Clonakilty were defeated by Cloughduv by two points in the East Region league final on Sunday, November 17th.
Clonakilty defeated Ibane Gaels by 1-20 to 3-07 in the West Region league final in Ahamilla on Thursday, November 14th to complete a clean sweep of all four titles, league and championship, available in 2013. A fantastic achievement!
Clonakilty under 15 hurlers easily defeated Valley Rovers in the East region under 15 A hurling league semi-final in Ahamilla on Tuesday, November 12th. Final score was 5-09 to 1-04.
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers captured the county A league title in thrilling fashion in Ballygarvan on Sunday, November 10th by virtue of a 0-12 to 0-11 win over Banteer.
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers will play Ibane Gaels in the West Region under 16 league final, in Ahamilla on Thursday, November 14th at 7-30pm
Clonakilty under 14 hurlers were defeated by Rosscarbery in the West Region B league final in Ahamilla on Monday, November 4th. despite putting up a brave display.
Clonakilty under 16 footballers suffered a surprise defeat to Mallow in the county semi-final in Coachford on Sunday, November 3rd. Final score was 3-05 to 1-08 in favour of Mallow
Clonakilty under 15 hurlers scored a very impressive win over Watergrasshill in the championship game in Ballygarvan on Monday, October 14th. Final score was 6-11 to 0-04
Clonakilty under 16 footballers scored a thrilling win over Ahan Gaels in the county quarter-final game played in Rossmore. Final score was 1-14 to 3-06. Clon came from four points down late on to seal a semi-final place against Mallow
Clonakilty minor hurlers captured a richly deserved county A title in Pairc Ui Rinn on Thursday, October 10th by virtue of a thrilling and hard-fought win over a fancied Erins Own side. Played under lights in perfect conditions in front of a fine crowd, the game was exciting and interesting throughout and had the supporters on their toes at all times, especially in the heart-stopping closing stages. Clon played into the scoreboard goal in the first half and got the perfect start, when lively corner-forward, Sean Mc Evoy, one of the heroes on the night, raced around his marker and shot to the net from a tight angle, out on the left. Scarcely had the cheers died down when the excellent David Lowney struck over a lovely point from play. Though Erins Own responded with a point from a free in the fourth minute, it was all Clon at this early stage. Jack O Mahony pointed frees in the tenth and twelfth minutes and though the East Cork side responded with a point from play, Clon continued to dominate. David Lowney pointed from play in the fourteenth minute and and Jack O Mahony added two points from frees shortly after. O Mahony was tormenting the opposition, who regulary fouled him when he had possession. When Eoin Ryan added another point from play after nineteen minutes Clon supporters could hardly believe what they were witnessing. However, all changed after twenty one minutes when a long high delivery into the Clon goalmouth deceived everyone and an inrushing forward got a touch to knock the ball into the net. The goal was very much against the run of play but it brought the East Cork side right back into the game. Clon did respond immediately with a fine point from play by Eoin O Neill. However, the Erins Own boys had been inspired by the goal and dominated the last five minutes of the half, scoring three points from frees as the Clon defence came under severe pressure for the first time. At the short whistle it was 1-07 to 1-05 in Clon's favour but it was anyone's game now. There was a great buzz in the stadium as the second half started and Clon got the perfect start with a point from play by Jack O Mahony. Erins Own responded with a point from a free in the second minute. The exchanges were tough and it was no place for the faint hearted. In the eight minute Jack O Mahony added another point from a free and in the thirteenth minute Sean White, who was having a tremendous game in the middle of the field, burst forward and scored an inspirational point. Two minutes later the rampant O Mahony knocked over a great point from play. Just when it looked as if Clon had taken control of the game the tide turned again. Three quick points from frees between the nineteenth and twenty first minutes had the Erins Own boys within a goal of Clon. Once more it was Jack O Mahony who steadied the Clon ship with a fine point after twenty four minutes. Clon were now defending desperately as the East Cork side threw everything at them. The Clon goal had a few narrow escapes and heroic defending, allied to magnificent goalkeeping by Mark White just about managed to keep Erins Own at bay. However, the inevitable goal, to level matters came with four minutes left