St. Vincents & Whitehall Colmcille - Football Away - 6/6/15

posted Jun 11, 2015, 6:10 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Jun 14, 2015, 12:57 PM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Pairch Naomh Uinsionn    
 Throw In: 10AM
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 6
 WeatherWindy and overcast

Raheny Lions

Report by: Joanne Brennan

: Paul Nolan, Tony Lawless & Joanne Brennan

Squad: Max Osborne, Ciaran Kerrisk, Jamie Nolan, Ciaran Kerrisk, Martin Bishop, Matt Lawless, Johnny Baldwin, Mathew Grant, Luke Kelly, Conor Watters, Sam Mitchell, Brian Murray, Cathal Shovlin and Adam Roberts.

This week the Lion's partook in a football blitz on the grounds of St Vincent's.

The 1st match saw the Lion's take on Whitehall. With a strong breeze against the Lions in the first half the lads fought hard to win ball. For most of this half the Lions held majority of possession and were unlucky not to have scored. The second half commenced with no score to either side. Again the Lions work rate was immense keeping possession but unlucky not to convert. The game ended a draw with no scores but Jamie got a skill point and Max got two, therefore a Lions victory. Fair play to Johnny, Luke & Brian for putting on the Whitehall Jersey in this game.... Great sportsmanship! The lesson from this match is to pass the ball to your team mate that is in a better position to score and not just to be aimlessly kicking at goal with no conversion.... Team play.

The 2nd game of the day saw the Lions take on St Vincent's. This was going to be a different affair and the mentors advised the lads to work together, keep shoulder to shoulder with their marker. From the 1st blow of the whistle the Lion's marked their ground, demonstrating that they were no push over. The Lion's displayed some lovely football and great team effort against a strong opposition by were unlucky to to open up the score board in the first half but is wasn't from lack of trying. The second half saw more of the same from the Lion's and they played the better football. Play was over turned by the Lions not giving Vincent's a sniff at a score. The half saw great work rate concert in to a point from Ciaran, which was the only score of the game. The match ended Raheny 1 pt to Vincent's skill points. In this match the score didn't really come into play as the Lion's took on a very strong Vincent's and the Lion's won out with the classier football. Well done boy's!

Raheny Giants

Report by: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Brendan Shovlin, Kieran Doherty, Kevin Fitzpatrick

Squad: Ultan Fitzpatrick, Cormac Baldwin, Dan O'Grady, John Broderick, Colin McAweeney,   Adam Robinson, Alex Morrissey and Joseph Doherty.

On Saturday last, the Raheny Giants again made the now familiar trip to Pairc Naomh Uinsionn to take on St Vincents and Whitehall.Colmcille in a 3 team blitz.

Excellent performances from the boys resulted in one victory and one narrow defeat.

First up were Whitehall.Colmcille who were playing their second game in a row. After an even start, John Broderick broke the deadlock with a well taken goal, and was quickly followed by a great point from Luke McCullough. This midfield partnership was starting to show great form and understanding.

Strong tackling  and tight marking by  Ultan Fitzpatrick, Dan O’Grady and Alex Morrissey restricted the Whitehall forwards to only the occasional chance. When Whitehall did penetrate the defence they were further frustrated by some good saves from Joseph Doherty who capped a great performance with a number of important blocks from his second half midfield berth. Joseph was also unlucky not to score when the ball came back off the bar, but the ever alert Rian Prizeman was on hand catch the rebound and take a point before the Whitehall backs could react. This was Rian’s second score as he had already beaten the goalkeeper with a coolly taken goal.

Due to a larger squad size the Giants were able to benefit from a number of substitutions to keep players fresh and the Whitehall lads began to feel the pressure of two consecutive matches. The Raheny Giants were deserved winners by a score of 14 – 5.

There was a quick turnaround for the Giants who then faced a St Vincents team who had benefited from a rest between games. This made the hosts a tougher challenge and both teams did not disappoint in an entertaining match where skill levels were high but the chances were few. Mention must go to Adam Robinson, Jack Codd and John Broderick who were tireless in their work for the team with great tackles and blocks. However, it was Colin McAweeney who stole the plaudits with a fantastic point from wide on the side-line.

Unfortunately, the two back to back matches took their toll and the Griant eventually fell to a narrow 3 point defeat. However, the performance was great and the lads deserved the medals that they received

Raheny Tigers

Report by: John Strain

Mentors: John Strain, Padraig Kent and Niall Watters

Squad: Callum McNamara, Cathal Shovlin, Adam Savage, Mathew Dowdall, Dylan Strain, Ceda Griffin, James Pitts, Joe Bonar, Rudi Kellett, Peter Brazil, Ryan Kent & Tiarnan O'Brien.

On a blustery day the Raheny Tigers demonstrated their skills and fighting spirit in winning a hard fought game against St Vincents and gained a comfortable victory over Whitehall. The Tigers defence in both games was exemplary keeping a clean sheet in both games. Congratulations J

Special thanks to Tiarnan, Ceda and Joe for their sportsmanship in helping out the opposition who were short players.

Raheny Tigers 1-4 v Whitehall 0-0

The Tigers midfield led by Rudi, Ryan and man of the match Adam Savage drove the team to victory by winning the breakdown battles and applying constant pressure on the Whitehall defence.

Luke Kelly and Adam led the attack scoring points with assists coming from James and Joe. Score of the day came in the second half from Ryan, scoring a tremendous half volley which sailed into the back of Whitehall’s net. They will be talking  about that goal for many a day in the school yard J. The Tigers defence marshalled by Dylan and Peter ensured Callum had a very quiet day in goals. Matthew Dowdall played a key sweeping role winning clean and breaking ball which enabled Tiger’s midfield to apply constant pressure on Whitehall defence and forcing their midfield to constantly play in a defensive capacity.  Adam had a fantastic game in midfield demonstrating no cause is a lost one, applying incessant pressure on the opposition and scoring points at vital times.             

Special mention for Ceda and Tiarnan who broke up Tigers attacks on too many occassions! Job well done. The Raheny mentors were very proud of your efforts as well as feeling very frustrated by them.  

Raheny Tigers 0-1 (2 skill points) v St Vincents 0-0

Raheny Tigers dominated a low scoring game with Rudi, Adam and Matthew winning the key battles in midfield. While the St Vincents team defended admirably keeping the scores to a minimum special praise for the Tigers defence where Peter, Dylan, Ryan, Ceda and Luke played starring roles in keeping a clean sheet. Player of the day Adam scored the vital point from a free kick keeping a cool head and getting vital blocks in during the second half. The most pleasing part of this victory was the teamwork and level of application demonstrated by the whole team. The forwards led by Tiarnan and James were exemplary in keeping constant pressure on St Vincents defence , there was no easy out ball for them which enabled Rudi and Matthew to win ball to feed the star player of the day.   

Special mention for Joe who was oh so close in nearly earning St Vincents a draw. Joe had a great second half for St Vincents – well played J