Lisgoold GAA Club News

17 April, 2012

Cork Senior footballers marched onto to their 4th league final in a row, they will take a resilient Mayo who sawed off the challenge from Kerry AET. John Cronin was the toast of the parish as he claimed another Munster Under 21 medal and our junior footballers season finally kick-started as they (finally) managed their first win of the season as they recorded an ten point victory over Glenville in the second round of the JAFC.

JAFC 1st Round

Lisgoold 0-11 (11)
Midleton 1-9 (12)
At Killeagh
1st April 2012

It was no April’s Fool joke for our boys as we were sent to the second round by a very strong Midleton side. Midleton started well with two early points from play from Patrick White and Declan Ryan respectively, but they lost their centre forward minutes later due to injury and had to re-shuffle their team. This provided a window of opportunity for us and we capitalised to the maximum. We had four points scored two frees from John Cronin, one from Kevin O'Shea and a pointed score from play off the boot of John Cashman meant that after 24th minutes we were up four points. Midleton seemed to be rattled by this as a few physical battles were developing. The ‘Magpies’ stole in for a green flag against the run of play as a misjudgement by our backs allowed Patrick White in. This was a disappointment and frustrating after having a lot of the ball. We went in for the half-time Jaffa 0-6 to 1-2 ahead.

On the resumption, we had a golden opportunity of a goal ourselves, just one minute in, our bustling full forward John McCarthy was left in a one on one situation with the Midleton keeper Brian Beehan, but the big Midleton goalie pulled off a simply great save with his feet to steer it past the post for the '45'.
From a resulting clearance Midleton moved the ball down the field only to find their corner forward Willie O'Brien, who neatly popped the ball over to level matters. This was a body blow for us as we seemed to struggle to recover from this. Midleton took the lead seconds later through Oisin Cotter and were never to relinquish it and even though valiantly with some great scores (especially from Eoin O’Riordan) we battled to level this one up, it never materialised it was a right good battle but Midleton dug their claws in to hold out. An opportunity was gained at the finish to send it to extra time, but due to a lack of inexperience and discipline from our forwards the opportunity was squandered and Midleton progressed to the third round, while Lisgoold are left ponder and will play Glenville in two weeks time in round two. A frustrating day for our boys lets just hope they can turn it around in two weeks time.

Team: C Cronin; C Cashman, N Connery, K O'Shea; C Walsh, J Hurley, M O’Connell, E O'Riordan, B Ahern (Capt); J Cronin, J O'Connell, P O'Mahony; K O'Shea, J McCarthy, J Cashman.

Scorers: J Cronin 0-4f, K O'Shea 0-3f, E O'Riordan, B Ahern and J Cashman 0-1 each.

Subs Used: Andrew O’Donovan, Cian Scannell.

Referee: Denis O’Leary (Watergrasshill).

Junior Hurling League Div 2

Lisgoold 2-11 (17)
Carrigtwohill 4-9 (21)
At Carrigtwohill
7th April 2012

Lisgoold juniors lost their opening game to a very hungry Carrigtwohill second string. In a game where it ebb and flowed for the hour it was a case of ‘goals win games’ scenario. While missing 8 regulars it was still no excuse as Carrig were more than able to match Lisgoold stride for stride. While the usual suspects of Dave Barry, Jer O’Connell and Cathal Cashman were stepping up to the plate. It was still a performance that lacked in any direction as we were aimless for the hour. However it was the first game of the year, and one suspects that with football championship around the corner – the players may have their minds else where. This result can be excused but if they have any ambitions of getting promotion back to Division 1 they need to get their act together quickly. Manager Mike Woods had this to say “It’s very satisfactory considering it’s the first league game of the year and we were down quite a few of first team regulars while the result is a bit disappointing, it is the first league game and we just know we can’t afford any more mistakes if we want to get to the higher division next year. However, the performances of Moss O’Connell, Cathal Cashman, and Noel Connery were real positives and we just have to move on from here”.

Junior Hurling League Div 3

Lisgoold 1-6 (9)
St.Catherines 3-16 (25)
At Ballynoe
9th April 2012

Last week on a bitter, windy, very cold Monday night - It was back to the drawing board after this heavy defeat to the men from Ballynoe. They dominated from start to finish on a very heavy Ballynoe pitch. Lisgoold had started brightly as Dave Barry, Kieran Barry, Mikey Savage and Eoin O’Sullivan got going from the first whistle. Bryan O’Sullivan was first to chip a point over but the St.Catherines boys took over, and piled up the scores. Eoin O’Sullivan was the sole reply to the onslaught, as Finbarr Brosnan, Denis O’Brien and Noel O’Riordan, did their upmost to hold out the attacks that were coming through. It was 1-10 to 0-2 at half-time.

