Clonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Ballinascarthy by 0-11 to 0-06 in the championship game played in Dunmanway on Saturday, July 20th
Clonakilty under 21 footballers took on reigning county champions and hot favourites, Nemo Rangers in the county semi-final in Bandon on Wednesday evening, July 10th in glorious sunshine and on a perfect pitch. This was a first-ever championship meeting of the clubs in this grade. The city side entered the game as the warmest of favourites, with no less than 13 of the previous year's county winning team on duty. Clon had to line out without full-back, Joe White due to injury. Martin Scally came in to a rearranged defence and did very well. A large crowd, mostly supporting Clon, was present as referee, Padraig O Leary set the game in motion. With the sun to their backs, Clon played into the town goal. There was scarcely a puff of wind. In the hectic opening exchanges both sides missed chances and it was the Nemo men who finally scored the opening point, from play,after four minutes. Clon replied with a similar score a minute later when the strong running Ian Falvey kicked over from thirty metres, out on the right. Nemo scored a point from play and followed up with one from a free in the next five minutes as Clon struggled to stay in contention. In the middle of the half Thomas Clancy kicked over a “45” and John Leahy followed with a point from play. Nemo missed numerous chances after this and though they did point a “45” and followed with a point from play, they failed to press home their advantage. Two glorious goal chances were missed, to the relief of Clon players and supporters. Just before the break, the hard working Jack O Mahony pointed a close-in free to leave the minimum between the sides as they players retired for a well deserved break, with the temperatures still well above 20 degrees. Before the break Clon had replaced the out of sorts Barry O Mahony with the determined and hard trying J.P. Maughan. He added a bit of vital strength to an attack that had had failed to function in the opening period. Despite being badly outplayed, Clon were only a point behind, five to four. It was a transformed Clon side that took the field for the second half. Thomas Clancy dominated possession around the middle and fielded some magnificent balls. There was more urgency in the Clon attack, where Jack O Mahony was especially impressive and John Leahy was a constant threat when in possession. The Clon defence was outstanding, with Sean White and Cian O Donovan especially prominent. They got tremendous help from Colm Sheehy, Scott Shehan, Martin Scally and Gearoid Barry. All six worked well as a unit and put the much vaunted Nemo attack under such pressure that the city side went twenty minutes without scoring at one stage during the second half. Behind this amgnificent defence, Aidan Collins was soundness personified. His lengthy kick-outs were a big benefit to the team. Clon levelled soon after the break with a fine point from play by Falvey. Nemo missed numerous chances to regain the lead, some of their shooting being truly abysmal. After a particularly poor effort their heads appeared to drop and Clon took control. Thomas Clancy, easily man of the match, won a great ball and parted to Leahy who scored from play to give his side the lead for the first time after 41 minutes. Within a minute Clon struck a again when Barry O Mahony, re-introduced for Stephen Sheehy, kicked a fine point from a thirty five metre free, well out on the left and directly into the blinding evening sun. When the city side missed a number of scoring chances in the next few minutes Clon supporters started to sense that, against all the odds, it might be their night. Nemo eventually got their first score of the half to narrow the gap to the minmum, at 0-07 to 0-06. Leahy then scored a great point from play with eight minutes remaining and the excitement and tension had the large crowd on their toes. Clon held on grimly until four minutes from time. A short kick-out was won by a Clon defender who was harshly penalised and the close-in free was converted to give the Nemo men a lifelione. They won the next kick-out and set up a swift attack that ended with a newly introduced sub, barely on the field, finshing to the net from close range. It looked like Clon's gallant effort was to come up short. However, the players had other ideas. They attacked determinedly and eventually got the break that their persistence and courage deserved. Johnny Leahy won possession out on the left wing and raced towards goal. He was brought to ground on the edge of the square. Nemo defenders surrounded the referee, some claiming that Leahy had charged with the ball and others claiming that any infringement occured just outside