Clonakilty defeated Aghada on a score of 2-16 to 1-06 in Ahamilla in the opening game of the Invitation Tournament being run by Clonakilty GAA club and sponsored by Scally's Super-Value
CLONAKILTY V CARBERY RANGERS COUNTY S.F.C. REPORT 21-09-2014
Clonakilty took on hot favourites, Carbery Rangers, in the county senior football championship quarter-final at a packed Enniskeane venue on Sunday evening, September 21st. The Ross men were the hottest of favourites for this tie after their big win over Castlehaven the previous week. The game was played in perfect conditions and on a fine surface. Clon played into the dressingroom goal in the first half but their very cautious and defencive approach saw them concede a lot of possession and territory to the Ross men in the first quarter. Rangers opened the scoring with a point from a “45” after just a minute and added a point from a free after 5 minutes. Clon were struggling to win any ball around the middle and two points from play in the 7th and 10th minutes saw the Ross men lead by four points to nil at the end of an opening quarter during which Clon failed to raise a flag. The game lacked any real bite as the huge crowd waited for it to spring to life. David O Regan scored a fine point from a free, just over 45 metres out, after fifteen minutes to give the large but very quiet Clon support something to shout about. Thomas Clancy started to win ball after being moved to the middle of the field and the Clon forwards started to look dangerous in possession. Jack O Mahony pointed from play and Johnny Leahy added a delightful point, under pressure. Ross responded with a point from play after 23 minutes but Clon were quick to reply. Jack O Mahony pointed a free after 24 minutes When Colin O Donovan scored a great point it was all square and a real thriller looked in store. Five minutes before the break, with the sides level, came the turning point. A great move saw Leahy win possession and bear down on goal. He hit a rocket of a shot that came back off both the crossbar and post before somehow bouncing clear. Within seconds it wat the other end and Rangers had added a point. While Clon were still rueing their bad luck the Ross side added another point and as the half ticked into injury time Clon conceeded a penalty which was converted to leave the score at 1-05 to 0-05. From a promising position after 25 mintes Clon were in trouble. To their credit they started the second half in determined fashion and a long range David O Regan free from outside the 45 metre line went all the way to the net with the Ross defence in disarray. Clon were now only two points down and again looked to have a chance of causing a big uoset. However, disaster struck when Tony Anglin got a second yellow card for an awkward tackle on a Ross player who was bearing down on goal. The resultant free was converted and Ross added points from play in the 7th and 9th minutes to put five points between the sides. Clon then enjoyed a good patch as determined play saw then score three points in a row and raise hopes of a shock. Leahy scored from a 25 metre free after sub. Barry O Mahony had been fouled. The same player then kicked a magnificnt point from play two minutes later and this was followed by a wonderful point from play, right out on the left wing, by Denis Murphy. It was a two point game and Clon seemed to have every chance. However, the Ross men pointed from play after 19 mintes and quickly followed with a pointed free a minute later. The game started to become bad tempered and scrappy then and in a poor closing ten minutes Clon players allowed their frustrations to get the better of them. Leahy and Sean Nagle were both dismissed and the final five minutes fizzled out as Rangers played a possession game, wisely deciding to hold onto their five point lead. Final score at the end of a game that promised much but ended up disappointingly was 1-13 to 1-08. Clon were left to rue what might have been as a combination of genuine bad luck and poor discipline cost them dearly. Team; Pa O Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Cian O Donovan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Sean Nagle, Tony Anglin, David O Regan, John Leahy, Gearoid Barry, Colin O Donovan and Jack O Mahony. Subs used; Pa O Sullivan for Timmy Anglin (20 mins inj), Barry O Mahony for Colin O Donovan (38), Donal Lyons for O Regan (39) and Timmy Anglin for Clancy (50 bc).
