22nd February 2014

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, Light Wind
 Pitch Condition:Soggy, Soft. Grass Medium

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, Jamie Ward and Colin McAweeney.

After a relatively long drive, it was great to arrive in Bremore Park, Balbriggan, the home of O’Dwyers for Raheny Under 8s (group 2) new Orange team to play our first matches of 2014. Although the pitch was muddy and there was a cold sweeping wind, it was ‘game on’. 

In this hurling match, we played eight a side. An incredible performance by the orange team saw us run out winners by many goals. There were two star strikers in our game: first up, Conor Watters scored six goals in the first half and secondly, Matt Lawless (current player of the week) scored four goals in the second half.

    There were some great performances across the team. Sam Mitchell was everywhere in midfield, tackling and passing, Adam Roberts was great in goal and then outfield as to was Colin McAweeney, outfield and then in goal. Colin also scored a great goal in the second half. Jack Codd was as dependable as ever in defence and midfield, a real rock in the team.

    There was great play also from Brian Murray and Jamie Ward (who scored a wonder long strike goal) in the positions they played in the first and second halves.

    As the season has just started, there was a bit of confusion with the referees and O’Dwyers about our second game. By the time we got the players out to play the game (it was necessary to redo the goal distances back to under 8's measurements), unfortunately some players on both sides had gone home. In the second game, therefore, there was a mixed team of some blues and some oranges. In the event, the match finished one a piece, with a goal from Conor Watters. Raheny Orange scored two more goals at the end of each half but fractionally after the whistle.

    Well done to all the lads, you brought great learning from last year. Roll on football and hurling league games for 2014.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Padraig Kent
Mentors: Padraig Kent and Kevin Fitzpatrick
Squad: Cormac Baldwin, Johnny Baldwin, Ryan Kent, Oscar Thomas, Rian Prizeman, Luke Kelly, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick and Joseph Doherty.

    The young men of Raheny Blue strode out this morning at O'Dwyers of Balbriggan front field. The day was cold and damp and the pitch resembled a well-used green carpet laid over a battlefield. Our team today was gratefully supplemented with help from Ultan Fitzpatrick, Ordhran Carmody and Joseph Doherty after a number of our usual crew had been called away with Family Duties. In the same way our Head Banisteoir was called away on urgent Business and Kevin Fitzpatrick stepped into the breach as welcome support to Padraig Kent in his first league game for Raheny as coach. 
    The game started in the perfect way with Doherty and Carmody controlling the middle of the park and combining well to insert the perfectly weighed pass to our front pairing of the Baldwin cousins. Their obvious familiarity paying off with Johnny drawing the defence to allow Cormac slot home a snap shot from 8 metres leaving the opposition keeper wishing it was someone else’s turn in goal. Seconds later our midfield pairing again did the business to feed Cormac with another surgical pass. The window of opportunity was short but long enough for Cormac to draw a monster strike with the opposition closing him down all too late from 10 metres. O'Dwyers responded by reshuffling their midfield and piled the pressure on our defensive pairing of Oscar Thomas and Luke Kelly with Rian Prizeman in goal. The pressure was relentless until the opposition fired an unstoppable shot from midfield almost 15 metres to open their score. Raheny responded with another. But the opposition took advantage of a goal mouth scramble to grab a 2nd just before half time. 
    The 2nd half started with the introduction of Ryan Kent and Ultan Fitzpatrick to midfield. The opposition got off to a great start with another long strike from midfield passing the outstretched hurl of our keeper to even the score. They scored another to go ahead for the first time. However we responded to equalise with a massive puc from our keeper Cormac Baldwin again combining with his cousin Johnny to finish the game 4 to 4. (ED: the mentors and the boys believed they got another goal and won 5v4, with the goal scored by Cormac Baldwin, this was not recorded by the Referee).