Lisgoold News

05 July, 2010

Junior A Championship
Lios gCul 1.12 St Ita's 2.11
Monday morning dawned dark and wet , following an extended spell of exceptionally fine weather . A fresh breeze down the beautifully prepared Ballinacurra venue greeted the sides , and a small rain shower before throw in filled the expectation levels of a crisp , sharp , entertaining hours hurling to come . By the final whistle , our opponents , through a clever defensive ploy , a thundering half back line display , and an energetic and accurate full forward line , just about deserved to drive on in victory , and propel the Lisgoold side into a make or break back door encounter .
Over the hour we posted just four scores from play , with Maurice supplementing his opportunist scrambled goal , along with Noel Connery and John McCarthy (who must have been pleased with a decent return) registering white flags. John Cronin was busy throughout , without ever threatening to overwork the umpires , whilst Charles Smart , and later Kevin O'Shea had moments in the "free man" role. In effect, it may have been our discomfort in the later stages , and not utilising the huge wind advantage more effectively that caused our demise. Both Kevin and Charles may have been more usefully deployed in a more advanced role, rather than posted deep in defence whilst looking to close out victory. Pa O'Mahony was the pick of our defensive set up , and he hurled a huge amount of ball throughout the hour.
Our lack of accurate shooting, and failure to break even with a tremendous Ita's half back line was to be the ultimate disappointment, however , as our search for "Jamsey" took an unsettling and unexpected turn at the first hurdle.
The back door draw sees us face Dungourney , in yet another local derby encounter and one that will have an added spice with the "finality" involved for the defeated side , but a huge improvement on this display will be required if our interest is to be extended beyond July.
Meanwhile , best wishes to our Under 11 hurlers and their managers Liam Ruane and Paul Whelan , in their upcoming Munster Championship campaign . Ever since Maurice O'Connell led his Junior B side into Munster Championship action a short number of years ago , our teams are , thankfully , getting used to intercounty action . The lads kick off their reign as Cork County Champions with a match against Clare representatives next Monday 5th in Kilmallock , and we wish the team , their mentors and parents a most pleasant journey to Kilmallock ... and beyond . Best of luck lads.

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Our thoughts and best wishes are with Fr Anthony O'Brien who moves on from Lisgoold parish to take up duties at Carrigtwohill as Parish Priest there next week. Since his arrival in 2007 , Fr O'Brien has been an active supporter of the Club , and we hope to continue to see his presence at our games , even if divided loyalties may exist if his new abode (also sporting the blue and gold) and his old cross paths on the sporting fields.


The winning numbers drawn from the drum last Tuesday were 14 , 21 and 27. As no one matched the key numbers , our Jackpot prize continues to rise . Watch our for details of the Prize Jackpot Rollover on the newly erected street signs in our locality . Congratulations to Consolation Prize winners last week , who were , Sarah Foley, Lisa Cussen, Noel Connery and John Howick .


Last week's teaser asked " who scored Lisgoolds first score v Itas last week ? " , The answer was that Maurice O'Connell scored a fine point against the wind to notch our opener in a game that was to see us ultimately fall to Itas and condemn our side to a "back door" encounter with Dungourney . This week's poser asks if you know " who captained our Munster Championship Under 11 hurling side last Monday evening ? ". The answer will be provided , as usual , next week .