Rockwell win out after an intense struggle against Scoil Phol, Kilfinane.
Held in Kilfinane on Tuesday, 14th. March for schools with less than 200 girls Rockwell ran out deserving winners of the ‘A’ final, beating Scoil Phol, Kilfinane in the final. In the group stages Rockwell defeated Heywood College by 7-5 to 5-4, then followed up with a comprehensive win over Newcastlewest on a scoreline of 8-4 to 3-3. In the final of the tournament against Scoil Phol they were under pressure from the throw in. Scoil Phol had early goals which saw them go in at half time ahead by 3-3 to 1-5. In the second half Rockwell came to terms with the robust nature of the game and resumed with a whirlwind, scoring 3 goals without reply from Sara Finnane, Kate Flannery and Emma Daly. The mid field partnership of Finnane and Flannery were rampant, ably assisted by solid defence from Abby O’Sullivan and Shauna Parker, while up front Cathy Ryan and Emma Daly caused all sorts of problems.
In the ‘B’ section Rockwell ‘B’ squad performed admirably against Nenagh, Borrisoleigh ,Scoil Phol ‘B’, particularly in the last match where they went down by the slender of margins, therefore failing to qualify for the final.
Team A: Caoimhe O’Connor, Sarah Parker, Abby O’Sullivan, Emma Daly, Sara Finnane, Kate Flannery, Cathy Ryan, Susan Shanahan, Grace Kearney.
Team B: Emily Hayes, Orla Breen, Lucy Fitzgerald, Andrea Power, Aisling Carmody, Hannah Green, Sive Kearney, Sarah Quirke, Kate Hartley, Claire Kelly
Rockwell 4 Carrick on Suir 1
In very wet and windy conditions Rockwell set out their stall from an early stage and could have been in front when Jack Conroy saw his shot come back off the post. Shortly after Carrick went in front from a corner when the Rockwell defence was guilty of man watching. Lorcan Cummins kept Rockwell in the game with a fine save soon after. Rockwell got the break they were looking for when a Paraic Bergin corner was headed into the top corner of the net by Henry Buttimer to leave the half time score 1-1. With the wind behind them Rockwell applied pressure and Henry Buttimer scored their second goal from a long range speculative shot which evaded the keeper. Later David Clarke broke down the right wing, crossed the ball across the square, to be met by the inrushing Peter Mc.Garry who duly slotted home. The Rockwell defensive line of Gavin Devereux, Joseph Lawrence, Brian Gleeson and Henry Buttimer were solid and did not give Carrick any opportunity to score. Shortly before the final whistle Jake French Davis was fouled just inside the Carrick half and keeper, Lorcan Cummins, stepped up to land the ball in the top corner of the net.
|Munster Girls' Final Win|
Rockwell 1-13 Kilkee (Co. Clare) 3-6
At the end of an absorbing contest Rockwell won out by the narrowest of margins. They could have been left to rue many missed chances from their dominant possession in the course of this game. Kilkee were very incisive when in possession, thanks, in the main, to star midfielder Caoimhe Harvey, who was ably supported by the corner forward, Fidelma Marrinan. Rockwell opened the scoring through Roisin Finnane in the 5th. minute, only to have this cancelled out one minute later. Again the two sides traded points, Kate Barlow putting the ball over for Rockwell. Rockwell began to dominate the remainder of the opening half, with a further 4 points coming from R. Finnane, and a well finished goal from corner forward Norma Kennedy. Rockwell went in at half time 1-6 to 1-3 ahead.
Playing with the advantage of a slope in the second half Rockwell failed take full advantage and were a little spendthrift with the ball. The contest could have been put beyond doubt when Laura Stocksborough hit a powerful shot off the crossbar. Kilkee took their chances well scoring 2-3 in the second half. The Rockwell players, however, were content to send the ball over the bar when the opportunities arose. Rockwell’s star performer, Roisin Finnane, as a result of her contribution, was named player of the match. Kate Barlow’s work rate was top drawer, ably assisted with sterling performances from Aoife O’Shaughnessy at centre back, Laura Morrissey at mid field. Keeper Orla Cashman brought off some great saves while Niamh Walsh at full back broke down many forays through by Kilkee. Eilish Kennedy, up front, won a lot of possession and made some penetrating runs through the Kilkee half back line. Her sister, Norma deftly slotted her goal chance.