the large square. Their protests came to nothing. The decision to award a penalty stood and the ice cool Gearoid Barry stepped forward to finish to the net with a bullet of a shot, low along the ground and into the bottom left hand corner as he looked at the goal. The roar that greeted the goal could have been heard all over Bandon town. The game was now in injury time and the referee allowed it continue for three further agonising minutes. Clon succeeded in playing a possesion game, somehow managing to keep their hands on the ball at all times. The Nemo players became frustrated. Suddenly, a long ball from a surrounded Clon player found a colleague in splendid isolation on the right wing. Clon were able to lauch a counter attack and the impressive J.P. Maughan raced towards goal and calmly kicked over the bar to extend Clon's lead to two points. The final whistle blew on the kick-out and delirious Clon supporters swarmed onto the field to accalaim their heroes. It was a few minutes before order could be restored as Clon players and supporters celebrated a famous win. The players were cheered and clapped off the field by their large band of delighted supporters. Clon were able to start thinking about a county final date with Valley Rovers. While Thomas Clancy was the outstanding player on the field, the Clon defence deserve most of the credit for this win. Clon also used their bench to very good effect on this occasion, with J.P. Maughan and Josh Henry both being introduced to play major roles. Graham Murray was excellent all through, while Ian Falvey, Jack Cowhig and Stephen Sheehy can all feel proud at playing a role in a historic win. The management team are deserving of the highest praise for leading this team to a rare county final. The commitment was summed up by Sean Cowhig's efforts in returning from a family holiday abroad to be present to guide his team. Clon team; Aidan Collins, Colm Sheehy, Martin Scally, Cian O Donovan, Scott Sheehan, Sean White, Gearoid Barry, Thomas Clancy (c), Stephen Sheehy, Jack O Mahony, Barry O Mahony, Graham Murray, Ian Falvey, Jack Cowhig and Johnny Leahy. Subs used; J.P. Maughan for Barry O Mahony, Barry O Mahony for Stephen Sheehy and Josh Henry for Jack Cowhig
Clonakilty under 21 footballers scored a magnificent win over Nemo Rangers in the county semi-final in bandon on Wednesday, July 10th. Final score was 1-09 to 1-07. Clon now meet Vallley Rovers in the final
Clonakilty under 21 footballers took on Beara in the county championship quarter-final on Monday, June 24th in Bantry. It was a dull and slightly damp evening and the pitch was rather heavy and slippery but conditions were generally quite good. Clon had not played since the West Cork final almost two months earlier and the team's preparations had been interrupted by players being involved in other grades and competitions, with a number also involved in exams up to very recently. Clon also had to line out without full-back, Joe White, away on holiday. In the opening exchanges Clon lacked the fluency and dash that had been a hallmark of their performances in the West Cork champuionship. Their shooting was way off target and they ran up a total of 12 wides in the first half alone. Beara opened the scoring with a good point from play in the second minute. After some poor efforts, Clon finally got on the board courtesy of a fine Thomas Clancy point from play after seven minutes. Beara quickly responded with two points from play in the eight and ninth minutes. Clon were under presure now and the physically stronger Beara boys were dominating play, especially around the middle. All of the breaking ball was being picked up by the eager Beara lads and Clon were struggling to stay in touch. In the eleventh minute Barry O Mahony kicked a mighty point from a fifty metre free. Beara responded immediately with a point from play and added another from a free after seventeen minutes. It was five to two in favour of Beara now and Clon needed to do something to stay in contention. To their credit, they did just that, hitting four unanswered points in the next five minutes, Jack O Mahony, Barry O Mahony, Jack Cowhig and Scott Sheehan, all from play, kicked great points to push Clon ahead. However, Beara responded with a point of their own from play in the twenty ninth minute, followed by a pointed free as the game moved into added time. Beara led by seven points to six at the short whistle, with Clon players and supporters alike not exactly happy at many controversial refereeing decisions in the opening half. Clon returned a more determined team for the second half but needlessly turned over possession in the first sequence of play and then conceded a free which was knocked over the bar to extend Beara's lead. Clon responded immediately