ALL roads lead to Midleton this Sunday for the East Cork Oil Junior A Hurling Championship final between Carraig na bhFear and Lisgoold at 2.30pm for the Jamesey Kelleher Cup.
The obvious omission on Sunday will be the hundreds of supporters not allowed to attend the decider under the current Covid-19 restrictions — and that is a huge shame.
This is an historic moment in the history of Lisgoold GAA who play in their first East Cork final and they have progressed through to Sunday’s decider in some style dominating their group with wins over Cobh and Sarsfields and putting on one hell of a performance in their semi-final victory over St Ita’s in Shanagarry a couple of weeks ago.
Carraig na bhFear, winners of the Jamesey Kelleher Cup in 2008 and 2012 have also come into Sunday’s final dominating their group with a powerful performance against Fr O’Neill’s in Castlelyons and followed that up with a controlled win over Watergrasshill.
Carraig were up against a very tough Cobh side in Lisgoold a couple of weeks ago.
They were tested very severely throughout the game and showed their patience to get themselves back into the match on a couple of times.
Even though Carraig were not at their best, they still had enough character and control to get through the game and that will tell you a little bit about what the Carraig na bhFear mentality is as a team on the field.
Sunday’s eye-catching match-up has to be between former Cork minor Liam O’Shea and Imokilly star Tim Geaney.
Geaney is majestic in defence, when his team needed him against Cobh in the semi-final he stood up in the dying embers and slotted the ball over the bar from huge distances.
Geaney has done this for many years and when he is on form he is almost impossible to get past and Geaney’s reading of the game is second to none in the Division.
Liam O’Shea is such a talented young player with a huge future ahead of him in the game.
Scoring 1-12 in the semi-final victory over St Ita’s including three sideline cuts for points, he was simply unplayable.
All in all, we could have a classic on our hands Sunday, best of luck to both sides and the match officials for the big one.
SUNDAY: East Cork Oil JAHC final, Carraig na bhFear v Lisgoold in Midleton at 2.30pm, Referee Willie Wallis.
MONDAY: East Cork JCHC Fr. O’Neill’s v Castlemartyr at 6.30pm Referee and venue TBC.