2019 - J A Hurling Championship - Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Russell Rovers (1 - 16) VS Lisgoold (1 - 14)
Date Saturday 10 August 2019
Time 19.00
Venue Killeagh
Referee Ger Scully
Competition J A Hurling Championship Hurling Championship
Round 5
  Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Kieran Murphy Match Report

Josh Beausang stars as champions Russell Rovers progress to JAHC SF

Champions die hard and Russell Rovers just proved that without a shadow of doubt defeating Lisgoold 1-16-1-13 in the East Cork Junior Hurling Championship. Three scores in a thirty five minute period and a goal conceded with what was nearly the last puck of the first half for Rovers could have spelled the end of their championship hopes however they battled until the end managing four points on the trot in the closing stretch of the game to win by two points. There was only one man of the match, Josh Beausang, 1-12 from the forward while also supplying two points for his teammates!

The game began with superb scores from both sides, with the first score being the pick of them, courtesy of a sideline from Beausang. Liam O’Shea leveled the game straight from the next puck out. However the first ten minutes without a shadow of a doubt were owned by the man wearing number 10, Josh Beausang. Scoring four points and setting up another as Rovers raced into a three point lead. Kieran Walsh was the beneficiary of the great setup while John Cashman scored Lisgoolds second point of the game. With ten minutes of play gone Rovers led 0-5-0-2. 

The game slowed down significantly in the next ten minutes with only one score in that stretch of game. John Cashman scored his second after fourteen minutes of play to bring the game back to two. Four scores on the bounce in quick succession for Lisgoold saw them take the lead for the first time in fixture. Two from Cathal Hickey and one each from John Cashman and Liam O Shea scored the points which saw them take control. Kevin Moynihan and Beausang replied in injury time to level the game. It looked as if the sides would go in level pegging however Lisgoold had other ideas, A ball was floated from the sideline by Lisgood into the goal line,  goalkeeper Ross Walsh went to catch it however was beaten to it by center forward Jack Ryan, as the ball found its way into the back of the net. The sides went in at half time with a goal between them, Lisgoold led 1-7-0-7, despite playing against the wind which Rovers benefited greatly from as it allowed Walsh to find just outside the 21 from puck outs.

Lisgoold continued their momentum at the start of the second half, scoring three unanswered points as they drove six points ahead. A sideline from Liam O Shea, which nearly topped Josh’s effort in the first half, and two points from Cashman gave Lisgoold a healthy lead. However in the space of five minutes the game was back to a point. The late late show was yet to come for the champions however the Josh Beausang Show was in full flow, as he scored 1-2 to bring the game back to a point.

Lisgoold showed great drive, responding from the next puck out with a point from Jack Ryan. Neither side could away, with the teams trading scores as the game entered  the home stretch. With 5 minutes to play Lisgoold led by two after two scores in a row from first John Cashman and then from Jack Ryan, but no one in Pairc Ui Cinneide could have predicted what was to come next. As the Josh Beausang show neared it’s conclusion, the late late show from Russell Rovers began.Two points from Josh Beausang and one each from Kevin Moynihan and Brian Hartnett sealed the champions spot in the final four where they will face the winners of Erins Own and St Itas.

Plenty of positives for Lisgoold as they bow out of championship, the half forwards line in particular was superb. Liam O Shea, Cathal Hickey and Jack Ryan all linked up really well while John Cashman was great as usual .There was only one man of the match however and that was  Josh Beausang, 1-12 out of 1-16 scored while also setting up two points for his teammates, winning 5 frees also proving a menace for the Lisgoold backs. Rovers were really tested however they overcame the challenge like the champions they are. It ended in the East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Russell Rovers 1-16-1-14 Lisgoold.

Russell Rovers scorers; Josh Beausang 1-12(0-7f), Kevin Moynihan 0-2, Kieran Walsh 0-1, Brian Hartnett 0-1.

Lisgoold scorers; John Cashman 0-7(6f), Jack Ryan 1-2, Liam O’Shea 0-3, Cathal Hickey 0-2.