Clonakilty were defeated by Carbery Rangers on a score of 1-13 to 1-08 in the County SFC Q/Final in Enniskeane on 21st September
Clonakilty take on Carbery Rangers in the County SFC Q/Final on Sunday evening next, Sept 21st at 6pm in Enniskeane
Clonakilty took on Aghada in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday, August 9th in the fourth round of the county senior football championship. The prize for the winners was a quarter/final clash with the winners of the eagerly awaited West Cork derby game between Carbery Rangers and Castlehaven. On a desperately wet and dark evening the lights were on before the throw-in at 8pm. The heavy rain, which eventually became a monsoon-like downpour before the end, made life very difficult for the players and scores were at a premium. Clon played into the city goal in the opening half but, with possession constantly being turned over in the wet and slippery conditions, the first score did not come until the seventh minute. Then, Aghada pointed a free but Timmy Anglin responed with a fine point from play for Clon a minute later. The game burst to life in the ninth minute when a high ball into the Clon goalmouth was fielded majestically by the Aghada full-forward who turned and finished to the net from close range. A full eight minutes elapsed before either side could raise another flag. Both teams enjoyed good periods of possession but were unable to translate it to scores. Clon were guilty of shooting from difficult angles and the wides total mounted. After seventeen minutes David O Regan expertly pointed a “45” and the same player followed up with a great point from play a minute later. In the twentieth minute Colin O Donovan pointed from play and followed with a point from a free three minutes later after the lively Jack O Mahony had been fouled as be bore down on goal. The only other score before the break was a pointed free for Aghada a minute before the short whistle. For all of their possession, Clon found themselves only level as the teams retired to the dressingroom for a deserved break from the deteriorating weather. Shortly before the break Clon had introduced Johnny Leahy for Graham Murray.
Aghada pointed a free three minutes after the resumption to take the lead and there was to be no further score until the fifteenth minute when Clon finally added to their half-time tally. Then, David O Regan pointed from play, a fine score in the dreadful conditions. This lifted the team and the same played added another point from play three minutes later as Clon started to dominate against an Aghada side that seemed to be wilting after missing a number of good chances. Clon freshened their side by introducing Ian Falvey for Colin O Donovan and Patrick O Sullivan for Tony Anglin as the conditions took their toll on the players. Jack O Mahony, becoming ever more involved and influential, pointed from play to stretch Clon's lead. Falvey was to prove an inspired substitution as he regularly beat his opponent with his strong running and, after one tremendous burst along the left wing, he pointed excellently after cutting inside his marker. Timmy Anglin, who had played very well, was then withdrawn, being replaced by Eugene Mc Carthy. Finbarr Coughlan was replaced by Timmy O Sullivan. Clon were in control at this stage and Jack O Mahony completed the scoring and sealed the win when he pointed from play with two minutes remaining. Clon now led by four points and comfortably repelled a few late attacks from the East Cork side. There was great joy when the referee sounded the final whistle and Clon supporters started to look forward to a big West Cork derby quarter-final. Though the standard of play left much to be desired at times the players deserve the highest praise for their efforts in the most awful of conditions. Much improvement is needed but the team has done well so far and there is no reason why further improvement can not be made. The win was particularly significant as it guaranteed Clon's place in Division One of the league for next year, with two league points also having been at stake on the night. Final score was 0-10 to 1-03.
Team; Pa O Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Cian O Donovan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Sean Nagle (Capt), Gearoid Barry, David O Regan, Graham Murray, Tony Anglin, Colin O Donovan, Jack O Mahony. Subs used; Johnny Leahy, Ian Falvey, Pa O Sullivan, Timmy O Sullivan and Eugene Mc Carthy. Others on the panel were, James O Brien, Liam Lyons, Martin Scally, Colm Sheehy, Sean Quirke and Jack Cowhig. Management team was; Eoin Ryan, Padraig White and Eddie Kirwan. Team Sponsors are Clonakilty Blackpudding Company.
Clonakilty defeated Aghada by 0-10 to 1-03 to reach the Quarter Final of the County SFC.
Clonakilty were defeated by Kilmacabea in the championship clash in Rosscarbery on a score of 1-11 to 0-11.
