Under-16 Football League: Mullingar Shamrocks 5-14 Shandonagh 1-4
Mullingar Shamrocks under-16s got back on the winning trail on Monday night in Springfield with a comprehensive victory over Shandonagh. Goals by Trevor Keena and Zach Aherne helped Shamrocks to a 2-7 to 0-2 interval lead and second half goals by Keena, Peter Hynes and John O'Reilly secured the victory for the Shamrocks boys in what was a very good team performance.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Keith Whaley; Joshua Haugh, Emmet Walsh, Daniel Chukwuemekg; William Adzangoa (0-1), Cian Fox, John O'Reilly (1-1); Jack Gillen (0-3) and Eoin Kilduff; Andrew Shaw (0-3), Trevor Keena (2-1), Brian Farrell (0-4); Sean Óg Hynes, Ronan McHugh (1-0), Zach Aherne (1-1), Subs: Peter Hynes, Rory O'Sullivan Sexton, Matthew Siode, Barry Nwokeiwu, Ciarán Luby, Tolu Onamusi, Reece Bardon, Dylan Roe.
Under-16 Ladies' Football League: Caulry 7-11 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8
The Under-16 girls played Caulry on Monday night in their final group game of the league at Castledaly. It wasn't a good evening for the girls as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season to date. Caulry made a quick start getting 2 early goals putting the Shamrocks girls under pressure from the outset. As often happens in under-age games, early scores make life difficult and the Shamrocks girls struggled to put any good sequences of play together in the first half. The second half saw an improved performance from the team but unfortunately there was too big a deficit to make up. Final score 7-11 to 1-8.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Isabelle Clinton, Mia Shanley, Catherine Tubridy, Katie Rock, Rosin McKnight, Carla Gibney, Eadaoin Byrne, Alison Bane, Susanna Buckley (0-1), Sarah Geoghegan (0-1), Laura Culkin (0-3), Nicola Groenewald (1-2), Ruth Keane, Zara Gilligan, Holly McCormack (0-1), Eadaoin Corroon, Fatyia Abdulkarim and Katie Kelly.
Under-12 Football League: Mullingar Shamrocks 3-14 Athlone 1-9
Mullingar Shamrocks and Athlone played a very good game of football on Wednesday evening in Springfield; both sides are to be commended on the level of skill displayed. The sides were level at the interval (1-7 each), the Shamrocks goal coming from Shane Ormsby. A hand injury forced Killian Kelly to retire during this half. Shamrocks played much better football in the second, were first to the ball and made good use of their possession. The teams exchanged points on resumption and a series of unanswered scores by Shamrocks secured the victory. A great Ryan Kelly point was followed by two opportunist goals scored by Alex Sheerin. Alex was the one who displayed the striker's instinct on the night and like all good goal scorers he was on hand to tap the bell home after the Athlone goalkeeper had saved well from a Regan Kelly shot. Alex showed great speed of thought and reactions to punch home his second goal minutes later to guarantee the Shamrocks victory. Matthew Ryan, Shane Ormsby and Alex Sheerin added points before the final whistle.
Mullingar Shamrocks: William O'Reilly; Karl Mulherne, Killian Kelly, Peter Finch Conor Heffernan, Tadgh Sheridan, Shane Ormsby, Matthew Ryan, John Ryan, Ryan Kelly, Donnacha Maguire, Alex Sheerin, Gavin Pierce, Matthew Shaw, Dylan Carey, Conor Doran.
Note 1: as is usual with these fixtures a second match was played between the younger players of both clubs and in this game Shamrocks emerged victorious on a 4-14 to 3-10 scoreline.
Note 2: The first match was refereed by Tye Adamson and it is great to see one of our senior players spare the time to help at under-age level. Tye was also very involved in our Easter Skills Camp. Well Done Tye.
ACL Div.1: Mullingar Shamrocks 1-4 Rosemount 0-12
An understrength Mullingar Shamrocks took the field against Rosemount on Friday evening and after 15 minutes the resources were further diminished with the loss through injuries of Keith Moore, Donal O'Donoghue and Alan Cashman. Rosemount dominated the first half and led by 0-5 to 0-1 as half-time approached. The intervention of the O'Reilly brothers enabled Shamrocks to draw level at the interval. Kenneth was on hand to goal from a great Shamrocks move that split the Rosemount defence. Brendan O'Reilly won possession from Philly Shaw's kick-out, and combined with Dylan McDermott and Simon Quinn to create the goal scoring opportunity. Brendan O'Reilly added a point and tied the match (1-2 to 0-5). Sean Petit and Dylan McDermott exchanged points after the interval. A big tackle by Niall Hannigan began the move which led to McDermott's point. Simon Quinn (Shamrocks best player on the night) edged Shamrocks ahead with a point (1-4 to 0-6) when he finished a move that he initiated with a fine mark from Philly's kick-out. Unfortunately, that was it for the night as Sean Petit added several points to the Rosemount total to secure a relatively comfortable victory for his team.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Philly Shaw; Aaron Purcell, Eddie Moore, Keith Moore (Niall Hannigan); Brendan O'Reilly (0-1), Pearse Corroon; Donal O'Donoghue (Kenneth O'Reilly 1-0), Dylan McDermott (0-2); Ross Corroon, Alan Cashman (Paddy Joyce), Billy Flynn; Darren Keena, Simon Quinn (0-1), Conor Twomey.
