A bitterly cold and wet Sunday morning made it ideal conditions for indoor hurling and for the 4th year in a row Raheny were represented strongly with three excellent under 7 teams. In the first game Raheny A peppered the St Maurs goal with attempt after attempt before finally going 1 – 0 up after about 10 minutes. Raheny dominance continued but against the run of play (honestly) St Maurs two attacks bore fruit and they nicked the game 2-1. In the second game Raheny B were neck and neck with an excellent Ratoath side who deserved their 3-1 win. Last game Raheny C versus a fancied Kiltale team. This time there was no stopping the Raheny boys with goals popping in from all angles, winning 5 – 0 . Fantastic displays and goals from John Broderick, Cormac and Johnny Baldwin, James Pitts, Ben McCarthy, Conor Watters, Dan O Grady, Mathew Grant, Finn Brazil, Liam Savage Ultan Fitzpatrick, Sean Quinn Liam Ormsby and Ryan Kent.
Our Under 16 Hurling Team finished off their Juvenile Careers in style in with a 2 point win in a very exciting final yesterday afternoon on the Astro facility on Alfie Byrne Road.
We started the game really well taking the lead with a wonderful free from the sideline, 45 meters out, from Eoin Leech. This was quickly followed by an opportunist goal from Cormac O'Flynn following good work by David Cleary putting us 4 in front.A free from Na Fianna was quickly followed by another from Eoin ,another from play which clipped the crossbar on the way over and a super score from Roy Lunney after an excellent pick up and pass from Darren Cooper.
Approaching the break and with the wind which was at our backs,picking up, we managed to carve out a lead of 1-06 to 0-02 with two more frees from Eoin before a scrappy goal from Na Fianna got them back into the game just as we were threatening to pull away.
Half time came and went with us hanging on to the 4 point lead which was quickly extended to 5 with a nice score on the run from Darren Byrne. A couple of Na Fianna substitutions turned the game their way and with the wind now behind them they drew level following twopoints from frees leaving the score at 1-09 to 2-06 with ten minutes remaining.
On the sideline we feared the worst as Na Fianna now had control of the game. We needn't have worried as a fantastic score on the run from the outstanding Brian Howard put us one up again. Back came Na Fianna to level before Brian did it again, winning a ball in midfield and scoring from 40 yards. This time there was to be no way back for our gallant opponents who despite piling on the pressure had attack after attack repelled by Evan Cumiskey and Hugh O'Connor in the full back line, well supported by the hard running of Darren Byrne, Eric Mullen and James O' Kane. One such run from James earned us a last minute free twenty one yards from goal. Despite his freezing hands, Eoin somehow managed to get it to go over the bar restoring our 2 point lead which proved to be the winning margin as referee blew the final whistle much to the relief of all our players,mentors and supporters.
After coming so close to the Championship last year,our players finally got their rewards picking up yet another trophy to stick in our now, overcrowded trophy cabinet.
Hard luck to Na Fianna,who as always played the game in a sporting and fair fashion, were magnanimous in defeat and who are a credit to their club and to their mentors.
A word of thanks to referee Lar Kelly who not only refereed the game exceptionally well, giving encouragement to all the players and who also officiated at the presentation of the Shield at the end of the game.
Many thanks also to all our supporters,to Vinnie and the U15s for all their help throughout the last few years and last but not least to Callum Clarke, Darragh Harford, Evan Cumiskey, Hugh O'Connor, Brian Howard, Roy Lunney,Chris McElhinney, Eric Mullen, Darren Byrne, Sean Doyle, James O'Kane, Darren Cooper, Cormac O'Flynn, David Cleary, Eoin Leech, Dan Gordon, Declan Fleming, Christopher Corbett for a display full of heart, skill and courage yesterday, not forgetting our injured players, Marc Bosonnet,Ryan Bradshaw, Aran Kelly, Shane Bell, Jason Collier and Sean Downey.
You all made an old man very proud...........................( I mean Mick ).
Last Wednesday (27th June) the Raheny minor hurlers travelled out to Tymon North and played a great game to overcome St. Judes. Numbers were low and thanks to the U15s and U16s we were lucky to field fifteen. In the first half we had an injury which meant we were down to fourteen with no substitutes available. We started the second half one point down, battled hard and won by nine points. The minor hurlers are a great bunch of lads with huge potential. Unfortunately we were unable to field a full team for the Craobh Chiarain game on Monday 2nd July and had to give the walkover. Our next and last match of the league is at home on Sunday 15th July at 11.00am. The ten lads will have returned from their collective holidays and we will aim to finish our league campaign with a win. We are currently in joint third position along with Kevins, Lucan Sarsfields and St. Maurs, Craobh Chiarain in second and an unbeaten Setanta side in poll position.
Our Senior hurlers kept up their 100 % start to their League campaign with a hard fought victory over a resilient Whitehall side in Cloghran last night.
