Juvenile Notes 2008

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6/12: In the Divisional U/16 Football the South had a 7-12 to 3-1 victory over the West Division. Kilsheelan players taking part were Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran and Conor Murphy. They now go on to play the winners of the North V Mid in the Final.

16/11: In the U/13 League we were beaten by Lattin-Cullen last Sunday. Played in wet and heavy conditions they went down on a scoreline of 4-4 to 4-0. Having only one sub Kevin Kehoe available, they tired considerably in the second half and just ran out of steam. Thanks to the parents who brought the players up to Lattin. In the Carrigeen tournament they were beaten by Ferrybank by five points.

The Clonmel High School drew their Semi Final match in the U/14 championship last Tuesday in Marlfield. The replay is this week with the Kilsheelan-Kilcash players Eoin Kehoe, Tadgh Lonergan, Sean Ryan and Riain Connolly all involved.

9/11: Last Saturday our U/14 Football team were away to Commercials in the Winter League. Commercials came away worthy winners. However, with some of our older players missing it gave the opportunity for other players to get a match and they gave a very good account of themselves. Also on Saturday the U/8’s and U/11’s travelled to Ferrybank. The weather was not kind to us, however, both teams played their matches but had to finish before time due to the wet and windy conditions.

19/10: Well done to the Tipperary U/14 Footballers who won the Plate competition in Dungarvan last weekend. After wins over Clare and Waterford they met South Kerry in the Final and although behind by ten points at half time they went on to win by eight points in the finish. Well done to Bill Maher who played excellently throughout. Well done also to Bill who received the 2nd year Sports Person of the Year in Clonmel High School for all his achievements during the year.

U/13 Football Winter League: The first game in this new concept for Winter Juvenile Football took place on Saturday in Kilsheelan. Our opponents were Moyle Rovers. After a very tight and well played first half both teams were tied at 1-2 each. With a couple of positional changes at half time the Kilsheelan team played with great heart and determination. At the full time whistle Kilsheelan had a very successful win over Moyle Rovers by 4-5 to 2-2.

TEAM: John Smyth, Sean Ryan, Joe O’Neill, Cormac Fahey, Paul Maher, David Smyth, Martin Gibbs, Eoin Kehoe, Eric O’Shea, Niamh Brennan, Kevin Guiry, Brendan Martin, Aaron Larkin, Tadgh Lonegan, Riain Connolly.

SUBS: Shane Brunnock, Darren Brunnock, Niall Butler, Brian Twohig and Niall Murphy.

On Saturday morning the boys and girls of the U/10 team faced an early start and a long trip to Kildangan to play a hurling tournament. This was their last engagement for the year. Unfortunately on this occasion we ran into two teams in top form and despite some spirited hurling we came out second best in two games with Nenagh and Kildangan. The team played well but missing a few players we were weakened in key areas. Well done to this group for their hard work in training during the year and we wish the older one the best of luck as they move on to under 12’s next year. The trip home was shortened by a visit to Supermacs in Thurles and overall a good day was had by all.

12/10: Saturday last saw the U/10 footballers in action again in the South Championship in Monroe. It was great to see a good turnout of support for the boys and girls. Due to our success in the hurling we were graded in Division 1 for the football. This was a step up for the team and the result of the first match left us wondering if it was a bridge too far when we were beaten by Commercials by a scoreline of 4-1 to 0-2. We got back on track with a 0-5 to 0-1 victory over the hosts Moyle Rovers. In Round 3 we faced Ardfinnan and emerged victorious 2-2 to 0-1. With our place in the Semi-Finals secured it gave us a chance to rest some of the team against Cahir and after a tight game we came from behind to snatch victory by 0-3 to 0-2.

We finished second in the group and faced Ardfinnan in the Semi Finals. In a tense Semi the teams could not be separated at full time 2-2 apiece, so one period of 5 minutes extra time was played to decide the finalists to face Commercials who beat Moyle Rovers in the other Semi. We started well and pointed after a minute to settle the nerves. Ardfinnan fought well but our players had a little bit more and tagged on two more points to reach the Final We got a well deserved rest before readying ourselves for a rematch with Commercials.

Kilsheelan got the better of the opening few minutes of the Final, with the lads playing some great football. We were however unable to break down the Commercials defence in our period of dominance, though coming close to scoring. The first half finished without a score from either side, a score line which was a testament to the resolute defending of each team in what was a very entertaining eight minutes of football. The second half started in the same vein with Commercials getting the break through after three minute scoring a point. Our team dug deep and levelled with a few minutes to go. Commercials then broke our hearts with another point late on and despite our best efforts we were unable to get on level terms. We laid siege to their goal and unfortunately could not land a killer blow before time ran out, Commercials winning 0-2 to 0-1.

Great credit must be given to the whole panel for a magnificent achievement of not only reaching the Division 1 Final but almost taking the title. We had so many players who played brilliantly all day that it would be unfair to single any one out. Again many congratulations to the whole bunch of players who have done their parish proud and the future of Juvenile football and indeed hurling looks bright for this group.

Panel: Conor Murphy, Frank Mallecoote, Brian Guiry, Killian McHale, Aaron Fogarty, Eoin Flavin, John O’Dwyer, Daire Brennan, Mark Kehoe, Sean Martin, Stephen Lahart (C), Mark Stokes, Jamie Roche, Darragh Kelly, Cora Maher, Katherine Dowling, Ryan Murray, Chelsea Holden, Aaron Dempsey, David Carroll, Andrew Butler, Oisin O’Connell, Cian Quinn.  

