Hurlers make it through to Semi final
Russell Rovers 1-11 Lisgoold 1-8
While only three points separated the sides at the final whistle, from early on this was a match in which Rovers dominated, despite a dramatic fight back by Lisgoold in the final five minutes. Played in ideal conditions at Shanagarry on Wednesday evening last and well controlled by referee James Hennessy, this was a match in which both teams played with great conviction and discipline in an entertaining hour’s hurling.
Tadhg Crowley hit over our first point in the 2nd minute and while this was cancelled out a minute later, Alan Cott was to strike over a free in the 5th minute which put us back in the lead. With Brian Crowley and Chris Ruddy having the better of the midfield exchanges and centre-back James Ahern flanked by Ricky Walsh and Seamus Kearney preventing any incursions by the Lisgoold attack and launching some good attacks of their own, there was a plentiful supply being fed into our forward line. Corner forwards Jack Beausang and Daire Healy hit over quality points in the 6th and 8th minutes and Beausang hit over his second three minutes later from an almost impossible end-line position. Centre-forward Colman Quinlan, hampered by a muscle injury, had to retire midway through the half but Philip White proved a worthy replacement and time after time took on the defence and delivered in some great ball. Lisgoold pulled one back from a free in the 18th minute but two minutes later full forward Brendan Kearney was on hand to pick up on a well directed shot by White to finish to the net for a Rovers goal. A converted free from Cott and a second point each from play by Daire Healy and Tadhg Crowley added to our tally. Healy’s point came about when Jack Beausang, minus his hurley, executed some skilful footwork by dribbling the sliotar in towards goal before unleashing a spectacular high kick off the ground that any inter-county footballer would be proud of. It struck the post high up with Healy on hand to convert the rebound. Crowley’s point from out on the wing came directly from a well measured puck-out by Chris Scanlon before a Lisgoold pointed free brought the half to a close with Rovers leading by 1-8 to 0-3.
While Tadhg Crowley and Jack Beausang were to add on points early in the second half, it was the visitors who did most of the pressing for the rest of the game but the Rovers defence held firm. The full-back line of Shane Casey, David Whelehan and particularly Aidan Beausang were outstanding and managed to hold Lisgoold to 3 points until the 25th minute when Brian Crowley had our final point from a well-struck free. In the meantime, Michael Furlong and James Moynihan had been introduced for Brendan Kearney and the injured Jack Beausang. Chris Scanlon was kept busy in goals and brought off some good saves including a double one in the 20th minute but had no chance when some loose play at the edge of the square saw Lisgoold grab a lifeline of a goal in the 29th minute after they had pointed from play a minute earlier. The seven minutes of injury time, necessitated by a number of stoppages for injuries, seemed like a lifetime for the Rovers supporters, but with disciplined defending by the home side, Lisgoold only managed to add on one more point from a free before the final whistle.
Team: Chris Scanlon, Aidan Beausang, Shane Casey (Capt), David Whelehan; Ricky Walsh, James Ahern, Seamus Kearney; Brian Crowley, Chris Ruddy; Alan Cott, Colman Quinlan, Tadhg Crowley; Jack Beausang, Brendan Kearney, Daire Healy.
Subs: Philip White, Michael Furlong, James Moynihan, Kieran Ivers, Donal Fitzgerald.
We face Castlemartyr in the semi-final and the likely date is Sunday, 31st August.
The Junior B football championship is set to commence on the week-end of 13th Sept.