South & County Minor “B” Football honours and an historic first ever South U/21”A” Hurling Title.
2014: In Minor Football we competed in the “B” grade and had victories over Ballyporeen, Killenaule, Carrick Davins, Ballylooby-Castlegrace, Ardfinnan and Killenaule to book our place in the Final.
The South Final was played in Fethard against Carrick Swans. Kilsheelan held an advantage of 3-3 to 1-6 at the break and continued to impress in the second half and won by 3-9 to 1-7.
Kilsheelan were deserving winners as they held their opponents to a solitary score in the second half. It was a good team performance but Mark Kehoe, Daire Brennan, Paul Maher, Kevin Kehoe and Brendan Martin shone brightest.
TEAM: Niall Butler (Capt), Killian Mc Hale, Brian Guiry, Sean Martin, Eoghan Kelly, Mark Kehoe 0-1, Shane Egan, Daire Brennan, Paul Maher, Dylan Kiely, Aaron Larkin 0-6, Evan Quigley, Eddie Carroll 1-0, Brendan Martin 2-1 and Kevin Kehoe 0-1.
SUBS: Martin Gibbs and Niall Murphy.
In the County Semi Final they played Upperchurch-Drombane and won on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-10.
All roads led to Cahir for the County Final against Golden-Kilfeacle. Though Golden had a promising opening Kilsheelan proved to be formidable opponents for them and posted an impressive tally to secure victory. They led by 4-7 to 1-6 at the break. Kilsheelan were winners by 6-16 to 1-9 as the final whistle sounded to record their second County Title in this grade in the Club’s history.
County Football Chairman Joe Hannigan presented the trophy to Kilsheelan captain Niall Butler to the delight of the large Kilsheelan support.
TEAM: Niall Butler, Killian Mc Hale, Brian Guiry, Sean Martin, Evan Quigley, Mark Kehoe, Eoin Kelly, Daire Brennan, Paul Maher 1-4, Dylan Kiely, Aaron Larkin 0-9, Martin Gibbs, Aaron Dempsey, Brendan Martin 5-2, and Kevin Kehoe 0-1.
SUBS: Frank Mallekoote, Darragh Kelly, Eddie Carroll, Niall Murphy, Shane Brunnock and Conor Murphy.
The U/21 Football team reached the South Final in the “B” competition against Cahir in Monroe.
In a low scoring encounter the game never reached any great heights as Kilsheelan were led at the break by 1-4 to 0-3. Cahir continued to dominate and were victorious with a 2-7 to 0-6 margin.
TEAM: John Smyth, Tadgh Lonergan, David Corcoran, Sean Ryan, Martin Gibbs, Conor Davin Murphy, Kevin Guiry, Adrian Mc Guire, David Smyth, John Kehoe , Bill Maher 0-1, Colin Gleeson 0-3, Paudie O’Donovan, Evan Comerford 0-2 and Paul Maher.
SUBS: Alex Harte, Brendan Martin, Kevin Kehoe, Evan Quigley and Aaron Larkin.
In County Senior Football we beat Fethard but suffered defeated to Thomas Mc Donaghs. In the South championship Ballyporeen had the better of matters on a 0-19 to 0-11 scoreline.
TEAM: Evan Comerford 0-2, Kevin Larkin, James Geraghty, David Corcoran, Pakie Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire 0-3, Bill Maher, Tommy Ryan, Eoghan Ryan 0-1, Alan Rockett, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Ross Larkin 0-1, Jimmy Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy and Colin Gleeson.
SUBS: Shane Prendergast, Eoin Kehoe and David Murphy.
In Minor Hurling wins were secured over Grangemockler-Ballyneale, Carrick Davins and Anner Gaels, Kilsheelan were through to the Semi Final against Grangemockler-Ballyneale which was played in Carrick. This was an exciting, well contested game played by two evenly matched sides with the result in doubt until the final whistle.
Kilsheelan held a two point lead at the interval by 1-9 to 1-7 and held that advantage until the final whistle as the scoreboard read 2-12 to 2-10.
TEAM: Aaron Dempsey, Shane Brunnock, Brian Guiry, Sean Martin, Shane Egan, Daire Brennan, Kevin Kehoe, Martin Gibbs 0-1, Paul Maher 0-4, Aaron Larkin 0-4, Mark Kehoe 0-2, Eoghan Kelly, Niall Butler 0-1, Eddie Carroll and Brendan Martin 2-0.
SUBS: Darragh Kelly and Killian Mc Hale
At a bitterly cold Cloneen, Ballingarry locked horns with Kilsheelan-Kilcash in the South Final. An exciting game ended with Ballygarry taking the honours by 2-8 to 0-10.
