Shamrocks – we are grateful to Castlelyons for facilitating us.


Squad – Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett (C), Kieran May, Ferdia Hayes, Euan Clarke, Aidan Brady, Dara McCormack, Eoin O’Flynn, Barry O’Mahony, Zach Coughlan, Cian Lynch, David Davis-Taggart, Harry O’Leary.

U8 Football Blitz – 23/4


Shamrocks U8 football team competed last Saturday morning in the blitz that was organised by our near neighbors Passage Gaa Club. Conditions were ideal. A large crowd was present as there were  teams from all over the county present. We fielded one of our youngest ever teams to compete at this level. First up was Eire Óg and soon after the throw in we found ourselves dominating the game and proved too strong for the opposition. We then played a strong Douglas outfit but again we found scores easier to come by than our opponents and proved worthy winners here again.


The last game was against the hosts Passage. This was a close encounter but our ability to get scores when it mattered proved to be the difference between the two sides. All off our eight players played the full matches and this be of great benefit to them going forward. Some off our more experienced players were absent on the day but the team managed very well without them.


Calum Fitzgerald played in goal for us and his younger brother Bradley made his debut when he played up front for us along side another debut star in Patrick Keane. Patrick’s older brother, James along with Calum O’Neill held our defence together and outstanding in the three games that we played. Billy Hanna and Donal Herlihy played together in midfield and dominated throughout the three games. Ryan Doolan was in great scoring form and his goals in attack proved vital on the day. Overall it was a great experience for this young team. Great credit must go to Passage GAA Club for the excellent facilities and organisational skills.


Thanks also to the parents for their presence and support. Special thanks also to Adrian Doolan who exchanged his soccer coaching duties for our National  games. His help on the sideline was much appreciated. Hopefully he’ll get the bug now and we will see him more often as a coach on the line with this team.


U10 V Passage – 9/4


Shamrocks 5-4, Passage 3-2


The Shamrocks under 10’s welcomed the under 10’s of Passage GAA club to Shanbally on Sunday the 9th of April for the rescheduled hurling league fixture. Passage brought a team of 14 players and a large group of travelling supporters. We also had 14 players available to us today including a number of our under 8 panel who are playing up an age level. 


The visitors started the better team and had a goal early on and continued to pile on the pressure with a number of 65’s. Thanks to the fine efforts of goal keeper David Herlihy and the full back line of Liam Walsh, Barry O’Mahony,Donal Herlihy, Shane O’Mahony and Liam Dorney Passage’s early dominance didn’t show on the scoreboard. The midfield trio of Luke Jordan, Cian Lynch and Jason O’Driscoll worked tirelessly to get the ball into the forwards of Jay Taggart, Callum Gregson, Harry O’Leary, Shane O’Flynn and James Keane. When we did break out of our own half and get the ball in to our forwards we were rewarded with two fine goals to keep us just about in touch at half time with a score of Shamrocks 2-0 to Passage 3-2.


The one thing our under 10 team doesn’t lack is courage and fighting spirit and the way they started the second half is testament to this. They set about eating into the Passage lead with a couple of early goals and the hard work of Jordan,Lynch, O’Driscoll and the two O’Mahony’s Barry & Shane,(not related) kept Gregson, O’Flynn, Taggart, Keane and O’Leary in the forwards well fed with ball. Passage were on the back foot and couldn’t get the ball out and our forwards made them pay for not clearing their lines. When the final whistle blew it was a final score of Shamrocks 5-4 to Passage 3-2. Well done lads, a mighty second half from all concerned. Now we have two weeks break for Easter.


Team Sheet : David Herlihy, Liam Walsh, Barry O’Mahony, Donal Herlihy, Shane O’Mahony, Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan,C ian Lynch, Jason O’Driscoll, Jay Taggart, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Harry O’Leary and Callum Gregson.

U8 Hurling Blitz – 8/4


A huge number of teams turned up for this morning’s edition in Ballygarvan. Shamrocks entered 1 team and performed very well against strong opposition. They played Valley Rovers, Crosshaven & Carrigaline and were unbeaten.It is great to see the younger lads getting more confident with each blitz. The older lads continue to improve and are pushing for starting places on a very good Shamrocks U10 team.

No blitz next week due to the Easter holidays but we’re back at it the following Saturday – venue and times to be confirmed. Thanks to all who turned up to support.


Panel – Billy Hanna, James Keane, Callum O’Neill, Shane O’Flynn, Ryan Doolan, Ollie O’Brien, Seamus O’Mahony, Callum Fitzgerald, Donal Herlihy & Patrick Keane.

U12 HL V Aghabullogue (B) – 8/4


Shamrocks 4-10, Aghabullogue 2-2


Shamrocks welcomed Aghabullogue to Shanbally on Saturday afternoon. This was game was nip and tuck for the first half. Shamrocks had the majority of the possession after playing up the hill with the wind.
A number of scoring chances were squandered early on but this did not deter us in any way. The lads stuck to their task and had a 6 point lead coming up to half-time only to concede a goal right on the whistle.
WThe mentors had a good chat at half-time and told the older lads to play with a little more belief in themselves. They are a confident bunch and knew that they had a lot more in them.


