Russell Rovers GAA Club News

15 November, 2012

Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Vs Midleton

After the first championship win all year on the weekend previous, our Junior Footballers lined up against Midleton in the quarter-final of the East Cork Junior ‘B’ Football Championship. The game started well for the Rovers kicking over the first point of the game from Colman Quinlan. The men in black and amber were the dominant team throughout the majority of the first half but were their own worst enemy when it came to converting their chances. This failure to convert possession into scores continued throughout the first half as the Rovers were unable to put daylight between the teams. However a surging run from Kevin Tattan through the heart of the Midleton defence lead to a very well taken goal, making it 3 goals in as many matches. With the Rovers defence holding firm against any Midleton counter attack, we added a few more points, from Jack McGrath and Eoin McGrath and as the half time whistle blew it was Rovers 1-5 Midleton 0-1. A solid lead but there was some concern over the 9 wides kicked in the first half.
The second half saw Midleton aided by the stiff breeze and they got off to a flier. The ball finished up in the Rovers net twice within 5 minutes of the restart due to some slack defending from a close in free which was punched home and also a fine Midleton run through the centre of the defence. We were fortunate not to concede a third goal in the 8th minute when James Walsh brought off a great save. Midleton were on level terms with a point a minute later but Rovers regained the lead with points from Jack McGrath (free) and a great score by Kieran Ivers in the 10th and 12th minutes. Neither side managed to score over the next 10 minutes until Midleton pointed in the 23rd minute to leave just a single point between the sides. Then came the game’s most decisive passage of play involving Anthony Walsh and Eoin McGrath who put Kevin Tattan through for a great goal. Midleton pegged a point back in the 30th minute but Eoin Ivers restored our 6 points margin deep into injury time and when the final whistle went the score read rovers 2-9 Midleton 2-3.
This was a tough physical encounter with one or two Midleton players fortunate not to be sent for an early shower. Once again Eoin McGrath had an outstanding game with a great appetite for work. Anthony Archer was a dominant force in the heart of our defence. Indeed, apart from a brief lapse of concentration early in the second half, the entire defence did well. Kevin Tattan put in a Man of the Match performance. Besides his brace of goals, he worked tirelessly up and down the field for the entire game. Kieran Ivers also had a fine game, scoring two good points and Derek Crowley strengthened the mid-field area when introduced at the break.
James Walsh; Aidan Beausang, David Whelehan, Ricky Walsh; Anthony Walsh, Anthony Archer, Eoin McGrath; Kevin Tattan, Colman Quinlan; Brian Whelehan, Kieran Ivers, Jack McGrath; Kevin Ivers, Eoin Ivers, Barry Fitzgerald.
Derek Crowley, Brian Crowley, Shane Casey, Joseph O’Flynn, Chris Scanlon, Seamus Kearney, Michael Furlong.
We now meet St/. Catherines in the East Cork semi-final which is fixed for next Saturday, 17th Nov, at 3 pm in Lisgoold.
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