V Naomh Mearnog -Hurling - away - 30/8/15

posted Sep 16, 2015, 1:17 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 6:10 AM by Web Admin ]

Raheny U9s 

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

Report by Paul Nolan

Wow! Watch a Game and What a Great Result. The Raheny Giants really came of age against a strong and disciplined Naomh Mearnog in their first hurling match of the new season. Raheny started very well without dominating proceedings as man marking by both teams meant that there was very little space anywhere on the pitch. However, as the first half rolled on Ultan Fitzpatrick and Dan O’ Grady gained the upper hand and provided valuable chances for Matt Lawless and Colin McAweeney up front. Two great points from John and Cormac Baldwin after demonstrating great stick work to make space for themselves put Raheny into a comfortable lead.

At the back Joseph Doherty marshalled the defence well with great support and covering from Jamie Nolan and Adam Robinson who were strong in the tackle to win the ball. Half time came quickly with Raheny leading 1-2 to 1-1 with Matt Lawless grabbing the Raheny goal.

A few tactical changes at half time meant that Raheny became even more competitive. Going man to man every time by every Raheny player meant that the Giants won most 50:50 balls. Superb points from distance from John, Dan and Cormac gave Raheny an unassailable lead of 2 goals and 5 points (total 17 points) to 2 goals and 1 point (total 5 points) after ten minutes of the second half. Great support play with Raheny players calling for passes from their team mates in space was really pleasing as chance after chance was created for Martin and Ciaran upfront.

Naomh Mearnog did rally and put Raheny backs under pressure as the Giants tired in mid field. Gaps appeared at the back as Mearnog players broke forward to grab a few consolation goals. The final whistle blew with a great victory for the Giants by 17 points to ten.  The victory was very well deserved. A lot of skills practiced is training were on view. Positional sense and anticipation when under pressure to defend is something that will need to be worked on over the next few weeks.

A big well done lads from the mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tony Lawless and Paul Nolan.

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