Lisgoold News

29 June, 2009


Whilst the music world was mourning over the death of ‘The King of Pop’ Lisgoold clashed with Bride Rovers in the JAHC last Saturday night. Both sides certainly played out a thriller as our lads moonwalked their way to a place in the third round draw on Wednesday night. In a sun-kissed Castlelyons, our lads told an experienced Bride Rovers team to ‘beat it’ as they defeated the Rathcormac boys by a four point margin after extra time. To be fair it was quite a good game and the strong crowd that attended the game were treated to a fine spectacle of hurling.

JAHC 1stRound June 27th2009(AET)

Lisgoold 1-17 (20)

Bride Rovers 2-10 (16)

Lisgoold rose back to the Junior A Rank last year with hopes and dreams of being able to compete for the Jamesy Kelleher cup. Last Saturday night we saw their passion and desire for this championship as they fought at one stage in the second half from eight points down to draw level in injury time. However, if this panel of players have any aspirations to go further in this championship, they must be switched on from the first whistle and not just click into gear with 10 minutes to go.

In a frantic start Lisgoold struggled to settle, as the Rathcormac boys clicked into action with the first few points of the match. Moss O'Connell eventually got Lisgoold on the score board with a few frees and with Alan Conroy, Jerry and Charles playing well they seemed to settle, but the Rovers with a good deal of experience in their set-up were ready for the challenge. It was a cagey enough affair for most of the first half and unfortunately for Lisgoold, the evergreen Pat Cotter for the Rovers broke through a disjointed defence with 7 minutes of the half remaining and raised the green flag with a very well taken goal. This was a body blow as Lisgoold were more than able to match their opponents, but to be fair, Bride Rovers were making head-way and deserved to be ahead the half-time score read 1-8 to 0-6 in their favour.

The second half saw an amazing fight back from the Owennacurrra men but also an equally spectacular collapse from the Rathcormac boys. The second half began like the first, Bride Rovers quickly stamping their authority on the game and again getting a goal, this one however should be seen as one that they could have and more frustratingly, should have been prevented. A long high ball was sent in from Pat Welsh and a mix-up in the defence allowed the ball to trickle in, Lisgoold looked like heading to the hat for the draw for the losers round with eight points in arrears (2-9 to 0-7) with 14 minutes to go. However much like the team itself, the management finally woke from their slumber and made a few changes which worked a treat.

Wayne Kingston and Jamie Hurley were causing great havoc when introduced and with points from Moss and Rob the gap was whittled down to three. With a minute to go, Noel Connery was in through for goal and whilst he seemed to have missed an opportunity for goal, he was deemed to have been pulled down and a 20 meter free was awarded. Moss O'Connell took on the responsibility but it was saved. However the quick reactions of Jerry O'Connell, ensured the equalizing goal, as he quickly pounced to raise the green flag, the comeback was complete. The game could have been won deep into injury time but Ciarán's long range effort just tailed wide. We were heading for extra time.

In extra time, Lisgoold were the more fitter and far more hungrier team, Charles (Man of the Match), John Cronin and Conor Walsh were getting on top and played with great passion and commitment. Lisgoold pushed ahead with a long range Ciarán Cronin point and scores from Barry and Moss. In the second period, sub Dave Barry was holding his own in midfield as fresh legs were proving crucial. The match was settled by Moss as he pointed two frees. It was a great game to be fair and a fantastic start to the campaign but our hurlers must not have such a sluggish start again as surely they would be punished more serverly if they were to repeat such a lack lusture first 45 minutes. Also a tally of 14 wides in the whole match does not make good reading.

Selector Mike Woods stated "It's a massive win, a great boost. Were disappointed with the start though as we were very slow to get going at the beginning of the match but we can put that down to a lack of experience at this grade. We know there is more in the tank and this game will stand to them for the next round". So, after a great battle were through, even though for a few sloppy performances, we can look forward head high to the third round.

Team:Ciarán Cronin, Kevin O'Shea, Barry Stack, Jerry O'Connell, Barry Ahern, Charles Smart, Conor Walsh, Patrick O'Mahony, Noel Connery, Rob Smart, Liam Foley, Alan Conroy, John Cronin, Moss O'Connell (Capt.), Peter Leahy.

Scorers:Moss O’Connell 0-13 [0-11 Frees], Jerry O’Connell 1-0, Barry Ahern, Alan Conroy, Ciarán Cronin [free], Rob Smart [0-1].

Subs Used:Jamie Hurley, Dave Barry, Wayne Kingston

Referee:Denis O'Flynn (Fr.O'Neills) Handled the game very sensibily.

Last weekend also saw the launch of the Cork Senior Camogie Championships; some great games were played over the weekend as the heavyweights in the county begin to battle out for the title. East Cork was represented by St.Catherines and Rockbán who won their respective first round clashes over Clondubh and Barryroe respectively. No doubt, this championship will bring up more classic matches during the summer months. Also our congratulations must go to the Under 12 ladies footballers, who won yet another league title as they defeated Bride Rovers last Saturday in Carrigtwohill. Well done ladies.


Minor Hurling Challenge Lisgoold 1-16 Killeagh/Itas 1-20

U-12 Hurling Lisgoold 2-4 Castlelyons 3-9


Tuesday 7thJuly Junior B Hurling Championship Lisgoold v Carrigtwohill in Catherlag 7.30pm.

Lotto Draw 23/06/2009

Winning Numbers: 1, 2, 11 No Winner.

€15 winners: Eilish Coleman, Kieran O'Shea, Jack Ryan, Pat Tattan

Next weeks Jackpot: €1400

Next weeks Venue: Smarts Bar 30/6/2009