Clonakilty Junior A hurlers defeated Ballinascarthy by 1-12 to 1-05 in the championship second round game in Timoleague in front of a huge crowd in terrible weather conditions
Clonakilty junior hurlers were defeated by Kilbrittain Premier Intermediate hurlers in the semi-final of the Michael Holland Cup in Ahamilla on Wednesday, March 6th on a score of 1-16 to 1-02
Clonakilty Junior Hurlers captured the West Cork title after extra time in a thrilling final on a score of Clonakilty 3-13 to Dohenys 2-14.
On Monday 20th April the Clon Girls travelled to neighbouring rivals Ross for an U14 League match. The match started at a fast pace and scoring was closely matched during the first half.
Going into half time Clon lead by a few points. After a few words of encouragement from trainers, Finbarr O Mahony & John O Grady, the Clon girls took to the pitch determined to keep that lead.
With a tight back line, strong midfield & equally strong forwards, the Clon Girls not only kept the lead but greatly increased it. By the time the final whistle was blown, the girls were exhausted after giving it their all. They left the pitch in Rosscarbery on a high and so they should as they ran out winners on a score line of Clon 10-4 to Ross 4-5.
Pride of place goes to the Clonakilty U-13 girls footballers who won the West Cork U13b final in great style defeating a valiant St Colums team by 5-4 to 3-5. Both teams had met in an earlier round of the competition finishing in a draw on that occasion. Clonakilty knew they were in for a challenge and the game turned out exactly that. While there were many brilliant individual displays from Clonakilty players, this victory was based on a solid team performance encompassing all that is good in Ladies Gaelic football – skill, commitment and confidence in the players own ability. A huge effort was made by the girls in the lead up to this final and it was evident from this display that the girls embraced the style of play the mentors had wished them to play. From the very start, the game ebbed and flowed being played at a ferocious pace by both sides. Clonakilty went in at half time 2 points down. The girls decided that they were not going to go home empty handed and from the restart set down a marker to St Colums and turned the 2 point deficit to a lead that they would not relinquish. The Clonakilty backs put their bodies on the line and some vital saves by goalie Eve Murphy kept a brave St Colums team to just 2 scores in the second half. When the final whistle blew the Clonakilty girls celebrated but showed respect to the St Colums players who were likewise gracious in defeat. On return to Clonakilty, the girls paraded the cup through the town. These girls are the future of the Clonakilty Ladies Football Club and it was only right and proper that the girls were treated to food and refreshments for their efforts on the day and throughout the year. This was greatly appreciated by the girls who are now on a well deserved break, having brought the first piece of silverware to the Clonakilty Ladies Club this year. Team: Eve Murphy, Aoife Moloney, Ellen Lawlor, Eimear Walsh, Ciara Deasy, Tess Kelly, Laura O’Donovan, Abby Wycherley, Meabh O’Donovan, Chloe Allman, Kiya O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunlea, Sinead O’Grady, Kelsey O’Mahony, Leah McAree (Capt). Sophie Sheehan, Grace Lawlor, Aine Downey,Aeisha Hurley. Team Mentors: John O’Grady, John Minihan, Mary Collins, Margo Harte, Finbar O’Mahony, Claire Hurley
Congraulations go to our U13 girls and management on their recent success on winning the West Cork League Final on Sunday 12th last, when they defeated St. Colums in Kealkil. Well done to all involved. The Club will hold a Halloween Disco on Friday the 24th October at 8.00pm in the Imperial Hotel. Admission to the Disco is €5.00, age is restricted from 8 to 14 year olds and it will be fully supervised. A shop will be open on the night selling sweets, crisps, soft drinks etc. Fancy Dress optional.
Ladies Football Update 29/09.
Everyone at Clonakilty Ladies Gaelic Football Club would like to congratulate the Cork Senior Ladies and management whose incredible record continued yesterday at Croke Park when they snatched victory from a great Dublin team in the dying minutes. Special congratulations go to our own Martina O’Brien who played in goal and did herself, her county and her club proud on the day. It was an incredible game of football and just when we all thought it was not going to be their day, the Rebelettes dug deep and went from 10 points down with 15 minutes to go, to scoring 2-7 and winning by the narrowest of margins. It was an incredible comeback and made us all proud to be part of ladies football and especially Cork. Well done again to all concerned and especially to Martina, you are a great ambassador for our club and we all wish you continued success.
