2009 Issue 5

A hectic weekend for the GAA as every grade is now in full swing, a glimmer of hope was given to the rest of the country with Kilkenny’s four point defeat to the men from Waterford. This showing that they are not as invincible as it seems. A sliver lining came through the dark clouds that overcast Cork GAA and more specifically for Cork football, as CIT captured the Sigerson Cup. This was a magnificent win for the rebel College and no doubt the performances of Colm O’Neill and Daniel Goulding will delight the supporters of Cork football for the year coming. While in Lisgoold, our U15 Footballers marched into a final which is to be played this weekend. It was also a week of firsts for Lisgoold. Brian O’Leary (who we welcome to the club) made his debut for Lisgoold against Belgooly, the Lisgoold/Leamlara ladies fielded a junior football team for the first time in 12 years, but something more extraordinary was the second team game against Cloyne, in which a rare, but nicely taken headed goal (by an Australian!!!!) came to surface. More about that later. Football Division 2, Mar 1st 2009 Lios gCúl 1-10 Russell Rovers 0-5
In glorious sunshine, Lisgoold finally got their Division 2 League campaign underway. The management had to rush home in time for the 3 O’clock clash against Russell Rovers. However, they may not have to be in such a hurry as what was served up can only be described as very dour encounter between two committed sides. Some good scores by Wayne and Kevin in the first half and fine goal by Alan, seem to have Lisgoold on the way to the first two points of the League Season as they 1-4 to 0-0. But in the second half, the large Lisgoold following were treated to a poor display as yet again (like the previous Wednesday night) sloppiness was creeping again and frustration set in as poor shooting (from both sides) and very slow play developed in the second half but Lisgoold managed to hold out for a eight point win. With the first match of the Championship only two weeks away, it is hard to take anything positive out of it as the majority of the match was played at a very slow pace and no doubt if we are to take on Cobh, Lisgoold must up the ante considerably in training in the next few weeks. Scorers: Paul Stack 0-3 (0-2 Frees), Alan Conroy 1-0, Kevin Shea 0-2, Brian Clifford 0-2, Wayne Kingston 0-2, Moss Connell 0-1, Conor Walsh 0-1. Team: JP Rohan, Charlie McCarthy, Micheál O’Sé, Patrick O’Mahony, Moss O’Connell, Finbarr Brosnan, Mike O’Shea, Alan Conroy, Eoin O’Riordan, Conor Walsh, Brian Clifford, John Cronin, Paul Stack, Wayne Kingston, Kevin O’Shea. Subs: Kieran O’Shea for Conor Walsh. Referee: Edward Sheehan (St.Catherines) Football Division 3, Mar 1st 2009 Lios gCúl 1-7 Cloyne 3-9
Sunday afternoon, our second team togged out but had a clash of matches with the 1st team (with some players been needed for the later match) and also due to injury, Lisgoold were restricted to sixteen, but this was a different performance from last week. It seemed to be unanimous that Cloyne would walk away with the points on offer as being led by Victor Cusack and Declan Motherway, they were ahead 0-7 to 0-0 at half-time. With a stifling breeze in the second half though, Lisgoold roared back and were inspired by (in this writers’ opinion) the most extraordinary goal seen in the fields of Cumann Luthcleas Gael. Jamie Woods had a superb shot hit off the crossbar only for Rob (Our Aussie Import!!!) to superbly head the ball in from 10 yards out. This was appreciated even by the Cloyne crowd as a great goal and surely the likes of it won’t be seen again. With that creative score, Lisgoold surged back to lead by a point. However with 11 minutes to go Cloyne got a goal. The game was in the balance until 2 minutes to go. With Cloyne ahead by two, they proceeded to score two quick goals in succession and thus, killed the Lisgoold challenge. This was a vastly improved performance from last week with likes of Noel, John Paul and especially Dave Barry shining. The positives out of it was Lisgoold’s ability to take their chances when received and also the link-up play in the second half, but surely the highlight of the game was the Aussie’s use of the ‘Ceann’. It may have been a defeat, but it was a very entertaining match. Scorers: Jamie Woods 0-3 (0-2 Frees), Charles Smart 0-3, Rob O’Donoghue 1-0, Dave Barry 0-1. Team: Owen Hegarty, Paul O’Brien, Noel O’Riordan, Moss Mulcahy, Denis O’Brien, Finbarr Brosnan, Mike O’Riordan, John Paul O’Brien, Charles Smart, David O’Sullivan, Jamie Woods Dave Barry, Rob O’Donoghue, Timmy O’Callaghan, Peter Leahy. Subs: Michael Beirne for Moss Mulcahy (baby). Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers) Football Challenge, Feb 25th 2009 Lios gCúl 4-11 Belgooly 1-8