on the clock. The Erins Own crowd erupted and there was a spring in their team's step. It was long odds-on a win for the East Cork boys now as they finally appeared to have the measure of an over-worked Clon defence and all of the momentum was with them. However, they reckoned without the extraordinary determination and will-to-win of a Clon side, most of whose players had been through the same situation in the football final only ten days earlier. Showing incredible reserves of energy and commitment, Clon tore into the game from the puck-out and battled for every ball as if their very lives depended on it. The Erins Own boys had no answer to Sean White's dazzling runs through their defence and the back-up play of his colleagues. Eoin O Neill took advantage to score a great point from the left wing and with the large Clon crowd begging the referee to blow the final whistle it was the magnificent Sean White who sealed the win with a wonderful point from distance as he left desperate Erins Own players trailing in his wake. Within a minute, the final whistle was sounded and there were great scenes of jubilation as Clon players, mentors and supporters clebrated a famous win. Amid wild celebrations the chairman of Coiste na nOg presented the cup to Eoin Deasy, a worthy captain, who had been ouststanding all night at the heart of the Clon defence. The win was celebrated in tremendous style and the significance of it was not lost on Clon supporters who could scarcely believe the events of the previous weeks, as title after title in both codes had come to the club. For Clon, every player was a hero on the night, as they had to be, to defeat a renowned hurling club like Erins Own in a county final at this level. Mark White, only fifteen, was truly outstanding in goal, bringing off countless saves and clearing to great effect. Full-back, Cian O Donovan was rock solid all through and gave a display that would have made him a contender for man-of-the-match. Not far behind him were his two corner backs, Ciaran Crowley and Zack Harrington, both of whom can look back with great pride on their displays. Centre-back and captain, Eoin Deasy was a commanding and influential figure all through. His clearances regularly turned defence into attack and he was the rock on which countless attacks foundered. He got great help from wing backs, Mark Lynch and Duncan Lehane, both of whom played vital parts in this famous win. The battle for mid-field supremecy was one of the real highlights of the game as the strong and classy Sean White and the elegant David Lowney battled it out with a strong partnership for Erins Own. The Clon boys definitely shaded the honours over the hour and played some outstanding hurling. Jack O Mahony led the forwards with skill and courage and was central to many of the scores. He was a contender for man-of-the-match. Yet again, his scoring prowess was central to the win. Wing forwards, Eoin Ryan and Liam O Donovan were constant thorns in the side of an over worked Erins Own defence and both can feel very satisfied with their contributions to winning this title. Sean Mc Evoy was outstanding and his goal was crucial. Even after sustaining a nasty injury, he soldiered on bravely until finally replaced by Tiarnan O Connell, who also contributed greatly to the win. Eoin O Neill was highly effective at full-forward and took his points well. His second score, with only minutes remaining, was crucial to the outcome. Jack Williams played with great determination and can look back with satisfaction at his role on the team throughout the campaign. Sean O Donoghue was introduced to great effect and Ryan Miller came on with only minutes to go, but he too can feel proud of his role, only five days after leading his under 16 team to county glory. Others on the panel, who helped to keep those who started on their toes, were, Josh Henry, Cian O Callaghan, David Walsh and Emmett O Gorman. For the team mentors, James O Brien, Gerdie O Donoghue, Duncan Lehane and John Paul Corcoran, this victory was the richly deserved success that their efforts merited. Having come on board only during the summer, they turned around the fortunes of this group of players within weeks. Despite the team only playing one league game, they succeeded in having them in prime condition and perfectly tuned to make an impact on the West Region and County championships. It was an incredible achievement to win both titles with such a restricted preparation. Despite playing a mere five games all year, Clon were county A champions for the first time in the club's history. The achievement was all the more remarkable considering that the players also captured a county football title. It will go down as one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in the proud history of the Clonakilty club.
