Lismore 4-14 Gaultier 1-7
Walsh Park Waterford was the venue on Saturday last May 20th for the 2017 "Denny Buckley Senior League" Final. Lismore and last years County Champions Gall Tir were the contestants. Throw in for this game was set for a 7pm start and both teams were eager to claim the League title.
It was Gall Tir who got on the score sheet first with a point on the 4th minute, but it was Lismore who had all the play after this and scored their first point on the 6th courtesy of Caithriona McGlone who scored 2 more points on the 9th and 10th minute before her sister Becky pulled to the back of the net on the 11th minute from a ball that was pulled from mid-field by Marie Russell. Lismore were on fire at this stage and had all the play only letting Gall Tir score only 2 points for the first 12 minutes. Caithriona was on fine form playing at centre forward and scored 2 more points from play on the 13th and 14th minutes before she split the Gall Tir posts from a ball flicked back to her from team captain Nicola. This was not the end of Caithrionas purple patch by no means as she scored 2 more fine points on the 16th from a free and another from play on the 18th. The speedy wing-forward Johanna Houlihan flicked up the sliotar on the run and headed straight for the goal and scored a beautiful point on the 19th minute. This was to be Lismores last score for the remainder of the half and Gall Tir were gaining momento and scored their third point on the 24th minute and again another in the 29th minute from a free. It was into injury time and Gall Tir were pushing on at this stage and were threatening the Lismore backs and scored a goal on the 34th minute leaving only 4 points between the sides going in at half time. Half time score Lismore 1-8 Gall Tir 1-4.
The second half began with Lismore coming out of the blocks with great determination as Gall Tirs first half goal giving them a wake up call and Caithriona once more splitting the posts on the 35th minute. Ruth Geoghegan ran at the Gall Tir backs from a ball that was passed to her from a Caithriona McGlone solo run from her own half back line to her forward line and made no mistake and struck to the back of the Gall Tir net getting Lismores 2nd goal on the 37th minute. Caithriona who was in fine form scored two more points from frees on the 38th and 40th minutes, before corner forward Sinead Bennett pulled on a bobbling ball on the Gall Tir goal mouth which once again found the net for Lismores 3rd goal on the 40th minute. Lismore were ruthless at this stage and team captain Nicola found the back of the net a minute later for Lismores 4th goal. Gall Tir had no answer for the advancing Lismore girls and were held scoreless for nearly all of the second half. Caithriona scored another point from a free on the 43rd minute but had to vacate the field on the 47th minute due to an injury to her hand. Nicola scored a fine point on the 49th minute. Marie Russell took over free taking duties and scored a point on the 55th minute which was duely Lismores last point of the game. Gall Tir scored their only 3 points of the half in the last five minutes of the game leaving the final score Lismore 4-14 Gall Tir 1-7.
The Denny Buckley Cup was going back to its home town for the fourth time and was presented to team Captain Nicola Morrissey by County Board Chairperson Ita Murphy.
Panel; Tanya Morrissey, Grainne Kenneally, Shauna Prendergast, Shauna Kiernan, Marie Russell (0-1 f), Aoife Houlihan, Shona Curran, Clodagh Walsh, Becky McGlone(1-0), Nicola Morrissey(1-1), Sharon Williams, Sinead Bennett(1-0), Caithriona McGlone(0-4, 0-7f), Ellen Curran, Emily Heneghan, Lorna Foley, Isabella, Markieich, Laura Buckley, Shauna O'Keeffe, Alice Russell, Jane Russell, Ruth Geoghegan(1-0), Robyn Roche, Sarah Coughlan, Johanna Houlihan(0-1)
Trainer; Brendan Landers
Selectors; Geraldine Barry, Kate Heneghan Physical Trainer; Mark McConnell
First Aid; Eiliish McGlone