St. Patricks (Donabate) - Home 14/3/15

posted Mar 19, 2015, 3:49 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 3:49 PM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            St. Annes 12A
 Throw In: 11am
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherWindy and Cold

Raheny Lions

Report By: Padraig Kent

Mentors: Padraig Kent and Niall Watters

SquadJack Codd, Rudi Kellett Whelan, Ryan Kent, Conor Watters, Luke Morgan, Adam Savage, Matthew Dowdall, Ciaran Kerrisk, Alex Morrissey, Martin Bishop, Luke Kelly and Johnny Baldwin.

The Lions were on home turf to entertain St Pat’s on a windy, chilly Saturday morning last.  All the coaches were really looking forward to this encounter as St Pat’s have historically favoured football over hurling allocating the majority of its time and resources to the big ball.  The game would be a true test of the hard work our boys had put in with both codes.  Once again, it appears the greater the test the more our young men rise to the challenge.  

The first half was rife with untypical handling errors with St Pat’s playing with the wind at their tails really going for it.  It appeared however the errors were more as a result of the intensity of St Pat’s tackling and credit must go to the opposition for this.  Their pressure paying off with a 2 goal and 1 point lead to 1 goal.  Their point however was deemed to be wide by all present except the man with the whistle.  Martin’s goal was a well worked move originating with excellent service from Ciarán in mid field to Rudi up front.  Spacing was excellent with Luke drawing his defender out of position as he received Rudi’s delivery and then sloting  a perfectly weighted pass into Martins hands as he slipped past his own man.  Under pressure, Martin's strike was in the net before the keeper could twitch.  

Going into the 2nd half the raheny men with the wind at their backs appeared to improve by the minute.  Ryan moved into midfield for the 2nd half after a solid period in the backs for the first half. Jack with fresh legs after a stint in goal was the other half of this midfield pairing and brought with him his usual mix of creative excellent decision making coupled with selfless running.  Alex was in the backs along with Rudi and Luke Morgan once again felt the pressure from another sustained onslaught from Pat’s.  The grouping was not to be found wanting keeping the Pats Tally to a point in the 2nd half.  Alex in particular had an excellent period clearing his patch with great efficiency not giving an inch to the opposition.  As the game progressed the Lions appeared to be able to make more space for themselves dispite excellent defending from Pat’s.  After another triple passing combination, Conor found himself in front of Pats posts and didn’t disappoint with an excellent strike high and over the bar.  The final score was 2-2 to 1-1 in favour of Pat’s however the skill points accumulated by both teams indicated the real difference.  St Pat’s were awarded 12 skill points is an indication of the true grit in their defence.  However the Lions 8 skill points were a fine reply.  Well done Raheny Lions.

Raheny Tigers

Report By: Joanne Brennan

Mentors: Tony Lawless & Joanne Brennan

Squad: Brian Murray, James Pitts, Joe Bonnar, Callum McNamara, Cathal Shovlin, Evan Wynne, Sam Mitchell, Cian Rossi, Tiernan O'Brien, Peter Brazil and Johnny Baldwin.

Tigers took on St.Pats on home soil on Saturday. In the first half Tigers just didn't take on Pat's they also took on a very strong breeze. St Pats started very strong winning a lot of ball keeping our mid field and backs on their toes. Tigers battled hard and Cathal provided them with a save just before half time.

Tigers started the second half 2 goals 1 point down but had the advantage of the breeze in this half. The boys started strong with a never give up attitude. Peter in goal provided his team with strong kick outs finding his man. Johnny's work rate was immense and was rewarded with a goal, point and a skill point. Cathal in mid field kept chasing the ball moving it up the field and effortlessly sending it over the bar. We were beginning to see a different team in this half. James in midfield tackled hard breaking ball, turning over play at midfield. Brian found space and demonstrated some lovely hand passing and for all his work was awarded a skill point. Tiernan was in backs and stuck to his man not allowing him to have an easy time. Sam as always fought hard for every ball breaking down a lot of St Pat's momentum in both halves, he was the thorn in their side. Callum, Evan, Cian and Joe also worked hard when they came on.

Tigers worked extremely hard in the second half, pulling together as a team and showing their skills they have learnt from training with the result of the only two skill points of the match. The game ended:Tigers 1g 2 pts + 2 skill points - St Pats 2g 3 pts. Tigers were unlucky to have lost out by the 2 points but never gave up. Well done

Raheny Giants

Report By: Donni Rossi

Mentors: Tony O'Grady, Kieran Doherty & Donni Rossi

SquadMatt Lawless, Cormac Baldwin, Dan O'Grady, John Broderick,  Joseph Doherty, Mathew Grant, Adam Roberts, Luke McCullough, Colin McAweeney, Rian Prizeman and Adam Robinson.

Another good day at the office for the Raheny Giants. It took a few Minutes for both teams to get going as it was a chilly morning. St Pats began well picking up some early skill points with some good blocks. However, Raheny responded well with good blocking from Joseph, Colin and Mathew. Before half time Raheny became more dominant with some great fielding in Mid Field from Luke and John. The Dominance resulted in 2 well worked points for Rian and 1 point slotted by John. Just before half time we lost A very influential Dan to a neck injury.

The second half brought some increased pressure from St Pats with a good point and 4 skill blocks without reply. This left the game quite tight until Raheny again exerted their dominance with scores coming via Cormac, Luke, Colin and finally 1 more for Rian. Well Done Boys. Keep up the good work.