Clonakilty were well beaten by Killeagh/Itas in the county under 21 B hurling final in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday October 18th. Final score in a disappointing game was 6-14 to 0-08
CLONAKILTY V BALLYGIBLIN COUNTY UNDER 21 B HURLING SEMI-FINAL REPORT
Clonakilty took on Ballygiblin, champions of North Cork, in the county under 21 B hurling semi-final on Sunday, September 28th at Ballyanley (Inniscarra). Conditions were reasonably good but light rain at various stages during the game made it difficult for the players, especially in the frantic closing minutes when the rain got heavier and the pitch became more greasy. Clon played away from the dressing room goal in the opening half but it was Ballygiblin who opened the scoring with a point from play in the second minute. David Lowney responded quickly with a similar score for Clon. The North Cork side went ahead with a point from a free after four minutes but the lively Sean Mc Evoy, who was to emerge as man-of-the-match, pointed from play to level matters after six minutes. Clon dominated play thereafter but a combination of poor shooting and excellent goalkeeping kept them at bay. In the twelfth minute the deadlock was broken when Ballygiblin scored a point from play and followed immediately with a similar score. There was an element of farce on both occasions as the umpire seemed totally unsure of the position and the scores were only awarded by the referee after what can best be described as confused consultation. Ballygiblin had their best spell of play now and pointed a free after fifteen minutes and followed with a point from play two minutes later. Sean White steadied the ship for Clon with a fine point from play after eighteen minutes. Further points from Mc Evoy, Eoin O Neill and three from David Lowney to a single point in response from the North Cork men saw Clon in a healthy position as half time approached. In the remaining minutes and the extended added time there was a flurry of further points, with Eoin Ryan, Jack O Mahony, David Lowney and Sean Mc Evoy all contributing. It was 0-12 to 0-09 at the short whistle and the general consesus was that it had been an excellent first half, with hurling of the highest standard. It was anyone's game as the two teams lined up for the second half. Ballygiblin pointed from play after three minutes to anrrow the gap. Mc Evoy respondd with a really lovely point from play after five minutes. David Lowney pointed a free two minutes later. There was a long break for an injury and scoring resumed with a point for the North Cork side from a “65” after fourteen minutes. David Lowney pointed a free in response. The rate of scoring slowed down very much as the game became very physical and one stoppage followed another. A further eight minutes elapsed before the next score, a pointed “65” for Ballygiblin. Sean White scored a great point from play immediately after that. With less than five minutes of official time left Sean Mc Evoy, who had tormented the opposition all day with his speed and skill, was at the end of a long free into the Ballygiblin goalmouth and he expertly first-timed the ball to the net. Clon now led by seven points. There was still time for plenty of drama as the North Cork side laid siege to the Clon goalmouth .With points there for the taking they insisted on going for goals. Time and again a resolute and teak tough Clon defence repelled them. Goalie, David Walsh, and all six defenders emerged as heroes in a frantic closing quarter, including an incredible twelve minutes of added time. Sean White pointed from play after thrity two mintes and Ballygiblin did get two points, from play and a free, five minutes later but it was Clon who finished the scoring when David Lowney expertly converted a “65” in the thirty ninth minute. Though play continued for three more minutes there was no further scoring. Great scenes of joy followed as Clon players celerated qualifying for a first ever county final at this level. Final score was 1-18 to 0-14. Tremendous credit is due to the players and mentors for this achievement. On the day, every Clon player covered himself in glory in what was essentially a team effort. Clon now play Killeagh/Itas from east Cork in the county final. Team; David Walsh, Colm Sheehy, Ciaran Crowley, Cian O Donovan, Eamonn Downey, Kevin Cormican, Eoin Deasy, Sean White, Martin Scally, David Lowney, Jack O Mahony, Eoin Ryan, Duncan Lehane, Eoin O Neill and Sean Mc Evoy. Subs used; Ross Mannix for Downey (inj32), Ian Falvey for Lehane (42). Subs not used were, Jonathan Leahy, Emmett O Gorman, Zack Harrington, Colm Crowley.