Though beaten by Ballingarry in U/21 Hurling in the opening game victories over Mullinahone and St Mary’s earned Kilsheelan a South Final spot in the “A” competition. The Final took place on January 4th 2015 in Monroe with Carrick Swan as our opponents.
After a super performance by a passionate and committed team Kilsheelan took the honours to the delight of all present and made history by being the first team from the Club to win a South Title. Well done to all concerned.
TEAM: Alex Harte, Sean Ryan, David Corcoran Capt, Kevin Larkin, Eoin Kehoe, Conor Davin Murphy, Kevin Kehoe, Paul Maher 0-3, David Smyth, John Kehoe 0-1, Bill Maher 0-1, Martin Gibbs, Colin Gleeson 0-6, Adrian Mc Guire and Paudie O’Donovan.
SUBS: Kevin Guiry, and Brendan Martin 0-2.
They met Mid champions Loughmore-Castleiney in the County Semi Final at Cashel. The magical journey ended but this team lost no honour in defeat. They held a two point lead at the break and their never say die spirit was to be admired. We salute the team as they showed pride in their jersey and gave it everything in a very entertaining, physical and skilful game of hurling. We thank the players, mentors and the large number of supporters who enjoyed their success this year.
TEAM: Alex Harte, Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran, Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy, David Smyth, Paul Maher 0-1, Bill Maher 1-2, John Kehoe, Kevin Guiry, Martin Gibbs, Colin Gleeson 0-5, Adrian Mc Guire and Brendan Martin 0-1.
SUBS: John Smyth, Paudie O’Donovan and Aaron Larkin.
In the Semi Final of the Intermediate Hurling championship Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on St Marys in Monroe. The prize for the winner’s, was a place in the Final against Moyle Rovers, who defeated Ballybacon-Grange in the other Semi. The score read favourably for St Marys at the break by 1-6 to 0-6.
Kilsheelan were short a number of players but a disappointing second half meant they had to give best to St Mary’s by 2-17 to 0-12
In the relegation play-off Grangemockler-Ballyneale were our opponents in Monroe. This was a must win encounter as the winner would retain their Intermediate status so a keen contest was anticipated. Kilsheelan may have been slight favourites as they won the dual when these sides met in the group stages. Kilsheelan were in the ascendancy with a 0-8 to 1-2 margin at the interval.
They capitalised on their advantage after the break and eventually ran out winners by 1-12 to 1-6.
TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Guiry, Jimmy Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, David Corcoran, Paul Maher 0-1, Shane Prendergast, John Kehoe 0-2, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Niall Walsh, Eoin Kehoe, Alex Harte 0-6, Pakie Larkin 0-1 and Bill Maher 1-1.
U/6: This year we had great attendance at training and matches out of a large panel of 39 (13 girls and 26 boys). Highlights of the year were great displays in the Mullinahone blitz, our exhibition Club night and all of the other challenges we played.
U/8: We had an average of 24 each session with a strong core group of 16. We trained twice a week with many fun nights and days and played at half time to celebrate the clubs anniversary.
The panel of players includes: (apologies for any omissions)
GIRLS: Ruby French Davis, Rosia and Hazel O’Reilly, Grace Landy, Sophie Reade, Hannah Mulcahy, Brinann O’Dwyer, Ava Fitzpatrick, Niamh O’Brien, Lucy Shanahan, Hazel Robinson, Lucy O’ Loughlin and Rachel O’Donoghue
BOYS U/8: Johnny Shanahan, Rueben Darcy, Luke Freaney, Liam Freaney, Tadhg O’ Loughlin, Jack Norris, Michael Bates, James O’ Dwyer, Kevin Kelly, Mark Ryan, Nathan O’ Connor, Michael Ryan ,
Daniel Condon, John Brunnock and Ben Bartley.
BOYS U/7: Mickey O’ Loughlin, Ewan Rumble, Sam Austin, Brandon Landers, Rian O’ Dwyer, Caileann Morrison, Gus Nolan, Sam O’ Loughlin and Leon Roche.
U/10: This year’s panel consisted of: Eoin Barry, Aaron Costin, Senan Butler, Luke Keyes, Alex Hanrahan, Ben Everard, Ru Kelly, Darragh Landers, Liam Freaney, Micael Freaney, Harry Roche Nagle, Mathew Roche Nagle, Jack Norris, Oisin O’Donoghue, Billy O’Gorman, Zach O’Loughlin, Patrick Ormonde, Conor Nugent, Thomas O’Connor, Adam Mc Cabe, Oisin Lavin and Jack Landy.
