Hurling & Football News - 2002
As the game got underway, our concerns were shown to be well founded. Mearnog were clearly not going to roll over, and had players with strength, speed and energy to cause plenty of trouble. Raheny got the first score - a fine shot by Eoghan B blasting past the Mearnog keeper. But Mearnog were quickly back on level terms, as a free in front of the posts sneaked in under the bar. From there it was a tough battle, but Raheny kept their side of the scoreboard ticking over with points. Despite warnings before the game started, we were certainly guilty of not "taking our points", on too many occasions going for unlikely goals against a sharp Mearnog keeper. At half time, we were aout 6 points up, but knew we'd have to stay sharp in the second half.
Leo came on from the bench in the seond half, and showed that striker's instinct, blasting home another goal from close range. And as the free count started to rise in Raheny's favour, Mr Murphy put the "Mark" in "marksmanship", knocking over a series of points to move us well clear. A few more scuffles in front of the Mearnog posts unfortunately did not yield any more goals, but the final score of Raheny 2-12 to Mearnog 1-1 gave us plenty to be happy about.
The win puts us at 5th in the table, 2 points below Plunketts (who were beaten today by Thomas Davis), and 2 points clear of Faughs (beaten today by Clontarf). Clontarf will now definitely win this league, with an impressive 11 wins from 13 games so far. Cuala and Thomas Davis play each other in their final game, which will decide second place and the other promotion spot. N Mearnog and Ballinteer will finish in the bottom 2 spots. Plunketts, oursleves and Faughs can tussle for the mid-table placings.
To be done...
Final score: Skerries 8-13 to Raheny 2-7
Man-of-the-match: Fiachra McAodha
Raheny made a great start to this game, putting the ball in the Westmanstown net with less than 2 minutes on the clock. This Westmanstown team were not making anything easy for our forwards, so every score was well earned. The fight to re-gain possession whenever we lost it began right up in our forward line, with Conor E winning some great turnovers, and showing composure in ront of the posts. We went in 2-6 to no score at half-time, and to be honest felt we should have been further ahead but for some wayward shooting.
There was no let-up in te committment by Westmanstown in the second half, and they did put a few scores on the board. Raheny brough on some fresh legs, and we were happy to welcome Adam Mg back after a long spell out with injury.
Final score was Raheny 3-10 to Westmanstown 1-2.
This result puts us in joint second place in the division, level on points with Westmanstown and Sylvesters, with Na Fianna just 2 points further back. So with 3 games to go, the promotion battle in this division is looking interesting!
Man-of-the-match: Conor English
The battle to climb clear of the relegation places and prove our credentials in Division 2 continues! Plunketts had beaten us fairly convincingly back in April, so we knew we'd have to be at our best. To add some pressure, Ballinteer had beaten Faughs the evening before, and suddenly they were only a point behind us on the table. So not taking a point or 2 from this game would put us under serious pressure.
Raheny started brightly and got the first score. From there it was a very tight game. Matthew L did an excellent job marking Plunkett's top player, severely limiting his impact on the game (and earning a bloody leg for his efforts!). Some top marksmanship by Thomas H and Mark M in the centre of the field and half-forward line saw Raheny slowly start to eke out a lead. The half-time score was Raheny 3-7 to Plunketts 1-8.
Raheny kept the pressure on for the whole second half, responding to every Plunketts score with a brace of their own, and eventually ran out comfortable winners, with the full-time score Raheny 4-14 to Plunketts 2-9. And as Plunketts are one of the quality teams of this division, it proves this team has the ability to succeed at this level.
The result moved us back to 3 points above Ballinteer with just 2 games remaining. One upside of Ballinteer's win over Faughs is that we're now level with Faughs on points in joint 5th place in the division, and the final 2 games give us an opportunity to finish a little further up into the mid-table.
Man-of-the-match: Thomas Hurley
Same opposition, same pitch, but a very different result!!
These 2 teams played each other earlier in the season, also on pitch 29, but on that ocassion, the Donabate team taught Raheny a lesson in goal-scoring, and drove away from St Annes with a pretty hefty win. But the Raheny team they met this time really turned things around.
Again with great support from the U-12 squad, we were able to field a full XV, and a couple of subs. We were also delighted to see Leo "'tis but a scratch!" Fallon back after a lengthy lay-off with a broken leg. The conditions were good, but our start was a little shaky. The early stages saw a quite a few fumbles and some wayward shooting when in front of goal. But with the bulk of possession, the omens for Raheny were good. Even when we lost the ball, the commitment to get it back was definitely there. And slowly, despite wastefullness in front of the posts, we started to build up a lead. After some wise words at half-time, the lads came back out for the second half and immediately we saw improvement, especially in our shooting. The lads took their points, and when the opportunities presented themselves, didnt hesitate about netting the ball. John Blundell put in a great performance in the middle of the park, making some great runs and smart passes. Leo in the first half, followed by James McManus in the second, did a great job in goal, keeping a clean sheet.
The end score-line was Raheny 4-5 to St Patricks Donabate 0-8. A great win for the lads, and a real confidence-booster going into the last few league games of 2015.
The U13-A footballers won 55 out of 60 minutes of their match against St Olaf’s on Saturday. Unfortunately there are days when 55 out of 60 is not enough and they ended up 6 points down at the end losing 2-9 to 5-6.
The travelling team hit the ground running from the get go and Raheny, a little sleepy at the outset, managed to concede 3 goals in almost as many minutes. Having received a rude wake-up call they rallied well and took the play to St Olaf’s. Matthew Lodge, Ruairi Walshe (replaced by Ben McGuirk) and John Sherlock defended strongly at the back and Luke Browne’s kick-outs expertly found our half backs (Jamie Herbert, Tom O’Donnell, and Matthew Dodd) and mid-field (Mark Murphy and Leon Coakley).
