Lisgoold GAA Club News

10 September, 2014

 
All-Ireland Sevens

The long journey for our club in the last few years from scrapping it out at Junior B level to going for Junior A Titles in a couple of years has been an intriguing one. Last weekend, we saw the club gain Divisional, and further National respectability as they made a magnificent gain over the All Ireland weekend in Dublin. The long journey from East Cork to Dublin is, of course, shortened by the terrific road improvements over the past few years, but the journey home must have been readily enjoyed as the warmth of relative success still a memory. Our preparation for the St Jude's All Ireland Junior Hurling 7's had gone well, and sharp swift stick work, allied to a pace and youth that might just might, provide an opportunity to showcase our Club on the national stage. The trip up on Friday was uneventful (or so we were told!!!), and an early night on Friday pointed to a solid attitude for the day to follow.

First up in opposition were Clonakenny (Tipperary), whom we managed to scrape through in a thriller with a last minute goal on a 6-2 to 5-4 score line. As anyone who has experienced the 7's game will testify, goals are a premium in this game and constant energy is required throughout. In the next two games coupled with buckets of curly-wirly’s, fruit pastilles and bananas, we saw victories over Lucan Sars (Dublin) (7-4 to 0-1) and over Brogna Gaels (Offaly) (3-4 to 1-1). Which many observers were pointing out our side (on social media) as one to watch as the afternoon would progress.

At this stage the familiar "beep beep beep beep" announcing an incoming message was rebounding around the parish as the twitter service interrupted dinner, under age coaching, farming and many other social and work based activities as excitement and anticipation grew. This coupled with our minors competing in their hurling final with shamrocks in which they came up short by a few points (hard luck lads), failed to dampen their spirits as news was spreading of ‘Leary’s Lions’ progression to the knockout stages.

The final two group games (wins over Sixmilebridge (Clare) by 8-3 to 2-3 & Rathdowney (Laois) 5-6 to 2-0) was really academic as we had virtually already qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. A wonderful, disciplined team performance saw us defeat Shananhoe of Laois (5-4 to 1-1). This meant again we reached an All-Ireland semi-final against renowned sevens specialists Shannon Rovers of Tipperary. Tired limbs and weary bodies were dragged to the limit once again, but this was where the dramatic day was not to end, as we fell over the line on a 4.3 to 3.2 score line. To the excitement of the parish, we were in an all-Ireland final which was against a Wexford side called CrossBeg.

So at 6.30pm, as the sun was setting over Dublin venue, the lads battled for the honours of all-Ireland champions. A controlled and efficient style was displayed in the first half as we led 3-3 to 1-1 at the short whistle. One could be forgiven that after such a long day, that weary legs and tired minds was creeping into the team but some super teamwork by the lads and the finishing of John Cronin and John Cashman in the second half ensured we would collect our first ever all-Ireland title at the score line of 4-7 to 4-1.

Captain Ciarán Cronin had the honours of collecting the cup, and spoke with pride of what this group of players have achieved. His brother John had the honour of collecting player of the tournament. It was a wonderful achievement. The home-coming was worthy of the occasion and the fact this coupled with the marvellous U14 team, winning the championship hurling final it was a good weekend by all. Celebrations lasted to the small wee hours no doubt and one does hope that after winning this standard of competition, that it is the sign of good times ahead. Congratulations to all involved.

Panel: Ciaran Cronin, John Cronin, Maurice O'Connell, Jer O'Connell, Noel Connery, Cathal Cashman, John Cashman, Jamie Woods, Denis O’Brien, Andrew O’Donovan.

Scorers: J,Cronin 14-8, J,Woods 11-6, J.Cashman 9-11, M.O’Connell 5-6, Cathal Cashman 2-1, Denis O’Brien 1-0, Noel Connery 0-1.

Backroom Team: Donal O’Leary, Owen Hegarty, John Desmond, Haulie Welsh, Edel Cronin, Anne-Marie Hegarty, Elaine Cullinane, Barry Ahern, Bryan O’Sullivan & Michael Byrne.

U12 Hurling League Final

Lisgoold 2-5 (11)
Ballinora 3-6 (15)
At Passage
3rd September 2014

So, so close. A mild and breezy autumnal evening in Passage, overlooking the picturesque Cork Harbour, saw Lisgoold's gallant Under 12 side battle to a standstill with Ballinora for the honour of being crowned East Cork U12 Champions for 2014 . A huge crowd thronged the beautifully appointed venue, arriving by land and sea for the eagerly awaited clash of two unbeaten teams. An enthralling encounter ensued, which throbbed with excitement and tension, and it's a wonder that the boys served up a classic, given the tension that spilled across the stands and terraces.

