Cavanagh's Division 2 Football League
Liscarroll made it a winning start to the Cavanagh's Fermoy Division 2 FL when they had five points to spare over Grange at Churchtown on Sunday.
Aided by the wind during the opening half the winners were quick into their stride as they carried the ball to great effect out of the backline and at the end of the first quarter moved into a 0-4 to no score lead and could have been further ahead when John Buckley had a penalty saved on the line by the Grange netminder Noel Cashman. As the half progressed Grange gradually made inroads and registered their first score in the 16th minute when Eamon McCarthy set up Adrian Tyner for a well taken point.
Exchanges were close enough for the rest of the half with Liscarroll adding a point apiece by Thomas Fehin and John Buckley while Grange completed the first half scoring when Brian Cashman pointed a free in the 28th minute to trail 0-6 to 0-2.
On the changeover despite Grange narrowing the deficit when Devon Roche kicked over an early point it was Liscarroll that struck for the only goal of the game from their next attack when a delivery by Thomas Fitzgibbon resulted in a mix up in the Grange goal line with the rebound falling to John Buckley who made no mistake from close range 1-6 to 0-3.
Grange recovered well from this set back having a point each by Brian Cashman and Adrian Tyner but these scores were cancelled out with less than ten minutes remaining when John Buckley and Sean Murphy raised white flags 1-8 to 0-5.
Still Grange refused to give in and in the closing moments missed a gilt edged goal scoring chance when an effort in front of the Liscarroll goal went narrowly wide.
Nevertheless two points in quick succession by Adrian Tyner and Brian Cashman left just four between the teams but there was no denying the better balanced Liscarroll side with John Buckley ensuring victory with a pointed free at the end of normal time.
LISCARROLL: P Morrissey, A Ballentine, T Egan, A McMahon, R Lehane, J O'Callaghan, S Egan, K Curtin, J Breen, J Kelly, T Fehin 0-1, S Healy, B Quinn, S Murphy 0-3, J Buckley 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'). Subs: T Fitzgibbon for J Kelly, D Fisher for R Lehane, K O'Sullivan for S Healy.
GRANGE: N Cashman, P Howard, G Howard, P Browne, Darren Roche, V Griffith, B Cashman 0-3 (frees) J Roche, Devon Roche 0-1, N McCarthy, K Murphy, E McCarthy, A Tyner 0-3, F Fitzgerald, D Keating. Sub: D Cahill for J Roche.
Referee: Walter Cole (Buttevant)