Russell Rovers Report

30 August, 2010

Russell Rovers Report

Russell Rovers 3-19 Lisgoold 1-12

We collected our first brace of points in the JHL, Division 1 when we had an
emphatic win over a depleted Lisgoold side in Shanagarry last Monday night, though
it must be said that Rovers also began the game without five of our championship
team.
Having elected to play with the strong breeze blowing into the road-end goal, we
had opened up a 0-15 to 0-6 lead by half-time, with Brian Hartnett back to his best,
shooting 0-9 from play and frees with deadly accuracy and Eoin Ivers and Ian Smiddy
firing over three excellent points apiece.
Turning to play with wind advantage in the second half, Lisgoold got off to a perfect
start with a goal from a tight angle in the 3rd minute but this was quickly cancelled out
when a long delivery from a free by Dan Moynihan was scrambled to the net with the
help of Eoin Ivers and Brian Crowley. Brian Hartnett pointed another three frees in
this half to take his personal tally to 0-12 over the hour but probably the best move of
the game came in the 17th minute when Dan Moynihan took off on a solo run before
parting to Derek Crowley who continued the run deep into Lisgoold territory and his
pin-point delivery found the unmarked Colin Crowley who billowed the net from the
edge of the square. Substitute Eoin McGrath made his mark on the game with a point
a minute later and the same player followed up with a goal when his speculative shot
deceived the keeper and ended up in the net. By this stage Lisgoold had run out of
steam and the league points were safely in the bag long before the final whistle.
Custodian Joe Walsh continues to settle in well between the posts since his transition
from a forward role while the full-back trio consisting of Kevin Tattan, Paudie
Higgins and Barry Fitzgerald provided excellent cover, with Paudie just off the plane
from some exotic location abroad but showing no signs of jet-lag! David Whelehan,
despite being just out of juvenile ranks, uses his physical strength to great effect and
is not afraid to get stuck in while Anthony Walsh put in his usual hour of hard graft
before retiring injured towards the end.
Team: Joe Walsh; Kevin Tattan, Padraig Higgins, Barry Fitzgerald; John Paul Ivers,
Daniel Moynihan, David Whelehan; Anthony Walsh, Brian Hartnett; Ian Smiddy,
Seamus Kearney, Tadgh Crowley; Chris Scanlon, Eoin Ivers, Brian Crowley.
Subs: Derek Crowley, Colin Crowley, Eoin McGrath, Andrew Hartnett.

Bereavement:
It was with regret that we learned of the death last week of a former great clubman,
Paddy Egan of Monagurra, Shanagarry. A brother of the late Micky, Philly and Jackie
who all hurled with distinction with the club in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Paddy was
an outstanding administrator and served in a variety of positions, including that of
chairman, selector, etc. A well-deserved guard of honour was provided by the club
at both the removal and funeral and the flag-draped coffin was shouldered through
the village by former colleagues and club personnel. To his wife Kitty, daughter
Catherine, sister Margaret and other relatives and close friends, we wish to extend our
deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.