Lisgoold News

22 June, 2011


Lisgoold 1.09 Midleton 1.09

The scoreline was as above when referee Sheehan drew the final blast to conclude an even hours hurling , and the large crowd gathered under darkening rain-clouds on the bank in Dungourney settled down for extra time . The previous hour had crackled and fizzed , but never truly burst into life , and supporters of both sides were looking to the bonus period as an opportunity for redemption . However , the game was brought to a premature conclusion following a horrific and accidental collision which caused concussion to Noel Connery , an injury which required hospital treatment and the early termination of the tie just as the final moiety was initiating .

The early passages of this game was dominated by tight defence , where Pa Mahoney was excellent in mopping up everything that came his way . At the other end , Jonathon O'Shea troubled his marker throughout , without the final touch to trouble the umpires , whilst John Cronin ( and his immediate opponent ! ) hurled a pile of ball . Jamie Woods showed a deft touch and a strikers finish with a cracking goal to propel us into a healthy lead whilst facing into the strong breeze , where , helped by tireless work from John McCarthy and accuracy from John Cashman , we led by a brace at the short whistle . Some wayward shooting by both sides ( a tally of eleven wides aside will surely be improved upon for the re-fixture) kept the encounter tight , which led to some strong challenges as the game drew towards full time . A strange request to re-take a pointed free by Maurice O'Connell saw the resultant repeat effort glide wide , and we hoped that the miss would not prove to be controversial before the conclusion . As it was , our big town neighbors punished our every indiscretion , as their tally of pointed frees drew them within a score as the game ticked into injury time . A saved "21" did not deliver full safety , and a late scrambled goal saw the scoreboard register a tied contest at 1.09 apiece and an extra innings loomed . Again facing the wind advantage in the opening period , a cracking drive by Jamie Woods was answered on the double by the Magpies before the game came to it's premature conclusion . All thoughts are with Noel as his recovery begins , and no better way to speed his convalescence than a victory by his team mates in the repeat encounter .

Congratulations to all associated with the Excellent Midleton Hospital Fete , including our own Crystal Swing last weekend . Sympathies to our neighbor and friend , Mary Chandler , on the sad passing recently of her mother . And finally congratulations to the latest parishioner to be conferred with a doctorate at UCC, our Club colleague and supporter Dr Elaine O'Brien .