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Match report AFL1 Raheny v ER Oliver PLUNKETTS

posted Jun 22, 2011, 12:52 PM by Kevin Brassil
19th April 2008

Raheny started well and with a strong wind in the 1st half, points from Sean Dempsey and some free's from Mick O'Keefe left Raheny leading 0-7 to 0-5 at h/t. Ciaran Murphy provided a good platform from midfield and Rob Donnelly and Derek Brown were in the thick of the action. Raheny needed Pete Welsh solid in goals, and he duly obliged, as Plunketts kicked lots of high balls into the square. A couple of soft frees and some excellent points from Plunketts inside line, left them in a strong position heading into the 2nd half.

Plunketts started to dominate the middle third of the field, using the wind very intelligently and long accurate passes into their inside line had Raheny on the back foot for most of the 2nd half. Raheny tried to counter this by placing Donal Ryan as sweeper. However too many balls were split and given away, and along with the delay in delivering quick  ball inside, this all compounded Raheny's problems. An excellent team move led to a pt from John Copeland to keep Raheny within striking distance, however Raheny did not deliver ball to their inside line in the 2nd half, as we scored only twice.

Raheny's young team are on the learning curve.

Plunketts tacked on a few scores without reply and ran out deserving winners by 4pts.

RAHENY

P WELSH, C FAGAN, P MCCABE, D PELLEY, N SULLIVAN, R DONNELLY, D BROWN, C MURPHY, J COPELAND (0-1), D GAFFNEY, D RYAN(0-1) C HENRY, L DILLON(0-1) M O'KEEFFE(0-3f) S DEMPSEY (0-2)

SUBS USED S HARTNETT (for C Fagan) G BENNETT (for D Gaffney)