Lisgoold capture East Cork Junior 8 Football title
Tremendous fight back by Carrigtwohill just fails
Lisgoold 1-11 Carrigtwohill 3-2
The Jamsey Kelleher Memorial Park in Dungourney was the venue for this Michael O'Connor Motor Factors Junior B East Cork Football Final between and Carrigtwohill on Sunday last. The pitch was in splendid condition considering all the rain that fell on Saturday night, so neither side could have any excuses in that regard.
Referee, Barry Day, got proceedings under way and it was Carrigtwohill that started the better of the two sides with Lisgoold very slow to settle. Good approach work, however, was spoiled by poor shooting as Carrigtwohill failed to turn ample possession into scores.
Lisgoold, on the other hand were only living on scraps in those opening exchanges, but they did manage to get the opening score in the 10th minute when Jer O'Connell pointed a free. It was to be another ten minutes before they would score again, as Kevin O'Shea added a second point for them. In the intervening period, Carrigtwohill continued to press forward with JP Rohan having to bring off a great save in the Lisgoold goal, to deny Carrigtwohill a goal they would have deserved. Liam Healy and Tom O' Mahony were orchestrating good moves, but the finishing did not match the approach work. In contrast, at the other end, Lisgoold once they got their act together, showed how it should be done and in a five minute purple patch they had shot a further 1-3 to move into a commanding lead. Ciaran Cronin raised the green flag for them, while Carrigtwohill had their only score of the half when Liam Healy pointed a free in the 28th minute to leave Lisgoold leading by 1-5 to 0-1 at the break.
The second half saw Lisgoold continue where they left off at half time as they increased their lead, and they may have thought they were in for a comfortable finish.
Carrigtwohill had other ideas, and they continued to put in a tremendous effort. They were rewarded with major scores as goals from sub Adrian Healy, Sean Barry and full forward Adrian Sheridan had the Lisgoold camp very worried. Lisgoold however, continued to take their points and with the defence that was well marshalled by Michael O'Connell, and JP O'Brien tightening up in front of the impressive J.P. Rohan in goal, they held out for a victory that was well deserved, but certainly hard earned.
Had Carrigtwohill availed of the chances that came their way in the first half, it might have been a different story, and were it not for the brilliance of JP Rohan in goal, then Lisgoold might well have lost as, although beaten three times in the second half, it was the ones he saved that kept Lisgoold ahead. Carrigtwohill certainly showed in the second half that they could finish, and they will rue the chances they missed in the opening quarter.
After the game the East Cork Board PRO, Billy Cody presented the Michael Coleman Cup to the winning captain, Eoin Riordan, as the celebrations started for Lisgoold.
Lisgoold: J.P.Rohan. M O' Connell, M O' Shea, P Connery, J.P.O' Brien, J Hurley, C O' Shea, W Kingston, E Riordan, B Ahern, C Smart, P O' Mahony, K O' Shea, C Cronin, J O' Connell.
Lisgoold scorers: J O'Connell 0-5, Ciaran Cronin 1-1, Kevin O'Shea 0-3, C Smart, B Ahern 0-1 each.
Carrigtwohill: M O'Sullivan, S Buckley, C Carroll, P Furlong, P O'Sullivan, A Murphy, T O'Sullivan, S Roche, T O' Mahony, M Foley, L Healy, C Kidney, P Foley. A Sheridan, M McConville.