May 10th, 2014

Match Reports

Fingallians v Raheny (Group 1)

 Venue:            Balheary Park, Swords
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 Weather:Windy and rainy

Raheny Green
Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty & Donni Rossi. 
Squad: Luke Morgan, Matthew Dowdall, Joseph Doherty, Tiernan O Brien, Luke Mc Cullough, Sean Quinn, Cathal Shovlin & Cian Rossi.

oday, the Raheny Green team travelled to take on the hurlers of Fingallians. For the second week running player availability presented problems so players had to be drafted in from our other teams and our Fingallian friends loaned us a couple of players to make up the numbers.

The first match was against the stronger of the Fingallian teams. The 5 Raheny boys plus 2 Fingallians took time to gel and got off to a slow start and found themselves 3 goals down early in the match. The Green team gradually played their way back into the game to give as good as they got. The final score was 7-4 to the home team with the Raheny scores coming from the ever dangerous Dan O''Grady, with a hat-trick, and the hard-working Joseph Doherty.

The second game was a different story. Cian Rossi took over in goal for Raheny and made a couple of good stops but otherwise was rarely troubled. Cian's saves, and great defensive covering from Joseph, resulted in a clean sheet for Raheny. The midfield was run by Dan who was in lethal goal scoring form and Jack Codd who had some impressive strikes toward the opposition goal. In attack, Martin Bishop and Matthew Dowdall kept the Fingallian defence under constant pressure and some great strikes deserved more goals. Raheny ran out deserved 5-0 winners.

Raheny Red

Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick & Paul Nolan

Squad: John Broderick , Jamie Nolan, Max Osborne, Odhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Martin Bishop, Joe Bonar Adam Robinson and  Dylan Strain.

Raheny Reds welcomed Tiernan O Brien and Adam Roberts from the Green and Orange team respectively on a wet and windy day on a poor pitch in North County Dublin. In the first match of the day the Red Team came out of the
blocks at 100 miles per hour and had The ball in the net four times in the first five minutes from Jamie Nolan and John Broderick. Further goals piled in from Max Osborne, Adam Roberts and again Jamie Nolan as Raheny won by 10 goals to nil with our defence rarely troubled.

The second game was a different matter however as we met a strong welldrilled Fingallians outfit. The first half was very even with the game going from end to end. A John Broderick goal meant that Raheny went into the half time break 2 goals to 1 down despite great midfield play from Max Osborne and Raheny being down to six players due to the retirement Odhran Carmody due to an unfortunate hand injury.

The second half was all Raheny as we showed great determination to get an equaliser through Max Osborne after great holding up play from both Jamie Nolan and Joe Bonnar upfront. Excellent goalkeeping from Adam Roberts and defending from Tiernan O Brien and John Broderick however did not prevent Fingallians from poaching a final score to narrowly win a well contested game with a result that could have gone either way.

As the match ended and the skies opened to bucket down rain all made a dart to our nearby cars and as there was no time to regroup the coaches would like to say a big well done to the Raheny Reds for two great showings of skill, determination and commitment.

 Venue:            St. Monicas
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 Weather:windy and rainy

Raheny Blue

By: Joanne Kerrisk

Mentors: Tony Lawless & Joanne Kerrisk.

Team: Rian, Matt L, Ciaran, Matt G & Colin

Raheny met on pitch 10 on this bright and breezy morning. Raheny had to change to football to accommodate St Monica's. Due to 1st Holy Communions Raheny were down numbers so  2 five aside games were played.

In the first match both sides were of equal skills. Raheny listened from our last football encounter and moved the ball quickly and called to each other to assist with play. Rian had a great 1st half in forward position putting over 3 lovely points. Matt G and Ciaran worked well together in mid field winning all the throw in's. Ciaran was awarded a free which glided just under the bar for a goal. Matt L and Colin protected the Raheny goal only allowing Monica's put over 2 points. In the second half Matt L and Rian in midfield knocked a lot of ball into Colin and in return Colin kicked 2 fine points over the bar. Rian was awarded a free and made easy work of again scoring. Monica's only responded with a goal in this half. The game ended Raheny 1.6 Monica's 1.2

In the second match mentor Tony had asked that the team to provide more hand passing to each other and again the boys listened. Raheny's work rate was more evident in this match keeping the ball mainly in Monica's half. In the 1st half Ciaran scored a point from play and was awarded a 45 and from his left foot the ball hit the back of the net. Matt L blocked a great ball opening up an opportunity for him to also find the back of the oppositions goal. Monica's only response was a point leaving Matt G and Rian having a very quite time in this half defending. In the second half both teams defended well with Matt G providing Raheny with two great saves in goal. Rian in midfield worked hard resulting in another point to his tally. Matt L in forward was provided with a good ball in and again over the bar. Monica's did not get any scoring chances in this half. The skies open and the rain belted down with the game ending Raheny 2.3 to Monica's 0.1 

Well done boys keep listening to your mentors and keep up the good work.

Raheny Orange

Report By: Padraig Kent .

Mentors:  Padraig Kent & Conor Pitts
Team: Luke, James, Brian, Ryan & Sam.

Group 2 entertained two of St Monica’s best crews on pitch 10 this morning. Our lads facilitated the visitors by splitting into one large and one smaller group.  The small group of 5 of our young men played 4 quarters of very tough competitive football. The first quarter started with a goal to the opposition however the Raheny response was swift and decisive with two well taken points. The first came from Luke. This young lad is such a hard worker who never gives up the chase.  His excellent tackling was rewarded with our first score and another in the third.  James had a great game especially in goal where he stopped some great shots from Monica’s . He has obviously been practicing his kick outs because they were accurate strong and decisive. Sam took our second point from play with an excellent strike. This young man showed great composure on the ball with his passing and his shots at goal.  His natural speed meant he was always first to the ball in 1 v 1 situations and his tackling was as usual excellent.  Ryan’s commitment to the tackle is undeniable and his strength meant if he got a hand on the ball he would make it his.  He thwarted the opposition’s forward line at every opportunity and his kicking is really starting to improve which meant his clearances  found space for our forwards to run into every time. Brian was for me the man of the match. He has a natural instinct for where he needs to be to do most damage to the opposition when he is up front.  However he is just as happy tackling like a terrier in the backs or midfield. His work rate in excellent and he was rewarded with a number of scores including two points in the final quarter.  The final score of 5 points to 1 goal in favour or Raheny did not reflect the competitive edge to this game. It was a well deserved victory for the Raheny lads. Well done boys!