St. Brigids (away-hurling-21/3/15)

posted Mar 24, 2015, 7:06 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 7:11 AM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Russell Park, Castleknock         
 Throw In: 11am
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherSunny and warm

Raheny Lions

Report By: 

Mentors: Padraig Kent and Paul Nolan


No Report Made Yet.

Raheny Tigers

Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty and Conor Pitts

Squad: James Pitts, Luke Kelly, Martin Bishop, Joe Bonnar, Cathal Shovlin, Dylan Strain, Johnny Baldwin, Matthew Brigdell, Evan Wynne, Tiarnan O’Brien.

On a lovely morning in Russell Park, the Raheny Tigers felt the sun on their backs and produced a fantastic victory against St Brigids by 4 goals to 3. It was a great performance from the whole team from front to back against a talented Brigids side.

The Raheny goal was well minded by Cahill in the first half and by Martin and Johnny in the second; with all three delivering excellent puck-outs to put the Tigers on the front foot. At the back Matthew and Dylan were on top form with some great strikes to stop the home side from getting more scores, and in midfield Luke and Evan competed strongly for possession of the sliotar. Joe and James had great games and got stuck in with tough challenges. Joe was particularly unlucky not to get on the score sheet following Martin's great lift and strike.

The first score of the game came from Martin but this only stirred the home side into action and Brigid's replied with two goals of their own (one very fortunate) to take a lead into the half time break. At the start of the second half the teams exchanged goals with the Raheny score coming from Johnny who got the vital touch following a scramble on the Brigid's goal line. Going into the final few minutes of the game and with Raheny trailing by a goal, up stepped Tiarnan who turned the game around with two quick fire goals. They were both great strikes and gave the home team very little time to reply.

So the Tigers achieved a close but well deserved victory. Well done the Raheny Tigers

Raheny Giants

Report By: Tony O'Grady

Mentors: Niall Watters, Tony O'Grady & Tony Lawless

SquadAdam Robinson, Joseph Doherty, Conor Watters, Jack Codd, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Matt Lawless, Dan O'Grady, John Broderick, Matthew Grant, Colin McAweeney & Cormac Baldwin.


On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning the Raheny Giants travelled down the M50 to Castleknock to take on St Brigids on their impressive astro pitch. There was a great turnout of Raheny players and as a result the Giants took to the field with 2 players in reserve. The Giants played with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half and for the first 10 minutes of ground hurling the boys dominated their opponents due mainly to the determination of the midfield partnership of Colin and John. The Brigids boys swamped the defence and made it difficult for the lads to find space but the forward line of Cormac, Dan and Matt Lawless worked tirelessly and were unlucky not to score. A couple of attacks at the other end were snuffed out by strong defending from Joseph, Adam and Ultan and on the rare occasion that a Brigids player got sight of the Raheny goal, Jack was on hand to comfortably deal with the danger. The change to air hurling seemed to suit the Brigids players and they opened the scoring with a well taken point. Dan saw two 45s narrowly miss the target and the half finished 1 point to no score to Brigids.

During the half time break the lads were reminded of the importance of tracking their opponent at all times. The marking from the Giants was much improved in the second half and Joseph and Matthew Grant tackled fearlessly in midfield to put Raheny on the front foot. Conor was a colossus in defence and his clever positional sense and speed to the ball were central to keeping the Brigids threat at bay. The pressure finally told and Matthew scored a lovely goal to get the Giants off the mark. This was followed by a wonder point scored from a superb ground strike by Cormac and although Brigids responded with a point of their own and a fortuitous goal, the balance of play was swinging in favour of the Giants. Matt Lawless set up numerous attacks with his excellent distribution from goal and when John scored a point from a free it seemed only a matter of time before the Giants claimed the winning score but it was not to be and the game finished all square on a score line of 1-02 apiece. A fair result and another sign that this talented bunch of players are making great progress.