Clonakilty junior A footballers were beaten by Caheragh in the league semi-final on a score of 3-14 to 2-04
Clonakilty defeated Naomh Abhan by 1-09 to 0-10 in the Division 2 final played in Dunmanway on Friday night, October 18th
Clonakilty Junior B footballers were heavily defeated by Goleen in the West Cork semi-final on Saturday, October 12th.
Clonakilty will play Naomg Abhan in Dunmanway on Friday, October 18th at 8pm in the Division 2 final.
Clonakilty senior footballers had an impressive win over Valley Rovers in the final league game of the year (0-16 to 1-07) to ensure promotion to Division One of the Kelleher Shield for 2014
Clonakilty drew with Clyda Rovers in the K.S. tie in Mourneabbey on Friday night. Final score; Clyda 2-10, Clon 1-13.
Clonakilty senior footballers remain in contention for promotion following a good win over Dohenys on Tuesday, October 1st. Final score was 3-11 to 2-10
Clonakilty minor footballers captured a first ever Premier 2 county title for the club on Monday, September 30th by virtue of a thrilling win over a gallant Inniscarra side in a game that had everything in the way of thrills, spills, drama and excitement. On a damp night and slippery surface both teams combined to produce a memorable final, worthy of the occasion and a game that will long linger in the memory of those lucky enough to have been present. Clon were slight favourites for the game but the absence of their outstanding defender, Sean White, was a major loss and those close to the team knew that Inniscarra would prove difficult opponents. Clon lost the toss and had to play against the strong breeze, away from the dressing room goal. However, it was a rampant Clon side that opened the brighter. Within a minute, the otstanding Jack O Mahony, who was to prove inspirational over the hour, scored a point from a close in free. In the third minuite Jack Cowhig, who had an excellent game, floated over a free from a really difficult angle out on the right. Clon supporters were in fine voice and things got better in the fourth minute when lively corner forward, Sean Mc Evoy evaded a succession of tackles as he cut in from the right and parted to the ever-dangerous David Lowney who planted the ball in the net. Within a minute, Eoin Ryan, who was to prove a real thorn in the side of the Inniscarra defence, knocked over a fine point from twenty five metres out. It looked as if it would turn into a rout at that stage as Clon were dominant in every facet of play. Eventually, after getting a grip around the middle of the field, Inniscarra started to attack more and a point from play in the tenth minute saw them opening their account. Sean Mc Evoy responed with a similar score for Clon a minute later. After a period of pressure, but no scores, Clon added a point by Jack O Mahony from play. This was followed by two points, free and play, from Inniscarra as they grew more and more into the game. Jack Cowhig scored a fine point from play in the twenty fifth minute and Inniscarra responded immediately with a similar score. A minute later, after further sustained pressure, Inniscarra breached the over-worked Clon defence and a penalty was conceeded, It was expertly converted with a bullett of a shot and it was very much "game on". Urged on by their large and noisy support, Inniscarra came more and more into the game and only excellent defending kept them at bay. The Clon half-back line of Mark White, Josh Henry and Tiarnan O Connell did well under pressure while the full back line were outstanding, well marshalled by Cian O Donovan, ably assisted by Darragh Mc Cullagh and Eoin Deasy. Jack O Mahony pointed from a free taken from a very tight angle on the left wing and followed with a fine point from play just before the very efficient referee, who had an excellent game, blew for half-time. At the end of a fiercely competitive and very enjoyable half it was 1-08 to 1-04 in favour of Clon. There was a great buzz in the stadium as the supporters knew that they were witnessing a really entertaining battle, fought in great spirit and with no rancour whatever. Clon had a dream start to the second half when the ever-dangerous David Lowney, a contender for man-of-the-match, raced through and kicked over a delightful point off his left leg into the city goal. Instead of deflating the Inniscarra boys the score seemed to spur them on to even greater effort. They proceeded to dominate the next ten minutes of play and turned a five point deficit into a three point lead with some devastating play that had the Clon side reeling. A point from a free in the second minute was followed by a goal a minute later when one of their forwards powered past the entire Clon defence before parting to a colleague who just beat Clon goalie, Niall Mc Carthy, to the touch. The stadium erupted as even the neutrals became engrossed in the drama that was now unfolding. Though the weather became most uncomfortable, with heavy rain falling and the surface becoming slippery, both teams threw themselves into the battle with great aplomb. Every ball was contested as if the outcome of the game depended on it. The physically stronger Inniscarra boys revelled in the conditions. They ran at the hard pressed Clon defence at every opportunity and a point from play in the seventh minute had them ahead for the first time. When they added similar scores in the eight and tenth minutes they were three points to the good and looked all over the winners as a shell-shocked Clon side seemed helpless to turn the tide back. Inniscarra were dominating possession and retaining it very well. Clon were thrown a life line when Jack Cowhig scored a fine point from play and Jack O Mahony added another a minute later. The Clon mentors made a master stroke at this stage by introducing young Ross Mannix and he proved to be an inspirational substitute. He tapped over a lovely point from the left wing and after a period when