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.