Clonakilty defeated Timoleague on a score of 0-11 to 0-07 in the Junior A Football relegation play-off on Saturday 10th October in Ahamilla.
Clonakilty Junior C footballers were defeated by Caheragh in Ahamilla on Friday, October 9thon a score of 2-09 to 0-09 the semi-final of the championship.
Clonakilty defeated St. James in Ahamilla on Friday, October 2nd in the Junior C football championship. Final score was 1-08 to 0-08
CLONAKILTY V AGHADA SENIOR FOOTBALL RELEGATION FINAL REPORT 27-09-2015
The dreaded 2015 senior football relegation final between Clon and Aghada took place in Brinny on Sunday afternoon, September 27th. The build-up to the game had been dominated by reflections on Clon's long and distinguished servive to Cork football at senior level. Among supporters there was a real fear that the team would be relegated for the first time in its history. The performances in the three earlier championship games had been so abject that Aghada were favourites in many peoples minds, with the “Irish Examiner” preview on the previous day concluding that Aghada would win. The “Southern Star” had printed a special call to arms to Clon, defiantly asking the players to “Stand and fight”. There was enormous interest in the game and a very large crowd gathered at the excellent Brinny pitch on a fine Autumn afternoon. Clon supporters certainly rallied to the call to support the team and there was a rousing welcome for the players as they took the field. As the teams lined up for the throw-in there was a real air of expectancy and tension among the large crowd. Clon played with the advantage of the fresh breeze that blew from the roadside goal to the dressingroom goal. Clon supporters were soon in fine voice as Sean White burst forward from mid-field to kick over a lovely point from thirty metres out after just two minutes of play. This was quickly followed by a lovely point from Johnny Leahy, who was to have a huge influence on the game. After Clon had continued to dominate and had missed a number of scoring opportinuties the game really burst to life after seven minjutes when Leahy held his cool to slot home a peach of a goal from thirteen metres out following great work by Denis Murphy, a player who was outstanding all through. This score really settled Clon nerves and they proceeded to play with great assurance after that, always looking in control and really pressurising the Aghada players with the result that possession was regularly turned over by under pressure Aghada players. The East Cork men finally opened their account with a point from play in the tenth minute but Sean White replied with a similar score almost immediately. Aghada then enjoyed a few minutes of good possession and added two points from play but Thomas Clancy scored a very good point from play to steady the ship for Clon. Though Aghada did get another point from play after twenty two minutes Clon finished the half in great style, beneifitting from an improvement at mid-field and almost complete dominance from the half-back line of Denis Murphy, Clancy and White. With a generous supply of ball, the Clon forwards were causing havoc for the beleagoured Aghada defence and impressive sub, Ross Mannix, knocked over two lovely points from play. Mannix had been introduced for Leahy who had taken a few knocks, though he later came back on in the second half to torment the opposition. With Clon dominating play it came as no surprise when the Aghada defence was breached a minute before the break and Ian Falvey, playing probably his best game in a Clon jersey, crashed home a great goal after a wonderful movement that had begun with a sixty metre solo run from Finbarr Coughlan. Clon supporters were certainly on good terms with themselves at the short whistle with the team leading on a score of 2-07 to 0-04. In addition, the commitment and energy displayed by the team in the opening half was excellent and there was a great air of confidence that the dreaded drop would be avoided.
Though Aghada, aided by the breeze, did open the scoring with a fine point from play in the opening minute of the second half Clon were well in command and an excellent point from play by the very influential Thomas Clancy after four minutes restored Clon's nine point lead. Gearoid Barry, who worked hard all day to great effect, added a similar score a minute later. In the sixth minute Aghada did score a point from play but the East Cork men were to fail to register another score for almost a quarter of an hour as a rampant Clon side took complete control and killed the game off as a contest. In the seventh minute a delightful move ended with the ever dangerous David Lowney goaling from a tight angle and Aghada heads dropped. Jack O Mahony, who worked very hard and distributed the ball well throughout, score two fine points from frees as the Aghada defenders resorted to fouling the rampant Clon forwards. Johnny Leahy, now back on, added two delightful points from difficult angles out on the right wing, on either side of a fine point from play by Aghada. The final two scores of the game, points from play, fell to Aghada but they were greeted with silence as the result was now beyond doubt. Clon were comfortable winners and their cherished senior status was secure. The final score was 3-13 to 0-09. Clon supporters gave the players a long and well deserved round of applause after the final whistle and there were great scenes of joy, as the players celebrated and relieved supporters showed their appreciation. The transformation in the team between the abject performance against St, Nicks and this game was truly astonishing. Much of the credit has to go to Mike “Haulie” O'Neill and trainer, Neil Deasy. Having been brought on board in mid-season, they played a huge role in transforming the team from virtual certainties for relegation into a finely tuned and competitive side, well capable of holding their own at this level.
