Clonakilty's under 21 county quarter-final clash with Beara has been fixed for Monday, June 24th. More details later
Clonakilty senior footballers scored a surprise but well deserved win over Aghada in the first round of the 2013 county championship in a game played in Ballygarvan on Saturday evening, May 11th. There was strong wind favouring the team playing away from the dressingroom goal but otherwise conditions were fine as it was bright sunny evening, with the pitch in good order. The large band of Clonakilty followers were generally pessimistic about their team's chances in the build up to the game as a result of very indifferent league form. Unusually, Clon lined out in white jerseys, having lost the toss for choice of colours, the board having deemed that there was a clash between the clubs' first choice jersys. This problem had never arisen in the many previous clashes between the clubs and left many supporters bemused! Clon played against the wind in the opening half and almost had a dream start when the Aghada goalie, in a moment of panic, advanced away out from his goal. One of his defenders lost possession and when the ball fell to Johnny Leahy he did well to create space to give himself a a shot at the empty net from about thirty yards out. Unfortunately, his shot went just over for the opening point. In the third and fifth minutes Aghada scored points from play. Their forwards were looking very lively and were creating numerous scoring chances. The pressure told when, in the eight minute, an Aghada forward was pulled down in the square and the resultant penalty was expertly converted, low to the left corner. Two mintes later, Johnny Leahy, who looked very dangerous in possession scored a free from just inside the twenty metre line, slightly to the right. The East Cork side responed immediately with a pointed free of their own and after a six minute gap during which they missed many chances to punish Clon the Aghada men added another point, this time from play. After further missed chances from their wasteful opponents, Clon added a much needed point from Leahy, this time from a free straight in front of goal and around twenty five metres out. In the 23rd minute the lively Barry O Mahony scored a really good point from play. However, the Aghada men added two further points, from a free and play before the short whistle. It was 1-06 to 0-04 as the teams retired at half-time and the general view was that the advantage rested with the East Cork men, who seemd stronger and livelier than Clon. However, as often happens, the momentum of the game changed completely on the resumption. Clon made some astute switches. Timmy Anglin went to full-forward where he used his height and strength to great effect. Fine play from Sean Nagle and Thomas Clancy saw Clon take over around the middle and suddenly Aghada looked a less convincing outfit. Within a minute, Denis Murphy found himself at the end of a dangerous attack and knocked the ball over from close range. Though Clon were very much in control of play now they missed a number of scoring chances and the next score did not arrive until the 14th minute of the half. It was worth the wait. Attacking wing back, David O Regan kicked a mighty point from play from around fifty metres out and to the left. The score lifted the team. The margin was down to a goal now and within a minute Leahy had scored a great free from around thirty metres out and to the right. Clon supporters were in full voice now and sensed that the game was within their team's grasp. After almost incessant pressure it was O'Regan again who scored a great point from play in the 18th minute from around twenty metres out. A few minutes later Barry O Mahony, who was to emerge as man of the match scored a fine point from a free. With their large support firmly behind them, the Clon players upped their game again and the scores followed. O'Mahony added a magnificent point from distance though under tremendous pressure. Clon were ahead now by the minimum but Aghada finally lifted the siege to score a point from play in the 23rd minute, their only score of the second half. After some end to end play during which scores were missed and possession was regularly turned over by both teams as they fought frantically for the lead it was Clon who clinched the game. Three points from the rampant O' Mahony, one a delightful effort with his left foot from play, sealed the win for Clon. The victory was well deserved as the team had raised its game to tremendous heights during the second half. While Barry O Mahony, and to a lesser extent, Johnny Leahy and David O 'Regan, took the plaudits for their scoring exploits, the win was built around the mid-field dominance in the second half. Here, Thomas Clancy, and even more so, Sean Nagle, were the heroes, totally blotting out the formidable Aghada pairing. The half back line of David O Regan, Finbarr Coughlan and Denis Murphy were also hugely influential as they picked up most of the breaking ball around the middle. Overall, it was great result for Clon. The pressure of possible relegation is gone and the win will do morale and confidence the world of good. The management team will have a few months to develop the team. Improvememnt is needed but the potential is there. Team; James O Brien, Liam Lyons, Tony Anglin, Gearoid Barry, Denis Murphy, Finbarr Coughlan, David O Regan, Sean Nagle, Thomas Clancy, Donal Lyons, Timmy Anglin (c), Eugene Mc Carthy,
Johnny Leahy, Colin O Donovan and Barry O Mahony. Sub used was Jack O Mahony, who did well on his championsghip debut at the tended age of 17.