Scorers: R. Finnane 0-9, N. Kennedy 1-0, K. Barlow, A.O’Shaughnessy, L. Stocksborough, E. Kennedy 0-1 each
Rockwell: Orla Cashman, Olivia Noonan, Niamh Walsh, Claire Hickey, Faye Dowling, Aoife O’Shaughnessy(Capt.), Moya Whelan, Laura Morrissey, Kate Barlow, Martha Faulkner, Roisin Finnane, Eilish Kennedy, Laura Stocksborough, Ellie O’Sullivan, Lucy Murphy (M. Faulkner 45), Emma Walsh, Siobhan Whelan, Annica O’Connor, Roisin Mc. Carthy.
Pic 2: Back Aoife O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Walsh, Martha Faulkner, Laura Morrissey with the Cup Front: Eilish Kennedy, Roisin Finnane Pic 3: Laura Morrissey, Tony Smith (coach), Aoife O'Shaughnessy, Roisin Finnane
Rockwell qualified for the Munster senior D final for the second year in a row when disposing of Meanscoil Ring with a workmanlike performance. Playing against the wind in the first half, Rockwell won a lot of possession around midfield through Kate Barlow, and worked nice ball through to the full forward line. A dour Ring defence prevented the Rockwell forwards from capitalising. In the 7th minute a speculative kick from Eilish Kennedy went through the keeper’s hands to open the scoring. Rockwell had a second goal 3 minutes later through Laura Stocksborough who blasted to the top corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance. Rockwell then scored a further 3 points through E. Kennedy, Roisin Finnane and K. Barlow before Meanscoil raised a flag with a goal and point just before half time to leave the score 2-3 to 1-1 in favour of Rockwell.
Playing against the breeze Ring slotted over the first point of the second half. Rockwell responded well with a dominant period of possession scoring 2 points before Ring replied. Rockwell was to squander a number of chances and it was not until the 24 th. minute that they scored again. Ring played some intricate football out the field and were able to cut gaps through the Rockwell half backline before meeting a stout defence of goalkeeper, Orla Cashman, Faye Dowling and Niamh Walsh. The testing conditions told on the Ring players with a number going down with cramps. Rockwell closed out the match scoring a further 3 points. Others to stand out for the winners were Aoife O’Shaughnessy at centre back, Laura Morrissey, Roisin Finnane, Eilish Kennedy and Ellie O’Sullivan
Rockwell: Orla Cashman, Olivia Noonan, Niamh Walsh, Faye Dowling, Moya Whelan, Aoife O’Shaughnessy, Martha Faulkner, Kate Barlow, Laura Morrissey, Ellie O’Sullivan, Roisin Finnane, Eilish Kennedy, Lucy Holohan, Laura Stocksborough, Norma Kennedy. Subs: Siobhan Whelan for R. Finnane(58), Lucy Murphy, Claire Hickey, Caitlin Buckley, Annica O’Connor, Emma Walsh
Pic 1: Kate Barlow about to take on the opposition.
Pic 2: Ellie O'Sullivan in attack.
Rockwell Senior Girls, comprising a number of inter-county players, are looking forward confidentlyin this competition. Played in St. Patrick’s G.A.A. club in Limerick, Rockwell played against a slight breeze in the first half. Laura Morrissey won the throw in and tapped the ball back to Kate Barlow who delivered into Laura Stocksborough, and she duly rattled the net. 2 minutes later Laura also added a point. Spanish Point now showed some intricate passing moves to score one goal and four points without reply. Roisin Finnane and Laura Stocksborough, showing deft skills, dominated the half and full forward lines, scoring a goal and five points, with another coming from Eilish Kennedy, to leave the half time score at 2-7 to 1-3 in favour of Rockwell.
Rockwell took control of the second half with R. Finnane and L. Stocksborough in full flow. When Spanish Point were able to launch attacks they were dispossessed by a very resilient and dour Rockwell defence of Aoife O’Shaughnessy, Niamh Walsh and Claire Hickey. Once Rockwell had built up a head of steam it was difficult for Spanish Point to break through, particularly with Laura Morrissey and Kate Barlow tracking back. The match ended as a contest midway through the second half.
Rockwell: O. Cashman(Cahir), O. Noonan(St. Patrick’s), N. Walsh(Brian Boru’s), C. Hickey (Cahir), M. Faulkner(Commercials), A. O’Shaughnessy(Ardfinnan), M. Whelan(Moyle Rovers), L.Morrissey(Brian Borus), K. Barlow(Commercials), E. Kennedy(Brian Borus) 0-1, R. Finnane(Galtee Rovers) 2-5, E. O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers) ,N. Kennedy(Brian Borus), L. Stocksborough(Fethard) 2-6, L. Murphy(Fethard).
