2019 - J A Hurling Championship - Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Carraig na bhFear (0 - 16) VS Russell Rovers (1 - 16)
Date Sunday 08 September 2019
Time 18.00
Venue Lisgoold
Referee James Hennessy
Competition J A Hurling Championship Hurling Championship
Round 7
  Jamesy Kelleher Cup

Kieran Murphy Match Report

Russell Rovers successfully defend JAHC crown thanks to 62nd minute goal

Russell Rovers have successfully defended their East Cork crown, defeating Carraig Na BhFear in a close game 1-16–0-16 with a goal from Luke Duggan Murray in the 62nd minute winning the game for the men from Shanagarry.

There was nothing between the sides in the opening quarter. The teams traded points in the first fifteen, with Russell Rovers just outscoring their opposition 0-6-0-4.James Forde notched the first score of the game for Carraig Na BhFear after a minute. While Brendan Murphy, John Forde and Tommy Geaney all opened their accounts. On the other side Josh Beausang scores all of Rovers first five points. Brian Hartnett also made his presence known as he put over Rovers sixth score.

In the first spell of real dominance, Carraig Na BhFear took the game by the scruff of the neck ,over the next ten minutes scoring 6 out of the next seven scores. David Sweeney and Paul Murphy scores their first points of the encounter while John Forde added to his tally. In the final five minutes of the first half, Russell Rovers regained their composure scoring the final three points of the half courtesy of Hartnett and Beausang.

At half time it was level pegging, Russell Rovers 0-10-0-10 Carraig Na BhFear, notably all ten of Rovers scores came thanks to Brian Hartnett and Josh Beausang. 

It was much of the same story in the second half with the game firmly in the balance. The first score of the second half came thanks to Aaron Dorgan after four minutes of the second. John Forde added another minutes later before the defending champions put over four consecutive points. Brian Hartnett was at the for front scoring two of those points. Heading into the final ten minutes of play the side in black and amber led 0-14-0-12. In the closing phase John Forde was clinical scoring three crucial points while Murphy added another. Beausang put over two more scores for Rovers in the closing period as the game was finally posed heading into injury. It was level at 0-14-0-14. 

With two minutes of injury time gone on clock, Beausang made a stunning run before passing it inside to Luke Duggan Murray who made no mistake. The saying champions die hard was yet again proved by Rovers as it finished in the Jamesy Kelleher Cup Final Russell Rovers 1-16-0-16 Carraig Na BhFear. Josh Beausang was man of the match after scoring ten points.