The Club would like to wish the U16 girls, trainers and mentors the very best of luck in the County Semi-Final on Friday 19th @ 6.30pm in Redmonds Pitch when they take on Kanturk. Best of luck girls
The U16 girls played Na Piarsaigh on September 13 in Ahamilla in the county quarter final winning on a scoreline 3-14 to 0-04. This was by far Clon’s best performance of the year with every player from 1 to 20 giving their all on the day. There were excellent displays all round beginning with Eabha Walsh in goal giving an exhibition of kicking to set up many of our attacks. Our defence was well marshalled by Captain Aoife Barry with great assistance from Anna McCarthy, Sue Downey, Katie O`Connor, Lauren A. O`Sullivan & Meabh Deasy. The towering figures of Hollie O`Sullivan & Ciara Ryan dominated midfield & as the score suggests our forwards were on fire with Leanne Calnan giving a wonderful display of goal scoring and point taking, ably assisted by Orla Lowney, Lauren S.O`Sullivan and the impressive Madelyn Hughes on the wing. All roads lead to a county semi final on September 20th against Kanturk. Time and venue to be confirmed when knows. The U8s and U10s went to Passage West on Saturday to compete in a blitz and had a very successful day. These girls have had a great year, huge numbers of girls training and everyone having lots of fun which is the main objective at this age. . Date for the Diary: Halloween Disco on Friday 28th November
Clonakilty Senior Ladies bowed out of the County Senior B championship on Sunday evening (Sept 7th) in Kilmurry when they were beaten in the semi final by Donoughmore. A Donoughmore goal after 12 minutes proved decisive in the first half and Clon were unable to bridge the gap and went in at half time trailing 1-05 to 0-04. The second half took on a similar pattern with Clon having an equal amount of possession but always seemed to be faced by a black wall of Donoughmore defenders. Donoughmore found their scores a bit easier to come by and ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-08. Martina O’Brien gave her usual solid performance in goal and all 6 backs defended stoutly with Rebecca McAree having one of her best outings yet in a Clon jersey. The O’Leary sisters worked hard in midfield and the forwards with Beulah McManus giving a wholehearted effort, toiled hard without always having success. Clon still have to defend their West Cork Senior title which should be coming up shortly. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Aileen McCarthy, Carol-Anne O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill (0-01), Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Aine O’Leary (0-01), Beulah McManus (0-01), Jenny Quinn, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Louise Collins, Ciara McCarthy, Maura O’Brien (0-03) 0-01 free, Rosemary Dullea, Caroline Dullea, Aoife Barry, Hollie O’Sullivan, Ellen Hayes, Lydia Kenny, Ailbhe Dowling, Juanita Brennan, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Leanne Calnan.
