Whitehall Colmcilles, Away, Football (31/3/15)

posted Apr 8, 2015, 8:21 AM by raheny gaa   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 8:21 AM by Web Admin ]
Raheny U9s 

 Venue:            Ellenfield Park, Whitehall.        
 Throw In: 11:30am
 No. of Raheny Teams: 3
 No. of Opponent Teams: 3
 WeatherSunny and very windy.

Raheny Lions

Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Padraig Kent, Joannne Kerrisk, Tony Lawless and Paul Nolan

SquadMax Osborne, Adam Savage, Alex Morrissey, Joseph Doherty, Ciaran Kerrisk, Rudi Kellett Whelan, Martin Bishop, Brian Murray and Ryan Kent

A powerful Lions Team took to the field to play Whitehall Colmcille in football on a wet and windy day in Whitehall. The Lions opted to play with the wind in the first half. From the off Raheny Lions dominated the proceedings with strong performances from Joseph Doherty and Max Osborne who broke up the Whitehall attack brilliantly and provided great go forward ball for the Lions forwards Alex Morrissey, Rudi Kellett Whelan and Adam Savage. Alex scored two goals in quick succession and then moved to the backs to be replaced by Martin Bishop.

The Raheny defenders had very little to do but when the ball did cross the half way line it was dealt brilliantly by Ryan Kent and Ciaran Kerrisk who cleared the ball downfield for their forwards. Eventually the pressure began to tell as the Lions showed great skills in looking up and finding their team mates with hand and foot passes. At the Interval the Lions led 2 Goals and 3 Points to no Score following points from Martin Bishop, Joseph Doherty and a hand pass over the bar by Max Osborne for three more points.

Raheny Lions anticipated a bigger challenge from Whitehall as they had the big wind behind them. However the second half followed the same trend as the first. Ryan Kent, Ciaran Kerrisk and Brian Murray moved forward and between them added another goal and more importantly 2 points onto the score board to give a final score of Raheny Lions 3-5 (18 points) to Whitehall Colmcille No Score.

Well Done Lions. A very good win but in particular a strong display of passing and finding your team mate in space to move forward at pace towards the opponent work boys!

Raheny Tigers

Report By: John Strain (1st time reporter!)

Mentors: John Strain, Paul Bonar Kieran Dohety and Donnovan Rossi.

SquadCian Rossi, James Pitts, Matthew Brigdell, Dylan Strain, Joe Bonar, Cathal Shovlin, Tiarnan O'Brien, Johnny Baldwin and Rudi Kellet-Whelehan

On a wet and blustery day, it was Whitehall who adapted to the conditions to win the day but Raheny Tigers can be proud of their efforts and worked as a team to come storming back into the game in the second half. 

In the first half, Whitehall maximised home advantage by positioning themselves to put pressure on Raheny kick outs which enabled them to gain early scores with no reply from Raheny. Raheny midfield led by Johnny and Cathal tirelessly worked their socks off with the forwards Tiarnan and James dropping into midfield to assist them but it was the windy elements which thwarted their efforts in front of goal.

A stirring half time speech by Donni and super sub Rudi inspired a second half revival which heaped the pressure  back onto Whitehall. The charge was led by two quick scores from Rudi  ably assisted by the new attacking line up of Mathew B, Dylan and Joe. Cian and Tiarnan led the defence keeping Whitehall scores to a minimum in the second half with Cathal and Johnny creating the opportunities to enable Rudi to break from midfield to supply quality ball to the attack. The score of the day came from Raheny typifying their great teamwork. Raheny  defence broke up a Whitehall attack which enabled Rudi to go on a solo run finding Matthew B in space who unselfishly passed to Dylan who sprinted away to send the ball sailing over the bar. Raheny worked tirelessly to close the deficit but Whitehall first half performance was enough for the victory. Credit goes to the Tigers for putting in a battling performance right to the very end.

Raheny Giants

Report By: Brendan Shovlin

Mentors: Brendan Shovlin, Tony O'Grady, Niall Watters and Kevin Fitzpatrick.

SquadConor Watters, Jamie Nolan, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Matt Lawless, Dan O'Grady, Colin McAweeney, Luke McCullough, Cormac Baldwin and Rian Prizeman.

On a cold and wet morning,  the Giants took to the field minus a few players due to injury, but determined to keep their good performances going. Conditions were were made all the more difficult with a strong gale blowing across the pitch, making accurate passing and shooting a chore. However, the lads went to work with gusto and their basic skills shone through even in the most testing of circumstance. With Colin, Luke and Ultan cleaning up in the back, Cormac and Conor dominating around the mid field and Dan, Rian, Matt and Jamie working tirelessly up front, chances were flowing, but not taking with a solitary point from Cormac all the lads had to show for their efforts. Whitehall eventually came into the game and were more economical with their possession scoring two points. It could have been more but a great block from Cormac earning a skill point and another from Luke, who was unlucky not to gain a point, sent Whitehall in 6-4 up at half time.

The second half was much the same as the first, with Raheny's greater skill level showing through but unable to convert the chances. Luke moved into midfield and along with Dan and Rian and Cormac drove the Giants forward at every opportunity. Collie and Ultan were allowing nothing through in the backs and eventually the hard work paid dividend when firstly a Conor point from a free and then a Matt point, after great work from Jamie gave Raheny the win their play richly deserved.  The lads will have learned a lot from this victory but mostly "the match is not over until the ref blows the final whistle". Great performance. Well done all.