Josh Beausang led the way in Russell Rovers' provincial victory

Josh Beausang led the way in Russell Rovers' provincial victory

Delighted Russell Rovers players and manager Michael Mannion during the presentation. Picture: Sean Byrne

JOSH BEAUSANG notched up 1-8 in Russell Rovers’ win in an historic AIB Munster Junior Club Championship final victory over the Waterford junior champions St Mary’s.

The brilliant Beausang matched his opponent’s total of 11 points for the afternoon on his own, which shows he’s a deadly weapon for the Shanagarry outfit.

The former Cork minor had the ball in the St Mary’s net after just 60 seconds of play and was 100% accurate with all five frees. Add in a side-line cut over the bar and two points from play and it really was a fantastic display.

“It was a tough first half for us playing into that kind of wind, it was tough but we started well and we tried to mix it up in the first half playing the low short ball passes, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.”

Level at half time, Rovers came out with intent in the second half and really opened up the Waterford champions.

“We were trying to push forward more in the second half and they didn’t really drop a man back and that really suited us.

“That meant we were able to play it in long and that suited us too and thank God the frees went over, some days you can miss five or six of them.”

Bud Hartnett had a point and a goal on the 52nd minute and Beausang felt this was the turning point in the match.

“It was the moment that changed the match, that’s what you get from Bud, he is that class of player and it was no surprise to see him do just that.

“We have a great bunch of players in the team and at the start of the year winning an East Cork medal, a Cork County medal and now a Munster medal wasn’t out of the question really, we believe in what we can do on the pitch and if it comes right we are always capable with the bunch we have.”

From winning their first Cork County final to the new success of Munster triumph it may take a while for Beausang to realise what his club has just achieved.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, it will take a bit of time I suppose when we get a chance to look back and think about it. Making history for our club is special because I suppose we really didn’t at this level have any history on the field up until now and it is great for the club and for everyone associated with Russell Rovers.

“I won’t think about the next match right now, we will just enjoy this moment and get over the Christmas first.”

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