Clonakilty defeated St. Finbarrs , 0-18 to 0-10, in the K.S. Game in Togher after showing greatly improved form
Clonakilty suffered a most disappointing defeat at the hands of Oliver Plunketts in the championship replay in Rossmore. Final score was 1-11 to 0-12 in favour of Plunketts after a second half collpase by Clon, who had led by five points early in the second half.
Clonakilty and Oliver Plunketts drew in a dramatic and tough physical championship game in Rossmore. Final score was; Clonakilty 1-09, Oliver Plunketts 2-06
Clonakilty suffered another heavy defeat in this year's Kelleher Shield within the past week, going down to Bishopstown on a score of 3-20 to 1-09
Clonakilty under 21 footballers were defeated by Ballincollig in agonising circumstances in the county quarter-final in Kinsale after extra time. Final score was 1-15 to 1-14
Clonakilty were defeated by Rosscarbery in the league on Monday June 23rd. Score was 1-09 to 0-11
JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT (12-05-14) CLONAKILTY V ILEN ROVERS
Clonakilty Junior A footballers took on Ilen Rovers in the first round of the West Cork championship on Sunday afternoon, May 12th on a perfectly prepared Castlehaven pitch. Though the weather was dry and sunny, there was a really strong wind blowing from West to East and this threatened to make it a game of two halves. In the event, Clon proved that they were well able to play into the wind when they had to in the second half. Clon opened brightly and appeared to have secured the first score when a Jack Cowhig shot from thirty five metres out went over the bar but was inexplicably waved wide. It was not until the fifth minute that the first score was registered on the board, when an Ilen Rovers forward pointed from play. Clon responded within a minute with a fine long range effort from play by Liam Lyons, one of Clon's better players over the hour. In the eight minute Ilen had another point from play but it was all Clon for the rest of the half. Ian Falvey, the best player on view, scored three magniifcent points from play in the 9th, 10th and 11th minutes. Four minutes later it was the turn of Alan Murphy to score a really good point from play and Clon were now in control. The best score of the game arrived in the 17th minute. A high ball into the large square was fielded magnificentlt by Falvey and in the twinkle of a eye he turned and struck a bullett of a shot to the net. So hard was the shot that the ball rebounded off the back stanchion and twenty metres into play again. However, the alert umpire was quick to raise the green flag. Within a minute, Alan Murphy added a point from play as Clon threatened to run riot. However, Ilen steadied the ship and there was no score for a further seven minutes until Falvey pointed a close-in free. The beleagured Ilen side got some respite when they got a point from play after 26 minutes. The half-time score was 1-07 to 0-03. However, taking into account the strength of the wind, it was far from an impossible task for the Ilen men. In the opening ten minutes of the second half three Ilen Rovers points, two from frees and one from play, had the margin down to four points and it was very much “game on”. The next score fell to Clon sub, Eoin Ryan (Jnr) who capitalised on confusion in the Ilen square after a fine long distance free from Cian Crowley had just dropped short. Four minutes later Ryan added another point from play after good work by Cowhig to set him up.Ian Falvey got the next score, a point from play, in the 16th minute and Clon looked secure again. Three minutes later Ilen pointed from play but the outcome was settled immediately afterwards when a fine passing movement ended with Alan Murphy blasting home an unstoppable shot from around fifteen metres out. Ilen did get one more point, from play, after 22 minutes but the goal they so desperately needed would not come until it was too late. In the 27th minute they were awarded a penalty and though it was expertly converted they could not add any further scores and the game ended with Clon firmly in control, though James O Brien did have to make one fine save late on. Final score was 2-10 to 1-08. The win completed a highly satisfactory week for Clon, with the senior side having beaten old rivals, St. Nicks, the previous night to advance to the fourth round of the county championship. The management team of Joe Mc Sweeney, John O Brien, Stephen Gilbert, Pat O Meara and Jason Collins deserve great credit for getting out a strong and committed team despite an interrupted preparation. Team; James O Brien, John O Donovan, Tony Anglin, Jack Barrett, Danny Walker, Liam Lyons, Colm Sheehy,Martin Scally, Cian Crowley, Alan Murphy, Donal Lyons (C), Josh Henry, Ian Falvey, Sean Quirke and Jack Cowhig . Subs used were, Eoin Ryan (Jnr), Eoin Ryan (Snr), Stephen Fitzpatrick. Other subs not used on this occasion were, Sean Mc Evoy, Ross Mannix, Ger O Donovan, Paul O Regan, Conor O Callaghan, Richie Scally.
