Clonakilty under 21 footballers took on Newcestown in the first round of the 2013 West Cork championship in Enniskeane on Saturday, March 2nd. On a cold but dry day, conditions were perfect for football on a well prepared pitch, with a fresh breeze blowing away from the dressing-room goal. Clon had the advantage of this wind in the opening half and they started brightly. A few early attacks failed to yield a score but in the third minute Johhny Leahy, man-of-the-match, latched onto a long pass and bore down on goal. Though fouled, he kept going and slotted the ball into the corner from close range to give his side the perfect start. Clon launched a number of attacks after that but failed to score again until the tenth minute when Barry O Mahony scored a fine point from play. In the meantime, Newcestown had opened their account in the ninth minute with a pointed free. Clon then hit a purple patch and an excellent point from play by Leahy was quickly followed by another excellent effort from Barry O Mahony, who was proving a constant thorn in the Newcestown side. After 17 minutes Newcestown finally added to their total with another pointed free. Before that they had failed to make use of a considerable amount of possession due to over-playing the ball when in a scoring positions. In contrast, Clon were willing to shoot at every opportunity and were also playing the more direct football. Leahy added another fine point from play as the half drew to a close but there was a scoring burst in the final few minutes of the half. In the space of a minute Newcestown grabbed two points, first from a free and then from play before Jack O Mahony pointed a long range free in stoppage time. It was 1-05 to 0-04 at the short whistle, a lead that did not reflect Clon's superiority. Though now playing against the wind Clon opened brightly after the break and despite missing an early goal chance they continued to press. Barry O Mahony pointed a good free in the second minute and followed with a fine point from play two minutes later. Newcestown quickly replied with a point from play and then there was an eight minute gap before the next score, another point from play for the Newcestown side. In the 18th minute the game was effectively sealed when the ever-dangerous Leahy was at the end of a lovely movement to finsh to the net from close range. Shortly afterwards, impressive sub. Ian Falvey scored the goal of game when he hit a thunderous shot high to the net from out on the right. It was now 3-07 to 0-06 and the Newcestown boys had only pride to play for. To their credit, they rallied and were rewarded when a high cross from the right corner of the field was punched to the net from close range. They were unable to build on this however and Leahy scored a fine point from play in the 28th minute. Newcestown responded a minute later with a similar score and deep in stoppage time Barry O Mahony closed the scoring with a wonderful point from play, hit from a near-impossible angle out on the right. The large Clon following in the reasonable sized crowd were delighted that their team had continued the good form shown in the recent Duhallow Invitation tournament. Clon now advace to play near-neighbours, Carbery Rangers, in the semi-final. There was much to be positive about in this victory. Apart from progressing in a championship where Clon have consistently under-achieved over the year, Clon played some fine football. They were willing to move the ball qiockly and also scored some really good points from distance. The strength of the panel was shown by the contribution of the subs introduced during the hour, with Ian Falvey being particularly impressive.
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, Eoin Ryan, Jack Cowhig and Johnny Leahy. Subs used; Ian Falvey, Alan O Sullivan, Scott Sheehan, Cian Crowley and J.P, Maughan. The rest of the panel comprised Niall Mc Carthy, Josh Henry and Jack Barrett. All Clon supporters were delighted to see Jack Barrett togged out and ready for action, though not needed on this occasion, following a lengthy absence due to ill-health.
Clonakilty play Bandon in the premier2 minor football league on Monday, March 4th at 6-30 pm in Ahamilla
Clonakilty senior footballers play Newmarket on Sunday, March 3rd at 2-30 pm in Ahamilla in the Kelleher Shield
Clonakilty under 21 footballers play Newcestown in the first round of the West Cork under 21 championship in Enniskeane on Saturday, March 2nd and 4pm
Clonakilty under 21 footballers travelled to Knocknagree on Sunday, February 3rd to take on Muskerry in the final of the Duhallow Invitation Tiurnament. The game had been scheduled to take place on the previous Sunday but was postponed due to the weather conditions. Though conditions were much better on this occasion, there was still a strong and very cold cross-field wind, slightly favouring the team playing into the dressing-room goal. Following very impressive wins in the earlier rounds the divisional side were favourites for this final, though Clon had also impressed with wins over, Rathmore-Kilcummin, St. Kierans and Duhallow. Clon captain, Thomas Clancy had lined out with Cork seniors the night, hardly the ideal preparation for this game. In addition, Johnny Leahy was injured and unable to take his place in the starting line-up. Clon were quick out of the blocks and after