Russell Rovers Report

15 March, 2010

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 3-7 Carraig na bhFear 0-10

Our minor footballers continued their good start in the MBFL when they had a six points win away to Carraig na bhFear last Saturday week. The home side raced into a 3 points lead inside ten minutes but an Eoin McGrath goal in the 15th minute levelled matters. The sides exchanged 3 points apiece over the next 15 minutes with Rovers scores coming from Andrew Hartnett, Kevin O’Brien (free) and Eoin McGrath.

Then, in the 30th minute a peach of a goal by Jack McGrath from out on the wing gave us a 3 points cushion at the break, 2-3 to 0-6. Carraig na bhFear reduced the deficit to the bare minimum within two minutes of the resumption but Sean Maher and Andrew Hartnett quickly restored our advantage. Neither team managed to score over the next 15 minutes until substitute Ciarán Mullins put daylight between the sides with a well-taken goal in the 22nd minute. Eoin McGrath and Andrew Hartnett added two more points to seal a well-merited if unexpected victory. Goalkeeper Joseph Flynn made some fine saves to keep a clean sheet while outfield David Whelehan, Kevin O’Brien, Aidan Beausang and Eoin McGrath were to the fore in what was a fine team display.

Team: Joseph Flynn; Ricky Walsh, Aaron Beausang, Kevin Ivers; Aidan Beausang, David Whelehan, Daniel O’Brien; Kevin O’Brien, Sean Maher; Eoin McGrath, Andrew Hartnett, Jack McGrath; Michael Furlong, Philip O’Neill, David Casey.

Subs: Ciarán Mullins, Martin Flynn, Shane Fleming, Daniel Guerin, James Moynihan,

(all used), Colman Quirke, Shane Casey, Paul Lane.

Cobh 0-15 Russell Rovers 0-6

Our junior footballers travelled to Cobh last Wednesday night to play our fourth game in the JFL, Division 2, under lights but had to come away empty-handed. In a game of contrasting halves, the host team were a completely transformed side to the one that we defeated by 13 points in the corresponding game last year. They were physically stronger and fitter and we found it difficult to counteract their runners off the ball whenever they attacked. Yet, we matched them man for man for much of the opening half and trailed by only two points at the break, 0-5 to 0-3, but we lost our shape in the second period while Cobh seemed to move up a couple of gears and began to fire over points at their ease, some of which were the result of wayward passing on our part. We opened the scoring in the first minute through a John Ahern point following a good solo run, though he was unlucky not to have goaled after his shot clipped the top of the crossbar. Paudie Higgins added another from a free before James Furlong got our best point of the game from out near the sideline. Our second half scores all came from substitutes – Kevin Tattan, Joe Walsh and Ian Smiddy.

With the first round of the Junior A championship looming on the horizon, this defeat is a timely reminder of what needs to be done if we are to have any chance of matching our opponents, Erins Own.

Team: Kevin Walsh; Anthony Walsh, Seamus Kearney, John Paul Ivers; Anthony Archer, Eoin Ivers, James Ahern; Derek Crowley, Colin Crowley; Tadgh Crowley, Padraig Higgins, James Furlong; Barry Fitzgerald, John Ahern, Alan Cott.

Subs: Kevin Tattan, Ian Smiddy and Joseph Walsh (all used).

Last week-end saw our junior footballers putting their league campaign back on track when they shared the spoils in a hard-earned 0-7 to 0-7 draw away to Dungourney which is a welcome boost ahead of our 1st round championship game next week-end.

Our minor hurlers had an excellent start in the Premier 2 MHL when they accounted for city side Brian Dillons in Shanagarry last Saturday evening on a score-line of 1-11 to 2-3 despite being without key players Kevin O’Brien, Jack McGrath and Kevin Ivers.


JAFC: Russell Rovers v Erins Own in Castlemartyr on Saturday 20th March at 4 pm.

P2 MHL: Russell Rovers v Valley Rovers in Shanagarry on Sunday 21st March at 12 noon.