Subs: S. Whelan (Moyle Rovers), L. Holohan(Moylr Rovers) 0-1, E. Walsh(Cahir), A.O’Connor(Fethard)
From the throw in Abbey C.B.S. were quick into their stride and got the opening score after 4 minutes through Shane Ryan. On one of Rockwell’s breakaways Conor O’Brien scored a fortuitous goal. However, the Abbey controlled the remainder of the first half scoring a further 1-5. The Rockwell team were unable to stem the tide as wave after wave of attack saw mid field penetrated by their stalwarths, Nathan Crowe and Darren O’Dwyer.
Rockwell made a couple of positional switches at half time and brought on the influential Sam Slattery. Rockwell now took control at mid field with Jake Flannery and Conall Kennedy getting the upper hand. From the throw in, at the commencement of the second half, the ball was sent in through a direct pass to Ryan Lambe, who struck it over for the opening point. Rockwell went on to dominate the next 20 minutes and clawed back the deficit. The sides were level after 20 minutes. The game was now on a knife edge with both sides exchanging points in the remaining 10 minutes to leave the match tied at 1-9 each.
The match now entered extra time. Rockwell upped the ante and with some slick inter play, involving Jake Flannery, Mark Kehoe and Ryan O’Sullivan, they rattled the Abbey net on two occasions through Ryan Lambe and Jake Flannery. The Abbey were unable to respond and Rockwell’s superior fitness told in the second period of added time where they scored a further 1-3 to the Abbey’s 1-1. Mark Kehoe played a crucial role in Rockwell’s resurgence while Ryan Lambe was a thorn in the Abbey side. Jack Holohan at corner back, Jake Flannery, Conall Kennedy and Conor Lonergan caused a lot of problems,m while Jack Harney controlled the centre of defence.
Best for the Abbey were David Barron, Shane Ryan, Andrew Vance, Adam Mc.Grath, Darren O’Dwyer.
Rockwell team: L. Quinlan (Cashel), J. Holohan (Moyle Rovers), L .Gately (Westmeath), A. Ryan (Golden), C. Mc. Kenna) (Cahir), J. Flannery (Galtee Rovers) 1-1, S. Grogan (Cahir), J. Harney (Moyle Rovers), R. Lambe (Commercials) 2-4, C. Kennedy (Commercials), C. Lonergan (Ballylooby) 1-1, C. O’Brien (Cahir) 1-1, M. Kehoe (Kilsheelan) 0-5, R. O’Sullivan) (Cashel) 0-1.
Subs: C. Mullane (Clerihan) (35 min), M. Heffernan (Killenaule) (40min), C. Mc. Kenna) (Cahir), T. Dowling (Rosegreen), J. O’Dwyer (Kilsheelan), E. Heffernan (Cahir), S. Maher (Moycarkey), F. Maher (Kilkenny), C. Egan (Offaly), T. Broderick (Kerry) J. Keenan (Dublin) S. Slattery (Dublin) for L. Gately 35mins.
Played in the sports complex Mallow on Wednesday last these two teams produced a scintillating game of football in the Munster quarter final. From the throw in, Rockwell settled quickly and were ahead by 3 points after 14 minutes. The scores came from Conor Lonergan, and two from Mark Kehoe. Kenmare now came more into the match winning good possession around midfield but, despite their possession, managed only two points from Tadhg Sugrue and Colin Crowley. Rockwell then hit a purple patch scoring 2-4 without reply. The goals were superbly finished by Mark Kehoe and Conor O’Brien who fisted to the net after great approach work by Jake Flannery and Ryan Lambe. Kenmare replied with a goal from Michael Mc.Carthy and two points from Donal O’Sullivan. The concluding point of the first half came from a lovely passing movement which was finished by Ryan O‘Sullivan. This left Rockwell ahead at half time by 2-8 to 1-4.
Rockwell won the throw in from the restart but lost possession, and this enabled Kenmare to attack and reduce the deficit, with points from Dylan O’Connor and Michael Mc.Carthy. Rockwell’s first point of the second half came from Ryan Lambe. Kenmare then enjoyed their best period of the game, dominating mid-field for the next ten minutes. In this period they scored 1-4 without reply with the goal coming from their most influential forward, Michael Mc. Carthy. With 8 minutes remaining, Kenmare were leading by 2-10 to 2-9 but they failed to score for the remainder of the game. Rockwell again took control and scored 1-3 without reply, the goal coming from Conor Lonergan and points from Jake Flannery, Ryan Lambe and Ryan O’Sullivan.
