Minor: They lined out in the “B” grade. In the group stages the team improved with every outing and had wins over Skeheenarinky, St Patricks and Cahir with their only loss to Carrick Swan. Once again Skeheenarinky were their opponents this time in the Semi Final and our side were winners. Going into the Final against Carrick Swan they were very much the underdogs. They put up a good display but the Carrick side emerged winners.
Junior “A”: The County League was a getting to know you as they prepared for the championship. When it came around they had wins over Ballingarry, Mullinahone, St Patricks and Clonmel Og while their only loss was to Newcastle. In the Semi Final they were again paired with St Patricks. This match ended in confusion when the referee made a mistake in the score. This created a lot of controversy and a replay was ordered. On this occasion Kilsheelan lost by a two goal margin after extra time.
TEAM: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Shane Prendergast, Willie Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran 0-2, Fintan O’Shea, John Roche 0-12, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1 and Colm Sweeney 1-0.
SUBS: Conor Murphy for John Nolan, Ross Larkin 0-1 for Fintan O’Shea, John Kehoe for Donnacha Lonergan, Niall Cloona for Colm Sweeney and Niall Walsh for Senan O’Halloran.
Minor: They had wins over Ballingarry, St Patricks and Mullinahone while they lost to Fethard and a much depleted side were well beaten by Carrick Swan. In the Semi Final they again met the Carrick side and this time they turned the tables with a two point win. In the Final they met Fethard. Kilsheelan were much the better side this time to run out six point winners and in doing so they took the title for the first time in 46 years. In the County Semi Final against Borrisokane in Dr Morris Park, the team were two points down with five minutes left to play when one of the goals was plunged into darkness. When the match was replayed Kilsheelan emerged one point winners.
In the County Final at New Inn against Golden the sides were level with five minutes remaining and the excitement reached a crescendo when Kilsheelan got through for a goal as they went on to win a first ever County Title. For the record Johnny Ormonde was the victorious captain.
TEAM: John Smyth, David Columby, Ruairi Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin 0-1, Dean Mulcahy, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan 0-1, Conor Murphy 1-3, John Kehoe, Finbarr Horgan, Damien Dempsey 1-3 and Tadgh Lonergan 0-1.
SUBS: Colin Gleeson for Finbarr Horgan and Kevin Guiry for Tadgh Lonergan.
U/21: In this championship, shortage of players was again a feature, and in the first round we lost to Ballingarry.
Junior : For this grade we always had plenty players available thus ensuring everyone got a chance to play. We easily defeated Grangemockler and this was followed by wins over Commercials and Moyle Rovers. This put us through to the Semi Final against Mullinahone in Cloneen but unfortunately our winning streak came to an end.
Intermediate: This championship is always a competition of which we have a realistic hope of winning. Over the last ten years we have competed in three finals but defeat was our lot. This year we started off again hoping it would be the year to finally achieve the holy grail. The County League was our starting point where 35 players got an opportunity to play. This competition was seen as ideal preparation for the championship. The team improved with every outing and qualified for the Semi Final where they defeated Lattin-Cullen.
The Final against Cappawhite took place in Cashel and after a close contest we emerged winners by 1-12 to 2-8. After the match County Vice Chairman Sean Nugent had the pleasant task of presenting the trophy to Kilsheelan’s captain Tommy Ryan.
In the championship we had easy wins over Grangemockler, Commercials and Moyle Rovers. We lost to old rivals Ballyporeen by a point and drew with Fr Sheehys. In the Semi Final we again met Moyle Rovers and beat them by eleven points. The Final was against Ballyporeen who had the Indian sign over us in recent contests. The team were well prepared and after a slow start they went on to win by 0-11 to 1-4.
In the County Quarter Final we travelled to Dundrum to take on Newport and came away with the honours by 3-22 to 3-2.
The Semi Final now beckoned and it was good to see that support for our teams was increasing all the time as we took on Golden. On this occasion we had to come from behind a number of times to eventually win by 0-13 to 1-8.
On County Final Day all roads led to Boherlahan for the game against Rockwell Rovers which ended in a draw.
