Croabh Chiarain Away, Sept. 6th 2014

posted Sep 8, 2014, 1:26 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 3:17 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]
Raheny (Group 1) v Craobh Chiarain - Football

 Venue:            Maypark
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherWarm and Sunny

Raheny Green

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: Niall Watters, John Strain and Brendan Shovlin

SquadConor Watters, John Broderick, Colin McAweeney, Cathal Shovlin, Jamie Nolan, Joseph Doherty, Mathew Dowdall, Mathew Grant and Adam Robinson

Raheny Green travelled to play Craobh Chiarain on a warm, sunny Saturday morning in Maypark. Maypark was only a stones throw from Parnell Park where many of the under 8s attended Raheny Juniors triumph in the C County Final the night before. Craobh were Group 2's first football opposition in February and on that day, their lads outshone ours. Thus, we expected a very competitive game from Craobh and so it proved. 

In the first match, it was very tight throughout. Raheny fought for every ball just as their mentors had asked them to do before hand. John Broderick had a tour de force and scored the Green’s opening point in the first half and that score remained the difference until half time. In the second half, it was equally tight and Craobh eventually got a point back. Adam Robinson played great at the back and held the line well. Colin McAweeney was proving to be a threat in midfield and up front. The greens should have won this game but a late high ball evaded our goal keeper with the sun in his eyes and Craobh ran out winner by 4 (1.1) points to 3.

The second game was even more competitive. Raheny began the game quickly and scored early points from the excellent John Broderick, opportunist’s goal from poacher Conor Watters and another point from Jamie Nolan. Craobh came back strongly at the start of the second half, they were foiled most of the time by great defending from Matt Dowdall and Joseph Doherty. Cathal Shovlin and Mathew Grant put in a good shift as midfielders. However, as Craobh picked off a few points, Raheny missed a few frees during the latter half of the second half. There was unfortunately a series of disappointing refereeing decisions that raised an eye brow or two on the Raheny side, but the boys battled and battled on. In the end, Craobh won by a single score and Raheny were unlucky not to get their heads in front. This was a huge improvement on the earlier experience with Craobh from February and proved how far they boys have come. At the start of the morning, the mentors asked the boys not to give an inch and to battle for each and every ball, they boys did this and - to their credit  - were very, very close to strong and well drilled Craobh team.

Raheny Red

Report By: Tony O'Grady

Mentors: Tony O'Grady, Joanne Kerrisk & Kevin Fitzpatrick.

SquadDan O'Grady, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Brian Murray, Jack Codd, Luke Kelly, Ciarán Kerrisk and Callum McNamara-Ryan, Tiarnán O'Brien and Luke McCullagh.

The Raheny Red boys lined up against Craobh Chiaráin on Saturday on their home patch in Maypark for what turned out to be two very competitive football matches. Craobh got off to a quick start in the first game and raced to a 3 point lead before some great midfield work by Luke McCullough and Ciarán Kerrisk resulted in a point by Dan O’ Grady. The Craobh lads continued to pile on the pressure but some heroic defending by Tiarnán O'Brien and a great save by Callum Mac kept Raheny in the game. The half time break gave the mentors a chance to tell the lads that a bigger effort was needed if they hoped to come out on top. In particular, the tackling and chasing back was the key to overcoming this strong Craobh side. The lads took the message on board and the second half performance was immense with Ultan Fitzpatrick tackling like a demon and not giving an inch to his opposite number. Raheny added extra points through Ultan and Luke Kelly but just fell short at the final whistle by two scores.

In the second game the boys dictated the pace of play from the very start. Luke McCullough marshalled a watertight defence and in midfield, Jack Codd’s clever distribution created plenty of scoring chances for Brian Murray and Calum Mac up front. As a result scores came much easier and there were some great points taken by Brian and Luke McCullough and a super 45 by Jack. Ciarán played in goal for the second half of this match and gave an exhibition of catching and long clearances that ensured the Craobh boys never got a foothold in the game. The game ended in a fine 4 points to 1 win for the Raheny boys and proved that hard work and a never-say-die attitude will bring its rewards.