This Saturday this team will travel to Kildangan for a hurling tournament to finish off a very successful season. Again well done to all.

Congrats to David Power who was elected Chairman of the County Underage Development Committee. This committee was set up to promote football in the U/14 to U/17 age group.

Clonmel C.B.S. first years continued on there winning ways in the Tipperary championship with a great six point win over Roscrea. Behind by one point at half time they kept there opponents scoreless in the second half and managed to score one goal and four points themselves. They have now reached the Semi Final stage. The four local players involved are Tadgh Lonergan , Sean Ryan, Eoin Kehoe and Riain Connolly .

5/10: On Saturday 27th September the U/10 hurling championships finally got underway, having been washed out in June. We made the journey to the Duneske Centre in Cahir with seven of the team that had won the title last year. We played in Division B and were in a group along with Cahir and Fethard. From the start this team played some great hurling and won both matches to find ourselves paired with our neighbours from Carrick Davins in the Semi Finals. This encounter produced some great hurling by our team where there were some fine hurling skills on display especially blocking and score taking. Kilsheelan emerged the victors of this duel and went on to face Cahir in the Final who had overcome Mullinahone in their Semi-Final

Our team were determined that they wanted to retain the title that they won last year and under the inspirational leadership of their Captain Daire Brennan started well in the Final and led to the finish. Daire accepted the Trophy to the acclaim of all his teammates and it returned to the Parish for another year. Well done to all the panel.

Panel: Stephen Lahart, Conor Murphy, Aaron Fogarty, Frank Mallecoote, Chelsea Holden, Brian Guiry, Cian Quinn, Daire Brennan (C), Eoghan Flavin, Andrew Butler, Mark Kehoe, Darragh Kelly, Cora Maher, Sean Martin, Aaron Dempsey, Killian Mc Hale, Katherine Dowling, Oisin O ‘Connell, David Carroll, Jake Forrestal, John O’ Dwyer and Jamie Roche.

This team will be out again next Saturday in Monroe to defend the football championships and the following Saturday we make the long trip to Kildangan to play in an U/10 hurling tournament that was also won last year. We wish them every success in both as they try to emulate the success of last year’s team.

Clonmel C.B.S. had a great one point win over Thurles C.B.S. last week. Behind by seven points at half time and short a number of players they really dug deep and with the three local players in the backline Tadgh Lonergan, Sean Ryan and Eoin Kehoe kept the opposition quiet. In the forward line Riain Connolly played his heart out and scored the winning point near the end. They now play Roscrea on Tuesday (7th).            

28/9: The High School Clonmel 1st Year students had a very good win in the first round of the hurling championship against Cashel last week. The Club was represented by Tadgh Lonergan, Sean Ryan, Riain Connolly and Eoin Kehoe who made a welcome return to the playing fields after a long spell on the sidelines through injury.

23/8: It was an historic day for Tipperary when they won the U/16 Carrigdhoun Tournament. Kilsheelan player Kevin Larkin was outstanding and he played in all the matches while Adrian Mc Guire and Conor Murphy also contributed handsomely to the victory. Congrats to these young players. Bill Maher lined out for Tipperary in the U14 Tony Forristal Tournament in Waterford. They qualified for the Semi Final but they were beaten by the narrowest of margins by Cork. Well done to Bill who acquitted himself very well.

31/8: The long awaited U/12 Hurling Semi Final between Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s took place last Monday night. When they met in the league stages it was the “boys from behind the mountain” who triumphed on a scoreline of 3-3 to 0-1. On this occasion our lads knew the magnitude of the task in hand and went out very determined to reverse the result. From the outset they were on top and after seven minutes Brendan Martin pointed. St Pat’s equalised from a free. Kilsheelan regained the lead in the nineteenth minute when Darragh Brennan pointed but St Pat’s again levelled from a placed ball. Despite Kilsheelan being well on top it was level pegging at the interval.

Within a minute of resumption Riain Connolly put Kilsheelan ahead with a point. They continued to be the dominant side and their hard work resulted in a goal by Niamh Brennan in the twenty sixth minute. Five minutes later Eoghan Flavin added a further point while St Pat’s replied with one of their own. In the last five minutes St Pat’s laid siege on the Kilsheelan goal and our defence had to be at their best to keep them at bay. With time almost up St Pat’s got through for a goal and once again Kilsheelan had to defend a one point lead. Eventually the final whistle sounded for a thoroughly deserved victory.

The Final took place at Ned Hall Park on Thursday night last. (See Report elsewhere). Our side came up against a very strong Ballylooby team and found scores hard to come by and were beaten by two points in the end. This bunch of players gave great entertainment over recent weeks and we applaud them for it.

PANEL: Aaron Larkin, Shane Brunnock, Martin Gibbs, Edward Carroll, Mark Kehoe, Paul Maher, Brian Twohig, Eoghan Kelly, Eoghan Flavin, Darragh Brennan, Brendan Martin, Riain Connolly, Niall Butler, Cormac O’Farrell, Niamh Brennan, Darragh Kelly, Niall Murphy, Ryan Lonergan, Stephen Lahart, Kevin Kehoe, Evan Quigley, Kyle O’Connell, Darren Brunnock and Aaron Fogarty.

10/8: The U/16 hurling team were well beaten by St Mary’s in the “A” championship. Their task was made even more difficult due to injuries and a number of key players on holidays.

