St. Pats - Away - Football - 19/9/15

posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:43 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 3:25 PM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Donabate
 Throw In: 11am
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3

Report Donni Rossi

Report by Niall Watters.

After a long drive, the Raheny U9s arrived - with only a few minor ‘I’m lost’ calls - to St. Pat’s impressive grounds in Donabate. This was only our second game against St. Pats. The U9s had played St. Pats as our first game of the season back in February in St. Annes and on that occasion they were very strong opponents. Thus, the boys were told in training and from the outset to be prepared for a very tough match as our opponents play twice as much football as us given their focus on Football only.

With this in mind the game got off to a very competitive start. Today, Raheny Giants were premiering fully our quick kick outs ala Steo Cluxton. Jack was our goalkeeper in the first half and his goal keeping was impressive and his quick kick outs ever more impressive, so impressive indeed even some of our own players were not expecting the ball to come out just as quick as it did, a big credit to Jack.

Our backs in the first half were Ultan, Joseph and John and the held the line excellently, ably supported in midfield by Adam and Luke. Luke had an outstanding game both in the mid in the first half and in the backs in the second half. His fielding, passing and scoring was exceptional even playing on with a cut lip for most of the first half.

Up front Dan, Conor, Colin and Cormac combined to pull the St. Pats defenders from one side to the other opening spaces for our scores. The game was marred a little by some ‘dodgy’ refereeing decisions from the slightly biased home referee on the day: St. Pats were awarded a number of pointed frees from close to the goal that Raheny didn’t seem to get for similar infractions at the other end. It was one of those days.

The first half was therefore hard fought with St. Pats going into an early lead rattling of some fine points. The Giants came literally roaring back, with scores - following excellently passing play beforehand - from Luke (2 goals and 1 point) and the ever reliable Colin and Dan (1 point each). At half time it was 0:4 to 2:3 in favour of St. Pats.

In the second half, the pattern continued with Raheny generally domineering the game, only to be pegged back by more scored frees than poinst from play. Raheny scored 3 points in the second half (Luke 1 and Cormac 2) only to be outdone by four points from St. Pats. We in fairness missed two frees near the end (when the refereeing became more balanced) which would have put a fairer reflection on the game.

The final score in the game was 0:8 to St. Pats and 2:6 to Raheny. A loss by a point according to U9 rules but the Raheny Giants were the better team on the day and if not for some, as noted, curious refereeing decisions in the first three quarters of the game, the Giants should have won. Nevertheless, it was a great battling performance and it will surely bode well for the boys in the remaining games of the season. Well done lads.


Report by John Strain

St. Patricks 2 Goals - 4 points - 6 skill points
Raheny Tigers 1 Goal - 2 points - 7 skill points
Raheny Tigers put in a battling performance against a strong St Patricks side who scored two late points to win the game. Raheny can take a lot of confidence going into the next game with the amount of opportunities they created against St Pats. When Raheny Tigers rediscover their dogged determination and self-belief the victories will come.
Adam toiled relentlessly in midfield scoring a fantastic point along with five blocks, an outstanding individual performance. Adam was ably assisted by Sam who played a pivotal role in midfield and defence winning the 50/50 ball and turning defence into attack. Sam chipped in with two fine blocks. In the second half Cathal scored a fantastic point and showed in flashes the latent talent that is waiting to be untapped.  In defence Brian was a pillar breaking up St Pats attacks with Cian, Joe and Ryan acquitting themselves in their defensive duties. In the second half Luke Kelly and Ryan Kane combined to score a fine goal which cemented Raheny's period of dominance over St Pats. James and Joe always playing key roles constantly harassing St Pats defenders. Dylan played a crucial role in goals where his distribution was exemplary mixing long and short kick outs to great effect