Lisgoold GAA Notes.
- Nov 10,2023
A huge congratulations to the minor squad on achieving the third county minor hurling title in the club’s history (First in 2003, second in 2017) it is a wonderful achievement. The junior footballers ended their season on a disappointing note after being beaten by Canovee in the county championship. The Under 21’s have a clear path for qualification for the football final, whilst in the hurling their hopes hang by a thread as they succumbed to a one-point defeat to Whitechurch. The ladies’ footballers have two finals this week in Carrigtwohill (Minor) and Youghal (Junior) the very best of luck to all in these finals. Also note the Adult AGM is due to be held on the 4th December 2023.
Cork Minor Hurling County Final Replay
Lisgoold 4-21 (32)
Cil Mochomog 2-16 (22)
November 5th 2023
"Wow" again this week but all in the right ways. A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon but a nice wind blowing down towards the goals CUH end. Ref turned up this week which was handy and when the game started we were playing into the wind 1st half add to that Lisgoold were missing their strongest forward in Kane Walsh, has to be said if he was fit we would have won in the first game for sure.
Groundhog Day seemed to be happening as soon as the ref threw in the ball. Credit to Cil Mocs, they started like a train the same as the previous week and led 8 points to 2 after 15mins, and but for another worldie of a save from Conor Dennihy it could have been more,a full stretch dive to his right to flick the ball on to the bar and away for a 65.oOne for the camera's!! Cillian Andrade broke well from midfield for our first score of the game.
Cil Mocs had punched the Minors in the face, gave them a bloody nose, what kind of reaction would it get? The whole team took a step forward and took the fight to the lads from West Cork!! Lisgoold settled started playing the game the way they like to, popping passes to teammates who were making clever runs. Rory Mc who marked #8 out of the second half last week did the same in this game but also showed his stick work linking well with Dean Murphy who's shot was saved but like last week again there was Jacob Coleman with a goal to start the comeback!! He would finish the game with 2-6, 1-4 coming in the 1st half.
From that point on Lisgoold were on top the interplay and balls into the full forward line were almost exhibition like. Again, with a throwback to the previous Saturday, birthday boy Alan O Keefe got the ball in almost the exact same spot from where Matthew O Sullivan struck the equaliser and Alan must have been watching closely as the shot and result were almost identical, Savage score!!
The score of the game for the 3rd game running belonged to Matthew O Sullivan, the ball was turned over in the half back line (who were excellent all game) passed into midfield, a low cross field ball into the right corner forward spot, outran Jacob ahead of his man, head up, went as if to shoot but reversed the pass into the perfectly timed run of Matt who did what he does and the bank erupted!!
At half time we went in 1 point up, 2-07 to 12pts. Players all playing well, but with only 1 point in it the game was there for both sides. Up stepped the half forward line. Led by Jol, himself Matt and Adam Byrne seemed to have a spell on the ball that it rarely broke past them, and the one thing that didn't repeat from Game 1 was the wide count, Lisgoold were clinical. All 6 forwards scored from play, Cillian's early point plus another birthday boy "Tommy Walsh" sorry I meant Conor Holden scoring a beauty in the second half from wing back.
James O Leary gave a lesson in point taking, scoring nine second half points added to a great goal from a powerful solo run. Cil Mocs tried to change their match ups but Rory had 8, Colm showed the 11 who was boss, Dan Halahan covered 12, Conor Holden pocketed 10, Cil Mocs lively 7 tried to hold Jol after 2 other lads had tried and failed but today wasn't their day.
A fine finish for a second goal of the day from Jacob put the cherry on top. A big cheer from the bank for the returning Killian Beirne, out for a long period with injuries was a nice moment. Well done to that bunch of players, every game had some drama and they never had it easy from Nemo twice, to Cobh to Fr. O Neills to the 3 great matches on the Bishopstown Astro. A great finish to the Championship for the Club.
Scorers: James O Leary 1-10 (0-8f), Jacob Coleman 2-06 (0-1f), Matthew O Sullivan 1-0, Cillian Andrade, Alan O Keefe, Dean Murphy, Adam Byrne, Conor Holden 0-1 each.