3/8: Competing with the big boys in the “A” grade is proving difficult for the U/16 hurling team. This week they were at home to Ballybacon-Grange. In the opening quarter both sides swapped points. Kilsheelan scorers were Bill Maher, Alex Harte and Damien Dempsey. Ballybacon struck a decisive blow with a goal and at half time led by 1-5 to 0-5. After the interval they struck for two more points. Kilsheelan were coming more and more into the game. They had a goal from Stephen Ahearne and a point by Conor Murphy to reduce the leeway to the minimum. The Kilsheelan attack saw plenty ball but were unable to convert it into scores. The bigger and stronger Ballybacon side got on top in the last quarter and went on to win by 1-14 to 1-6.

TEAM: Adrian McGuire, Norman O’Shea, Martin O’Dwyer, Brian Grant, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Larkin, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher 0-2, Dean Mulcahy, Stephen Ahearne 1-0, Conor Murphy 0-1, Joseph Brennan, David Columby, Damien Dempsey 0-2 and Alex Harte 0-1.

SUB Colin Gleeson for Brian Grant (inj).

Playing their third match in the U/14”B” hurling championship Kilsheelan went in search of their second win. They started well with points from Jamie Cronin and Bill Maher from a free. Mullinahone hit back with a goal and a point. Bill Maher had further points from frees. Late in the half they received a blow when Eoin Kehoe had to go off injured and it was Mullinahone who led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half time. After the break Mullinahone had a further two points. Once again Bill Maher was outstanding and he pointed a free for Kilsheelan. Hopes were further boosted by a Riain Connolly point. Full back Colin Gleeson was brought further afield and he was instrumental in giving the attack a greater share of possession but unfortunately they were unable to turn it into scores as the visitors went onto victory by 1-5 to 0-6.  The match was played under wet conditions but full marks to all the players who served up an entertaining game.

TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, David Columby, Colin Gleeson, Joe O’Neill, Sean Ryan, Bill Maher 0-4, Martin Gibbs, Eoin Kehoe, Paul Maher, Brendan Martin, Kevin Guiry, David Smyth, Jamie Cronin 0-1, John Smyth and Riain Connolly 0-1.

SUBS: Cian Flavin and Joel O’Dwyer.

The Summer Camp took place each evening last week. Unfortunately the heavy rain curtailed matters somewhat. However, it failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 80 plus young boys and girls who participated. Having a number of GAA personalities is a must on these occasions. The much in demand Eoin Kelly once again paid a visit, together with Seamus Butler, and they had some very good advice for their eager admirers. Early in the week we were pleased to have Moyle Rovers Peter Acheson and Ciaran Lorigan in attendance. Throughout the week the activities were wide and varied and it helped to keep the children focused. For the first time ever the event concluded with a BBQ to which parents were also invited and it was great to see so many of them present. In the wet conditions, many of the children really enjoyed paddling in the pools after a downpour but the mammies certainly did’nt look forward to laundering all their gear. On a final note, a sincere thank you goes to the Juvenile committee for organising the event. To the many coaches who helped to hone the children’s skills and not forgetting those who helped to serve the BBQ.

27/7: Having lost to Fethard in their opening match in the U/14”B” hurling championship Kilsheelan went in search of victory when they took on St Patrick’s at home. They started well and St Pat’s were forced to concede frees and Bill Maher pointed each one. St Pats added two points of their own while Riain Connolly and Bill Maher pointed for Kilsheelan. St Pats finished the half strongly but it was Kilsheelan who led at the interval by 0-5 to 0-4. St Pats looked to be physically stronger and looked capable of taking over in the second half. They quickly added two points and went ahead for the first time. However, Kilsheelan threw down the gauntlet and Riain Connolly got through for a goal. The same player also had a further point. The introduction of Jamie Cronin proved noteworthy and he shot two points. St Pats also added a number of points and Kilsheelan had a further one from Eoin Kehoe to leave them winners by 1-9 to 0-9. From a St Pats viewpoint they had a number of wides late in the game that proved costly. For Kilsheelan this hard earned victory was very much a team effort, however, one would have to point out the display of centre half back Bill Maher. His all round skills and positional sense were a joy to watch.

Tadgh Lonergan, Joe O’Neill, Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Sean Ryan, Bill Maher 0-4, Martin Gibbs, Kevin Kirwan, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Brendan Martin, David Smyth, Paul Maher, Eric O’Shea, John Smyth and Riain Connolly 1-2.

SUB: Jamie Cronin 0-2.

Last Sunday evening the South Senior Hurling Semi Finals took place in Kilsheelan and a large crowd were present. Thanks to all whose assistance made this event run so successfully.

Congrats to Eoin Kehoe a recent winner of the Golden Goal. Last week’s goal was scored in the 6th minute. This week’s competition will be based on the Kerry V Monaghan Senior Football Qualifier.

Well done to Lydia Ahearne who was Lady of the Match in Tipperary’s recent U/16 victory. Well done to Yvonne Maher who came on as a sub in Tipperary’s win over Mayo last weekend.

Well done to Kevin Larkin and Conor Murphy who lined out for the Tipperary U/15 team in a tournament in Cork. They won all their matches but were beaten by Cork in the Final.

20/7: Calling all boys and girls from U/6 to U/14. The Annual Summer Camp will commence on Monday 28th July and run until Friday 1st August. This year, in a break with tradition, the Camp will take place from 5pm to 8pm each evening. This is a very important event when the young children can learn the skills of hurling and football in a relaxed environment. The activities will be many and varied to suit all tastes thus maintaining the children’s interest throughout the week. During the week it is hoped to have some GAA personalities present and the highlight will hopefully be the arrival of the Munster Senior Hurling championship trophy. We would ask parents to bring your children along and give them this opportunity to have fun, make friends and hone their skills.

