Lisgoold GAA Club

27 February, 2012

A tough weekend for the first team as they were beaten by Ballyclough, while our second team had a good win against Killeagh. Our second string have been told they will do battle with last years champions in the Junior C Hurling Championship Last years winners will be seen as a very tough battle, and one can hope manager Mike Mulcahy will have the second string hurlers ready for battle. Our Under 21's will have Dungourney in the B Football Championship, the hurling draw yet to be announced. All in the club would like to wish John Cronin the very best as he will be involved with CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup this weekend. Remember, the Clash for clobber is on this Wednesday night in the community hall.

Junior Football Div 1

Lisgoold 0-12 (12)
Ballyclough 3-17 (26)
At Mallow
26th February 2012

Our first squad were comprehensively beaten by a far superior Ballyclough team in Mallow GAA grounds. To be fair this was far better performance, by our lads but unfortunately the opposition were far better from the last day as well! Ballyclough who were unlucky to be relegated back to junior from Intermediate A grade, showed a hunger and desire to make a surge back to the higher grade this year, with a powerful, passionate and classy performance. It is fair to say that our management did not have there best 15 available, (due to injury, work and player commitments to other teams) they could only muster 18 personnel who did their upmost throughout the hour. Ballyclough started very well and raced out of the blocks with a few good points by Colm O'Neill and Pat Hennessy. Lisgoold stormed back with Kevin O'Shea, Jer O'Connell and the very impressive Cian Scannell chipping scores over, with Gary Stack being an excellent target-man. Our backs were doing fine with Cathal and Andrew in particular standing out, as they held their own. A lack of concentration came after a long distance free came off the post which resulted in a green flag been raised for the north cork men. We were excellent in bouncing back and whittle down the score to a point, (one was a fantastic score form the far touchline by Jer) which made the score 1-7 to 0-9 to the hosts.

The second half was a different story, Ballyclough upped their game a gear and our lads found it hard to keep them out. Colm O'Neill showed why he seen to be one of the best footballers in the county by kicking some splendid scores and be involved two goals (yet again mistakes made in defence). It was a harsh lesson handed out considering the first half went so well for Lisgoold, but Ballyclough powered their way to a fourteen point win. With sub Paul Stack and Cian Scannell (who had a fine game) getting our scores in the second half.  Our lads can keep their heads high as the first half was much better than the whole 60 minutes given against Liscarroll, also with a few new players blooded in; a lack of experience was evident throughout the hour. Manager Tim Mulcahy had this to say "We have to take this on the chin, they are a very good side, and while it is disappointing to lose by such a margin, we had a couple of good performances today especially by some of the younger players. We just need to get our full squad back training, and become available for matches as we build up for championship." So a tough day in the office for our lads, and our search for the first win in this league continues.

Team: Ciarán Cronin, Andrew O’Donovan, Noel Connery, Cathal Cashman, Kieran O’Shea, Jamie Hurley, Denis O’Brien, Eoin O’Riordan, Barry Ahern, Patrick O’Mahony, Jerry O’Connell, Mike Scanlon, Kevin O’Shea, Gary Stack, Cian Scannell.

Subs Used: Paul Stack, Finbarr Brosnan, Maurice Mulcahy.

Scorers: Cian Scannell 0-4 (0-1f), Kevin O’Shea 0-3 (0-1f), Jer O’Connell 0-3 (0-2f), Paul Stack 0-1, Kieran O’Shea 0-1.

Junior Football Div 3

Lisgoold 3-8 (17)
Killeagh 0-8 (8)
At Killeagh
21st February 2012

Our second string recorded their first league points for the 2012 campaign with a good win over Killeagh last Monday night in a chilly but calm evening in well laid Killeagh pitch. In where a solid display from the backs, was complimented by a lethal full-forward line (coincidentally all are from Kerry!!) for the hour as we put in a good performance. We seemed to be influenced by the world of soccer across the water as the veterans like Paul Scholes coming from the backroom team to play a role for the team; this has proven to be inspirational and moral boosting for the club he is playing for. The same can be said for last Monday, as the ageless wonder Seamus McSweeney played like an energetic minor at wing-back and was one of the many positives taken from this game. We started brightly with a few quick points from Gary Stack, with our backs were holding firm, (Patrick Connery and Kieran Barry) - Lisgoold were playing well.

Our first goal came from Mike Scanlon, who acrobatically scored a back-heel goal; he shortly followed this up with another good goal, which put us in the driving seat. It was tit for tat then, as Killeagh tried to get back into it, but our defence had the experience of Noel O’Riordan and Seamus to steady the ship. With Kieran O'Shea and Denis O'Brien chipping over scores and Mikey Savage and Cathal Cashman at midfield, we were keeping Killeagh at bay. Manager Barry Ahern made a few changes to freshen up the side, and was duly awarded for his changes as Jamie Woods scored a scorcher of a goal to seal the points on offer. Overall it was a good performance and a big improvement overall from the Cloyne game, one can hope they can build on these foundations for greater things. Manager Barry Ahern had this to say “It’s nice to get the first win under the belt, and we added a few fresh faces which made a difference. It was great to have 23 players available and one can hope that this will be continued for the rest of the year. We have a two tough games coming up against St.Catherines and Russell Rovers, which is both their first teams so it will be a good marker as how good we are with the two strongest teams in the league. As for tonight, I’m just happy to be able register our first win of the year”.

Team: Edward Geary, Robert Smart, Noel O’Riordan, Kieran Barry, Seamus McSweeney, Patrick Connery, Bill Whelan, Mikey Savage, Cathal Cashman, Denis O’Brien, Dave Barry, Kieran O’Shea, Finbarr Brosnan, Gary Stack, Mike Scanlon.

Subs Used: Jamie Woods, Paul Stack, John O’Shea

Scorers: Mike Scanlon 2-4, Jamie Woods 1-0, Gary Stack 0-2, Denis O’Brien 0-1, Kieran O’Shea 0-1.

Referee: Christy Hennessy (Youghal).

Fixtures

JFL Div1 - Lisgoold vs. Liscarroll in Lisgoold Sunday at 3pm. (TBC)
Please check locally or via Facebook as fixtures may change.

Lotto Draw 21/02/2012

Winning Numbers: 5, 10, 18 No Winner.

€15 winners:
• Pat Murphy
• Padraig Ryan
• Margaret O’Keeffe
• John Howick

Next weeks Jackpot: €1300
Next weeks Venue: Smarts Bar 28/2/2012

Fundraiser for new GAA dressing rooms - 3-ball golf scramble, East Cork Golf club Wed 23rd May

Lisgoold GAA will be holding their inaugural golf fundraiser for the proposed new GAA dressing rooms as detailed above.  This promises to be a great, fun event. Keith McSweeney (086-8244833) will be taking tee times for this event. Tee box sponsorship is available for €50 and we would greatly appreciate any support in this regard. We look forward to a very successful outing.

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