Russell Rovers Report

29 June, 2010

Russell Rovers GAA

Russell Rovers 3-12 Carrigtwohill 1-10

Last Sunday afternoon in the well-prepared, sun-drenched Ballinacurra venue, we got over the first hurdle of the East Cork JAHC when we had what eventually proved to be a comfortable win over Carrigtwohill. But don’t let the score-line fool you, for this was not a stroll in the park by any means as Carrig proved to be dogged opponents for 50 minutes before they collapsed following our second goal.

Despite playing against the very strong wind blowing towards the road-end goal in the opening half, we began well with points from Brian Hartnett (2-f), John Ahern and Séamus Kearney and a cleverly-taken goal by Tony Walsh to put us 1-4 to 0-3 ahead after 15 minutes. However, we were not to score again for the remainder of the half as Carrig went on a scoring spree to lead by 1-9 to 1-4 at the break. Considering the strength of the wind, we felt this was a manageable lead as the sides changed ends.

Rovers wasted no time in taking advantage of the elements on the resumption of play as Tony Walsh and John Ahern fired over early points along with three converted frees from Brian Hartnett to put us on level terms at 1-9 apiece after 47 minutes. A minute later Ahern got his third and probably the best point of the game to regain the lead with Brian Hartnett adding another from play. Then came the most decisive score of the match when Kevin Hartnett and Eoin Ivers combined well to set up Brian Hartnett who unleashed a bullet to the roof of the Carrig net from 25 metres out to put us 5 points clear. In the 25th minute Tony Walsh got his second point to make him our top scorer from play (1-2) and our third goal came two minutes later when Séamus Kearney drilled the sliotar to the net at the second attempt from the edge of the small rectangle.

Our defensive unit, particularly the inside line, excelled in the second half to keep Carrig scoreless until the last puck of the game when they pointed from a 20 metre free. This was a very encouraging Rovers performance, especially by the younger players, Dan Moynihan, John Ahern, Brian Hartnett, Tony Walsh and Kevin Tattan and we can now look forward with optimism to the third round. Well done also to the management team consisting of Richie Lewis, Michael Kearney and David O’Brien, Martin O’Sullivan and Paddy Tattan.

Referee Maurice Mulcahy did an excellent job on the whistle and let the play flow.

Team: Joe Walsh; Anthony Archer, Derek Crowley, Barry Fitzgerald; John Paul Ivers Padraig Higgins, Daniel Moynihan; Kevin Hartnett (Capt), John Ahern; Brian Hartnett, Seamus Kearney, Barry Hartnett; Anthony Walsh, Eoin Ivers, Kevin Tattan.

Subs: Andrew Hartnett, Ian Smiddy, Kieran Ivers, Brendan Kearney, Colin Crowley, Brian Crowley, Tadgh Crowley, Chris Scanlon, David Whelehan, Eoin McGrath, Aidan Beausang, Paul Lane.

Congratulations:

Congratulations to Brian Hartnett on another fine performance for Cork minor hurlers last Saturday night in Pairc Ui Caoimh when he scored six points from play and frees, despite receiving a limited supply of ball. Here’s hoping Cork can finish the business in Walsh Park, Waterford next Wednesday night.