Shanahan the younger spurs Lismore to victory

Lismore 2-18; Abbeyside 2-14

Despite both teams being safely through to next month’s quarter finals, this didn’t prevent Lismore and Abbeyside from serving up a real cracker at Cappoquin on Sunday afternoon last.

For this was a game of changing fortunes and dramatic phases which kept the ultimate outcome very much in doubt right up to the final whistle.

The teams in fact shared four points in the opening four minutes; Lismore first going in front with white flags from Maurice Shanahan and Dave Bennett, with Richie Foley and Mark Gorman duly responding for Abbeyside.

But it gradually got better for the last mentioned side who had gone into the fray as favourites to take the spoils.

And with Richie Foley driving them on from the back, ably assisted by a rejuvenated John Hurney, the Villagers remained in pole position for most of the first half, to unflatteringly lead by 0-11 to 0-9 at the half way stage.

If the opening half was good, what transpired after the break was even better. A razor sharp Dave Bennett reduced the deficit to the minimum within a minute, and when James and Maurice Shanahan followed with well-taken points, Lismore led by one.

Inside the next two minutes the sides were level again – Mark Ferncombe and Sean O’Hare saw to that, while in between Dave Bennett sent a sideline ball brilliantly between the posts.

Between the 37th and 39th minutes, Abbeyside found themselves again in the driving seat, with goals in as many minutes from Gary Hurney and John Gorman to put themselves seven ahead.

But Lismore’s patience paid off again with Dave Bennett and Maurice Shanahan rifled up a chain of points.

And when a Dave Bennett side line ball was flashed to Dan Shanahan for the eventual winners’ first goal in the 51st minute, the difference between the sides was back to the minimum

Three minutes later the Cathedral Town outfit firmly regained the lead and the initiative with a gem of a goal from teenager Maurice Shanahan.

And when he same played rounded off a good day in the office with a brace of late points, there could be no denying the merit of his team’s eventual victory.

Lismore: Brendan Landers, Eoin Bennett, James O’Connor, Thomas Walsh, Peter Howard, David O’Gorman, David Howard, Dave Bennett, Shane Bennett, Dan Shanahan, Shane Kearney, James Shanahan, Chris O’Gorman, Maurice Shanahan, John Heneghan.

Subs: Paul Prendergast for J Heneghan, Alan Landers for T Walsh, Sean Daly for C O’Gorman.

Scorers: Maurice Shanahan (1-8), Dave Bennett (0-6), Dan Shanahan (1-1), James Shanahan (0-2), John Heneghan (0-1).

Abbeyside: Daryl Ryan, Tiernan Murray, John Kindregan, Gavin Breen, Pat Lynch, Richie Foley, John Hurney, John Foley, Mark Fives, John Gorman, Mark Gorman, Patrick Hurney, Mark Ferncombe, Gary Hurney, Laurence Hurney.

Subs: Sean O’Hare for L Hurney, John Phelan for J Kindregan.

Scorers: Mark Gorman (0-5), Gary Hurney (1-0), John Gorman (1-0), John Foley (0-3), Mark Ferncombe (0-2), Richie Foley, Mark Fives, Patrick Hurney and Sean O’Hare (0-1 each).

Referee: John Condon (An Rinn).

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