Rockwell team: L. Quinlan (Cashel), J. Holohan (Moyle Rovers), L .Gately (Westmeath), A. Ryan (Golden), J. Flannery (Galtee Rovers) 0-1, S. Grogan (Cahir), J. Harney (Moyle Rovers), J. Keenan (Dublin) 0-1, S. Slattery (Dublin), R. Lambe (Commercials) 0-2, C. Kennedy (Commercials), C. Lonergan (Ballylooby) 1-1, C. O’Brien (Cahir) 1-0, M. Kehoe (Kilsheelan) 1-4, R. O’Sullivan) (Cashel) 0-3.
Subs: C. Mullane (Clerihan) (35 min), M. Heffernan (Killenaule) (40min), C. Mc. Kenna) (Cahir), T. Dowling (Rosegreen), J. O’Dwyer (Kilsheelan), E. Heffernan (Cahir), S. Maher (Moycarkey), F. Maher (Kilkenny), C. Egan (Offaly), T. Broderick (Kerry)
|Dec16||Senior Boys||High School Clonmel||1-8 2-8||C.Kennedy 1-3; M.Kehoe 0-2;C.Mullane 0-2; C.Egan 0-1|
|Dec9||Girls' Senior Mun. QF||St Joseph's Spanish Point||4-13 2-3||L.Stocksborough 2-6;R.Finnane 2-5; E.Kennedy 0-1;L.Holohan 0-1|
|Nov17||Plata Ui Catlain Final||Colaiste Phobal Roscrea||3-9 2-3|
|Nov17||First Yr B Hurling: Plata Ui Catlain||Borrisocane CS||1-8 0-1|
|Nov17||As above||Clonmel HS||1-2 0-3|
|Nov15||Munster Senior Football SF||Abbey CBS||4-12 2-10||R.Lambe 2-4;J.Flannery 1-1;C.O'Brien 1-1;M.Kehoe 0-4;R.O'Sullivan 0-1|
|Nov9||Munster Senior Football QF||Kenmare||3-12 2-10||M.Kehoe 1-4;C.Lonergan 1-1;C.O'Brien 1-0;R.Lambe 0-2;J.Flannery 0-1;J.Keenan 0-1;C.Kennedy 0-1|
Mon 17th Oct
Junior Girls Football Munster Champ Rd2
Rockwell 0-13 Meanscoil Rinn 4-16
S Finnane 0-3
E O Sullivan 0-3
K Flannery 0-2
F Dowling 0-2
L McGarry 0-2
E Daly 0-1
Wed 19th Oct
Senior Hockey Friendly
Rockwell 7-0 St Annes Tipp
N O Dwyer 2
C Bennett 2
M Whelan 1
C Sweeney 1
C Hickey 1
Thurs 20th Oct
1st Yr Hurling Blitz
Rockwell V Col. Mhuire Draw
Rockwell V Borrisakane Win
Rockwell V Nenagh CBS Win
Now through to Finals day
Fri 21st Oct
Senior Football Friendly
Rockwell 0-7 Cahir 3-4
M Heffernan 0-2
C O Brien 0-2
S Maher 0-1
J Keenan 0-1
E Heffernan 0-1
Junior Ladies Football Munster Champ Rd3
Rockwell 0-11 St Ailbes (tipp) 5-9
L McGarry 0-5
E O Sullivan 0-4
M Whelan 0-1
F Dowling 0-1
U15 Hurling Co. Champ
Rockwell 6-8 Roscrea College 4-8
A Cronin 1-1
D Fanning 0-4
T Tobin 0-1
R Collins 0-1
Senior Boys Football Friendly
Rockwell 2-14 Col. An Craoibhin 4-5
J Keenan 1-4
F Maher 1-1
J O Dwyer 0-3
S Slattery 0-2
C O Brien 0-2
C Lonergan 0-1
M Heffernan 0-1
Senior Girls Football Munster Champ Rd 2
Rockwell 8-18 Pres Mitchelstown 1-2
L Stocksborough 2-5
E Walsh 2-0
R Finnane 0-5
L Morrissey 0-4
A O Shaughenssy 1-2
E Kennedy 1-1
E O Sullivan 1-0
N Kennedy 1-0
K Barlow 0-1
Munster Junior Ladies Football Group Stage
Scoil Pol Kilfianne 6-4
E O Sullivan 1-5
L McGarry 0-3
F Dowling 0-1
Senior Boys Football Friendly
C O Brien 0-4
S Maher, J Keelin, J O Dwyer, M Heffernan, S Slattery, C Mullane 0-1 each