Yesterday Millstreet defeated Lismire in a keenly contested Duhallow Junior B Hurling Championship in Millstreet Town Park by a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-9.
A tough but low scoring first half saw the teams deadlocked at four points a piece at half time. The heavy rain over the previous few days meant that the ball was slow to move along the ground, but Millstreet appeared to have the upper hand when the ball was off the ground and should have been ahead at the half. The start of the second half saw Millstreet move two points ahead, but then struck the killer blow with a goal and two points in quick succession seeming to secure the match. In the last few minutes Lismire tagged over three points, but it was not enough to overcome a competent Millstreet side.
They move onto the semi-final where they will meet Dromtarriffe (again) who they beat in the first round, but have been automatically byed in the semi final! Only in Duhallow. More pictures below:
Here is the report from the Corkman
MILLSTREET held off a spirited Lismire challenge in an exciting match in Millstreet last Sunday. The game swung on two second half goals by key Millstreet corner forward Brian A Kelleher. However Lismire will look back in regret for they matched the home side for intensity but faulty shooting proved a major bugbear.
Much of the opening half developed into a shoot out between Kelleher and Lismire freetaker Rory O’Connor as the home side trailed 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Millstreet turned the screw upon the resumption, their dogged determination prompted by the efforts of John O’Sullivan, Muiris O’Connor, Donal Twomey and Kelleher. Their hopes brightened more when Kelleher’s deft flick went to the Lismire net.
Lismire’s hopes slackened further as Millstreet full forward Alex Twomey laid the groundwork for Kelleher to finish goal number two.
Credit Lismire for sparking a comeback and two points to lone scoring comtributor Rory O’Connor left a goal between the sides. However, Millstreet held the scent of victory and late points from Donal Twomey and Kelleher put the issue beyond doubt.