V Na Fianna, Hurling, 13/6/15

posted Jun 15, 2015, 5:58 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 2:40 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]
Raheny U9s 

  
 Venue:            St. Annes Pitch 10
 Throw In: 11AM
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherWarm and sunny



Raheny Lions

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Raheny Giants

Report by: Tony O'Grady



Mentors: Niall Watters, Tony O'Grady and Tony Lawless

Squad: Cormac Baldwin, Dan O'Grady, John Broderick, Conor Watters, Adam Robinson, Ryan Kent, Matt Lawless and Jack Codd.

Raheny welcomed Na Fianna to pitch 10 on a beautiful morning for hurling and the Raheny Giants served up a feast of hurling that highlighted the progression this group of players has made this year. The Giants played into a stiff breeze in the first half but they created a host of chances and only for some wayward shooting and great goalkeeping by the Na Fianna keeper, they would have had a comfortable lead at half time. It was Ryan Kent’s first time playing with the Giants and he did not look out of place with a typically tenacious performance in the forward line setting up numerous scoring opportunities for his team. Any threat on the Raheny goal was quickly snuffed out by solid defending from Jack and Conor. Jack always shows great awareness of where the danger is coming from and throughout the first half he ensured his goalkeeper was well protected. Matt was faultless in goal and his distribution was excellent, picking out John and Cormac in the forward line with unerring accuracy. The game was scoreless at half time but the Giants were clearly the dominant team and it was only a matter of time before the floodgates opened.

The second half saw the Giants camped in the Na Fianna half of the field and the lads soon found their range with Conor getting on the end of a great ball from Cormac to finish to the net. Conor was a thorn in the side of the Na Fianna defence with his determination and skill on the ball and he doubled his and the teams score a few minutes later with another well taken goal. Adam was also in fine form in the forward line and on several occasions his battling qualities ensured that he won dirty ball to set up an attack. What was very satisfying to see was the range of skills the lads showed when the game switched to air hurling. The Giants have dominated against most teams this season when the ball is on the ground but have struggled at times when the game has switched to ‘all in’. This game was to be different however and as soon as the ref signalled the switch to air hurling Cormac’s speed to the breaking ball and great touch saw him score a great point on the run from out on the right. Dan managed to take advantage of the lack of pressure from Na Fianna players to bag 1-1 from play and both Dan and John made superb catches from Na Fianna puck-outs to add 2 skill points to the team’s total. Matt scored a beautiful point from a free to take the final score to 4-5 (2 skill points) to no score. The lads won this game as a result of their huge work rate and superior skills with the ball in hand. With this as a template for the rest of the season the Giants will be a match for any team they meet.


Raheny Tigers

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