Russell Rovers GAA Club News

21 September, 2013

Russell Rovers  2-12   Lisgoold  0-13

This Junior C hurling championship quarter-final tie, played in Ballinacurra last Saturday evening, provided an entertaining hour’s hurling for the rather small crowd present with Rovers deservedly coming out on top after a hard-fought contest.

Each side enjoyed periods of dominance in the opening half with scores coming in clusters. Rovers were first out of the traps, racing into a 4 points lead after 10 minutes of play despite playing into the teeth of a strong breeze. Lisgoold then hit a purple patch, firing over 4 points of their own inside the next six minutes before Rovers regained control with 5 points in as many minutes to lead by 0-9 to 0-4.  It was now Lisgoold’s turn to dominate again as they hit five unanswered points before the short whistle to wipe out our lead, leaving the sides all square at the break, 9 points apiece.

Rovers enjoyed a dream start to the second half when substitute Tadhg Crowley had the ball in the net inside the opening minute. Seven minutes later a 65 from Alan Cott went all the way to the net after bouncing in the small square. Points from frees by Cott and Joe O’Flynn and one from Lisgoold put us into a 7 points lead and with the wind to our backs it looked like we were home and hosed. But Lisgoold to their credit had no intention of throwing in the towel just yet and responded with a hat-trick of points to narrow the gap to 4 points.  They continued to exert a lot of pressure in the final minutes but our defence, particularly Pa Daly, stood firm and only when Kevin Tattan shot over our last point could we be sure of progressing to the semi-final.

The foundations for this win were laid in the opening half when playing against the elements. The full-back line consisting of Pa Daly, Brendan Kearney and Shane Casey were rock solid and used their physical presence to good effect while behind them Chris Scanlon made a couple of vital saves over the hour. John Ahern had a great opening 30 minutes before tiring in the second half while Ricky Walsh and Kevin O’Brien also did well. Shane Fleming was a revelation as he ran at the Lisgoold defence every chance he got, scoring three excellent points and Colman Quinlan (0-2) doing likewise. Joe O’Flynn and Jack Beausang chipped in with a point each in the first half while Alan Cott slotted over two points from frees. Kevin Tattan showed glimpses of his speed and skill until he sustained a knee injury which forced him to be switched to corner-forward. This was a fine performance by our second team who now await the winners of Midleton v Dungourney. Well done also to the team management of Vincent Walsh, Donal Fitzgerald and Pa Morrissey.
Team: Chris Scanlon; Pa Daly, Brendan Kearney, Shane Casey; Ricky Walsh, Kevin O’Brien, John Ahern; Joe O’Flynn (0-2), Kevin Tattan (0-1), Shane Fleming (0-3), Colman Quinlan (0-2) Alan Cott (1-3f) Denis O’Flynn, Seamus Kearney, Jack Beausang (0-1).
Subs: Tadhg Crowley (1-0), Michael Furlong (both used), James Moynihan, Kieran O’Brien, Donal Fitzgerald.

Russell Rovers  3-21   Cloyne  2-5

Our Junior A team had a comprehensive win over near neighbours Cloyne last Thursday evening to complete our Division 2 league programme with a 100% record of wins to top the table with 16 points. They now await the other finalist which looks like being Midleton, though Carrigtwohill or St Itas may yet have a say in it. The final is pencilled in for next week-end to see who goes forward in the County.

There are no definite fixtures at the time of going to press. Our Junior B football championship game versus Cloyne, fixed for 28th September, will have to be postponed to later date on account of the All-Ireland Hurling Final replay.

The club would like to extend condolences to the family of the late Barth O’Leary of Ballingeary who passed away last Saturday week after a short illness. Barth was a very popular Garda in Ballycotton in the early 1980’s and coached our U21 footballers to win the East Cork Championship in 1981. May his soul rest in peace.