16th November 2013

 Venue: Pitch 29/30, St Annes.
 Throw In:  10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams:  5
 No. of  Host Teams:  6
 Weather: Dry, Cloudy, Moderate Wind
 Pitch Condition: Dry, Soft, Grass Medium

Raheny Orange

Report By: Kieran Doherty
Coaching Team: Conor Pitts, Kieran Doherty, John Strain.

The Raheny Orange team completed two football matches and one hurling match when they visited their near neighbours Clontarf.  The first football match was a very close affair with the defenders of both teams on top, and finished with one score to each team. The Raheny score was thanks to some determined play on the Clontarf goal line by Ben McCarthy. The Raheny lads worked hard with great challenges from Luke Kelly and Jack Codd. 

The second football match was a one-sided affair with Raheny running out deserved winners by 6 points to nil with some great scores. There were impressive performances from Mark McHugh, Thomas Reddy and Rian Prizeman. 

The final game for the Orange team was a hard fought hurling match. There were some great strikes from Finn Brassil, Dylan Strain and Joseph Doherty but the long grass made it difficult for both sides. In an even encounter it was Clontarf that got the only score of the game to run out winners. 

Overall, everyone involved put in a good performance as the Sam Maguire looked on.

Raheny Green

Report By: Shane Beary 
Coaching Team: Shane Beary, Padraig Kent, Conor Clarke.

The Green team played 3 hurling and 1 football match against some very well drilled Clontarf teams. First up for the Green team was hurling and despite some excellent goalkeeping from Samuel O'Leary and an "wall of steel" defensive strategy from Tom Beary and Zach Newson the team was defeated by a very strong Clontarf side. 

Next up was another hurling match which was dominated by some great Raheny teamwork and lit up by a dazzling long distance goal from Matthew Grant created from a stunning pass by Tiernan O'Brien.
In the 3rd hurling match the Clontarf goalmouth saw most of the action and some rocket shots from Cormac Baldwin and Michael Clarke narrowly missed their targets. The Raheny team had to settle for a scoreless draw in what was an excellent performance. Finally the green team played their only football match and despite the excellent saves and kick outs from Ryan Kent and excellent linking play from Matthew Dowdal the tiring Raheny side lost out to a talented Clontarf outfit.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Niall Watters
Coaching Team: Niall Watters, Ian Marnane.

On a windswept pitch 29 and 30 in St. Anne’s Park, the Raheny Blue team took to the field with some changes in our personnel on foot of Raheny fielding five not four teams. On the day, we were joined by Sean Quinn and Dan O’Grady (2006s who have been playing for the 2005s) and by Eduardo Tome, Joe Bonnar, Liam Savage, Alex Marnane and Luke Morgan, from the 2006 group but who had up to now played with some of the other colours.
Raheny Blue were to play six matches, three hurling and three football, but with the overrun in time and the arrival of a very special visitor, we only got to play four. The first three matches were hurling, in which we won one and drew two. The goal in our won game was scored by our own ‘super striker’ Conor Watters. He was ably assisted by Alex Marnane and Evan Wynne up front, and by Sean Quinn and Dan O’Grady, who marshalled a strong defence. Over the two drawn hurling games, there was great tackling and commitment shown by all but with Luke Morgan, Joe Bonnar and Liam Savage standing out. Our final game was in football and was won by a great goal and man of the match display from Dan O’Grady. In that match, Eduardo Tome was a rock in our goal with some great kick outs and he was very well protected in defence by a committed Jamie Ward, Brian Murray and Luke Morgan, all tackling impressively.
Today’s display was against a team that six months ago taught us a lesson or two, today was a big contrast and goes to show the great improvement these lads are making and have made in a half year. Well done lads, you’re a credit to yourselves and an inspiration for the rest of us. At the end of the games, Clontarf GAA had arranged a real treat (thanks is due to our neighbours): the lads got to see Sam Maguire, chaperoned by Dublin All-Star Jack McCaffrey’

Raheny Red

Report By: Paul Nolan
Coaching Team: Paul Nolan, Tony Lawless

The Red team keenly contested three football matches against strong Clontarf teams on a great day for football. The first match very tight and ended as a scoreless draw with Raheny enjoying the majority of the possession. 

In the second match Raheny played the entire match against the wind and an uphill pitch. Raheny narrowly lost by one score despite the mammoth efforts of Matt Lawless, Cathal Shovlin and Max Osborne who scored a goal despite having just stepped off a plane from his holidays in Florida and showing no signs of jet lag!

It all changed in the third match as the Raheny Red team clicked beautifully and won at a canter by 1 goal and 2 points to a goal. Raheny dominated the possession from start to end. 

The scores and particularly the points were taken beautifully with intricate hand passing by the Red team ending in two fabulous scores from the nippy forward Jamie Nolan and his team mate Adam Roberts. This great attacking was of course complimented by the strong defending by the Rossi brothers (Ryan and Cian). A thoroughly deserved win. Onwards and upwards Raheny!

Raheny White

Report By: Brian Carroll
Coaching Team: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brian Carroll

On a fine day for Gaelic football and hurling, the Raheny White team took on their local rivals Clontarf at their pitches in St Anne’s Park. And the Raheny lads came away with their heads held high as they went through all four games unbeaten.

The first hurling match proved to be a very tight contest but Raheny were not going to be denied. A cracking first-time strike from John Broderick proved to be the difference between the sides. Great defending from Ultan Fitzpatrick and some neat and tidy play from Oscar Thomas kept the Clontarf lads at bay.

In the second game Raheny settled  very quick and began to dominate. With Rudi Whelan having an excellent  game, and Sean Mooney and Martin Bishop providing fantastic support for their team-mates, Raheny made some chances but just couldn’t put Clontarf away and in the end had to be content with a draw.

The final hurling game saw Raheny get into their stride very quickly and, with Sam Mitchell doing some great work for his team in midfield, it looked like a matter of time before the first goal arrived. And so it proved with forward Callum Carroll making some space for himself to fire home a superb goal, his first for the club.

The last game was football and a good Clontarf team made it very tough early on for Raheny. But with Odhran Carmody performing great in defence and Se Daly proving a real handful up front, Raheny responded well with John Broderick again in great scoring form as the visitors won by a single point. Overall, it was a fantastic effort  in the four games by Raheny and very encouraging for the future.

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2013-11-16 ‎‎(Clontarf GAA)‎‎