Last Wednesday, Lisgoold headed down to Riverstick, as they took on the challenge of Belgooly. A well worthy match exercise as the Junior A Team got some vital game time. However, they can be very disappointed with this performance as there was very sloppy passing and kicking developed and also played (the majority of the time) some poor football. A much disciplined Belgooly defence shut out most attacks from the boys in blue and they opened the scoring with a cracker of a goal in the early few minutes of the first half, in which our stand-in keeper Jerry (who played quite well – again!) had little hope of stopping. The defending of Mike O’Shea and new recruit Brian O’Leary were helping Lisgoold, but they still struggled. Also the loss of Ciarán Cronin, who suffered a broken nose, was a blow for the forwards as he had set up a good few scores (and we wish him a very speedy recovery). It was tit for tat at that stage, as Belgooly led at half-time. The second half improved only slightly as the men from the Owenacurra Valley got a few scores but they still trailed. Eoin Riordan and Alan Conroy were industrious at midfield and did try to get the team going. However the scores did come, and as Belgooly sent on a huge amount of subs, Lisgoold snuck in with goals from Kevin and John and two from Paul Stack and won the game. This however was a very poor performance, considering it took Belgooly to make a number of substitutions before Lisgoold got going. So, a lot done, but a lot more to do as Lisgoold need to sharpen up their football, and their speed especially for Junior A level as the Championship clash is only two weeks away. Scorers: Paul Stack 2-0 (1-0 pen), Kevin Shea 1-2, John Cronin 1-2, Wayne Kingston 0-5, Charles Smart 0-1, Killian Kingston 0-1. Team: Jerry O Connell, Charlie McCarthy, Barry Stack, Patrick O Mahony, Brian O Leary, Maurice O Connell, Mick O Shea, Alan Conroy, Eoin O Riordan, John Cronin, Ciaran Cronin, Barry Aherne, Paul Stack, Wayne Kingston, Kevin O Shea. Subs: Charles Smart for Ciaran Cronin (injured), Killian Kingston for Alan Conroy. U-15 C Football Championship Semi-Final, Mar 1st 2009 Lios gCúl 6-7 Midleton 4-6
A good start to the weekend came in regards to the U15’s overcoming the challenge of a very determined Midleton second string, last Sunday morning. Led by John Cashman at Midfield, and Cian Scanell in attack, Lisgoold played some nice football but a concern arose for the amount of goals that were conceded if they are to take this title this weekend. Donnacha also had a good a game as well as Mikey Savage. This was a good performance, but we will be underdogs to highly-talented Carrignavar side. I urge everyone to come out and support this team, as they try and make history by winning Lisgoold’s first ever title at this grade. Please check locally for this fixture, as match was not yet fixed, going to print. Scorers: Donnacha Moyniahan 3-1, John Cashman 1-6, Cian Scannell 1-0, Kevin O’Keeffe 1-0. Team: Declan Geaney, Andrew O’Donovan, Mikey Savage, Rob Conway, Cathal Cashman, Mike Barry, John Cashman, Fiachra O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Keeffe, Cian Scannell, Donnacha Moyniahan, Martin Conroy, Bill Whelan. Last Weeks News
If you were watching TG4 over the weekend you would have seen a great spectacle for our games, as Portuma took on Ballyhale Shamrocks also De le Salle took on the men from Crushdall in the All-Ireland Club Hurling Semi-Finals. These games provided a great spectacle and also showed how good hurling can be played and we can hope this, is a taste of what the season ahead will be. Also, what slipped by with very little notice from the media, was the Ashbourne Cup Finals (3rd Level Colleges Camogie) which were hosted by UCC. In which, East Cork was heavily represented with players from Dungourney, St.Catherines, Watergrasshill, Youghal and Carrignavar. We would like to congratulate these players on representing their respective colleges and (more importantly) East Cork as they played with