Minor Hurling League Final V Cobh – 19/10
Shamrocks 6-14, Cobh 4-12
A second final in two days for our young hurlers, and a second league title. The story goes on for the U16/Minors combination as a brilliant second half powered them to an 8 point victory over Cobh in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon in the Rebel Óg East C Hurling League.
Cobh could not have asked for a better start. They caught Shamrocks cold by scoring 2 goals and a point inside the first 4 minutes, without reply. Shamrocks were on the ropes but slowly grew into the game after that early setback. Andrew O’Grady was striking the ball sweetly from frees and he started the Shamrocks fightback by landing a few scores from way out the field. Cobh were still causing problems at the other end with their strong direct running at the Shamrocks backs that opened up the defence. But some of their attacks were thwarted by some last gasp defending which kept Shamrocks in the game, 2-4 to 0-5 behind with 10 minutes to the break.
Meanwhile, Rory Horgan was becoming a huge influence on the game at the other end, using his physicality to good effect to open up scoring opportunities for both himself and others. He really set the Shamrocks comeback ball rolling with a fantastic run and ground shot to the roof of the Cobh net after 21 minutes and then Andrew O’Grady picked up a loose ball inside the Cobh full back line and drilled another bullet to the Cobh net. After the early goals conceded, Shamrocks were more then happy to go in level at HT, 2-5 apiece.
Shamrocks were the better team in the second half, one that featured 8 goals and 26 points. Shamrocks went in front after an early Andrew O’Grady goal and they were never led after that. David Andrews was growing in influence out on the right wing and he knocked over a few points. Darragh Scriven then added another goal and Shamrocks led by 7 points, 4-10 to 2-9 with 15 to go. Cobh replied with a goal and a point to close the gap to 3 points. However, Shamrocks kicked on again and Rory Horgan scored a wonderful goal off his left side from 20 yards out lo leave Shamrocks 6 points ahead, 5-12 to 4-9 with 5 minutes left.
Once again, Cobh refused rto give in and scored 3 points on the trot to give themselves hope but Andrew O’Grady compltded his hatrick at the other end when his 3 minute free went all the way to the net, whether he meant it or not we don’t know. Shamrocks tagged on a pair of points from O’Grady again and Aonghus Boland.
Aongus Boland accepted his 3rd trophy this season from Ronan Cogan, representing Rebel Óg East. Ronan thanked both teams for a great sporting contest. Boland thanked the mentors, the players and the supporters for their support while praising the efforts of the gallant Cobh side. The victorious panel then went to the FBI for refreshments afterwards with their families and supporters. The club wish to thank the FBI for their hospatility once again.
Shamrocks have now qualified for the knockout stages of the County League. More details to follow. Well done to all on a magnificent victory. Its easy to forget that this same minor team played and lost a Minor Football Final only the previous Monday so for them to pick themselves up and perform at such a high level is just magnificent. Not to mention the U16’s who had played another final on Saturday!
Panel on the day – C. Scriven, D. Barry, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, N. Hayes, D. Scriven, A. Boland, A. O’Grady, C. O’Grady, D. Andrews, R. Horgan, C. Hayes, B. Crowley, S. Flavin, R. Mehigan, E. Desmond.
U16 CHL Final V Grenagh – 18/10
Shamrocks 2-11, Grenagh 3-7
Shamrocks pulled of a late victory over a battling Grenagh side in the final of the hurling league, in a game played in Grenagh on Saturday afternoon. Losing by 3 points having already played 3 minutes of injury time, Grenagh could be forgiven for thing that they had gotten revenge for both championship final defeats to Shamrocks over the past 2 months. However, as is the case so often this year with this Shamrocks side, they never gave up and first Christopher Hayes scored a spectacular equalising goal into the top corner of the Grenagh net and then 2 minutes later, in the 65th minute of this thrilling contest, David Andrews scored the winning point with the last puck of the game. Grenagh were absolutely deflated while Shamrocks were delirious with a win that seemed entirely out of grasp just 5 minutes previous.
Grenagh played with the aid of a gale force wind in the first half. Shamrocks more than held their own and Andrews up top was getting them the scores, mostly from play. Shane Flavin with the opening point and Andrew O’Grady with 2 frees also got on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Grenagh freetaker was on form and anything inside the halfway line he was pointing. There was never more than a point between the teams in that opening half. Shamrocks were more than happy to go in at the break leading by 0-6 to 0-5 with the wind to come.
Grenagh never lay down in the second half facing the breeze. They scored an early goal in the second half after a goalmouth scramble and led 1-5 to 0-6. Shamrocks tagged on a pair of points from David Andrews and Cillian Hayes. Shamrocks then got an Andrews goal 12 minutes into the second half and led by 2 points. We thought that Shamrocks would kick on from there but Grenagh themselves showed great heart and character playing into the wind. They were the ones who were doing all the hurling now and scored another scrambled goal midway through the second half to move a point up. Both teams cancelled each other out over the next 10 minutes without scoring. Shamrocks eventually equalised with 5 minutes remaining from an Andrew O’Grady free out on the right wing which he struck beautifully.
So entering the last 5 minutes of normal time, the teams were level. The next score was always going to be vital and the home team got it after the ball broke out to their half forward. He hit a rocket to Cormac Scrivens net. Into injury time now and Grenagh led by a goal. But there had been a couple of injuries in the tough conditions and there was time left. Shamrocks stuck at it and Hayes, just like last week in the football when he scored a beauty to the top corner from wing back, struck again to level it before Andrews scored the winner, mucsh to the delight of the Shamrocks players, mentors and supporters.
Ed Warren of Rebel Óg East complimented bith teams on an excellent game of hurling for this time of year, a game that could have gone either way up until the very end. He presented the Shamrocks captain, Mark Hitchmough, with the Rebel Óg East C Hurling League trophy. Mark thanked the mentors especially after the match, people who have put massive effort into this project all year long. He also thanked the players, the parents, the supporters and Grenagh for a fantastic match.
As a result of the win, Shamrocks have now qualified for the knockout stages of the County Hurling League, which will be run off on a knockout basis.
Panel on the day: C. Scriven, D. Barry, N. Hayes, C. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, R. Meighan, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, M. Field, S. Flavin, S. Downey, D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour.
Shamrocks 5KM Run/Walk – Bank Holiday Monday
Shamrocks will be holding a major fundraising event on Monday October 27th (Bank Holiday Monday). A 5KM walk/run which will take place from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy and back. We’re looking for as many people as possible to get involved. Sponsorship cards are now out. Its a whole club event featuring the Adult, Juvenile and Girls Football club and promises to be a great off-season event.
The AGM of the Adult Club will take place on Thursday December 4th at 8pm in the Grace McCarthy Rooms. All are welcome, but only fully paid-up members are entitled to vote on the night.
Cork GAA Clubs Draw 2014/2015
How would you like the chance to win some fantastic prizes AND support your club, all for just €10 per month?
County Board Newsletter – June 17th.