23rd November 2013



Naomh Barróg V Raheny: 23rd Nov 2013

 
 Venue: Pitch 12/14, St Annes.
 Throw In:  10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams:  5
 No. of  Host Teams:  4
 Weather: Dry, Very Cold, Light Wind
 Pitch Condition: Dry, Soft. Grass Medium

Raheny Orange

Report By: Kieran Doherty
Coaching Team: Conor Pitts, Kieran Doherty, John Strain.
Squad: JOSEPH DOHERTY, FINN BRASSIL, BEN MC CARTHY, LUKE KELLY, MARK MC HUGH, THOMAS REDDY, DYLAN STRAIN, RIAN PRIZEMAN, JAMES PITTS

The Orange team took to the field for their two hurling matches against Naomh Barróg in confident mood despite a few changes to the normal line-up. However, anyone hoping to see lots of goals was disappointed as both games ended scoreless.
 
The first match was a midfield battle with most of the action close to the opponents' goal. Thomas Reddy was the Raheny goalkeeper and made a couple of good saves, but for most of the game was more concerned about keeping warm than saving shots. Sam Mitchell and Joseph Doherty put in strong displays in midfield and used their shoulders to good effect in their challenges. Assured defending from Dan O'Grady and James Pitts ensured that the rare Barróg attacks came to nothing. The Raheny forwards of Finn Brassil, Dylan Strain and Luke Kelly kept the Barróg defence under pressure for long periods but despite some great strikes a goal proved to be elusive.
 
The Orange team welcomed Tom Beary to its ranks for their second match which was another tough midfield battle with more pressure on the Raheny goal this time. Excellent defending in a good all round performance from the Raheny boys resulted in an undefeated end to the season.  

Raheny Green

Report By: Shane Beary 
Coaching Team: Shane Beary, Paul Nolan, Conor Clarke.
Squad: TOM BEARY, SAMUEL O’ LEARY, ZACH NEWSON, MICHAEL CLARKE, CORMAC BALDWIN, LUKE MC CULLOUGH, JAMIE NOLAN, OSCAR THOMAS,JONNY BALDWIN


First up for Raheny Green team was football against a Naomh Barróg outfit that have had the upper hand in 2 previous contests. This Green team were determined to finish the year on a high and were quickly settled by an opportunist goal from Jamie Nolan. Some excellent link play from goalie Jonny Baldwin and Michael Clarke formed a solid platform for the Greens in what was an excellent all round display.
 
Next up for the Greens was hurling and the team struggled to find their rhythm in the early exchanges. In a hard hitting, tightly fought contest both Luke McCullough and Cormac Baldwin took heavy knocks, but both players bravely battled on for the good of the team. Eventually the team started to reap the rewards of their hard work and Oscar Thomas got the Greens off the mark. As a rocked Barróg outfit tried hard to turn the tide, the tenacious tackling of Tom Beary, Samuel O'Leary and Zach Newson meant there was no way back for Barróg.
 
Congratulation to all the boys who played for the Green team in 2013. Everyone have given absolute best no matter what position they played and all the players have been fair and sporting to all their opponents in every match.


Raheny Blue

Report By: Ian Marnane
Coaching Team: Niall Watters, Ian Marnane.
Squad: CONOR WATTERS, BRIAN MURRAY,JOE BONAR, DAN O GRADY, ALEX MARNANE, JACK CODD, LUKE MORGAN

Despite the cold weather the Raheny Blue Team turned up with enthusiasm and energy ready for the rematch with Naomh Barróg who we had played earlier in the year. Due to time constraints the team ended up playing two football matches without a chance to get out hurling but they were two high quality games. 

Barróg made a strong start in the first game, with Luke Morgan and Conor Watters being unfortunate to miss some goal scoring opportunities for Raheny. Despite some strong defensive play from Jack Codd and Joe Bonar, Barróg narrowly came out on top by the end of the game. 

