Russell Rovers GAA Club News

25 April, 2012

JHL Vs Harbour Rovers

The juniors bagged their first brace of points in this year’s league campaign away in Glanworth last Sunday, 22 April 2012. It was a fine day for hurling with a strong breeze blowing up the up the pitch. The rovers got the first score of the day from Seamus Kearney but Harbour Rovers responded with a point of their own. It was nip and tuck throughout the first half with one team taking the lead but then to be drawn level again. Derek Crowley pointed a score from around the midfield as Rovers looked to take a grip on proceedings but back came the hosts. Dan Moynihan was in good form slotting over frees as at half time the score line read 4 points apiece, but Rovers who had the wind at their back for the first half had a high number of wide’s in the first period and could have been out of sight on another day if they had taken some of their chances.

The second half was much like the first very nip and tuck with no team taking more than a point lead before the other would level matters. But then in the last 20 minutes of the game Rovers took charge. JP Ivers, who was moved into full forward from midfield, lead the charge. A great set of catches lead to a period of dominant rovers possession and with this possession came the only goal of the game, A great run from JP who expertly hand passed the ball over to, the free, Brian Whelehan who tapped home the ball. Rovers notched on another point to extend their advantage from another score from Dan Moynihan, who was top scorer with 7 points. The Avondhu men tried to come back at the Rovers but the rovers defence stood firm and They bagged their first win of this year’s hurling campaign. It was a great performance from the team and they showed great spirit to win. JP Ivers was a revelation in full forward with great catches and teamwork, while the other forwards worked hard in and around him. The whole defensive unit was strong and didn’t give anything away on the cheap with Derek Crowley and Kevin Hartnett mopping up any loose ball, while Anthony Archer and Paudie Higgins gave the host forwards an inch. It was a good effort from the lads and now hopefully they can push on from here and carry on this level of intensity to the next match which is against Ballyhooley on the 5th May in Shanagarry.

Team: E.Ivers, J.Ahern, A.Archer, B.Fitzgerald, D.Crowley(0-1), K.Hartnett, P.Lane, J.P.Ivers, K.Walsh, P.Higgins, S.Kearney(0-1), D.Moynihan(0-7), J.McGrath, B.Hartnett(0-2), I.Smiddy.

Subs: B.Whelehan(1-0), B.Crowley, E.McGrath, K.Ivers(used) A.Hartnett, S.Casey, B.Kearney, R.Walsh, M.O’Flynn

County Football Championship:
All Roads lead to Caherlag for the club next Sat 28th April, As they get their challenge for the  Junior B County Football Championship Vs Ballyphehane. Throw in is at 7pm and your support would be greatly appreciated