Russell Rovers GAA Club News

28 July, 2014

Russell Rovers GAA Club News
Under 21 Hurlers Narrowly Beaten in Championship
Russell Rovers 1-16 Aghada 1-21
Our Under 21 hurlers put on a brave display but eventually failed to get the measure of Aghada in this well contested Championship match played in sunny, breezy conditions at Midleton on Sunday afternoon last. With a limited and young squad they gave a good account of themselves and for much of the first half definitely looked the better of the two teams.
Rovers opened the scoring with a point from scorer-in-chief, Kieran Walsh, inside thirty seconds. Aghada were level within the minute before Jack McGrath pointed to put us back in the lead. Once again Aghada levelled before Colman Quinlan had the first of four points from play in the 7th minute and this was added to by a placed ball from Walsh. A pointed free from Aghada left just one between the sides by the tenth minute. Then a lovely ‘steal’ by James Kennefick found its way to Quinlan who fired over his second point in the 12th minute. By the quarter hour mark the sides were level again as Aghada piled on the pressure and by the 20th minute they were three points ahead after our defence conceded two easy frees. David Whelehan in the Rovers goal prevented a certain goal when he stopped a well struck shot and Rovers were lucky that the rebound was deflected narrowly wide for a 65 which the men in green failed to convert. Walsh put an end to a ten minute barren spell for Rovers when he pointed from a free in the 22nd minute and he was on target again a minute later after a fine effort by James Moynihan was diverted out for a 65. Aghada restored their two point lead with a point from play in the 25th but Kevin Moynihan, who collected the ball from a free struck out of defence by centre-back Daniel O’Brien, quickly had it back to one. Aghada tacked on another from play but a pointed free from Walsh and Quinlan’s third from open play saw the sides level at the break on a score-line of  0-10 apiece.
On the resumption, Jack McGrath and Kevin Moynihan  switched positions with Moynihan moving to the edge of the square and McGrath wing forward for a time.  After the sides had exchanged converted frees, ours from Walsh, Shane Casey was on hand to strike over a point after a good delivery from Kevin Moynihan and a minute later was also the provider for Quinlan’s fourth point. Rovers were looking confident at this stage and with good defensive work, notably by Kevin Ivers, Daniel O’Brien and Chris Ruddy, preventing further Aghada scores. When Kieran Walsh went on a wonderful solo run in the 8th minute, cutting through the Aghada defence and finishing all the way to the net, it looked as if Rovers might cause an upset.  While Aghada pegged one back with a free in the 11th minute, Rovers stretched their lead to six points with a free from Walsh and a second one from play by Kevin Moynihan. However, that was as good as it got for Rovers.  Aghada fought back with two points and then a well worked goal, followed by a point in the 19th minute, to draw level. By now the advantage had swung in Aghada’s favour and a pointed free in the 21st minute saw them back in front. They added to their tally with three unanswered points before Kieran Walsh could peg one back for Rovers. But two more points in quick succession for Aghada before the final whistle made sure there was no return for Rovers. The final score 1-21 to 1-16 didn’t reflect the closeness of the game but the fact is that we let a six point lead be turned into a five point deficit by game’s end.  The game was well handled by Referee Sean Ó Buachalla, whose task was made easy by the sporting attitude of both teams. While our team and mentors, Seamus Kennefick, John Moynihan,and Vincent Walsh,  will be disappointed with the defeat, it should be noted that a few key members of the squad are abroad this summer and that all but two of them are under age for this grade next year. 
Team: David Whelehan (Captain),  Brian Whelehan, Kevin Ivers, Ricky Walsh, Chris Ruddy, Daniel O’Brien, Jack Daly, James Kennefick, Kieran Walsh, Kevin Moynihan, Colman Quinlan, Shane Casey, James Moynihan, Jack McGrath, Michael Furlong.  Subs: Colin Maher, Jack Beausang (both used).
Our final game in the Avondhu/Imokilly JHL has been fixed for Wednesday night, 30th July at 7.30 pm in Shanagarry.
Our quarter-final game versus Lisgoold in the Junior C hurling championship has been pencilled in for Saturday, 9th August at 7 pm in Castlemartyr. Check locally for updates as dates/times may change.
The club wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the families of Dan Donovan Ballytrasna and Billy Mullane, Ballingrane who died recently. Dan had been a noted athlete in his day and keen follower of the club. His son Kevin played in the very successful under age football squad of the late 1990s. Billy Mullane’s brothers, the late Sean and Teddy were key players and trainers of Russell Rovers for many years. His nephews Martin and Red have had along connection with the club as players and administrators. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a n-anamacha uaisle.