We learned a few lessons from the first match and there was some great positional play and superb passing skills displayed during the second match from the whole team, including some great passing from goalkeeper Brian Murray into the hands of the Raheny mid-field and defenders to start some strong Raheny attacking play. Dan O’Grady had a solid game in mid-field, with great passing up to Alex Marnane and Conor Watters in the forward line, and all three got their names on the score-sheet with skilfully taken opportunities. As the match came to an end coach Niall Watters looked on with pride and an air of quiet satisfaction on his face as he quietly  licked the last residues of his morning latte from his beard and planned his domination of under-age football/hurling for the coming years. 

Raheny Red

Report By: Padraig Kent
Coaching Team: Donovan Rossi, Padraig Kent, Tony Lawless
Squad:  CIAN ROSSI, RYAN ROSSI, CIARAN KERRISK, MAX OSBOURNE , CATHAL SHOVLIN, MATT LAWLESS, RYAN KENT, ADAM ROBINSON, EDWARDO TOME,TIERNAN O BRIEN

The young men of Raheny's Red team strode out onto pitch 14 of St Anne's in near perfect conditions to meet their closest rivals, the boy's of Naomh Barróg . It was clear to all present that they had an agenda. To show to all present their improvement since their Summer encounter earlier this year. 

Game 1 was Hurling and a most evenly matched affair with both goals under pressure from the off. It was Barróg that stuck first with an unstoppable shot. This however only bolstered the Red teams resolve with Ciaran Kerrisk and Ryan Kent completely outclassing the Barróg attack and in turn reinforcing our midfield. Constant pressure from Matt lawless and Max Osborne on the Barróg goal gave Eduardo Tome, our super sub the opportunity to break Barróg hearts with fine strike in their goal mouth. 

Game 2, again hurling, saw the Red Storm dominating every area of the pitch. With Cahal Shovlin in goal and Ciaran Kerrisk again staking his claim of ownership to the defensive end of the pitch. Adam Robinson fresh from goal keeping duties in the first game came into his own in midfield combining well with Osborne and Lawless. Rossi also proved his worth in attack with Tiernan O'Brien like terriers making the Barróg keeper's experience nightmarish. Game two finished with Raheny 3 goals to the good without reply from Barróg . 

Game three was football and saw a slightly tired Raheny Crew up against it with a fresher Barróg team. Nevertheless Ryan Kent with some surgical Kick outs from goal somehow finding space for Matt Lawless to run onto and field at full stretch on 2 occasions opening up the Barróg defence like curtains. Unfortunately loosing out in the end by a single goal. However the resolve of these young men who worked tirelessly for each other was a credit to themselves and their club and laid down a serious marker for 2014. 

Raheny White

Report By: Brian Carroll
Coaching Team: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brian Carroll
Squad: ULTAN FITZPATRICK, SEAN MOONEY, MARTIN BISHOP, CALLUM CARROLL, ODHRAN CARMODY, SE DALY, JOHN BRODERICK,  LIAM SAVAGE

After a great performance the previous week against Clontarf, Raheny Whites took on another team of local rivals, Naomh Barróg, and produced arguably an even better display.First off was a football clash with a very good Barróg side. But it was Raheny who control from early on with John Broderick a rock in defence. The youngster dealt with a series of Barróg attacks throughout the game and provided a solid platform for his team-mates to go on and win the game. With Se Daly and Callum Carroll providing great support up front,  and Sean Mooney causing the Barróg defence all sorts of problems, Raheny took some great scores and went on to win by a good margin. 

Second up was more football and if anything the Raheny lads turned in an even better team performance although lost out narrowly in the end. Luke Savage and Martin Bishop ran their hearts out for the team while Ultan Fitzpatrick had a superb game in defence with a double block proving to be a real highlight. However, Barróg just got their noses in front with some fine scores and came out winners in the end.

There was one final game of hurling in store for the team and it proved to be the trickiest. Having put in two fine performances in the football, the lads looked a bit tired but can still hold their heads up high. Joseph Doherty joined the team for this one and put in a great display in the middle of the field while Odhran Carmody gave a typically wholehearted performance in defence. But Barróg were able to pin our lads in their own half for most of the game and won out by a couple of goals.

Despite the two defeats, the lads can be very proud of their performance as their coaches certainly were. The team are really coming together and hopefully after the winter break they will be back to hit the ground running again!

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