both sides missed chances it was the inspirational Jack O Mahony who gave Clon the lead with a wonderful point from play. The momentum appeared to be with Clon now and Jack Cowhig added a similar score in the twenty first minute. Clon then had to withstand some fierce pressure and their goal led a charmed existence. Inniscarra missed one glorious goal chance from a few metres out when the first time effort of one of the players was kicked wide when it seemed easier to score. Another high ball into the goal was just batted out by Niall Mc Carthy from under the crossbar and the ever vigilant Cian O Donovan completed the clearance. Clon certainly enjoyed the rub of the green in those desperate minutes as an incredibly brave Inniscarra side threw everything at them. Eventually, the siege was temporarily lifted with five minutes left on the clock as a long ball out of defence found Jack Cowhig and as he raced for goal he was fouled. He converted the free himself to make the margin three points. Inniscarra were not done for yet. Displaying extraordinary energy and determination in the conditions, they laid siege to the Clon goal. Clon defenders had to concede frees and two points from those close-in frees in the fifty seventh and fifty ninth minutes left the minimum between the sides. In between, Clon had another lucky escape as a terrific shot from one of the Inniscarra forwards struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety. Clon hearts were in their mouths and it was certainly not a place for the faint-hearted. Supporters of both teams, as well as neutrals who had come to watch the second game, were now equally engrossed in the drama and there was an unbelieveable atmosphere in the ground as the final dramatic minutes were played out by two wonderful teams, each striving for a first county title in the grade. Nobody would have complained if the game finished level. It very nearly did. With the clock showing thirty minutes gone Inniscarra mounted a desperate attack and one of their players bore down on goal. With the levelling point at his mercy, he opted to go for a goal, apparently in the mistaken belief that his side were two points down. Three Clon defenders converged on him at the edge of the small square and he was held up well. As he fell to the ground there were shouts for a penalty but they were rightly waived away by the excellently positioned referee. The ball was cleared and after a delay over a contested line ball, the final whistle was sounded. The scoreboard stood at 1-15 to 2-11 in favour of Clon. The referee's final whistle sparked off wild scenes of delight among Clon players and supporters. After many heartbreaks in Pairc Ui Rinn, Clon had broken their hoodoo there, and a first county minor football title had been won. The win was a reward for a great effort made all year. It was a also a reward for the determination shown by the players in overcoming adversity. They had been forced to play the semi-final with a depleted team and, though under strength again for the final, in less than satisfactory circumstances, they had shown marvellous commitment and determination to triumph. Amid wild scenes of delight the cup was presented to a very worthy captain, Jack O Mahony and Clon's delight was added to when Jack Cowhig was named man-of-the-match. He deserved the honour but there were many of his team mates in contention also. It was a team effort from start ot finsh. Over the course of a very impressive campaign twenty two players saw action. Each and every member of the panel can look back with satisfaction at what was achieved. The team mentors, John Leahy, Eoin O Mahony, Eoin Ryan and Podge Tanner can feel proud of the part they played in masterminding a famous win. The defeated Inniscarra side were shattered at the final whistle but they too can look back with pride at the part they played in making this a memorable county final, worthy of the occasion. The Clon team was; Niall Mc Carthy, Eoin Deasy, Cian O Donovan, Darragh Mc Cullagh, Tiarnan O Connell, Josh Henry, Mark White, Paul O Regan, Cian Crowley, John Paul Maughan, David Lowney, Eoin Ryan, Sean Mc Evoy, Jack Cowhig and Jack O Mahony (Capt) Ross Mannix came on for John Paul Maughan. Others who were on the panel were; Ciaran Crowley, Eoin O Neill, Peter O Regan, Zack Harrington, Sean O Donoghue and Liam O Donovan. Unavailable for the final were Sean White and Joe White. Both had played important parts during the campaign.
Clonakilty Minor footballers defeated Inniscarra by 1-15 to 2-11 in a thrilling county premier 2 final at Pairc Ui Rinn on Monday, September 30th
Clonakilty Senior Footballers play Dohenys at home on Tuesday, October 1st at 8pm in a vital K.S. game. On the following Friday night they play Clyda Rovers away and to complete a busy schedule they play Valley Rovers away on Sunday afternoon next.
Clonakilty junior B footballers were defeated by Ardfield in the league game on Friday, Sept 27th.
Clonakilty under 21 footballers suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the county final at the hands of Valley Rovers on a score of 2-06 to 1-06. The game turned on a bitterly disputed penalty a few minutes from the end. Full report later
Clonakilty Junior B footballers defeated Bandon in the league tie on 18th September. Final score was 0-07 to 0-06.
Clonakilty senior footballers slumped to a surprise defeat at the hands of St. Vincents in Macroom on Saturday, August 10th. Final score was 1-11 to 0-12
Clonakilty minor footballers had a great win over Boherbue in the County premier 2 football semi-final in Cloughduv on a scoreloine of 1-15 to 1-09
The county under 21 football final between Clonakilty and Valley Rovers has been fixed for Saturday, August 24th in Pairc Ui Rinn. More details shortly
Clonakilty were defeated by Oliver Plunketts in the replay of the Junior A football championship in Rossmore on a score of 1-10 to 0-08.