13/7: The U/12 Hurling team played against Skeheenarinky on Saturday last. They came away with a well deserved win and with one more game left to play they have qualified for the play-offs. The final score was 1-5 to 1-3.

6/7: Our U/14 hurlers had a disappointing start to the championship losing away to Fethard last Thursday on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-6. Fethard had strong players in the key positions and even though our players tried hard they didn't have enough skill or strength to match them.

Team: Tadgh Lonergan, Joe O'Neill, Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Kevin Guiry, Bill Maher, Sean
Ryan, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher, Cian Flavin, David Smyth, Jamie Cronin, John Smyth, Joel O’Dwyer & Eric O'Shea.

Subs: Brendan Martin, Riain Connolly & Martin Gibbs.

The U/16 Hurling team were at home to Killenaule in their opening championship match. Playing at “A” level was a big step up for our side. The Killenaule side were much stronger physically and were also a very talented bunch and ran out comfortable winners. Playing at this level will be a learning process for our side and it should improve their skills in the long term.

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Eric O’Shea, David Corcoran, Brian Grant, Luke Hogan, Kevin Larkin, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy, Stephen Ahearne, Martin O’Dwyer, Joseph Brennan, Jamie Cronin, Alex Harte and John Kehoe.

SUBS: Eoin Kehoe, David Columby and Colin Gleeson.

The U/12 hurling team were at home to Fethard in the “B” championship. Fethard were first off the mark with a point. Kilsheelan drew level when Paul Maher pointed after receiving a pass from Martin Gibbs. For the remainder of the half Kilsheelan had some well taken points from Brendan Martin and Paul Maher and led by 0-7 to 0-2. After the interval Kilsheelan continued to press and they had the game’s opening goal when Darragh Brennan’s long range shot went all the way to the net. Fethard enjoyed a good deal of possession in the second half but a strong Kilsheelan defence kept them scoreless. Late in the game Darragh Brunnock had a further Kilsheelan goal as his side went on to win by 2-8 to 0-2.

TEAM: Riain Connolly, Evan Quigley, Darragh Brennan 1-0, Aaron Larkin, Mark Kehoe, Martin Gibbs, Conor O’Farrell, Paul Maher 0-6, Eoghan Flavin, Niall Murphy, Brendan Martin 0-2, Niamh Brennan, Shane Brunnock, Brian Twohig and Eoghan Kelly.

SUBS: Darragh Brunnock 1-0, Darragh Kelly, Stephen Lahart, Aaron Fogarty and Ryan Lonergan.

In their next outing they braved the weather on Saturday and played a very good St Pat's outfit. They started very well but failed to capitalise on possession, hitting seven wides, many of them from scorable frees in the first half. Every time St. Pat's attacked they seem to score at ease. Again for the first ten minutes of the second half they controlled possession, but only scored once. With ten minutes to go the score was St Pat 0-3 Kilsheelan 0-1, the single score from a free. As they went seeking the elusive goal they were caught at the back and St Pat's scored three quick goals. This was not their day, but with two games left and four points from four games, they are by no means out. No one could fault the players for their commitment and effort in the most difficult of circumstance.  They will have to improve their scoring though and team selectors will need to address this radically for the remaining two games to have any hope of progressing.

In the Primary School game, to be played between the Minor & Senior Munster Hurling Finals at Limerick on Sunday next, Eoin Kehoe will line out for Tipperary. We wish him well and hope that he will enjoy the experience.

30/6: In the opening round of the U/12”B” Hurling championship Kilsheelan-Kilcash were at home to Ballybacon-Grange. From the opening whistle Kilsheelan were dominant but were unable to make a break through. Ballybacon opened the scoring with a point. Paul Maher put Kilsheelan on level terms when he pointed a free. Kilsheelan went ahead for the first time when Brian Twohig had a goal. However, the pendulum swung Ballybacon’s way again when they added 1-1 and at half time Kilsheelan were in arrears by 1-2 to 1-1. When play resumed Ballybacon had a further point. Paul Maher shot an excellent point from out near the sideline. Kilsheelan were enjoying a good share of possession but had difficulty turning it into scores. In the last ten minutes they were awarded three frees and Paul Maher made no mistake as Kilsheelan went on to win by 1-5 to 1-3.

TEAM: Aaron Larkin, Eoin Quigley, Darren Brennan, Kevin Kehoe, Conor O’Farrell, Martin Gibbs, Mark Kehoe, Brendan Martin, Eoghan Flavin, Niamh Brennan, Paul Maher 0-5, Brian Twohig 1-0, Eoghan Kelly, Niall Murphy and Stephen Lahart.

SUBS: Edward Carroll and Darragh Kelly.

Training for U/6-U/10 age groups continues in Kilsheelan sportsfield on Friday evenings from 6.30-7.30 pm and on Monday evenings in Ballypatrick sportsfield from 6.30-7.30 pm. New players- girls and boys- always welcome.

8/6: We were blessed with glorious sunshine last Saturday morning for the welcome visitors from Ballincollig, Cork Juvenile GAA club to the pleasant setting of Kilsheelan GAA field and with the purple bed of Slievenamon in the background ensured the first impression of the visitors of our area was a positive one before they had embarked from their bus.

