Lismore 4-18; Ballyduff Lower 1-8
The final score said it all at the end of this game on Sunday last at Fraher Field. No matter how you attempt to gloss it up there was no concealing the gulf that exists between these two sides.
Maurice Shanahan was immense for the winners in this game scoring a total of 1-12, of which all but four game from play. In all he did, the Lismore full-forward demonstrated the ‘Midas Touch’, tuning all he touched to gold over the hour.
Frighteningly, it could be argued that the younger of the Shanahans never reached top gear, which is testament to his great potential for club and county.
The game was well and truly over as a contest at the break, by which time last year’s runners-up held a 1-12 to 0-5 lead.
Tomás Mulcahy’ s charges got off to a flying start in this game racing into a four-point lead with scarcely six minutes on the clock.
Ballyduff Lower’s first score of the game came on seven minutes courtesy of a Jack Kennedy free, however Lismore hit back with three points inside a four minute spell to stretch their lead to six after just 13 minutes.
The Kilmeaden outfit hit a golden patch during the second quarter thanks to a brace of Jack Kennedy points and a strike from the excellent Pat Matthews to leave just three between the sides.
But the rest of the game was well and truly bossed by the side in yellow and black. A hat-trick of Maurice Shanahan points followed before Stephen O’Keeffe got in on the act with a point on 26 to give Lismore a 0-11 to 0-4 lead.
Ballyduff Lowers’ stand-in keeper James Cuddihy made a very good save from Dan Shanahan on 27 but the ball fell to Maurice who slotted the ball between the posts for his eighth point of the opening half.
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