19th October 2013




Raheny V Naomh Mearnóg: 19th Oct 2013

 
 Venue: Pitch No. 3, St Annes.
 Throw In:  10:30
 No. of Home Teams:  4
 No. of Visitor Teams:  4
 Weather: Dry, Warm, Light Wind
 Pitch Condition: Wet, Grass Long

Raheny Orange

Report By: Kieran Doherty
Squad: JOE BONAR, JOSEPH DOHERTY, FINN BRASSIL, BEN MC CARTHY, LUKE KELLY, JAMES PITTS, MARK MC HUGH, OSCAR THOMAS, THOMAS REDDY, DYLAN STRAIN, 

The Raheny Orange team took to the pitch against Naomh Mearnóg with a virtually full panel available. The first match was football and the lads were marginally the better team in a hard fought victory. Ben McCarthy was impressive in goal and Dylan Strain and Mark McHugh kept the opposition forwards under control.
 
There followed two hurling matches. It the first, the lads were very unlucky to lose by 3 goals to 2 despite some great strikes from Joseph Doherty and Oscar. The second hurling match was a very different affair and the talented hurlers in the Orange team returned to form and made no mistakes in a comprehensive 5 goal victory, with Thomas Reddy and especially Finn Brassil giving the Naomh Mearnóg backs a difficult match with plenty of scores.
 
By the final football game of the morning fatigue had set in and the lads failed to trouble the score board and were at the wrong end of comprehensive defeat. Despite the disappointing result the Orange team kept going till the end with Joe Bonnar and James Pitts trying to keep the defence together. 

Raheny Green

Report By: Shane Beary
Squad: TIERNAN O BRIEN, TOM BEARY, RYAN KENT, SAMUEL O’ LEARY, ZACH NEWSON, MICHAEL CLARKE, EDWARDO TOME, LUKE MORGAN

First up for the Green team was hurling and thanks to some great work up front from Tiernan O'Brien and a powerful midfield display from Zach Newson the team ran out comfortable winners. The teams second game was football and an early score from Samuel O'Leary settled the team quickly. It was a tightly fought contest and Ryan Kent popped over the winning score with only a few seconds left on the clock.
 
The Green team lost out in the third football match against a very physically big and strong Naomh Mearnóg team. The lads fought hard all through the game and kept Mearnóg scoreless until the last few minutes thanks to some terrific tackling from Luke Morgan and Tom Beary. Last up for the Green team was hurling and thanks to an excellent all round display from Eduardo Tome and a hat-trick of goals from Michael Clarke the team recorded another success.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Niall Watters
Squad: ULTAN FITZPATRICK, CONOR WATTERS, BRIAN MURRAY, CALLUM CARROLL, ORDHAN CARMODY, SE DALY, JAMIE WARD, EVAN WYNNE, MARTIN BISHOP, ADAM ROBINSON

Following the overnight rain, we were delighted to have our matches go ahead on Saturday morning against Naomh Mearnóg. The Raheny Blue team were wonderful in both their hurling games. Across these two games, there were goals from Conor Watters, Se Daly and Ordhan Carmody. The lads were great at sticking to their positions. In their two football games, there was great team play, with a draw and a close game. There was noticeable improvement in the lads tackling and not giving up on getting the ball, with Calum Carroll and Ultan Fitzpatrick standing out. This bunch of lads are getting better each time they play, and their team play is great to see. Well done again lads, keep it up.

Raheny Red

Report By: Ian Marnane
Squad:  CIAN ROSSI, RYAN ROSSI, MAX OSBOURNE, ALEX MARNANE, JAMIE NOLAN, CATHAL SHOVLIN, MATTHEW LAWLESS, SEAN MOONEY

Under the tutelage of Donovan ‘Late Late Show’ Rossi and Ian Marnane the Raheny Red team played two football games followed by two hurling games against Naomh Mearnóg opposition. Every member of the team played extremely well, particularly in relation to putting in plenty of strong tackles and not giving the opposition any time on the ball, plus there was plenty of good passing of the ball, particularly in the football matches.   Despite Max Osbourne feeling unwell he threw himself into the game and was vital in the wining of the first football match, while  Matthew Lawless was strong in midfield in both football matches, helping to secure wins in those games, with Cian Rossi helping to keep things tight in defence. 

Sean Mooney got stuck into midfield battles in the first hurling match, despite taking a hit from an opposition hurley (or possibly a case of "friendly fire"), while Alex Marnane popped in a couple of goals to secure the win. Some great attacking play from Jamie Nolan and Ryan Rossi in the second hurling match meant that the ball stayed down the Naomh Mearnóg end of the pitch for the majority of the match, with some good defensive clearances from Cathal Shovlin to secure a quartet of wins for the reds. 

The commitment to the tackles in the hurling matches was brilliant from all of the team!  The lads really enjoyed all the matches and were delighted with the game and the results, as we could see from all the happy faces in the team photo taken afterwards. Come on the reds, a great all-round team performance!