Clonakilty under 14 hurlers defeated Ballinascarthy in the league semi-final in Ahamilla on Friday, October 11th. Final score was 6-12 to 7-05
Clonakilty minor hurlers took on a fancied Eire Og side in the county A semi-final on Saturday, September 21st.in Newcestown. In perfect conditions and on a well prepared pitch it was the Eire Og boys who started best and they quickly raced into a four point lead before Clon opened their account. Eventually, following excellent play by Jack O Mahony and Sean White, Clon started to dominate around the middle of the field and the points started to flow. Top quality free-taking by O Mahony had Clon level and even though the Mid-Cork boys went ahead by five points to four it was all Clon in the later stages of a closely contested first half. At the short whistle it was nine points to five in favour of Clon but they now had to face into a strong breeze in the second half. Points were exchanged in the opening minutes before Eire Og hit a good patch and brought the lead down to a single point with around ten minutes to play. With the score at ten points to nine, Clon were hanging on to their slender lead when disaster struck. An Eire Og free from around twenty five metres out found its way to the net and it was now 1-09 to 0-10 and Clon looked to be in deep trouble. With around five minutes remaining,Sean White went on a long solo run through the Eire Og defence and was hauled down, resulting in a penalty. He took it himself and drilled the ball to the net. Now Clon were hanging on for dear life to the lead by the narrowest of margins. Both goals had narrow escapes amid desperate tension and excitment. in the final desperate attack and Eire Og forward was ahuled down for a penalty. After much deliberation the free-taker opted to tap the ball over for the levelling score. The final whistle was sounded and extra-time was required. Two exhausted teams took the field again and it was Clon who looked the fitter side as they raced into a four point lead but just as it seemed that they were on their way to victory the Eire Og boys struck for a goal to leave the minimum between the sides at the short whistle. The game was decided in the first action of the second period of extra-time when the outstanding Sean White burst through and knocked over a brilliant point. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Mid-Cork side and they were helpless to prevent the same player from repeating the dose a minute later. Eoin Ryan burst into action during this period and, aside from scoring a fine point of his own, he set up two more. Jack O Mahony was everywhere and David Lowney, Liam O Donovan and Sean Mc Evoy caused havoc by running at the Eire Og defence. Though there was one brief scare when Eire Og put the ball in the Clon net, the "score" was correctly disallowed for a square infringement. Clon were rampant now and easily held on to record a famous win on a score of 2-21 to 2-16. Considering that the side was under-strength it was a fantastic result. Mark White was outstanding in goal and Cian O Donovan, though still recovering from illness, was rock solid at full back. He got great help from Zack Harrington and David Walsh in the corners. Team captain, Eoin Deasy, dominated at centre-back and was a contender for man-of-the-match. Mark Lynch and Duncan Lehane had fine games on the wing. Clon dominated throughout thanks to the outstanding Sean White and David Lowney, with White especially commanding throughout. Jack O Mahony was magnificent throughout and his free-taking was especially important as the Eire Og defence was severely punished for their tendency to foul under pressure. Many of the frees were awarded for fouls on O Mahony himself. Liam O Donovan and Sean Mc Evoy really caught the eye and caused endless problems with their running at the defence. Eoin Ryan was closely marked early on but really grew into the game and was hugely influential in extra-time. Sean O Donoghue and Jack Williams played significant parts in this win while subs, Eoin O Neill and Ryan Miller can feel well pleased with their contribution. Ciaran Crowley missed out on the game due to illness. For the management team of Gavin Lehane, Gerdie O Donoghue, James O Brien and John Paul Corcoran, this was a very satisfying victory. They deserve the highest praise for bringing the team to a county final
The under 8 Street League Finals in both hurling and football take place on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm in Ahamilla. All welcome. Great day assured
Clonakilty under 14 footballers were defeated by a strong Rosscarbery side in the first round of the county premier 2 championship in Rossmore on Sunday, September 22nd. Final score was 4-10 to 3-02
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers captured the 2013 County A championship title in magnificent fashion in Bandon on Saturday afternoon, October 5th by virtue of a comfortable and well-merited win over a brave Cloughduv side. On a gloriously sunny and warm afternoon and in near-perfect conditions Clon played some sparkling hurling and were good value for their nine point winning margin. Clon entered the final as firm favourites following a big win over Ballinora in the semi-final and their large band of followers were in confident mood as the game got under way. Clon won the toss and played into the town goal in the first half, with the sun and fresh breeze to their backs. Despite conceeding a point within seconds, they quickly settled into their stride, with Liam O Donovan and David Lowney dominating the mid-field exchanges and supplying a lot of good ball to the forward line. Here, Sean Mc Evoy was to prove the outstanding player as he tormented the hard-pressed Cloughduv defence for the full hour. He was regularly fouled as he bore down on goal and