*Niall Kelly scored Lissycasey’s second goal. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
Lissycasey went into this second round senior championship game at Kilmihil this Saturday afternoon needing a victory. They will be pleased with the outcome and particularly so because the result marked the club’s first ever senior championship victory over Doonbeg at senior level.
Venue: Kilmihil GAA
The result allied to the victory of Clondegad over Éire Óg earlier in Cusack Park means that all four teams in this group have one win each after two outings and this will ensure that there will be huge interest in the final group games in two weeks time when Doonbeg will play Éire Óg and Lissycasey will take on Clondegad.
On a day when both sides will reflect on missed chances, Lissycasey deserved the victory as they created the greater number of opportunities. They took the lead in the opening minute when Paul Nagle pointed and Conor Finnucane doubled their advantage in the fifth minute before David Tubbridy opened the Magpies’ account.
A Niall Kelly effort had the winners 0-3 to 0-1 in front at the first water break. When play resumed Lissycasey continued to hole the edge and they went six points clear when Aaron Griffin raced past a couple of Doonbeg defenders before drilling the ball to the net. The goal helped the winners to a five point interval lead, 1-5 to 0-3.
Doonbeg made a blistering start to the second half firing over three points in four minutes to cut Lissycasey’s lead to two points. Aaron Griffin and Francis Hayes responded with points for Lissycasey before a David Tubridy effort left the score at 1-7 to 0-7 ten minutes into the half.
Another Francis Hayes point pushed Lissycasey’s lead out to four by the second water break and they were five clear again ten minutes from time after Conor Finnucane converted a 13m free with ten minutes to go.
The kick out from Eamonnn Tubridy after that score was intercepted by Finnucane but his effort to shoot to an empty net went wide of the target. Doonbeg hit back with a brace of David Tubridy points but his effort with a back pass from a side line kick was intercepted by Niall Kelly with three minutes to go and he cooly shot to the net to kill off the Doonbeg challenge.
Substitute Michael Madigan and David Tubridy exchanged points before the final whistle when Lissycasey were deservingly ahead.
Martin O’Connor, Seamus Collins, Brian Cahill, Matt O’Shea, Niall Kelly, Enda Finnucane and Aaron Griffin were prominent for the winners while Ronan Good, Tadhg Lillis, Michael Tubridy until injured and David Tubridy did best for the Magpies
Scorers Lissycasey; Niall Kelly (1-2) Aaron Griffin (1-1), Conor Finnucane (0-3, 2frees; Francis Hayes (0-2), Michael Madigan (0-1), Paul Nagle (0-01).
Scorers Doonbeg; David Tubridy (0-6, 5 frees; Tadhg Lillis, Michael Tubridy, Cathal Killeen, Shane Ryan (0-1) each;
1: Killian Normoyle
17: Martin Moran
3: Ryan Griffin
4: Martin O’Connor
10: Cian Meaney
18: Seamus Collins
7: Brian Cahill
8: Matt O’Shea,
12: Enda Finnucane
5: Oisin Hanrahan
9: Francis Hayes
13: Aaron Griffin
21: Paul Nagle
11: Niall Kelly
15: Conor Finnucane;
22: Sean Hayes for Nagle (inj) (18)
20: Shane Griffin for S. Hayes (45)
2: Michael Madigan for F. Hayes (45)
24: Luke Griffin for Meaney (54)
1: Eamonn Tubridy
22: Cian O’Mahoney
3: Ronan Good
4: Conor O’Mahoney
5: Paraic Aherne
6: Tadhg Lillis
7: James Killeen
8: Cillian Blake
9: Kevin Pender
10: Cathal Killeen
11: Michael Tubridy
12: Jason Linnane
17: Brian Egan
14: David Tubridy
15: Kevin McInerney;
13: Shane Ryan for C Blake (27)
20: Brian Behan for J. Linnane (36)
27: Eoin Killeen for J. Killeen (40)
21: Eoghan Tubridy for McInerney (45)
18: Paul Dillon for M. Tubridy (inj) (52)
Referee: Wayne King (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield)