Raheny V Round Towers (Group 1)
Report By: Kieran Doherty
Mentors: Kieran Doherty & Donni Rossi.
Squad: Luke Morgan, Matthew Dowdall, Joseph Doherty, Tiernan O'Brien, Sean Quinn, Adam Robinson, Cathal Shovlin & Cian Rossi
The Raheny Green team found themselves at home again this week. The visitors to a boggy St Anne's Park were Round Towers. The Greens were again assisted by Finn Brassil and also by Adam Robinson from the Red team.
The first match was a physical affair. Early pressure from the visitors meant that most of the action was in the Raheny half. Great tackles from Cathal Shovlin, Adam Robinson and Sean Quinn were not enough to stop Towers going into a deserved 2 goal lead but as always the Greens stuck to their task and Finn Brassil's skilful play was rewarded with a goal to cut the deficit. Raheny improved as the match went on and the hard working Joseph Doherty was unlucky not to equalise when his effort hit a post. Despite good strikes from Cian Rossi, Matthew Dowdall and Tiarnán O'Brien the game ended 2-1 to the visitors.
An excellent team performance in second game resulted in a 3-0 win for the Green team. Adam Robinson gave an assured performance in goal and was well protected by strong tackles from Cathal Shovlin and Sean Quinn. The Raheny midfield kept the visitors under pressure and a it was from one of a number of great strikes from Finn Brassil that the deadlock was broken. Raheny's second goal followed great play from Tiarnán O'Brien who put pressure on the visitors' backs and as a result of his persistence the sliotar fell to Joseph Doherty who made no mistake with his strike into the net. Matthew Dowdall was very unlucky not to get on the score sheet with some great strikes at goal but his fellow forward Cian Rossi was not to be denied as he struck the third goal of the game
Report By: Paul Nolan
Mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick & Paul Nolan
Squad: John Broderick, Max Osborne, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Jamie Nolan, Odhran Carmody, Joe Bonner, Dylan Strain, Martin Bishop, Adam Robinson ( on loan to Raheny Greens)
The Raheny Reds fielded a full squad for the visit of Round Towers and started very strongly in the first match roaring into a 3 nil lead in the first with goals from Dylan Strain and Jamie Nolan.
The skills on show from Raheny were a delight to behold with strong striking by Max Osborne and Ultan Fitzpatrick together with great overall team work contributing to an easy win for the Red team by 6 goals to nil.
The second match was much closer but once again Raheny Reds showed great determination and skills to race into a 2 goals to nil lead with both goals scored by Odhran Carmody. In the second half Raheny had a huge amount of possession through the tremendous efforts of John Broderick , Martin and Bishop, Joe Bonner but couldn't finish the many good chances created. Round Towers then pulled back a goal against the run of play until a superb run and strike by John Broderick finished the match with a 3 goals to 1 win for Raheny.
Overall, two great results for Raheny Reds who continue to go from strength to strength.
Na Fianna V Raheny (Group 2)
By: Joanne Kerrisk
Mentors: Tony Lawless & Joanne Kerrisk.
Team: Matt Lawless, Ciaran Kerrisk, Colin McAweeney, Cormac Baldwin, Evan Wynne, Brian Murray, Jack Codd,& Sam Mitchell.
Raheny Blue's were on a mission in the 1st match and that mission was to link up together as a team and man their positions and they did not disappoint the Raheny spectators. Sam worked hard in midfield getting into every battle on the ball and with Cormac assisting him with long strikes into our forwards making easy work for Ciaran to convert into goals (3). Evan moved up to help out our midfield winning a ball and with a mighty strike blasted into the back of the net. Our goalkeeper Matt and his army Jack and Brian at the back had a very quite first half with only 1 Na Fianna conversion on goal. In the 2nd half there was only 1 change made with Matt and Ciaran changing positions. Na Fianna upped their game and started to by more defensive but this did not ruffle the Blue's. Colin played very strong in forward finding the back of the net through good supply of ball from midfield. Raheny were awarded a free and Colin took his position calmly and again found the back of the oppositions net. Our crew at the back had little more input in this half but only allow 1 goal to sneak passed. The game ended Raheny 6 Na Fianna 2.
