Whitehall Colmcilles

posted Oct 19, 2014, 7:06 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 3:26 AM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U8s - Group 1

 Venue:            Ellenfield
 Throw In: 10:30
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 WeatherBright & very windy

Raheny Green

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: John Strain & Niall Watters.

SquadConor Watters, Joe Bonar, Colin McAweeney, Cathal Shovlin, John Broderick, Dylan Strain, Luke Kelly & Adam Robinson

It was a very windy morning in Ellenfield following the stormy conditions overnight. Raheny Greens made their second trip to Whitehall in this Autumn, having played the other Colmcille team in late September. Looking at the strong wind, we decided to play against the wind in the first half of each game with the hope that the wind would assist in the second half.

In the first match, despite having much of the play Raheny Greens struggled with our kicks against the strong wind and Whitehall built up a slim lead. However, Conor Watters was outstanding in goal in the first half with a bunch of saves and great kicks outs which we practiced during the warm up. With the wind, Joe and Colin got little ball up front but with what little they got Colin scored two goals by keeping the ball low. In the second half, the direction of the match changed considerably with the strong wind on our backs. Raheny added to our tally with great points from John Broderick, a great inspiration for all our boys with his fabulous work rate and attitude. Joe was unlucky not to add to his goal from last week despite doing great to pick up the ball in good positions. Dylan worked very hard to support him and make space for John's runs. Our defenders were immense in the second half also with Cathal, Adam and Luke all shining with their work rate with Whitehall failing to score in the second half. Raheny ran out winners by 2:2 (8 points) to 0:2 (6 points).

In the second game, we again started against the strong wind. However, learning the lessons from the first game, we did not kick the ball as highly to limit the impact of the wind and scored two points from play again from the boot of John Broderick. During the half the gusts were so strong at some points, that some of our kicks ended up being blown back in the direction they came from. Whitehall took advantage of the wind and scored one goal and two points. In the second half, Raheny Greens again controlled the half making great use of the wind reeling off four points all from John Broderick, including one amazing effort from a sideline kick. He was ably assisted in midfield by Dylan, with Adam, Cathal and Joe keeping things tight at the back and Colin keeping the opposition generally quiet in goal. Luke and Conor pulled the backs all over the park near the Whitehall goal, getting into great positions. We asked the boys at the outset to make sure they came off the pitch 'sweaty' reflecting their hard work and battling efforts: they did indeed and it was tribute to their ongoing hard work. This game finished 0:6 (18 points) for Raheny and 2:2 (8 points) for Whitehall. Remember lads, giving your all is 80% of the battle as you are seeing with the results each week, well done again on another impressive performance.

Raheny Red

Report By: Kevin (always late with Match reports) Fitzpatrick

Mentors: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tony O'Grady & Joanne Kerrisk

Ciaran Kerrisk, Matthew Brigdell, Callum mc Namara-Ryan, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Rian Prizeman, Dan O Grady & Jack Codd

This week Raheny visited Whitehall again for a football fixture against Whitehall Colmcille’s U8 squad. The wind was very strong and blowing directly from end to end of the pitches.

For the first match the Reds started against the wind and found it hard to get their long kicks up the pitch. Ciaran had to work hard in goal as did Jack and Rian in defence. Callum made some great runs with the ball in the forwards showing how fast he can move with the ball but Raheny were unlucky not to score and the first half ended with the lads 1-1 down.  In the second half with the wind at their backs, the Raheny boys took complete control of the match with any balls that made it into the Raheny half being quickly dispatched back to the forwards by Ultan and Matthew. Jack was rarely troubled in goal but still managed to set up an excellent score with a long and accurate kick out. Dan and Ciaran were bossing the game from the middle of the pitch and both scored a point a piece. Rian also scored a point allowing the boys to get a well-deserved win.

The wind had picked up even more for the second game and the boys started by playing into the wind. The lads really had to work very hard to get the ball out of their half against the wind. Ultan and Callum worked tirelessly in defence with Rian and Matthew coming back from midfield to help them out. Whitehall were playing some very fast football with lots of passing adding more pressure on boys. Whitehall put a few points over the bar before half time despite the best efforts of the boys. In the second half, with the wind behind them, the boys put in a good performance and pulled back a few scores with points from Dan and Ciaran and a goal from Rian. Jack was solid in defence showing how well he can block the ball and saved a few scores form going in.  Matthew also put in some well-timed blocks and great saves in goal.  Despite the excellent second half performance Raheny were unable to catch up with Whitehall on the score board and lost by a few points. The boys showed some excellent skills especially in blocking the ball.  

The coaches were very pleased with the play but the boys need to remember to work as a team and look for the free man to pass to. Well done boys.