Lismore senior hurlers once again failed to make inroads over the dominance of Ballygunner in senior hurling last Saturday in a blustery Fraher field. Lismore entered this game in great form with all forwards scoring from play with huge tallies of goals and points over the last two matches, 9-40 in total. That is unprecedented scoring and momentum was certainly travelling in an upward trajectory. Hopes were high, youth was on our side and our youngsters were playing well and rising to each challenge. Lismore needed a promising start to this game and that is exactly what they didn’t get. Indeed one commentator suggested the game as a contest was over after 10 minutes. Dessie Hutchinson had amassed 1-03 and was scoring with ease. It seemed Lismore were shell-shocked or overwhelmed by the occasion and lacked that man marking ability throughout the pitch, something Ballygunner have developed into a fine art. The black and amber got a boost of sorts when Paudie Prendergast got behind the Ballygunner defence and drove a delightful ball passed Stephen O’ Keeffe into the top corner. Lismore should have gained the impetus from that score but within 40 seconds Dessie Hutchinson had struck for his second goal and that was essentially that. Lismore tried their best to work themselves back into this game but Ballygunner have that ability to turn the screw at any particular juncture and maintained complete control throughout the second half moving the margin out to 18 points by the time the final whistle had sounded. Final score: Lismore 1-10 Ballygunner 2-25. Lismore GAA Club would like to sincerely thank the senior management, namely, Brendan Landers, Dan Shanahan, Barney and Seamus Prendergast and Craig Tobin for all their hard work during the year. We would like to also thank all the players for their efforts. This particular panel have a very bright future ahead of them.
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