with a fine point from play by Jack Cowhig. Within a minute, Clon had the ball in the net when Jack O Mahony was at the end of a great movement to finish from close range. Jonathan Leahy added a point from play and it was all Clon now. They failed to take advantage of good possession however and after some bad misses by a variety of Clon players it was Beara who got the next four scores. A pointed free after ten minutes was followed by a point from play two minutes later. Another pointed free in the fourteenth minute was followed by a point from play a minute later and Beara looked the more likely winners at this stage. A great solo run by the impressive Sean White saw him take the ball deep into the Beara half before passing to Ian Falvey who kicked over from a tight angle on the left. The score inspired Clon and, in the very next attack, a ball, probably intended as an effort at a point, fell short and was punched to the net by the alert Johnny Leahy. Within a minute, Clon had opened up the Beara defence again and in a bizarre sequence of play Clon missed three glorious chances at scoring a goal. In the middle of all the confusion a Clon forward was grounded in the small square as he was about to finish to the net. A penalty was awarded and Gearoid Barry was entrusted with the kick. His fine effort shaved the crossbar as it flew over for a point. Clon were four points to the good but the Beara men took inspiration from the miss and took over for the remaining ten minutes or so. A pointed free in the twenty third minute was followed by a point from play two minutes later. The Clon goal led a charmed existence in the remaining minutes as Beara threw everything at Clon in a desperate attempt to salvage the game. A point from play as the game moved into added time left the minimun between the sides. There were still four nail-biting mintes of added time to endure for the many Clon supporters, who far out numbered their Beara counterparts. Clon tried to hold possession and were eventually penalised for over-holding in the third minute of added time. The rersultant free, from out on the right-hand sideline, was delayed while an injured player was being attended to. After at least a minute, the free was finaly taken. To the cheers of the large Clon following it sailed right and wide. The referee called for the ball before the kick-out could be taken. At the end of a game of swaying fortunes Clon were the winners by a single point, 2-10 to 0-15. They now advance to meet the wiiners of the Nemo Rangers v Pobaill Ui Chaoimh game in the semi-final. Fermoy play Valley Rovers in the other semi-final. Clon can feel happy that they advanced despite playing well below their best Team; Aidan Collins, Colm Sheehy, Martin Scally, Cian O Donovan,Scott Sheehan, Sean White, Gearoid Barry, Thomas Clancy, Stephen Sheehy, Graham Murray, Barry O Mahony, Jack O Mahony, Ian Falvey, Jack Cowhig and Johnny Leahy. Unusually, no subs were used. Also on the panel were; Niall Mc Carthy, Alan O Sullivan, Cian Crowley, Eoin Ryan, JP Maughan, Josh Henry and Jack Barrett.
Clonakilty under 21 footballers defeated Beara by 2-10 to 0-15 in the county quareter-final in Bantry on 24th June
Clonakilty's under 21 county quarter-final clash with Beara has been fixed for Monday, June 24th. More details later
Clonakilty Junior A footballers took on Barryroe in the first round of the 2013 West Cork championship in Timoleague on Sunday, May 12th. Following the excellent win of the senior side the previous night Clon supporters were in positive mood before the game and the players were also also in confident mood. Unfortunately, there was a gale force wind blowing towards the dressingroom end. Clon had the benefit of this in the first half but did not make as much use of it as they might have hoped. Ian Falvey had the opening score of the game with a good point from play and despite missing many chances, other points followed from Alan Murphy, one from play and one from a free, Graham Murray, Scott Sheehan and Jack Cowhig (free) before the Barryroe men finally got off the mark with a point from a close-in free in front of the goal in the 26th minute. During the first half the Barryroe side struggled to get the ball beyond mid-field as the wind played havoc with their efforts to make progress. The margin was only five points at the break, 0-06 to 0-1 and the feeling was that the physically stronger and older Barryroe players would get the better of a very young Clon side in the second half. However, it was not to be. Clon actually opened the scoring after just two minutes when Sheehan pointed from play. Barryroe were making little use of the ball, still playing a short passing game that made no progress against a hard tackling and tough Clon defence, where veteran, Timmy