Russell Rovers GAA Club News

01 April, 2014

Russell Rovers GAA.

Russell Rovers 0-15   Cobh  1-7

Our hurlers garnered their second brace of points in Section 1 of the Avondhu/Imokilly Junior Hurling League when they had 5 points to spare over Cobh in Shanagarry last Sunday afternoon.
While we had a good one-point win over Sarsfields in Round 1, followed by a set-back against Carraig na bhFear in the next round, this game produced one of the best performances from a Rovers side for some time. With incessant rain falling, they displayed guts, spirit and passion in abundance, characteristics that are sometimes missing from Rovers teams against tough opposition.

Daniel O’Brien opened the scoring with a well-taken point in the 3rd minute but we failed to score again until the 18th minute when we struck a purple patch with 5 points in as many minutes from Brian Whelehan, Ian Smiddy (0-2f), Kieran Walsh and Derek Crowley. Towards the end of the half Smiddy fired over another from a free and Walsh added his second from play to put us 0-8 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

By the 9th minute of the second period Cobh had regained the lead, first with a point and then a goal from a 20-metre free needlessly conceded. However, this set-back only served to drive Rovers on to take control of the game for the remaining 20 minutes of play. Two points by substitute Jack McGrath, another fine point by Derek Crowley and three pointed frees by Ian Smiddy, along with a superb strike from play from mid-field, paved the way for this unexpected but deserving win.

There were some fine performances from this Rovers side, none more so than that of John Paul Ivers who gave a man-of-the-match display at centre-back, with wing-backs Paul Lane and substitute Daniel Moynihan also shining while the full-back line never looked like conceding a goal (apart from the free). Kieran Walsh and John Ahern put in a great shift at mid-field while Ian Smiddy was unerring from frees. Kevin O’Brien, Brian Whelehan and particularly Daniel O’Brien worked tirelessly in the forward division with young Chris Ruddy making an impressive debut in Junior ranks. But really this was a team performance all the way from goalkeeper Chris Scanlon to the last sub. Well done lads. Note: The club would like to welcome Wexford man Philip White on board and I’m sure that in time he will prove to be a useful addition.

Team: Chris Scanlon; Ricky Walsh, Kevin Ivers, David Whelehan; Barry Fitzgerald, John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane; Kieran Walsh, John Ahern; Daniel O’Brien, Derek Crowley, Ian Smiddy; Brian Whelehan, Philip White, Kevin O’Brien.
Subs: Daniel Moynihan, Jack McGrath, Chris Ruddy (all used), Anthony Archer, Eoin McGrath, Brian Crowley, Alan Cott, Seamus Kearney, James Ahern, Daire Healy, Colman Quinlan, Aidan Beausang and James Moynihan.

JHL Div 1: Away to Clyda Rovers in Mourneabbey on Sunday, 6th April at 12 noon.
JHL Div 1: We are at home versus Dromina on Sunday, 13th April at 12 noon