St. Vincents (Hurling-away-7th March)

posted Mar 9, 2015, 4:57 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 5:12 PM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Pairc Naomh Uinsionn
 Throw In: 11am
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherBright, warm and windy

Raheny Lions

Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Paul Nolan and Padraig Kent

SquadJack Codd, Max Osborne, Rudi Kellett Whelan, Adam Roberts, Ryan Kent, Luke Morgan, Adam Savage, Sam Mitchell and Matthew Dowdall. (absent due to Injury/illness: Jamie Nolan and Colin Mc Aweeney)

The Raheny Lions came out 'roaring' on a great day for hurling and dominated a determined St Vincent's team from the throw in by producing their best display of the new season. The great commitment ,which is always there with the Lions, was matched with excellent ground hurling
skills and tackling as the first 10 minutes of ground hurling passed at a blink of an eye. The Raheny back three of Max Osborne, Ryan Kent and Matthew Dowdall worked really well together clearing any signs of danger leaving Adam Roberts our goalkeeper with very little to do.

As the referee called for Air Hurling Raheny skills came to the fore and on the stroke of half time, clever attacking by Rudi and Sam who combined well to force a '65' off a St Vincent's defender. Jack Codd took the resulting 65 and split the posts for a great point from distance.

In the second half Raheny once again dominated the affair and were rarely tested at the back as Max and Luke Morgan hoovered up everything in sight. Adam Roberts scored a goal after great individual work from Rudi. A few positional changes were made as we moved into the last few minutes as Ryan and Adam Savage moved further upfield. They combined really well when Ryan
got on the end of a through pass and buried the ball into the back of the net. The referee blew for full time almost immediately with a great win for the Raheny Lions by 2 goals and one point to no score.
Well done to the Raheny Lions.

Raheny Tigers

Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty, Conor Pitts

Squad: Brian Murray, James Pitts, Luke Kelly, Martin Bishop, Joe Bonnar, Cathal Shovlin, Callum McNamara, Dylan Strain and Johnny Baldwin.

On Saturday the Raheny Tigers travelled to a blustery Pairc Naomh Uinsionn to take on St Vincent's.


The Raheny boys dominated the first half and went into a well deserved two goal lead. The home team had no answer to the impressive attacking partnership of Brian Murray and Luke Kelly. It was Brian who struck first with a great finish after a fine pass from Luke. Minutes later, Luke himself got on the score-sheet with a great strike from distance. The Vinnies goal was leading a charmed life as a dominant Raheny piled on the pressure. Joe Bonner assisted the attack with some great challenges and the midfield pair of Martin Bishop and Cathal Shovlin were running the game with fine tackles, passes, and strikes on goal.


At the back, Dylan Strain, Callum MacNamara and James Pitts easily dealt with the few attacks that came their way. There was one notable clearance from Dylan that travelled half the length of the pitch. With most of the action at the other end, the Raheny goalkeeper, Johnny Baldwin, was a virtual spectator and had to be taken out of goal so he could see some action.


To their credit, the Vincent's boys did not capitulate under the pressure and, with a rare foray into the Raheny half, managed to score a fortuitous goal which was kicked over the Raheny goal line after a bit of a scramble in the goalmouth. The referee was obviously unsighted as the goal was allowed to stand.


The second half was a different story. The home team made full use of their numerous substitutes to get the upper hand over a tiring Raheny team and score four goals without reply. It's difficult to explain the change in fortunes of the teams from the first period. Despite being on the back foot for most of the second half, the Raheny boys never gave up and special mention to Johnny who kept trying the jab lifts that we had been practising at training.

Raheny Giants

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: Tony O'Grady & Niall Watters

SquadMatt Lawless, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Cormac Baldwin, Dan O'Grady, John Broderick, Conor Watters, Joseph Doherty, Mathew Grant and Adam Robinson.

The Raheny Giants made the short trip to Malahide Rd., to play giants of Dublin GAA, St. Vincents. While it was a bit windy, the weather was mild and warmish. Before the game, Mathew (who arrived feeling sick) had to go home and it was a great loss as this little man is our number one tackler/battler despite his modest stature. (hope you are better Mathew)

The mentors asked the boys to compete for every ball and to come off the pitch knowing that they played their hearts out, win, lose or draw. In the event, the game was very competitive with neither team giving an inch. Vinnies were very strong and gave the Giants their best battle to date. And a battle it was. Every ball was competed for with John and Cormac in midfield covering great ground. Vinnies shaded the first half with a few goals that were fortuitous, bobbling on the ground and defying the stretches of our goal keeper. However, Adam, Ultan, and Joseph were tigerish in their defending, they were battling for each and every ball and most of the first half was played in the middle area. Conor and Matt got little ball up front and Vinnies went in 2 points to no score at the end of the half.

It was pointed out that Raheny were unlucky to be behind at the half time talk. The boys went out in the second half with some changes to tackle both Vinnies and the wind. The pattern continued but this time Raheny started to dominate in the midfield with both teams making the odd break for goal. The air hurling was fabulous from both teams with some greats runs and pucks. Conor Watters in goal for the second half provided a series of great puck outs from wides against a very strong wind. The defenders in this half (Matt and Joseph) were exemplary in their marking with Matt getting ball and making his way into midfield to pass up to the forwards of Dan and Adam. Joseph stayed rooted in the back and put in a great block from a big strike. Unfortunately with a long ground strike, Vinnies got a goal from a deflection off one of the defenders.

This put Vinnies 3 points up, however Ultan in midfield was leading his partners John and Adam to dominate the area and Cormac and Dan were getting the benefit up front. Dan latched on to the results of the boys, got the sliotar and sent a huge puck over the bar for 3 points. It was all square with a few minutes to go. Raheny nearly went into the lead when Cormac was very unlucky not to keep hold of a high catch for a skill point. Just before the full time whistle with the match in the balance, Raheny were penalised for a push that was dubious. Vinnies put the ball over the bar and ran out winners by 6 points to 3. In truth, a draw may have been fairer. 

Overall, the performance from the lads was outstanding, the level of commitment, tackling and bravery was clear to all and the boys worked as a team and helped each other. Great performance lads, the future looks bright.