Mount Sion 4-13; Lismore 3-14
A goal by substitute Ian Galgey deep in stoppage time ensured that Mount Sion collected a second brace of points in the Snowcream County Senior Hurling Championship. However, it was another teenager who proved the star of the show. Martin “Fish” O’Neill had a game to remember in the blue and white of Mount Sion and after this game won himself an army of new admirers, many of whom I am sure will be hoping he will go on to play on a bigger stage in the years ahead.
The 18-year-old helped himself to three first half goals between the twelfth and twenty fourth minutes and over the course of the hour the Mount Sion starlet also helped himself to six points.
The first half was action packed from the off. The first of the game’s goals came within ninety seconds when Chris O’Keeffe hit the net for Lismore who were playing with the aid of the elements.
That score set the tempo for the rest of the hour. The first of Mount Sion’s goals came on twelve minutes when Anthony Kirwan found O’Neill with a well placed pass and he gave Brendan Landers no chance in the Lismore goal.
Lismore’s response was a quick one. Moments after leaving in a goal, the men from the banks of the Blackwater attacked up field. Brothers Maurice and Dan Shanahan combined well before Shanahan the elder brought a great save from O’Regan in the Mount Sion goal but the impressive Dave Bennett was lurking and finished the rebound to the net for a second Lismore goal.
Lismore took control of things for a short spell after that and by the twenty-second minute led 2-9 to 1-4 and looked as if they were going to record a comfortable win.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full match report.