1st March 2014

Craobh Chiarain V Raheny (Group 2)

 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of  Host Teams: 2
 Weather:Sunny & fresh

Raheny Orange

Report By: Niall Watters 
Mentors: Niall Watters and Tony Lawless

Squad: Jack Codd, Adam Roberts, Sam Mitchell, Matt Lawless, Conor Watters, Brian Murray, Colin McAweeney and Evan Wynne. 

On a wonderful spring sunny morning in Maypark, for the first time in weeks the grass was playable and our boys played two great games against Craobh Chiarain This was the occasion of the getting the orange team's first football match of the year off to a start against Craobh Chiarain. On the day, Evan Wynne joined our orange team for the day. The first match was a close affair with Craobh Chiarain running out winners by 6 points to 4. Our lads hadn't played a competitive football match since November and it took a while for them to get back into the groove and mindset of matches.  Craobh Chiarain young guns got amongst us right from the outset. Matt Lawless scored for Raheny with long frees and by half time it was all square. Raheny Oranges missed a few opportunities in the second half while our opponents were more clinical in front of goal and from free kicks.

In the second match of the day, the Orange teams got more into the run of things, shaking off match rustiness with some great marking and tackling. It was another close affair, but we lost out by a few well taken points in the second half on the part of Craobh. Our opponents were a strong team and showed us what we can achieve when we get more matches under our collective belts. Well done again to our lead scorer on the day, Matt lawless: he was ably assisted by our defensive rock, Jack Codd, himself assisted on the day by Ciaran Kerrisk, Brian Murray, Colin McAweeney and Adam Roberts. Sam Mitchell and Conor Watters were busy throughout both games in midfield. Thanks to Evan Wynne, who plucked some great high balls out of the air during the games. Well done to all the lads who showed all the signs of the form that more match practice will lead to over the coming weeks. Let's hope the rain can stay away to give us a good run of sunny Saturday mornings. Great to be back playing football, the boys are looking forward to the next outing.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Padraig Kent

Mentors: Padraig Kent, Conor Pitts and Tony O’Grady
Squad: Cormac Baldwin, Johnny Baldwin, Ryan Kent, Oscar Thomas, Rian Prizeman, Luke Kelly, James Pitts, Dan O’Grady.

The 1st of March saw the Raheny 2006 Orange Crew arrive as guests of Craobh Chiarán at Maypark near Donnycarney on the Malahide road.  Swapping last week’s helmets and hurls for gumshields they met the Craobh ready for action on the first day of Spring fresh from the Gormanstown indoor tournament. This unit with seven competitive games already behind them were a serious challenge for the Raheny men on this their second outing of the season. Nevertheless the Raheny Orange were up for the game from the off. Head Coach Mr. Pitt's instructions for our first game were clear and straight forward, "we must concentrate on maintaining our field position".  Our boys listened and throughout both of our encounters they held their positions showing great discipline.  

In the first game Dan O'Grady shone for Raheny in defence chasing every loose ball and terrorising Craobh's offensive front line.  He showed excellent technique as he cleared the ball on many occasions threading super passes to his teammates in midfield.  Rian Prizeman showed positional awareness with incisive runs into space making himself available for passes and supporting the midfield at every opportunity. Cormac Baldwin once again showed real grit after taking a knock to pick himself up and take the free kick and score from 15 metres.  Craobh Chiarán responded as expected putting our goal undersiege.  The pressure eventually took its toll and despite some excellent goal keeping by Ryan Kent and some surgical kick outs to his team mates in midfield, Craobh eventually got the better of Raheny Blue in our first contest of the day. The final score of 5 points to 1 did not reflect the competitive proximity of both teams.

Raheny were to be denied despite some fine kicks at goal by the more accurate finishing of the Chraobh.  Mr. Pitt asked for more in our second game, focusing our men’s attention on the fundamentals of tackling.  Again our lads responded to the instruction: Craobh on this occasion were not allowed any free movement of the ball with excellent one hand tackling from Raheny Orange in all areas of the pitch.  James Pitt, Oscar Thomas, Johnny Baldwin, Luke Kelly showed real determination and gave no quarter to the opposition.  Mathew Grant was tireless in his support to Cormac Baldwin up front, always stepping into space and always available for the simple pass.  When opportunity knocked he showed real confidence in front of goal only to be denied by excellent goal keeping.  The final score of 9 to 7 points in favour of Orange was well deserved.  Overall, it must be said that Raheny Orange showed real grit against two battle hardened Craobh outfits.  Our thanks must also go to the Parents and families who attended, showing wonderful vocal support to our boys.

Raheny V Castleknock (Group 1)

 Venue:St Annes 12A           
 Throw In: 12:15
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of  Host Teams: 2
 Weather:Sunny & warm

Raheny Green

Report By: Kieran Doherty 
Mentors: Kieran Doherty, Paul Nolan and John Strain

Squad: Luke Morgan, Mathew Dowdall, Joseph Doherty, John Broderick, Jamie Nolan, Max Osbourne, Dylan Strain, Joe Bonnar and Tiernan O’Brien.

The Raheny Green Team started their 2014 campaign with two well deserved victories over two spirited and skillful Castleknock teams. The pitch was a little heavy but none of the players were deterred in what were otherwise good conditions.


The first game was a tight affair with the Green Team coming out on top by 13 points to 12. Dylan Strain was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring for Raheny when he found the net with an opportunist tap-in following a Raheny attack that Castleknock failed to clear. Max Osbourne was the other Green Team scorer in the first half with a fine kick over the bar. Following an impressive first half in goal, John Broderick moved into midfield in the second and monopolised the rest of the Raheny scoring with a fine display of skills. Castleknock were made to work very hard for their points as Matthew Dowdall and Luke Morgan worked well in defence to stop the opposition getting past.

The second match produced another victory for Raheny, this time by 9 points to 3. Jamie Nolan confidently took over in goal and was rarely worked by the opposition. In a game of only four scores, Raheny were reasonably comfortable throughout. Tiernan O'Brien and Joe Bonner worked well to stop Castleknock from having many scoring opportunities while at the same time setting up Raheny attacks. John Broderick was again on form and, as players began to tire, Joseph Doherty had a couple of shots at goal but the Castleknock goalkeeper made good saves to keep the score down.

Overall, the Green team did their mentors proud and the performances bode well for a good season.

Raheny Red

Report by: Donni Rossi

Mentors: Donni Rossi and Kevin Fitzpatrick
Squad: Martin Bishop, Shay Daly, Luke McCullough, Sean Quinn, Adam Robinson, Cian Rossi, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick and Cathal Shovlin

Saturday was the first competitive outing of the season against a steely Castleknock side.

The Red Team got off to a great start with 2 wins and a big score racked up in the process. There was a wonderful contribution from all the lads with some great scores coming from Dan O Grady, Luke McCullough, Se Daly and Cathal Shovlin.

There was super fielding in mid field from Ordhran Carmody. This was assisted by the accurate kick outs of Cian Rossi and Sean Quinn. The defending was also outstanding from both Adam Robinson and Ultan Fitzpatrick. Our link up play between forward and backs was very evident.

There will be tougher days ahead, but the future is bright. Well done Lads.