Russell Rovers News

06 April, 2009

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Russell Rovers 1-9 Erins Own 1-9

Last Friday evening we began our JHL campaign when we hosted Erins Own in Shanagarry in an evenly contested and sporting game.

With both sets of backs marking tightly, scores were in short supply with the visitors being first to raise a white flag. Brian Hartnett, who was making his debut in this grade having left juvenile ranks behind him, began to show his blistering pace which yielded an equalising point in the 5th minute. Brother Barry gave Rovers a timely injection seven minutes later when he hammered home a great goal from 20 metres. Erins Own responded with a brace of points before John Paul Ivers fired over a fine score from 60 metres and Brian Hartnett tapped over another from a free to edge us in front by two points. Just before the short whistle Erins Own regained the lead when they snatched a softish goal after we failed to clear our lines to leave us trailing by a single point at the break, 1-4 to 1-3.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with neither side capable of opening up a commanding lead. Points by Brian Hartnett (3f), Barry Hartnett (1) and Ian Smiddy (1) put us back in front but the Glounthaune side pegged us back once more with a series of points of their own. Referee Charlie McAllister had announced earlier that this would be a short half (20 mins) due to the fading light which both sides had agreed to. It looked curtains for us when Erins Own shot over a well-taken sideline cut in the 20th minute which looked like the winning point but young Brian Hartnett wasn’t quite finished yet. He won possession about 40 metres out and decided to take on the opposition to win a free which he duly despatched over the bar for a well deserved draw.

Besides the Hartnett brothers, there were some good performances by Eoin Ivers in goal, Derek Crowley, John Ahern, John Paul Ivers, Paudie Higgins and Ian Smiddy but from a Rovers perspective, man of the match must surely go to Colin Crowley for an outstanding display in the unfamiliar role of full-back. He lorded it in front of goal and his long relieving clearances were very effective.

We were missing at least five key players due to injury, etc so when everyone is fully fit and ready we should see competition for places hotting up.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Brian Crowley, Colin Crowley, James Ahern; Anthony Archer, Derek Crowley, John Ahern; John Paul Ivers, Daniel Moynihan; Anthony Walsh, Paudie Higgins, Barry Fitzgerald; Brian Hartnett, Barry Hartnett and Ian Smiddy.

Subs: Brendan Kearney for Ian Smiddy, James Walsh, James Furlong, John Burke.

Russell Rovers 1-6 Lisgoold 2-7

Our minor hurlers had their first outing in the league last Thursday evening when we came up against a strong Lisgoold outfit.

Lining out without key player Brian Hartnett, we suffered a disastrous start when we conceded two goals inside the opening four minutes which left us chasing the game for the remainder of the hour. But four points from play and frees by Daniel Moynihan, another from James Ahern and a goal in the 17th minute by Eoin McGrath, following a great run and delivery down the left flank by Kevin O’Brien, reduced the margin to a single point at the interval, 2-3 to 1-5.

Lisgoold stretched their advantage to 5 points within ten minutes of the resumption while we could only tag on another point by Moynihan from a long-range free.

There was an unsatisfactory end to the game with a Rovers player stretched on the ground following an off the ball incident but no action was taken and the stand-in referee decided to terminate the game with 5 minutes of playing time remaining.

Team: Andrew Hartnett; James Walsh, Alan Cott, Aidan Beausang; Paul Lane, Daniel Moynihan, David Whelehan; Kevin Tattan, James Ahern; Sean Maher, Aaron Beausang, Kevin O’Brien; Chris O’Brien, Eoin McGrath, Kieran O’Brien.

Subs: Ciaran Mullins, James Moynihan (both used), Kevin Ivers and Daniel O’Brien.

Russell Rovers v. Bride Rovers

We were fixed to play Bride Rovers in the semi-final of the U-21B football championship on Sunday evening but due to a spate of injuries we were unable to field a team and were forced to give a walk-over.

Fixtures:

MA/BHL: Russell Rovers v. Youghal in Youghal (Top of the Hill) 9/4/09 at 6.30 pm.

Congratulations:

We would like to extend congratulations to Des Archer, Ballycotton who came up trumps in the County Board draw, winning a trip for two to the Monaco Grand Prix which is worth €2000. Well done Des – enjoy your prize.

Car Boot Sale

Our first Car Boot Sale of the year takes place in the GAA grounds, Shanagarry on Easter Monday, 13th April so bring along all those treasures stored in your attics as you are sure to find a customer for them.