The victorious minor squad of 2023
U17 League Final vs Watergrasshill in Glenville Thurs 16th November 7.30pm
U13 League Final vs Youghal in Bishopstown Sat 18th November 12pm
U16 League Final vs Killeagh in Killeagh Sat 25th November 3pm
Cork County JAFC Quarter-Final
Lisgoold 0-6 (6)
Canovee 5-13 (28)
At Paric Ui Rinn
November 5th 2023
It was bitter disappointment for our footballers as they were dismissed by a ruthless unforgiving performance by the muskerry men last Sunday evening. They secured a spot in the semi-final where they will now face Castlemagner. Dominant from start to finish, it would be unfair to go through what our men had to go through the hour. However, after 45 seconds when our own Kieran Cashman was dispossessed. Lehane of Canovee collected the ball and surged forward before making an excellent run in which to be fair was a bit frustrating as no one was willing to shut down the run, to raise a green flag. Form here it was clear to see it was going to be long sixty minutes and one winner. Canovee were excellent and wasted no time in getting a commanding lead of 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after nine minutes. We had our chances to keep the scoreboard ticking over but failed to convert them and Canovee continued to pile on the pressure and the points. Although it was a lesson in football for us, what didn’t help was some strange decisions from the match official who seemed to be more worried about overcarrying than any other foul on the pitch which led to frustrations for our players, but this doesn’t deny Canovee’s class.
One positive note for us was when Kelleher of Canovee missed a brilliant one-on-one chance to net their second as our keeper Wayne Kingston produced an excellent stop, but he was called into action again within two minutes. A rather dubious penalty was awarded (dubious in terms of where foul took place not the foul itself) which resulted a black card for Scannell, was brilliantly saved by Wayne. This was the only real positive although Cronin, the three Cashman’s and O’Brien gave their all it wasn’t really near enough. At the short whistle it was 1-11 to 0-3 to the muskerry men.
The second half wasn’t much of a spectacle as they contest had really ended in the first half. The game became was a formality as both sides emptied the benches and played out the match toits inevitable conclusion. We had some excellent scores (two great points from Mark Hegarty). However, Canovee were goal hungry in the second half and Healy, Moynihan, Cronin raiding our goals to raise green flags. They ran out deserving winners by twenty-two points. It was a disappointing end to a fantastic season, but it was a dose of reality of what football is like once teams come outside of East Cork.
However, we can be proud of the players especially after the run of matches they had to win this year’s east cork championship. It was a very well-deserved title. Canovee look like a grade (possibly two) above this championship and should be fancied to lift the county title – we wish them well for the rest of it.
For all lads, it’s time to reflect, enjoy the break and be satisfised that history was still made as the Jim Ryan cup will be spending his first winter (and hopefully not his last one) in the Owennacurra valley. It’s going to be a short seven weeks, before the players dust themselves down and go again. Thanks lads - 2023 will be viewed as a very memorable year for everyone involved with the blue and gold.
Team: Wayne Kingston; Cian Scannell, Shaun Murphy, Caomhán O’Sé; Kieran Cashman, Mark Hegarty, Jason Hegarty; Cathal Cashman, John Cronin; James O’Driscoll, Caolan O’Brien, Luke Walsh; Cathal Hickey, John Cashman, Liam O’Sé.
Substitutes: Cormac Hallahan for Walsh (25), Tom Savage for J O’Driscoll (HT), Sean Coleman for Liam O’Sé (45), Noel O’Driscoll for K Cashman (49).
Scorers: John Cashman 0-3 (0-1 f), Mark Hegarty 0-2, Cian Scannell 0-1.
