THE GAME IN 60 SECONDS
All of the contenders were from Charleville with Darragh Fitzgibbon, as expected, being quite influential at varying stages in proceedings. However, the Charleville full-back line contributed significantly with Darren Butler, in particular in the right corner being consistently effective. A toss up between the two really with the nod, just about, being given to the man of the moment, Darragh Fitzgibbon.
Probably, the only goal in the game even if it materialised as early as the sixteenth minute. Up until that particular juncture Lixnaw had coped quite well and with the advantage of the breeze, they needed to build up a pretty sizeable lead. The goal, however, coming as it did, seemed momentarily to knock the wind out of their sails and thereafter Charleville always looked likely.
The fact that All Star Darragh Fitzgibbon was togging out within seventeen hours of receiving the award in Dublin. Once again, it emphasises the lack of planning in terms of the programme of fixtures for clubs. Having little or no time to enjoy the celebrations, his arrival in Lixnaw and his subsequent performance confirmed that one of Charleville’s most celebrated sporting sons is an All Star in every sense of the word.