Lisgoold News

25 May, 2009

News

It was a great week for the Rebel Senior and Junior footballers, as they swatted aside the challenge of Waterford last Sunday and marched into the Semi-Finals. Here, we give our congrats to Conor Counihan and hope it’s the start of something special, especially now that they will meet Kerry in Killarney in two weeks time. It was a historical weekend for us, due to our junior footballers who made history by making to the JAFC semi-finals for the first time with a win over Castlemartyr, our Junior B team brave challenge was snuffed out by Russell Rovers and ‘Whelan’s Wonders’ took on Aghada.

U-10

The future for this club is extremely bright, last Sunday morning our Under 10’s or ‘Whelan’s Wonders’ as there becoming passionately known, played Aghada in a double-header in superb conditions at Pairc Liosgcúl. Even Cork football manager Conor Counihan was around for a while before he set-off to the Deise, to see the superbly trained youngsters [from both sides] in action. He was surely impressed by some of the players on show as Cian Healy, Liam O’Sé, Peter Duggan and James Murphy from Lisgoold while Mark McCarthy, Conor O’Callaghan, Luke Foley and goal poacher Vicent Rohan from Aghada were displaying their skill and guile with great confidence. Lisgoold won the hurling game by 5-6 to 3-4 but were luckily enough to scrape a victory in this match however in the football not even the goalkeeping heroics of James Murphy and the tough tackling of Liam Stack and Seán Whelan was enough to stop Aghada winning the game at the score line of 3-2 to 0-4. It was great hour and a half of entertainment as both sets of players gave a great show. Referee was Maurice Mulcahy and we would like to thank Moss for officiating the games on Sunday.

JBFC May 20th 2009

Lisgoold 0-2 (2)

Russell Rovers 2-7 (13)

Our second string crashed out of the JBFC last Wednesday against a much hungrier Russell Rovers side. The match never lived up to the drawn encounter the week before and to be fairness the first half would be one to forget as only two scores were produced - ours coming from the boot of Jamie Hurley. It was a very poor half with awful shooting, bad passing and bad decision making from both sides [especially the home side] made the score poor as it was. However with the likes of Kevin Loughin, [who gave a man of the match performance] Jamie Hurley [who we like to welcome back from his 11 month exile around the world], Paul O’Brien and Noel O’Riordan ensured there was some bit of skill to watch as Lisgoold went in at half time, level at 0-1 to 0-1.

The second half was a different story as at least some football was being played and eventually the horrendous amount of pressure on the backs finally paid dividends for Russell Rovers. They hit a purple patch by scoring 1-5 in the first fifteen minutes, with Barry Hartnett getting 1-4. This realistically settled the game, and with John Paul Ivers, and Anthony Archer in midfield dominating the game, peeped out to its conclusion with Charles Smart getting our final point. It was a disappointing outcome, considering the first encounter, however Donal Woods stated “It was disappointing, but we will move on. We really missed our chance the first day and to be honest you will have one chance of beating these teams. However, we are delighted to have some good young footballers coming through; the likes of Jamie Woods, Peter, Moss and Rob Smart around, this will no doubt stand to them later on in their careers”. So, overall disappointed with the outcome yes, but proud of our boys – definitely.

Team: Owen Heagrty, Kevin Loughin, Noel O’Riordan, Paul O’Brien, Denis O’Brien, Finbarr Brosnan, Kieran O’Shea, John Paul O’Brien, Patrick Connery, Gerry O’Connell, Jamie Hurley, Dave Barry, Dave O’Sullivan, Mike Byrne, Charles Smart.

Subs: Mike O’Riordan, Moss Mulcahy, Rob Smart, Liam Foley, Anthony Mc Carthy Dan Murphy [not used]

Referee: Peter Hegarty (Cloyne). Handled the game very well.