Clonakilty were defeated by Nemo Rangers on a score of 1-18 to 1-10 in the KS on Friday, June 13th
Clonakilty defetaed Ilen Rovers on a score of 2-10 to 1-08 in the first round of the Junior A Football Championship in Castlehaven
Clonakilty Junior B footballers take on Ardfield in Ardfield on Friday, June 6th at 8pm while the Junior A footballers take on Castlehaven in Moneyvillahane on Sunday, June 8th at 12 noon. Both are league fixtures
Senior Football Championship Report 10-05-14-Clonakilty v St. Nicks
Clonakilty and St. Nicks clashed in the opening round of the 2014 county senior football championship in Brinny on Saturday evening, May 10th. On a dry and sunny but bitterly cold evening both teams took the filed with a lot to prove, following dismal league performances during the early season. The biting cold and near gale force wind blew across the field from West to East and was of no benefit to either side. Indeed, it made scoring very difficult. St. Nicks played into the roadside goal in the opening half and made a blistering start, scoring the first point from play inside twenty seconds. They followed with another similar score within a minute. Clon seemed shell-shocked and fell further behind to a pointed free in the third minute. Two minutes later the city side added a fourth point from a free and Clon looked to be in trouble.There was no further scoring until the twelfth minute, when St. Nicks pointed from play. Clon missed a few good opportunities and it was not until seventeen minutes had elapsed that they finally got on the scoreboard when a long ball into the goalmouth was won by Johnny Leahy and he rounded his marker in style before planting a low left footed shot into the net. Clon took huge encouragement from this score and came more into the game. Jack O Mahony, who was dangerous throughout, pointed from play on twenty two minutes and his brother, Barry, scored a fine point from play three minutes later, with the city side having pointed a free in between. Jack then added a really fine point from play a minute later and the Clon supporters were in fine voice as the half time whistle approached. There was time for one more score, a fine point from play by David O Regan, who was becoming more influential as the game went on. It was 1-04 to 0-06 at the break. Clon opened brightly on the resumption and after three minutes the outstanding Johnny Leahy scored a lovely point from out on the right, and at an acute angle, into the roadside goal. Two minutes later, after a free from Jack O Mahony had come back off the post, Pa O Sullivan found himself in possession twenty metres out and kicked over a fine point. David O Regan pointed from play after six minutes and it was all Clon now. Some chances were missed but a brilliant passing movement saw the ball transferred to Barry O Mahony, who crashed home a great goal after eleven minutes and this effectively ended the game as a contest. Clon grew in confidence and became more assured in possession. St. Nicke did finally get another score after fourteen minutes when they pointed a close-in free. Clon responed with a Leahy point from a free three minutes later. The same player added a great point from play on twenty minutes and, as the game fizzled out, St. Nicks scored another free before man-of-the-match, Leahy finished the scoring on twenty nine minutes with a point from a free. Clon were delighted to hear the final whistle sound. The win, which was richly deserved, guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages on the championship later in the year and also means that senior status has been preserved. It was great relief to all Clon supporters after a really disappointing start to the year. Now they can look forward with confidence to improved form from the team as the season progresses.
Team; Pa O Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Pa O Sullivan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Cian O Donovan, Timmy Anglin, Sean Nagle(capt), Gearoid Barry, Sean White, Jack O Mahony, David O Regan, Johnny Leahy and Barry O Mahony. No subs used!
