U21 BHC Semi Final Replay V Ballygarvan – 31/8
Shamrocks 2-11, Ballygarvan 1-12
MCFC Semi Final V Tracton – 30/8
Tracton 3-8, Shamrocks 1-9
Shamrocks and Tracton met in the champinship semi final on Tuesday night and for the second year in a row, Shamrocks exited the championship at the Crosshaven venue. Shamrocks just didnt do enough on the night to earn the win and Tracton deserved to go through as they just about had a little bit more potency in the forward line and struck for 3 goals at important times.
Shamrocks opened with a point playing with the strong breeze but it was Tractons forwards who did more damage at the other end, scoring two goals after slicing open the Shamrocks defence on both occasions. Shamrocks were chasing the game thereafter but a lot of their play either broke down through mishandling or shots that were driven wide. The tally mounted in the first half but Shamrocks stayed in touch courtesy of a few frees and 2 nice scores from play. The halftime score was Tracton 2-3, Shamrocks 0-6 with a big half needed to turn things around.
Shamrocks tried very hard in the second half. They brough tthe defecit back to one point after HT with two fine points but once again, Tracton opened up the Shamrocks D and buried goal number 3 to open up a 4 point gap. Reset and start again. Shamrocks managed to up it again and midway through the second half, they were rewarded with a penalty which was dispatched to the Tracton net to make it 3-4 to 1-8. Shamrocks really needed a goal from some other avenue but the Tracton backs were having none of it. Both teams swopped points before the end but Tracton were comfortable enough to see it out and earn a place in the final.
U14 CFC Semi Final V Lisgoold – 29/8
Shamrocks 1-13, Lisgoold 2-9
A brilliant game of football went Shamrocks way on Monday night in Whitescross and as a result, they now find themselves in the final of the competition.
Lisgoold were very tough opponents and looked all set at HT as they led by 2-6 to 0-3 and were very dangerous especially in the forwards. They played with the hill and Shamrocks did well to be only that 9 points down at HT, 2-6 to 0-3.
Shamrocks needed a big performance in the second half and ten minutes in, there was still 9 points in it. However, Shamrocks were beginning to get on top and started to feed their forwards after some changes. They got a boost of a goal and tipped away at the points. Entering the last 5 minutes, the gap was down to 3 points, then 2, then 1 and finally Shamrocks equalised entering injury time. It was pulsating stuff now entering the final minute of injury time and Shamrocks broke up the field and scored the winning point from a free to send them into the final against St Vincents, a final which is fixed for September 10th. A great team performance and well done to all involved and to the large travelling support of parents and siblings.
Panel: D. O’Brien, D. Gregson, T. Sheehan, P. Dorney, A. McSweeney, C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, A. Maye, S. Andrews, S. Darcy, H. Andrews, E. O’Flynn, D. Carroll, F. Herlihy, J. Coleman, D. Howard, M. Foy, R. Barrett, A. Brady