Russell Rovers Report

17 August, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

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Russell Rovers 1-16 Cloyne 3-9


This MAHC local derby replay in Copperalley last Tuesday night week had a tension-packed conclusion. Two weeks earlier in Rostellan Cloyne grabbed a late late equaliser in the 8thminute of injury time but justice was done on this occasion. With Rovers ahead by 8 points and ten minutes remaining, Cloyne began to whittle down our lead until just a single point separated the sides. In injury time another Cloyne shot was sailing over the crossbar but Dan Moynihan, standing on the goal-line, managed to save it and cleared it out for a 65. Then, in the 6thminute of injury time (Rostellan, here we go again!), the ball was whipped across into our goalmouth and steered into the net by a Cloyne forward who was clearly standing well inside the small rectangle before it arrived. The umpires had no hesitation in signalling a square goal and the referee blew the final whistle following the free out.

Despite a good start by Cloyne in which they converted a 4thminute penalty after Andrew Hartnett had made a good save, Rovers managed to keep in touch with points from Eoin McGrath, James Ahern and Brian Hartnett to leave us trailing by 1-3 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. We dominated the next 15 minutes but the build-up of our wides tally was a worrying factor. We wasted ten chances in all in this opening half, many of which were very scoreable. Further points from Brian Hartnett (3), Kevin O’Brien, Sean Maher and Alan Cott put us two ahead at the break, 0-9 to 1-4. We continued to dominate into the second half and had built up a commanding lead of 9 points by the end of the third quarter with points from Brian Hartnett (3), Dan Moynihan, Kevin O’Brien, Alan Cott (2) and a goal by Hartnett from an outfield free which went all the way to the Cloyne net. But typical of Cloyne, they are never beaten until the referee is heading for the gate as they came within a whisker of completing a remarkable come-back but we just about held on for an historic win at this level over our near neighbours. There were some outstanding displays on the Rovers side, most notably Brian Hartnett, Kevin O’Brien, Eoin McGrath, James Ahern and Alan Cott at full-forward. In defence Kevin Tattan was a revelation when switched to centre-back, flanked by the hard-working Paul Lane and David Whelehan on the wings. Daniel Moynihan did an excellent job in curbing Cloyne’s danger man Luke Cahill and the full-back trio of Kevin Ivers, Aidan Beausang and Shane Fleming got in some vital challenges over the hour.We now go on to play Youghal in the final on Thursday night (20th) at 7 pm in Aghavine.

Team: Andrew Hartnett; Kevin Ivers, Aidan Beausang, Shane Fleming; Paul Lane, Daniel Moynihan, David Whelehan; Brian Hartnett, Kevin O’Brien; Eoin McGrath, James Ahern, Aaron Beausang; Sean Maher, Alan Cott, Kevin Tattan.

Subs: Ciaran Mullins, James Walsh (both used), David Casey, Daniel O’Brien, Chris O’Brien, James Moynihan, Kieran O’Brien.

Lisgoold 2-14 Russell Rovers 1-12

Lest it might be thought that our failure to submit a report on this JAHC quarter-final was because we lost the game, the reality is that we were unable to meet the press deadline due to the hectic week-end schedule of the Blue Jeans Queen Festival.

Suffice to say at this point that we were completely outplayed in most areas of the field by a fitter and hungrier Lisgoold side as many of our key players came up short on the night. Trailing by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break, we felt that the game was still up for grabs but the concession of a soft but well-taken goal early in the second half put paid to any hope we had of turning the game around. There is no question that we were complacent or that we under-estimated our opponents – we were simply beaten by a better team. Having to alternate between hurling and football in the previous weeks certainly did not help our preparations but I don’t think we can use this as a legitimate excuse for our poor display. Eoiny Ivers in goal was our man-of-the-match while in attack Brian Hartnett tried hard to put scores on the board. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Lisgoold the best of luck in the semi-final against Sarsfields next week-end.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, Padraig Higgins, Derek Crowley; Matt Fitzgerald, (Capt),(1-0), Kevin Hartnett (0-2), Barry Fitzgerald; Seamus Kearney, Colin Crowley; Anthony Walsh, John Paul Ivers, Daniel Moynihan (0-1); Barry Hartnett, Joe Walsh (0-1) Brian Hartnett (0-5).

Subs: Ian Smiddy (0-1), Traolach Martin (0-1), John Ahern (0-1), Seamus Cronin,

Brian Crowley, Tadgh Crowley, Brendan Kearney, James Furlong, Jonathan Walsh, Kevin O’Brien, Chris Scanlon, John Burke, James Walsh, Barry O’Keeffe, Kevin Tattan.

Kilbrittain 2-11 Russell Rovers 0-9


Our County Junior B football championship odyssey came to a disappointing end in Pairc Ui Rinn last Saturday night when Kilbrittain moved into another gear in the second half to run out deserving winners. But the strong favourites from the Carbery division didn’t have things completely their own way as we matched them in all facets of play in the opening half. After Brian Hartnett opened our account with a good point in the 3rdminute, brother Barry proceeded to give an exhibition of point-scoring (0-4) which made his marker, former Cork player Eoin Sexton, appear largely anonymous. Further excellent points by Kevin Hartnett (0-2) and Kevin Tattan (0-1) left the sides deadlocked at the interval, 0-8 to 1-5. Kilbrittain raced into a 4 points lead early in the second half and then came the most defining moment of the game when we were awarded a penalty in the 11thminute. Eoin Ivers was most unlucky to see his powerfully-struck shot re-bound off the crossbar and with it went our last chance of salvaging the game. Barry Hartnett added another fine point a few minutes later which turned out to be our only score of the second half. Other notable displays were given by Paudie Higgins at centre-back and Colin Crowley at midfield whose majestic fielding caught the eye.

Hopefully, this campaign will serve as a useful experience when the East Cork Junior B championship proper resumes in September.

See elsewhere for a more detailed account of the match by Declan Barron of the East Cork Journal.

Fixtures:

MAHC Final: Russell Rovers v. Youghal in Aghavine on Thursday, 20thAugust at 7 pm.

U-21 BHC: Russell Rovers v. Bride Rovers in Caherlag on Thursday 27thAugust at 7 pm

Blue Jeans Queen Festival:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped in any way to make this year’s Festival an outstanding success and to the large crowds who attended on Saturday and Sunday nights. We congratulate Annie Butler, sponsored by Thomas Tattan Photography, on being crowned 2009 Queen and wish her all the best during her reign.


Congratulations:

Congratulations to Ballinacurra on winning the County Junior B Hurling title in Pairc Ui Rinn last Saturday night. This was a great achievement by the “Village” and it was a pity we weren’t able to make it a double for East Cork.

Condolences:

The club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the families and relatives of the following who passed away recently: Mrs Peggy Archer, Ballycotton, Ms Margaret Shinnick, Ballinamona, Mr Eddie Smiddy and Mr Christy Healy both of Ballybraher. May their souls rest in peace.