Excellent hurling and football matches followed for the U/7-U/10 age groups between both clubs. As we were short a number of our regular young players, this provided the remaining players with an opportunity to become leaders and boy did they deliver. It was a privilege to be on the sideline to witness the young Kilsheelan-Kilcash players take on the gifted Cork players and what high quality matches both sides provided. The Ballincollig teams shaded the football matches and on an historic weekend for the Tipperary Senior Hurling team, Kilsheelan-Kilcash Juvenile club delivered the first blow to Cork hurling by completely outclassing the Cork boys in the hurling matches. It would be difficult to adequately thank the ladies who worked tirelessly in the background to provide first the young players – in the region of 100 children – with hot and cold food, cool drinks and as much as they required. Then the local ladies provided a hot meal for the visiting parents and lastly the talented ladies had enough food to provide a meal for those parents who came along to help out on the day. The Ballincollig group greatly appreciated the hospitality and invited the Kilsheelan-Kilcash club to bring the underage players to Cork later on in the year. All in all, it was a wonderful day for the local youth to have the opportunity of playing against such a talented outfit as Ballincollig and a proud day for our club and county as we gained new friends. As the late Mick McCarthy of Moyle Rovers once stated “This is what the GAA is all about”. The club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the day most especially Úna who worked miracles and to all of the families who brought food on the day. Thank you.

1/6: Our U/14 football team took on Ballyporeen in the South “B” Semi Final in sunny Goatenbridge on Monday evening last. On this occasion it was heartbreak for the team. ​

25/5: The U/16 Football team put up a great performance before going down to a physically stronger Ballyporeen by a four point margin. The U/14 football team remain in contention and are likely to see action at the weekend – keep your ear to the ground.

Calling on all under age players in the brackets U/7, 8, 9 & U/10. A large contingent of young players will be travelling from Ballincollig, Cork on Saturday 7th June to play in Kilsheelan sportsfield against the local club. Both hurling and football games will be played, starting approximately 11.45. It is important all young players turn up, any parents willing to help out on the day will be most welcome. This should prove a great opportunity to pull one over on our Cork counterparts!

Membership is now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible.

18/5:  Our U/16 Football team will play Ballyporeen in the “B” Final at Marlfield on this Thursday evening (22nd) at 7.15pm. In the league stages this team defeated an understrength Ballyporeen side and on this occasion it is sure to be a much tougher battle. We ask for the support of parents, members, players etc to come out in large numbers to lend your vocal support.

11/5: The U/14 Football team were at home to Mullinahone in a game which ended all square. Kilsheelan started well but a goal by Mullinahone left them leading at the interval by 1-3 to 0-4. In the second half weather conditions deteriorated with Mullinahone having the upper hand but the introduction of Joel O’Dwyer proved decisive when he scored two goals within ten minutes. Kilsheelan were denied a further goal by an excellent save from the Mullinahone goalkeeper. Mullinahone had a late goal to equalise late in the game on a scoreline of 2-7 to 3-4. This was a wake up call for Kilsheelan who due to a lack of concentration and some poor finishing failed to take the honours here.

TEAM: John Smyth, Joe O’Neill, Cormac Fahey, Edward Ahearne, Kevin Guiry, Bill Maher 0-1, Eric O’Shea, Ruairi Doyle 0-1, David Smyth, David Columby 0-1, Jamie Cronin, Cian Flavin, Sean Ryan, Cian Gleeson 0-2 and Tadgh Lonergan 0-2.

SUBS: Paul Maher, Kevin Kirwan, Joel O’Dwyer 2-0 and Eoin Kehoe.

The U/16 Football team had a “B” Semi Final clash with Mullinahone in Ballyneale. In the opening minute Stephen Ahearne put Kilsheelan-Kilcash ahead with a point.  Having beaten Mullinahone decisively in the league stages we wondered were they again going to prove the better side. Mullinahone went ahead when they had two points and had chances the increase their total. As the half went on Kilsheelan gained the upperhand. Damien Dempsey had a point from a ’45 and he also pointed a free from a similar distance. Alex Harte increased their advantage with another point to leave Kilsheelan in the lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after sixteen minutes. They extended the lead further when Bill Maher pointed after a solo run. Damien Dempsey was again on the mark from a ’45. Dean Mulcahy drove through the Mullinahone defence to increase the lead and Alex Harte made the score 0-8 to 0-2 when he pointed. In the closing stages of the half Paul Horan shot a great goal for Mullinahone. Damien Dempsey again pointed and Kilsheelan led at half time by 0-9 to 1-2.

Any chance of a Mullinahone comeback after the interval quickly evaporated. John Kehoe found Johnny Ormonde with an inch perfect pass and he drove home his side’s first goal. Dean Mulcahy added a point. John Kehoe, again got possession, and this time found the unmarked Dean Mulcahy who goaled. Further points by Mulcahy and Kehoe left Kilsheelan leading by 2-12 to 1-2. Much of the urgency went out of the game at this stage as Kilsheelan were coasting. Mullinahone came much more into the game in the later stages and were rewarded with a well taken goal. Kilsheelan had further points from a Conor Murphy free and Alex Harte to run out winners by 2-14 to 2-5.

This was an excellent performance for forty five minutes. When they contest the Final they will need to concentrate their efforts for the full sixty minutes.

This match was meant to be played in Grangemockler but had to be transferred to Ballyneale at the eleventh hour. It’s a tribute to the local Club for having the pitch in excellent condition and we say well done to them.