The young blues were quicker to settle and a dinger of a free from the very impressive Izaak from near the side-line sailed impressively over the black spot to calm the nerves in the blue jerseys on the field and on the side-line. Our opponents rallied quickly and gained a foothold, recording two white flags in quick succession. Our backs were holding firm, with Noelly and Daniel sweeping up manfully across the wing berths. A beauty of a goal from Duds, who outpaced the Ballinora rear-guard and finished with a rasper, regained the lead, and a peach of a goal by Izaak shortly afterwards saw our youngsters firmly on the front foot. Driven forward by James and Mark, we dominated the remainder of a brilliant first half, and deservedly led by 2-4 to 1-2 at the short whistle. 

We turned to face the stiffening wind in the second half, and, when heroes were called for; our Dan not only answered the call, but re-set the bar in terms of Full Back play. Young Dan was immense in the second half bringing comparisons with full back heroes like Diarmuid O'Sullivan and Brian Lohan. Time, after time after time Lisgoold's Rock almost singe handedly repelled the on-slaught . When his wall like defence was momentarily breached, our cul baire Cormac was cool and calm personified, clearing balls to left and right with aplomb.

Our opponents, aided by a stiffening breeze, tacked on a few scores to lead by a narrow margin as the darkness fell, and we beseeched the referee’s stopwatch to go on a go-slow to afford the opportunity to equalize.  Our search for parity was driven by Oisin and Piaras whose support play belied their tender years. First James' pile driver just flew over rather than under the crossbar, Fionn's ground stroke agonizingly sped outside the post, a free from Duds scraped wide, and Izaak's whipped effort hit the umpire rather than the back of the net. The equalizer was so, so close, but time beat the gallant blues. The spoils , and our congratulations, to Ballinora, but the memories of a fantastic year and the warm appreciation of all who were privileged to see this tremendous game , to our fantastic U12 heroes of 2014 . Win or lose, you're the pride of us all. We really cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring with this really talented bunch to entertain us again. 

Panel: Cormac Hallahan, Jonathan Kelleher, Dan Power, Mark O’Keefe, Daniel Buckley, James O’Driscoll, Noel O’Driscoll, Mark Hegarty, Eoin Holden, Oisin Shanahan, Diarmuid Fitzpatrick, Izaak Walsh, Fionn McSweeney, Piaras Fitzpatrick, Sean Murphy, Jamie O’Sullivan, Shane Byrne, Luke Thompson.

Breavement

All in C.L.G. Liosgcúl would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the O’Brien family in Leamlara on their recent loss. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

Cash for Clobber

Building Development Program Development Fundraising Committee are holding the much sought after "CASH FOR CLOBBER" on Wednesday 24th September in Lisgoold GAA Pitch from 7 - 8pm. Also, please have your bags tied. If you are interested and not aware of how it works, you fill any black bag with old unwanted but CLEAN clothes, shoes, bags, belts, curtains, duvet & pillow cases (no quilts or pillows)

Lotto Draw 2nd September

Lotto numbers: 10,11,16,23. No winner. Jackpot €13,000.
Lotto Plus draw: 9,12,32,35. No winner.
€30: Jer O’Connell Jr., John Bresihan, John McCarthy & K.Sheehan – Congrats!!

Our Local lotto is of great importance to this club, in terms of financing club activates. To support this, you can purchase tickets in The Thatch Bar, Smarts Bar, Woods' Shop, Woods' Bar, Carrigtwohill Post Office, or Tattans Bar. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Lotto Committee

Ciarán Cronin (087) 9005806
Moss Mulcahy (087) 2123628
Patrick O’Mahony (086) 3306510

Fixtures

Remaining fixtures with the Junior teams for this year.

League


JFL Division 3 Lisgoold vs. Aghada (Away).
JFL Division 3 Lisgoold vs. Cloyne (Away).
JHL Division 4 Lisgoold vs. Castlemartyr (Home).

Championship

JBFC First Round Lisgoold vs. Carrignavar (October - Prov)

County Board Lotto Draw

Anyone interested in joining the draw please contact either Patrick O’Mahony (086) 3006510 or Liam Walsh (087) 6953312 if interested.

Social Media

Our website is up and running check it out at www.lisgooldgaa.com . Lisgoold GAA is on Facebook, so why not add us as your "friend" and use this useful tool to keep up to date with all matters relating to our Club, and join the 600 others who have already added their support to the Club through this medium. Also you can find us on twitter as well, so you can just post us a tweet!!

Clubtext

Anyone interested in entering the clubtext service please contact Moss 087-2123628. This would be for fixtures, results, news, lotto results etc.