v St. Sylvesters (Football - Away - 14/2/15)

posted Feb 15, 2015, 3:26 PM by raheny gaa   [ updated Feb 15, 2015, 3:28 PM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s - Full Panel

 Venue:            Malahide Castle
 Throw In: 11:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherBright & Sunny ('spring' like)

First up: The mentors would like to convey how delighted we are with our best turn out to date on Saturday with 36 boys arriving in Malahide for our game. A big thank you to the boys and their parents.

Raheny Lions

Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Paul Nolan, Brendan Shovlin and Padraig Kent

Squad:Ryan Kent, Cathal Shovlin, Jamie Nolan, Max Osborne, Conor

Watters, Luke Kelly, Rudi Kellett-Whelan, Ultan Fitzpatrick & Ciaran Kerrisk.

A beautiful spring day in Malahide castle grounds set the scene for a great football game for the Under 9 Raheny Lions against St Sylvester's. From the off, the Lions defended excellently against a well drilled Sylvester's side and took every opportunity to attack with precision towards the opposition goal. In particular ,Ultan Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Kerrisk worked tirelessly to make openings for forwards Jamie Nolan, Conor Watters and Luke Kelly. More accurate shooting would have meant that the Lions would go into halftime with a slender lead but it was Sylvester's who held the lead by a narrow margin.

In the second half, Raheny's skills in correctly picking the ball up from the ground and extra skill points for a block down were to be admired and were well ahead of the skills shown by Sylvester's.

Ryan Kent, Max Osborne and Jack Codd covered every blade of grass to even up the scores while Rudi Kellett-Whelan, Matthew Dowdall and Cathal Shovlin hunted in packs and made it very difficult for Sylvester's to get clean ball. In the last few minutes however the huge commitment put in by all the boys meant that there were many weary legs and the final whistle blew to
the relief of Sylvester's who held on for a narrow victory.

Overall great commitment and skills by the Raheny Lions who continue to put into practice what they learn on a Tuesday nights at Alfie Byrne road and Friday nights in the Club Astro. Well done lads and keep up the hard work.

Raheny Giants

Report By: Joanne Kerrisk

Mentors: Joanne Kerrisk, Tony O'Grady & Kieran Doherty

SquadDan O'Grady, Colin McAweeney, Luke McCullough, Joseph Doherty, Adam Roberts, John Broderick, Matt Lawless, Rian Prizeman, Martin Bishop, Adam Robinson & Cormac Baldwin.

Malahide Castle was the venue for Raheny to meet Sylvester's in football this weekend. It was a bright sunny morning making for excellent playing conditions.

Raheny Giants started very strong at the first blow of the whistle and never let the tempo ease throughout the match. The Giants demonstrated team work, looking up before releasing the ball and picking out their man to move the ball quickly up the pitch. All their hard work paid off with Cormac opening up the score board with the ball hitting the back of the oppositions net. The play never really left Sylvester's half with the Giants dominating the play and were unlucky not to have notched up a few more scores but before haft time Sylvester's opened up their score sheet with a point but the Giants reacted quickly with Rian finding the back of the net and John scored a flawless point from a free Martin had won. 

Rian created some excitement on the sidelines targeting a score on five attempts when the ball eventually hit off the bar and was brought pack up the field. The second half brought more of the Raheny fight, never taking the foot off the gas. Adam scored a great goal from some great 
passing of the ball up the field from the back's  that turned around the play. Matt in goal provided the Giants with a fine save in goal but Sylvester's never gave up and came at the Raheny goal in force sending it over the line and tapped over a point. The Giants work rate was immense, team play was tight and finished a great match with Luke sailing the ball over the bar from his right foot. The game ended Giants 3g 2pts Sylvester's 1 g 2pts and 1 skill point. Well done Giants, ye were the first of many great wins this weekend in sport - Kilkenny, Dublin and Ireland.

Raheny Tigers

Report By: Conor Pitts

Mentors: Conor Pitts, John Strain & Niall Watters.

SquadBrian Murray, Callum McNamara-Ryan, Peter Brazil, Dylan Strain, James Pitts, Sam Mitchell, Mathew Brigdale, Alex Morrissey, Adam Savage, Joe Bonar, Oscar Thomas and Mathew Dowdall.

A brilliant second half performance saw the Tigers snatch a dramatic late win over St.Sylvesters.

Trailing by 2 goals to no score from early in the second half, the boys roared back with 2 goals and a point in the final minutes. The boys showed their pick up skills and tackled well all game.

Dylan and Adam shared the keeping duty and both performed very well and were very accurate with the kick outs. Luke Morgan read the game expertly and snuffed out many moves. Sam tackled and tackled all game whether in defence or up front and was rewarded with the final goal of the game. In Midfield we had Matthew, James and Peter who all put in a great shift. Up front Alex, Jonny , Calum, Oscar and Joe put the opposition under great pressure and the pressure finally told in the last few minutes. Brian Murray, whether in defence or up front, showed his ever improving skills.

The mentors were delighted with the show of skills from the boys but most important was the desire and great attitude to not give up and keep going till the end of the game.

Keep up the good work in training .

Tigers (6) v Sylvester's (2), Scorers: Adam 1.0 Alex 1.1 Sam.