Lisgoold News

18 January, 2009


WITH 2009 now well and truly underway, the GAA has closed the door on last season with great memories of last year, it opens with the hope of making even more. It was said on last Friday’s late late show special, that what makes the GAA is the junior player, the volunteerism, the whole ethos of making the community come together. As Pat Spillane put it“it’s a Drug, which is extremely addictive, but a good drug at that”In Raheenagh last Sunday, we saw a great example of this ‘addiction’. It came in the form of the Munster Junior B Hurling Quarter-Final, in which Lisgoold took on St.Brendans of Kerry. In conditions, you wouldn’t put the cat out, never mind play a match; men from the proud parishes of Lisgoold and Ardfert served up a game of hurling that would do the GAA proud. In amidst of an epic, but sometimes scrappy Cork/Kerry encounter, Lisgoold won the duel and march onto a Munster Semi-Final.

Munster JBHC Semi-Final, Jan 11th2009

Lisgoold (Corcaigh) 1-15 (18)

Bruree (Luimneach) 1-7 (10)

Raheenagh, Co. Limerick

AS the lads set-off on the long trek to Limerick, with their sat navs in full operation, few could picture what was to unfold. We’ve had some great east cork championship campaigns over the years, and even some great county ones, but never have Lisgoold set-off on a journey to become Munster Champions. With great excitement and expectation, players and supporters of Lisgoold GAA, flocked to Limerick for the first step of this campaign, a Munster Quarter-Final against St.Brendans of Kerry.

In what has to be said in very poor conditions, and a heavy pitch, the two teams braved the whether and were ready for the off. Our captain, Maurice O’Connell won the toss and elected to play against the wind. It didn’t take much to start the fireworks as within 3 minutes Moss got the first point from a free and with the likes of Noel ‘Bull’ O’Riordan at centre-forward getting stuck into the men from Kerry, Lisgoold quickly settled. Brendans quickly responded with a nice few frees from their centre forward Gerard Leen, but another few points from Moss and Rob, and Lisgoold slipped into a 0-3 to 0-2 lead. The standard was quite good taking in the dreadful conditions, and it was clearly seen that both teams wanted to win, with a few physical battles began to develop at the early stages, but to be fair to the referee John Mc Grath from limerick, he quickly quashed any of these tussles and prevented them from going out of hand.

As the game developed, Lisgoold began to get a grip of the game, and made the breakthrough in the 21stminute. John Cronin’s attempted shot at the posts was blocked and the ball made its way to Jonathan who rounded his man, slipped it into moss, who then let rip, to stick one in the onion bag. This rattled the men from the kingdom, they soon after had a 21 yard free, but this was saved from our rock between the sticks, Ciarán Cronin. With the backs like Conor, Pa and Gerry on top, Lisgoold took over. Inspired by these performances, Lisgoold began to chip over some lovely scores and trooped off at half-time, with a 1-8 to 0-2 lead.

With the wind intensifying and becoming more unpredictable, Lisgoold played the second half with a more cautious approach, and suddenly scores were beginning hard to come by. Brendans to their credit, got stuck in and began to close the gap. A comeback was on the cards when in the 39thminute, constant pressure on the Lisgoold backs from the kerrymen, produced a chance for Tim Hannafin, who drilled a wonderful shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner, which gave Ciaran no chance. Brendans were back in the game and Lisgoold were beginning to panic.

However, the turning point came about 5 minutes later, when full forward Declan Raggett got past Barry Stack and hit a thunderbolt, which was expertly saved by Ciarán. He then left it off to Kevin Shea, (who must have felt very awkward playing against his beloved home county) to relieve the pressure with a long clearance, which eventually resulted in a free for Lisgoold and slotted over by moss. This put Brendan’s on the back foot, and Lisgoold slowly got back on top and rode out the storm (and the whether) in the final quarter, to finish out on a score line of 1-15 to 1-7.

It was good performance by our boys considering it was a full 4 months since championship action. A few signs of rustiness though, but confident that with more games under their belt, ‘Foley’s Army’ can up their game for the next day out. The midfield pairing of Finbarr and Noel was very industrious. Noel Connery who gave a Man of the match performance, showed true determination and grit throughout the hour, and helped Lisgoold out when in danger. Also the performances of Jonathan and John Cronin were of typical class which set Lisgoold apart from their opponents.

As for now, Lisgoold can be look forward for a showdown between the Limerick Champions in two weeks time. Also, with the likes of Wayne Kingston and Mike Shea to return to the fold, and after a good, hard, hours hurling under their belt, Lisgoold can step forward with some confidence. Also it must be noted, that the dedicated crowd that braved the dreadful conditions, were treated to some excellent hospitality from the host club (Kilmeedy). In which, they served some sandwiches and tea afterwards in the local hall. Afterwards, it was a case of turning on the sat navs once more, for the route back to east cork, as the boys in blue and gold get ready for a Munster Semi-Final.

Scorers:Moss Connell 1-10 (0-6 Frees), Rob Smart (0-2), John Cronin (0-1), Jonathan O’Shea (0-1), Liam Foley (0-1).

Team:Ciarán Cronin, Kevin O’Shea, Barry Stack, Patrick O’Mahony, Charles Smart, Conor Walsh, Gerry O’Connell, Finbarr Brosnan, Noel Connery, John Cronin, Noel O’Riordan, Jonathan O’Shea, Robert Smart, Moss O’Connell, Liam Foley.

Subs:Wayne Kingston for Rob Smart. Denis O’Brien for Noel O’Riordan.

Referee:John Mc Grath (Luimneach)

Club Book Appeal

There is a book being created in regards to the history of our club. This book will be well-worth buying and will sure to be a “bestseller” when released. However, to add a bit of colour to book, it is deemed that photographs would be necessary to make it one to savour. So, an appeal is being made that anyone within (or outside) the parish, who has any photos (past or present) of Lisgoold GAA, will send them into John Joe Regan ASAP. This book is due to be published shortly, and it will be a great read for any Lisgoold supporter.

Club Lotto

Lotto Draw 20/1/09

Numbers: 12, 16, 22. Winner. Gina Sheehan Wins the €1500 Jackpot. All in CLCG

Liosgcúl congratulate Gina on this fantastic win.

€15 Winners: Paudie Ryan, Teresa Ryan, Niamh Sheehan, Donal Barry

Next weeks Jackpot: €500

Next weeks Venue: Thatch Bar 27/1/09