Referee: Jack Forbes (Dohenys)
Wayne Kingston making an excellent penalty save. (Credit: Paul Stack)
Imokilly Under 21 BHC Group A Round Two
Lisgoold 1-9 (12)
Whitechurch 1-10 (13)
At Paric Ui Chaoimh
November 7th 2023
The under 21 squad are out of the hurling championship but went down fighting in an intriguing battle on the 4G pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. In very tough conditions pelting rain and a strong breeze they got squeezed out by a solitary point. Both sides started off slowly as the conditions were tough to adapt to. In fact, it more mirrored a football scoring rate after 13 minutes it was still 0-1 apiece. O’Driscoll (Who was excellent throughout the hour), McSweeney and Holden played well in defence. Whilst Hegarty, Savage, Hallahan and Kelleher did their upmost in attack. A lack of concentration allowed Whitechurch to raise the first green flag of the evening. Credit to the squad they rallied and with Savage in deadly form, the gap was narrowed to the minimum after eighteen minutes 1-1 to 0-3. Whitechurch then hit a purple and with some excellent team play and shooting made it 1-7 to 0-4 with five minutes to go – we managed to tack on another point, but the gap was at five points come the short whistle 1-7 to 0-5.
Whitechurch carried on as they ended the first half tacking on two points and we looked in trouble with twenty minutes to go 1-9 to 0-4. However, what followed was a superb rally as the squad showed their battling qualities as O’Driscoll tigerish in Defence, endless running from Cormac and James and a very industrial performance from Kelleher dragged Lisgoold back into the game. O’Driscoll, Savage pointing and a wonderful goal from a free by Mark Hegarty meant they had it down to the wire 1-10 to 1-9 coming into the last few minutes. They had their chances to nick the game but just couldn’t convert them. After a very generous amount of injury time lapsed – Lisgoold were beaten.
It was a brave performance and obviously having players like Diarmuid Healy and Kane Walsh missing it was an uphill battle. However, they played with great pride and passion for the hour and just came up short. What’s left is a group game vs Castlemartyr, and we hope they end the campaign on a high. In the two games they have played some excellent hurling at times but ultimately came up short. The have still an outside chance in qualifying for the final of the football championship but in the hurling, they are looking for miracle to obtain progression to the knockout stages. The mathematics may dictate there is a slight possibility of qualification, however it’s as good as gone for the 2023 season.
Team: Jake Wright, Noel O’Driscoll, Eoin Holden, Rory McSweeney, Sean Coleman, James O’Driscoll, Piaras Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, James O’Leary, Jamie Neff, Jamie Browne, Cormac Hallahan, Oran Savage, Mark Hegarty, Johnathon Kelleher
Substitute Used: Shane Byrne
Scorers: Oran Savage (0-6 all frees), Mark Heagrty 1-0f, James O’Driscoll 0-2, Cormac Hallahan 0-1.
Referee: Peter O’Donovan (Carrignavar)
Reeling in the Lisgoold Years
In part two of our reeling in the years column we pay tribute to previous football classics. It was twenty years ago this week that Lisgoold last played a football match in Pairc Ui Rinn (vs Ballyhooly). 2003 was an excellent year in which the junior squad completed the east cork double in both codes. A rollercoaster of a season in which they got to the county hurling final losing to St Colm’s by five points in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and fell agonisingly short in a thrilling football semi-final replay in Bandon to Muintir Bháire (3-10 to 2-12). They would go on to win the county that year against Rathpeacon (3-11 to 0-12). This week we go back to the Ballyhooly match, unlike last Sunday Lisgoold ended victorious also with this is the semi-final drawn game with Muintir Bháire. Report couldn’t be attained for the replay game.
Cork Junior B Football Championship Quarter-Final
Ballyhooly 1-8 (11)
At Paric Ui Chaoimh
November 6th 2003
Ballyhooly look back in anger as they practically hand Lisgoold a semi-final spot
Looking fairly well positioned when, having played into a strong wind, they trailed by three points at the interval, the North Cork men proceeded to enjoy much the better of the exchanges in the second-half. But poor finishing meant that they had to wait until the 49th minute to draw level, courtesy of a fine point from inspirational midfielder Joe Dowling. As it was, Ballyhooly looked destined to take the spoils when they conjured up one of the best moves of the match three minutes later, with defenders Pádraig O’Keeffe, Eamonn O’Keeffe and Colm O’Connor all helping to create the opening that produced the lead score from Owen Hegarty. Remarkably, however, Ballyhooly relinquished the initiative in the closing stages.
