Lisgoold News

17 September, 2009

A very disappointing weekend for our club as we saw our hopes of appearing in the JAFC final vanishing in Ballynoe. Our minors also were dumped out of the championship by a superbly trained Dunmanway side in the County quarter-final, also 'Whelan's Wonders' came up short in what was a fairytale run in the U10 Blitz in Aghada when they lost to Kilta Óg in the shield final. However the one sliver lining in a very dark time for us, came from the Ladies Junior Footballers who won a junior blitz at the weekend. This was a superbly organized tournament by the Lisgoold/Leamlara ladies football club, as teams from Lisgoold, Mayfield and two from Ballinacurra battled it out in glorious sunshine. It was fitting that Lisgoold secured the title and also well done to the management of Noel Connery and Gavin O'Brien who after their hard work with this group of ladies who are getting the rewards that they deserve. Well done to Clare on winning a thriller in the U21 final, we must also pay tribute to the Cork Camogie Seniors who secured their 24th All-Ireland title. Coached by Carrigtwohill's Frank Flannery they won with a dogged performance overcoming Ann Downey’s Kilkenny on a score line of 0-15 to 0-7. East Cork was very well represented on the squad, and also with the likes of Catriona Foley, Sile Burns from Rockbán, and Orla Cotter from St.Catherines coming to the fore, the 'rebelettes' never looked back. Their Intermediate counter-parts are playing the intermediate final on Saturday in Limerick at 2.30 against Galway; let’s hope with the senior footballers it will be another memorable weekend for Cork GAA. Best of luck to all.

JAFC Semi-Final Sept 10th

Lisgoold 0-9 (9)

Cloyne 1-11 (14)

The road has ended. A powerful Cloyne side brushed past us in devastating fashion to secure their place in the JAFC final. It was despair yet again, as we fell short by five points. To say, it was a gallant defeat and we did our upmost would be totally incorrect, as a mixture of poor passing, bad luck, slow play, and some bad decision-making decreased our chances of causing an upset. It was near a complete change from the Castlemartyr game in terms of selection, performance and luck as it just didn't happen for us. It was though, looking good for us in the first half as did put it up to Cloyne, although to be fair they missed an awful lot of easy scores and the score line of 0-5 apiece didn't reflect their dominance of the first 30 minutes. Scores from Paul, Conor and beauty from Barry Ahern and some good performances from Noel Connery and Brian O'Leary did seem that an upset was going to happen as they trooped off at half-time to [yet again] loud cheers from our fantastic supporters. It was, however as it proved later on - a false dawn.

Cloyne upped the tempo in their play and in the 38th minute the turning point came, a lost ball in midfield was won back by Paudie O'Sullivan who let a long ball in where Cloyne raced through and raised the green flag. It was from here on, Cloyne demonstrated (like in the final) how to defend a lead. A classy performance from the men in red and black, as they saw out the remaining 20 minutes comfortably. Try as they might, Lisgoold just couldn't get back into it even though good scores were got, especially a lovely point from Moss O’Connell. We saw some changes that were made to try and save the situation but the boat had long sailed off and with it, our chances of appearing in the JAFC Final. Réiteoir Denis O’Leary (who handled the game well) blew the final whistle which signaled the end to a very frustrating and disappointing evening as we just didn't get a sniff from an impressive Cloyne side, although we may have not have defeated Cloyne we surely would have put up a better show if we adapted a different approach. To Cloyne, (who beat Killeagh in the final) we give our congratulations to them and wish them well in the county series; it will take some team to stop them. For Lisgoold now, we have the leagues to play off, in where we have very good chances of promotion to division one in both hurling and football. We are after a fantastic year, it which we got to two semi-finals, however it does seem we may have a lost a golden opportunity to gain a place in one or possibly two east cork finals. Although one does think the opportunity will come again and when it does - it must be taken. It seems that after having a great few years in terms of success; we seemed to have entered a cross-road. Let’s hope the route the club will go by will be the correct one.

MBHC Quarter-Final Sept 13th

Lisgoold 2-11 (17)

Dunmanway 3-15 (24)

Unfortunately for us, it was agony yet again as our young hurlers just failed short at the quarter-final hurdle by 7 points… Unlike the East Cork final encounter this was a real contest packed with skill and intensity as both sides seemed to get stuck in the first 20 minutes or so for neither side wanted to give an inch. Dunmanway basic skill level was excellent as they raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead, however we did bounce back with some lovely scores, which were taken by John Cashman and Rob Smart. It was a ding-dong battle as some physical exchanges were made, but to be fair it was a good hard game of hurling. As the short-whistle was blown the score read 0-11 to 0-7 in favour of Dunmanway.

The second half was another free-flowing affair, with both sides fighting tooth and nail. Captain John Cronin was leading the way with some great defending as was Matthew Conroy, as they were repelling every attack. It was from here Lisgoold seemed to have turned the screw, when Ronan Stack raised a green flag in the 42nd minute. This looked to have rocked the men from the west and a great battle followed, points and goals were exchanged and it seemed we could get back into the game but they kept us at bay. However with 4 minutes to go Dunmanway got their third goal and that was that, game over. It was a disappointing outcome to what was a very competitive match. The club would like to thank Dermot and his management team for their work and John Boylan who helped out the lads during the past few months. They will now turn their attention to football as the east cork final is due to be played on the weekend of the 28th. We will know our opponents in the final come this weekend as Cobh will clash against Bride Rovers this Friday night in Catherlag.

Remaining Fixtures (Junior):

JHL Division 2 Lisgoold v Sarsfields, Lisgoold v St.Itas – both are at home.

JFL Division 2 Lisgoold v Glanmire - away

JFL Division 3 Lisgoold v Carrignavar – home.

County Board Lotto Draw

Anyone who is due to pay for this years draw, please Contact Keith McSweeney on 086-8244833 to pay up as were taking in money now.

Lotto Draw 15/09/09

Winning Numbers: 3, 22, 28 No Winner.

€15 winners: Moss Mul, Fr O'Brien, John Howick, Fachnta Whyte.

Next weeks Jackpot: €700

Next weeks Venue: Smarts 22/9/2009