Lisgoold News

26 April, 2010

JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Lios gCul 0.08 Cloyne 1.08
When captain Mike Shea won the toss at a very breezy Caherlag on Sunday afternoon , and elected to play against the elements , it looked as if Tim Mulcahy's side was prepared to face down our old foe Cloyne with a determined confidence . And , with almost twenty five minutes played , and the short whistle approaching , we trailed by a slender margin , at 0.06 to 0.04. The decision to "hold out" for the first half looked to be a good one , and we would face into the second half with a narrow deficit. However , this tie was effectively sealed in the final phase of the first period as Cloyne rocketed forward and notched a match altering 1.01 without reply . The goal was critical in the final outcome , and came as a result of an untypical handling error in our own defence , who had worked effectively and tirelessly in the face of stream after stream of attack . The middle third had won the vast majority of breaking ball , and had restricted our opponents through harrying and a determined rearguard action where Mike Shea and Brian O'Leary led their lines effectively.
Withy Maurice O'Connell and Conor Walsh alternating positions on the restart , we needed to keep the scoreboard ticking to impact on Cloynes advantage . However , despite wind assisted territorial advantage , scores were at a premium , with the scoreboard still registering the half time statistics with a third of the second half progressed , until Barry Ahern tagged on our second half opener .
Cloyne were dangerous on the break , and the woodwork came to our rescue on three separate occasions. Blood sub Kieran O'Shea narrowed the gap , and a brace from John Cronin reduced the margin to a gaol. A disallowed Cloyne goal hinted that this might be our day , that the Gods of Sport were to smile in our favour .
A triple substitution , seeing the introduction of Charles Smart , Jer O'Connell and Patrick O'Mahony , and the repositioning of net minder Ciaran Cronin at full forward saw us pour everything into an ultimately fruitless effort to secure a game drawing goal. We threw everything into attack , but time , and lady luck ran out on us , and , for the second year in succession , we were to fall and exit Championship Football to the red and black of Cloyne.
Team ; Ciaran Cronin ; Charles McCarthy , Michael O'Shea , Jamie Hurley, Maurice O'Connell, Brian O'Leary, Mike Shea, Conor Walsh, Eoin Riordan, John Cronin , John McCarthy, Noel Connery, Wayne Kingston, Kevin O'Shea, Barry Ahern.
Subs introduced; Charles Smart, Jer O'Connell, Patrick Connery, Kieran O'Shea (blood sub)
LOTTO
The jackpot continues to grow , as , yet again , we had no winner of the major prize last weekend . Consolation prize winners were Peg Hennan, Kevin Cotter, Conor Horgan and James & Emma Murphy.

CONGRATULATIONS

From the romantic setting of New York this weekend , news filtered home of the engagement of the ever popular Tanya Kingston and Patrick Connery . All in CLCG wish you the happiest of futures together.

QUICK QUIZ ?

Last week's teaser asked what was the year in which Michael Cronin played in the All Ireland Minor Hurling Final ? The answer was that the Lisgoold man played corner back in 1975 on a Cork team defeated on a scoreline of 3.19 to 1.14 by Kilkenny . This week , we pose the question of who the last Lisgoold player who represented Cork in Under 21 Football ? Answer next week .