great skill and class. Also our congratulations to WIT who won the Championship, and also to NUIG who won the Shield Competition. As for CLCG Lisgoold, A bad week was had by all, as the Second team crashed to two defeats in the League and the 1st team preparations were hampered by the lack of match practise over the weekend. With the championship fast approaching, the management must be anxious to get some proper game time as our championship clash against Cobh looms ever closer. Also note that this is the last week for the hoodies, the last date for taking orders for the club hoodies is the 1st of March. Football Division 3, Feb 18th 2009 Lios gCúl 3-6 Dungourney 6-6
Last Wednesday week, lisgoold headed off down the short route to dungourney as both second teams clashed for the league points at stake. Lisgoold seemed to have gone off with a bang as the quickly notched up 1-2 in the first few minutes, with Jamie Woods getting the Goal. Dungourney stormed back and great game was developing as they hit two crackers for goals and lisgoold responded with another from Dave O’Sullivan. The spectators were looking forward to another great 30 minutes as the score read 2-4 to 2-2 in favour of Lisgoold. However, the second half was a different story. An injury to our goalie (Hago) forced the selectors to bring on Timmy O’Callaghan. With Brian Rodgers at full forward, The ‘Duns’ took full advantage as he ran riot scoring a hat-trick of goals, adding to the one he got in the first half and dungourney had the game sewn up as John Cody hit in a penalty with a few minutes remaining. Paul Stack did manage a consolation penalty but it was much too late. Scorers: Paul Stack 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Jamie Woods 1-0, David O’Sullivan 1-1, Charles Smart 0-1, Gerry O’Connell 0-1. Team: Eoin Hegarty, Michael Beirne, Noel O’Riordan, Patrick Connery, Kieran O’Shea, Micheál O’Sé, Finbarr Brosnan,Charles Smart, Gerry O’Connell, Mike O’Riordan, Killian Kingston, Denis O’Brien, Jamie Woods, Paul Stack, David O’Sullivan. Subs: Timmy O’Callaghan for Eoin Hegarty, Paul O’Brien for Kieran O’Shea, Moss Mulcahy for Michael Berine. Referee: Michael Walsh (St.Catherines) Football Division 3, Feb 22nd 2009 Lios gCúl 0-0 Castlelyons 2-14
Due to one reason or another, Lisgoold second string could only manage to produce the bare fifteen players, as they were swatted aside by Castlelyons with little fuss. Lisgoold did play with a lot of pride, and this was seen through Noel O’Riordan, Patrick Connery and Alan Conroy who played well. This Game will be quickly forgotten though, as Castlelyons first team were just simply too strong. Scorers: Paul Stack 2-0 (1-0 pen), Kevin Shea 1-2, John Cronin 1-2, Wayne Kingston 0-5, Charles Smart 0-1, Killian Kingston 0-1. Team: Ger O’Connell, Michael Beirne, Noel O’Riordan, Patrick Connery, Kieran O’Shea, Finbarr Brosnan, Mike O’Riordan, Charles Smart, Alan Conroy, Jamie Woods, Dave O’Sullivan, Paul O’Brien, Rob Smart, Paul Stack, Paudie Ryan. Referee: Ger Sweeney (Glenville) Classic News
As the gloom continues over cork hurling with the crushing defeat received from Tipp, cork hurling was given a much needed lift. This came in regards as Dripsey and Blarney captured the Junior and Intermediate All-Ireland hurling club titles. In which we congratulate them on their fantastic win. While the men of Blarney and Dripsey were heading on route back to cork with silverware intact, the Lisgoold junior footballers began dreaming of winning silverware of their own (the Bob Ryan Cup) as they stepped up preparations for the JAFC by taking on Carrigtwohill in a challenge game last Friday night. That night also saw the introduction to the new players of the club and we welcome in, John Speight, Robert Coleman, and Paul Mc Mahon. We hope that these new faces will become household names amongst the houses in the parish of Lisgoold. Also note that the last date for taking orders for the club hoodies is the 1st of March. Football Challenge, Feb 13th 2009 Lios gCúl 1-10 Carrigtwohill 3-8