gaining posession from the first play set up a fine passing movememt which finished with Jack Cowhig scoring the opening point from close range. Within a minute, another fine passing movement saw Clon open up a hesitant looking Muskerry defence and Ian Falvey was on hand to finish with a fine point from play. Clon were doing all the attacking and on five minutes a long range free saw Barry O Mahony score the third point of the game. A few minutes later Stephen Sheey pointed from play and this was followed aby a lovely point from play by attacking wing back, Gearoid Barry. This left the score at five points to nil in favour of a rampant looking Clon side. Gradually however the physically strong Muskerry side began to assert themselves and won a lot of possession around the middle. A pointed free saw them open their account before Thomas Clancy replied with a similar score for Clon. Muskerry then scored a point from play and followed quickly with a goal which was really tough luck on Clon as the ball rebounded off a Clon player, having come back off the post, and just crossed the line. The Muskery side quickly added two points from play and suddenly all of Clon';s good work was undone. To their great credit they refused to panic and regained some measure of control around the middle. Eoin Ryan scored a lovely point from a tight angle and this was quickly followed by a Stephen Sheehy point, also from play. Jack Cowhig struck a lovely point from distance, out on the left wing and the same player added another point before the break to leave Clon deserving leaders at the short whiistle on a scoeline of 0-10 to 1-04. Considering the slippery surface and difficult cross-wind it was an excellent tally. Whatever advantge the wind provided would be in favour of the Muskerry side for the second period. It was Clon who opened brightly but an easy point scoring chance was wasted and a few minutes later a glorious goal scoring opportunity was missed when a desperate block by the Muskerry 'keeper prevented the ball from crossing the line. These missed chances were ultimately to prove costly. Muskerry opened the scoring for the second half with a point from a free and they quickly followed with a similar score. The game turned on the events of the following moments. A controversial line ball decision in favour of Muskerry saw them play the ball into the the Clon goalmouth where one of their players fielded it and shot to the net from close range. Clon players were still arguing the incorrect decision but it was to no avail. Muskerry were flying now and added two points from play. Eventually Clon settled and Barry O Mahiony scored from play in the 17th minute. The same player pointed a free three minutes later. A defensive error saw Muskerry goal in the 21st minute and they added a point from play immediately. Clon were now six points down but to their great credit they rallied . A fine passing movement saw Jack Cowhig shooting home from very close range, at a difficult angle out to the left of goal. It was very much “game on” now but the unatisfactory side of gaelic football was to be seen in the remaining minutes. The Muskerry side withdrew most of their players to defence and had thirteen players behind the ball at all times. Clon players were fouled consistently before they could get into scoring positions and frees from distance were of no use to Clon. They continued to attack but play was regularly stopped as a succession of Muskerry players were yellow carded, or treated for injuries. In the 30th minute Barry O Mahony did score a fine free from out on the left wing and the lead was down to two points. Try as they might, Clon could not get the necessary goal. Though at least six minutes of added time would have been justified, the referee played only two and a half. Clon were disappointed to lose a game that they had controlled at different stages. However, they could take encouragement from their performance throughout, as well as in earlier games. They did the club proud and were excellent ambassadors for Clonakilty in their march to the final. It should also be remembered that their opponents had the pick of no fewere than six intermediate clubs and a quite a few strong junior clubs. Well done to all, especially the dedicated mentors, Sean Cowhig, Patrick O Connor and Timmy Anglin. Team; Aidan Collins, Alan O Sullivan, Colm Sheehy, Cian O Donovan, Martin Scally, Sean White, Geraroid Barry, Thomas Clancy (c), Stephen Sheehy, Jack O Mahony, Barry O Mahony, Graham Murray, Eoin Ryan, Jack Cowhig and Ian Falvey. Subs. used; Joe White for O Sullivan; Johnny Leahy for Falvey and J.P. Maughan for Ryan. Other subs on the day were, Niall Mc Carthy, Cian O Donovan,Scott Shehan, Josh Henry.
Clonakilty were defeated by Ilen Rovers in the Tadgh Crowley Cup game in Ahamilla on 30-01-13. Final score was 1-06 to 0-05
Clonakilty minor footballers scored a thrilling victory over Fermoy in the 2012 county premier 2 football league final on Saturday, November 10th at St. Finbarrs grounds in Togher, Cork. Clon entered the game as favourites following their good win over county champions, Kilta Og two weeks previously. However, on a slightly heavy pitch and in bitterly cold conditions, the bigger and physically stronger Fermoy boys made life difficult for Clon and the win was ultimately achieved only after extra time.
Clonakilty minor footballers made a disappointing exit from the 2012 County Opremier 2 football championship at the hands of Boherbue after a tough and uncompromising clash in Ballyvourney on Thursday, August 30th. The game was played on a good pitch in perfect conditions, with the gentle breeze favouring Clon in the first half. Clon won possession from the throw-in and the ball was worked to Jack O Mahony who tapped over a fine point to open the scoring with only seconds gone. The Boherbue boys settled well and looked the more determined side for the next ten minutes, levelling with a good point from play after two minutes . Though Eoin Ryan added a fine point from play for Clon it was all Boherbue now and they scored a point from a free before grabbing the only goal of the game after Clon were very harshly penalised by the referee after a Clon player appeared to have been fouled in the build up. Another point from play by Boherbue followed and it was 1-4 to 0-2 in favour of the Duhallow side after fifteen minutes. Clon than produced their best play in the next quarter, with the impressive J P Maughan scoring two fine points from play, followed by a similar score from Jack O Mahony. The same player then pointed a free before Eoin Ryan from play and O Mahony from a free brought the first half scoring to a close. Clon were leding by 0-8 to 1-4 but it was anybody's game. Significantly, while Clon had scored six unanswered points during their fifteen minutes of dominance, they had missed two glorious chances of goals. These misses were ultimately to prove expensive. Clon opened the second half brightly and Eoin Ryan scored a delightful point from out on the right wing to extend Clon's lead. Boherbue replied with a point from play before Ian Falvey replied in kind. Clon were now two points up but that was as good as it got. Showing enormous hunger and determination, Boherbue tore into the game and had Clon on the backfoot for most of the remainder of the game. Five unanswered points, two from play and three from frees saw the Boherbue boys go into a three point lead with six minutes remaining. Try as they might, Clon managed only a single pointed free in the frantic closing stages. They had a number of chances to add to their tally in injury time but a combination of poor shooting and desperate defending saw the Boherbue side hold out for victory. Clon had reason to feel aggrieved at a number of harsh decisions that went against them, but they missed too many chances over the hour, particularly when in complete control in the second quarter. Final score was 1-10 to 0-11.
Team; Niall Mc Carthy, Eoin Deasy, Joe White, Tiarnan O Connell, Colm Sheehy, Sean White, Cian O Donovan , Cian Crowley, Paul O Regan, Martin Scally, Ian Falvey,Jack O Mahony, Jack Cowhig, JP Maughan, Eoin Ryan. Subs, David Lowney and Josh Henry
Clonakilty will play O' Donovan Rossa in the first round of the Junior B football championship on Friday August third at 7pm in Ahamilla.
Clonakilty minor footballers took on Macroom in the first round of the 2012 county premier 2 championship in Dunmanway on Wednesday evening, July 18th. Following the recent poor weather the pitch was rather heavy but conditions were generally good. Clon were warm favourites for the tie following a comprehensive win over the same opposition in an earlier league game. However, it was to be a different story on this occasion. Macroom were in no mood to suffer another heavy defeat and played with far more conviction and determination than they had in the league game. Clon had to face the fresh breeze in the opening half and it was the Mid-Cork side who grabbed the first score after a free had rebounded off the post and fell to a well positioned corner forward who tapped the ball over the bar from close range.
Clonakilty Minor Footballers defeated Macroom in the first round of the county Premeir 2 football championship on a score of 0-14 to 0-9 in Dunmanway on 18/07/12.
Clon Junior A Footballers were defeated by Castle Haven in the third round of the West Cork Junior A Championship on a score of 1-12 to 0-09 in Rosscarbery on the 7th of July.
Clonakilty have been drawn against Bishopstown in round four of the Co. SFC.
Clonakilty minor footballers captured the 2012 non-exam league, section 2, title in thrilling fashion in a very keenly contested final that was played in Macroom on Tuesday, June 19th. Milstreet provided the opposition and both teams came into the game with big reputations after a series of huge wins in the qualifying games. Clon had run up big scores in defeating Eire Og, Ilen Rovers and Nemo Rangers before receiving a walk-over from Clanna Gael. In the semi-final, played at home in Ahamilla, Clon had defeated a strong Fermoy side by 2-12 to 0-8. In the meantime Milstreet had run out easy winners over Clanna Gael in the second semi-final and the stage was set for a great game when the teams took the field on a fine evening in Macroom. The Clon boys were probably a little over-confident coming into this game as they had easily accounted for the same opposition in a county league game a few weeks earlier. Milstreet were not at full strength on that occasion and were much stronger for this final. They took Clon by surprise in the opening minutes and were the dominant team, helped by the performance of one outstanding individual in the middle of the field.
Clonakilty Junior A footballers travelled to Rosscarbery on Saturday July 7th to take on Castlehaven in the third round of the 2012 South West Cork Championship. Clon had been well beaten by Carbery Rangers in the first round but had received a bye in the second round. Castlehaven had been surprisingly beaten by Kilbrittain in the opening round but had shown good form in defeating Kilmacabea in the second round. Having used much fewer players than Clonakilty in the senior championship the Castlehaven men were warm favourites for this tie. Clon's cause was not helped by the loss on many players to injury and temporary emigration during the school and college holidays. On one of the few fine evenings of a miserable summer there was a good attendance in the perfect setting of Ardagh.
Buckley Financial Junior A Football Championship
Gabriel Rangers V Clann na nGael
Dohenys V Ballinascarthy
Castlehaven V Kilmacabea
Bantry Blues V St Oliver Plunkett's
O'Donovan Rossa V Bandon
Clonakilty - a bye
Clonakilty V Gabriel Rangers (if Gabriel Rangers are beaten in Round 2) or the winners of Castlehaven V Kilmacabea (if Gabriel Rangers are successful in Round 2)