Russell Rovers GAA Club News

16 July, 2013

Russell Rovers  3-11   Bride Rovers  0-6

Our hurlers had a facile win over a weak Bride Rovers side in Division 4 of the JHL which was played in glorious sunshine in Shanagarry last Monday evening, 8th July.
We opened our account with points from Seamus Kearney and Eoin McGrath before Kearney set up Alan Cott with a pin-point pass who in turn found the back of the Bride Rovers net, albeit via the rear end of their fullback.
These early scores settled the team and we pushed on from there with further points from Matt Fitzgerald, Joe O’Flynn, Eoin McGrath and three pointed frees by Alan Cott.  Our backs were in no mood to concede anything and kept their opponents scoreless for the entire opening half.  At the short whistle we enjoyed a comfortable lead of 1-8 to 0-0 which allowed team management to empty the bench during the course of the second half.

Bride Rovers, however, were not prepared to lie down just yet and threatened to make a game of it after the break, putting 3 points on the board inside the opening seven minutes.  But any notions of a come-back were soon quelled with 3 points from play and frees by Alan Cott and a well-taken goal from substitute Shane Fleming in the 15th minute.  Cott raised our third green flag with a fine individual effort in the 20th minute to take his tally to 2-6 (0-5f), making him the game’s top scorer, not for the first time. Bride Rovers to their credit kept trying and tagged on another 3 points in the last eight minutes but the league points on offer were well and truly wrapped up long before the final whistle.

Team: Jack Beausang; Ricky Walsh, Kevin Ivers, Shane Casey; Matt Fitzgerald, Paul Lane, James Ahern; Joe O’Flynn, Brian Crowley; Alan Cott, Eoin McGrath, Colman Quinlan; Aidan Beausang, Seamus Kearney, Chris Scanlon.
Subs: Shane Fleming, Denis O’Flynn, James Moynihan, Michael Furlong, Antoin Walsh and Pa Daly (who has agreed to come out of retirement once more!). Nice to see Tadhg Crowley around the place again and I’m sure the mentors will also be pleased.

By the time this report goes to press, our U21 hurlers will have played Watergrasshill in the first round of the championship in Ballinacurra on Tuesday evening and hopefully the result will have been in our favour.
Our Junior A hurlers have a tough assignment when they meet Sarsfields in the quarter-final of the East Cork championship which will probably be fixed for the end of July.