Team; Pa. O'Regan, Cian O'Donovan, Finbarr Coughlan, Colm Sheehy, Sean White, Thomas Clancy, Denis Murphy, Sean Nagle, Donal Lyons (c), Jack O'Mahony, Gearoid Barry, Ian Falvey, David Lowney, Johnny Leahy and Sean Mc Evoy. Subs used; Ross Mannix for Leahy(23), Graham Murray for Lyons (40), Leahy for Lowney (43), Tiarnan O'Connell for Sheehy(50) and Liam O'Donovan for Clancy(57). Others on the panel were; James O'Brien, Pa O'Sullivan, Liam Lyons, Mark Sheehy, Barry O'Mahony, and Timmy Anglin. Selectors were; Eoin Ryan, Casey O'Donovan, Padraig Whiteand Billy O'Connor.
Clonakilty defeated Valley Rovers in Ahamilla on Wednesday, 30th September on a score of 1-13 to 1-03 in the K.S.
Clonakilty defeated Aghada in Brinny on Sunday, 27th September in the senior football relegation final. Final score was 3-13 to 0-09
REPORT ON COUNTY SFC GAME, CLONAKILTY V ST. NICKS
Clonakilty senior footballers took on old rivals, St. Nicks, in the third round championship game in Bandon on Saturday, June 20th. There was much anxiety and concern among Clon followers in the build-up to the game following dismal performances in the two earlier rounds, both of which had been lost, at the hands of Newcestown and Skibbereen. Indeed, there was an air of real pessimism among many supporters as they knew that another defeat would not alone rule Clon out of this year's championship but would place them in the relegation final where the losers of the Clyda Rovers V. Aghada clash would await. A loss in that game would consign the club to Intermediate ranks for the first time since 1931, something that was causing deep concern to all members and supporters of the Clonakilty club.
With many supporters having been disillusioned following the earlier defeats there was only a modest sized crowd present for the throw-in. Conditions were perfect, with the light breeze that blew into the town goal favouring the St. Nicks side in the first half. To the disappointemnt and surprise of their supporters, Clon set up in a very defensive formation, withdrawing one, and sometimes two, of the selected forwards to operate as extra defenders. Considering the relative weakness of the opposition this seemed totally unecessary and robbed Clon of any real scoring threat. The city side took full advantage of Clon's tactics, easily cutting out most of Clon's early attacks and running at the Clon defence. The extra defenders proved totally helpless in stopping the strong-running Nicks forwards. Clon lost the mid-field battle and struggled alarmingly to win even their own kick-outs. There appeared to be no plan whatever to gain possession from those kick-outs. Despite the limitations of the Nicks side, which can be gauged from the fact that they have struggled to avoid relegation in each of the last three years and had failed to win a first round game for eight, they created numerous scoring chances in the opening stages and Clon were lucky that Pa O Regan was vigilant in keeping out two clear goal-scoring chances. Following one of those saves, after five minutes, Nicks opened the scoring when their goalkeper came up to kick over from the resulting “45”. In many ways it was fitting that the scoring would have been opened by a goalkeeper, such was the poor standard of attacking play by both teams. This score seemed to put some urgency into Clon's play and Denis Murphy burst forward and scored a fine point from play a minute later. Nicks quickly responed with two points, one from play and another from a close-in free. The Clon defence was being opened up easily at this stage, with the extra defenders proving to be of no advantage, as strong running Nicks forwards easily brushed aside two or three defenders at a time. Donal Lyond did score a good point from play and Jack O Mahony added a similar score in the thirteenth minute. Nicks pointed from play and O'Mahony scored from a close-in free to leave the sides level at four points each after nineteen minutes. Play continued for a further six minutes with both sides missing chances but the game was won and lost in a blistering four minutes spell before the break. A Nicks point from play after twenty five minutes was followed by a goal when one of their forwards waltzed past three Clon defenders to shoot home from close range a minute later. With Clon still reeling, they were dealt a huge psychological blow when they missed a close-in free that was, to the consternation of the supporters, taken off the hand and driven wide. Instead of the margin being down to a manageable five points