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
Clonakilty junior hurlers were defeated by D. O'Mathunas in Castletownkenneigh on Thursday, May 24th on a score of 0-15 to 0-10 in the league
Clonakilty Junior C hurlers defeated Timoleague in Ardfield on Sunday, November 22nd in the West Cork Championsip final. Final score atl the end of a thrilling game was 1-12 to 0-14 after extra time
Clonakilty defeated Dohenys on a score of 0-11 to 1-07 in the Junior A hurling league final in Dunmanway on Friday, November 20th to complete the league and championship double for 2015
Today's West Cork Junior C hurling championship final between Clon and Timoleague has been POSTPONED
Clonakilty junior A hurlers defeated St. Colums in the league semi-final in Ahamilla on Sunday 1st November on a score of 3-15 to 2-04
The West Cork Junior C hurling final between Clon and Timoleague scheduled for Barryroe on Saturday October 24th HAS BEEN POSTPONED
2015 WEST CORK JUNIOR A HURLING FINAL REPORT
Clonakilty took on Diarmuid O Mathunas in the West Cork final on Sunday, September 6th in Enniskeane. Conditions were perfect for good hurling with not a puff of wind and a dry sod on a well prepared pitch. The favourable weather conditions helped to swell the crowd and there was a great buzz of expectation as the teams lined out for what was expected to be a closely contested game, with some experts even prediciting a draw as a likely outcome. In the event, all of the pre-match predictions were completely wrong. Even the most optimistic Clon supporters could not not have anticipated what was to unfold. Clon played into the dressing-room goal and dominated possession from the throw-in. In fact a full five minutes had elapsed before the ball went beyond the dominant Clon half-back line. The spectators could scarcely believe the complete dominance exerted by Clon over a strangely subdued Mathunas side who seemed totally out of sorts and lacking in their traditional spirit. Despite their dominance, Clon took almost six minutes to open the scoring, courtesy of a Sean White pointed free. The outstanding David Lowney then burst forward and floated over a lovely point from play and Thomas Clancy, who was causing havoc every time he gained possession, added a fine point from play. The inevitable goal then arrived in the fourteenth minute when the powerful Timmy Anglin found the net from close range. Lowney added another lovely point from play and at the end of the first quarter Clon led by 1-04 to no score. Mathunas finally opened their account after 16 minutes with a poi nt from a “65 and they followed with a point from play a minute later. Shortly after his introduction, Sean Mc Evoy pointed from play and started to torment the Matghunas defence with his strong running and quick play. Points from a free and play helped to briefly give the Castletownkenneigh side some hope but Clancy had two fine points from play on either side of a Sean White point from a free. It was 1-08 to 0-04 as the teams retired for the break and the supporters tried to come to grips with a strange first half where Clon had been the dominant side.When White added a point from a free two minutes after the break it was really lookind bleak for Mathunas. Though they did get one point back from play after five minutes it was all Clon after that and the game was really over as a contest. McEvoy and Clancy pointed from play and Timmy Anglin goaled to leave Mathunas with a mountain to climb. Things got worse for them before they had time to do anything to rescue the situation as the lethal McEvoy added another goal and the game was now totally out of reach. White added another point from play before Mathunas lifted the siege with a point from a free. It was only a temporary reprieve as Thomas Clancy added another goal in the 19th minute. The game fizzled out after that with Clon able to afford the luxury of taking off some of their stronger players with an eye to the following week's county campaign. The sides added two points apiece in the closing minutes as many neutrals in the large crowd started to drift towards the exits. There were great scenes of joy when very capable and impartial referee, Ian Mc Carthy of Bandon blew the final whistle. The famed “Flyer Nyhan” Cup was then presented to excellent Clon captain, Alan Murphy amid tremendous scenes of celebration by Clon players and supporters. The award for man-of-the-match went to Timmy Anglin, though, in truth, it could have gone to any one of a dozen Clon players. On this occasion it could truthfully be said that this was a real team performance, with every player able to feel proud of his contribution, though special ,mention has to be made of the five minors on the side, Mark White, David Lowney, Tiarnan O Connell, and substitutes, Sean Mc Evoy and Liam O Donovan. Mention should also be made of the extraordinary veteran, Jimmy Forristal, a man who has soldiered in good and bad times for over twenty years in the cause of Clonakilty hurling. Almost half of his teamates on Sunday evening had not even been born when he first donned the Clon jersey at junior level!
Scorers for Clonakilty; Thomas Clancy 1-04, Timmy Anglin 2-00, Sean Mc Evoy 1-02, Sean White 0-04 (0-02 f), David Lowney 0-02 and Cian O'Donovan 0-02 (0-01f)
Team; Mark White, Ciaran Crowley, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jimmy Forristal, David Lowney, James O'Brien, Denis Murphy, Alan Murphy(C), David O'Regan, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Cian O'Donovan,Pa O'Regan, Thomas Clancy and Tiarnan O'Connell. Subs used; Sean Mc Evoy for Pa O'Regan (15),Eoin Ryan (Bal) for O'Connell (38), Mark Sheehy for Ciaran Crowley (46), John Paul Forristal for Sean White (51) and Liam O'Donovan for David O'Regan (58). Others on the panel were; Brian Daly, Eoin P. Ryan, Gavin Lehane, Duncan Lehane, Ross Mannix, Tony Anglin, Eamonn Downey, David Walsh, Eoin O'Neill, Zack Harrington, Eoin Deasy, Martin Scally and Colm Crowley. Selectore were; Seamus O'Brien, Charlie Vaughan, Brian Daly and Mike Harrington.
Team Sponsor; Clonakilty Blackpudding Company
Clonakilty junior hurlers were defeated by Cloughduv in Brinny on Sunday, September 13th in the County q/final. Final score was 1-19 to 0-10