Russell Rovers Report

21 April, 2010

Erins Own 5-17 Russell Rovers 0-10

Our junior hurlers were on the receiving end of a second humiliating defeat in the JHL inside a week when we were completely outplayed by a far superior Erins Own side in Caherlag last Saturday evening. Playing second fiddle in all areas of the field in the opening half, we had no answer to the hurling intensity and fitness of the home side, though it should be mentioned that we had to line out without one-third of our first choice team.

The score-line stood at 3-12 to 0-2 at the break with Rovers points coming from Joe Walsh and a converted free by Dan Moynihan. The easy option at this stage was to throw in the towel and head for the sanctuary of the dressing-room. But to their credit, they took the game to their opponents and matched them score for score for most of the second half until Erins Own got their fifth goal deep into stoppage time.

Substitute Brendan Kearney put over one of the best points of the game in the 32nd minute with Ian Smiddy adding another a minute later. Further points by Dan Moynihan (0-2f), Tony Walsh, Brian Crowley and Seamus Kearney (0-2) brought our tally to double figures, the same as our previous outing against Sars. We never looked like raising a green flag while Erins Own bagged five, with a few of them being of the soft variety. Best for Rovers were John Paul Ivers, Paudie Higgins, Kevin Tattan and particularly Tony Walsh.

Team: Eoin Ivers; Anthony Archer, Paudie Higgins, Barry Fitzgerald; Colin Crowley, Matt Fitzgerald, John Paul Ivers; Kevin Tattan, Dan Moynihan; Tony Walsh, Seamus Kearney, Tadgh Crowley; Ian Smiddy, Joe Walsh, Alan Cott.

Subs: Brendan Kearney and Brian Crowley (both used).


By the time this report goes to print, we hope to have overcome Castlelyons in the first round of the Premier 2 MHC played in Watergrasshill on Tuesday evening last.


P2 MHL: Away to Kilbrittain on 8th May and home to Courcey Rovers on 30th June.