The club would like to extend its congratulations to Ciara Ryan and the Cork U16 ladies who defeated Dublin in the All Ireland final on Saturday 30th in Templemore on a scoreline of 4-7 to 2-7. Well done to all involved. We would also like to wish the Cork Senior Ladies and again our own Martina O’Brien the very best of luck in their All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday at 6.30pm when they take on Armagh in Longford. At the time of going to press the Clon Senior Ladies are down to face Donoughmore in the Senior B County semi-final on Sunday 7th September, please see website for confirmation of same. Closer to home there will be a “Back to School” disco for 8-14 year olds on Friday 4th September at 8.00pm in the Imperial Hotel. Admission to the Disco is €5.00 and it will be fully supervised. We look forward to seeing you all there on the night.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies qualified for the semi final of the County Senior B Championship with a 2 point win over near neighbours Rosscarbery in an enthralling tussle played at Ahamilla on Monday 19th August last. A goal from Aine O’Leary in the first 15 seconds set the scene for a cracking contest in which the lead changed hands on numerous occasions. Clon had the advantage of a strong breeze in the first half but it was Ross whose ability to get goals at crucial times who looked the more likely winners at this stage. Clon replied with points from Beulah McManus and Ciara Ryan and further goals from Aine O’Leary and Louise Collins meant at half time the teams were level Clon 3-05 Ross 4-02. Clon faced an uphill task in the second half when they had to face the elements but did they rise to the challenge. Captain Carol-Anne O’Donovan led by example at full back and one outstanding bit of fielding was inspirational. Niamh Deasy and Sinead O’Neill thundered into the game and great work out of defence by the entire backline led to the scores that would eventually win the game. The O’Leary sisters were strong in midfield and while Ross were continuing to pick off scores, a great goal from Jenny Quinn who had a fine second half brought Clon level. Entering the last few minutes the teams were level but in a move started in the backline by Sue Downey, Clon scored the decisive goal through Ciara Ryan. Ross had one last chance to save the game but a close in free was deflected over the bar. Final score Clon 5-11 Ross 6-06. Huge credit to both teams who gave us such an entertaining match that could have gone either way. Special mention to Susie Forristal whose spirit epitomises all that is good with this panel of players. The fact that she was prepared to play this match a few days before her wedding speaks volumes for her as a sportswoman and as a person. Everyone at the club wishes herself and Kevin a great future together. Panel: Anna O’Hea, Aileen McCarthy, Carol-Anne O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Aine O’Leary (2-06) 0-03 frees, Beulah McManus (0-01), Jenny Quinn (1-00), Ciara Ryan (1-02), Louise Collins (1-00), Ciara McCarthy, Rosemary Dullea, Martina O’Brien, Maura O’Brien (0-01) free, Aoife O’Neill, Sue Downey, Caroline Dullea, Hollie O’Sullivan, Aoife Barry, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Leanne Calnan, Grace McManus. Congratulation also goes to Ciara Ryan and the Cork U16 ladies who recently defeated Cavan in the All Ireland semi-final on a scoreline of 6-13 to 0-5. Cork will play Dublin in the All Ireland final on Saturday 30th August in Templemore at 1.00pm. The Club would like to wish Ciara and her teammates the very best of luck on the day.
Last Wednesday evening saw Clonakilty U12 Girls Football team in action when they took on Rosscarbey an U12 West Cork Ladies Football League match in Ahamilla. At half time Clon lead by a point with a score of 2-0 to 0-5. In the second half saw a determined Ross team fight back to take the lead with the Clon girls responding to bring the game level at 3-5 each. Ross reponded with a point. However the Clon girls gave it their all to score a great goal in the final mintues. As the final whistle blew in an exciting & at times a nail biting game, the Clon U12 Girls were victorious Result 4-5 to 3-6 Team: Aiesha Hurley, Ailbhe Dunlea, Aishling Moloney, Caitlyn Campbell, Chloe Hurley, Ciara Deasy, Jesse Henry, Kyia O'Mahony, Lydia Sutton, Meriel Devoy, Mirren Leahy, Nicola Enright, Orla Callaghan, Sarah Lowney, Sined Coleman, Zoe Ni Chofaigh.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies continued their preparation for the upcoming Senior B championship with a very good challenge match against Cork U 16 ladies played in Ahamilla on Saturday Aug 2nd. This match was played in three 20 minute periods and gave the opportunity to have a look at some of the young players as well as the more established players. For the record Cork won the first period 1-05 to 0-01, Clon won the second period 2-03 to 1-02 and Cork won the third period 1-06 to 0-04. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Carol-Anne O’Donovan, Susie Forristal, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Louise Collins (0-01), Claire O’Leary, Beulah McManus (0-03), Ciara Ryan (0-02), Jenny Quinn, Rosemary Dullea, Maura O’Brien (0-01), Ciara McCarthy, Hollie O’Sullivan, Aine O’Leary (2-01), Aoife Barry, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies continued their Senior Football Championship campaign on Tuesday 22nd with a much improved display away to Eire Og. Ciara Ryan scored the first of her 2 goals inside the first few minutes and this settled Clon who proceeded to give a fine display of football on the night. Although Eire Og came back to take the lead in the first half, Clon rallied again with points from Anna O’Hea, Maura O’Brien and Caroline Dullea to go in level at the break on a scoreline of Clon 2-06 Eire Og 1-09. Scores were harder to come by in the second half and with 8 minutes remaining the teams were still level 2-09 to 1-12. However Eire Og finished the stronger with 3 points on the trot and a goal with virtually the last kick of the game to leave the final score Eire Og 2-15 Clon 2-09. Again the Clon backs were outstanding on the night with Carol-Anne O’Donovan and Niamh Deasy doing a great marking job on the talented Eimear Scally. Beulah McManus and Aine O’Leary worked hard in midfield while the half forward line of Rosemary Dullea, Jenny Quinn and Ciara Ryan put in a great hour’s work from an attacking and a defensive perspective. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Susie Forristal, Carol-Anne O’Donovan, Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Aileen McCarthy, Aine O’Leary (0-01), Beulah McManus (0-01), Ciara Ryan (2-03), Jenny Quinn (0-01), Rosemary Dullea, Maura O’Brien (0-01) free, Anna O’Hea (0-01), Caroline Dullea (0-01), Louise Collins, Lydia Kenny, Aoife Barry, Ellen Hayes, Hollie O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Leanne Calnan.
