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Lismire 2-19; Lough Rovers 2-07 - Evening Echo Report

posted 3 Jun 2013, 04:41 by Maurice Field   [ updated 3 Jun 2013, 04:43 ]

O'Callaghan's Accuracy Telling.

A MAGNIFICENT indi­vidual scoring perform­ance from Lismire's John O'Callaghan helped the north Cork side advance to the third round of the County Junior B Hurling Championship.

O'Callaghan contributed a tally of 1-11 as his impressive free-taking broke the hearts of the southside club. On a magnificent Saturday evening for hurling at Ballyanly both sides produced an hour of committed hurling but Lough Rovers, after a promising start, faded in the second half.

Lismire reached the county fi­nal in 2005 but were demolished by O'Donovan Rossa and select­or Joe Noonan was not a happy camper despite their 12-point win. "The final score flatters us as we did not play to out poten­tial and with no disrespect to Lough Rovers I am sure far tougher opposition awaits in this championship," Joe said. "On the positive side the lads have a great attitude and I know we will be back on the training ground next week hoping to erase the negatives from this win." The game began on a sad note for the Lismire half-forward Mi­chael McSweeney after showing a blistering turn of foot in the second minute. McSweeney was fouled when encroaching on goal and acci- dently injured his shoulder when falling to the ground.

The problem Lough Rovers en­countered in the early ex­changes was their tendency to commit silly fouls and on each occasion the superb striking of O'Callaghan punished them at will.

Credit to the Lough they battled hard and the suspect Lis­mire defence allowed Brian Healy tie the game in the 11th minute when he booted the ball to the empty net.


In Cathal Noonan Lismire also have a player with tremend­ous pace and a precision striker and his. point tied the g*nne in

the 22nd minute.

Over the years the Lough have produced some committed hurlers and probably their best Ger O'Byrne showed his loyalty to the club when playing the full hour when it was evident he was carrying an injury.

No replacement for class as O'Byrne drilled over a couple of superb points that any Senior hurler would be proud of.

O'Callaghan finished the half in style with his sixth point that ensured his team commanded a 0-10 to 1-5 interval lead.

Whatever the Lismire ment­ors said to their team at the break worked the oracle as they - blitzed their opponents on the restart.


On their first possession Lis­mire punished the Lough when a high ball across the square was met by the in-rushing O'Callaghan who guided the ball to the net with relative ease.

Despite the constant pleas of the Lough coach Don Rice to his players the fouling continued and in the opening 10 minutes O'Callaghan had registered three more points from frees.


The difference between the teams level of fitness was evid­ent as the game matured but Ger O'Byrne gave the Lough a ray of hope with a stunning goal enter­ing the final quarter.

Lismire substitute Maurice Hayes responded two minutes later with an opportunist's goal as the Lough players looked fa­tigued.

Right on the full-time whistle the Lough were denied a legit­imate goal but somehow the um­pires and referee missed it such was the power of Niall O'Sullivan's 21-yard free. In the end the city side can have few complaints as their understrength side will have to rely on the back-door route to maintain their interest in this championship.

Scorers for Lismire: J O'Callaghan 1-11 (0-9 f), C Noonan 0-4, M Hayes 1-0, P Sheehan 0-3, Colm Noonan 0-1.

Lough Rovers: N O'Sullivan 1-3 (0-3 f), E O'Byrne 1-2, B Healy, B Murphy 0-1 each.

LISMIRE: T O'Neill; D Richard Guinee, T Ahern, P O'Reilly; T O'Callaghan, N Ahern, M Field; R Kiely, C Noonan; B O'Callaghan, S Kiely, M McSweeney; P Sheehan, Colm Noonan, J O'Callaghan.

Subs: M Hayes for M McSweeney (inj 2), R O'Sullivan for M Field (55), M O'Sulli­van for M Field (55).

LOUGH ROVERS: D O'Flaherty; G Kennedy, T McCarthy, G Byrnes; C O'Callaghan, R O'Donovan, P O'Byrne; B Murphy, J Keegan; D Daly, N O'Sullivan, E O'Byrne; R Leahy, P Doolan, B Healy. ;

Subs: D Hourihan for C O'Callaghan (26), D O'Callaghan for R Leahy (42), G O' Donovan for B Healy (46).

Referee: Peter Downey (Inniscarra).