There was rarely more than a point or two between the teams right throughout the game with our lads going into the break leading by 7 points to 5 having played into the breeze in the first half.
The speed and direct running of David Henry at centre forward caused Whitehall problems all evening,as he took several great scores or was fouled leading to scores from frees.
A second half Whitehall goal levelled the scores but two cracking points, one from Henry and one from Eoin Keogh,coupled with heroic defending at the death saw the lads home and makes it 5 wins out of 5.
Next up, Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday morning at 10.30 at home. All support greatly appreciated.
After a difficult couple weeks in the Championship our Senior Hurlers faced into a very difficult game on Saturday against a Lucan team coming off the back of a serious result in the A Championship when they knocked St Vincent's out of the competition and advanced to the Quarter Final.
In order to keep our good league run going the lads needed to put the Championship performances behind them and get back to playing the hurling that had brought us good league wins against Naomh Fionbarra, Clan na Gael and St Pats (P).
While Lucan weren't at full strength, missing their Dublin contingent, they are still a team used to playing at the top level and were able to include players of the calibre of Mick May, Tommy Somers and Kevin O'Reilly in their line up, all of whom have worn the county jersey at various levels.
There was nothing more one score between the teams for most of the game, some nice scores from Stephen Kelly, and Greg Bennett matched by the free taking of O'Reilly ensured the first half was very close. Lucan scored a fairly soft goal following a high ball into our square to edge ahead but we matched it with a nice finish from Stephen Kelly following some great work along the end line from Eoghan Smyth.
As the second half progressed we gradually took control of the game when Conor Henry finished to the net following a rebound from the upright.Back came Lucan again to get within one point with time running out when a magnificent score from out on the sideline from Eoghan Smyth following a precision free from Greg Bennett saw us home.
Well done to Kevin, Eamon and all the players.
U12 Hurling. Raheny 4-4, Castleknock 0-4. Aided by a strong breeze in the first half Castleknock started off the brighter with two well taken points. Raheny then got to grips with the game and began a very fine passage of play which resulted in a goal for Raheny. Raheny despite playing against the breeze had the vast amount of play towards the end of the first half but were wasteful in front of goal. At half time Raheny lead by 1-2 to 2 points. After a low scoring first half, Raheny, playing with the breeze, upped the ante in the second half to win this game by 4 goals. Overall the defence was excellent and was the platform on which the forwards and midfielders were able to get and control possession and take their scores. All of the team played well and showed a great hunger throughout the match not allowing Castleknock to settle on the ball. Scorers were Liam Dunne 3 goals, Alex Brae 1 goal, and points from Niall Walsh, Sean Farrelly, Luke Mitchell and Tom Keogh. This was a very much improved performance from the Clontarf match and well done to the whole team who raised their game.
AHL2 - Many thanks to all who came out to support our senior hurlers on a chilly saturday evening. They had a great win over St Marks. Raheny 8-10 v St Marks 1-9.
Junior E Hurling Championship Group 2 - Raheny 0-3 Castleknock 4-8
arrived unassuming. Our lads were ready and started well going four points ahead early in the first half. A superb goal spurred Setanta into action and following skillful hurling they ended the half three points ahead. Raheny started the second half with vigour and a goal scored from the ground by Shane Bell, Raheny were back in the game.
End-to-end hurling, two yellow cards and bruised knuckles saw Raheny trailing by two points with five minutes to the final whistle. Ansin fuair Rath Eanaigh puc saor direach in aice leis an cúl, bhí muid isteach leis an game winning free. Chuaig an sliothar thar an trasnán agus bhí muid ach pointe amhaín thaobh thiar. One last attack by Raheny ended with the sliothar breezing right and wide of the upright. Eddie Walker blew full time and Raheny lost by a point. Raheny 1-09 Setanta 1-10.
We would like to thank Eoin Leech, Cormac O’Flynn and David Cleary from the U16’s for togging out agus Christy O ‘Connell for putting up the nets and doing umpire. Man-of the match went to Jake Grogan. Jake has improved greatly working quietly and tirelessly on the pitch, battling hard, blocking well and passing cleverly. We look forward to playing St Maurs in Rush on the first of April.
Pitch 10 hosted the AHL5's opening league game of the season v Scoil Ui Chonaill. Both teams provided a big crowd of spectators with a very exciting and high scoring game considering the heavy conditions underfoot, Scoil started the better going ahead by 3 points in the early stages but Raheny answered well with 2 points from collie donegan, the 1st half saw both teams exchanging pionts ontill the last 5 minutes of the half when Scoil registered 2 goals giving them a 7 point lead at the break. The second half started as the 1st with Scoil raising the 1st White flag but it was Raheny that dominated from there on with dogged determination and some excellent defending and some fine scores. A goal from S.Carr mid way through the half gave Raheny a huge lift and a 2nd from G.Manley near the end put 2 points between the sides but the goal proved to be the last score and Scoil claimed the win.