Other subs were, Conor O Callaghan, Sean White, Mark Sheehy, Patrick O Sullivan, Liam Cahill, Stephen Sheehy, Graham Murray, Conor Mc Manus, Ian Falvey and Alan Murphy
Clonakilty defeated Aghada by 0-13 to 1-07 after a great second half comeback in the first round county championship game in Ballygarvan.
Clonakilty defeated St. Vincents in Ahamilla on 21st April by 1-15 to 3-06 to get their league campaign back on track following a defeat to Naomh Abhan earlier in the week
Clonakilty were impressive winners of the 2013 West Cork under 21 football final in Enniskeane on Sunday April 14th. Final score was 0-12 to 0-03
Clonakilty under 21 footballers advanced to the 2013 West Cork final as a result of a comfortable win over near-neighbours, Carbery Rangers in dreadful conditions at a wet and wind-swept Aughaville on Saturday, March 23rd. The game was originally scheduled to have been part of an attractive double-header in Dunmanway involving the second semi-final between Castlehaven and Bandon. The dreadful weather conditions in the days leading up to the game made it necessary to move one fixture and it was the derby clash between Clon and Ross that was switched to Aughaville.
Clonakilty Community College senior football team suffered a heartbreaking one point defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, March 30th. Final score was; St. Marys, Granard 1-07. Clon CC 0-09.
Clonakilty under 21 footballers defeated Carbery Rangers by 1-11 to 0-05 in the championship semi-final played in Aughaville on Saturday night, March 23rd. They now play Castlehaven in the final
Clonakilty minor footballers easily defeated an understrength Bandon team by 3-18 to 0-03 in the county premier 2 league game in Ahamilla on Monday, March 4th.
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 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 were defeated on a score of 2-18 to 1-17 in a thrilling county under 21 hurling s-final clash with Erin's Own on Saturday Oct 15th in Brinny.
Clonakilty under 12 hurlers take on Ballinascarthy in Ahamilla on Friday, September 23rd at 6-30pm in the plate final. The game will be folllowed by a junior hurling league game bwetween the same clubs, with an 8-30 pm throw-in.
Clonakilty easily defeated Tracton in the county under 21 A hurling championship Q/Final in Brinny on September 10th on a score of 0-22 to 2-09
West Cork Under 21 A Hurling Final Report 30th August 2016
Clonakilty captured their very first West Cork under 21 A hurling title on Tuesday, August 30th 2016 in difficult conditions in Ardfield as a result of a thrilling victory over Ibane Gaels. The Timoleague/Barryroe combination were themselves bidding for a first title in the grade. Clon qualified for the final as a result of a historic first ever win in the grade over Bandon in the semi-final when they had produced some sparkling hurling on the way to a 4-15 to 0-15 win. That made them slight favourites in many people’s books for the final but, as anticipated, it turned out to be a closely contested game all through, with little or nothing in it throughout a tense and fiercely contested game where no quarter was asked or given. Indeed, it was only the excellent and diligent refereeing of Bantry official, Joe O’Donnell, that kept matters from boiling over on a few occasions. Clon suffered a setback before the game when it became known that Duncan Lehane, three-goal hero of the semi-final, would be an absentee as he was away on holiday. There was a fine crowd in attendance for this eagerly awaited local derby which guaranteed that a new name would be added to the list of winners. A really strong wind blew straight down the field away from the dressing-room goal. Clon won the toss but, surprisingly, opted to play against this wind in the opening half. However, they made by far the brighter start with three quick points from Ross Mannix, Sean Mc Evoy and David Lowney (free). Ibane replied with three similar scores to level matters and it was again level after Lowney pointed only for Ibane to respond with a like score. Clon supporters were happy enough at this stage as the wind was extremely strong and the puck-outs and clearances from the Ibane men were practically dropping in the Clon square. Here, the real heroes of this win emerged. All six Clon backs were outstanding, clearing their lines time and again to great effect. Behind them, Mark White, one of the stars of the semi-final win, was rock solid. Just after the quarter mark, David Lowney, one of the classier players on view, edged Clon ahead with a fine point but Ibane then struck for a goal which was scored from close range, giving White no chance whatever. Clon held their nerves and, vitally, did not concede another goal to a now more dangerous Ibane side. Thankfully for Clon, their opponents had a succession of bad wides after that and their failure to build on the goal was to prove their undoing in the end. Though the Ibane men did add a pointed free it was Clon who finished the stronger with fine points from Lowney and the magnificent Liam O Donovan, a player who was to emerge as a real hero late on when the need was greatest in the hectic closing stages. A point from