Russell Rovers GAA Club News

15 April, 2014

Russell Rover GAA Club Report
Junior Hurlers Leave It Late!
Russell Rovers 1-17 Dromina 2-13
It took a last second pointed free to swing a victory by the narrowest of margins in this eagerly contested Round 5 Avondhu / Imokilly Junior Hurling League tie played at sunny Shanagarry on Sunday last. Once again the pressure was on free taker, Kieran Walsh, to produce the goods and his final shot was like the vast majority of his placed efforts all day – straight between the posts. Walsh’s final tally of 11 points from 13 efforts was a major part in this last gasp Rovers win. A long range effort inside the first minute by Walsh from well behind his own 65 was a signal of things to come and put the home side into an early lead. But the visitors were quick to reply a minute later before Derek Crowley restored our lead after some good passing work from Walsh and Aidan Beausang. Indeed, Beausang threatened all day and, while he didn’t score himself, even though he was denied a goal by the Dromina keeper in the 7th minute, he gained a number of frees while in possession which Walsh duly converted. From about the 8th minute on the visitors began to dominate in the middle third and, playing with great speed and intensity, were rewarded with two pointed frees which saw the sides level at 0-3 apiece by the 10 minute. A short puckout from the Rovers  keeper was intercepted after failing to find the intended target and Dromina were on the attack. Keeper Joseph Walsh managed to block down the initial shot on goal but could do nothing about the rebound. This was followed by another pointed free  for the visitors and while Walsh pegged one back for us on the quarter hour slack defending let the North Cork men in for a second goal and a two goal lead by the 20th minute. Brian Crowley was hardly on the field as a substitute for the injured Dan Moynihan when he struck over Rovers 5th point and this was followed by another pointed free from Walsh’s. Dromina added on two unanswered points by the 25th minute. The last few minutes of the half saw the Rovers eat into the visitors’ lead with points from Daniel O’Brien, Brian Whelehan and two placed efforts from Walsh. A pointed free on the stroke of half time saw Dromina leading at the break  on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-10.
The visitors got the opening point of the second half from a free but Whelehan was back for his second inside a minute and then Jack McGrath, picking up on a well placed pass from his brother Eoin, struck over a neat point. Two more points from Walsh had us back on terms by the 42nd minute. But Dromina were not letting up either and were making every attack count, picking up three unanswered points by the 47th minute. Walsh was to keep us in touch with two frees in the 52nd and 53rd minutes but the visitors struck over two more points to put them a goal ahead with two minutes to go. A goal was badly needed for the Rovers and it came about in a most dramatic fashion. Daniel O’Brien was brought down as he was driving towards the Dromina goal but one of the  defenders took a heavy knock in the process and play was stopped for some minutes while the injured player was being tended to. The resulting free saw some loose play around the goal and fittingly O’Brien got possession and buried the ball to the net. A free for the visitors from the resulting puckout went narrowly wide and Rovers had time for one more attack which resulted in a free from a very difficult angle out on the left wing deep into injury time which Walsh coolly sent between the posts.  Ricky Walsh, Barry Fitzgerald, and John Paul Ivers stood out in defence while Daniel O’Brien and Derek Crowley were prominent right through as was Dan Moynihan til forced  to retire. Referee, James Hennessy, Youghal handled the game well.
Team: Joseph Walsh, Ricky Walsh, Kevin Ivers, Anthony Archer, Barry Fitzgerald, John Paul Ivers, Paul Lane, Daniel Moynihan, Daniel O’Brien, Eoin McGrath, Jack McGrath, Kieran Walsh, Brian Whelehan, Derek Crowley, Aidan Beausang. Subs  Chris Scanlon, Brian Crowley, Alan Cott, James Moynihan, David Whelehan, Kevin O’Brien.
Our Division 3 hurlers play Sars in their opening League encounter on Thursday next 24 April in Shanagarry  at 7pm.
The Club wishes to thank all who supported last Friday’s fundraising table Quiz, especially host Mike O’Shea of the Schooner Bar.
Car Boot Sale
On Bank Holiday Monday April 21  the Club will hold a Car Boot Sale in the Club Grounds , Shanagarry. All welcome.