TEAM: Joseph Brennan, David Columby, David Corcoran, Brian Grant, Norman O’Shea, Johnny Ormonde 1-0, Luke Hogan, Conor Murphy 0-1, Bill Maher 0-1, Stephen Ahearne 0-1, Damien Dempsey 0-4, Dean Mulcahy 1-3, Alex Harte 0-3, John Kehoe 0-1 and Jamie Cronin.

SUBS: Kevin Larkin and Finbar Horgan.

4/5: In the U/12 “B” Football championship we were at home to Fethard. The prize on offer was a place in the knockout stages. Our lads did well in the opening half and led by 0-3 to 0-1 coming up to the interval. Edward Carroll broke through for a goal to give them a five point cushion at half time. Two further goals by Mark Kehoe after the interval put them well ahead. With eight minutes to go they led by 3-4 to 0-1. Fethard put in a storming finish and shot four points and the Kilsheelan defence had to be on the alert to keep their goal intact and that’s the way it ended. We thank Fethard who sportingly agreed to a change of date from the original fixture.

TEAM: Niall Butler, Kevin Kehoe, Eoin Quigley, Aaron Larkin, Eoghan Flavin, Martin Gibbs, Darren Brennan, Brendan Martin 0-2, Paul Maher, Mark Kehoe 2-1, Niamh Brennan (Capt), Niall Murphy 0-1, Conor Farrell, Edward Carroll 1-0 and Darragh Kelly.

SUBS: Stephen Lahart, Brian Twohig, Sinead Cosgrave and Shane Brunnock.

27/4: Our U/14 “B” Football team went in search of a further two points when they travelled to Ardfinnan to take on the home side. They were the better side from an early stage and were very strong down the middle. Good approach work was often spoiled by over elaboration. A goal by Kevin Kirwan put them on their way and at half time they led by 1-2 to 0-1. During that half one our players received an injury and had to leave the field and as a result Ardfinnan were reduced to 14 players. In the second half Kilsheelan continued to play with confidence and were always in control. At the final whistle they were winners by 1-7 to 0-3.

TEAM: John Smyth, Joe O’Neill, Cormac Fahey, Edward Ahearne, Kevin Guiry, Bill Maher, Eric O’Shea, Kevin Kirwan 1-2, Eoin Kehoe, David Columby, Jamie Cronin, Cian Flavin, Sean Ryan, Colin Gleeson and Tadgh Lonergan 0-5.

SUBS: Joel O’Dwyer, Niall Murphy and Paul Maher.

20/4: The U/12 football team played Ballylooby last Saturday. With two wins out of two they were going well. Kilsheelan played against the breeze in the first half and were level at half time on 0-2 each. The second half ebbed and flowed with great defensive work from Evan Quigley, Paul Maher, and Darragh Brennan. Mid fielder Martin Gibbs and the ever brilliant Brendan Martin worked tirelessly.  The forwards were struggling to get their rhythm. Following a few good interplay passages they edged four points in front. They failed to score in the last five minutes and a Ballylooby goal two minutes from the end gave them a one point victory. Kilsheelan missed many good scoring opportunities. Everyone of the squad worked hard, but it was one of those days when lady luck deserted them.

The squad was Niall Butler, Shane Brunnock, Edward Carroll, Sinead Cosgrave, Brian Twohig, Ryan Lonergan, Kyle O’ Connell, Conor O’ Farrell, Darragh Brennan, Paul Maher, Niamh Brennan (Capt), Eoghan Kelly, Niall Murphy, Kevin Kehoe, Aaron Larkin, Eoghan Flavin, Darren Brunnock, Darragh Kelly, Stephen Lahart, Martin Gibbs & Brendan Martin. We play Fethard next week in a must win game to qualify for the semi finals.

In their first outing our U/14 Football team were away to St Patrick’s. They led at half time by 1-2 to 0-4 having played with the breeze. On the resumption they started well and maintained the upper hand and but for some faulty shooting could have secured a bigger margin. Following this fine display they ran out winners by 3-5 to 0-8.

TEAM: John Smyth, Cormac Fahey, David Smyth, Joe O’Neill, David Columby 1-0, Bill Maher, Eric O’Shea, Kevin Kirwan 1-1, Cian Flavin, Sean Ryan, Ruari Doyle 0-1, Kevin Guiry, Edward Ahearne, Joel O’Dwyer and Tadgh Lonergan 1-1.

SUBS: Paul Maher and Colin Gleeson 0-2.

Other Panel members: Niall Murphy, Niall Butler and James Davin Murphy.

Our U/16 football team were seeking their third win on the trot when they were at home to Ballyporeen in the “B” championship. They monopolised the early stages but scores were hard to come by. After about ten minutes they began to find the range. Points by Stephen Ahearne, Conor Murphy and Damien Dempsey put them on their way. The pick of them was a point by the latter from the sideline. Alex Harte passed to the unmarked David Columby who found the back on the net to leave Kilsheelan leading at half time by 1-9 to 1-1.

Apart from a brief period in the second half Kilsheelan continued to dictate matters and had further goals from Stephen Ahearne, Conor Murphy and Alex Harte and in the end ran out winners by 5-13 to 2-2.

TEAM: Joseph Brennan, Norman O’Shea, David Corcoran, Brian Grant, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Larkin, Johnny Ormonde, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher, Stephen Ahearne 1-4, Conor Murphy 2-4, Alex Harte 1-1, David Columby 1-0, Damien Dempsey 0-4 and Colin Gleeson.

To complete their programme they will have further matches against St Patricks and Ballingarry.