Six days later for the replay we were at full strength and like several of the earlier encounters we trailed all through the first half and this time we were in arrears by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. For us the game was won and lost in the third quarter when our side shot seven points to lead by 0-11 to 0-7. Rockwell reduced arrears to two points. In the last ten minutes our defence was magnificent and conceded no further scores and we ran out winners by 0-11 to 0-9 to take our first adult Title in 38 years thus ensuring we will be back in senior ranks in 2011.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan 0-1 (Capt), Michael Halpin 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, John Roche 0-2, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-4.
SUBS: Ross Larkin for Michael Halpin and Noel Ryan for Eoin Ryan
A total of 78 players lined out while 47 competitive and numerous challenge matches were played.
The U/12’s reached the Semi Final against Commercials but were eventually beaten by 2-8 to 0-5.
TEAM: Ryan Murray, Kian Quinn, Eoghan Flavin, Brian Guiry, Mark Stokes, Sean Martin, Frank Mallekoote, Daire Brennan 0-3, Mark Kehoe 0-1, Luke Kiely, Darragh Kelly, Aaron Fogarty, Jamie Roche 0-1, Stephen Lahert and Shane Egan.
SUB: Conor Murphy.
U/14 team beat Ballylooby and Ballyporeen but had to give best to St Patricks and Ballingarry.
U/16 were beaten by Commercials, had an exciting 2-8 draw with Ballingarry but won their remaining matches to qualify for the Semi Final but were beaten by Moyle Rovers.
U/12: Started with victories over Moyle Rovers and Carrick Swan and though beaten by St Marys
we entered new territory in U/12 hurling with our first appearance in the A Semi-Final against a fancied Ballingarry team. Kilsheelan played well but the vital scores evaded them losing on a final score of Ballingarry 3-3 Kilsheelan Kilcash 1-7.
Team: Aaron Dempsey, Brian Flavin, Brian Guiry 0-1, Cian Quinn, Mark Stokes, Eoghan Flavin, Shane Egan, Daire Brennan, Sean Martin, Luke Kiely, Darragh Kelly, Stephen Lahart 0-1, Conor Murphy, Mark Kehoe 1-5, Dylan Hourigan.
SUBS: Frank Mallekoote, Chelsea Holden, Andrew Butler, Cora Maher and Killian McHale.
U/14: They opened with victory over Skeheenarinky followed by Carrick Davins and again beat Skeheenarinly in Semi Final to earn a Final spot where they lost to St Patricks.
U/16: Following a loss to Ballingarry in their first outing they then won over Mullinahone. Moyle Rovers snatched victory in the final moments in their next game to end their campaign.
TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, Joe O’Neill, Cian Flavin 1-0, Sean Ryan, David Columby, Kevin Guiry, Paul Maher, Bill Maher, Jamie Cronin, Kevin Kirwan 0-2, Colin Gleeson 1-7, David Smyth, John Smyth, James Murphy and Paudie O’Donovan.
SUBS: Brendan Martin 0-1 and Martin Gibbs.
Again this year the Club was well represented at county level. The Cumman na mBun Scoil County team had two out of ten representatives from Kilsheelan (Daire Brennan) and Kilcash (Eoghan Kelly). This was a great achievement for the players and the Club. In the All Ireland U/16 competition Bill Maher was outstanding in all the games in helping Tipperary to victory over Galway in the Final in Thurles. Bill, together with Adrian Mc Guire, was also part of the victorious All Ireland High School team & Tipperary U/16 football team. We wish Bill a speedy recovery following his recent severe injury. Paul Maher, Tadgh Lonergan and Eoin Kehoe played a major role in Tipperary’s to victory in the U/14 “B” Final in Waterford. Eoin Kehoe, John Smyth & Kevin Kirwan were members of the victorious U/15 Tipperary football team.
Referees Seamus Roche and Keith O’Brien continue to be in great demand by the many units of the association.
After much delay our new playing facilities are now signed and sealed. Our first task was to clear the site and the development of it will be our biggest challenge in the coming year. This will require major fundraising and our Finance Committee are considering a number of options.
Detailed Reports on all games available under Match Reports orJuvenile Reports.