Russell Rovers Report

12 April, 2010

Russell Rovers GAA

Bride Rovers 0-13 Russell Rovers 1-6

Our return to Junior A championship ranks was short-lived when we lost out to Bride Rovers by a margin of 4 points in this back-door game played under lights in Cobh last Friday night. Lining out without several first choice players, we began the game with an extra man in the half-back line to absorb the expected early pressure from Bride Rovers who raced into a 6 points lead before Kevin Tattan and Dan Moynihan opened our account with points in the 23rd and 28th minutes. We enjoyed enough possession to be at least on level terms at the break but poor shooting, sometimes from distance and difficult angles, cost us dearly in the opening half in which we accumulated 8 wides while our opponents had none. That, in a nutshell, was the main difference between the sides. We trailed by 0-8 to 0-2 at half time and while it wasn’t an insurmountable lead, the second half was always going to be an uphill battle.

The Rathcormac side stretched their lead to 7 points within 15 seconds of the re-start when one of their forwards was left completely unmarked. But there’s a lot of resilience in this Russell Rovers side and I am sure that atoning for the heavy defeat suffered at the hands of the same opposition in the 2009 Junior B final last February was foremost in their minds. They took the game by the scruff of the neck and by the 10th minute the deficit had been cut to a single point. First, Kieran Ivers rifled home the only goal of the game, followed by points from Derek Crowley and Barry Hartnett (2) and suddenly the game was back in the melting pot. Our attack continued to apply pressure which yielded three frees within scoring range but unfortunately none were converted. Bride Rovers recovered to increase their tally by another 4 points to put the game out of our reach while Colin Crowley added a consolation point two minutes from time which brought an early end to championship football for the year.

Team: Michael Mannion; Brian Crowley, Seamus Kearney, John Paul Ivers; Anthony Walsh, Eoin Ivers, Kieran Ivers; Derek Crowley, Colin Crowley; Tadgh Crowley, Barry Hartnett, John Ahern; Anthony Archer (Capt), Daniel Moynihan, Kevin Tattan.

Subs: Joseph Walsh, Eoin McGrath, David Whelehan, Brendan Kearney, Alan Cott, Chris Scanlon.

Russell Rovers 1-16 Eire Og 2-5

Our minor hurlers continued their good run in the Premier 2 MH league when they had 8 points to spare over Eire Og in Ovens last Thursday evening, having lead by 1-8 to 2-1 at half time. Philip O’Neill (1-2), Brian Hartnett (0-7) and Eoin McGrath (0-4) were in fine scoring form, along with substitute Ciaran Mullins (0-2) and a marvellous point by wing-back Daniel O’Brien from almost 100 yards. Other good performances by Kevin Ivers, Kevin O’Brien and Sean Maher ensured our third win in the league before we play Castlelyons in the first round of the championship on the 20th April.

Team: Daniel Guerin; Shane Fleming, Aaron Beausang, Kevin Ivers; Daniel O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, David Whelehan; Brian Hartnett, Paul Lane; Eoin McGrath, Aidan Beausang, David Casey; Jack McGrath, Philip O’Neill, Joseph O’Flynn.

Subs: Ciaran Mullins, Sean Maher, Ricky Walsh, Martin Flynn, James Moynihan.

Russell Rovers 0-10 Sarsfields 4-16

We opened our junior hurling league campaign with a comprehensive defeat by a very strong Sars side in Shanagarry last Sunday morning. The visitors dominated in all sectors of the field and having lead by 1-10 to 0-6 at the break, they turned the screw in the second half to pile on the scores and run out convincing winners.

Fixtures:

JHL Div 1: Russell Rovers v. Erins Own in Caherlag on 17th April at 7 pm.

P2 MHC: Russell Rovers v. Castlelyons on 20th April. Venue to be confirmed.