Russell Rovers book ticket to Croke Park with extra-time win over Micheál Breathnach

Two east Cork clubs will be involved in the All Ireland club finals on Saturday week in a Croke Park double header after Russell Rovers got the better of Micheál Breathnach

Russell Rovers book ticket to Croke Park with extra-time win over Micheál Breathnach

[team1]Russell Rovers (Cork)[/team1][score1]1-26[/score1][team2]Micheál Breathnach (Galway)[/team2][score2]1-15[/score2][/score]

Two east Cork clubs will be involved in the All Ireland club finals on Saturday week in a Croke Park double header after Russell Rovers got the better of Micheál Breathnach in the All Ireland junior hurling championship semi-final today in Kilmallock to book their place in the decider against Conahy Shamrocks of Kilkenny.

They will join their next-door neighbours, Fr O’Neill’s who qualified to meet another Kilkenny side Tullaroan yesterday in the intermediate final.

Russell Rovers needed man-of-the-match Brian Bud Hartnett to land an equalising point from a difficult free in the fifth minute of stoppage to force extra time. Their return of 1-6 in the first period of extra time proved to be the difference. Huge credit to Hartnett who took over the free-taking duties due to the absence of the injured Josh Beausang.

In a hugely entertaining clash, the sides were level 0-4 apiece after quarter of an hour.

Points from James Kennifick, Kevin Moynihan and Hartnett (who led the way with 12 points) pushed Russell Rovers 0-8 to 0-5 up.

Micheál Breathnach fought back through Breandán Ó Conghaile and Ronán Mac Donnacha to come within one. But Russell pulled away again to lead 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.

The Cork side dominated exchanges after the interval. At the three-quarter stage they led 0-15 to 0-9, and with five minutes remaining were four to the good.

When Micheál Breathnach were presented with a rare goal chance, Ronán Ó Beoláin obliged for the Galway team to take the lead by two one minute from time. A pair of Hartnett frees saved Russell Rovers’ day.

A goal in the first minute of extra time from James Kennefick saw the Munster men dominate the rest of the exchanges.

They added six points to go 1-24 to 1-15 ahead. In the second period of extra time Hartnett and Kevin Walsh added points while they also managed to keep the opposition scoreless.

Scorers for Russell Rovers: B Hartnett (0-12, 0-6 frees), J Kennefick (1-1), K Walsh and K Moynihan (0-4 each), L Duggan Murray (0-3), C Ruddy and K Tattan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Micheál Breathnach: R Ó Beoláin (1-2), B Ó Conghaile (0-4), M Ó Conghaile (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 65), R Mac Donnacha and E Ó Conghaile (0-1 each).

Russell Rovers: R Walsh; E O’Sullivan, P Lane, K O’Brien; K Tattan, JP Ivers, C Ruddy; J Kennifick, K Walsh; D Moynihan (Capt), D O’Brien, J McGrath; L Duggan Murray, K Moynihan, B Hartnett.

Subs: B Whelehan for J McGrath (44 inj) E McGrath for K Walsh (52 inj), K Walsh for D O’Brien (65), J McGrath for B Whelehan (70), D O’Brien for JP Ivers (72), J Ahern for K O’Brien (73).

Micheál Breathnach: C Ó Conghaile; M Ó Béarra, S Mac Giolla Bhríde, F Ó Béarra; A Ó Tuathail, M Ó Conghaile, S Ó Feinneadha; R Mac Donnacha, C Mac Giolla Bhríde (Capt); D Ó hÉallaithe, O Ó Ceallaigh, S Denvir; E Ó Conghaile, R Ó Beoláin, B Ó Conghaile.

Subs: L Mac Donnacha for M Ó Béarra (15 inj), R Ó Béarra for A Ó Tuathail (42), C Ó Griallais for E Ó Conghaile (44), R Óg Ó Béarra for D Ó hÉallaithe (62), M Ó Duibhir for C Ó Griallais (70), A Ó Tuathail for F Ó Béarra (77).

Referee: Kevin Brady (Louth).

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CourtsGaaCork GAAPlace: Croke ParkPlace: GalwayPlace: ParkPlace: KilmallockPlace: KilkennyPlace: LouthPerson: Fr O’NeillPerson: Brian Bud HartnettPerson: HartnettPerson: Josh BeausangPerson: James KennifickPerson: Kevin MoynihanPerson: Micheál BreathnachPerson: Breandán Ó ConghailePerson: Ronán Mac DonnachaPerson: RussellPerson: Ronan Ó BeoláinPerson: James KennefickPerson: Kevin WalshPerson: B HartnettPerson: J KennefickPerson: K WalshPerson: K MoynihanPerson: L Duggan MurrayPerson: C RuddyPerson: K TattanPerson: R Ó BeoláinPerson: B Ó ConghailePerson: M Ó ConghailePerson: R Mac DonnachaPerson: E Ó ConghailePerson: R WalshPerson: E O’SullivanPerson: P LanePerson: K O’BrienPerson: JP IversPerson: J KennifickPerson: D MoynihanPerson: D O’BrienPerson: J McGrathPerson: B WhelehanPerson: E McGrathPerson: J AhernPerson: C Ó ConghailePerson: M Ó BéarraPerson: S Mac Giolla BhrídePerson: F Ó BéarraPerson: A Ó TuathailPerson: S Ó FeinneadhaPerson: C Mac Giolla BhrídePerson: D Ó hÉallaithePerson: O Ó CeallaighPerson: S DenvirPerson: L Mac DonnachaPerson: R Ó BéarraPerson: C Ó GriallaisPerson: R Óg Ó BéarraPerson: M Ó DuibhirPerson: C ÓPerson: Kevin BradyEvent: All Ireland junior hurling championship semi-finalOrganisation: Russell RoversOrganisation: Micheál BreathnachOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: BreathnachOrganisation: East CorkOrganisation: Conahy ShamrocksOrganisation: TullaroanOrganisation: GalwayOrganisation: Russell Rovers’Organisation: Munster
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