Russell Rovers Update

30 March, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

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Russell Rovers 1-11 St Catherines 0-11

Last Saturday evening we collected our third brace of points in Division 2 of the JFL when we hosted St Catherines in Shanagarry.

Even though we faced a strong wind in the first half we should have been in complete control at the break but instead found ourselves 3 points in arrears, 0-7 to 0-4. Two gilt-edged goal-scoring opportunities were squandered in the opening quarter as well as a number of points and one began to think that this was going to be another one of those games in which nothing would go right for us. But Barry Hartnett came to the rescue with two points from play and another pair from frees to keep us in touch at the interval. Turning to play with wind advantage in the second period, we had the deficit wiped out and a 4 points lead built up by the end of the third quarter, courtesy of an excellent early point by Colin Crowley and 1-3 from the boot of Barry Hartnett. The goal could be considered a little fortuitous when Hartnett’s high lob was dropped over the goal-line by the St Cats keeper. Despite plenty of possession we failed to capitalise on this lead and it was tit-for-tat scores in the final quarter with Anthony Archer chipping in with a good point in the 20th minute and man of the match Barry Hartnett adding two more to bring his personal tally to 1-9 out of a total of 1-11.

Besides Hartnett, there were also good performances from Derek Crowley at full-back, John Ahern, Paudie Higgins and John Paul Ivers in the half-line while Colin Crowley and Barry Fitzgerald contributed hugely at midfield. Anthony Walsh worked extremely hard after being introduced in the first half and up front Luke Cullinane showed he has the ability to win good possession and while not making the best use of it on this occasion, he was very unlucky early in the game when his powerful drive rattled the cross-bar.

All in all, this was a good team performance and with just one more league game to play versus Cobh, our Division 2 status should be guaranteed next year.

Team: Eoin Ivers, Tadgh Crowley, Derek Crowley, Brian Crowley; John Ahern, Paudie Higgins, John Paul Ivers; Colin Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; Daniel Moynihan, Anthony Archer, James Furlong; Joe Walsh, Luke Cullinane, Barry Hartnett.

Subs: James Ahern for Tadgh Crowley (injured), Anthony Walsh for Daniel Moynihan, Brendan Kearney for James Furlong, Kevin O’Brien for Joe Walsh,

James Walsh, Jonathan Walsh and John Burke.

Fixtures:

MA/BHL: Russell Rovers v. Lisgoold in Shanagarry on 2/4/09 at 6.30 pm

JHL, Div 1: Russell Rovers v. Erins Own in Shanagarry on 3/4/09 at 7.15 pm

U-21 BFC: Russell Rovers v. Bride Rovers in Dungourney on 5/4/09 at 6 pm

MA/BHL: Russell Rovers v. Youghal in Youghal on 9/4/09 at 6.30 pm

(Note: Time of JHL game v. Erins Own may be brought forward – check locally.)

Best Wishes

We send best wishes to Mattie Fitzgerald and Tadgh Crowley for a speedy recovery from leg injuries, which they incurred recently.

Car Boot Sale:

Our first Car Boot Sale of the year will be held in the GAA grounds, Shanagarry

on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 13th.

Congratulations:

Congratulations to our U-15 footballers and their mentors on capturing the East Cork title when they defeated near neighbours Fr. O’Neills decisively last Sunday week.

Well done, lads.