Russell Rovers GAA Club News

11 June, 2013

Russell Rovers Report

Russell Rovers 2-15  Castlelyons 1-13

Our Junior A hurlers had a well-earned win over a tenacious Castlelyons side to record  a fifth win on the trot in Division 2 of the East Cork JHL played in perfect conditions in sun-drenched Shanagarry on Saturday evening last. The sides exchanged points in the opening five minutes before an injury to Derek Crowley forced him to retire. Substitute Anthony Walsh was a worthy replacement and contributed well to the general play as well as striking over two fine points in the first half. A goal by Aidan Beausang in the 12th minute from a goalmouth scramble put us into the lead for the first time as Rovers plied pressure with the aid of the slight breeze. Points from placed balls by Ian Smiddy as well as one each from Anthony Walsh and Kieran Ivers saw us with a 4 point advantage by the 27th minute. However, an easy enough goal for the visitors had the teams on level terms before Anthony Walsh just edged us into the lead with a well-taken point on the stroke of half time. Our backs were doing well in closing down the Castlelyons attack with John Paul Ivers putting in a man of the match performance at centre-back, ably assisted by James Ahern on the right wing and Kevin Ivers at cornerback.

Castlelyons had levelled before the second half was a minute old but two pointed frees from Smiddy, whose free taking was impeccable throughout, and a point from Kieran Walsh put a goal between the sides. Then, on the 40th minute came the decisive score to put daylight between the sides when Smiddy scored a fine goal from a 20 metre free. The third quarter belonged to the Rovers and further points from Smiddy, Kieran Walsh and Eoin McGrath saw us 8 points ahead, 2-14 to 1-9, entering the final quarter. The visitors fought back however with four unanswered points, two from placed balls, with Anthony Walsh shooting over our last score before referee Jim Daly (who did a good job) blew the final whistle to end an hour’s entertaining hurling. The team’s next League outing is on Wednesday 12th June at 8 pm against Fr. O’Neills in Aghavine.
Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, David Whelehan, Kevin Ivers; Barry Fitzgerald, John Paul Ivers, James Ahern; Kieran Walsh, Ian Smiddy; Eoin McGrath, Derek Crowley, Brian Crowley; Aidan Beausang, Daniel O’Brien, Kieran Ivers.
Subs: Anthony Walsh, Chris Scanlon, Alan Cott, Andrew Hartnett, Seamus Kearney, Brendan Kearney, Joseph O’Flynn

Russell Rovers  1-14   Ballinacurra  3-9

Last Wednesday week, 29th May, our second hurling team played old rivals Ballinacurra in Division 4 of the East Cork JHL in Shanagarry. Having had the league points on offer seemingly safely in the bag approaching the end of the game, somehow we contrived to throw away a 7 points lead in the dying minutes and lose the game by the narrowest of margins.

Despite playing against a stiff breeze in the opening period, we enjoyed a dream start when our chief marksman Alan Cott fired home a great goal. Our forwards tagged on a further 7 points, courtesy of Kevin Ivers, Michael Furlong, Seamus Kearney and Alan Cott 0-4 (0-2f).  Midway The Village got in for a fortuitous goal when a speculative shot landed in the small rectangle and custodian Chris Scanlon was unlucky to let the sliotar drop to the ground. Ballinacurra players clamoured for a goal and the referee from a position of more than 60 yards out deemed it had crossed the goal-line but our keeper was adamant it had not done so.  We went in at the break with our noses barely in front on a score-line of 1-7 to 1-6.

Turning to play with the strong breeze, we increased our lead with points from Alan Cott (0-3), Eoin McGrath, Denis O’Flynn and Seamus Kearney (0-2). Our backs, particularly Brendan Kearney and Paul Lane in the pivotal positions, tightened their grip on the Ballinacurra attack and limited them to a single point in 20 minutes of play but then an incident occurred which wrestled control from us and changed the outcome of the game. One of our players on a solo run was fouled and awarded a free about 35 metres out, dead straight in front of the posts. He retaliated unnecessarily which then triggered a general melee. Instead of a throw-in ball the referee surprisingly gave a free the other way and so we lost a chance to consolidate our lead. The melee seemed to inject a new lease of life into Ballinacurra who went on a scoring spree of 2-2 in the last five minutes to run out winners by a single point.
Lessons need to be learned on how to close out a game and not get “involved” with the opposition when we are ahead.  Enough said.

Team: Chris Scanlon; James Ahern, Brendan Kearney, Kieran O’Brien; David Whelehan, Paul Lane, Joe O’Flynn; Eoin McGrath, Brian Crowley; Alan Cott, Kevin Ivers, Kieran Ivers; Michael Furlong, Seamus Kearney, Jack Beausang.
Subs: Denis O’Flynn, Antoin Walsh, Matt Fitzgerald, Jack Daly (all used).

Night at the Dogs
We would like to thank everyone who made our recent fund-raising event at Youghal Greyhound Track a great success.
Congratulations to Michael Holland of Ladysbridge who won the bumper prize of €500, kindly sponsored by Motherways Bar, Ardnahinch, and also to the other prize-winners.

Fixtures
JHL Division 2: v. Fr O’Neills in Aghavine on Wednesday night, 12th June at 8 pm..
JAHC v. Cloyne in Castlemartyr on Saturday, 22nd June at 5 pm (to be confirmed).