JAFC May 22nd 2009

Lisgoold 1-9 [12]

Castlemartyr 0-10 [10]

So we did it. A historic victory and a fine feather in the cap of the Youghal duo coach Aidan and logistics manager Richie Foley as they have now led us from the dorms of Junior B to being 60 minutes away from the JAFC Final. This game was played a great spirit and intensity and Lisgoold won this the hard way, with the likes Barra O’Tuama in defence, an excellent goalkeeper in Michael John Cremin and Evan O’Keeffe at midfield, the Castlemartyr set-up was a very experienced and a classy side.

At the toss, captain Wayne Kingston elected to play with the wind, and for the first fifteen Lisgoold tore into Castlemartyr scorching to a 1-5 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes. Ciarán Cronin was acting as goal poacher, as he squeezed in a goal after only a minute after being given a high ball by his brother John. Alan Conroy had a chance a few minutes later for a second goal but it was superb goalkeeping from Cremin that prevented a second green flag being raised. Paul Stack finally broke into the form we know he is capable of producing and was chipping over the scores, Kevin O’Shea [grand-dad] was even getting in on the act however, we just couldn’t keep it up as Castlemartyr got back in the game. Aidan Bowens at centre back arose form his slumber and began to stamp his authority on the game. Jimmy Smiddy was tapping over a few frees and we were extremely lucky not to have conceded a penalty as a player was pulled in the penalty area and the referee only deemed it to be a 13 metre free. Lisgoold went in for the half-time Jaffa 1-5 to 0-5 ahead.

The second half was another cracker as Castlemartyr upped the ante considerably, and a point from Maurice Hodnett and an absolute wonderful score from Evan O’Keeffe saw Castlemartyr come closer but Lisgoold began to pull away again with Paul and Ciarán coming the fore. Our nerves and patience were not helped as somedecisions were given against us and our backs were being asked to stand up and be counted and they did. Brian O’Leary, Micheál O’Sé, and Patrick O’Mahony were playing with great intensity and even though things were against them they stood firm. The score read 1-7 to 0-9 with six minutes to go and Barry Ahern had a great chance to seal it but frustratingly, a simply superb save from Cremin [again] denied us and we only got a point. Castlemartyr closed the gap again but Brian Clifford [man of the match] had raced up a punched over the clinching score with a minute to go, to send us through. We had to sit through eight minutes of injury time, and – Eventually the final whistle blew and we were through.

It was a cracking game, much like the one played last year, and luckily for us we were on the right side at the end of it, even though it did seem at times to be going against us. Manager Donal Woods whose Declan Kidney style of management is working a treat this year stated “It’s just fantastic, it really is. They are just a great panel of men and it is a pleasure to be manager of them. We never got this far before and we must give great credit to Aidan as he is leading us places we never thought we would get near of”. So, ‘Foley’s Army’ will still being marching in September at least, the small ball will dominate for the summer now, as for the football – start dreaming.

Team: JP Rohan, Charlie McCarthy, Micheál O’Se, Mike O’Shea, Patrick O’Mahony Brian O’Leary, Moss O’Connell, Alan Conroy, Brian Clifford, John Cronin, Kevin O’Shea, Barry Ahern, Paul Stack, Wayne Kingston [Capt.], Ciarán Cronin.

Scorers: Paul Stack 0-4 (0-2 f), Ciarán Cronin 1-1, John Cronin 0-1, Barry Ahern 0-1, Kevin O’Shea 0-1. Brian Clifford 0-1,

Subs: Noel Connery for Ciarán Cronin (injured),

Referee: John Kirby (Aghada)

Fixtures

Saturday 30th May JHL Division 2 Lisgoold v Dungourney in Dungourney at 7.30pm

Results

U-10 Football Russell Rovers 5-5 Lisgoold 0-3

Club Lotto

Lotto Draw 19/05/09

Winning Numbers: 1, 17, 24 No Winner.

€15 winners: Pat Murphy, Paul O'Brien, O'Connells, Sarah Foley

Next weeks Jackpot: €900

Next weeks Venue: Woods Bar 26/5/2009