They started the second-half like a train and had the game sewn up within the first 10 minutes. Some of our play was exceptional and we took some fine scores. We were able to introduce some of our younger players and they all played very well. The older lads lead by example and pushed on at every opportunity. We conceded only one score in the second half playing against the wind which was a testament of the defending on show. Management were delighted with the result but know that stiffer tests lie ahead. The players are off now until 19th April but we would encourage all to keep practicing at home. We had 17 players togged out today and all got plenty of game time.


Thank you to all our supporters who turned up.


Panel – Sam Foy, Kieran May, Robert Barrett, Dara McCormack, Ferdia Hayes, Euan Clarke, Michael Foy, Aaron Clarke, Cathal O’Donovan, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian Lynch, Josh Bartlett, Barry O’Mahony, Conor Coleman, David Davis Taggart, Harry O’Leary, Shane O’Mahony.



U12 HL V Tracton – 3/4


Shamrocks 3-3, Tracton 0-5


Our first hurling league game of the season saw Shamrocks overcome a stiff challenge from the lads from Minane Bridge. We travelled with big numbers – 21 players togged out.
Thankfully, the weather improved at throw-in time but a strong wind favoured the home side in the first half.


We were slow to settle and were 2 points down mid way through the half. We had the majority of the possession but found it tough to breakdown the opposition.
We struck 1-1 before half-time to give us a 2 point lead to take into the second half.


Again we started the second half well but couldn’t put up the scores. Gradually, Tracton got back into the game and with less than 10 minutes to go, we were only 1 point in front.
Our lack of hurling training was coming against us at this stage but we showed great resolve and stuck with it. We got two lucky breaks towards the end which resulted in 2 goals and we were comfortable at the end.
This was a good, hard game – a number of our lads picked up minor injuries – and this will stand to us going forward. We were able to introduce a number of our younger players and the game-time will be of great benefit to them. We were rusty and have a lot to work on.


There are a good number of hurling games in this grade and I have no doubt that we will improve greatly as the season moves on.
A big support came out again tonight – thank you one and all. Our next game is a Hurling League game v Aghabullogue next Saturday 08/04 at 2.00pm – texts will follow shortly.


Panel – Sam Foy, Kieran May, Ferdia Hayes, Euan Clarke, Robert Barrett, Eoin O’Flynn, Dara McCormack, Michael Foy, Aaron Clarke, Conor Coleman, Aidan Brady, Cian Lynch, Cathal O’Donovan, Josh Bartlett, Zach Coughlan, Calum Gregson, Barry O’Mahony, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Evan Browne, Harry O’Leary, David Herlihy.

U10 FL V Sliabh Rua – 1/4


The Shamrocks under 10 footballers had a comprehensive win at home against Sliabh Rua in the league on Saturday 1st April. This was the boys first outing with the big ball this season and they carried on where they left off last year at this age bracket by showing a great work rate and attitude on the field. Even though the team haven’t had a football game since the end of last years season in October, there was no sign of it from the Shamrocks under 10’s. It has to be said that the time spent in Academy training every Friday night over the winter is paying dividends for this age group. There’s already a sharpness to their play that you might expect only after a couple of competitive matches.
We’re lucky to have strong numbers at under 10 and we had 18 players togged out against Sliabh Rua, this was helped by the addition of a number of our under 8 players who arrived after a morning spent at their own successful under 8 blitz. We played thirteen a side and all players got plenty of game time. Next outing for the under 10’s is an away football match against our near neighbors Passage on Tuesday night 4th April at 6.30pm. Players are asked to be at Passage GAA grounds for 6pm.

List of players from today’s game – Jason O’Driscoll, Calum Gregson, Evan Browne, Liam Dorney, David Herlihy, Jay Taggart, Matthew Nyhan, Barry O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary, Euan Clark, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Mahony, Liam Walsh, Luke Jordan, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Calum O’Neill, Donal Herlihy

U8 FootBall Blitz – 1/4


Na Piarsaigh GAA hosted this morning’s u8 Football Blitz.


Shamrocks had 11 players togged out including 2 of our younger group, Patrick Keane & Bradley Fitzgerald.

We played Lee Gaels, Na Piarsaigh & Delaney’s and performed very well against all three.


We have a nice blend of older and younger lads and all are well up to playing at this age group. We hope to bring more younger lads to the blitzes as the season progresses.

Thank you to the parents and siblings for travelling in big numbers to support the boys. Back to Hurling again next week – texts will go out during the week.


Panel – James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Callum O’Neill, Seamus O’Mahony, Donal Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien, Billy Hanna, Ryan Doolan, Callum Fitzgerald, Patrick Keane & Bradley Fitzgerald.