O Sullivan was excellent. Cork minor, Sean White, was also very effective in carrying the ball against the wind. The mid-field pairing of Stephen Sheehy and Liam Cahill did very well and won more than their share of possession. As a result, Barryroe were starved of possession and it took all of fourteen minutes before they finally opened their second half account when one of their defenders pointed from play. They now started to use the long ball and were more dangerous, without ever really threatning to take over. Three minutes later they got their third point but the game ended as a contest soon afterwards when an incisive Clon attack that saw the ball moved with real speed and purpose ended with impressive sub, J.P. Maughan being unceremoniously grounded by the Barryroe goalie. The resultant penalty was expertly converted by Ian Falvey. Barryroe did score two late points buit they were only consolation scores as Clon held on to win on a score of 1-07 to 0-05. The win capped a great weekend for Clon footballers following on the victory of the seniors over Aghada the previous night and the outstanding display of the under 16 footballers in the Walsh Supermarket Invitation Tournament in Ahamilla on Saturday. Team; Conor O Callaghan, Cian O Donovan, Patrick O Sullivan, Timmy O Sullivan, Sean White, Mark Sheehy, Danny Walker, Liam Cahill, Stephen Sheehy, Scott Sheehan, Graham Murray, Michael Finn, Ian Falvey, Alan Murphy, Jack Cowhig. Sub used was J.P. Maughan
Clonakilty senior footballers scored a surprise but well deserved win over Aghada in the first round of the 2013 county championship in a game played in Ballygarvan on Saturday evening, May 11th. There was strong wind favouring the team playing away from the dressingroom goal but otherwise conditions were fine as it was bright sunny evening, with the pitch in good order. The large band of Clonakilty followers were generally pessimistic about their team's chances in the build up to the game as a result of very indifferent league form. Unusually, Clon lined out in white jerseys, having lost the toss for choice of colours, the board having deemed that there was a clash between the clubs' first choice jersys. This problem had never arisen in the many previous clashes between the clubs and left many supporters bemused! Clon played against the wind in the opening half and almost had a dream start when the Aghada goalie, in a moment of panic, advanced away out from his goal. One of his defenders lost possession and when the ball fell to Johnny Leahy he did well to create space to give himself a a shot at the empty net from about thirty yards out. Unfortunately, his shot went just over for the opening point. In the third and fifth minutes Aghada scored points from play. Their forwards were looking very lively and were creating numerous scoring chances. The pressure told when, in the eight minute, an Aghada forward was pulled down in the square and the resultant penalty was expertly converted, low to the left corner. Two mintes later, Johnny Leahy, who looked very dangerous in possession scored a free from just inside the twenty metre line, slightly to the right. The East Cork side responed immediately with a pointed free of their own and after a six minute gap during which they missed many chances to punish Clon the Aghada men added another point, this time from play. After further missed chances from their wasteful opponents, Clon added a much needed point from Leahy, this time from a free straight in front of goal and around twenty five metres out. In the 23rd minute the lively Barry O Mahony scored a really good point from play. However, the Aghada men added two further points, from a free and play before the short whistle. It was 1-06 to 0-04 as the teams retired at half-time and the general view was that the advantage rested with the East Cork men, who seemd stronger and livelier than Clon. However, as often happens, the momentum of the game changed completely on the resumption. Clon made some astute switches. Timmy Anglin went to full-forward where he used his height and strength to great effect. Fine play from Sean Nagle and Thomas Clancy saw Clon take over around the middle and suddenly Aghada looked a less convincing outfit. Within a minute, Denis Murphy found himself at the end of a dangerous attack and knocked the ball over from close range. Though Clon were very much in control of play now they missed a number of scoring chances and the next score did not arrive until the 14th minute of the half. It was worth the wait. Attacking wing back, David O Regan kicked a mighty point from play from around fifty metres out and to the left. The score lifted the team. The margin was down to a goal now and within a minute Leahy had scored a great free from around thirty metres