Russell Rovers GAA Club News

01 July, 2013

Russell Rovers  1-10   Lough Rovers  2-10

Our footballers bowed out of the County Junior B football championship when we lost by a goal to a physically stronger Lough Rovers side in Cobh last Sunday afternoon. Our opponents played to the limit of the rule book at times and occasionally beyond it, picking up four yellow cards in the process which should also have been accompanied by a straight red card for a head-butting incident in the last quarter which obviously the referee missed in the middle of a small dust-up.

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half, we conceded a point in the first minute but then Colman Quinlan got his shooting boots into action and slotted over three well-taken points from frees. In the 13th minute we were hit with a sucker punch when we lost possession out on the left wing and The Lough punished us with a blistering drive to the net from close range, to which they added a brace of points. Further calamity befell us when we lost two of our fullback line to injury, David Whelehan and James Ahern, after starting the game without several first choice players through injury and other reasons. In the 23rd minute Rovers got back into the game with a peach of a goal from Paul Lane, following good inter-change play; this put us back on level terms. In the last six minutes of the half Jack McGrath fired over three points along with a Michael Furlong point to give us a four points cushion at the break, 1-7 to 1-3.

This was never going to be enough as we faced into the strong wind in the second half and so it proved to be as The Lough registered 1-3 without reply in the third quarter. Our lads never gave up and points by McGrath (0-2) and Kieran Walsh (0-1) put the game in the melting pot entering the final ten minutes. We missed a few point scoring chances from both play and frees in those remaining minutes and Alan Cott was unlucky not to goal when he followed a dropping ball into the goalmouth but the keeper managed to put it out for a 45 which wasn’t given. The Lough finished the stronger side and added two more points in the dying minutes to book their place in the quarter-final against Ballinacurra.

Team: Eoin Ivers; James Ahern, David Whelehan, Aidan Beausang; Anthony Walsh, Anthony Archer (Capt), Paul Lane; Colman Quinlan, Kevin Ivers; Kieran Walsh, Jack McGrath, Michael furlong; Seamus Kearney, Daniel O’Brien, Alan Cott.
Subs: Barry Fitzgerald, Brian Crowley, Shane Casey, Chris Scanlon, Brandon Keohane.
There are no fixtures at the time of going to press but the draw for the third round of the JAHC, which is scheduled for the week-end of 13th July, will be made at the East Cork Board meeting on Wednesday night, 3rd July.