2008 Issue 4

Well, at last, after a long and tough pre-season of training, real playing activity resumed last weekend. Our second string were first into action versus St. Catherines at Ballynoe, whilst the recently crowned B Champions took the field to face close neighbours Castlemartyr. League Div III - Lios gCúl 0-03 St. Catherines 3-09
Despite a defeat on the first outing of the year, manager Tim Mulcahy expressed a degree of satisfaction with the effort and endeavour against our neighbours' first squad at an excellently prepared Ballynoe location on Saturday evening. The concession of two sloppy goals in the run up to half time left us chasing shadows throughout the second half, and the score line of 0-03 to 2-01 at the short whistle (having executed the same number of scores) somewhat flattered our hosts. The better Lisgoold performances were delivered by Noel O‘ Riordan, Paul O' Brien and Kevin O' Loughlin in defence, whilst our attack was limited with the exception of an excellent performance from the impressive Mike O’ Riordan. Team: Michael Beirne, Finbarr Brosnan, Eoin Hegarty, Barry Hogan, Maurice Mulcahy, Denis O' Brien, Paul O' Brien, Donal O'Leary, Kevin O' Loughlin, Mike O' Riordan, Noel O' Riordan, Michael O' Shea, David O' Sullivan, Charles Smart, Liam Twomey. League Div II - Lios gCúl 0-06 Castlemartyr 1-06
Recently crowned East Cork Junior B Champions Lisgoold took to the field at Castlemartyr on Sunday in their seasonal opener against our hosts in an eagerly awaited encounter. Featuring 12 of the team who started in the Championship decider against Carrigtwohill last winter, we were unlucky to bend the knee by a single score in a keenly fought encounter, where our hosts proved that greater fitness was the difference between the sides in the final quarter. Our midfield duo of Wayne Kingston and last years skipper Eoin Riordan proved majestic and dominant throughout, and each kicked a peach to cap fine individual and collective performances. A point apiece from the inside forward line of Jer O'Connell, Ciaran Cronin and the evergreen and ever elusive Kevin O'Shea added to an all round effective performance by this triumvirate. ‘More ball please’ was surely their request from those further out the field. The best score of the hour was notched by the marauding Noel Connery (thankfully back to health after that difficult injury which necessitated his missing the majority of the Championship decider), but, regretfully, we were unable to close the gap, and the initial two points of the season went a begging. Mention must be made, also, of the fine referring performance from young whistler Maurice Mulcahy, whose fair, strong and decisive performance was noted throughout. It's great to see young Maurice gain experience in this type of environment. Team: Noel Connery, Ciaran Cronin, Jamie Hurley, Wayne Kingston, Jerry O' Connell, Maurice O' Connell, Patrick O' Mahony, Noel O' Riordan, Kevin O' Shea, Kieran O' Shea, Mike O' Shea, David O' Sullivan, Eoin Riordan, John Paul Rohan, Charles Smart.
Ladies Football
Training will resume on Saturday 23rd February in Midleton at 6pm.
New members welcome.
Juvenile Training
Under 14 & 16 training on Saturdays from 6 to 7pm at Midleton Hockey Pitch. Primary school children under 6 & 7 years of age, invited to indoor GAA training at Community Centre on Wednesday 16th January from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Minor Training
Under 18 training on Saturdays from 6 to 7pm at Midleton Hockey Pitch.
This weeks fixtures
Division 2 Football V Russell Rovers, Sunday 17th February, Shanagarry at 12:00pm
Division 3 Football V Dungourney, Sunday 17th February, Dungourney at 3:00pm