out and to the right. Clon supporters were in full voice now and sensed that the game was within their team's grasp. After almost incessant pressure it was O'Regan again who scored a great point from play in the 18th minute from around twenty metres out. A few minutes later Barry O Mahony, who was to emerge as man of the match scored a fine point from a free. With their large support firmly behind them, the Clon players upped their game again and the scores followed. O'Mahony added a magnificent point from distance though under tremendous pressure. Clon were ahead now by the minimum but Aghada finally lifted the siege to score a point from play in the 23rd minute, their only score of the second half. After some end to end play during which scores were missed and possession was regularly turned over by both teams as they fought frantically for the lead it was Clon who clinched the game. Three points from the rampant O' Mahony, one a delightful effort with his left foot from play, sealed the win for Clon. The victory was well deserved as the team had raised its game to tremendous heights during the second half. While Barry O Mahony, and to a lesser extent, Johnny Leahy and David O 'Regan, took the plaudits for their scoring exploits, the win was built around the mid-field dominance in the second half. Here, Thomas Clancy, and even more so, Sean Nagle, were the heroes, totally blotting out the formidable Aghada pairing. The half back line of David O Regan, Finbarr Coughlan and Denis Murphy were also hugely influential as they picked up most of the breaking ball around the middle. Overall, it was great result for Clon. The pressure of possible relegation is gone and the win will do morale and confidence the world of good. The management team will have a few months to develop the team. Improvememnt is needed but the potential is there. Team; James O Brien, Liam Lyons, Tony Anglin, Gearoid Barry, Denis Murphy, Finbarr Coughlan, David O Regan, Sean Nagle, Thomas Clancy, Donal Lyons, Timmy Anglin (c), Eugene Mc Carthy,
Johnny Leahy, Colin O Donovan and Barry O Mahony. Sub used was Jack O Mahony, who did well on his championsghip debut at the tended age of 17.
Other subs were, Conor O Callaghan, Sean White, Mark Sheehy, Patrick O Sullivan, Liam Cahill, Stephen Sheehy, Graham Murray, Conor Mc Manus, Ian Falvey and Alan Murphy
Cloonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Barryroe by 1-07 to 0-05 in the 1st round chammpionship game in Timoleague on Sunday, May 12th.
Clonakilty defeated Aghada by 0-13 to 1-07 after a great second half comeback in the first round county championship game in Ballygarvan.
Well done to Thomas Clancy and Cork under 21 footballers on reaching the All-Ireland final, and Sean White on playing with Cork minor footballers in the draw with Kerry
Clonakilty Community College senior football team suffered a heartbreaking one point defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, March 30th. Final score was; St. Marys, Granard 1-07. Clon CC 0-09.
Because of Cork's involvement in the All-ireland under 21 football final on 4th May the first round of the county SFC has been deferred by a week to 11th May
Clonakilty under 21 footballers defeated Carbery Rangers by 1-11 to 0-05 in the championship semi-final played in Aughaville on Saturday night, March 23rd. They now play Castlehaven in the final
Clonakilty defeated St. Vincents in Ahamilla on 21st April by 1-15 to 3-06 to get their league campaign back on track following a defeat to Naomh Abhan earlier in the week
Clonakilty Community College, backboned by players from the Clonakilty club, defeated Coachford College to capture the 2013 Munster Vocational Schools Senior A title in Cloughduv . Final score was 0-12 to 0-05.
Clonakilty were impressive winners of the 2013 West Cork under 21 football final in Enniskeane on Sunday April 14th. Final score was 0-12 to 0-03
Clonakilty minor footballers easily defeated an understrength Bandon team by 3-18 to 0-03 in the county premier 2 league game in Ahamilla on Monday, March 4th.
Clonakilty under 21 footballers advanced to the 2013 West Cork final as a result of a comfortable win over near-neighbours, Carbery Rangers in dreadful conditions at a wet and wind-swept Aughaville on Saturday, March 23rd. The game was originally scheduled to have been part of an attractive double-header in Dunmanway involving the second semi-final between Castlehaven and Bandon. The dreadful weather conditions in the days leading up to the game made it necessary to move one fixture and it was the derby clash between Clon and Ross that was switched to Aughaville.
Both Clonakilty under 16 football teams will be in league action on Sunday next. The B team are away to St. Colums at 11 am and the A team are away to Bantry at 3pm.