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 defetaed Ilen Rovers on a score of 2-10 to 1-08 in the first round of the Junior A Football Championship in Castlehaven
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 defeated St. Nicks on a score of 2-10 to 0-08 in the first round of the County SFC in Brinny.
Clonakilty were defeated by Douglas on a score of 0-11 to 0-07 in the league game played in Ahamilla
Clonakilty under 21 footballers retained their West Cork title in emphatic style on Friday, April 4th by virtue of a 0-14 to 0-03 win over Castlehaven.
Clonakilty take on Castlehaven in the under 21 football final on Friday, April 4th in Dunmanway at 8pm (under lights)
Clonakilkty defeated Dohenys by 1-16 to 0-07 in the West Cork under 21 football s/final in Enniskeane on March 30th to qualify for the final against Castlehaven
Clonakilty defeated Carbery Rangers on a score of 2-10 to 2-02 in the Q/final game played in Aughaville on 14th March.
Clonakilty defeated Ilen Rovers by 3-09 to 2-09 in Ahamilla in the second round game on Sunday, February 23rd
Clonakilty Junior A footballers, made up entirely of under 21 players, defeated Clanna Gael by 1-13 to 0-04 in the league game in Ahamilla
Clonakilty junior A footballers, made up mostly of under 21 players, were defeated by Skibbereen in the opening league game in Ahamilla on a score of 1-08 to 1-06
Clonakilty were defeated by 3-09 to 0-10 by Newcestown in the opening game of this year's league in Ahamilla on February 9th
Clonakilty were defeated by St. Vincents on a score line of 3-07 to 0-09 in Ahamilla on Sunday, February 2nd.
Clonakilty senior footballers defeated Douglas by 0-10 to 0-09 in the Tadgh Crowley Shield in Ahamilla on Sunday, January 26th
Clonakilty u 21 footballers were defeated by Duhallow in the semi-final in Knocknagree on Friday 24th January 2014. Score was 1-11 to 2-06
Clonakilty senior footballers were defeated by 5-11 to 4-08 in the first round game in Togher on Saturday Janury 18th
Clonakilty under 21 footballers scored a thrilling win over Muskerry in the Q/Final of the Duhallow Tournament in Ahamilla on Staurday, Janury 11th. Final score was 2-10 to 2-09.
Clonakilty defeated Rathmore/Kilcummin by 4-08 to 0-14 in the second round game to stay in contention for a q/final place in this year's competition
Despite a magnificent second half fightback Clonakilty under 21 footballers were defeated by Kenmare District on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11.
Clonakilty senior footballers have been drawn against old rivals, St. Nicks, in the first round of the 2014 County SFC
Clonakilty under 21 footballers take on Kenmare District in the first round of the 2013/14 Duhallow Invitation Tournament on Sunday, December 15th at 2-30 pm in Knocknagree
Clonakilty were defeated by Inniscarra in the county premier 2 league s/final in Inniscarra on Sunday, November 17th on a score of 2-13 to 0-13
Clonakilty junior A footballers were beaten by Caheragh in the league semi-final on a score of 3-14 to 2-04