Lisgoold News

19 July, 2010

Junior A Hurling Championship - Round 2
Lios gCul 0.16 Dungourney 4.08
Between intercounty replays , weather delays and other challenges , this fixture between local rivals Lisgoold and Dungourey "eventually" took place on Friday night at Carrigtwohill . Our side that took the field showed a number of changes from that which faced St Ita's in Round One . One enforced absence was expected , that of Dave Barry through suspension , whilst other changes saw both Peter Leahy and Wayne Kingston promoted to starting berths. The unlucky duo of Jamie Hurley and Rob Smart were to lose out on a position on the starting fifteen , but each was introduced towards the conclusion . Positional reshuffles saw John Cronin at "lar na pairce" where his movement and fluency was to benefit , with Wayne on the '40 and John McCarthy afforded a more flexible flanker role.
The immediate impact of the positional and personnel changes was apparent , when , despite deciding to play against a strong breeze , Johnsy started brightly , and a pair of frees saw us edge in front . Ominously , the aerial threat of the Dungourney full forward line was soon to cause difficulties for our rearguard . Some hesitation in defence offered further opportunities to our opposition , and it was no surprise when we conceded an early major . This setback seemed to unsettle us , and every attack caused jitters and both forced and unforced errors were well punished . John Cronin hurled a lot of ball around the middle third , but the quality of ball to our inside forwards was poor , and we relied heavily upon frees to keep in touch . Our best performer was , once again , the evergreen Kevin O'Shea , whose first outing in a Lisgoold jersey was before the majority of his current team-mates were born ! Rumours that he held Cuchullain scoreless in his early career are unfounded , but his calm confident play and regular thwarting of Dungourney advances was a rare bright spot on an otherwise disappointing evening.
The concession of a further series of soft goals was to prove a killer . It is fair to say that each of Dungourney's goals was defendable , and , in contrast , we failed to muster a clear goaling opportunity until Jonathon O'Shea's late late effort whizzed wide . At the short whistle , we trailed by 4.06 to 0.06 , but with the strengthening breeze we must have had a chance of reigning in that deficit. Despite holding our opposition to two scores in the second half , we never really looked like pulling back the lead . We chose to take point after point , even with time running out , where a goal scoring opportunity might have added impetus and momentum , but , despite almost seven minutes of time added generously by referee Michael Walsh , the outcome was never , really , in doubt as Dungourney march on to Round Three , where we wish them every success , and our hurling Championship year is consigned to a footnote in the history books by early July.
Monday evening last saw a hive of activity at the Community Centre as the proposed plans for pitch and dressing room development were unveiled . The proposed plans drew much debate and favourable comment , and it is obvious that the development committee have put a huge amount of work into the project so far , and have built a significant momentum to date . Chairman John Joe Regan spoke passionately about the desire to continue to provide top quality on and off field support for the community and the playing population of Lisgoold GAA as he proudly announced the plans that will see our Club drive onwards to more and more success in the next few years . "This development" said John Joe "is a building block on so many layers. We are committed to building for the future on , and off , the playing field"

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The winning numbers drawn from the drum last Tuesday were 5, 7 and 14, and for the third time in recent months , we have a Jackpot Winner . Congratulations to Mike O'Shea who matched the magic numbers and scooped the pot , and the prize of €1,300. . Watch our for details of the Prize Jackpot on the newly erected street signs in our locality . Congratulations also to this weeks Consolation Prize winners , who were Kerri Brosnan, The Ryan Family, Susan O Shea and Mary Stack.