13/4: Having won their opening match our U/12 football team went in search of a further brace of points when they were at home to Ballyporeen. They did not get the best of starts when Ballyporeen worked their way through for a goal. Kilsheelan had the better of the first half and had points from Niamh Brennan, Niall Murphy and Paul Maher to leave the sides level at half time. On the resumption Ballyporeen went ahead with a point. A nasty shower made conditions difficult but Kilsheelan seemed to revel in the slippery conditions. They had points from Niamh Brennan and Niall Murphy. The same player then had a goal and moments later Aaron Larkin also found the back of the net. Kilsheelan were now well on top and had further points from Paul Maher, Eoghan Flavin and Stephen Lahart, who also got through for a goal. Brendan Martin and Martin Gibbs also got on the scoreboard. The latter worked through for a goal to give his side a commanding lead of 4-8 to 1-2 as the game entered the closing stages. Whenever Ballyporeen got the ball upfield the Kilsheelan defence dealt capably with their threat. The home side had further points from Martin Gibbs and Stephen Lahart while Brendan Martin shot their fifth goal.

While one may be tempted to name those who performed best, in an overall context it was a team effort and well done to all.

TEAM: Darren Brunnock, Shane Brunnock, Edward Carroll, Kevin Kehoe, Stephen Lahart 1-2, Martin Gibbs 1-2, Darragh Brennan, Paul Maher 0-2, Brendan Martin 1-1, Niamh Brennan 0-2, Eoghan Kelly, Niall Murphy 1-2, Aaron Larkin 1-0, Conor Farrell and Mark Kehoe.

SUBS: Eoghan Flavin 0-1, Sinead Cosgrove, Kevin Mc Guire, Darragh Kelly and Ryan Lonergan.

The U/16 Football team were also chasing an unbeaten record when they travelled to play Ballylooby. At half time they led by three points. They put in a very good second half performance. Ballylooby shot two goals in the last minute but it was Kilsheelan’s night on a scoreline of 4-9 to 3-7.

In the Munster U/16”B” Hurling Championship South Tipperary were well beaten by North Kerry. Kilsheelan were well represented by Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Conor Murphy, Adrian McGuire and Bill Maher.

In the Final of the Munster Colleges Dr Frewen Cup we were also well represented on the High School team. Unfortunately they lost out to Tralee CBS.

6/4: The U/16 Football team had a comfortable win away to Mullinahone in their first outing.

Kilsheelan began this years U/12 football championship with a good win, 2-5 to 1-2 over  neighbours Ballyneale-Grangemockler. This was a very competitive game played in wet cold windy conditions. Kilsheelan produced a workman type performance and a goal in each half by Ed Carroll and Conor O’ Farrell proved the difference. Niall Butler produced some good saves in the final ten minutes and was supported in defence by Evan Quigley, Martin Gibbs, Sinead Cosgrave, Brian Twohig and Darragh Brennan.

We controlled the game reasonably well in midfield, however, sometimes getting caught in possession trying to be over elaborate. In the forwards Captain Niamh Brennan, Eoghan Kelly, Mark Kehoe & Niall Murphy were impressive. This was a very good win but we have a lot of work to do if we hope to advance to the later stages of this competition.  

24/3: On Monday last the South Tipperary U/16 hurling team defeated Duhallow in the Munster “B” championship by 2-13 to 2-6. Adrian Mc Guire lined out in goal and Kilsheelan were well represented on the panel. Well done lads.

16/3: Scor Na Paisti: On Friday night last in the South Finals of Scor na Paisti at the GAA Centre in Clonmel our Club participated in five of the eight sections Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Instrumental Music, Figure Dancing and Recitation. After a good night’s competition we came away with two winners and two second places with commendation for our other participants. Becky Mullins won in Solo Singing and the four who won the Ballad Group were Emer Columby, Naomi Ryan, Kathy and Becky Mullins. They will now go forward to represent Kilsheelan-Kilcash Club in the County Final at Halla na Feile in Cashel on Friday April 11th. In recitation Becky Mullins came second. In Figure Dancing Emer Columby, Kelly Walsh, Becky and Kathy Mullins, Brian Twohig, Brendan Martin, Ryan Murray and Martin Gibbs also came in second place. Eric O’Shea, Joe O’Neill, Aveen O’Neill also represented the Club on the night. Thank you one and all for your continued support to the competition each year.

9/3: In Peil na Nog our U/14 team were well beaten by a very strong Commercials side in the Final. Commercials reached the later stage of this National competition last year and one could say that they are just as strong this year. Well done to these young players for reaching the Final.

Well done to Kevin Larkin and Bill Maher who were on the Clonmel CBS team that defeated Colaiste Criost Ri in the Munster U/16”A” championship Semi Final recently.

Our thoughts are with the Morrissey Family in Fethard as due to an accident John received a serious injury. He played against us on a number of occasions and was a very promising young player. We wish you well John.

2/3: In the U/14 Peil na Nog Semi Final Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on Cahir at Monroe. Playing with the wind Cahir led throughout the first half. A goal by Tadgh Lonergan left Kilsheelan a point in arrears at half time on a scoreline of 1-3 to 1-2. With the elements in their favour Kilsheelan got on top with further goals from Bill Maher and Tadgh Lonergan helping them to victory by 3-8 to 1-3.  Like the previous week it was a team effort and they can look forward to a Final date with Clonmel Commercials. This is likely to be played this Saturday. See Board na nOg fixtures. We appeal to everyone and in particular parents to come out and give your support and encouragement to these young players.