Sean O Donoghue converted frees with great accuracy. Mc Evoy opened Clon's account with a point from play and this was followed by two pointed frees from O Donoghue. After Cloughduv had scored one of their own, David Lowney then added a great point from play. Padraig Ryan added a point from play for Clon and Cloughduv responed with a siumilar score. Clon were guilty of a number of misses now and failed to convert their possession to scores. David Lowney did notch a point from a “65” and Sean O Donoghue pointed frees in the fifteenth and seventeenth minutes as Clon dominated play. Eight minutes elapsed before the next score, a fine point from play by the ever-dangerous Mc Evoy. The same player had the ball in the net a minute later when his shot went in off the 'keeper's hand. It was the breakthrough that he and his team richly deserved as they were on top throughout the field and had been unlucky not to have goaled earlier, being denied only by outstanding saves from an overworked Cloughduv goalie. To their credit, the Mid-Cork side responded well and added two points before the break, one from a “65” and the other from a free. It was 1-09 to 0-05 when the very capable and impartial referee blew to end an entertaining half. Strangely, for a county final,while the fare on offer was good, the game had not really sparked to life. Clon now had to face the bright sun and fresh breeze. When Cloughduv scored an excellent point straight from the throw-in it looked as if the expected come-back was on. However, Clon had other ideas. Tiarnan O Connell was at the end of a fine movement and billowed the net from twenty metres out. It was a great score and it lifted the team. Though Cloughduv did score a point from a free, Clon started to dominate proceedings. Mc Evoy pointed from play and O Connell added another within minutes. Cloughduv were finding it very hard to get past a tremendous Clon half-back line of Ross Mannix, Ryan Miller and the outstanding Zack Harrington. They did manage a point from play after eleven minutes but Sean O Doinoghue pointed a free in response. Cloughduv replied with a pointed free immediately but impressive Clon sub, Kyle Miller scored a fine point from play and the magnificent Mc Evoy added one of his own straight away. O'Donoghue pointed a free after twenty minutes and Clon looked home and hosed. However, just as victory seemed assured, they became a little casual and Cloughduv struck for a fine goal from play after twenty one minutes. Suddenly the Mid-Cork side looked dangerous and their supporters started to come to life also. The game really sprang to life then. Though Clon defended magnificently, and Mark White brought of a wonderful save, Cloughduv struck for another goal with four minutes left on the clock. The crowd were on their feet now and Clon had to defend desperately. They did so. Every one of the six defenders did well under immense pressure, with the full back line of Cathal O Regan, Conor Scally and David Walsh really standing up to the battle and the half line clearing with great aplomb. Liam O Donovan and David Lowney thundered back into the game and the Cloughduv resurgence was repelled. With the game in injury time, Kyle Miller scored a great goal to put the seal on a memorable and deserved win. Final score was 3-15 to 2-09
Every player on the panel can look back with pride on their part in this win. As already noted, the six defenders were outstanding and goalie, Mark White played a huge part in this win. Apart from his saves, his long puck-outs and clearances were very important and he regularly turned defence into attack. Liam O Dionovan and David Lowney dominated the middle, Up front, Sean Mc Evoy was outstanding and Tiarnan O Connell also did really well, with his goal coming at the right time. Sean O Donoghue played a big part in this win with his great accuracy and the hard working Padraig Ryan, Declan O Sullivan and Alex Moore can feel proud of their contributions. Both subs, Paraic Halligan and Kyle Miller were excellent and looked really dangerous when in possession. Others on the panel who made a contribution at different stages during a memorable campaign were, Olan O Donovan, J.D O'Hea, Liam O Connor and Andrew Jennings. The manger, Tommy Lyons did wonders with this panel, bringing them from an undistinguished campaign at under 14 level in 2011 to impressive county champions at under 16 level two years later. A wonderful achievement! Well done also to his fellow selectors, Paul O Connell, Pa Mc Carthy and Fintan O Regan.
After the final whistle there were great scenes of delight as Clon celebrated a county title, always a fine achievement. The cup was presented to Ryan Miller by the chairman of the Coiste na nOg and the team returned amid great jubilation to Ahamilla where Carmel Calnan and her band of helpers were on hand to supply refreshemnts to one and all. It was a second county title for the club in the space of five days, following the win of the minor footballers on the previous Monday. Truly, 2013 has been a great year for the club.
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers easily defeated Ballinora in the county under 16 A semi-final on Saturday September 14th on a score of 4-15 to 1-10
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers captured a well-deserved county title by virtue of a 3-15 to 2-09 win over Cloughduv in Bandon on Saturday, October 5th.
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers take on Ballinora in Newcestown on Saturday, September 14th at 4pm in the county A semi-final.
Clonakilty under 16 hurlers play Cloughduv in Bandon on Saturday, October 5th at 2pm in the county A final.
Clonakilty easily defeated Kilbree in the West Region Under 16 A HGurling final in Newcestown on Sunday, August 18th. Final score was 8-16 to 1-03