Lisgoold GAA Notes

17 December, 2014

On behalf of the Lisgoold GAA Club may I wish all our members, supporters, players, sponsors and friends at home and abroad a very happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas. May the New Year of 2015 bring abundant blessings to all.

GAA Award

All in the club were delighted to see our own John Cronin collect the Munster Intermediate player of the year award last weekend. Well done Johnsey 2014 was a great year for yourself, we are very proud of you!!

AGM 2014

Report on 2014 AGM will be provided next week.

Scór

Our congrats go to Laura Whelan on winning her County title in Scór last Sunday in the recitation event. She will take part in the Munster semi-final in Cashel on the 4th of January 2015 at 2pm. Also hard luck to the Drama group who came second. The group consisted of Laura, Dara, Alan, Aaron, Rachel, Cara-Sue, Jessica & Aoife well done folks you did yourselves, your families and the parish proud last weekend.

Long Puck 2014

Long puck 2014 will start at Leamlara Cross around 10.30am on St. Stephens’s day. Please check social media and club for updates as this may change dependant on weather.

Reeling in the years

While it is important for this club to credit what the future brings one should always give credit to its past achievements. It’s ten years ago, (18th of December), since the first title was brought back to the parish by the second junior team, here is a bit of nostalgia to reminisce in the winter months…

Junior Division Three Football League Final (AET)

Lisgoold 2-7 (13)

Cloyne 0-4 (4)

18th December 2004

At Cloyne.

In a mud-bog and chilly Cloyne pitch, our second junior football team made history by winning their club’s first title in a dog-fight against a gallant Cloyne side last Saturday afternoon. In fact, for most of the first half the Cloyne men looked like to be cruising after they had a whirlwind start, James Lynch and Kevin Motherway were doing the damage as they soared to a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after 18 minutes. However stout defending from keeper Willie Ryan, Tim Mulcahy, Denis Murphy, Dan O’Leary and Captain Donal O’leary ensured that we weren’t too far adrift. In fact, Donal was involved in our opening score as his long ball was gathered by Patrick O’Mahony which resulted a free for Jer to slot over. Kieran O’Shea added a second in the 23rd minute with a point from play. The red and black went in ahead 0-3 to 0-2 at the short whistle.

Words of wisdom from the management team of Declan Whelan, Barry Hogan & Seamus Fleming inspired our lads to an unbelievable effort in the second half. The introduction of Moss Mulcahy & Thomas Colman worked well with the latter setting up Anthony Purcell to level it at 0-4 each early in the second half (37th Minute). In fact, both sides worked very well as plenty of scoring opportunities were being created but were not being taken as the heavy conditions were kicking in. With time almost up, excellent work by Jer and Pa set-up Moss who slipped through the Cloyne defence. He had a wonderful opportunity to snatch a win for us but failed to convert – it was extra time 0-4 apiece.

However, we need not to fret as in Extra Time we were clearly the hungrier team. It was a case of more desire and the energy provided by the minor players that decided this issue. In the 4th minute of extra time came the turning point, a wonderful move by our young guns Patrick and Moss set-up Tom Colman who’s wonderful Beckham style pass set up Jer for the game’s first goal. At the break it was 1-5 to 0-4 to the blue and gold. Excitement was filtering through as victory was imminent as the rain, wind (and mud-like state of the Cloyne pitch!) took its toll on both teams, with the young blood of Pa, Moss and Charles kicking on and Jer and Kieran slotting the points it was looking very good for us. The deal was sealed with two minutes to go as another wonderful long range; side-line ball by Thomas found Moss who dispatched to the net from 20 yards. Minutes later the final whistle blew and we emerged victorious.