Clonakilty Senior ladies began their Senior Football Championship on Tuesday 15th with a disappointing defeat to St Mary’s. This match was played in Macroom and was always going to be a tough assignment as St Mary’s (an amalgamation of teams) boasted Cork Inter County stars Geraldine O’Flynn, Deirdre O’Reilly, Brid Stack, former Cork player Norita Kelly and a number of younger players who have worn the Cork jersey at different levels. Clon began brightly but despite an early point from Ciara McCarthy, they trailed 0-04 to 0-01 after 10 minutes. Clon’s backs were extremely brave but were unable to stem the flow of the extra player coming through from outfield. 2 goals from St Mary’s with Clon scoring 3 points in reply left Clon 6 points behind and another goal before half time left the half time score St Mary’s 3-07 Clon 0-04. Clon faced a huge task in the second half but again started brightly with a point from Maura O’Brien. Due to the tenacity of the backs they limited St Mary’s to one point until mid way through the second half. But the constant pressure told and inspired by Geraldine O’Flynn, St Mary’s ran out winners on a scoreline of 5-12 to 0-08. It was obvious that Clon’s preparation wasn’t at the level it might have been. Nevertheless there were solid displays from Martina O’Brien, Susie Forristal, Carol-Anne O’Donovan, Sinead O’Neill, Ciara Ryan and Ciara McCarthy. Clon meet Eire Og next week in the next round robin championship game. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Susie Forristal, Carol-Anne O’Donovan, Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Aileen McCarthy, Aine O’Leary (0-01) free, Beulah McManus, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Jenny Quinn (0-01), Rosemary Dullea, Maura O’Brien (0-03) 0-01 free, Ciara McCarthy (0-01), Anna O’Hea (0-01), Louise Collins, Aoife Barry, Caroline Dullea, Lydia Kenny, Ellen Hayes, Hollie O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Katie O’Connor, Leanne Calnan.
This was a thoroughly entertaining, heart stopping, hard fought win by the Clon girls against a fine Ilen Rovers side. Both teams tore into this game played in near perfect conditions in Ahamila. After a busy period of games and exams, the warm sun and firm ground meant for thirsty work - particularly given the amount of hard work being gone through. A wholly sporting contest, there was rarely more than a few scores between the sides until late in the day when Clon managed to pull ahead. However, they needed every advantage as Rovers stormed back with some fine scores only for Clon to prevail, in the end, by a single point. The first half was very even throughout with some fine scores from both sides but some misses also. The half time score of 3-4 to 3-5 to the girls from the west was a reasonably fair reflection of the contest to that point. Eve Murphy did very well in goal both as a shot stopper and distributing from kickouts. The Clon back line, again led by Tess Kelly and Tommie Shanley contested well with fine support from Eimear Walsh and Abby Wycherly. Maeve McCarthy linked well with Aoife White, in particular and with Maeve O'Don0ovan and Chloe Allman constantly busy, the Rovers defence had their hands full. Laura O'Donovan and Aoife Minihan contributed gamely in support and Aine Downey showed well for the ball in support of Kelsey O'Mahony who was getting on top in her personal battle.
