O'Dwyers & Beann Eadair in Football

posted Oct 5, 2014, 2:35 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Oct 6, 2014, 1:00 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]
Raheny U8s - Group 1

 Venue:            St. Annes 12A
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherWindy and sunny

Raheny Green

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: Brendan Shovlin, John Strain & Niall Watters.

SquadConor Watters, Joe Bonar, Colin McAweeney, Cathal Shovlin, Mathew Dowdall, Mathew Grant, Dylan Strain and Adam Robinson

Today was a strange one, both Raheny teams were playing at home at the same time. Thus the mentors had to ensure that we set up four and not just two pitches. While Group 2 played Beann Eadair, Group 1 took on Balbriggan's O'Dwyers. 

In the first match, the Green team got straight into their stride. Great midfield play from John Broderick resulted in a pulsating start and two points. He was ably assisted in midfield by Adam Robinson with Dylan and Joe up front looking to get on the end of some of the high balls coming in from midfield. Goalkeeper in the first half, Conor Watters, reflected Raheny's dominance by not touching the ball. At half time, O'Dwyers brought on a player, number 21, who had arrived late and this fine player made a big difference to the game. He reeled off a number of points. The Green's mentors noticed the change in the game, and Collin McAweeney was duly asked to shadow O'Dwyer's star player and the Balbriggan outfit scored just one more point. Mathew Dowdall, Cathal Shovlin and Mathew Grant all tried to increase Raheny's score but it was too late. Mathew and John clashed heads while working the midfield, both were brave despite the bruising and carried on. The final ball of the game was high and looped just over our goalkeeper to give O'Dwyers a goal. 

In the second game of the day, the greens played the other O'Dwyers team. This time we were given some notice from the Red team about who to look out for. However, the Greens took control early on with some great driving play from Colin McAweeney, John Broderick, Conor Watters and Mathew Dowdall. Raheny racked up eight points to O'Dwyers one goal and one point overall. There were two starmen: John Broderick scored an amazing seven points and Mathew Dowdall one (Mathew hit the cross bar twice also in a great personal show). As the Green's were so strong, starman John Broderick was moved into goal for most of the second half and he was only evaded by a wicked deflection for an O'Dwyers goal. Raheny ran out comfortable winners with eight points to one goal and one point.

A great morning's work: remember lads keep focusing on tackling, passing, marking and positioning - well done.

Raheny Red

Report By: Tony O'Grady

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

Squad: Ultan Fitzpatrick, Brian Murray, Luke Kelly, Mathew Brigdale, Callum McNamara-Ryan, Tiarnán O'Brien Dan O'Grady, Ciaran Kerrisk & Jack Codd.

After a night of heavy rain the clouds cleared to reveal a blue sky and cooler temperatures for the visit of O’Dwyer’s to pitch 12a. The overnight rain produced a soft playing surface but the first match was still a game full of scoring chances for Raheny created mainly by the hard work of Ultan, Ciarán and Luke in midfield. In the first few minutes, Ciarán scored a fine point from a 45 and Dan and Jack contributed a point apiece to leave the score 0-3 to 0-0 at half time. The scores dried up for Raheny in the second half but stout defending by Brian and Tiarnán meant the boys ran out winners on a final score line of 0-3 to 1-1.

The second game was an altogether different affair and was notable for a fine performance by one of the O’Dwyer’s midfielders. Within the first four minutes he was responsible for 2-2 from play which left the Raheny boys stunned. But to their great credit they managed to stem the flow of scores and they gradually got to grips with the strong running and accurate passing of their opponents. A towering performance by Matthew in defence where he pulled off a textbook block was a highlight of the game. Jack made a couple of fine saves in the second half to keep O’ Dwyer’s scoreless and with his accurate distribution the Raheny lads managed to put a couple of scores on the board through Dan and Ciarán. The game finished 3-3 to 0-2 in favour of O’ Dwyer’s but this does not reflect the great effort the lads made to recover from a difficult start and ultimately dominate the second half.

Raheny U8s - Group 2

 Venue:            St. Annes Pitch 12A
 Throw In: 10
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherWindy and sunny

Raheny Orange

Report By: Tony Lawless

Mentors: Paul Nolan, Tony Lawless and Padraig Kent

Squad: Oscar Thomas, Martin Bishop, Ryan Kent, Max Osbourne, Adam Savage, Alex Morrissey, Jamie Nolan, Evan Wynne & Matt Lawless

A home game for Raheny Orange this week. Favourable, dry weather conditions with a warm breeze from the south-west prevailed. It was clear from the start that both teams were evenly matched with much of the early battles being fought in the middle of the pitch. Eventually, Rahney opened the scoring after some good passing which ended with a neat point by Matt Lawless. With the first score under their belt Raheny settled into a good rhythm. Accurate kick outs by Evan Wynne and good team work from Max Osbourne and Martin Bishop saw Alex Morrisey & Jamie Nolan both  score vital goals. Binn Eadair made a gallant fight back but ran out of time. However having scored a goal & a point Binn Eadair kept pressing to the end. Raheny defence held strong and ended the game with the final score of the match. Final score Raheny 2:3 Binn Eadair 1:1

With new team positions allocated it took Raheny time to settle into their second match. A strong Binn Eadair side played into the wind in the first half and still managed to score three points. Again most of the game was played in the middle of the pitch with very little space available to the players due to a shorter than usual pitch. Adam Savage, Ryan Kent & Martin Bishop in the Raheny defence were busy with Jamie Nolan & Oscar Thomas working hard in mid field to contain an energised Binn Eadair team. Raheny never got moving in this match and although there were some close misses the team failed to register a score. Final score: Raheny 0:0 Binn Eadair 1:6

Raheny Blue

Report By: Donni Rossi

Mentors: Donni Rossi, Ciaran Doherty & Conor Pitts

Squad: Joseph Doherty, Cian Rossi, James Pitts, Joseph Doherty, Finn Brassil, Sam Mitchell, Adam Roberts and Rudi Kellett-Whelan

In the first game the blue team were pitted against a well drilled Beann Eadair side. Beann Eadair slotted over the first few scores. The blue team really got going in the second half. With some super defending from Finn and Cian. Great running and fielding in mid field from Adam, Joe and Ryan. While Rudi and James got busy up front. Great scores from Adam and Finn kept the blue team in the hunt however a few well taken points from Beann Eadair sealed it in the end.

In our second game of the day, the effort for the Raheny boys was fantastic. The first half was very evenly matched. With scores coming from both sides. Some super goal keeping from Sam kept the visitors out. In the second half Beann Eadair got two early scores and Raheny replied with one of their own. However the clock just ran out and Beann Eadair edged the win. Well done boys, Great effort from everyone. See you next week.