19th September 2015: Raheny vs N Oliver Plunkett ER (Hurling)

posted Oct 2, 2015, 5:15 PM by Ken Lodge   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 5:40 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]

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