Russell Rovers Report

21 September, 2009

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 1-15 Carraig na bhFear 0-7

On Friday night last our footballers advanced to the semi-final of the East Cork Junior B championship when they had a decisive win over the reigning champions Carraig na bhFear with the game played under lights in Rostellan.

The sides were evenly matched in the opening half with Carraig being far more economical with their scoring chances while Rovers were guilty of wayward shooting in front of goals when on occasions fisting the ball over the bar might have been a better option. We should have had a comfortable lead at half-time but instead found ourselves just a point ahead, 0-5 to 0-4.

Barry Hartnett opened our account with a point from play inside 60 seconds, with James Furlong providing the final pass, and followed this up with three pointed frees between the 8th and 16th minute. Carraig responded with two from play in quick succession to add to the brace they had already scored in the opening ten minutes but Eoin Ivers restored our advantage when he expertly converted a 45 in the 24th minute.

The introduction of substitutes John Ahern and Brian Hartnett after the break and Dan Moynihan later on completely transformed our attack with the effect that the whole team seemed to click into gear. Scores began to arrive thick and fast with Brian Hartnett in particular causing the Carraig defence major problems with his electrifying pace. He set up Joe Walsh for a good point in the 2nd minute, got one himself in the 8th and fired home the only goal of the game in the 16th which put us firmly in the driving seat. Other players to contribute scores in this half were Eoin Ivers, Barry Hartnett (f), Kevin Hartnett and Seamus Kearney who finished off a great inter-passing move down the right flank. The last five minutes belonged to Barry Hartnett who kicked over four marvellous points which would have been greeted with loud applause if scored in Croke Park last Sunday. This brought his final tally to 9 points over the hour. In goal Mike Mannion didn’t have an awful lot to do but yet dealt capably with whatever came his way. The entire defensive unit was in a mean mood, limiting Carraig to just three points in the second half, with Paudie Higgins, Tony Walsh and Derek Crowley particularly prominent. At midfield Colin Crowley put in his usual hard hour’s graft with Kevin Hartnett also working tirelessly. All in all, this was a very satisfying result and keeps our ambition to play Junior A football next year very much on track.

Team: Mike Mannion; Anthony Walsh, Derek Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; Seamus Kearney, Padraig Higgins, Anthony Archer (Capt); Colin Crowley, Kevin Hartnett; Tadgh Crowley, Barry Hartnett, James Furlong; Ian Smiddy, Eoin Ivers, Joe Walsh.

Subs: John Ahern, Brian Hartnett, Daniel Moynihan, Brian Crowley, Michael O’Brien (all used), James Ahern, James Walsh, Jonathan Walsh.

Russell Rovers 1-5 Erins Own 8-17

As the score-line shows, our Minor A footballers were comprehensively defeated by a much stronger Erins Own side in Rostellan last Wednesday evening. The result surely

suggests that one side is not in the correct grade which does neither side much good.

U21HC Replay: Russell Rovers v Bride Rovers in Lisgoold on Sat, 26th at 5 pm.

JHL Div 1: Russell Rovers v Midleton in Midleton on Sunday, 27th at 12 noon (prov)