Russell Rovers GAA Club

19 September, 2017

Russell Rovers GAA Club

Killeagh 1-17 Russell Rovers 2-6

Last Friday night we travelled to Killeagh with a panel of 25 players to play the host club in the Junior C hurling championship but suffered an eight points defeat at the hands of an experienced Killeagh side which lined out with household names, such as Mark Landers, Joe Deane, Joe Budds, the Crowley brothers, etc. While running the risk of being accused of sour grapes, somehow I don’t think this is what was intended by the people who introduced the Junior C hurling championship seven years ago.

The first half was an even enough affair with all of our points coming in the opening 8 minutes of play from Ciaran Aherne, Brian Whelehan, Ian Smiddy and Alan Cott (f) but we conceded some soft scores as a result of not clearing our lines properly.

We were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute when Colman Quinlan was upscuttled on the edge of the square which should have yielded at least a yellow card but yellow cards seem to be in short supply these days! The penalty was saved and then Killeagh went into a five points lead by the 20th minute but the margin was reduced to two when Ciaran Aherne billowed the net with a fine strike from close range following an excellent pass across the face of goal by Brian Whelehan. Killeagh responded with a brace of points to put them four ahead at the break, 1-8 to 1-4.

They increased their advantage to five with an early second half point but once again Rovers whittled the deficit back to two in the 33rd minute when Alan Cott latched on to a rebound with a low shot to the far corner of the net. Game on, or so we thought, but Killeagh then took over completely as they rattled off point after point with 40-year old Deane causing us major headaches in defence. Despite driving runs forward by Andrew McMahon and Colin Maher our only response was a pointed free by Alan Cott and another point by Brian Whelehan towards the end. The losing margin could

have been worse were it not for some fine saves by goalkeeper Joe O’Flynn.

Well done to this team for turning out again on Sunday morning to play Lisgoold in our final game in Division 3 of the JHL which Rovers won on a score of 2-17 to 2-11.

Also, well done to the team management of Eoin Ivers and Donal Fitzgerald for bringing this panel of players together and for completing our league programme. This scribe has always been of the view that having a strong second team is vital in progressing the club.

Team: Joe O’Flynn; Barry Fitzgerald, Patrick Crowley, Alan Linehan; James Ahern, Andrew McMahon, Seamus Kearney; Ian Smiddy, Luke O’Riordan; Dan Ruddy, David Whelehan, Alan Cott (Capt); Ciaran Aherne, Colman Quinlan, Brian Whelehan

Subs: Colin Maher, Jack Daly, Cormac Ahern, Shane Casey, Brendan Kearney, Chris Scanlon, James Moynihan, David Casey, Sean Gilsenan, Jack Beausang.

Fixtures:

County JAHC v Valley Rovers on Wednesday, 20th Sept at 7.30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.

This is the first time ever that the club will compete in the County Junior A Hurling Championship so please lend your support in large numbers.

East Cork JBFC Final v Cobh on Saturday, 23rd Sept at 4pm in Lisgoold.

Same support requested for our footballers who have reached the Junior B final for the second time in three years.

As fixtures and venues at this stage of the playing season are liable to change, please check locally for updates.