In the same period Lisgoold hauled themselves back from the brink, with a couple of points from Barry Aherne and substitute James McCarthy tilting the issue in their favour at the death. Full credit to the East Cork side for the manner in which they stuck to their task when the game appeared to be slipping away from them. But they would hardly have survived if Ballyhooly had made the most of their chances in the second half. Ballyhooly’s tally of seven wides to Lisgoold’s one in this period tells its own story. Add in the fact that Lisgoold’s only goal came directly from a long-range free in the first half, and it’s easy to appreciate why Ballyhooly will probably feel that they left the laurels behind them on this occasion.
On the general run of the play, however, Lisgoold weren’t flattered to finish the first half 1-5 to 1-2 to the good. Trailing by 1-1 to 0-1 after corner-forward Barry Noonan pounced to fist in a goal for Ballyhooly after a Joe Dowling free had struck the upright in the 12th minute, Lisgoold, for whom Barry Aherne drew first blood, applied the bulk of the pressure in the second quarter, thanks primarily to the strong play of Kevin O’Shea and Noel Connery in the half-back line.
They regained the lead, 1-2 to 1-1, when Paul Stack’s effort from a free close to the left touchline went all the way to the net in the 17th minute. And, with corner-forward Jonathan O’Shea posing obvious problems for the Ballyhooly defence, they had stretched it to four points with three minutes to the interval. But Joe Dowling finished very strongly at midfield for Ballyhooly before the break, and he created a glorious opportunity that was ballooned wide by Owen Hegarty in the 28th minute.
Dowling pointed a free to complete the first half scoring, and he continued to make a major impact on the resumption when the switch of Owen Hegarty from the ‘40 helped to strengthen Ballyhooly’s hand at midfield. Denis Beecher and especially Padraig O’Keeffe were also to the fore in the half-back line, and Liam O’Connell, Barry Noonan and Colm Kiely were regularly seen to good effect in attack as Ballyhooly steadily raised the tempo.
They would surely have forged ahead during the third quarter but for the heroics of Lisgoold custodian, John Paul Rohan, who brought off a great save from Colm Kiely in the 35th minute, and brilliantly deflected a rasper from the same player over the bar midway through the second half. Kiely’s point made it 1-6 to 1-4, and Ballyhooly’s prospects took on a very rosy hue after they tacked on the next three scores.
Aided by some effective foraging from attack by their best player Jonathan O’Shea, Lisgoold managed to stop the rot, while Paul Stack’s accuracy from frees was also instrumental in enabling the East-Cork side to turn things around. This coupled with some excellent defending by Charlie McCarthy and Tim Mulcahy from the imokilly team meant an exciting finish in the last quarter. Ultimately, however, the decisive scores for Lisgoold were kicked by Barry Aherne and effective substitute James McCarthy inside the last two minutes.
Lisgoold: John Paul Rohan, Timmy Mulcahy, Jamie Hurley, Patrick Connery, Kieran O’Shea, Kevin O’Shea, Noel Connery, Eoin O’Riordan, Brian Clifford, Paul Stack, Barry Ahern, Maurice O’Connell, Charles Smart, Mike O’Shea, Jonathon O’Shea.
Substitutes: James McCarthy for Smart, Charlie McCarthy for Kieran O’Shea, Seamus McSweeney for P Connery.
Scorers: P Stack 1-4, frees, J O’Shea and B Aherne 0-2 each, M O’Connell and J McCarthy 0-1 each.
Ballyhooly: K McCarthy, C O’Connor, M Twomey, R Dorgan, P O’Keeffe, D Beecher, E O’Keeffe, P Burke, J Dowling, S O’Keeffe, O Hegarty, F Dineen, C Kiely, L O’Connell, B Noonan.
Substitutes: C O’Keeffe for S O’Keeffe, T Roche for Dineen.
Scorers: J Dowling 0-5, 0-4 frees, B Noonan 1-0, C Kiely 0-2, O Hegarty 0-1.
Referee: Oilver Webb (Tracton).
