12th April, 2014

Match Reports:

Raheny (Group 1) V Na Fianna

 Venue:            St. Anne's, Pitch 10
 Throw In: 11:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 Weather:Sunny and bright.

Raheny Green
Report By: Paul Nolan

Mentors: Kieran Doherty, Paul Nolan and John Strain

Squad: Luke Morgan, Mathew Dowdall, Joseph Doherty, John Broderick, Jamie Nolan, Max Osborne, Dylan Strain, Joe Bonar and Tiarnán O Brien.

In the first match the Green Team played really well against a well drilled Na Fianna team and practically owned the second half of the match without capitalising on their near 100% possession of the ball. Terrific defending and goalkeeping by Matthew Dowdall, Dylan Strain and Joe Bonnar were the highlights of the first half as we dug in to give ourselves a great chance in the second half. The game end in a draw one goal and one point each but Raheny Greens can feel a small bit aggrieved as a good point from John Broderick was waved wide despite going over the bar.

In the second match Raheny Greens started a little slowly but again came very strong towards the end of each half. The game again ended in a draw with the high scoring John Broderick, Max Osborne (current player of the week) also with a well taken point and Joseph Doherty covering every blade of grass to ensure that the match ended 6 points Raheny to 3 goals and 5 points Na Fianna.

As this match was coming towards the end, a great kick by a Na Fianna forward saw a brilliant high catch and clearance by goalkeeper Tiarnán O Brien save the day for the Green Team. Overall two very satisfactory displays and results from the 7 Raheny players on view who deserve great credit all round.

Raheny Red

Report by: Donni Rossi

Mentors: Donni Rossi

Squad: Martin Bishop, Sean Quinn, Adam Robinson, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Cathal Shovlin and Luke McCullough.

For game 1, the Red team came up against a very tough Na Fianna outfit in game 1.  We started really well with some great scores coming from Se Daly, Martin Bishop and luke McCullough. Na Fianna came rallying back towards the end of the first half however Raheny went in ahead of the break thanks to some great goal keeping from Ordhran Carmody and superb defending from Finn and Cathal. In the second half it was end to end stuff some great last ditch tackles from Ultan and Cian thwarted the Na Fianna attack. Na Fianna roared back with a few scores but thanks to a final point by Se. Raheny sneaked over the line. 

In game 2, the Raheny boys were really in their rhythm at this stage. We dominated the first half with great scores from Martin, Se, Luke. The mid field of Finn and Ultan did a great job breaking down the Na Fianna attack, with some wonderful goal keeping by Cian we held Na Fianna to only a few scores. Cathal and Ordhran continued to pump balls forward to great effect and as a result scoring on numerous occasions. Raheny red ran out comfortable winners in the end. 

Another great day for the Raheny Red team. The highlight being their interplay and passing which is a great positive. This was the 8th straight win for this outfit. Well done boys. Keep up the good work. 

O'Dwyers V Raheny (Group 2)

 Venue:Bremore Pk., Balbriggan
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of  Host Teams: 2
 Weather:Dry, Cold, and bright

Raheny Orange

Report By: Joanne Kerrisk

Mentors: Joanne Kerrisk & Conor Pitts

Squad: Jack Codd, Colin McAweeney, Conor Watters, Matt Lawless, Ciaran Kerrisk, Tom Beary and Samuel O'Leary.

Raheny Orange was joined today by Tom Beary and Samuel O Leary from the Under 7s as a number of our team were away. The Orange team also welcomed our lead football mentor, Conor Pitts.

In our first match today against O ‘Dwyer’s, it was a very one sided affair with Raheny Orange dominating all over the pitch. In the first half, Matt up front scored 2 goals from play with his wing-man Ciarán and Colin from midfield scoring 2 great points from play. In the second half Jack was unlucky not to have scored a goal but came up trumps with a great point from play. Ciarán (current player of the week) was awarded a free in which he put over the bar with his left foot. O’ Dwyer’s only provided one goal threat in this half with Samuel providing the Orange’s with a mighty save. The match ended with a 2 – 4 Raheny win with all the players demonstrating great team work.

We were up against a much stronger O ‘Dwyer’s team for our second match but our Orange team were ready for them on the back of their win. From the first blow of the whistle, our Raheny boys made their presence known setting the tempo for the game. In the first half our backs Tom and Jack defended with courage keeping the ball in the Raheny half. The first half ended with a goal from Matt for Raheny. In the second half, Raheny Orange scored two great goals coming off the boot of Conor and Sam with Matt scoring a point from play. The Orange team were unlucky to concede a goal and a point. Raheny held possession for much of the game with great scores coming from long kick out from Ciarán in goal. The match ended with another Raheny win of 3 – 2 to 1 - 1

Today the Orange team demonstrated great passing and moving of the ball and did their jersey proud. Well done lads, keep up the good work!

Raheny Blue

Report By: Padraig Kent 

Mentors: Padraig Kent & Tony O'Grady .

Squad: Dan O'Grady, James Pitts, Ryan Kent, Evan Wynne, Sam Mitchell, Luke Kelly and Johnny Baldwin

The blue crew visited O’Dwyers of Balbriggan for a football outing on Saturday morning.  With the Easter Holidays, we were down in numbers and welcomed the return of Thomas Reddy (current U7) to our ranks. Pitch conditions were difficult with 3 boys reporting ankle strains during the two games, keeping the sideline medical support busy for both teams. Game one was a difficult encounter for the blues, meeting a very efficient Balbriggan team. Oscar Thomas was kept very busy in goal and he drew praise from spectators on both sides for his shot stopping abilities.  Ryan Kent took up where he left off last week in defence with some great shot blocks out field and Luke Kelly must be commended for very tenacious tackling. Johnny Baldwin teamed up well with Dan O’Grady in Midfield. Both players worked extremely hard to support their forwards with Dan scoring a wonderfully struck point before halftime in the first game. James Pitts and Thomas Reddy were a constant thorn in the oppositions side.  Constantly moving into space and making themselves available to their midfield counterparts. 

Game 2 was a much tighter affair. The first half was all about offence with Balbriggan getting off to a great start scoring 3 goals to our 1 . Dan again was responsible for our first score.  Balbriggan were to get one more goal but Thomas Reddy growing in confidence with each game sidestepped the attention of his marker and slotted over the only 3pt shot of the game. Some tactical changes on both sides for the 2nd half made the remainder of the game very defensive with both teams playing great defence to deny some brilliant attempts on goal. The game finished 4 pts apiece with Raheny well deserving the draw.