In the 2nd match it was a tougher affair for the Blue's. There was great defensive work demonstrated by both teams. Cormac in goal had fantastic long buck outs dropping into our forwards and Colin picked up on this tactic and scored a great goal from 1 of Cormac's puck outs. In the second half Sam's work rate was immense not allowing his opponent any free space. Cormac in goal supplied the Blue's with 2 great saves with assistance from his backs Jack and Colin. Matt supplied a great ball into Ciaran from just passed midfield and with one of his big strikes found the back of the net. Na Fianna started to play a more physical game Jack, Brian and Ciaran bearing the blunt of it. Na Fianna went on to respond with 3 goals ( although 1 goal was an uncertain to the ref but allowed).
The Blue's work rate was evident. We saw some great tackles, big strikes and movement of the ball. Well done lads. Keep up the good work and practice your skills every opportunity you get.
Report By: Padraig Kent .
Mentors: Padraig Kent, Tony O'Grady & Niall Watters
Team: Luke Kelly, James Pitts, Johnny Baldwin, Ryan Kent, Adam Roberts, Dan O'Grady, Rian Prizeman & Conor Watters.
The Oranges took a trip to Drumcondra on Saturday to the GAA cauldron that is Na Fianna. Their history, scale or reputation held no sway with our young men. We were here to challenge the saffron and blue and ensure they remembered the morning they met the Raheny maroon in their own front garden. With 7 men from the Orange group in attendance we welcomed the services of young Mr. Pitts to our ranks. Game 1 was a most competitive affair where the clash of the ash was as physical as it was skilful. Full credit must go to these young men who have come so far in such a short time. There positional discipline was excellent with backs forwards and midfield positions working together as an efficient cohesive unit. The tackle was a sight to behold with up to 4 hurls competing for every strike. James may not have been the biggest in the middle of the field but he broke Na Fianna hearts with some fine blocks in the middle of the pitch. Dan now fully recovered from lasts weeks calf strain demonstrated text book example again and again of shoulder first to gain the advantage followed by uncompromising strikes that were always going to go our way. With Rian in the middle almost telepathically knowing where to be before the sliotar got there Na Fianna were definitely on the rack for most of this game. Defend they did and gave no quarter. There were no open shots for raheny with Johnny and Conor having to work hard to make space for their strikes. Conor’s running was excellent and how he plucked the sliotar from the midst of a ruck of hurls would require action replay, but he did to give Dan a split second opening. From 10 metres the sliotar was going only one place but how it found a gap I don’t know. It went through 3 of ours and 2 of theirs and was still travelling as fast when it reached goal as when it left his hurl! Na Fianna fought back but when they got it past half way Ryan was waiting to knock it back up the field to his team mates.
If game one was a game won by possession and strikes on goal raheny would have won hands down. However in the dying seconds Na Fianna got a break and caught our keeper unsighted with a crafty strike to equalise. Game two was a repeat of the first with no holds barred tackling. Mentors from both groups were applauding the efforts of both sides. Ryan and Adam moved to the forwards position and made their physical presence felt. Conor went in goal and was kept busy and worked really hard to defend some fine strikes from Na Fianna. Johnny, Luke and Rian worked well together in the middle again. Raheny were again in the ascendancy and piled on the pressure. Ryan struck after 2 consecutive tackles finally knocked the sliotar into some open space where he followed it and delivered a daisy cutter. The keeper was unsighted but I doubt if it would have mattered as Ryan took his first score in a Raheny jersey. Na Fianna came back as we knew they would but the defensive pairing of Dan and James forced them to take long shots. One paid off unfortunately to even the score against the run of play. In the 2nd half Dan nailed another for Raheny to go ahead again but Na Fianna struck in the final moments of the game with another long range effort . All being equal, Raheny Orange definitely deserved the win however in the end Hurling won out and that can’t be a bad thing. Today raheny orange provided an excellent display full passion and skill. Can’t wait for the return!