Back to back Junior A hurling titles for Russell Rovers


The superb Lisgoold venue hosted the 2019 East Cork Oil Sponsored, East Cork Junior “A” hurling final, where Carraig na bhFear, bidding for a third success took on Russell Rovers who were bidding for a second title and back to back wins in the East Cork Final.

Both sides had impressed in different ways on the run into this final, with Carraig na bhFear putting their games to bed early while in contrast Russell Rovers have had to come from behind to secure their place so a thrilling final was in prospect with Dungourney official Jim Hennessey in charge of the final.

It did not disappoint and for the neutral in the crowd it was a tremendous contest going right down to the wire with Luke Duggan-Murray coming up with a winning goal deep into injury time to give the Shanagarry men a thrilling victory.

The sides were level on nine occasions as the lead changed hands with both sides having some terrific individual displays on a night that produced some quite magnificent hurling by two well matched sides.

Referee Jim Hennessey also added to the enjoyment with his common-sense approach and as a result we were treated to a classic contest. Wing back James Forde opened the scoring for Carraig na bhFear, but Josh Beausang levelled matters from a free. Then centre back Timmy Geaney strode forward to convert for Carraig before two more from Beausang had Russell Rovers in front for the first time.

Read the full match coverage inside the latest issue of Midleton & District News.

Photo credit: Denis O’Flynn