Russell Rovers GAA Club News

27 February, 2012

Junior football league 19/2/12
Russell Rovers 2-7 v St Catherine's 1-11

For our first competitive match of the year we trekked to Ballynoe to play St Catherine's in
the Junior football league.
There was a strong turnout from the squad who had been training hard for the last few
weeks and many players were looking to lay down an early season marker.

Conditions were heavy going underfoot but overhead were crisp and dry.

Rovers started rather sluggishly letting Catherine's come onto them and were inclined to
stand off when not in possession.
Catherine’s raced into a 5 point lead after 15 mins but eventually the Rover’s forwards got
into the game and the halfback line and midfield started to build some dominance.
This led to a few late points going into the break from Anthony Archer and two scores from
Paudie Higgins, one being created by Paul Lane after a terrific burst upfield from the half-
At the short whistle the score read 0-6 to 0-3 in favour of the men from the north of the

On the resumption, playing with the aid of a breeze, it appeared that conditions would suit
the Rovers but Catherine's settled quicker and tacked on 2 fast points.
Reacting to the warning signs, the mentors made a few astute substitutions and positional
switches. Another Paul Lane break from the halfback line resulted in Lane finishing off a well
worked goal involving some intricate passing between Paudie and JP Ivers.
At this stage Rovers were down by 2 points, 0-8 to 1-3.
This score triggered St. Catherine’s to up the ante and they profited with a goal of their own
from a defensive mix up in the Rovers rearguard.
The Rovers responded in kind with a couple of well executed point’s from Colman Quinlan
and Kevin Ivers, followed by another very well taken goal, this time, from the impressive
sub Kevin Ivers after a clever pass, by Brian Whelehan.
The score was now 1-10 to 2-6 approaching into the final minutes. Rovers were pushing
for the equaliser but Catherine’s got another point from play to push it out to 2. A late Kevin
O’Brien point at the death was not enough to reel them in.
The final whistle blew with the score line reading 1-11 to 2-7 in favour of St. Catherine’s.
For the first day’s outing there was a no. of positives to take from the game. Some excellent
work in defence from Paul Lane, Seamus Kearney and Aidan Beausang and impressive
performance from subs Kevin Ivers and Brian Whelehan in attack. With good numbers in
training and a positive disciplined approach on the field, 2012 can be approached with a
degree of optimism and positivity.

Russell Rovers: Kevin Walsh, Aidan Beausang, Seamus Kearney, David Whelehan,
Paul Lane(1-1), Eoin Ivers, Brian Crowley, JP Ivers, Derek Crowley, Dan Moynihan,
Paudie Higgins(0-2), Anthony Archer(0-1), James Ahern, Barry Fitzgerald, Eoin McGrath
subs(all used): Ricky Walsh, Brian Whelehan, Kevin Ivers(1-1), Colman Quinlan(0-1),
Kevin O’Brien(0-1)

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