Jamie Herbert and John Sherlock were lightning quick, making excellent runs to bring the ball to the Raheny forwards where point by point they started to work their way back. Conor English had a terrific game and was outstanding in Raheny’s first half fight back. Eoghan Baldwin and Thomas Hurley took the frees with great composure whilst Ben Roberts and Luke Fox were very solid against strong opposition in half forward and full forward. Just as we might have been about to flag, the U12’s Adam MacAweeney came on to score a cracking goal for Raheny and Eoin Dollard arrived to increase our fire power. Thomas Moriarty put in a supberb performance - by sheer force of will he was determined to change the game and tirelessly worked the ball across Olaf’s box a number of times but unfortunately the ball stubbornly managed to avoid the back of the net. A tough result for the team despite a very good game of football.
On Saturday afternoon, the Raheny U-13 Hurlers travelled southside to Cuala's Thomastown pitch. We knew this would be a challenging game - Cuala were ranked 3rd and definitely an in-form team in Division 2 judging by recent results. But the sun was shining, and we had a full squad out with 3 subs, and the Raheny lads were definitely up for it.
Cuala won the toss and opted to play with the fairly strong breeze for the first half. From the off, this was a high-intensity game, with Tom O'Donnell and Mark Murphy in particular showing tremendous energy in Raheny's mid-field. Cuala put the first score on the board, and overall showed very good accuracy from range and great passing skill. Raheny responded well though, and having played against the wind, we felt we were in reasonably good shape at the break, just 5 points behind at 0-8 to 0-3.
Shortly after play resumed, Cuala put the ball in the Raheny net, to pull 8 points clear. The Raheny lads put up a fierce defence, with the full-back line of Donal O'Byrne, Matthew Lodge and John Sherlock deserving real credit. As the game wore on, Cuala continued to pick off excellent scores from distance. Raheny were more-or-less matching them for points, but another goal by Cuala put them further ahead. There were a couple of goal-mouth scrambles in front of the Cuala posts that should have reduced the deficit, but lady luck was not smiling on the team in maroon, and the net eluded us.
It finished Cuala 2-13 to Raheny 9 points, respectable but not quite good enough! At least we had the Dublin-Mayo semi-final replay to look forward to, and the result from Croker certainly raised the spirits of most.
Man-of-the-Match: Jamie Herbert, Mark Murphy & Leon Coakley joint winners.
This was another important game for this Raheny team, against a strong Ballymun team, with a particularly potent attack, competing for places at the upper end of the league table. Before the summer, Raheny scored a narrow win over Ballymun at home in a real hum-dinger of a game on Pitch 10, so we weren't expecting an easy return fixture!
We arrived in good time to the pitch in Poppintree Park, only to find that it was double-booked with a Setanta Camogie game. Fortunately, Kickham's astro pitch at their clubhouse was available, so we hopped back in the cars and made our way out towards the airport. Shortly before throw-in, unexpected re-inforcements arrived in the form of three of the under-12 squad fresh from the Camaint finals in Parnell Park.
The sky was looking ominous, with rumblings of thunder, and sure enough, the heavens opened as soon the ref got the game started. While those on the sideline grabbed raincoats and huddled beneath rebellious umbrellas, the players found themselves squinting into horizontal hailstones (ahhhh, Ireland in August!). After a few minutes of play, the ref had to suspend play temporarily until the worst of it passed. When play resumed, players & spectators alike were pretty soggy, but the tempo of the game soon put it out of everyone's mind. Sodden ball, pitch and gloves made for difficult conditions, with plenty of uncharacteristic slips and errors. But the Raheny boys seemed the hungrier team from the start, and seemed to cope with the conditions that bit better. With good defensive work from both sides, the first score took some time arriving, but it was Raheny who got it. We never relinquished the lead from then on, going in with a healthy lead at half time.
Ballymun enjoyed a good perod of pressure at the Raheny end after the restart, but some excellent defensive work meant they got little return on the scoreboard. Raheny continued to work the ball out of defense well, and kept the score board ticking over. Fiachra came on just after the restart, and put tremendous pressure on his opposite number all the way into the corners. Subbing on our Under-12 "galacticos" - Brian, Conor and Adam - seemed reinvigorated the Raheny attack, and in the end we came through winners with an impressive scoreline of Ballymun 3-7 to Raheny 7-9.
This result was the 3rd win in a row for this Raheny football team, and temporarily put us top of the Division 3 league table (until the days other results come through - we're really sitting second or third), with a very healthy points difference of 94 for the season so far. The top 6 teams in this division are all pretty tightly bunched though, so with 5 games remaining, its still wide open.
This division 2 match was a a big, big game for Raheny's U-13 hurling team. Before the game, Ballinteer were 2 points below Raheny in the league table, and a win for them would have put the 2 clubs level on points, and make relegation to division 3 next year a real risk for Raheny. It really made this game a "4 pointer", and a must-win for both teams.
We had a full squad out, with only a couple of regulars missing. The first half was a tight affair. Raheny seemed to have the greater number of scoring chances, but a high-dropping ball from Ballinteer ended up in the Raheny net, and did put Ballinteer a point up at one stage. At half time, the score was 1-3 to 1-1 in Raheny's favour, so it was still anybody's game.
Raheny upped the intensity in the second half, and with constant pressure on the Ballinteer goal, Raheny eventually began to pull clear. Ballinteer were limited to 2 points in the second half, while Raheny put in 1-5, to make an aggregate 2-8 to 1-3 win.
We had a number of players from Raheny U-12s, which meant we could field a full XV plus subs. The support we've received from the U-12 squad has been fantastic all year, and especially over the summer with U-13 regulars missing due to vacation etc. Also the support on the sideline this weekend was fantastic.