A CONTRIBUTION of 1-4 from full-forward Timmy Ryan inspired Kilmihil to a one-point win over Lissycasey in a well-contested Garry Cup first round game at Kilmihil last Wednesday.
The all-important goal came in the opening half following a mistake by the visitors, who were guilty of a number of bad misses during the course of this tie.
Kilmihil led at the break on a score of 1-2 to 0-4 and quickly stretched their advantage to three points early in the second half.
Lissycasey fought back but despite having a couple of late chances, they failed to get an equaliser.
Best for Kilmihil were Shane Egan, Conor Crowley, David and Timmy Ryan, and Paul Finnucane, while Lissycasey’s best were Michael Melican, Seán Hill, Martin Moran and Colin Lynch.
Kilmihil: Keith Considine; Shane Egan, Johnnie O’Sullivan, Conor Crowley; Derek O’Connell, Karl Downes, Rory Mohally; David Ryan, Paul Finnucane; Aidan Downes, Paul Reidy, Philip Ryan; Shane Egan, Timmy Ryan, Declan Downes;
Lissycasey: Joe Hayes; Michael Melican, Seán Hill, Martin Moran; Cathal Hill, Martin Hill, James Kelly; Matt O’Shea, Danny Lynch; Gerard Murphy, Colin Lynch, Derek McMahon; Paul Nagle, Enda Finnucane, Francis Hayes.
Subs: Martin O’Connor, David Considine.
A DRAW was a fair result when Lissycasey and O’Callaghans Mills clashed in the opening round of the Division 4 league at Kilkishen last Saturday.
First-half goals from Paudie Carmody and Seán Hayes helped Lissycasey to a four-point half-time lead, when the score was 2-6 to 0-8.
A physically stronger home side fought back strongly in the second half and limited Lissycasey to just two points.
Bryan Donnellan, Padraic Hickey and Derek Canny kicked some impressive points for the home side.
Just before the full-time whistle referee Damian Fox sent off Noel Finnucane (Lissycasey) and Bryan Donnellan (O’Callaghan’s Mills).
Shannon Gaels: 5-9
SHANE Tubridy scored all five goals as Shannon Gaels recorded a comfortable win over Clooney Quin in this Division 5 tie played at Clooney on Saturday.
There were three walkovers conceded as the junior football league commenced at the weekend. In Division 6, Crusheen and Ml Cusacks failed to field and conceded the points to Moy and Cooraclare respectively. Clondegad didn’t fulfil their fixture in Division 7, conceding the points to their neighbours, Coolmeen
The race for this year’s O’Gorman Cup commenced at the weekend when five games were played.
Shannon Gaels and Kilrush played out a 1-11 to 1-11 draw while, in the same group, Lissycasey had a runaway 4-15 to 0-2 win over Ml Cusacks.
In Group 3, Cooraclare were 3-10 to 2-6 winners over Miltown, while neighbours St Joseph’s and Éire Óg shared the spoils.
In the only other game played competition hosts Doonbeg overcame Kildysart on a 1-10 to 1-2 scoreline. Group 1 continues this weekend, when Kilrush will play O’Currys, with Lissycasey taking on Shannon Gaels.