it became a daunting seven point deficit almost immediately when the relieved Nicks side won the kick-out and added a point from a free when one of their forwards was fouled in the resulting attack. Clon supporters were certainly not happy at the break and their mood got worse on the resumption as chance after chance was wasted, with frees and shots from open play missed in rapid succession. It was clear that it was not going to be their night, despite the fact that the team enjoyed much more possession. The forwards did not seem to have the confidence to go for scores and when they did their efforts were invariably poor. Barry O'Mahony, introduced for the second half, finally got the scoreboard working after ten minutes with a point from play, having earlier missed a number of chances. Nicks were unable to add to their half-time tally but Clon were denied by a teak tough Nicks defence and the margin remained at six points until the 53rd minute when Jack O'Mahony was hauled down as he headed for goal. Clon selectors decided to re-introduce Gearoid Barry, surprisingly withdrawn a few minutes earlier, to take the vital kick. It was hardly the ideal preparation and, to the dismay of Clon supporters, his weak effort was saved by the 'keeper. As the game fizzled out, Nicks added a point and Jack O Mahony scored two late pointed frees but it was all too late. Clon were out of the championship and into the relegation final with barely a whimper. The mood among supporters was a mixture of deep disappointment, disillusionment and anger. Like all supporters, they are well used to experiencing championship defeats but there is a real difficulty in coming to grips with the level of performance produced by the team this year. Considering the talent available and the enormous success enoyed at under age level over the previous decade it is had to come to understand what is currently happening at senior level. Clon now have one final chance to avoid relegation, something that seemed unthinkable a few short years ago as the club basked in the glory of winning a county title. All involved with the team, players and management alike, carry a heavy responsibiltiy to do everything necessary to retain senior status. Final score was 1-08 to 0-07.
Team; Pa O'Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Cian O'Donovan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Patrick O'Sullivan, Sean Nagle, Graham Murray, Donal Lyons(c), David O'Regan, Gearoid Barry, Jack O'Mahony, Timmy Anglin and Liam Lyons. Subs used; Colm Sheehy for O'Sullivan (21), Barry O'Mahony for Liam Lyons (ht), Ian Falvey for Barry(39), David Lowney for David O'Regan(49) and Barry for Murray(53).
Clonakilty were defeated by St. Nicks on a score of 1-08 to 0-07 in the 3rd game in Bandon. Clon are now out of the championship and must win the relegation final against the losers of Clyda Rovers and Aghada to avoid relegation.
Clonakilty were defeated by D.O Mathunas on a score of 1-15 to 0-13 in Rossmore in the 2nd round of the West Cork championship. They now face a battle to avoid relegation
Clonakilty lost to Ballinascarthy in the league game in Ahamilla on Thursday, June 11th. Final score was 1-14 to 2-10
Clonakilty senior footballers were defeated by Ilen Rovers on a score of 0-17 to 2-09 in Ahamilla
Clonakilty seniior footballers were well beaten by Newcestown in Dunmanway in the first round of the county championship on a score of 0-16 to 0-08
Clonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Carbery Rangers on a score of 1-15 to 0-12 in Ahamilla.
Clonakilty senior footballers lost to Douglas on a score of 2-07 to 0-11 in Douglas on 26th April.
Clonakilty senior footballers slumped to a bitterly disappointing defeat at the hands of Skibbereen in Rosscarbery. Final score was 2-15 to 0-10
Clonakilty senior footballers defeated Skibbereen on Sunday, April 19th in the K.S. Final score was 0-13 to 1-09
Clonakilty under 21 footballers were defeated by Nemo Rangers in Kilmurray on Sunday, May 17th on a score of 1-11 to 0-10 in the County Q/Final.
Clonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Oliver Plunketts by 1-15 to 0-07 and Clonakilty Junior B footballers defeated Ardfield by 5-12 to 0-03
Clonakilty Junior A footballers were defeated by Caheragh in the first round of the championship in Dunmanway on Saturday, May 9th. Final score was 0-12 to 0-09
Clonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Oliver Plunketts on Thursday, April 9th in Ahamilla in the league. Final score as 1-15 to 0-07