A two goal salvo inside the opening five minutes from Lisdowney, one the result of an horrendous defensive slip-up, all but decided the result of this one-sided junior hurling league game in Graignamanagh on Saturday.
Heads dropped, enthusiasm, or at least whatever of such a commodity had surfaced, all but dissipated, even so early.
The home side were struggling to gain any foothold anywhere, with the rampant Lisdowney swarming towards the Graignamanagh goal at every opportunity. Michael Kenny had cracked home the first goal in four minutes, and Rory Hickey, followed suit sixty seconds later.
Sean Dowling, Jim O’Donnell, and Brendan Foley were forced into immediate, and demanding defensive mode.
Life was difficult for the Graignamanagh defenders. To augment the Lisdowney forward effort, they had Pat Carroll and Pat Kenny commanding the centrefield action.
Half way through the first half, Lisdowney had increased their lead to eight points (2-4 to 0-2).
By half time, Lisdowney had crafted a nice 2-8 from their endeavours, while points by Eddie Walsh (3), Lee Kinsella, and James Cahill were the end game for the Griagnamanagh first half effort.
Early in the new half, Graignamanagh earned a couple of semi-penalties.
The first in the 39th minute came back off the crossbar, resulting in the ball being cleared downfield, and drilled over the Graig bar. Six minutes later, a second chance was presented, but this time the ball was deflected over the bar for a measly point.
It was symptomatic of the kind of day the gallant Graignamanagh lads were experiencing.
Lisdowney looked the better team by a distance, with plenty to enthuse about all over their panel.
Graignamanagh tried as well as they were allowed, but they were labouring for a lost cause, and they hurled accordingly.
Joe Bergin’s goal in the 57th minute, Lisdowney’s third was well executed, but was not required.
Still its creation was impressive, and the scoring of it exemplary.
Scorers: Lisdowney - Rory Hickey (1-7, two pointed frees); Joe Bergin (1-1); Michael Kenny (1-0); Aaron Fogarty (0-2); Pat Carroll, Kevin Sweeney, Niall Kenny (0-1 each). Graignamanagh - Eddie Walsh (0-4, three frees); Lee Kinsella (0-4, two frees); James Cahill (0-1); Jamie McGrtah (0-1, free).
Lisdowney - Niall Grogan, Niall O’Hara, Martin Phelan, Niall Mackey, Shane Clyne, Sean Phelan, Peter Bergin, Pat carroll, Paddy Kenny, Joe Bergin, Aaron Fogarty, Niall Kenny, Michael Kenny, Rory Hickey, Kevin Sweeney. Subs - Lar Carroll, Eddie Kenny, Conor Carroll, Kieran Bergin, Jimmy Delaney.
Graignamanagh - Ronan Dowling, Sean Dowling, James Meaney, Jim O’Donnell, Paul Hamilton, Brendan Foley, James Doyle, Sean O’Brien, Eddie Dowling, Lee Kinsella, James Cahill, Eddie Walsh, Ciarán O’Brien, Jamie McGrath, Seamus Kavanagh. Subs - Padraig Whelan, Cathal Roche, Tom O’Donnell.