Shamrocks 7-7, Clondrohid 1-7
Shamrocks made the long trip to Clondrohid count on Monday evening with a fantastic victory over the home side to record their first league win of the year.
Team: Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Shane Downey, Cillian Hayes, Rúairí Mehigan, James O Callaghan, Dave O Sullivan, Dylan O Flaherty, Cillian O Mahony, Seán Andrews.
A Big thank you to the parents and players who turned up yesterday at the end of a long day to travel to Clondrohid, its not easy, I understand. Which is why my gratitude is as genuine as their efforts.
Now lets start by reading the score again…………………. Yes we won!
Without putting a gloss on it, last night every single player that togged out for Shamrocks can hold their heads up in pride. Not because they won convincingly, but because of the manner in which they played and conducted themselves.
It is absolutely fantastic as a mentor to have your opposite number come to you privately after the match and praise your players. He commended their style and grit and determination. He commented on how they gelled well as a cohesive team that, “have been playing together for years”. These indeed are not my words but his, but I have to say my thoughts would not be far removed. Yes we have more work to do.
But last night I saw on the pitch, during a match the kind of spirit from the team which I have believed was there from the start. On a night where team effort was vital it shone through. Shane Downey did a tremendous job in the first half marking the Clondrohid star player and keeping him at bay, but the players around Shane did their part also by not making his passing options easy and making him make mistakes from which we profited. James Lynam took over at half time to monitor their main man and also kept his at bay giving Shane a well earned breather in half back. All of our backs played well last night making things a little less hectic for our normally beleaguered keeper who made one vital stop early in the second half which may have broken the Clondrohid spirit.
Meanwhile our forwards played as a unit with passing and moving (on and off the ball) looking very good. They did a lot of good work leading to players getting free for good percentage shooting which they took. The cog in the center of this rotating forward line was David O Sullivan who had many assists to add to his impressive 3-2.
WELL DONE ALL !!!!