Lisgoold News

23 March, 2010

East Cork Junior Football Championship

Lios gCul 0.04 Midleton 0.07

This preliminary round game between neighbours Lisgoold and Midleton kicked off the 2010 Junior Football Championship season at a beautifully prepared Rostellan venue where the excellent playing surface defied the horrendous weather on Tuesday . The wind roared down the field and tossed golf ball sized raindrops ("drops" does nothing to describe the size and weight of the rain though !) on players and supporters from the off . Had we known in travelling to the picturesque venue that we'd hold our big town opponents to a mere seven points , I'm sure we'd have been anticipating victory . But , sport is like that , isn't it ?

The stats don't lie though ! Four points scored in an hour . Only one point on the board into injury time in the first half , and that after playing with the wind . Only one score from play over the hour. Only one player ( from the fifteen starters and three subs introduced ) managed a name on the scoreboard . A series of point blank saves by Ciaran Cronin , and the best Lisgoold players on view were Noel Connery , Mike Shea and Charles McCarthy - our full back line .

On the positive side , our lads never gave up , especially when facing the worsening elements in the second half , and indeed it was only in the final five minutes that Midleton notched on the winning scores . A fierce rearguard action from our previously mentioned last line of defence should be a platform to build upon in subsequent games , and talisman John Cronin will surely get more support from his profligate forward colleagues when we face Cobh in Round 1 proper in Carrigtwohill on 28 March.

Team Manager Timmy Mulcahy was understandably hugely disappointed after the game . "It just didn't happen for the lads tonight" he said, adding that "after all the hard work they put in , I'm fierce disappointed for them". At least a second chance is available , and an opportunity to redress the result . He knows that he has some task on his hands , though , and his ability to create a "bouncebackability" factor into his charges will be a defining factor in his preparations in the run in to March 28 .

Junior Football League Div 1
Lios gCul 0.03 Killeagh 2.09
The opportunity for redress was afforded earlier than anticipated with a Sunday morning joust with Killeagh at our opponents home venue . However , if the opportunity was there to be grasped , nothing of the sort was the outcome , as an entirely tepid performance was produced by the lads , with those wearing 8 - 15 just "not turning up". A half time deficit of four points , trailing by 0.06 to 0.02 was easily reversible , as we were to be aided by the elements in the second period . However , as the scoreline suggests , not a huge number of positives could be gleaned from what was a most disappointing affair .

Victory Social / Crystal Swing

Wow ! We're all "hucklebucked" out ! What a night the Victory Social at Midleton Park turned out to be ? With Dervla , Mary and Derek , of Crystal Swing belting out The Hucklebuck , and their Late Late Show success "He Drinks Tequila" , the night was a resounding success . Congratulations to brothers Ciaran and John Cronin who led their respective U21 and Minor Championship winning sides to success in 2009 , who were warmly and rightly lauded at the excellent evening. Further , a perusal of the Cork GAA 2010 Yearbook makes very interesting reading , especially where the authors pick their "three to watch in 2010" , notable for the inclusion of our own custodian therein . Congrats Ciaran.

Men in Black III

The key role being played by Lisgoold GAA Club in the ongoing recruitment of referees in East Cork and beyond has taken another magnificent step forward in recent weeks . Standard bearers "in the middle" included Timmy Geary and the late Bob O'Sullivan , amongst others, who performed the task with distinction. The standard of refereeing of Jer O'Connell has been well recognised , with the honour of refereeing at inter county level , at Championship Finals already bestowed upon him . Up and coming referee Maurice Mulcahy has also been tipped for future honours . Now , Lisgoold Clubman Gavin O'Brien has set the bar even further , with his appointment to the panel of referees to officiate at Munster Council level on the Ladies Football stage. We wish him the very best of luck as he officiates at his first Inter County game this weekend between Tipp and Limerick .

Sciath na Scoil

Best wishes this week to both Ballincurrig and Leamlara National Schools who enter the hurling phase of the Sciath na Scoil competitions . Great to see Leamlara school re-enter this great competition , and Ballincurrig school will , of course , attempt to repeat the successes of recent years . Congratulations to the School Principles at each school , Paul Davis and Shane Fennessy for their continued commitment to Gaelic Games in their schools , which we hope continues to provide a broad and enlightening experience for the young students. Surely the coaching provided at and through the Club and the school will begin to pay dividends as this competition evolves. Go n'eiri an t'adh leath lads .

Long Kick

Easter Monday would not be the same without a chocolate buzz , the Irish Grand National and , of course the Annual Ladies Football Long Kick . Let's make sure that we all support the Ladies Football Club by attending what is becoming one of the social events of the year . Sponsorship cards are available from any of the coaches or Committee members , or simply turn up on Easter Monday at Leamlara Cross on the 5th.


When Lotto Committee Chairman Declan Whelan pulled coloured balls with the numbers 8, 13 and 26 from the draw drum at The Thatch on Tuesday night , excitement level must have been at fever pitch in the Sheehan household . Young Aaron Sheehan's lucky numbers had been drawn , and he was the sole winner of the bumper Jackpot prize , and secured a very nice winning cheque of €3,000. We all congratulate Aaron and hope that you enjoy spending the winnings. Consolation prize winners last week were Moss Mull, Olive Devine, James Joyce and Dan Cussen.