This challenge match can only be described no short of a disaster as Lisgoold were soundly beaten by a very youthful Carrigtwohill side, who fielded a majority of their U21 team. We were very slow to start as Carrigtwohill raced into an early lead, and look like running away from the match if wasn’t for the likes of Barry Stack and Hago (who showed that he may have the potential to be a great goalie for the future). With Kevin and Wayne chipping in, Lisgoold had the score down to 2-6 to 1-3 at half time. A magnificent point by Killian Kingston seemed to have sparked off a revival but this did not materialise, as a few injuries came (Noel and Charlie, who we wish a quick recovery) and flurry of changes stopped the momentum. The game eventually faded out and Carrig won by five points, a flatting score line for Lisgoold, as they were taken to the cleaners in many areas, hopefully they can find some form for championship, as it is only a few weeks away. Also we were delighted to see the return of Mike O’Shea from a lengthy injury, welcome back Mike. Team: Eoin Hegarty, Charlie McCarthy, Barry Stack, John Dennehy, Patrick O’Mahony, Noel Connery, Finbarr Brosnan, Barry Ahern, Charles Smart, David O’Sullivan, Killian Kingston, John Cronin, Jerry O’Connell, Wayne Kingston, Kevin O’Shea. Subs: Michael Beirne for John Dennehy. Jamie Woods for David O Sullivan. Padraig Ryan for John Cronin. John Speight for Killian Kingston. Paul McMahon for Kevin O Shea. Robert Coleman for Barry Ahern. Michael O Shea for Charlie McCarthy. Mike O Shea for Noel Connery. Anthony McCarthy for Barry Stack. Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill) Monthly Meeting
Monthly meeting takes place on Thursday 5th March, in the Community Hall, at 9pm sharp. All Members are requested to attend this meeting. Juvenile Training
Lisgoold Juveniles training for the U12 and U14 on in Sarsfields GAA Grounds Saturday 4-5pm. HAVING A BALL
BEGINNING Sat Jan 24TH – 10am, Lisgoold Community Hall
Note for parents of children born in 2003 & 2004
Introduction to Gaelic Games – Under 6 training, Lisgoold GAA club
Lisgoold Juvenile GAA club will begin Gaelic Games training for children born in 2003 and 2004 (no younger children please). The name of the training is 'Having a Ball' – and that sums up the aims of the training. The training will be FUN, with no emphasis on competition. Indeed, we will not play competitive games involving other clubs for at least 2 years, if not more. Boys and girls are welcome.

Our proposed training schedule is as follows:
  1. Training in Lisgoold Hall, Saturdays 10am-11am beginning on 24th Jan and continuing until the end of March in the hall. No specific hurling or football gear is required for this hall training. We will not be using hurleys at this stage, but rather we will be using soft sponge balls, and other training aids, to begin training in the area of agility, balance and co-ordination. Children are asked to wear a tracksuit and runners and to bring a bottle of water with them (no fizzy drinks please) to training.
  2. From around start April we will move to Lisgoold GAA pitch – details to be confirmed nearer to the date. For this training children will need football boots, a hurley and most importantly, a hurling helmet. Subsidised hurling helmets are available from Liam Walsh. Children cannot train or play hurling without wearing a helmet.
Our role is more than imparting specific hurling and football skills to the children– it’s about helping to develop the children into young adults who act properly on the field of play and who are respectful of others.

Our aims for 2009 are:
The balance and co-ordination of the children improves over time allowing:
  • The kids to get used to their hurling helmets
  • They have the correct grip for hurling (strong/writing hand on top)
  • They can strike the ball off both sides in hurling on the ground (however well!)
  • They can kick and catch a football
  • They know how to hit the ball in a certain direction – e.g. to score or clear a ball
  • They have FUN so they will come back and will bring their friends!
Any parent that is interested in getting involved in the club is more than welcome. We will be delighted to involve many of you in the running of our children’s team. So that we can plan more effectively for training, we would appreciate it if you would contact Brendan Healy with your intentions as regards your child. Any more general queries can also be addressed to Brendan also.

Thank you.
Brendan Healy, 087-9176891 , or (preferably) 4630018 (6 pm - 9 pm)
This weeks fixtures
Check Locally for U15 Championship Final – Lisgoold v Carrignavar
Junior Football League Division 2 V Dungourney, Sunday 8th February in Lisgoold at 2:00pm