TEAM: John Smyth, Joe O’Neill, David Smyth, Eric O’Shea, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe, Sean Ryan, Bill Maher 1-1, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher 0-2, Tadgh Lonergan 2-1, Jamie Cronin 0-3, Niall Murphy, Edward Ahearne and Riain Connolly 0-1.

SUBS: Joel O’Dwyer, Ruairi Doyle, Michelle Kehoe and Colin Gleeson.

24/2: In U/14 Peil na nOg competition Kilsheelan travelled to Mullinahone to take on the home side in the quarter final. They got off to a good start and led at half time by 3-3 to 1-3. In the second half they were much the better side. Two late goals by Mullinahone reduced the leeway but it was Kilsheelan who triumphed on a 3-9 to 3-3 scoreline. This was a fine team effort from beginning to end.

TEAM: John Smyth, Joe O’Neill, David Smyth, Eric O’Shea, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe, Sean Ryan, Bill Maher 0-2, Kevin Kirwan, Paul Maher, Tadgh Lonergan 1-2, Jamie Cronin 0-3, Niall Murphy 0-1, Edmond Ahearne 1-1 and Riain Connolly 1-0.

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The Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club took place in Robinsons on Friday night last. It was neck and neck all the way between the top teams and it took the inevitable tiebreaker to break the deadlock. In the end the winners were Marie & Catherine Crotty, Johnny Fitzpatrick and Tommy Lonergan and the runners up were Cal Flavin, Anthony Roche, Kevin Kelly and Dan O’Connor.

The night proved very enjoyable for those who came along but it has to be said that the overall support was disappointing.

17/2: Kilsheelan-Kilcash’s reign as champions in the U/14 Hurling Carrigeen Tournament came to an end on Saturday last after a great game against Kilmacow.  Starting without Colin Gleeson, they had to reshuffle their team.  The backs and goalkeeper all did their jobs well with Eoin Kehoe in particular being outstanding.  In midfield Bill Maher covered acres of ground, with Kevin Kirwan and Ruairi Doyle giving him great help.  Up in the forward line, where we might be young and small, they played their hearts out with Paul Maher, Jamie Cronin, Eric O’Shea and James Murphy, John and David Smyth, Sean Ryan all having their moments.  As well as Eoin Kehoe in the backline Tadgh Lonergan in goal, Joe O’Neill and David Collumby did their jobs excellently. We would like to thank the Carrigeen Club for inviting us into this tournament as it has helped our players to improve and gave them the opportunity of playing different teams that otherwise we would never have met.

Well done to Eoin Kehoe, Tadgh Lonergan and Kevin Kirwan who played for South Tipp in the U/13 Football when they had a victory over West Tipp last Thursday in New Inn.

We have five players involved in the U/16 South Tipperary Hurling Development Squad namely Conor Murphy, Adrian McGuire, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Larkin and John Kehoe.  We wish John Kehoe a speedy recovery from injury and hope to see him back on the playing field soon.

10/2: In the U/14 Carrigeen Hurling Tournament, Kilsheelan-Kilcash having lost their last two matches, needed to get back to winning ways when they took on Cork side Killeagh last Saturday night. After a disastrous start it was looking ominous for them when they conceded 3-1 in the first eight minutes. Gradually they came more and more into the game. Bill Maher, who was back after injury, was causing lots of trouble for the Killeagh defence and was ably supported by his brother Paul, Jamie Cronin and James Murphy. Midfield, after a slow start, grew in confidence as Kevin Kirwan and Ruairi Doyle got on top in this sector thus ensuring the forwards got a good supply of the ball. They eventually overhauled the Cork side and went on to win by 11-4 to 8-8. In an overall context it was a team effort. Tadgh Lonergan was sound in goal. Colin Gleeson and Eoin Kehoe also played their part in defence while further afield David Columby, Joe O’Neill, Eric O’Shea until injured, John Smyth and Sean Ryan all played their part in this win. This puts Kilsheelan through to a possible play-off place against St Mary’s of Clonmel or Rathnure of Wexford next weekend.

Well done to Kevin Larkin who was on the High School U/16½  Football team when they had a great win over St Flannan’s in the Munster Quarter Final recently.

The U/16 South Tipperary Development Squad is still going well for our four players namely Adrian Mc Guire, John Kehoe, Kevin Larkin and Conor Murphy.

3/2: The Juvenile AGM took place last week. While there was a good attendance it was disappointing that more parents did not come along. Secretary Maeve Cahill gave an account of the years activity, the highlight of course was the winning of the County U/14 “B” Football Title. Chairman Seamus Roche in his address thanked all who helped out and went on to say that the cycle from Croke Park as a fundraiser realised a figure far in excess of their target. He also praised the cyclists for their efforts. Membership was set at €50 per family or €25 for individuals. Officers elected: Chairman: Kevin Kelly, Vice Chairperson: Carol Gibbs, Secretary: Brian Connolly, Asst Secretary: Maeve Cahill,Treasurer: Noel Murphy, PRO: James Holohan. Committee: Tom Butler, Kieran Cosgrave, Michael Kehoe, Marion O’Neill, Eleanor Roche and Teresa Walsh.

In the Carrigeen Tournament the U/14 team lost to Clonea by four points under very wet and windy conditions last Sunday morning. Kilsheelan put on a good display but as they had no substitutes available they tired considerably. Kilsheelan have three players on the County U/16 development squad namely Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe and Conor Davin Murphy. Training for U/21 and Minor will take place on this Friday night at 8pm.

 

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