Clonakilty under 21 hurlers scored a tremendous win over Ballygiblin in the county under 21 semi-final in Inniscarra on a score of 1-18 to 0-14
West Cork Under 21 B Hurling Final 2014 Report
Clonakilty took on old rivals, Dohenys, in the West Cork final on Sunday, August 31st in Ballinacarraiga. Unfortunately, weather conditions were very poor, with rain and a strong cross-field wind greeting the players as they took the field. This was expected to be a very close game, based on results in the corresponding games between the same clubs at under 16 and minoir level in recent years. Clon had been the more impressive side in earlier rounds, having easily defeated St. Patricks in the opening game and then showing great form in defeating Kilbrittain in the semi-final. True to form for games between these rivals, the early exchanges were close and uncompromising. It was very much tit for tat throughout the first half. The slippery conditions made life difficult and scores were hard to come by. Dohenys opened the scoring with a pointed free after two minutes. The scorer was in fact to be the only player from the Dohenys side that got his name on the score sheet all night, as he was to account for all seven points registered by the Dunmanway side. Jack O Mahony and Kevin Cormican responded with points from play but the lead was short-lived as Dohenys struck three points in succession. Clon levelled with points from the impressive Sean White and Eoin Ryan. Dohenys responded with two further points from their sole scorer. With the exchanges getting very competitive the game threatened to boil over in a frantic end to the first half. Thankfully, order was restored quickly after a flare-up and Dohenys stretched the lead to two points but the ever-dangerous Jack O Mahony pointed before the half ended to leave the score 0-06 to 0-05 in favour of Dohenys at the short whistle. Clon were unlucky not to have goaled in the final minute of the half but a great save from the Dohenys 'keeper denied Eoin O Neill.
The second half opened in the same manner as the first half, with scores hard to come by and the players, despite their determined efforts, struggling to cope with the wet conditions. After three minutes Clon levelled when impressive sub, Ian Falvey, pointed from a very acute angle. Dohenys were quick to respond with a point of their own. Incredibly, it was to be their last score of the night, Clon started to dominate possession but struggled to make an impression on the score board. Scores were now proving almost impossible to come by. Eventually, the lively David Lowney pointed and followed up with a another from a free to push Clon ahead. It looked to be anybody's game at this stage, with less than ten minutes to go. A goal would surely win the tie and when it eventually came it was Clon who got it, thanks to the opportunism of Eoin Ryan. He displayed fine skill to dispossess the Dohenys 'keeper and then knocked the ball into the empty net. Before the shell-shocked Dohenys players could respond Clon struck again. A long range free from Jack O Mahony failed to make it over the bar. To the consternation of the Dunanway men, and the joy of Clon players and supporters, the ball found its way into the net past defenders and forwards alike. There was no way back now for the crestfallen Dohenys side. O Mahony, Sean White and Eoin O Neill all added points and it was 2-11 to 0-07 when the referee blew for full-time. Great scenes of joy and relief greeted the final whistle as Clon celebrated a rare victory at this level. The win was especially welcome following the disappointment of the junior hurlers defeat a week earlier. It also gave Clon a rare double, as the under 21 footballers had captured the West Cork A title earlier in the year. The win was the result of years of good work at under age level in the club and, following county titles at minor and under 16 the previous year, it has given hurling a much-needed boost in the club. Well done to all involved, players and mentors alike. Clon now advance to the county semi-final. Team; David Walsh, Eoin Deasy, Ciaran Crowley, Colm Sheehy, Martin Scally, Sean White (Capt) Eamonn Downey, Cian O Donovan, Duncan Lehane, Eoin Ryan, Kevin Cormican, David Lowney, Sean Mv Evoy, Eoin O Neill and Jack O Mahony. Subs used; Ian Falvey for Lehane (ht), Ross Mannix for Mc Evoy, Emmett O Gorman for Scally. Others on the panel who all played their part during the campaign were; Johnny Leahy, Mark Lynch, Colm Crowley, Jack Williams, Josh Henry, Zach Harrington and Tiarnan O Connell. Mentors; Seamus O Brien, David O Leary, Mike Harrington Charlie Vaughan and James O Brien.
