Russell Rovers Report

22 March, 2010

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 0-7 Dungourney 0-7

Our junior footballers were back in action last Saturday week when they played Dungourney away in Round 5 of the JFL, Division 2. It was a vastly improved performance on the previous Wednesday night’s game against Cobh and ended in a share of the spoils which was probably a fair result, though we had chances to collect both points on offer. Both sides were guilty of some poor shooting throughout, however the radar of both Barry Harnett on Rovers side and John Ronayne on behalf of the Duns should be singled out. Of the final tally, Barry scored 6 points while John claimed all 7 for the home side.
Rovers backs and midfield saw plenty of the ball but, as so often happened, moves broke down when within shooting range. This was partly due to Dungourney having an extra man in the full back line as Paudie Higgins adopted the role of sweeper between our two lines of defence. Our other scorer was Derek Crowley who kicked over a fine point after good work from Colin Crowley. Wing backs Barry Fitzgerald and particularly Anthony Walsh surged forward at every opportunity while the full-back line was again well marshalled by Seamus Kearney.
We had some good spells of possession in the opening half, however this was not reflected on the scoreboard. The sides were deadlocked at 4 points apiece at the break and the win was there for either side to take it. In truth, both sides gave it everything and with time running out we found ourselves a point in arrears but Barry Hartnett secured the draw with a pointed free just before the final whistle.

Team: Michael Mannion; Brian Crowley, Seamus Kearney, J.P. Ivers; Barry Fitzgerald, Eoin Ivers, Anthony Walsh; Colin Crowley, Derek Crowley; John Ahern, Barry Hartnett, Tadgh Crowley; Kevin Tattan, Paudie Higgins and Alan Cott.
Subs: Kevin Walsh, James Furlong (both used).

Russell Rovers 2-7 Castlemartyr 1-10

Our junior footballers received their toughest test to date but responded admirably when they came up against a strong Castlemartyr side in our sixth outing of the JFL played in Shanagarry last Saturday evening in ideal weather conditions. The game had all the signs of a local derby and was played with a strong physical and competitive edge to it throughout. Lining out without the services of Eoin Ivers and the Hartnett brothers, the visitors looked the more impressive team in the early exchanges and raced into a two points lead inside the opening 5 minutes before Tadgh Crowley opened our account with a fisted point after his goal-bound shot brought a great save out of the Reds net-minder. A well-taken goal and two points by Paudie Higgins kept us in touch and we were happy to be trailing by only three points at the break, 1-6 to 1-3.

Rovers upped the ante on the resumption of play and with all six defenders putting up the shutters along with strong support from the midfield pairing of Colin and Derek Crowley, we managed to keep Castlemartyr scoreless for the next 22 minutes. Points by Colin Crowley, Paudie Higgins and Kevin Tattan and a brilliant goal by John Ahern following a great solo run, put us in a commanding position to close out the game. But a lack of discipline towards the end cost us dearly when we conceded three frees in as many minutes, all of which were converted, to leave the sides deadlocked at 2-6 to 1-9. In the 28th minute it looked like we had both league points in the bag when we won a free about 40 metres out which Paudie Higgins expertly slotted over the bar but the Reds came back a minute later to tie the game again. Then, just before the full-time whistle we were awarded another free from about the same distance out on the left wing which was taken quickly, blocked down and cleared when it might have been more prudent to let Paudie try to score direct again. Still, a draw was a satisfying and probably fair result with the game serving as ideal preparation for our championship outing next weekend.

Team: Michael Mannion; Brian Crowley, Seamus Kearney, John Paul Ivers; Anthony Walsh, Anthony Archer, Barry Fitzgerald; Derek Crowley, Colin Crowley; Ian Smiddy, Padraig Higgins, Tadgh Crowley; John Ahern, Kevin Tattan, Alan Cott.

Subs: James Furlong, Kieran Ivers (both used), Barry O’Keeffe, Eoin McGrath, Paul Lane, Chris Scanlon.

Russell Rovers 0-11 Valley Rovers 0-7

Under the tutorship of Mossy Coffey-Walsh, our minor hurlers continued their excellent start to the Premier 2 minor hurling league with a well-merited win over Valley Rovers, played in Shanagarry last Sunday morning. Well done lads.


JAFC: Russell Rovers v. Erins Own in Castlemartyr next Saturday, 27th at 4 pm. (Prov)

P2 MHL: Russell Rovers v. Eire Og in Ovens on Thursday, 8th April at 7 pm.


Congratulations to Michael Mannion on winning an All-Ireland medal with Cork College of Commerce last Wednesday week. Mike was in goal in their 1-0 win over Enniskillen South West College in the final of the Umbro Plate at C.I.T.

Congratulations and best wishes also to 11-year old local girl Alison Barry for her starring role as Colin Farrell’s daughter in the recently released film “Ondine”. Based on this performance, we have no doubt she has a successful acting career ahead of her. Alison is the daughter of proud parents Michael and Helena Barry, Monagurra.


The club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to the Higgins and McNamara families, Ballycotton on the untimely death of Mrs Anne Higgins last week.

Sympathy is also extended to the Murray family on the recent death of Mrs May Murray, Ballybraher. May they both rest in peace.