History-makers: Lisgoold hurlers make the most of their first final appearance

History-makers: Lisgoold hurlers make the most of their first final appearance

Lisgoold captain John Cronin turns to face his team who won their very first East Cork JAHC title following their victory over Carraig na bhFear in Midleton. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Lisgoold 0-17 Carraig na bhFear 0-11

LISGOOLD made history in Midleton by capturing their first East Cork Oil JAHC with a fine win over Carraig na bhFear in their first-ever final. 

A stunning performance from their captain John Cronin, along with outstanding play from Liam O’Shea and John Cashman meant that the Jamesey Kelleher Cup was destined to head to Lisgoold for the first time.

It was Lisgoold’s second-half performance that sealed the deal and a barrage of points, plus top class defending that was the difference in the end.

The first half was very even with both sides going point for point and were level on six occasions with Brendan Murphy and Oisin Crowley on target for Carraig and Mark Hegarty and Liam O’Shea scoring for Lisgoold.

At the end of the first half O’Shea put over his sixth score and Lisgoold led by the minimum at the short whistle and the game was impossible to call and nobody expected what was to come in the third quarter as Lisgoold took off and left Carraig in their dust.

John Cashman came to life for Lisgoold fetching balls at will out of the air setting up chances and Lisgoold scored through O’Shea and Jack Ryan to put three points between the sides.

Lisgoold's Jack Ryan pulls away from Carraig na bhFear's Paul Sheehan during the East Cork JAHC final in Midleton. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Lisgoold's Jack Ryan pulls away from Carraig na bhFear's Paul Sheehan during the East Cork JAHC final in Midleton. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Crowley responded for Carraig Na bhFear, but Mark Hegarty, James O’Driscoll and John Cashman pointed back for Lisgoold who led by four points on the 45th minute.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Crowley was again on target for Carraig but as was the pattern throughout the second half, Lisgoold responded with three more unanswered points from O’Shea. 

Even though John Forde pointed for Carraig on the 55th minute it was to be their last score as Mark Hegarty sent over another point from play for Lisgoold the game was over as the six-point margin was no more than Lisgoold deserved.

A word of note for Ciaran Cronin in the Lisgoold goal who made some fine saves at key moments in the game which could have seen a change in the outcome. 

From the throw-in, John Cronin was pitch-perfect as he has been throughout the whole championship.

Lisgoold will now go forward in the County Championship and hope to emulate the likes of Castlemartyr, Russell Rovers and Dungourney in pushing East Cork hurling further up the ranks on a historic day for the men in blue.

Scorers for Lisgoold: L O’Shea 0-8 (0-4 f), M Hegarty 0-3, J Ryan 0-2, J O’Driscoll, C O’Brien, K Cashman, J Cashman 0-1 each.

Carraig na bhFear: O Crowley, B Sheehan 0-3 each, J Walsh, B Murphy, P Sheehan, P Murphy, J Forde 0-1 each.

LISGOOLD: G Cronin; C Healy, C Coleman, C O’Shea; K Cashman, C Hickey, J Cronin (c); L Walsh, C Scannell; J Ryan, L O’Shea, D O’Brien; C O’Brien, J Cashman, M Hegarty.

Subs: J O’Driscoll for C O’Brien (35), C O’Shea for C O’Shea (45). 

CARRAIG NA BHFEAR: B Casey; T Sheehan, D O’Driscoll, D Coleman; J Forde, T Geaney (c), P Geaney; A Dorgan, M Aherne; P Sheehan, B Sheehan, P Murphy; O Crowley, B Murphy, D Sweeney.

Subs: M Hickey for D O’Driscoll (h-t), J Forde for D Sweeney (40), J Walsh for B Sheehan (45).

Referee: Willie Wallis (Aghada)

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