Clonakilty Junior A hurlers suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Newcestown in the q/final of the West Cork Championship in Ballinascarthy on Sunday, August 24th. Final score was 1-12 to 2-07
Under 21 Hurling Championship Report 12th August 2014
Clonakilty took on old rivals, Kilbrittain, in Ahiohill on Tuesday, August 12th in the semi-final of the West Cork under 21 B hurling championship. The game was played in perfect conditions and the hurling was of the highest standard, providing a feast of entertainment foe the spectators. Clon were bidding to reach their second final in a row and they openend in fine style with Jack O Mahony especially impressive in a lively attack. There was flurry of point scoring in the early exchanges. O Mahony pointed two frees but Kilbrittain scored four points to take the lead before O Mahony showed great determination to run through the Kilbrittain defence before goaling from close range. Points from Cian O Donovan and the lively David Lowney stretched Clon's lead with a point apiece. Though Kilbrittain responded with a point of their own Clon then hit a purple patch, scoring three points in succession through Lowney, O'Mahony and Kevin Cormican. With the game starting to slip away from them the men in black and amber rallied with a point followed by a rather lucky goal from a long range free. Clon were not to be ruffled however, and points from O'Mahony and Sean Mc Evoy steadied the ship. Kilbrittain rallied bravely with two points of their own to stay in touch. O'Mahony and Cormican added two points for Clon as half-time approached. In injury time, Lowney raced through to goal for Clon. O'Mahony and Cormican added quick points and this scoring burst of 1-04 before the break was to prove crucial as it gave Clon the cushion of a big lead, 2-13 to 1-08 at the break. Though Kilbrittain pointed within a minute of the restart, O'Mahony replied and did likewise when Kilbrittain pointed again. Four points from Lowney, Eoin Ryan, O;Mahony and Sean White saw Clon in control. However, Kilbrittain rallied bravely and some fine scores had the margiun down to five points with as many minutes left. They threw everything at Clon in the hectic closing stages but could not breach the Clon defence for the much needed goal. The final score was 2-19 to 1-17 and Clon advanced to meet Dohenys in the final. Team; David Walsh, Emmett O Gorman, Colm Sheehy, Ciaran Crowley, Cian O Donovan, Kevin Cormican(0-3), Eamonn Downey, Sean White(0-1), Martin Scally, Eoin Ryan (0-1), Duncan Lehane, David Lowney (1-3), Sean Mc Evoy (0-1), Jack O Mahony (1-9,0-9 frees), Jonathan Leahy.
Clonakilty defetaed Kilbrittain on a score of 2-19 to 1-17 in a thrilling West Cork semi-final clash in Ahiohill. They now meet Dohenys in the final
The under 21 hurling championship game between Clon and Kilbrittain has been switched to Ahiohill at 7pm on Tuesday August 12th. NOTE NEW VENUE
The Junior A hurling championship q/final v Newcestown has been re-fixed for Sunday August 24th due to the drawn Under 21 final involving Newcestown. Futher updates later as this fixture is liable to further change if the senior football double-header goes ahead in Ahamilla on thatl date.
Clonakilty play Kilbrittain in the West Cork under 21 B Hurling Championship s/final on Tuesday, August 12th in Timoleague at 7pm
Clonakilty play Newcestown in the West Cork Junior A Hurling C'ship in Ballinascarthy on Tuesday, August 19th at 7pm
Clonakilty had an emphatic win over St. Patricks in the U 21 quarter/final in Rosscarbery on a score of 2-16 to 1-06
Clonakilty junior A hurlers defeated Kilbree on a score of 2-17 to 2-10 in the league
Clonakilty took on old rivals, Diarmuid O Mathunas in the first round of this year's West Cork Junior A hurling championship in Rossmore on Friday, May 30th. The game was played in perfect conditions, on a dry, sunny evening and with no wind whatever. The pitch was in perfect order and there was quite a good crowd present to witness what turned out to be a real crackjer of a game, played with full championship fervour. In the opening half Clon played from right to left, as the supporters on the terrace looked at proceedings. Within a minute, Eoin Ryan, the former Ballinascarthy player, knocked over a lovely point. He was to be Clon's liveliest forward on the night. Mathunas responded well when a harmless looking shot from way out on the right touchline somehow ended up in the Clon net. Clon did not panic and after four minutes had a goal of their own, when bustling full-forward, Timmy Anglin, gained possessio twenty metres out and raced towards goal before shooting to the roof of the net from close range. The spectators were in fine voice now as the game really burst to life. On seven minutes Mathunas scored a fine point from play. Two minutes later, Sean White replied with a similar score after a good run. After eleven minutes Mathunas added a point of their own from play. Eoin Ryan then scored a really lovely point from a tight angle a minute later. Mathunas then scored three points in a row, a free followed by two from play, between the fifteenth and eighteenth minutes. Clon were struggling at mid-field but this was soon remedied. Sean White and Patrick O Sullivan really sprang to life and the Clon forwards enjoyed a plentiful supply of ball for the remainder of the half. Denis Murphy, who had missed a number of scoreable frees earlier, finally got one in the twentieth minute and another great point from play by Eoin