Clonakilty drew with Oliver Plunketts on a score of 1-10 each in a dramatic championship game played in Rossmore on Sunday, August 4th
Clonakilty under 21 footballers took on Valley Rovers in the county final in Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday, August 25th. On a fine afternoon and in near perfect conditions there was a very large crowd present and a great atmosphere prevailed. Unfortunately, both teams showed signs of nervousness, and poor shooting was the order of the day as scores were at a premium throughout. The Innishannon side were especially guilty in that regard but much of this was due to excellent Clon defending. Clon opened brightly and after a few attacks had been repelled it was Jack Cowhig who got the first score of the game after two minutes when he kicked over a fine point from a tight angle into the scoreboard end. A further seven minutes elapsed before the next score, a point from play to Valley Rovers. They quickly followed up with a similar score a minute later.. Clon had missed numerous chances in the meantime and for the next eight minutes play swung one way and then the other before an excellent point from a free, way out on the left sideline, was converted by Barry O Mahony.. There was no score again until the 26th minute when the Innishannon side pointed from play to leave the score at three points to two in favour of Valley Rovers. That was how it remained until half-time. Both teams were glad to hear the half time whistle as it was clear that neither of them had done themselves justice in a nervous and scrappy first half. The fresh breeze would favour Valley Rovers in the second half but that seemed to make little difference as Clon opened brightly and the dangerous Johnny Leahy scored an excellent point in the fourth minute from the right wing, the ball just making it over the bar off the goalie's fingertips. The same player scored the next point, again from play, in the eight minute. Three minutes later Leahy went on a brilliant run through the Rovers defence and and as he bore down on goal he was fouled just outside the square. He converted the free himself. Eventually, after many bad misses, the Innishannon side opened their account for the second half with a point from play in the sixteenth minute. Jack Cowhig responed with a point from play two minutes later and Clon appeared to be in control of the game when Ian Falvey rose high to tap the ball to the net in the eighteenth minute. The large Clon crowd were in fine voice now as they sensed victory. It was not until the 23rd minute that Valley Rovers finally got back on the scoresheet, with a point from play. They quickly added another similar score to leave a goal between the sides. With less than five minutes remaining Clon still appeared to be in control but an extraordinary sequence of events followed. A desperate attack by the Valley Rovers side saw one of their players shoot at goal from around twenty mnetres out. The ball cannnoned off a Clon defender and rebounded out the field to great cheers from relieved Clon supporters. Incredibly, the referee blew his whistle. Not even the most optimistic Valley Rovers supporters could have envisaged the decision he was about to give. To the consternation of everyone in the ground, including the clearly confused Valley Rovers players, he awarded a penalty apparently deeming that the Clon defender had been guilty of a foot-block. Despite protestations from the shocked Clon defenders, the absurd decision stood. Though Aidan Collins got his hand to the ball, it rebounded kindly to the penalty-taker and he knocked it into the empty net. The sides were level now and all of the momentum was with Valley Rovers. Within minutes, while Clon players were still protesting at the penalty decision, another attack saw the ball break loose and it was tapped into the Clon net for the clinching goal. Shortly after, the final whistle blew and, though it was a travesty of justice, Valley Rovers were winners on a score of 2-06 to 1-06. Clon players were understandably distraught. Losing a county final is always disappointing, but is part and parcel of the sport when the opposition play better. On this occasion there could be no doubt as to why Clon lost. It had little to do with Valley Rovers being the better team! Their players and supporters honestly admitted after the match that that the penalty should not not have been awarded. Clon had been deprived of a title that they richly deserved. The circumstances of the dramatic loss were as bizarre as they were unacceptable. Neutrals were as shocked at what had unfolded as were the Clon players, mentors and supporters. The defeat will long rankle with the Clonakilty club. Clonakilty have a long and proud tradition in Cork GAA. They have long since come to accept defeats as part and parcel of sport. Being defeated when the opposition is better than you is one thing. It is something that has to be accepoted. Defeat in the circumstances that unfolded in this match is entirely another. Hopefully, there will be many successful days for this group of players. They deserve better than they got on Sunday, August 25th 2013. Team; Aidan Collins, Colm Sheehy, Joe White, Cian O Donovan, Martin Scally, Sean White, Gearoid Barry, Thomas Clancy (c), Stephen Sheehy, Graham Murray, Barry O Mahony, Jack O Mahony, John Leahy, Jack Cowhig and Ian Falvey, Subs used; J.P Maughan for Stephen Sheehy, Scott Sheehan for Martin Scally. Other panel members were; Niall Mc Carthy, Alan O Sullivan, Cian Crowley, Josh Henry, Eoin Ryan and Jack Barrett. Team Coach was Sean Cowhig. Other selectors were, Pa O Connor, Timmy Anglin and Neil Deasy. Sponsors were Clonakilty Blackpudding Company Ltd.
Clonakilty had a hard-fought win over Sam Maguires on a score of 2-18 to 4-06 in the second round of the county premier 2 football championship in Rosscarbery on July 31st.