Dramatic Lisgoold fight back forces replay with Muintir Bháire
Cork Junior B Football Championship Semi-Final
Lisgoold 2-8 (14)
Muintir Bháire 2-8 (14)
November 9th 2003
Carbery champions Muintir Bháire looked to have booked a meeting with Rathpeacon when they held a commanding four-point advantage, 2-8 to 1-7, with two minutes of injury time having elapsed. But Lisgoold had other ideas, as super-sub and converted corner back Charlie McCarthy saved a dramatic draw.
Firstly, he collected a peach of a pass from captain Barry Ahern to billow the net. Then, with the very last kick of the match, his glorious soaring point ensured a replay. It had looked like curtains for Lisgoold, as Teddy O'Donovan side footed to the net for the second major to apply what appeared to be the coup de grace with 10 minutes remaining. However, Lisgoold spoiled the party to fashion a deserved draw.
Lisgoold: John Paul Rohan, Tim Mulcahy, Jamie Hurley, Patrick Connery, Kieran O'Shea, Kevin O'Shea, Noel Connery, Eoin O'Riordan, Brian Clifford, Paul Stack, Barry Ahern, Maurice O'Connell, James McCarthy, Mike O'Shea, Jonathan O'Shea.
Substitutes: Charlie McCarthy for Kieran O'Shea, Seamus McSweeney for P. Connery, Mick Beirne for T. Mulcahy.
Scorers: Lisgoold: J. O'Shea 1-3, C. McCarthy 1-1, P. Stack 0-3 (0-2 frees), M. O'Connell 0-1.
Muintir Bháire: J. Gallagher, S. Tobin, S. Coughlan, P. O'Flynn, T. O'Sullivan, S. Levis, K. Hourihan, F. Arundel, P. McGrath, T. O'Donovan, C. Cremin, S. McNulty, F. O'Driscoll, J. O'Sullivan, K. O'Donovan.
Substitutes: S. Arundel for C. Cremin, K. Tobin for P. O'Flynn [injured].
Scorers: K. O'Donovan, T. O'Donovan 1-0 each, F. Arundel (0-1 free), J. O'Sullivan 0-2 each, F. O'Driscoll, S. McNulty, T. O'Sullivan, S. Levis 0-1 each.
Referee: A Cummins (Ballymartle)
State of Play (Correct as of 8th November 2023)
The adult season is pretty much finished this season apart from the Under 21’s. The U21’s face an uphill struggle in the football championship to qualify for the knockout stages. They must beat Carrignavar by eleven points to qualify for the final. The hurlers are pretty much out of contention for this year’s championship barring an incredible run of results.
Imokilly Under 21 Championships
Under 21 Hurling Group 1 (Top Two to Semi-Finals)
- Lisgoold vs Castlemartyr in Date and Venue TBA
Under 21 Football Group 2 (Group Winner Straight to Final)
- Lisgoold vs Carrignavar - Date and Venue TBA
Congratulations to Becky Murphy and Seamus McSweeney (Lisgoold’s fittest over 50-year-old!) who won the divisional shield competition with East Cork last weekend.
East Cork Minor Final vs Carrigtwohill in Carrigtwohill Thurs 9th November at 7.30
East Cork Junior Final vs Youghal in Youghal Sunday 12th November 1.30
Congratulations to Shane O’Donnell on winning €250 in the Rebel Bounty Draw last October!
The Annual General Meeting is on Monday 4th December in the Clubhouse at 7.30pm.
Cork Minors 2024
It’s now a fact!!! Confirmed at the last County Board Meeting the club would like to offer a huge congratulations to Mike Mulcahy on being picked as a selector for the Cork Minor Hurling Team for 2024. The very best of luck Mike!
Congratulations to the Lisgoold Contingent who are involved with Midleton CBS. They have now qualified top of their group with a game to spare.
Lotto Draw November 8th 2023
Numbers: 8-14-27-29 Winner: None
- Sinead Murphy (Online)
- Foxy Johnny
- Adrian O’Keeffe
- Geraldine O’Sullivan
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