Russell Rovers GAA Club News

17 June, 2014

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers  1-18   St Catherines  0-9

Our Junior hurlers garnered their first brace of points in Division 3 of the Junior Hurling League when they had a decisive win over St Catherines in Shanagarry last Friday evening, having lost their first three rounds with depleted teams.
The game was played in a sporting manner in ideal weather conditions and the standard of hurling certainly belied that this was the third tier of the league. A slight breeze favoured the visitors in the first half but it was Rovers who had the better start with Eoin McGrath leading the attack by example, hitting over three well-taken points in the opening ten minutes while Brian Crowley served notice that he was going to have a major impact in this game when he nailed two early points. The Ballynoe men pegged back a few points but Alan Cott (0-3), Kevin O’Brien (0-2) and Aidan Beausang got the Rovers’ side of the scoreboard ticking over again to put us 0-11 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

With the breeze to our backs in the second half and our opponents reduced to 14 men when they had a player dismissed for a second bookable offence late in the first half, there was an air of inevitability about the outcome as play resumed. With our defence dealing capably with everything that came their way and goalkeeper Chris Scanlon doing likewise between the posts, we added a further 1-7 to our half-time tally through substitute Joe Walsh (1-1), Brian Crowley (0-3), Dan Moynihan (0-2) and James Kennefick (0-1).
While there were some excellent points from both sides, probably the best score of the game came from Brian Crowley in the 55th minute when he intercepted a pass and from away out on the right-hand sideline, shot over the bar in one movement to cap a man-of-the-match performance with 0-5 to his credit.
From a Rovers perspective, the game was notable for the welcome return of James Ahern and Kieran Ivers to action following long-term injuries with both players making valuable contributions despite their lengthy lay-off.
Referee Jim Daly, Youghal did a good job on the whistle.

Team: Chris Scanlon; James Ahern, Kevin Ivers, Shane Casey; Ricky Walsh, Paul Lane, Barry Fitzgerald; James Kennefick, Daniel Moynihan; Alan Cott, Eoin McGrath, Brian Crowley; Kevin O’Brien, Philip White, Aidan Beausang.
Subs: Joe Walsh, Martin O’Flynn, Brendan Kearney, Kieran Ivers, James Moynihan, Daire Healy.

Fixtures:
Our first round of the East Cork Junior A hurling championship versus Midleton has been fixed for Saturday, 28th June at 7.30 pm in Cloyne with referee Arthur Murphy of Carrigtwohill in charge.
We are down to play either Lisgoold or Ballyhooly in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL on Saturday, 5th July at 7.30 pm in Shanagarry provided we are not involved in a Round 2 (back-door) game in the JAHC on the same date.