Ibane closed the scoring for the first half and Clon were the happier team as the players retired for the break with the score standing at 1-06 to 0-07 to Ibane. Clon would have the wind in the second half. However, as so often happens, the wind eased somewhat and the arrival of heavy drizzle levelled matters up as both teams struggled to produce good hurling in the greasy and difficult conditions. The extremely competitive nature of the game, with tight marking all round, made it impossible for the players to produce quality hurling and tempers became frayed on a few occasions but the game never go out of hand, largely thanks to strict refereeing . Ibane opened the scoring with a point but Lowney responded with a similar score. Ibane added another point from play to put three points between the sides but Lowney again pointed a free to narrow the gap. With scores now at a premium it was starting to look bad for Clon as they simply could not break down a teak tough Ibane defence who hunted in packs and employed a sweeper to bolster their defence. Hard tackles were the order of the day and every ball was contested as if the outcome of the game depended on it. Scores were almost impossible to get and Ibane were hanging on for dear life to their two point lead as the game entered the final quarter. Light was fading and the tension among the large crowd was almost unbearable. With twelve minutes left the vital breakthrough came for Clon when they goaled. A long free from Mark White landed in the Ibane goalmouth and a frantic struggle followed for what seemed like an eternity. Defenders tried to clear, forwards tried to knock the ball forward and for a while there was stalemate. Eventually, substitute, Eoin Ryan got the vital touch to just edge the ball over the line. It was the match-winning score. Ibane did draw level with nine minutes remaining following a point from a free but it was to be their last score. They did throw everything at Clon as they came forward in wave after wave of attack but were repelled by a magnificent Clon defence where every man emerged as a hero. Both sets of supporters would gladly have settled for a draw at this stage but Sean Mc Evoy put Clon ahead with five minutes left, scoring a great point from play though under severe pressure. Further Ibane attacks were repelled and they actually had a goal disallowed, rightly, after Mark White bravely stood his ground under a high ball but was knocked over the line by an over-enthusiastic forward. Amid unbearable tension the game moved into injury time and Tiarnan O Connell, excellent all through, put Clon two points up after 61 minutes with a classy point after he slipped in behind the defence. There was still time for more drama but Clon held out for a famous and historic win. Amid wild scenes of jubilation the cup was presented to worthy team captain Eoin Deasy by Joe Crowley, Chairman of the West Cork Board. Deasy had been an inspired choice as captain and he led by example while all around him his team-mates rallied to the cause. Liam O’Donovan covered every inch of the pitch and thundered out of defence time and again. Cian O Donovan was the rock that many frantic attacks floundered on while Zack Harrington and David Walsh refused to give an inch to their opponents. Ross Mannix and Sean O Donoghue were soundness personified while the outstanding Lowney played some excellent hurling in the middle of the field. Wing forward, Sean White also did well but suffered from being so closely man-marked. Sean Mc Evoy and Tiarnan O Connell completed an excellent half-forward line. That trio caused a lot of problems for the Ibane men. The Clon full-forward line of Shane Collins, Eoin O Neill and Olan O Donovan tried manfully throughout and caused problems for their opponents but the Ibane full line of defence was particularly strong and generally shaded the issue over the hour. Jack O Mahony was introduced to good effect but it was the introduction of Eoin Ryan that was to prove an inspired substitution as his goal was ultimately to prove the match-winning score. It was no more than he deserved, having made a brave recovery from serious injury. Final score was 1-11 to 1-09
Clonakilty defeated Ibane Gaels in Ardfield on August 30th on a score of 1-11 to 1-09 in a thrilling West Cork final. This was a historic first title for Clonakilty in this grade
Clonakilty defeated Bandon in Rossmore in the West Cork under 21 hurling championship on a score of 4-15 to 0-15. It is believed that this is the first time that Clon have beaten Bandon in hurling in this grade. Well done to all concerned on a great win.
Clonakilty were defeated by Oliver Plunketts in Ballinacarriga in the West Cork c'ship. on a score of 1-16 to 1-13
Clonakilty Junior A hurlers defeated Skibbereen in the championship second round on July 18th in Dunmanway on a score of 0-15 to 1-07
Clonakilty Junior C hurlers were defeated by D O'Mathinas on July 15th on a score of 2-09 to 1-05 in the championship (first round)
Clonakilty were defeated by Ballinascarthy in Timoleague on Friday, June 24th on a score of 1-10 to 1-08 in the 1st round of the championship. They now face Skibberen in the back-door round