ACL Div. 3: Mullingar Shamrocks 1-14 St Loman's 1-14
Mullingar Shamrocks and St Loman's ended all square in this lively ACL Div. 3 match played on Lakepoint Park's 3G pitch on Sunday morning. Gary Corroon pointed for Shamrocks in their opening attack but Loman's responded with a goal from Gareth Hickey. Points from Gary Corroon (0-2) and Simon Quinn levelled matters. A great run by Conor Twomey ended in a fine save by Jason Daly in the St Loman's goal but Simon Quinn netted the rebound. Lomans responded with points from the Laois-Offaly constituency of Hickey and Billy O'Loughlin but a fine mark by Simon Quinn released Darren Keena for a point (1-5 to 1-2). Chris Gilbert, James Cox and O'Loughlin responded with points to level matters, Niall Hannigan punched one for Shamrocks to edge them ahead (1-6 to 1-5). Lomans equalised through Daniel Sheridan and a point from Chris Gilbert put the home side ahead but three points from Darren Keena, Paddy Joyce and Simon Quinn gave Shamrocks the interval advantage (1-9 to 1-7). Paddy Joyce added to the advantage with a point on resumption but a similar effort by Fola Ayorinde reduced the deficit. Ross Corroon kicked a fine point on the run but Garrett Hickey responded with a similar effort. E O'Keeffe and Hickey pointed to level the match (1-11 each). Garett Hickey edged Lomans ahead but a Darren Keena point balanced matters again. Shane Colleary set-up a point for Darren Keena and Colleary himself pointed a free after the veteran full-forward was fouled to put Shamrocks ahead by 0-2 (1-14 to 1-12). Shamrocks final attack broke down and St Lomans quickly moved the ball downfield and Daniel Sheridan kicked what transpired to be the levelling point (1-14 each). This was a good performance by Shamrocks and was a game that could well have been won but poor shooting and poor shot choice (and the two are related) cost Shamrocks in the end.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Dj Fedronas; Ryan Blundell, David Coyne, Cormac Murphy; Niall Hannigan (0-2), Brendan O'Reilly (James Grogan), Pearse Corroon; Gary Corroon (0-3), Ross Corroon (0-1); Nathan Smyth (Kenneth O'Reilly), Simon Quinn (1-2), Paddy Joyce (0-2); Conor Twomey, Shane Colleary (0-1), Darren Keena (0-3).
Our two minor matches scheduled failed to materialise as both Tyrrellspass and Millmore Gaels failed to field.
Our under-8 players travelled to Kinnegad on Friday night and with Coralstown-Kinnegad, and St Mary's, Rochfortbridge took part in their second blitz of the season. We had thirty-two players togged out which was great to see, it was also heartening to see the number of parents who made the journey to Kinnegad to lend their support.
A tough week in the office for our under-14 squads. Both teams are dominated by players who are thirteen years of age and find the going tough against players who are a year older. Our under-14 boys travelled to Caulry on Thursday night and played very well but were well beaten by the home side. Mullingar Shamrocks score of 4-13 would often be sufficient to win two matches but on this occasion Caulry scored 11-13 in what was a feast of attacking football. Shamrocks score getters were: Mark Shaw 1-3, Thomas Turka 1-1, Conor Fagan 0-4, Jamie Rooney 1-1, Darren Hughes 1-0, Mark Clinton 0-2, Cormac Creighton 0-1, Cormac Grimes, 0-1. Our under-14 girls travelled to Killucan on Tuesday evening and lost their unbeaten record when they were defeated by the 2017 Féile Champions.
Minor League: Mullingar Shamrocks v Moate All Whites, Thursday 18 May, Springfield, 7.00 pm
Under-12 Girls: Mullingar Shamrocks v Clann Gael, Saturday, 20 May, Springfield, 5.00 pm.
Under-8 Girls: Mullingar Shamrocks v The Downs, Saturday, 20 May, Springfield, 2.00 pm.