Russell Rovers Report

26 May, 2009

Report 25/05/09

Russell Rovers 2-7 Lisgoold 0-2

Three weeks ago Rovers got out of jail with an equalising point in the dying seconds of the game but this time we made no mistake when we had 11 points to spare over Lisgoold in the replay of the first round of the East Cork Junior B football championship, played in Shanagarry last Wednesday evening.

The opening exchanges were tough and uncompromising resulting in a dour struggle for supremacy with neither side giving an inch. While both sides created a number of scoring chances, they could only muster a point apiece in this half, partly due to wayward shooting but also due to very tight marking by both sets of backs. Daniel Moynihan opened our account in the first minute following which neither side managed to register another score until Lisgoold equalised in the 31st minute.

After the interval Rovers took control of the game and began to play the type of football we know they are capable of. Scoring-wise, this half belonged to the Hartnett brothers who notched up 2-6 between them, Barry 1-4 and Brian 1-2. The first goal came in the 15th minute when a mistake in the Lisgoold defence saw the ball run loose and Brian Hartnett was in like a flash to boot it into the left corner of the net. Four minutes later Paudie Higgins who worked hard throughout the game, set up Barry Hartnett with a sublime pass and he made no mistake from about 12 metres out to put daylight between the sides. Barry followed up with two sweetly struck points before Lisgoold got their only score of this half, a point in the 30th minute. Our settled defence played well as a unit and mopped up everything that came their way while Colin Crowley and John Paul Ivers worked their socks at midfield with Colin’s majestic fielding a notable feature of the evening. Also, Tadgh Crowley and particularly Mikie Walsh made telling contributions when introduced as subs. As in our previous game, all of Rovers scores came from open play. All in all, this was a good week’s work with the East Cork County B title captured the previous Sunday – well done to all concerned.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Seamus Kearney, Derek Crowley, Brian Crowley; John Ahern, Anthony Archer (Capt), Anthony Walsh; Colin Crowley, John Paul Ivers; Barry Hartnett, Padraig Higgins, Daniel Moynihan; James Furlong, Joe Walsh, Brian Hartnett. Subs: Tadgh Crowley, Mikie Walsh, John Burke, Brendan Kearney, Jonathan Walsh, Seamus Cronin, Chris Scanlon.

Fixtures:

JHL Div 3: Russell Rovers v. Carrigtwohill in Shanagarry 28/5/09 at 7.30 pm

JHC 1st Round: Russell Rovers v. St Itas in Castlemartyr 19/6/09 at 7.30 pm

Thousandaire Show

All roads lead to Garryvoe Hotel next Sunday night for the “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” show. A great night’s entertainment, fun and craic is guaranteed as well as the chance of winning up to €1000 if your ticket is drawn out so make sure you have your tickets got in time and please be there early as the show commences at 8 pm. Tickets are €10 each or two for €15 and can be had from any of the following:

Tim Cummins: 0872786964, Pat Higgins: 0863374885, John Hartnett: 0872349873,

David Walsh: 0872678784, Red Walsh: 0878100006 or Sheena Cronin: 0863969952.

Car Boot Sale:

Our second Car Boot Sale of the year takes place in the club grounds on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June with bargains galore on display.

Votes of Sympathy:

At a meeting of the above club votes of sympathy were passed to the following: O’Neill family, Sleaveen, Doolan and O’Brien families, Ballymaloe and Paul family, Ballycotton on their recent sad losses. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.