3rd October 2015: Raheny vs Naomh Mearnog (Hurling)

posted Oct 3, 2015, 4:42 PM by Ken Lodge   [ updated Oct 3, 2015, 4:42 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]
This was the second last hurling league fixture for 2015, and a golden opportunity for Raheny to guarantee their place in Division 2 in 2016, as a win today would remove the possibility of relegation.  Mearnog, on just 4 points for their season so far,  were already destined for relegation, but we knew that taking a win here for granted would be foolish.

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.