Parnells & Naomh Mearnog

posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:43 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Oct 13, 2014, 1:41 PM by Raheny GAA PRO ]
Raheny U8s - Group 1

 Venue:            St. Annes 12A
 Throw In: 12:15
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherBright & sunny

Raheny Green

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: Brendan Shovlin, John Strain & Niall Watters.

SquadConor Watters, Joe Bonar, Colin McAweeney, Cathal Shovlin, John Broderick, Dylan Strain and Adam Robinson

Raheny Green played Parnells, another one of our neighbours, at the later time of 12:15 on St. Annes 12A. The first match was a close affair but with Raheny generally playing mostly in Parnell's half. In this game, there was some great attacking play from Dylan and Joe who tried, as practiced in training, to get on the end of long strikes in on goal from the midfield of John Broderick and Adam Robinson. The game ended one nil to Raheny thanks to a missile like strike from the midfield by John Broderick.

The first match showed that the Greens were getting into their stride as the match progressed. This was evident in the second match, in which Raheny Green were highly effective and well disciplined. The front pair of Cathal and Joe pulled the defenders of Parnells around and opened up space for the marauding midfield of John Broderick and Conor Watters. This resulted in four goals for John and three for Conor, all from distance. They were ably assisted by incredibly focused defending from Dylan Strain and Colin McAweeney and very skillful goalkeeping by Adam Robinson. Adam's puck outs were fantastic in direction and distance. Raheny Green conceded just the one goal in this game (and all morning) from a wonderful Parnell's puck out into the box. However, over the course of the game Raheny got 8 in reply. Highlight of the performance was Joe Bonar's goal just before the final whistle, capping a great morning's work by one and all. Well done lads, keep up the bravery you have shown.

Raheny Red

Report By: Kevin Fitzpatrick

Mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tony O'Grady & Joanne Kerrisk

SquadUltan Fitzpatrick, Brian Murray, Luke Kelly, Mathew Dowdall, Dan O'Grady, Joseph Doherty & Jack Codd.

The Red team were missing a few of the regular squad due to the later throw in time and a few of the boys have been ill recently.

The Red team started at a ferocious pace and quite quickly overwhelmed the Parnell’s midfield.  Raheny took the game to the opposition with most of the play happening around the Parnell’s goal.  Brian opened the Raheny account after a few minutes with a very strong strike that found the back of the net.  Matthew and Dan worked tirelessly in midfield and supplied the forwards with plenty of ball. Jack worked hard up front passing plenty of ball into the front of the goal where Brian was on top form and scored again before half time.  Joseph made a few great saves from the goal keepers puc outs and Ultan and Luke were able to clear the sliotar down the field.  The boys put on a great display of hurling skills and dominated for most of the game and the game ended 6-0.   Dan scored a great goal from his left and Ultan scored from a powerful long range shot that the keeper had no chance of stopping . However it was Brian that provided the most scores as he had the match of his career putting 4 goals past the Parnell’s defence. A great performance by all the Red team.

After a pep talk by the coaches the team were determined to get another result and were prepared for a stronger opposition.  The second match was notable for the intensity of the tackling and the pace displayed by both sides.  Joseph put in a superb performance in midfield fighting for every ball. Ultan was injured as a result of a very strong clash and had to leave the pitch for a while but returned after treatment to help Joseph in midfield. Matthew played very well with good tackles and big clearances from defence.   Dan and Brian were tackling hard and putting real pressure on the Parnells goal before Dan scored from a 65. Jack was put under pressure in goal but did not let anything past him. In the second half Luke was unlucky not to score with balls cleared off the line by the Parnell’s defence.  In the end the second score also came from a 65 with Dan expertly cutting the ball over the bar for the first Raheny point of the U8 hurling league.  The game ended 4-0 to Raheny

The red team put in two great games of hurling.  The coaches were pleased with a lot of the skills shown however the boys need to remember to get shoulder to shoulder for tackles and to lift your head up to look for your target before striking the ball. Well done to the Raheny Red boys.

Raheny U8s - Group 2

 Venue:            Pairc Mearnog
 Throw In: 10
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherBright and sunny

Raheny Orange

Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Paul Nolan, Tony Lawless and Padraig Kent

Squad: Matt Lawless, Jamie Nolan, Ryan Kent, Martin Bishop, Oscar Thomas, Evan Wynne, Adam Savage, Johnny Baldwin and Cormac Baldwin.

Raheny Oranges started really well in the first match against a strong Naomh Mearnog side and  taking the lead in the first few minutes after a smart shot from Matt Lawless from just inside the box. Raheny continued their sustained pressure with commending performances in mid field from Cormac and Johnny Baldwin throughout the first half camping in the Naomh Mearnog half but with little award as shouting was a little wayward. The Raheny goal with Jamie Nolan in goal was rarely threatened as Ryan Kent swept away all attacks from the opposition.

The second half was a different affair as we switched to air hurling. Naomh Mearnog appeared stronger as they were bolstered by a few new players as substitutions and eventually won the game by 3 goals to 1 despite the stalwart efforts in defence of Oscar Thomas and Evan Wynne.

The second game was competitive but the Raheny Oranges seemed off the pace and looked a little tired. Adam Savage showed some terrier like defending to keep out the Naomh Mearnog forwards who attacked at every opportunity.

Martin Bishop and Jamie Nolan worked hard up front but the ball was always too far from the opposition goal to make a real difference. Again Ryan Kent and Matt Lawless toiled strongly in midfield but a lot of time was again spent defending and eventually the pressure told as Naomh Mearnog scored two late goals.

The switch to air hurling in the second half helped Raheny up the pace and great skills were shown particularly by Cormac Baldwin but the ball would not go into the opposition net.

Great commitment shown by all. Back to the training pitch next week where everyone will need to remember to get in close, be a little more physical and most importantly get out first to the ball.

Well done lads you made the 3 mentors proud today.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Kieran Doherty

MentorsDonni Rossi, Kierand Doherty & Conor Pitts

SquadJoseph Doherty, Cian Rossi, James Pitts, Joseph Doherty, Finn Brassil, Sam Mitchell, Adam Roberts and Rudi Kellett-Whelan

The Raheny Blue team had two very competitive matches against Naomh Mearnog on Saturday resulting in one win and one defeat.

In both matches scores were at a premium. The first match saw the opposition score a goal and a point; the Raheny boys fought back but could only get one score through Finn Brassil who played very well all morning. 

The second match resulted in a victory for Raheny by two goals to one. The first goal came from a free by Cian Rossi. Cian had just been fouled but got up to make the opposition pay with a fine strike into the corner of the net. The other goal came from Adam Roberts who found himself with enough time and space to lift the sliotar and strike it sweetly towards the Mearnog goal. The ball went just under the cross-bar.

Irrespective of the results of the matches it was satisfying to see the skillful performances of the Raheny boys. Luke Morgan was his assured self, particularly in the backs, with great blocks and strikes. Joseph Doherty put in a strong defensive performance in marshaling the backs. James Pitts put in some great blocks in midfield along side Sam Mitchell who had one of his best games for Raheny with strong challenges all over the pitch. Finally, Rudi Whelan, the Blue's most recent recruit, was sharp and skillful especially in midfield and is a great addition to the team.