Na Fianna - Football - Away - 20/6/15

posted Jun 22, 2015, 1:27 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 1:48 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]

Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Collinstown
 Throw In: 10AM
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherWarm and sunny

Report by Brendan Shovlin

On a sunny morning, the Tigers lined out for the final football game of before the summer break in confident mood. Playing up the hill and into a slight wind, Jonny set the tone for the game with a skill point in the first minute for a block. It was great stuff to watch with everyone putting in a great effort. Joe Bonor playing in goals pulled off a number of saves, one in particular where he collected a long ball, had time to go and have a chat to dad Paul who was behind the goal before clearing a lovely ball out to the wing. Paul received Gas and Valium from doctors to try and calm him down but to no avail!!!! Defence was tight with Cian Brian and Caden repeatable repelling Na Fianna attacks and James, Dylan and Tiernan a constant threat the Tigers went in only 4 points down at half time.

The second half brought more pressure from the tigers with only some great Na Fianna defence denying them more scores. With Jonny gliding across the pitch like a gazelle in the Serengeti, Rudi again showing the best things coming in small packages and Luke Kelly kicking points from the half way line a victory was on the cards. However a few fortuitous frees allowed Na Fianna to pull away again and despite trying to the very end the Tigers could not pull back. Despite the narrow loss it was a great day for the tigers and they can be proud of the effort they have all put in this year where we won more than we lost. Enjoy the Summer, lads (Though we still have a hurling game left...Ed.)  


Report by Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Raheny Giants Faced a now familiar Na Fianna squad for their last football match before the summer break.  Raheny were caught out when Na Fianna came quick out of the blocks and stole a lead with a well taken point. Raheny sprung to life and quickly responded with a point from play scored by Rian.   Luke mc Cullough, Matt and Colin took control of the midfield and piled a lot more pressure on the Na Fianna goal.  This paid off with Raheny scoring 3 more points and a goal with scores by Cormac, Colin, Dan and Luke mC Cullough. Na Fianna made some great runs at Raheny’s goal on the break throughout this half but Ultan was solid as a rock as the last defender back and combined with a great display in goal from John they kept Na Fianna from scoring. 


In the second half Na Fianna had the wind behind them and the put a lot of pressure on the Raheny kick out.  Despite great defensive work from Sean and from Matt in goal, Na Fianna scored 4 points in this period.  In the last 10 minutes Raheny restored some order to their play with Colin and Luke Morgan putting in a lot of hard work to get the ball up to the Na Fianna goal against the strong wind. This paid off with Raheny scoring another 2 goals and a point. Despite being the stronger team for most of the match Raheny lost the game by a single point. Raheny showed great work and skill in recovering from a period of Na Fianna dominance and pushing the game right to the line. Well done to all the boys and all the coaches are looking forward to our next football match after the break.


Report by Niall Watters

Lions roared loudly today in sunny Collinstown, aurally mirroring the sound of jets going to and from the nearby airport. Na Fianna were down a referee so our own Paul Nolan took the whistle and played it straight down the line (though specsavers might get some mileage out of him in their next Ad., on the visual side of things). Anyhow, the lads lined up in their positions and took control of the game though the last pass and our shots were a bit off in the first quarter. Na Fianna scored first with a poachers goal, but after that Max Osborne and Martin Bishop took total control of the defence. At half time, Na Fianna went in marginally up but our goal keeper Cathal Shovlin coined a new phrase, the 'booty block' as he pointed out that he intentionally made some great saves with his backside. 

Not to panic, in the second half the Lions kept at it with Brian Murray joining the defence in the second half and following Max and Martin's strong lead in the art of defencing. Adam Roberts went forward and scored two goals. The attacking midfielder, Ciaran Kerrisk and the forward pair of Jamie Nolan and Conor Watters ripped the Na  Fianna defence apart with the passing and cross running play. Sam Mitchell played the defending midfielder well and was ably supported by Mathew Brigdale who improves with every game. In the end, Raheny Under 9s ran out comfortable winners by 2:7 (23) to 4:0 (4). Scorers on the day were Ciaran Kerrisk (9), Conor Watters (6), Adam Roberts (5) and Jamie Nolan (3). Well done lads great performance.