In the U16 league Clonakilty ladies played Clan Na Gael on May 12th in Ahamilla. After a highly entertaining game that displayed all that is good about ladies football, Clonakilty came away narrow winners on a scoreline of 4 – 11 to 5 – 07. There were excellent displays all over the field with Eabha Walsh in goal giving an super display of goalkeeping. She was well supported in defence by Sue Downey, Katie O`Connor, Meabh Deasy & Nicole Falvey. Our midfield of Holly O`Sullivan & Rebecca Early worked tirelessly with Holly scoring some great points from long range. As the scoreline suggests our forwards were on top form with Orla Lowney, Leanne Callnan and Lauren S O`Sullivan leading the way. With time almost up and Clonakilty two points in arrears a superb team move was started by Eabha Walsh in goal and finished by Ciara Ryan to the back of the net.
The club would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team & Management on winning the All Ireland League on Saturday last when they defeated Dublin in a very close encounter. We would especially like to mention our own Martina O'Brien and Aine O'Leary, well done girls and here's to yet another very successful season for the senior ladies. Very quiet on the playing field at the moment due to exams taking place or those preparing for the state exams. Keep up the hard work girls, only a few weeks to go and it will all be worth it in the end.
Ladies Football Update: 05/05/2014
All teams are now up and running and training very hard for what will hopefully be a very successful season for the Club. The Senior Ladies have completed their league campaign and are awaiting Championship Fixtures for the season ahead. The U14 girls are the only other team in competitive action so far this year. Most other competitive action is on hold due to exams both at Secondary School and University Level. The May Bank Holiday disco was a big success and was enjoyed by all who attended. Our congratulations and best wishes go to Martina O’Brien, Aine O’Leary, Beulah McManus and Ciara Ryan who are again playing their part both at County and University level. Ciara Ryan played with the Cork U16’s recently when they defeated Waterford in the Munster Final on a scoreline of 1.15 to 1.14 and best of luck to Martina O’Brien, Aine O’Leary and their team mates in the forthcoming National League Final against Dublin on May 10th.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies collected their first win of the season with a comfortable victory against a young Donoughmore side on Friday April 11th in Ahamilla. Clon started brightly and a goal from Maura O’Brien gave Clon an early lead and despite a number of wides they tacked on points from Claire O’Leary, Ciara Ryan and Lydia Kenny to lead at half time 1-08 to 0-03. Clon’s backs were well on top epitomised by outstanding performances by Niamh Deasy and Rebecca McAree. A goal from Aine O’Leary early in the second half killed the game as a contest. With Louise Collins being the focal point of the attack Clon added on points from Jenny Quinn and a cracker from Ellen Hayes which left the final score Clon 2-13 Donoughmore 0-05. Team: Anna O’Hea, Aoife O’Neill, Carol Ann O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Aileen McCarthy, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Lydia Kenny (0-02), Jenny Quinn (0-02), Aine O’Leary (1-05) 0-02 frees, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Maura O’Brien (1-01), Louise Collins, Ellen Hayes (0-01).
Clon Senior Ladies continued their league campaign when they entertained reigning county champions St Val’s in Ahamilla on Saturday 22ndMarch. Clon played with the strong wind in the first half and more than held their own against a very useful Val’s outfit. Again Martina O’Brien showed her class in goal while the backs as a unit were outstanding, epitomised by captain Carol Ann O’Donovan and Jenny Quinn who caused a lot of problems for the St Val’s defence when moved to the forward line in the second half. A fine goal taken with aplomb by Anna O’Hea and a nice point by young Ciara Ryan left the half time score... Val’s 1-06 Clon 1-03. Clon were under pressure for a lot of the second half but never left the heads drop. This was an encouraging performance by Clon and bodes well for the future. Final Score: St Val’s 1-15 Clon 1-04. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Jenny Quinn (0-01), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary, Lydia Kenny (0-01), Louise Collins, Juanita Brennan (0-01, free), Rosemary Dullea, Maura O’Brien, Anna O’Hea (1-00), Caroline Dullea, Aileen McCarthy, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Carol Ann O’Donovan, Aine O’Leary, Ellen Hayes.