Russell Rovers GAA Club

22 May, 2017

Russell Rovers G.A.A. Club

Russell Rovers 2-14 Fr. O’Neills 2-14

Last Tuesday evening, 16th May, we travelled east to Aghavine to play our near neighbours in Division 1 of the JHL and while we came away with a share of the spoils, one felt that this was more of a case of a league point dropped than a point gained. Yet, considering that we lined out without 5 or 6 first choice players, including both our main and sub goalkeepers, I’m sure management will feel happy enough with the result. It was a fine sunny evening but a stiff wind blowing diagonally into the dressing-room end made scoring a little tricky at times.

We had the breeze to our backs in the opening half but were dealt a hammer-blow as early as the 3rd minute when a high dropping ball into the edge of the square was flicked to the net by O’Neills to give them the perfect start. We recovered well to lead at the break by 1-8 to 1-3 with Brian Hartnett registering 1-7 from play and frees and wing-back Kevin Moynihan, who had an excellent game, shooting over the other point. Hartnett’s goal was absolute class when he won possession about 30 metres out and weaved his way through the O’Neills defence before letting fly a screamer to the far corner of the net. Indeed, we should have been further ahead at half-time but too many wides, mostly to the left of the goals, cost us dearly. And to add to our injury woes we lost corner-back Eoghan O’Sullivan with a pulled muscle just before the break, though Eoin McGrath slotted in well in his place.

Turning to face the wind for the second half, Daniel Moynihan shot over a fine point in the 32nd minute to put 6 points between the sides. O’Neills replied with a pointed free before getting in for a goal of the soft variety in the 6th minute. A minute later we regained our 5 points advantage when John Paul Ivers picked out Bud Hartnett with a good pass and while he had a good bit of work to do, there was only going to be one outcome – the bottom corner of the net dancing.

The remainder of the second half was a struggle for supremacy as O’Neills, aided by the wind, began to close the gap slowly but surely. Hartnett converted three frees and John Ahern and Luke Murray added two sublime points from play. By the 30th minute O’Neills had whittled the margin down to two points and went on to salvage a draw with a brace of white flags deep into five minutes of stoppage time.

Team: Joe O’Flynn; Kevin O’Brien, Paul Lane, Eoghan O’Sullivan; Daniel O’Brien, James Kennefick, Kevin Moynihan; Chris Ruddy, Daniel Moynihan; David Whelehan, Kevin Tattan, Dan Ruddy; Luke Murray, John Paul Ivers, Brian Hartnett.

Subs: John Ahern, Eoin McGrath (both used), Seamus Kearney, James Moynihan, Cormac Ahern, Ciaran Ahern, Alan Linehan, Sean Gilsenan.

Fixtures:

At the time of going to press there is no definite fixture to hand. A JHL Division 3 game versus Dungourney is planned for this coming Friday night, 26th May, in Shanagarry but this is subject to confirmation. Please check locally for updates.

Aaron’s Hope Fund-Raiser:

Readers may be aware that a major fund-raiser is under way to enable St Colmans Juvenile player, 16-year Aaron McMahon, go to Germany to complete his treatment for an extremely rare and aggressive brain tumour. He had surgery in Dublin to remove

80% of the tumour and now needs highly specialised treatment to remove the remainder. Details of how you can contribute can be obtained on the Russell Rovers Facebook page or contact the organiser, Sheena McGlone, Ballycotton. All contributions, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.