Clonakilty took on Ballincolllig in the county under 21 football quarter-final in Kinsale on Sunday, May 18th . Following early morning rain the weather dried up and conditions were good, though there was a cross-field breeze that favoured the team playing out from the roadside goal. The large Clon suport received a shock before a ball was kicked as it was revealed that leading forward, Johnny Leahy, was not playing and was not part of the Clon panel. Clon played into the far goal and had the first score when Eoin Ryan pointed from play after a minute. Ballincollig started to dominate around the middle and a defensive mix-up after just two minutes left the Mid-Cork side in for a soft goal. The next score came in the seventh minute when Ballincollig added a point from play after both sides had been guilty of missed chances. Three minutes later Cian Crowley scored an excellent point from play but Ballincollig responded with a similar score two minutes later. They added a pointed free after fifteen minutes and Clon were struggling to contain them. However, a Jack O Mahony point from a free after seventeen minutes kept a struggling Clon side in touch and he landed a “45” six minutes later to really lift the Clon supporters. Two quick points from play by the Ballincollig side put some daylight between the sides then but after twenty seven minutes Jack Cowhig pointed from play with a fine shot from a tight angle. In first half stoppage time Sean White pointed from play after a superb solo run and Clon retired for the break trailing by two points, 1-05 to 0-06, but very much in contention against a wasteful Ballincollig side. Clon raised their game early in the second half and started to win more possession around the middle. Jack Cowhig pointed from play after five minutes. In the eight minute Clon were awarded a penalty which Gearoid Barry expertly converted. The failure of the referee to award a black card to the offending Ballincollig player was extraordinary and did little to please the Clon supporters and players. Ballincollig pointed from play two minutes later but Clon were really playing well now, showing fierce determination and committment against a physically stronger team. Ian Falvey pointed from play after fourteen minutes. There was no further score until the twenty first minute when Ballincollig got a point from a free and followed quickly with a point from play. Jack O Mahony got a great point from play to edge Clon ahead. Ballincollig responed with a point from a free with three minutes to play and the tension becoming unbearable. The Mid-Cork side appeared to have snatched a win when they pointed a “45” as the game moved into added time. In one last frantic attack Josh Henry held his nerve to grab a richly deserved equalising point from play. Final score at the end of normal time was 1-10 apiece. Two exhaused teams who had given their all but were now forced to play extra time. Jack Cowhig pointed from a free after two minutes of the resumption and Ballincollig responed with a point from play immediately. With players on both sides going down regularly with cramp and heavy knocks the rate of scoring slowed completely. After eight minutes Jack O Mahony pointed from play and followed with a point from a free. Clon were now two points to the good as the short whistle sounded. The game was won and lost in the opening exchanges of the second period of extra time. Ballincollig scored four points in quick succession. Clon rallied bravely and Ian Falvey pointed from play. In one last desperate attack a Clon player was clearly tripped thirty metres out from goal. To the astonishment of all present, including Ballincollig supporters, the referee did not award a free and quickly blew the final whistle. The final score was 1-15 to 1-14. Clon were devastated. Following the highly controversial circumstances of the loss in the previous year's final the defeat was very hard to take. However, the players and management can feel proud of a great year and a bold bid for county honours. Though defeat was their lot they did themselves and the club proud. Most of the players are eligible again next year. In hindsight, the loss of outstanding captain, Colm Sheehy, to an injury at the end of the first half, was a huge blow, while the unavailability of Leahy was surely the difference between winning and losing. Feature of the game was the outstanding display of Aidan Collins in the Clon goal. He brought off four top class saves over the hour. Every single player gave his all and it would be unfair to single out any of them. The subs used also made fine contributions. Team; Aidan Collins, Cian O Donovan, Colm Sheehy, Jack Barrett, Martin Scally, Kevin Cormican, Josh Henry, Cian Crowley, Sean White, Ian Falvey, Gearoid Barry, Jack O Mahony, Eoin Ryan, Jack Cowhig and Sean Mc Evoy. Subs used, Zack Harrington, Ross Mannix and Paul O Regan. Other subs on the panel were, Niall Mc Carthy, Darragh Mc Cullagh, Eoin O Neill, Eoin Deasy, Ciaran Crowley, and Tiarnan O Connell
Clonakilty defeated St. Nicks on a score of 2-10 to 0-08 in the first round of the County SFC in Brinny.