In a South U10 football blitz in Kilsheelan against Commercials, Swan, Ardfinnan, Ballingarry and Clerihan. The day resulted in wins over Commercials, Swan, Ballingarry and Ardfinnan. We drew with Clerihan .
Travelled to Thurles in a Cross Divisional Hurling Blitz against Kilfeacle, Moycarkey and Upperchurch. We won all three comfortably.
In Celbridge for an Inter County Blitz where they had teams from the 32 counties.
We were narrowly beaten in the Shield Final by Kilmacud Crokes having played Fingallians, Celbridge and Crossmolina .
In an U/9 Ground Hurling competition we played and beat Ballygunner, Mount Sion and Midleton.
Celbridge made a return visit on the back of the Inter County Blitz to Monroe for an U/9 Blitz on October 18th. We fielded two teams with the assistance of the following U/8 players: Tadhg & Mikey Mc Guire,
John Brunnock, Rubin Darcy, Michael Bates, Euan Rumble and Johnny Shanahan.
These players all raised their game to the challenge and won all games against various Moyle Rovers and Celbridge combinations.
The year was finished off by the Jimmy Cleary Memorial Shield in Clonmel Og. This was won by U/10’s last year and we were invited to defend our title. We played two Clonmel Og selections and a Clerihan selection. Having lost to Clonmel Og in the first match we then turned it around by beating the second Clonmel Og team and Clerihan putting us against first Clonmel Og team in the Final.
We won this game to claim the Shield for the second year.
U/10 GIRL’S: The girls had a very successful year with over 30 girls registered. We registered under the Club Sliabh na mBan. This enabled us enter a lot more competitions and blitz’s as well as getting a new set of jerseys.
We trained twice per week from March until October. The girls played and won several blitz’s and we finished the year by travelling to Gaultier Club in Waterford where they played two new clubs and also won the blitz.
U/12: Competitions were split this year between the South County qualifiers and a new separate South Regional Competition played after the County qualifiers.
After losing our opening match against Ballylooby/Fr. Sheehy’s we went on to win our remaining matches against Killenaule, Clonmel Commercials and Ballyporeen. We beat Ballylooby/Fr Sheehy’s in the Semi-Final and played Killenaule in the Final/ Trailing 0-2 to 1-2 at half time we rallied in the second half outscoring Killenaule 3-2 to 0-1 to win the silverware.
In the County Hurling qualifiers we played in U/12B Group 1 V Ballingarry, Grangemockler/Ballyneale and Moyle Rovers. In the group phase we won five matches losing one putting us into the Semi Final v Ballingarry. We prevailed in a tough encounter to book our place in the Final against Killenaule in which we were beaten. For the South regional championships the team was regraded into A and we found the step up in class too much.
U/14: We were “A” football and “B” in hurling, so a huge task lay ahead, particularly considering the age profile of the squad – only 5 were on the age, with the remainder all only 12 years old.
Our first championship match was against Clonmel Commercials, and despite having 75% of possession, we were beaten and we were comprehensive winners over Newcastle,a walkover from Clerihan and a victory over Ardfinnan and had to give best ot Cahir and Moyle Rovers.
We beat Cahir in a thrilling Semi Final but Moyle Rovers were too strong for a gallant team in the Final.
In the Hurling in the first match v Ballylooby-Fr Sheehys, we hit the ground running scoring a big win with some delightful scores taken. We received a walkover from Clerihan and beat Killenaule and Ballybacon while losing to Ballyneale, Clonmel Og and Mullinahone. The Semi Final was against Mullinahone. It was tit for tat throughout and ended in a draw. In the replay the physically stronger Mullinahone side prevailed.
U/16: As a unit this group depend on the younger U/14’s to field a team during the championship. In football they played Davins, Ballylooby, Ballingarry and Cahir and our only win was Ballylooby
In hurling we met Anner Gaels, Grangemockler, Cahir and Moyle Rovers. Had a good win over Anner Gaels and Cahir, lost to Grangemockler, and left a five point advantage over Moyle Rovers slip which ended in a draw. The draw cost us qualification for the Semi Final stage.
DAVID POWER: We congratulate David Power for his selection as Manager of the Wexford Senior Football team for 2015. He will be the youngest Inter County Manager next year. We wish him success.
COUNTY TEAMS: A number of players represented the County in various competitions and acquitted themselves well.
BEREAVEMENTS: Gerry Coffey, whose father was first Chairman of the Club, passed to his eternal reward and also John Cullinane who played with the Club in his youth. Go ndeana Dia Trocaire Orthu.
Detailed reports on all games available under Match Reports.