It was a formality in the second half as the game peeped out; Manager Mike Mulcahy try to shore up the defence by adding Moss Mulcahy and adding Peter Leahy to the attack, and for the start of the half it seemed to work. But, the constant bombardment of ball and fierce pressure of ‘the saints’ attack showed as our defence couldn’t hold them out for ever. Sub Peter Leahy manage to squeeze some lovely scores a also managed a goal from a  20 yard free, But Catherine’s held out comfortably and managed to raise two more green flag with 10 minutes to go to put a bit of gloss on the score-line. It was a mis-match, but our players were defiant to the end. Manager Mike Mulcahy had this to say “It’s very satisfactory considering it’s the second teams first game of the year and while the result is a bit disappointing, they (St.Catherines) are a very strong outfit and will have a very good chance of winning this league. It must be noted it was hard to play in very blustery conditions, but when more players become available, and when the summer hits our shores we can hope that performances and results will develop better. However, the performances of Mikey Savage, Kieran Barry & Eoin O’Sullivan were real positives and we just have to build from there”.

JAFC 2nd Round

Lisgoold 2-12 (18)
Glenville 0-8 (8)
At Castlelyons
14th April 2012

Lisgoold finally recorded their first win of the year, as they swatted the Glenville challenge. Our preparations weren’t helped as the match was delayed by 10 minutes due to the match referee being delayed from another game which can happen, but what was totally inexcusable was the fact he had only two umpires with him. Considering the loser of this game was heading out for an early summer, it is very disappointing and very unacceptable to see, and while the game saw a few physical battles developing a full crew would have been needed to keep it under order, but this report is about the game in question and not the official.

So, a good start was needed and we got it from an unlikely source. Cathal Cashman (either his new berth at wing-back or the fact we had a recent good dry period of weather) decided to venture up and produce the first two scores for Lisgoold. Glenville replied quickly and a tit for tat battle began. Noel Connery and Andrew O’Donovan were superb in defence and with Eoin O’Riordan battling away in midfield our forwards were getting the better their opponents. Some lovely scores were taken (By both sides) ours by Kevin, John Cronin, John Cashman and a sublime effort by Brian O’Leary ensured we went in for the half-time Jaffa 0-6 to 0-5 ahead. While a few off the ball incidents were happening throughout the half, half-time came at a right time, as cool heads and wise words were needed.

However in the second half Lisgoold took over and again a wonderful start for us, (the dry weather does wonders!!) as Captain Barry Ahern bust the net in the first 30 seconds. This did not seem to have rattle Glenville as the quickly responded with two points in three minutes however, they would only manage one more point for the entire half, as our lads showed their true credentials. John Cronin began to take over proceedings as did Eoin O’Riordan as Lisgoold slowly but surely got the better of Glenville. We finally got the second goal, as John Cronin (who was having a tough battle) demonstrated why he is a Cork under 21 by make a fantastic run through the Glenville defence before assisting the evergreen Kevin  O’Shea for goal number two. This finished off the Glenville challenge and our lads played the remaining 15 minutes with some great points from John Cashman, Brian O’Leary and John Cronin. So, Glenville are out and we now face Castlemartyr for a Quarter-final berth against Youghal. Manager Tim Mulcahy had this to say “We have been trying very hard in training and in the matches we have played and this win we do deserve. I’m delighted for them as this was a tricky encounter but we eventually got through it in fine style and they played very well especially in the second half. Castlemartyr will be a very tough encounter, so we have to keep our heads down and work harder, but that’s a few weeks down the road, as for now I’m happy that we are back on track”

Team: C Cronin; M O’Connell, N Connery, A Donovan; C Cashman, J Hurley, C Walsh, M O’Connell, E O'Riordan, B Ahern (Capt); J Cronin, J O'Connell, P O'Mahony; K O'Shea, J McCarthy, J Cashman.

Scorers: Kevin O’Shea 1-3, Barry Ahern 1-0, John Cronin 0-3, John Cashman, Brian O’Leary, Cathal Cashman 0-2 each.

Subs: Kieran O’Shea for Barry Ahern.

Referee: Brian Murphy (Carrigtwohill).

Feilé Hurling

Our congratulations, to the Under-14’s after defeating the boys of Clondubh last Saturday by 8 points. (4.14 to 2.12). After disposing Bantry in the first round and overcame this tough challenge, they now face Inniscarra in the quarter-final This Saturday. Keep it going lads! We are right behind you!! Please check locally for fixture confirmation!!!


JAFC 3rd Round Lisgoold v Castlemartyr - venue & date TBC – this is due to John’s involvement with Cork under 21’s. Feilé Hurling. Lisgoold vs. Inniscarra (Away) please check locally for conformation.

Lotto Draw 10/04/2012

Numbers: 8, 10, 17 No Winner.

€15 winners:
• Moss Mul
• Kieran O’Shea
• Frances Riordan
• Noel Hallihan

Next weeks Jackpot: €800
Next weeks Venue: Woods Bar 17/4/2012

Rebel Call Answered

The Club would like to congratulate John Cronin on collecting another Munster Medal as the Cork Under 21’s emerged victorious in a classic Munster final last Wednesday in Tralee. The rebels emerged victorious 2-12 to 1-14 AET against the men from the kingdom. John also had the honour of being the first player to be sent off in a Munster final but was allowed back on!!! They will play Dublin this weekend, Best of luck John. Also John’s cousin Caoilinn Hickey (another Rebel player) was involved in the Cork U-16’s as they soared to a 5point win over Kerry. Two fantastic talented players from one proud club!!!

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