Ryan quickly followed. The introduction of Thomas Clancy had worked wonders for the Clon side and he was winning a lot of possession around the middle. Sean White burst forward to score a great point from play after twenty eight minutes and a Denis Murphy free and one from play by Jimmy Forristal, both in added time, left Clon leading by 1-08 to 1-05 at the short whistle. The late scoring burst appeared to have put Clon in control at this stage and the supporters were in good mood during the break. Their joy was added to on the resumption as two Denis Murphy points from play in the first and fourth minutes, sandwiched by a similar score from Jimmy Forristal, saw Clon's lead stretched to six points. Mathunas got a badly needed score after five minutes when they pointed from play. Thomas Clancy, who was to emerge as hugely influential, responded immediately with a magnificent point from distance. Just as Clon looked to be taking complete control disaster struck. A careless turn-over of possession in defence saw Mathunas through for a goal from close range. Suddenly, there was only a three point margin between the sides. From the puck-out, things nearly got worse for Clon as Mathunas gained possession and one of their forwards went to ground inside the square but, to the enormous relief of Clon players and supporters, the referee waved play on. Mathunas were incensed. The exchanges were intense and the game was now being fought with real championship fervour. After a scoreless period of five minutes Mathunas added a point from play. Thomas Clancy responded after twelve minutes with a magnificent point from the middle of the field. Clon were now five points to the good and looked to have weathered the storm. However, Mathunas had other ideas. Between the seventeenth and twenty seventh minutes they scored five unanswered points to level the scores amid great excitment and tension. The momentum was now firmly with the Castletownkenneigh men and Clon looked to be in serious trouble. Sean White then gained possession deep in his own half and went on a long solo run deep into the Mathunas half before parting to lively sub, Martin Scally. He knocked over a great shot from the right wing to give Clon the slenderest of leads. Mathunas were not finished yet. They responed with a similar score and as the game moved into added time the supoporters were bracing themselves for extra-time. It was not to be. Denis Murphy pointed after thirty two minutes and with the supporters on their toes Clon clinched the game a minute later when Timmy Anglin gained possession and raced past his marker before planting the ball in the net from close range. Clon supporters were still cheering when Denis Murphy added another point from a free just before Michael O Mahony blew for full-time. This left the final score at 2-18 to 2-13. Clon were delighted to have advanced to the knock-out stages. They had confounded their critics with a fine performance and there was a refreshing enthusiasm and spirit about their play. Their first touch was good, showing the benefit of work in the ball-alley, and, following last year's dismal exit from the championship, they are now firmly on track to mount a bold bid for honours. With Jack O Mahony and Cian O Donovan, both exam-tied, due to return to the fold they can face the next round with real confidence. A pleasing feature of the game was that, unlike so many first-round games under the “back-door” system, this tie was played with real passion and was a true championship game in every sense. Arrangements at the excellent Rossmore venue were top class.
Team; Brian Daly, John Paul Forristal, Tony Anglin, Mark Sheehy, James O Brien, John O Donovan, Gavin Lehane, Sean White, Patrick O Sullivan, Aidan Holland, Steven O Connell, Denis Murphy, Jimmy Forristal, Timmy Anglin and Eoin Ryan. Subs used were, Thomas Clancy, Ciaran Crowley,Tiarnan O Connell and Martin Scally, all of whom made a significant on the game.
Clonakilty scored a thrilling win over D.O'Mathunas in the first round of the West Cork championship in Rossmore on Friday, May 30th. Final score in a thrill-a-minute game was 2-18 to 2-13
Clonakilty Junior A hurlers take on D.O'Mathunas in the first round of the championship in Rossmore on Friday, May 30th at 8pm Note venue change
Clonakilty Junior A hurlers defeated Oliver Plunketts on a score of 1-12 to 0-11 in the league at Ahamilla on Sunday morning, April 27th
Clonakilty take on Oliver Plunketts in the Junior A hurling league on Sunday at 3pm in Ahamilla
Clonakilty Junior C hurlers scored a thrilling win over Ballinascarthy in the West Cork final in Enniskeane on Satrurday, November 9th. Final score was 1-08 to 0-07.
Clonakilty Junior B hurlers easily defeated St. James in the semi-final clash in Ahiohill on 26th October. Final score was 2-13 to 0-07
Clonakilty Junior B hurlers played a thrilling draw with St. James in the championship s/final game in Ahiohill on Saturday, October 19th. Final score after extra-time was Clon 1-17, St James 4-08
Clonakilty were defeated by Ballinascarthy in the West Cork final played in Ahiohill on Sunday morning, October 6th. Final score was 2-11 to 2-02
Clonakilty Junior B hurlers easily defeated Kilbree in the semi-final of the West Cork championship in Ahamilla on Sunday September 22nd on a score of 4-16 to 0-03
Clonakilty minor hurlers had a tremendous win over hot favourites Eire Og in the semi-final played in Newcestown on 21 September. Final score after extra time was 2-21 to 2-15.